Chris Noth says that “And Just Like That” for the military veteran struggling with PTSD is an accurate portrayal

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How many Harry Styles GIFs do you think we could find just from the old episode of “And Just Like That,” aired last fall (and delightfully syndicated, BTW)?


Chris Noth — who is now the “Law & Order: SVU” star attempting to win some Emmy attention with his introspective, intermittently creepy portrayal of SVU’s SVU’s Capt. Cragen — explained on Instagram why the episode never got the closure Carrie Mathison needed when it came to dealing with her PTSD. In case you missed it, the episode followed Carrie as she went on a college campus to speak to sexual assault survivors about their experiences. She was met with a mix of hostility and supportive embraces, which she explained to no one in particular as “because it would be embarrassing.”

Months later, the older, wiser Carrie is in a train crash. And upon learning the cause, she’s understandably troubled. She’s confused by how someone could have fallen asleep at the wheel and killed others, until she hears the guy who crashed his car behind her gets the same “attention and status as any other injury victim.” Carrie is not impressed.

“He’s a millionaire lawyer with an A-list wife. I cannot believe this,” she says, still upset, as Cragen — who has seen the aftermath of a number of major American tragedies — tries to calm her down. (“You’re going to hell for a long time.”) Noth shared with Newsday what made this episode different from other parts of Carrie’s PTSD story, including a lack of after-effects for her that help leads her to compare her experiences to other victims.

“Because by that time she has, in her mind, created a complete story about her suffering, which I think is such a huge misunderstanding of PTSD. This woman is still in pain. So she’s going to have pain to her until she goes through with the operation — which she may not do. That’s very real for a lot of people who have PTSD,” he said.

So here’s the question: What if Carrie called 911 when she saw the young victim in that cab? Would someone have fixed this kid’s car, or was he too cute for assistance?

“If she called 911 and she dialed 911, and somebody picks up the phone, and there are two black guys on the other end of the phone and they’re unsympathetic.” he said. “That’s, I think, what happens. I think a lot of people are in that position and for many people with PTSD, that’s how they deal with it. It’s a scary thing to confront.”


“And Just Like That” brought Carrie and the male survivors to the same table — meaning the people who had PTSD but didn’t immediately want help — and seemed like a natural step for a television show geared toward younger viewers, which NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt once touted as part of the series’ overarching conceit. As for the inspiring episode of “SVU” currently airing, “I’m sure it will be viewed in the same way,” Noth said. “I mean, what can you do? What they did with the victim in the car is just something that you have to hope they’re never reminded of again. It’s hard to watch somebody drive into a parking lot.”

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