Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 5, Episode 12

Brotherhood (6 Jan. 2004)

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The murder and sodomy of a local fraternity pledge master leads the detectives to his pornographic Web site, which features college girls at a local bar. Further investigation points back ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. George Huang (as B.D. Wong)
Xander Henry
Rob Sweeney
Nathan Angeli
Alicia Morley
Chloe Spiers
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The murder and sodomy of a local fraternity pledge master leads the detectives to his pornographic Web site, which features college girls at a local bar. Further investigation points back to the fraternity, whose members are not cooperating, and their code of conduct for prospective pledges. Written by Anonymous

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Pledge master pleads not guilty
7 December 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Michael Ferreira's body is found in a toxic waste dump and said pollutants take away a lot of the forensics. But one piece of evidence where the sun doesn't shine is the remnants of a violin bow with horse hairs and pernambuco wood is found. The placement of said evidence is what brings the SVU squad in.

The investigation leads to a college fraternity has some truly savage pledge rituals. And the victim had a wonderful sideline business of having sex and taping the proceedings for his on line website. And the fraternity actually kept a journal of the proceedings.

The guilty party pleads out, but Christopher Meloni and Mariska Hargitay feel someone ought to pay from the fraternity bigshots and the guy who kept the journal, Toby Moore is one prime candidate.

Inexplicably Gary Cole, father of the victim and bigshot attorney in his own right defends Moore. To him the fraternity hazing is just a rite of passage and only sissies can't take it. It's on Cole and his performance that the episode hinges. He was good old frat man himself back in the day. When he gets a wakeup call, Cole does the right thing. But what that is, you have to see this pretty good SVU episode.

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