Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 5, Episode 20

Lowdown (6 Apr. 2004)

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When the death of a prosecutor is staged using information gleaned from a coworker's caseload, Novak endangers her career to obtain a confession.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Judge Mary Clark
Andy Abbott
Bethany Butler ...
Mary Ellen Abbott
DuShawn McGovern
Robert Jason Jackson ...
Jerome Adams
Caren Browning ...


When the death of a prosecutor is staged using information gleaned from a coworker's caseload, Novak endangers her career to obtain a confession.

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Detective Odafin "Fin" Tutuola: It's different for black men. They go out, have sex with other men, then come home, have sex with their woman, and pretend they're straight.
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Detective Odafin "Fin" Tutuola: Don't look at me, I just know stuff.
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They're not really gay
6 January 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The SVU squad gets a case that hits home with Mariska Hargitay. The body Dean Strange is found in a hooker stroll off the piers in Manhattan. As it turns out Hargitay used to date Strange, he was an ADA in the Bronx. It didn't last long and they moved on.

It's clear why it didn't last long, turns out Strange was gay and closeted. Clearly he was dating women like Olivia Benson because he himself wasn't comfortable in his sexuality. But as it turns out he was coming out in a big way or at least someone saw it coming out in a big way that would have affected them.

That someone is fellow Bronx ADA Michael Beach, married to Brittany Butler with two children. He's not really gay either, he's something in the black community they call the down low. You're not gay, you just occasionally have sex with men and for God sake you NEVER talk about it.

Complicating things is the fact that Strange was also HIV+. That's what really affects Olivia.

Both Michael Beach and Britany Butler stand out in this episode as the guilty husband and distraught wife. Once again the closet is the deadly enemy of LGBTQ people.

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