Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 1, Episode 6

Sophomore Jinx (25 Oct. 1999)

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Benson and Stabler investigate a female student's murder at a local college. When they develop a suspect on the basketball team, they experience resistance from the college, which is trying... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Elliot Stabler (as Chris Meloni)
Professor James Henri Rousseau
Sean Squire ...
Chuck Mosley
Riley Couger
Isabel Gillies ...
Erin Broderick ...
Holiday Segal ...
Patricia Cook ...
Campus Security Officer Anthony Schlasser


Benson and Stabler investigate a female student's murder at a local college. When they develop a suspect on the basketball team, they experience resistance from the college, which is trying to preserve its reputation and its chance at an upcoming championship. Written by Jim Lankin

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25 October 1999 (USA)  »

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Angie Harmon's character is telling the defendant, Professor James Henri Rousseau, that he will be serving not one but three class A felonies, equaling three years of jail time. However, under NYS law, three class A felonies would earn a defendant three needles. What Harmon meant was that Rousseau would be serving three class A misdemeanors, which carry a maximum sentence of a year each. See more »


When Benson and Stabler walk into the examination room, Rodgers is running a bone saw, then when she looks up, she turns the saw off. However, the blade on the saw is not moving at any time. See more »


[learning the victim's BAC was three times the legal limit]
Captain Donald Cragen: There was a time I yearned for a woman who could drink like that.
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References The Blues Brothers (1980) See more »

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Way to much to trust
1 March 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The death of a popular sophomore student brings the SVU squad to St. Raymond's College which as it happens is the alma mater of Dann Florek. Not that the college is bending over backwards to help an alumnus. In fact they're throwing all kinds of roadblocks into the SVU squad investigation.

This episode also as they were trying to establish characters in those early years shows a bit of Elliott Stabler home life. Christopher Meloni is most concerned the late hours that daughter Erin Broderick is keeping. As he says in his job he sees way too much to trust.

It turns out that the victim had sex with two people that night under different circumstances to say the least. One of them is French literature professor Lothaire Bluteau and his description of the night's events leaves even the SVU squad which has thought they heard it all kind of gasping. That is nothing however compared to ADA Angie Harmon who was crossing over from Law And Order prime. I have rarely seen disgust portrayed so well on the big screen and small.

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