Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 13, Episode 10

Spiraling Down (7 Dec. 2011)

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A retired pro quarterback is busted for having sex with a 14-year-old prostitute, but he may be suffering from diminished capacity because of all the concussions he had on the field.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sergeant John Munch (credit only)
Vicki Harris
Tre Davis
Linda Harris
Georgia Stanton
Maria Grazie


A military colleague of Detective Amaro's wife reports his 14-year-old daughter missing. The detectives find the girl working as a prostitute under a possessive pimp. They quickly set up a sting operation to entrap Johns on rape charges with a minor, and arrest aging pro quarterback Jake Stanton. Detective Benson and ADA Cabot seek to make an example out of the football legend, but the case is thrown into chaos with the return of defense attorney Bayard Ellis, who questions Stanton's mental capacity after years of injuries on the field. Written by NBC Publicity

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Andre Braugher stars as defense lawyer Bayard Ellis. Braugher also played Det. Frank Pembleton on "Homicide: Life on the Streets" with Richard Belzer, who played Munch on that show and on SVU. For this storyline, Munch's character is absent to avoid the potential awkwardness of Braugher being a different character. See more »


ADA Cabot questions Jake Stanton, then rests her case. Stanton's lawyer then begins redirect. Cabot could not have called Stanton as a witness against himself so this sequence of events is legally impossible. See more »


Bayard Ellis: I'd ask that he be released of his own recognizance but I'm not sure he'd be able to find his way home.
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Treat is a treat
21 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A somewhat mild criminal episode given the past, usual fare of SVU, this one shows off the genuine acting abilities of the ensemble and guest performers, the most prominent of whom are Treat Williams as Jake Stanton and Andre Braugher as his attorney Bayard Ellis. Too, the camera work is quite splendid, adding dramatic panache to a particularly fine script.

The episode covers so much ground - teenage prostitution and early-onset-athlete dementia - without any maudlin overtones or polemic. Truth is, this would have made for a fine movie; it is, in my humble estimation, the best episode of the SVU series.

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