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:
John Munch (credit only)
Vicki Harris
Tre Davis
Linda Harris
Georgia Stanton


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 »


Jake Stanton: I didn't know it was a ladies' room.
Detective Nick Amaro: You were aware there was a woman in there.
Jake Stanton: Well yeah but I wasn't paying any attention to that. It was so dark in there I could hardly see anything. I told you all that when you arrested me.
Detective Nick Amaro: Me? You mean Detective Tutuola?
Jake Stanton: Yeah, all you guys look a lot alike.
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A very big fish
4 March 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The SVU squad comes up against some divided loyalties here as they set up a sting to trap johns using underage hookers. Their sting yields one very big fish.

The fish is former quarterback Treat Williams who was once the toast of New York, something like Joe Namath back in the day. Now he's busted in a cheap hotel with an underage hooker.

Mariska Hargitay however feels sorry for Williams and quite out of channels gets him Andre Braugher as a defense attorney whom the squad has dealt with before. What Williams and his wife Beth Chamberlin have been living with is his diminished capacity brought on by way too many concussions.

That sets Mariska up against ADA Stephanie March who doesn't like being submarined by the cops she works with.

Braugher wins his case with an examination of Williams on the stand. It is a devastating and heart breaking scene. As is this story with Williams as once great athletic hero who can't come to grips with his illness.

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