This episode was the start of a string of episodes where the SVU squad gets quite the shakeup after responding to a call at a high rise penthouse where a dead girl was found, an underage one from Winnipeg at that.
The squad gets the lovely sight of all kinds of VIPS fleeing like mad, but being trapped in an overloaded elevator. The local precinct is more than happy to hand this one over to SVU because all the guests are connected, at least the male ones. The females as it turns out are high end escorts from an agency run by Peter Jacobson.
Another long running element is introduced here with the feud that starts between Danny Pino and Dean Winters who comes back after a 12 year hiatus as Detective Brian Cassidy. Winters left the SVU squad back in 2000. In those years he's moved to undercover work and he's working as such in a long running sting involving Jacobson. He's worked his way into Jacobson's operation as muscle. In those years also he's changed from callow youth in those first episodes of SVU into now one nasty character. And to prove his nastiness when the squad comes knocking on Jacobson's door, Winters punches out Pino earning him a trip downtown where he explains his role to his old mates. But Pino wasn't an old mate from the good old days and that sock on the jaw leaves him with a bad attitude toward Winters.
What conclusion Captain Cragen comes to is that we've got a whore war going on New York's number one Madam Brooke Smith trying to destroy a relative interloper in Jacobson. She's ruthless and well connected and members of the squad feel what she and her high priced lawyer Ron Rifkin are capable of. In fact the show ends with one of them in a real bad jackpot.
This one leaves you wanting more. And you get it.
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