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A Hudson University co-ed dependent on financial aid is found murdered with an unexplained influx of cash. Her wealthy roommate is found with one of her rings, making her a suspect as the ... See full summary »


Aaron Lipstadt


Dick Wolf (created by), Paul Grellong


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Meloni ... Detective Elliot Stabler
Mariska Hargitay ... Olivia Benson
Richard Belzer ... John Munch (credit only)
Diane Neal ... Casey Novak
Ice-T ... Odafin Tutuola
BD Wong ... Dr. George Huang (as B.D. Wong)
Tamara Tunie ... Dr. Melinda Warner
Dann Florek ... Donald Cragen
Will Estes ... Adam Halder
Trieste Kelly Dunn ... Gloria Kulhane (as Trieste Dunn)
Nick Sandow ... Doug Kersten
Joel de la Fuente ... TARU Tech Ruben Morales
Joanna Merlin ... Judge Lena Petrovsky
Caren Browning Caren Browning ... CSU Captain Judith Siper
Mathew St. Patrick ... Roddy Franklin


A Hudson University co-ed dependent on financial aid is found murdered with an unexplained influx of cash. Her wealthy roommate is found with one of her rings, making her a suspect as the two were not friends. Benson, Fin, and Stabler have several theories about her murderer and their motive and investigate the various suspects; the roommate, her childhood friend, and someone connected to a heavily trafficked website where the victim was selling term papers for cash. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

21 March 2006 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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1.78 : 1
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Don Sparks has played four different characters over the course of the series: See more »


The Secret Service used to investigate illegal gambling back when it was a part of the Treasury Department, however once the FBI was formed illegal gambling falls under their jurisdiction. These days the Secret Service's main mandate, other than protecting key government officials, is investigating currency and credit card counterfeiting and bank and wire fraud. See more »


Walter Camp: [to Novak] You have no idea what gambling addiction is like, do you? Last year, I lost $30,000 in one night playing poker online. And the next night, I chased my losses, and I lost another 40 grand. My wife jammed my laptop down the garbage chute and made me go to counseling. I kept on playing. You know what made me stop? Loan sharks broke my leg.
ADA Casey Novak: But you didn't kill your wife to pay the loan sharks off with her insurance money, did you?
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References Casablanca (1942) See more »

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Education's high cost
27 July 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The SVU squad gets to investigate the murder of a college coed who not having some rich parents has to raise tuition money any way she can. As the squad investigates they finds that the victim was selling term papers on line and also doing a little high stakes gambling as well.

Eventually Benson, Stabler and Tutuola settle on Will Estes, a childhood friend of the victim who has similar financial problems. Estes is also reaching for the moon in other ways. He's going out with the victim's roommate Trieste Kelly Dunn who is one high maintenance girl. It's what leads to his downfall.

Both Dunn and Estes shine in this SVU episode. The cost of education is certainly high, too high for some.

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