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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.


Alex Chapple


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mariska Hargitay ... Olivia Benson
Danny Pino ... Nick Amaro
Kelli Giddish ... Amanda Rollins
Richard Belzer ... John Munch (credit only)
Ice-T ... Odafin Tutuola (as Ice T)
Dann Florek ... Donald Cragen
Andre Braugher ... Bayard Ellis
Stephanie March ... Alexandra Cabot
Kay Panabaker ... Vicki Harris
Jon Michael Hill ... Tre Davis
Dominic Fumusa ... Captain Jason Harris
Robin Paul ... Linda Harris
Beth Chamberlin ... Georgia Stanton
Laura Benanti ... Maria Grazie
Ned Eisenberg ... Roger Kressler


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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Guest star Kay Panabaker is the younger sister of Danielle Panabaker, who appeared in season six's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Intoxicated (2005)". See more »


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


Odafin Tutuola: [while doing an undercover sting operation] Is that Jake Stanton?
Detective Nick Amaro: Jake Stanton? Oh, don't tell me he's knocking on her door.
Alexandra Cabot: Sorry, who's Jake Stanton?
Detective Nick Amaro: Are you serious?
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Treat is a treat
21 June 2013 | by chipbrillSee 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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7 December 2011 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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