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October Surprise 

SVU uncovers a sex scandal involving New York City's mayoral frontrunner, but is A.D.A.Barba too close to the case to prosecute objectively?


Peter Werner


Dick Wolf (created by), Peter Blauner (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mariska Hargitay ... Olivia Benson
Danny Pino ... Nick Amaro
Kelli Giddish ... Amanda Rollins
Ice-T ... Odafin Tutuola (as Ice T)
Raúl Esparza ... Rafael Barba
Dann Florek ... Donald Cragen (credit only)
Vincent Laresca ... State Senator Alejandro 'Alex' Muñoz
Kirk Acevedo ... Eduardo 'Eddie' Garcia
Annaleigh Ashford ... Lindsay Anderson
Leslie Odom Jr. ... Reverend Curtis Scott
Jason Cerbone ... Lorenzo Desappio
Kecia Lewis ... Judge
Josh Pais ... Hank Abraham
Karen Olivo ... Yelina Muñoz
Lester Holt ... Channel 8 News Anchor


SVU uncovers a sex scandal involving New York City's mayoral frontrunner, but is A.D.A.Barba too close to the case to prosecute objectively?

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Release Date:

23 October 2013 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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16:9 HD
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"October Surprise" is littered with Broadway vets. In addition to regular Annaleigh Ashford, they have Raúl Esparza, James Riordan Leslie Odom Jr. and Karen Olivo See more »


When the detectives question the political campaigner about the suspect who fled to Tel Aviv, the Hebrew text on the John F. Kennedy poster on the wall ("Kennedy for President" in Hebrew) is written from the left to right. But the Hebrew language must be written from right to left. See more »


Amanda Rollins: [about Lindsay] So far, four men have filed orders of protection against her for harassment and extortion plus two more O.O.P.S: one from her ex-mother-in-law, and the other's from an ex-shrink who kept getting texts demanding that he come back and "murder her vagina," whatever that means.
Odafin Tutuola: Means she's a freak.
Detective Olivia Benson: Okay, so she lied to us, she's changed her story, she's gone back and forth about pressing charges. Maybe Barba's right. Eddie deserves the benefit of the doubt.
Nick Amaro: Unless we're asking the ...
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Spoofs Million Dollar Baby (2004) See more »

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Common Sense cries for discretion
17 October 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This SVU story was obviously inspired by the saga of Anthony Weiner who resigned from Congress and then tried a political comeback and ran for Mayor of New York. This was no comeback for State Senator Vincent Laresca though. He's got a raging libido that when common sense cries for discretion this man just can't control his hormones.

His past of buying off women he's accosted in person or on line has finally caught up to him. The problem is that his childhood buddy ADA Raul Esparza is caught in the middle. Also caught in the middle is another neighborhood guy Kirk Acevedo.

This one is Esparza's episode and let's just say he sees his duty and does it.

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