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Jersey Breakdown 

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As SVU fights for justice for an underage rape victim who was working illegally in a strip club, they find themselves stonewalled by corruption in the New Jersey legal system.


Jonathan Herron


Dick Wolf (created by), Céline C. Robinson (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
Alana De La Garza ... Assistant U.S. Attorney
Dayton Callie ... Judge Daniel Dolan
Stefanie Scott ... Clare Wilson
Bill Sage ... Bobby Masconi
Mckean Rand Mckean Rand ... Jeff (as Mckean Rand)
Geoffrey Wigdor ... Tommy (as Geoff Wigdor)
Chazz Palminteri ... Perry Cannavaro
Andrea Bianchi ... A.D.A. Gina Masconi
Scott Decker Scott Decker ... Detective Moore
Monica Wyche ... Warden Gert Marmer


The SVU teams up with federal prosecutor Connie Rubirosa (guest star Alana de la Garza) after an underage runaway is found raped and beaten under the Highline. The sex trafficking investigation leads to New Jersey strip club owner Perry Cannavaro (guest star Chaz Palminteri), who does all he can to keep the victim out of the SVU's jurisdiction. When ADA Barba (Raúl Esparza) fails to get the help he needs from Jersey law enforcement, he suspects a cover-up involving some high ranking court officials. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

22 January 2014 (USA) See more »

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Jersey Breakdown See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Olivia Benson still uses her old desk, although she has got Captain Donald Cragen's room in the previous episode. See more »


In the squad room, Mariska Hargitay is wearing her actual wedding ring on her left ring finger. The character, Olivia Benson, is not married, and does not wear a ring on her left hand at any other time, including in any other scene. See more »


Bobby Masconi: So it's true what they say about SVU.
Nick Amaro: Yeah, what's that?
Bobby Masconi: Everyone's a victim to you guys.
Olivia Benson: And it's true what they say about New Jersey prosecutors. There are no victims, there are no perpetrators. Only meal tickets, huh?
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References Law & Order: LA (2010) See more »

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Justice in New Jersey
22 January 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The criminal justice system in New Jersey gets quite a going over in this SVU episode where their investigation of the rape of Stefanie Scott in a club in New York gets derailed when she's arrested in New York and transferred over to Hudson County in New Jersey where she's the suspect in a credit card fraud scheme. Stefanie late of Disney Channels The Ant Farm becomes more of a victim there than she was at the hands of a rapist in Chazz Palmantieri's club in New York where she was an underage stripper.

I have to say that Palmantieri is some piece of work himself. He's got a club in New Jersey which is part of the tie in with Scott's predicament. And he's got hooks right into the criminal justice system there.

For acting squad commander Mariska Hargitay it's a good thing she has a friendly federal prosecutor in Alana DeLa Garza late of the New York County District Attorney. Turns out they've been looking at Palmantieri for a while and this situation that SVU brings them is just what they need.

Nice to see DeLa Garza cooperating with the local PD for a change. She must remember all the battles she had when she was Sam Waterston's second chair.

Palmantieri has a judge in his pocket and it;s quite a story. Tune in to this one.

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