"Acceptable Loss"
SVU, Episode 14.04
Production number: 14005
First aired: 17 October 2012
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SVU 1404
Written By
Ed Zuckerman

Directed By
Alex Chapple

When the SVU Detectives try to take down a sex trafficking ring, they find evidence in a terrorism investigation led by Lieutenant Alexandra Eames.


With Captain Cragen back in the precinct, the SVU squad is in full force and working to expose a sex trafficking operation that enslaves young women. The detectives are on the verge of cracking the case when their efforts are halted by Lieutenant Alexandra Eames, forcing Detective Benson to get creative with the investigation.


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Cragen: If they want to fire me, they know where to find me.

Eames: They all have a reason. Something.
Olivia: And that's how you break them. Get them to tell their story.
Eames: Isn't that how you do it?
Olivia: Well, I don't normally do it leaning over sideways. [mimicks the lean; she and Eames laugh]
Eames: I learned that from my partner at Major Case. It was his way of keeping eye contact.
Olivia: It's a little eccentric.
Eames: You have no idea.

Background information and Notes

  • Alexandra Eames's appearance on SVU makes it the first SVU/CI crossover. Also, Warren Leight was the executive producer of Criminal Intent's season 6 and season 7.
  • Robert Goren, Eames's longtime partner from Criminal Intent, is only mentioned by "old partner" and not by name. Another reference about Goren would be seen when Eames uses Goren's famous head nod during an interrogation she and Benson are taking part in.

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Hallet's Cove
Long Island City, Queens
Wednesday, August 22

Nighthawk Diner
191 East 30th Street
Wednesday, August 22

Promenade Hotel
144 West 57th Street
Thursday, August 23

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