"Comic Perversion"
SVU, Episode 15.15
Production number: 15015
First aired (US): 26 February 2014
First aired (UK): 6 April 2014
First aired (CAN): 26 February 2014
First aired (AUS): 3 April 2014
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Teleplay By
Brianna Yellen

Story By
Brianna Yellen & Julie Martin & Warren Leight

Directed By
Alex Chapple

A comedian's words prove to be dangerous when a student is assaulted by his fans.

Summary[edit | edit source]

Popular comedian Josh Galloway is faced with student protesters after a set at Tompkins Square University. His demeaning jokes about women and rape become more serious when a student is assaulted by two of Galloway's fans. Though Barba can't arrest him for speaking his mind, he charges the SVU to find proof that Galloway's actions reflect his words. When TSU student Carly Rydell accuses Galloway of rape, Sergeant Benson is happy to arrest him. But Barba finds major roadblocks in the he-said she-said case, and thinks Benson should have chosen her battle more carefully. Meanwhile, a detective from Chicago seeks help from the NYPD.

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References[edit | edit source]

  • Just a few months earlier, the comedian Daniel Tosh made a rape joke that angered a rape victim while doing a live performance. The case put into question freedom of speech and forced world famous comedians to stand up to support Daniel Tosh.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Barba: [to Olivia about Renee Clark after she was assaulted by two guys] I can ask for a temporary restraining order, but maybe she should change dorms.
Olivia: Ah, so it's the victim who should change her life?

Olivia: [after seeing Josh Galloway's stand-up act] Anybody else need a shower? He's vile.
Cassidy: He's baiting you, Liv.
Fin: Master baiting.

Barba: Oh, great, this isn't just grey, it's satyagraha grey.

Josh Galloway: Life is my material. Our screwed up culture: racism, incest, rape. If you don't joke about it, you cry.

Olivia [to Barba] So, the end of the day, it was the right thing to do to bring this case.
Barba: Don't fish. You snatched a tie out of the jaws of defeat. You want to stay commanding officer, I want you to stay commanding officer. Don't bring me cases like this.

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Episode scene cards[edit | edit source]

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Massimo Hotel
73 Wall Street
Saturday, February 8

Dorm Room of
Audrey Truffaut
New Paltz, New York
Sunday, February 9

Supreme Court
Part 18
Tuesday, February 11

4 5

Chambers of
Judge Hawkins
60 Centre Street
Wednesday, February 12

Supreme Court
Part 18
Wednesday, February 12

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