"Rhodium Nights"
SVU, Episode 13.23
Production number: 13023
First aired: 23 May 2012
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Written By
Warren Leight & Julie Martin

Directed By
Norberto Barba

A high-society bachelor party ends in tragedy when an escort is found dead, and the SVU must proceed with caution as influential people try to bury the truth.


An underage escort is found dead at a wild bachelor party, and Captain Cragen cautions his team to investigate with discretion, as there were several high-profile people at the scene. In their efforts to question a well-known leader in the New York escort world, Benson and Amaro encounter former SVU detective Brian Cassidy, who's been working undercover. With his help, the detectives dig deeper into a vicious power struggle between the two top escort businesses, but before the case is cracked, a shocking event threatens to destroy the life of one SVU squad member.


The body of an underage escort is discovered in the pool during the bachelor party of Will Brady, who is the police commissioner's son. It is later discovered that the girl didn't drown; she was poisoned. Due to the high-profile guest list, the host, a well-known journalist named Clayton Hannigan, had moved the body found in his bed into the pool. The investigation reveals a turf war between two different escort companies, which is starting to become deadly.

Cassidy, who is working undercover points Olivia to a New York madame named Delia Wilson, who has a long list of influential clients. After a former governor dies in a compromising position from a similar poison, the detectives are able to get enough evidence to arrest Delia, but she is quickly bailed out.

One of Delia's rival's escorts, Carissa Gibson, goes to Amaro, saying that she is afraid for her life. At the end of the episode, Cragen discovers Carissa's dead body in his bed, her throat cut and his hand bloody, which leaves the episode in a cliffhanger ending.


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Background information and notes

  • This episode marks the first appearance of Dean Winters as Detective Brian Cassidy since the Season One episode Disrobed.
  • A photo of Cragen and Lena kissing from when he worked undercover in Russian Brides is seen.

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Office of
The Medical Examiner
433 East 26th Street
Sunday, May 6

Residence of
Bart Ganzel
571 West 23rd Street
Monday, May 7

Wilson Farm
23 North Union Street
Cambridge, New York
Wednesday, May 9

Office of
Former Governor
Harrison Fletcher
171 5th Avenue
Wednesday, May 9

Arraignment Court
Part 13
Friday, May 11

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