Law and Order
SVU, Episode 3.07
Production number: E2309
First aired: 9 November 2001
  th of 502 produced in SVU  
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Wesley Jansen.jpg
Teleplay By
Javier Grillo-Marxuach & Samantha Corbin-Miller

Story By
Javier Grillo-Marxuach

Directed By
Lesli Linka Glatter


A young man, Wesley Jansen, is found shot and sexually assaulted outside of a gay club. It is soon discovered that Wesley and his wife, Jaina were working in porn so they could pay for their daughter, Mara (who has cystic fibrosis)'s medical bills. When porn producer Cal Oman is murdered, the detectives assume that Wesley killed him. Wesley admits to killing Oman, but it soon discovered that Jaina killed Oman because he was standing in the way of her fame.


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Recurring cast

Guest cast



Tutuola: Phil, you want to be a stupid dick and kill yourself you go right ahead. I need you to look at these damn pictures.
Casner: You gave me orange juice. You're a nice guy.
Tutuola: Yeah, I'm the nice guy. Look at the pictures. You see anybody?
Tutuola: Can't you call in a favor?
Cabot: After working with this unit, I don't have that many left.
Benson: Entry wound was through the back. He was running away.
Stabler: That tends to happen when you're facing the barrel of a gun.

Munch: What a surprise, Phil's back in rehab.
Fin: His ID won't be any good.
Munch: That's for Cabot to decide.
Fin: It's a waste of time. [Munch looks at him] What?
Munch: Don't you think you're taking Phil's relapse too personally?
Fin: He's jeopardizing the case and making my job harder. I always take that personally.
Munch: Early on, I had a partner like you used to get worked up.
Fin: What happened?
Munch: He ate his gun.

Jaina Jansen: You don't understand what it is like to be trapped with a sick kid, doing three guys at a time to pay off my debts. I have a $50,000 contract waiting for me in Las Vegas and Cal would've taken all of it. He was never gonna let me go.
Stabler: Well, neither will Bedford Hills at least not for 15 years minimum.

Background information and notes

  • The episode title "Sacrifice" is a reference to the sacrifices Wesley Jansen and his wife Jaina Jansen made for 'their' daughter in order to pay her medical bills. The Jansens had to work in the porn industry to make enough money.
  • The names of the Jansen family (Wesley, Jaina, and Mara) may be a reference to Star Wars expanded universe characters Wes Janson, Jaina Solo, and Mara Jade Skywalker, who all frequently appear in the same stories. These characters are no longer canon since George Lucas sold out to Disney.

Episode scene cards

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243 East 36th Street
Wednesday, May 2

Stuyvesant Hospital
1800 Third Avenue
Wednesday, May 2

Oman Management Co.
578 Hudson Street
Thursday, May 3

Part 44
Thursday, May 3

5 6 7

Budget Hotel
163 West 34th Street
Friday, May 4

Part 44
Friday, May 4

Police Crime Lab
1 Centre Street
Friday, May 4

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