"Spiraling Down"
SVU, Episode 13.10
Production number: 13010
First aired: 7 December 2011
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Written By
John P. Roche & Warren Leight

Directed By
Alex Chapple

When a legendary football star is arrested on prostitution charges, attorney Bayard Ellis centers the defense on his client's mental state, causing a media firestorm.


A military colleague of Detective Amaro's wife reports his 14-year-old daughter missing. The detectives find the girl working as a prostitute under a possessive pimp. They quickly set up a sting operation to entrap Johns on rape charges with a minor, and arrest aging pro quarterback Jake Stanton. Detective Benson and ADA Cabot seek to make an example out of the football legend, but the case is thrown into chaos with the return of defense attorney Bayard Ellis, who questions Stanton's mental capacity after years of injuries on the field.


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Background information and Notes

  • Closet is mentioned in this episode when Benson says she has dealt with a football player using an insanity defense before.

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1 2 3

Ascot Hotel
448 West 14th Street
Monday, November 21

Arraignment Court
Part 13
Wednesday, November 23

West Bank Cafe
407 West 42nd Street
Wednesday, November 23

4 5 6

Supreme Court
Pre-Trial Hearing
Part 36
Monday, November 28

Supreme Court Trial
Part 36
Tuesday, November 29

Supreme Court Trial
Part 36
Thursday, December 1

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