"Twenty-Five Acts"
SVU, Episode 14.03
Production number: 14004
First aired: 10 October 2012
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Teleplay By
John P. Roche

Story By
Julie Martin & Warren Leight

Directed By
Jean de Segonzac

The SVU detectives spring into action when the author of a best-selling romance novel is attacked by a popular television show host.


The young author of a wildly successful S&M romance novel goes home with a famous television show host, who forces himself on her. Detectives Benson and Rollins work to convince the victim to file charges, with the assistance of a brash new Manhattan District Attorney. As the SVU squad digs into her background to uncover potential trial pitfalls, Detective Amaro uncovers a secret that threatens to destroy the young woman’s career as well as her case.


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Barba: [to Jocelyn Paley] The one thing you decide to leave out is the one thing the defense is going to use to blow up the case. You may not like me when we're done.
Jocelyn Paley: I don't like you now.
Barba: Honesty. Good.

Amaro: [to Olivia] One thing about you, you need to have a partner you can trust.

Barba: Whether you're a john in the South Bronx or a $3-million-a-year talk show host, no means no.

Adam Cain: [while being arrested] This is a joke! NYPD got so jammed up with their hooker scandal, they'll do anything they can to distract from it.
Munch: You don't know when to shut up!
Adam Cain: Court of public opinion, baby. It's my wheelhouse.
Fin: Taking down rapists: that's ours.

Barba [to Calhoun] How about Cain opens his mouth again, I'll move for a gag order?
Rita Calhoun: From what I read, your witness likes those too.

Jocelyn Paley: [to Barba] You told me I wouldn't like you when this was over. You were right. What do I do now? My reputation's...
Barba: Thing about America: this country loves a comeback.

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Intimate Adventures
144 West Broadway
Tuesday, July 10

Arraignment Court
Part 12
Wednesday, July 11

Robinson Field
7904 Fenton Street
Silver Spring, Maryland
Monday, July 16

Office of
Kathleen Dobson
Silver Spring College
Silver Spring, Maryland
Wednesday, July 18

5 6 7

Grand Jury Number 3
Thursday, July 19

Superior Court
Part 16
Wednesday, August 15

Superior Court
Part 16
Thursday, August 16

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