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Twenty-Five Acts 

An erotic novelist is sexually assaulted by a popular TV-show host who attempts to bring her book to life. The SVU detectives persuade her to press charges, but the investigation reveals a secret that could ruin the novelist's career and her case.


Jean de Segonzac


Dick Wolf (created by), John Paul Roche (teleplay by) (as John P. Roche) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mariska Hargitay ... Olivia Benson
Danny Pino ... Nick Amaro
Kelli Giddish ... Amanda Rollins
Richard Belzer ... John Munch
Ice-T ... Odafin Tutuola (as Ice T)
Dann Florek ... Donald Cragen (credit only)
Roger Bart ... Adam Cain
Anna Chlumsky ... Jocelyn Paley
Elizabeth Marvel ... Rita Calhoun
Romy Rosemont ... Professor Kathleen Dobson
Tonye Patano ... Judge Maskin
Peter McRobbie ... Judge Walter Bradley
Rory O'Malley ... Craig
Raúl Esparza ... Rafael Barba
Adam Baldwin ... Captain Steven Harris


A successful erotic novelist, Jocelyn Paley is sexually assaulted and tormented by popular TV-show host, Adam Cain who attempts to bring her book to life. The SVU persuades her to press charges but the investigation into Jocelyn's background reveals a secret that could ruin her career as well as the case. Written by SpankyTV

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Release Date:

10 October 2012 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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16:9 HD
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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.
John Munch: You don't know when to shut up!
Adam Cain: Court of public opinion, baby. It's my wheelhouse.
Odafin Tutuola: Taking down rapists: that's ours.
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Matched adversaries.
8 August 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

While Adam Baldwin is temporarily in charge of SVU the squad catches a case that's going to be difficult no matter which way it goes. A popular author of erotic works Anna Chlumsky after appearing on Roger Bart's talk show is raped by her host. And then he does it again after a police report is made. Clearly Bart does not know from 'no' and thinks he's powerful enough to get away with it.

His reason for thinking so is that Chlumsky has based her whole career on what a free and easy orgasm seeking woman she is.

Bonding with Chlumsky is Mariska Hargitay, but this will be one tough case for the DA to win.

Bart and Chlumsky are a matched pair of adversaries, this is a good one.

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