Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Sophomore Jinx

Season 1, Ep 6, Aired 10/25/99
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  • Episode Description
  • After a female student is murdered at a local college, Benson and Stabler turn their attention to the school's basketball team. However, the college blocks their investigation at every turn because they are not willing to risk the negative publicity that the investigation could bring to the school and the upcoming championship.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Michelle Hurd

    Det. Monique Jeffries

  • Sean Squire

    Chuck Mosley

  • Mariska Hargitay

    Det. Olivia Benson

  • Richard Belzer

    Det. John Munch

  • Kohl Sudduth

    Riley Cougar

  • Fan Reviews (5)
  • School, Students, and Sharpton

    By BigB11, Dec 31, 2013

  • this was a good ep

    By cube2k8, Jun 01, 2010

  • gbsrh

    By littleditylum, Jan 24, 2008

  • Law and Order Special Victims Unit!

    By ourkissgoodbye, Jan 30, 2007

  • A very good episode.

    By ArwenEvenstarU, Aug 18, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (7)

    • Elliot Stabler: Do you get the sense the great St. Raymond University machine is throwing itself in front of this investigation? Donald Cragen: Why would they do that? Jeanne Gallagher's a student there. Brian Cassidy: Money. Elliot Stabler: And they got a winning franchise. Our main suspects are basketball players. We put away one or two of their star players ... John Munch: And they're out forty million dollars. Donald Cragen: Forty million dollars? I keep getting fundraising letters saying that they're broke. John Munch: Well, eight million dollars in television fees alone, then they get more money from alumni contributions, then there's tickets and the merchandising ... Olivia Benson: Hats, T-shirts ... John Munch: Plastic pen holders, plastic saints. You remember when it was all Georgetown this, Hoyas that? Now it's the U. Conn. Huskies. Olivia Benson: I'll tell you this. I bet St. Raymond's would love a piece of that. Donald Cragen: Well, you may want to remind them that whatever privileges they may extend to their players, we make arrests without first considering a suspect's free throw percentages. Elliot Stabler: Noted, jefe.

    • Abbie Carmichael: What did they call it before we invented the terms "date rape" and "sexual harassment"? Donald Cragen: (sighing) "Boys will be boys"...

    • Monique Jeffries: Everyone knows they bought their way up. Donald Cragen: Hey, hey, hey! Come on, watch it! That's my school you're talkin' about!

    • Olivia Benson: Alcohol level was .27. Donald Cragen: Wow. Triple the limit. There was a time I yearned for a girl who could drink like that.

    • Uniformed Officer: You want us to go through the trash? Elliot Stabler: Yeah, you. Personally.

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    Notes (1)

    • Special billing was given to Angie Harmon (With Special Guest Appearance by) and George Martin (and) in this episode.

    Trivia (2)

    • Continuity: In the episode "Justice", when Cragen points out his history with the judge who was the victim's stepfather, he says, "We have history. We both went to St. John's, I run into Walt at every function." However, in this episode, the crime takes place at St. Raymond's University, which Cragen states is his alma mater.

    • Goofs: When Dr. Goodnall is speaking with Benson and Stabler, she incorrectly refers to the victim as Jeanine rather than Jeanne. Rounding out a flawed scene, Benson calls her Dr. Goodall throughout.

    Allusions (1)

    • The title of this episode, "Sophomore Jinx", refers to the idea that the second project following a celebrated success is bound to fail either due to creative shortcomings or higher expectations. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is the second project following the celebrated success of the original Law & Order.

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