Peter Scanavino appears in the episode as assailant Johnny Dubcek. In season 16, he joins the regular cast as Detective Sonny Carisi.
Crew Clarifications and Additions: Jonathan Strauss (Casting by), Lynn Kressel (Casting by), Philip Huffman (Casting by), Alana West (Set Costumer), Marcia Patten (Wardrobe Supervisor)
Andre Braugher, recurring character Bayard Ellis, was billed as a Special Guest Star for this episode.
Original International Air Dates:
Canada February 6, 2013 on CTV 2
Originally scheduled for February 13, 2013, this episode was switched with "Secrets Exhumed" via a January 29, 2013, NBC press release.
Parts of this episode appear to be "ripped from the headlines" of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. In November 2011, Jerry Sandusky (professor emeritus and former defensive coordinator at Pennsylvania State University) was arrested on 40 counts of alleged sexual abuse for which he was later found guilty and sentenced in 2012 to 30-60 years in prison for his crimes. Sandusky used a charitable organization he founded to find many of his victims, and utilized his privileges at Penn State to reward and abuse his victims. The use of Penn State facilities caused the ouster of Joe Paterno, the Lions' beloved football coach, just days before his death. The board also called for college president Graham Spanier's resignation.