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"Sophomore Jinx"
SVU, Episode 1.06
Production number: E0904
First aired: 25 October 1999
  th of 366 produced in SVU  
th of 366 released in SVU
  th of 1106 released in all  
Written By
John Chambers

Directed By
Clark Johnson

Detectives Benson and Stabler are having trouble investigating the murder of a young student, because they experience resistance from the college that she attended.

Plot Edit

Benson and Stabler investigate a female student's murder at a local college. When they develop a suspect on the basketball team, they experience resistance from the college, which is trying to preserve its reputation and its chance at an upcoming championship.

Cast Edit

Main cast Edit

Recurring cast Edit

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Quotes Edit

Elliot Stabler: Just once, I want to see people take a little bit of a breather before they let the healing begin. Look at this. "Enrolled in God's college now. We love you, Jeanne."
Olivia Benson: Come on Elliot. It's a spontaneous outpouring of emotion.
Elliot Stabler: I'm just saying, if I ever go down, you better make sure the place where my body is found doesn't EVER look like this or I will haunt you for the rest of your days.
Olivia Benson: Noted.

Defense Attorney Vargas: Come on, Miss. You're badgering my client.
Olivia Benson: It's Detective, not miss. And we're not in court, counselor. We're in my house so why don't you save your lawyering for somebody who gives a damn.

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!

Elliot Stabler: Everything's preliminary at this point.
Olivia Benson: What isn't preliminary is that this girl was drunk. Alcohol level was .27.
Donald Cragen: Wow. Triple the limit. There was a time I yearned for a girl who could drink like that.

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

Elliot Stabler: I never lived in a dorm. That's what I wanted to do. I even knew where.
Olivia Benson: Where?
Elliot Stabler: Are you ready for this? Everglades University.
Olivia Benson: Everglades?

Elliot Stabler: Yeah. Playboy magazine rated universities by their sexual temperature. E.U., always at the top of the list.
Olivia Benson: Beautiful. I can see you had your priorities in order.
Elliot Stabler: Thank you.

(SVU is soliciting sperm samples from the St. Raymond's basketball team, but Rev. Sharpton has lodged a protest on behalf of the black players)

Reverend Al Sharpton: I'll stand with you on this, Brother Mosely
Chuck Mosely: ... (takes his sperm-collection cup and leaves)

Background information and notes Edit

  • A sophomore jinx refers to an instance in which a second, or sophomore, effort fails to live up to the standards of the first effort. It is commonly used to refer to the performance of athletes (second season of play), bands (sophomore album), and television shows. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit was the second series in the Law & Order franchise, but doesn't seem to be suffering from a sophomore jinx. Special Victims Unit is the highest rated television series in the franchise.
  • Actor Tom O'Rourke (Campus Security Officer Anthony Schlasser) is a well known face in the Law & Order franchise. He previously appeared on Law & Order as recurring character Defense Attorney Peter Behrens, but he is probably best known for playing Judge Mark Seligman throughout the rest of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Episode scene cards Edit

1 2 3 4

St. Raymond's University
501 Convent Street
Thursday, October 14

Dorm Room of Shelley Brown
Agatha House
St. Raymond's University
Friday, October 15

Office of Professor James Rousseau
St. Raymond's University
Friday, October 15

Office of
Campus Safety and Security
St. Raymond's University
Friday, October 15

5 6 7

Special Victims Unit
Interrogation Room
Tuesday, October 19

Agatha House
St. Raymond's University
Tuesday, October 19

St. Julian's Square
St. Raymond's University
Wednesday, October 20

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