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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Episode 13.02 : Personal Fouls

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TV Info


Episode Premiere

September 28, 2011

Distributor

NBC

Genre

Drama

Show Period

1999 - now

Production Company

NBC, Studios USA Television, Universal Network TV

Cast and Crew


Director

Tim McKay

Screenwriter

Bryan Goluboff

Main Cast


Additional Cast

Synopsis


A crowd has gathered to honor Coach Ray Masters and induct him into the Metro Basketball Hall of Fame. Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh present him with a key and some loving words. The crowd applauds - except for Stevie Harris who boos wildly. "You know what you did," Stevie screams. At the station, Benson cleans out Stabler's desk. Fin interrupts to tell her that Stevie Harris is claiming Coach Masters molested him when he was a kid. When Benson goes to talk to Stevie, she sees him on the floor, looking like he's having a seizure.

The next day, Cragen introduces Detective Nick Amaro to the group. Cragen tells Fin that Amaro's going to partner with him. Cragen and Amaro go to talk to Stevie, but he's gone. Amaro says Stevie used to be a legendary basketball player, and luckily, he knows where his crew hangs out. Amaro and Fin find Stevie playing basketball and urge him to come forward about his story about Coach Masters. Stevie recalls the abuse he endured at the hands of Masters. Stevie says he was never technically raped. He claims he never spoke up because he was paid off.

Fin and Amaro go to a local gym where Masters is coaching Devon Tiswell, a young basketball player with a bright future. When Fin and Amaro ask Masters about Stevie, Masters says Stevie is making false accusations to cover up for his failed basketball career. He sounds believable, but Fin and Amaro worry that maybe Masters shouldn't be coaching young men if there's a shadow of a doubt. Fin and Amaro urge Cragen to take this case seriously. Cragen says that if they can prove that Stevie was being paid off to keep silent, they'll have Cragen's full attention. Rollins promises to look into a charge against Masters that was made in 1988, then sealed and expunged.

Benson and Rollins talk to Domenica Ramos, a woman who claims her son Richie was molested by Masters. Overcome with grief, Richie took his own life. Later, Rollins looks into Masters' finances to see if he's really been paying young men to stay silent. She comes across his charity, Ray's Boys Foundation, and becomes determined to investigate all of its transactions.

Amaro and Benson question Masters about Richie Ramos. Masters claims Richie's mother was the drug-abusing mother who failed to care for his son. Masters says that he was Richie's coach, nothing more. When Benson implies that Masters uses his foundation to buy boys' silence, Masters loses his cool. The SVU team tries to find victims to come forward but they soon realize that the victims are too ashamed to talk. Benson and Amaro talk to Stevie who says that star player Prince Miller will come forward.

Fin and Benson talk to Supreme, Prince's business manager. It's clear Prince is making tons of money off of lucrative endorsement deals. Benson and Fin talk to Prince. Prince is evasive when they ask about abuse. Prince won't even take off his sunglasses. At the station, Amaro tells the gang that his wife is serving in Iraq. Then Stevie enters saying Prince invited him to party that night. The SVU team debates putting a wire on Stevie, but Cabot isn't sure it's a great idea. Instead, she wants to look into cases in Massachusetts where the statute of limitations doesn't apply.

At a club, Stevie and Prince fight over Coach Masters. Prince tells Stevie to quit lying about the abuse. Prince and his thugs beat up Stevie until Amaro and Benson swoop in to save the day. Stevie storms off, upset. The next day, they find Stevie, apparently dead of an overdose. At the morgue, Benson wonders if this was suicide or a cleverly covered-up homicide. Later, Cragen theorizes that maybe Prince's thugs killed Stevie to keep him silent. When Fin and Benson question Prince, he declares his innocence. Prince pulls up his alibi, a time-stamped sex video from the night before.

The SVU teams looks at Stevie's crime scene photos. They notice a footprint belonging to a sneaker emblazoned with the letter "P." It's exactly the same Prince Miller sneaker his manager Supreme wore earlier! Later, Benson and Fin find Supreme and confiscate his sneakers. They've got their killer. Benson and Amaro bring Prince to a playground where Masters is coaching young boys. Prince gets emotional seeing the young boys in such danger.

Prince holds a press conference and tells the world about Masters' horrible abuse. His words inspire other victims to come forward. Seeing Prince take off his sunglasses and cry honest tears will no doubt change lives. Masters will finally be behind bars where he belongs.

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