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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Episode 15.06 : October Surprise

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TV Info


Episode Premiere

October 23, 2013

Distributor

NBC

Genre

Drama

Show Period

1999 - now

Production Company

NBC, Studios USA Television, Universal Network TV

Cast and Crew


Director

Peter Werner

Screenwriter

Peter Blauner

Main Cast


Additional Cast

  • Kirk Acevedo
  • Vincent Laresca

Synopsis


New York City's first Hispanic mayoral candidate with a real shot, Alex Munez, is a man of the people. His political backers exhort the incredible changes Alex will bring to New York's poor. However, trouble brews in Camp Munez when his loyal bodyguard Eddie is accused of attempted rape by his girlfriend Lindsay Anderson.

Alex calls in help from their old mutual friend, ADA Rafael Barba. Fearing foul play, Barba requests Benson give Eddie the benefit of the doubt. He knows Eddie is a good man. In questioning, Eddie claims Lindsay told him she was pregnant and planned to have an abortion, an act with which Eddie, a devout Catholic, couldn't comply. But why was there $2,000 in Eddie's pocket if he wasn't going to pay her?

Benson and Amaro follow up with Lindsay at her apartment, but she alleges the fight regarded playing second fiddle to Eddie's wife. Barba is certain Eddie hasn't seen his ex-wife in three years, so Lindsay's story cannot be true. Questions about Lindsay's past arise when the detectives dig deeper - she has four outstanding orders of protection for exhortation by rich, married men.

Eddie doesn't fit Lindsay's typical target though since he's neither rich nor married. Maybe Eddie was the fall guy for the significantly more powerful and married Alex Munez... When the detectives go to question her, they find Lindsay's apartment empty. Amaro, whom Lindsay had flirted with, friends her on Facebook to discover her whereabouts. The previously unemployed Lindsay is on a plane headed to Tel Aviv for her new assignment as a Labor Party political consultant.

On a hunch, Rollins sets up an "I Heart Alex Munez for Mayor" fan page - within 30 minutes, Alex responds to her advances and asks to move the conversation to a more discreet cheating website. The two of them message sexy pictures back and forth, ending with a picture of Alex's penis.

Horrified at his friend's behavior, Barba confronts Alex, which is technically illegal. Munez denies any wrongdoing, asserting he's been framed by political opposition. When Barba's interaction with Alex comes to light, Amaro accuses Barba of feeling like a sellout to his old barrio friends.

Munez's behavior is abhorrent, but not a sex crime... Until the detectives discover his year-long online alias "Enrique Trouble" is connected to a porn-star-magically-turned-executive at the New York State Gaming Commission. In the Lindsay fiasco prequel, porn star Anna Pretard blackmailed Munez for money until he found her the prestigious job. Just like Lindsay, Eddie delivered the money directly to Anna.

Barba advises his friend Eddie to confess all to the police and save himself from counts of exhortation and witness tampering. Alex no longer helps anyone except himself. In questioning, Eddie tells Benson he handled money deliveries for three women, but there was an unknown fourth named Jodie. Shockingly, Jodie is a 15-year-old high school sophomore who exchanged explicit pictures with Alex.

Officially in sex crime territory, Barba notifies Alex the evidence will be entered into the system as child pornography, but Munez maintains his innocence. He was always the overachiever, and Barba obviously has a personal vendetta against his success. The mayoral candidate lashes out to the media regarding Barba and the NYPD. Was Barba's decision to prosecute Alex completely free of prejudice?

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The Film Set of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit
Dec 22, 2010
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The Film Set of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit
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