The moment we’d all been waiting for finally happened last night: Anthony Weiner’s campaign was ripped from the headlines, and remixed into an episode of Law & Order: SVU.
Which headlines, exactly? Glad you asked! We put together a list. While the episode took most of its inspiration from Weiner’s tragic downfall, it also borrowed elements from Bill de Blasio’s campaign and Eliot Spitzer’s, too. SVU‘s writers even threw in a little Amanda Bynes for good measure.
The episode introduces audiences to Alejandro Muñoz, a community organizer from the Bronx on track to become the first Hispanic mayor of New York — until the detectives of an elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit uncover the sordid details of his many, many electronic affairs.
Here are all the details, along with the headlines from which the details were ripped. SPOILERS AHEAD.
Law & Order detail: Lindsay Anderson is an online opportunist who targets wealthy older men using social media. One of her previous victims tells the detectives, “She friended me on Facebook, after I started the charity. I thought she was at the perfect intersection of hot and crazy. I underestimated the crazy.”
Law & Order detail: Sensing Lindsay is getting out of hand, Muñoz dispatches a childhood friend, Eddie Garcia, to do damage control with his online fling.
Law & Order detail: Muñoz’s other old friend, Rafael Barba, now works in the D.A.’s office, and he is initially hesitant to believe Muñoz’s might have done anything wrong — but when he sees the evidence, he is convinced otherwise.
Law & Order detail: Introducing Muñoz at a campaign lunch, a reverend tells the audience, “For far too long we’ve been a tale of two cities — one rich, one poor”
Law & Order detail: Six restraining orders have been filed against Lindsay Anderson, including one from “an ex-shrink who said he kept getting texts demanding that he come back and ‘murder her vagina’–whatever that means.”
Law & Order detail: When detectives start following up on Anderson, she’s whisked off to Tel Aviv, where Muñoz’s political consultant has secured her a job. They’ll later learn that Muñoz has placed his other flings in jobs, too–he had a former porn star appointed to the New York Gaming Commission, and a stripper put on the state’s tourism board.
Law & Order detail: Introducing his wife at a campaign event, Muñoz says, “She’s not only prettier than me, she’s smarter.”
Law and Order detail: Wanting to catch him in the act, the detectives set a honey trap for Muñoz. One sends him a message saying, “When you talked about the pension system I got so excited.”
Law & Order detail: Muñoz takes the bait, but asks detectives to switch to a less public site, PleasureWithoutConscience.com, where he goes by the handle Enrique Trouble.
Law & Order detail: Confronted by his friend about the explicit selfies, Muñoz’s first defense is “I’ve been hacked.”
Law & Order detail: When his friend in the D.A.’s Office confronts him about his online extracurricular activities, Muñoz says, “You’re going to judge me? Like you’re my priest?”
Want more imitation Weiner? Here’s the full SVU episode…[
Let us know if you find any details we missed, and check back Friday, when we’ll be recapping Scandal‘s Weiner-inspired episode, airing Thursday. (Kidding. Kind of.)
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