Law & Order: Special Victims Unit


Series 12 - Episode 13 Mask



A bit of a treat tonight: Jeremy Irons guest-stars in a role written specially for him. Some generic TV shows would be capsized by a movie star jumping aboard but SVU takes visiting A-listers in its stride and Irons fits right in – so much so that he later returned for a second episode.

He plays Cap Jackson, a former sex-addict and alcoholic who now works as a therapist treating addicts like himself. His belief is that sex addiction is an illness like depression, so it can be treated. The SVU’s resident psychologist Dr Wong is a fan, though Stabler prefers the “they’re animals who should be locked up” approach. As ever, Irons is wonderfully watchable in an overheated tale of a masked rapist.


Stabler and Benson investigate the rape of Debbie Shields in her home and are approached by Captain Jackson, who is the father of the victim's partner Ann and a psychiatrist specialising in treating sex addicts. A particular phrase used by the assailant strikes a chord with Jackson, but he refuses to say why due to doctor-patient confidentiality - and Stabler goes undercover at his rehabilitation clinic after there is a similar attack in Virginia. Guest starring Jeremy Irons.

Cast & Crew

Det Elliot Stabler Christopher Meloni
Det Olivia Benson Mariska Hargitay
Det Odafin `Fin' Tutuola Ice-T
Dr George Huang BD Wong
Capt Donald Cragen Dann Florek
Det John Munch Richard Belzer
ADA Gillian Hardwicke Melissa Sagemiller
Dr Captain Jackson Jeremy Irons
Ann Jackson Marguerite Stimpson
Debbie Shields AJ Cook
Dr Brett Kincaid Chandler Williams
Director Donna Deitch
Executive Producer Ann Donahue
Executive Producer Anthony E Zuiker
Executive Producer Jerry Bruckheimer
Executive Producer Carol Mendelsohn
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