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Shark: In the Grasp

Stark and his team are given the case of an alleged rape of a student by three football players, one of whom is the star quarterback. The university wants as little press as possible and claims they can refuse to release information without a subpoena. Plus, the teammates are refusing to help in some sort of code of silence. Additionally, the victim seems to be hiding facts vital to the case.

Meanwhile, Julie has been suspended from school following allegations that she plagiarized her Longfellow term paper and Stark goes to the school to get his daughter back into class.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x5
Production Number: 1AMK04
Airdate: Thursday October 19th, 2006

Director: Steven DePaul
Writer: Devon Greggory

Alternate Airdates:

UK (Channel 5) Apr 19, 2007
BE (VTM) Jul 10, 2007
AU (Seven) Dec 11, 2007
DE (Vox) Feb 11, 2008

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Guest Stars
Alex Fernandez
As Norman Saunders
Dave Allen Clark
As Reporter #2
Matt Lanter
As Eddie Linden
Rick Fitts
As Judge Walker
Aaron Hill
As Jock #2
Adam Clarke
As Detective Frye
Alicia Ziegler
As Tandi Parker
Andrew Lukich
As Stu Gates
Andy Umberger
As Dr. Bennett Flynn
Arielle Kebbel
As Sydney Blair
Bryce Johnson
As Josh Carpenter
Damaine Radcliff
As Nelson Moore
Erik Aude
As Seth Taylor
Frank Pacheco
As Jock #1
Jill Arrington
As Reporter #1
Lu Parker
As Reporter #3
Marguerite MacIntyre
As Vivian Anderson
Paul Schulze
As Ted Jeffries
Episode Notes
The events in this episode were likely inspired by a very similar set of events surrounding allegations of rape against players on the Duke University Lacrosse team. The general structure of the plot and many details allude to this case.

Cultural References
Poe: He should burn in Hell.
Stark: Well, before you call Dante...

Dante Alighieri lived in the 13th and early 14th centuries. A Florentine poet, his best known work is an epic poem entitled The Divine Comedy that describes what amounts to a guided tour of Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise. By far the most accessible part is the first part, Inferno, which descibes the trip through Hell.

Warning: Shark season 1 episode 5 guide may contain spoilers
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