|Title||Head Over Heels|
|Airdate||July 24, 2006|
|Written by||Wendy West|
|Directed by||Matt Earl Beesley|
|Previous episode||Out of Focus|
|Next episode||Critical Missing|
|Episode list||Season 2|
|“||Naked people are being filmed in every attic, every car and on every swingset in the Valley. No one can keep that from happening.||”|
— A porn industry lawyer
The murder and dismemberment of a male pornstar uncovers the possibility of an HIV outbreak in Los Angeles' adult industry.
- Chris Mundy (a.k.a. "Buck Shot"), adult actor
- Morgan Bloom, the owner of Opulence Films
- Oscar Bloom, Morgan's son
- Evelyn "Layla" Howard, one of the victim's co-performers
Closing the CaseEdit
The fictional FITS, where the blood tests were faked, is based on the non-profit Adult Industry Medical Service (AIM.) Based in the San Fernando Valley, AIM emphasizes medical and emotional care services for sex workers and patients with high-risk sexual practices. It also contracts to with the adult film industry to provide pre-shoot and scheduled HIV and STD tests, using the highly sensitive PCR/DNA HIV test.
Founded by a former adult film star, AIM participated in the CDC/LADOH study of the industry's 2004 HIV outbreak, doing all their HIV testing.
In early 2004 adult star Darren James was found to be HIV-positive after working with three HIV positive Brazilian adult-film actresses, one of whom infected him. James, in turn, infected an American actress, Lara Roxx. Between them, they contacted another 25 adult film actors. The CDC and LA County Department of Health, with the cooperation of AIM, studied the outbreak, and shut down the industry until virus was contained. LADOH later required all adult-film actors to wear condoms.
Both actors were barred from further adult film work. Each of the actors who worked with them were "under quarantine" until their HIV tests came back negative. Of these, five were found to be HIV-positive. Because of this outbreak, both the adult film industry and the LADOH worked together to develop mutually acceptable guidelines for the health and safety of adult film actors.
The episode's Bloom family, the owners of Opulence Films, may have been loosely based on the Glasser family, featured in Showtime's "Family Business," who run an adult film production company in Los Angeles.
Because the head and feet that begin the episode's murder case were found in West Hollywood, the medical examiner running an HIV test was a matter of routine. This was done because the city of West Hollywood's population is predominantly gay, which strongly influences the city's social and political agendas.
Much of the action in this episode takes place in LA's San Fernando Valley. "The Valley" is often referred to as the adult movie capital of the US because of the number of adult films made there, often in private homes, each year.