Monday, February 8, 2016

SVU/Chicago PD Crossover - PD’s “The Song of Gregory William Yates” Previews

Here are previews from Chicago PD “The Song of Gregory William Yates “ which will air on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 10PM ET on NBC. This Chicago PD/SVU crossover episode will air immediately after Law & Order SVU “Nationwide Manhunt” at 9PM ET on NBC. The videos feature SVU’s Mariska Hargitay and Ice-T, plus Chicago PD’s Jason Beghe, Sophia Bush, Jon Seda, Laroyce Hawkins, and Jesse Lee Soffer.



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Friday, February 5, 2016

Law & Order SVU “Nationwide Manhunt” Previews (Chicago PD Crossover)

Here are sneak peeks from Law & Order SVU “Nationwide Manhunt” which will air on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 9PM ET on NBC. (The Chicago PD crossover episode will air immediately afterwards.) The videos feature Mariska Hargitay, Kelli Giddish, Peter Scanavino, Raúl Esparza, Andy Karl, Sophia Bush, Jon Seda, and Dallas Roberts.

Please note: these videos have a limited life and may be removed at any time, so catch them while you can!


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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Law & Order SVU “Nationwide Manhunt”/ Chicago PD Crossover Promo

Here is the promo for Law & Order SVU “Nationwide Manhunt” which will air on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 9PM ET on NBC. The Chicago PD crossover episode will air immediately afterwards..




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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Law & Order SVU “Forty-One Witnesses” Recap & Review


I don’t know if there were exactly “Forty-One Witnesses” in this case, but the point was made: sometimes witnesses to a crime - even when witnesses are large in number -  avoid getting involved. Reminiscent of the Kitty Genovese case from 1964, the SVU case showed that, at least in the heavily populated city of New York, it’s easier for people to find excuses why they don’t want to help someone in danger, even if helping only means calling 911. The excuses are many. In the case of Libby Parker, her neighbors showed their worst side - including one person she considered a friend - by turning a blind eye to her assault. But when the detectives chase down the perps, there is no lack of an audience, and the crowd is quick to take photos and video to confirm their witnessing the event. Society's priorities are messed up.

This episode had a few gems of dialog, but for the most part, it was very predictable.

Very late in the episode we find that one of the witnesses, Doug, is eidetic – he has the ability to recall detailed memory of images, objects or sounds. Luckily the fleeting comment Doug made about it in the courtroom hall was not lost on Barba. Barba was able to use Doug’s talent during trial, offsetting the fact that Doug came to court drunk. Whether Doug mentioned it to Carisi during prep is unknown, but I am assuming he did not as Carisi only mentioned when they did the prep,  Doug was spot on and never varied in his descriptions. If Carisi knew Doug had this ability, I would think he would have mentioned it right away to Barba. I also have a legal question to which I can’t find the answer: Can an attorney put someone on the stand if the attorney knows that person is drunk or impaired? I know Barba had no other witnesses besides Doug to prop up his case, but I didn’t know if there was anything that legally prevented Barba from putting a drunk witness on the stand. Regardless, it was a risky move on Barba’s part,  no matter how much coffee Carisi forced on Doug in an attempt to get him sober.  I must admit that I was hoping Doug would not show up so we could all see Barba “vamp” as Barba promised.

There are two characters on SVU who seem to have great chemistry with just about anyone they encounter: Carisi and Barba. Both have no problem saying what’s on their minds, sometimes with a pinch of sarcasm. Both Peter Scanavino and Raúl Esparza have a fantastic presence, stealing any scene they’re in. I credit both the actors who bring the characters to life, and the writers who give these characters the right words to spark them.

Rollins was showing an unusual unsympathetic side during this case. I think it’s because Rollins may see a bit of her past self in Libby, at least relative to Libby’s battling an addiction. I can understand where Rollins is coming from; she is now a mother and knows that she is now responsible for her child, not just herself, and for some people, that can be a real motivator to kick any addiction. For others, an addiction is not so easily conquered. Rollins also seemed cynical at the end of the trial, something that Fin attributed to her just returning to work and being tired. After being on leave for 8 weeks, it was likely a shock to her system to come back into the dark world of the Special Victims Unit.

At the end of the episode, Benson was on the phone with a mystery caller, and while on that call, she quickly consumed a lot of wine. The caller seemed to be offering her a diversion but she decided on a rain check instead, seemingly preferring to spend time with that bottle of wine. Benson has hit the wine in the past so it’s hard to say whether she just guzzled her wine that night because of work stress, or if she has PTSD and is relying on that wine to get her through the night, every night. I raised the issue in the last episode ( ”A Misunderstanding” ) if Benson was really as fine as she insisted to Dr. Lindstrom. She looked a little tired and burned out in this episode and I think she is far from fine.

When will Benson get her Lieutenant’s badge? She’s still wearing the badge of a Sergeant. Inquiring minds want to know! (Update: I've been told Benson wore a Lieutenant's badge in an earlier episode in this season. I found that she did wear a Lieutenant's badge in "Community Policing" from October 2015.  I also noticed it in a few other episodes so this may be a one episode error.)



Cast:
Mariska Hargitay - Lieutenant Olivia Benson
Ice-T - Detective Odafin “Fin” Tutuola
Kelli Giddish - Detective Amanda Rollins
Raúl Esparza - ADA Rafael Barba
Peter Scanavino - Detective Dominick “Sonny” Carisi, Jr.

Guest stars:
Andy Karl - Sgt. Mike Dodds
Abby Miller – Libby Parker
Patrick Breen - Doug Nelson
Allyce Beasely – Mrs. Weisman
Daveed Diggs - Counselor Louis Henderson
Yvonna Kopacz-Wright – Dr. Darby Wilder
J. Mallory McCree - Ronnie Ellis
Anthony Ramos - Juan Flores
Jason Genao - Will Reeves
Steve Rosen - Counselor Michael Guthrie
Donnetta Lavinia Grays – Linda Bagley
Michael K. Lee - Craig
Sonia Manzano– Judge Gloria Pepitone
Sandra Berrios – Maria
Fedna Jacquet – Jenna
Shunori Ramanathan – Sara
Joselin Reyes – Paramedic
Adi Hanash – Josh
Aria Shahghasemi – Omar
Alberto Vasquez – Freddy
Mickey Jaiven - Stoned Jock
Genson Blimline – Man
Nicole Lewis – Jury Foreperson
Jack Nawada-Braunwart – Noah Porter Benson

Rollins leaves a small store carrying baby Jesse. She is on the phone with Benson about her return to work the next day after being on maternity leave for 8 weeks. Rollins asks how has Benson been doing after everything she went through. Benson, in her office, says she is fine and not to worry about her. She says they are looking forward to seeing her tomorrow. After hanging up, Rollins sees a man nearby who is arguing on the phone. When he yells at her for staring, Rollins walks away.

Meanwhile, at a café, a woman buys some drugs from a man and takes them immediately. She lays down on a couch in a stupor. Three guys approach her and while they hover over her, a woman nearby takes a cell phone video of their behavior. The guys decide to get her out of there and as they walk her, staggering, out of the coffee shop, the woman continues to record them on her phone.

The three guys take her to her apartment building and as one woman in the area gets out her cell phone, one of the men turns back and glares at her.

Two of the guys try to get into her apartment but a neighbor witnesses this and scares them off, threatening to call the police.

Back in the courtyard, the guys assault the woman and as she screams, people look out their apartment windows, many turning off their lights.


The next day, Benson and Rollins arrive at the courtyard where the woman, Libby Parker, is being tended to by EMTs. She is hypothermic as she has been laying in the courtyard all night. Rollins decides to ride along in the ambulance. Dodds tells Benson that the super found Libby in the courtyard at 7 AM, Fin adds there is no video and no one has come forward. As Carisi approaches, Benson surveys the area and says there are 100 windows up there; someone saw something.

At the hospital, Rollins is on the phone with her baby sitter as Dr. Wilder approaches. Rollins asks if she can speak with Libby now but the doctor explains that Libby has a concussion and two cracked ribs, and with the drugs in her system and hypothermia, they are still trying to stabilize her.

Meanwhile, at the apartment of Libby Parker at 688 East 9th Street on Thursday, January 28, Fin and Dodds search her apartment and it does not appear to have been robbed. They ask Freddy for the names tenants overlooking the courtyard. Dodds sees a photo of Libby with two kids and assumes they are nieces. The neighbor across the hall enters and explains he scared off two guys trying to break in about 1 AM. He yelled at them but did not call police. He heard nothing after that as he had his headphones on.

Carisi speaks with another tenant, Mrs. Weisman, who saw Abby in the courtyard with three men in hoodies. She did not call the police as there were lots of lights on and she figured someone called already.

Fin speaks with two other tenants, Craig and Jenna, who live right above Libby, who heard the screams but it was dark and they couldn’t see a thing.


Afterwards in the courtyard, Dodds, Carisi and Fin discuss the 10 residents that saw something but everyone thought someone else was going to call the police. As Carisi moans that police could have been there in two minutes, a man’s dog runs into the taped crime scene area. Carisi picks up the dog and chats with the owner of the dog, Doug Nelson. He says he didn’t walk through last night and says he wasn’t home, he was at a bar with his boyfriend. Carisi comments to Dodds to say what he wants about Staten Island, but at least people look out for each other. Fin informs them they caught a break; Libby used her debit card in the East Village at 11 PM.

At “The Bean” café at 54 2nd Avenue on Thursday, January 28, Carisi shows Libby’s photo to customers. A worker tells Dodds that the girl was high as a kite. He says there are no drugs here. He also states the security video only saves the last hour as the data slows down the servers which makes the gamers angry. Carisi still tries to get a rise out of the customers but no one admits to seeing her. He recognizes a student from Fordham and she admits to seeing Libby but says if it is about the drugs she doesn’t know anything. He gives her his card and asks that if she saw anything to give him a call. He makes it sound to the others that she didn’t say anything and he sarcastically thanks them for their cooperation and leaves with Dodds.

SVU/Chicago PD Crossover - PD’s “The Song of Gregory William Yates” Photos

Here are advance photos for Chicago PD “The Song of Gregory William Yates “ which will air on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 10PM ET on NBC. This Chicago PD SVU crossover episode will air immediatelty after Law & Order SVU “Nationwide Manhunt” at 9PM ET on NBC. The photos feature SVU’s Mariska Hargitay and Ice-T, plus Chicago PD’s Jason Beghe, Sophia Bush, Jon Seda, Laroyce Hawkins, and Jesse Lee Soffer.












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SVU/Chicago PD Crossover - PD’s “The Song of Gregory William Yates” Interviews, B-Roll

Here are cast interviews and behind the scenes video for Chicago PD “The Song of Gregory William Yates “ which will air on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 10PM ET on NBC. This Chicago PD SVU crossover episode will air immediately after Law & Order SVU “Nationwide Manhunt” at 9PM ET on NBC. The videos feature SVU’s Mariska Hargitay and Ice-T, and Chicago PD’s Jason Beghe, Sophia Bush, Brian Geraghty, Marina Squerciati, Patrick Flueger, and Jon Seda.



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