Saturday, October 10, 2015

Law & Order SVU “Community Policing” Photos

Here are advance photos for Law & Order SVU, “Community Policing” which will air on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 9PM ET on NBC. The photos feature Kelli Giddish, Peter Scanavino, Ice-T, and Kylie McVey (as Sophie Harris).

Photos by: Michael Parmelee/NBC 2015 NBCUniversal Media, LLC

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Law & Order SVU “Community Policing” Previews

Here are preview clips for Law & Order SVU, “Community Policing” which will air on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 9PM ET on NBC. The videos feature Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T, Raúl Esparza, Peter Scanavino, Scott William Winters (as Detective Joe Dumas), and Leslie Odom, Jr. ( as Reverend Curtis Scott).

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Law & Order SVU “Institutional Fail” Recap & Review

Stories about neglected or abused children always bother me more than others, and this one was no exception. Maybe it’s because I see children as being completely powerless to change a bad situation, it makes those who neglect them, such as parents and social supporters, as being particularly heinous when they shirk their responsibilities. The failure here was not just with Child Services, but also with the city officials who are more worried about how things look to the public than protecting the public it is paid to serve.

In this case, abusive and mostly absent parenting, coupled with a bunch of bureaucrats who are more worried about their statistics and keeping their jobs, contributed to the death of an innocent child, and endangered the life of another. The SVU gets involved in the case and find themselves hitting a brick wall when higher ups at One PP would rather handle this internally than make a public spectacle. While Benson finds her hands tied, it’s Rafael Barba who comes to the rescue, as he doesn’t have to toe the One PP line. I found myself cheering inside during his press conference. As usual, Raúl Esparza brought the real emotional footnote to the case when, while cross examining Janette Grayson (Whoopi Goldberg), his voice sounded like it was cracking with horror and disgust for this woman’s incompetence and for what happened to other children. In fact, I think Raúl completely stole that scene. While I recognize Whoopi’s many acting awards, I thought that the performance could have been just as good with another actor.

It was a bit of a surprise, however, when Barba told Benson and Rollins that to go after the caseworker he would need more than maternal outrage to make a case. I know Barba has a sharp tongue but that comment was sexist. He could have just omitted the word “maternal” and still made his point.

Rollins took a pregnancy test in early June and she barely looked pregnant at that time. It is now early August and she looks much farther along than one would expect for that 2 month time frame. I do understand the timing with Kelli’s real life pregnancy and the filming schedule, but it still seems to me that the episode time frame is off.

I enjoy having Peter Gallagher as Dodds. He brings the right amount of tension to the story line and keeps Benson on her toes. He is correct when he tells her she doesn’t have a political bone in her body. It’s good that Benson looks out for what is right for the victims, but she does need to be mindful of internal politics and USE them to get what she needs done. It’s interesting that Benson and Dodds both were very quick to tell Fin they weren’t on a date;  based on their body language as they left what was likely a work event together,  it looked a little more than just a work relationship (or maybe Dodds wishes!).   I think they would make an interesting couple; she and Dodds seem to have good chemistry, even though they don’t always agree. It will be interesting to see how the work dynamic changes when Dodd’s son becomes Benson’s #2!

This was a solid story, nicely told!

Here is the recap:

Mariska Hargitay – Sergeant 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:
Whoopi Goldberg - Janette Grayson
John Magaro - Keith Musio
Peter Gallagher: Deputy Chief William Dodds
Joseph Lyle Taylor - Counselor Mickey D'Angelo
Josh Pais - Hank Abraham
Yvonna Kopaca-Wright - Dr. Wilder
Josh Mercantel - Matt Sheridan
Scott William Winters – Detective Joe Dumas
Jessica Pimental - Manuela Ozuna
Michael Mastro – Judge Serani
Steve Rosen – Public Defender Guthrie
Caris Vujcec - Detective
Marissa Matrone – Judge Mariana DeFeceo
Lynne Marie Rosenberg – Counselor Belitta Schwartz
Delius Doherty - Ross
Elijah Rivera – Tito Morales
LaToya Edwards – Denaya
Alexa Butler – Grandma
Jaime Fernandez – Dario
Christopher Roach – Frank
Issam Mikaiki – Bruno Ozuna

A young boy, home alone, manages to get himself out of the apartment, cross a busy street, and into a store to buy some food. The store clerk sees the small boy alone and asks where his mom is at.

Meanwhile, Benson is leaving an evening event with Deputy Chief William Dodds. She comments it was not as horrible as she thought. He tells her she is going to be a Lieutenant and she will need to practice kissing those rings. She asks, “Lieutenant? So I passed? “ He adds and then some, when it is official she can pick any command in the city. She comments she is happy where she is. He says okay and then asks if she is up for a nightcap; they need to talk about finding her a #2. Her phone buzzes and he asks doesn’t she ever turn that thing off? She explains she can’t; they are short staffed. She takes the call and says she is on her way. Dodds asks where to, he will drop her. She gets in his car.

Benson and Dodds arrive at the store where the boy was found. Fin is there and apologizes for breaking up their date. They say in unison that it wasn’t a date. Detective Dumas is also there, saying that he and Detective Campisi took the call from patrol;  their Sergeant suggested SVU would be better equipped to handle a lost kid. Dodds comments that the detective is passing the buck, but Det. Campisi says the boy wouldn’t talk and walked in all by himself. Benson, concerned, sees him sitting sadly near the counter and asks where are the parents. Fin comments that is why they are here.

Later, in the hospital waiting area while the boy plays with toys, Benson, changed from her evening attire, tries to make a connection to get the boy to talk, and eventually hears him say his name is Bruno. He does not know his last name or how old he is. She sees Doctor Wilder approach and walks over to tell the doctor she got his name and thinks he is about 3 years old. She asks if he should be talking by now and The doctor comments it is delayed speech, no one is taking care of him. He was filthy and had several cavities and his vitamin D levels were low as he was not getting out much. There are no broken bones or any signs of sexual trauma. She wants to run more tests and would like to talk to the parents. Benson states so would they.

At Conyers Houses on Friday August 7, Rollins speaks to a woman sitting outside with her child, who tells Rollins on how she is carrying her weight that it is a girl. She has also seen Bruno in the courtyard at all hours. She has called 911 and 311 and got nothing. She says the mother is a mess, all hopped up. Carisi speaks to another woman and shows her Bruno’s picture who says the boys. mother's name is Manuela with a last name like a one of those Dominican baseball playing brothers. Fin catches up with another guy who may be running drugs who does not know the kid or the mother. He grabs his phone and says he is Tito Morales and is recording all this. Fin says loudly so the others can hear that if Tito keep snitching they will drop all the charges. Tito says he is no snitch and Fin tells him then start talking.

Back at SVU, Benson gets off a call and says they are all over it and she races into the squad room. She tells the others that was Dodds and he is asking about Bruno and what can she tell him? Fin hears the mom has been copping once a day, Carisi has a list of possible last names, something Dominican, and Rollins says the housing authority is checking but her contact said not to expect much. They have to go through 2,000 leases, Carisi adds not to mention the illegal sublets, etc. Carisi called child services and the guy told him where he could go, so Benson decides to do a drop in. Rollins, looking very pregnant, gets up slowly and says she and Fin have this, but Benson, seeing Rollins' discomfort, says Rollins and Fin should stay there and work the phones, she and Carisi will go.

At the department of Child Services at 108 Fulton Street on Friday, August 7, as Benson and Carisi arrive, they see an officer removing a man who is giving a case worker - Keith Musio - some trouble. Janette Grayson, his boss, comments “Welcome to the jungle.” Janette makes the introductions. Janette moves off to help get rid of the other man. The discuss Bruno and he finds the file for Bruno Ozuna. They explain Bruno’s situation.

Later, Keith is taking Benson and Carisi to Bruno’s home, walking up many flights of stairs as the elevator is broken. He says he last saw Bruno a couple weeks ago and both kids were fine. They get to the apartment and see the door is not even locked, and Benson calls out for Manuela and enters the apartment. The apartment is a mess and the TV is on and the apartment is like a furnace. Manuela is not there. They are shocked to find Keisha locked in a dog cage, with barely a pulse. Keith is stunned. Benson is shocked that Keisha is so tiny and challenges Keith on her age, but he states she is almost nine. Carisi calls for a bus as Benson gets her out of the cage and holds her and consoles her.

Benson and Carisi are at the hospital and Dr. Wilder says that Keisha is starving and is so dehydrated her organs are shutting down. When Carisi asks if she will make it, the doctor says she wishes they found her sooner.

At 3169 Broadway on Friday, August 7, Fin finds Manuela sitting on the sidewalk begging and says he has her kids. They arrest her and as she protests, Fin tells her to shut up.

Back at the hospital, Carisi asks Keith if he is feeling better, and he says yeah. He adds that when he was a rookie he used to puke all the time. The way Keisha looked…Carisi comments that Keith was just there a few weeks ago and asks how did she look then? Keith comments he is trying to remember, he has so many visits in a day – at least 8 or 9 – he never has enough time. Carisi asks that he did see Keisha two weeks ago, and Keith replies he must have, he’d have to check his notes. He adds this isn’t even his family to begin with, his colleague has been on maternity leave so now he has twice the workload. Frustrated, he states he is doing 12-hour turns here, rushing through visits, and all the paperwork and court appearances… Carisi says he gets it, but states that Keith knows where he is going with this, right? Keith looks stunned and Carisi says they just picked up Keisha’s mother and there is going to be more questions.

Law & Order SVU “Community Policing” Promo

Here is the promo for Law & Order SVU “Community Policing” which will air on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 9PM ET on NBC.

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Law & Order SVU “Institutional Fail” More Advance Photos

Here are more advance photos for Law & Order SVU “Institutional Fail” which will air on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 9PM ET on NBC. The photos feature Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T, Peter Scanavino, Kelli Giddish, Raúl Esparza, and guest stars Peter Gallagher (as Deputy Chief Williams Dodds), John Magaro (as Keith Adkins), Josh Marcantel (as Dale Sheridan), and Whoopi Goldberg (as Janette Garner).

My recap and review of Law & Order SVU “Institutional Fail” can be found at this link.

Photos by: Tom Zubak/NBC and Michael Parmelee/NBC
2015 NBCUniversal Media, LLC

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Law & Order SVU “Maternal Instincts” Episode Information

Here are the details for a new episode of Law & Order SVU, “Maternal Instincts.”

Law & Order SVU “Maternal Instincts” Air Date October 21, 2015 (9 PM ET/8C Wednesday NBC)


Rollins' (Kelli Giddish) mother Beth (Madsen) throws her a baby shower while the SVU reports to a four-star hotel where a famous violinist was raped by her colleague, Anton Krasnikov (guest star Zach McGowan). With no memory of the crime, Anton claims a hired escort drugged and robbed him, and evidence leads to the shocking return of Rollins' fugitive sister Kim (guest star Lindsay Pulsipher). Meanwhile, Sgt. Mike Dodds (guest star Andy Karl) arrives for his first day at SVU. Also starring Mariska Hargitay (Lt. Olivia Benson), Ice T (Det. Odafin Tutuola) and Peter Scanavino (Det. Sonny Carisi). Also guest-starring Wass Stevens (Slice), Peter Gallagher (Deputy Chief Dodds) and Elizabeth A. Davis (Alessandra Bay).

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