Thursday, April 20, 2017

Law & Order SVU “The Newsroom” Sneak Peeks

Here are previews from Law & Order SVU “The Newsroom” which will air on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 9PM ET on NBC. The videos feature Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T, Kelli Giddish, and Peter Scanavino.

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

SVU_18017_Clip1_16x9 from Chris Zimmer on Vimeo.

SVU_18017_Clip2_16x9 from Chris Zimmer on Vimeo.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Law & Order SVU “The Newsroom” Photos

Here are advance photos for Law & Order SVU “The Newsroom” which will air on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 9PM ET on NBC. The photos feature Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T, Kelli Giddish, Peter Scanavino, Peter Gallagher as Chief William Dodds, Bonnie Somerville as Heidi Sorenson, Mark Moses as George Thanos, Christopher McDonald as Harold Coyle, Peyton List as Margery Evans, and Paloma Guzmán as Davina Delucci.

Photos by: Michael Parmelee/NBC 2017 NBCUniversal Media, LLC

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Law & Order SVU “Spellbound” Episode Information

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

Law & Order SVU “Spellbound” Air Date May 10, 2017 (9 PM ET/8C Wednesday NBC)

The SVU investigates a charismatic spiritual healer (guest star Stuart Townsend) when a client claims he incapacitated and assaulted her using hypnosis. Starring Mariska Hargitay (Lt. Olivia Benson), Ice T (Det. Odafin Tutuola), Kelli Giddish (Det. Amanda Rollins), Raúl Esparza (ADA Rafael Barba) and Peter Scanavino (Det. Sonny Carisi). Also guest starring Kristen Hager (Abby Clarke), Elizabeth Marvel (Rita Calhoun), John Ellison Conlee (Jack Roe) and Akintola Jiboyewa (Lt. Richard Hill).

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Law & Order SVU “Real Fake News” Episode Information

Here are the details for a new episode of Law & Order SVU, “Real Fake News.”

Law & Order SVU “Real Fake News” Air Date May 3, 2017 (9 PM ET/8C Wednesday NBC)

A congressman (guest star James Waterston) falsely accused of soliciting underage girls asks SVU to debunk the rumor, but the investigation leads to a real sex trafficking ring. Meanwhile, Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Rollins (Kelli Giddish) become the targets of a salacious website. Also starring Ice T (Det. Odafin Tutuola) and Peter Scanavino (Det. Sonny Carisi). Also guest starring Patch Darragh (Ron Duca), Naiya Ortiz (Marian), Kevin Carolan (Ronald Fleming), Brian McCarthy (Malcolm Barnstable), Stephen Park (Eugene Lee) and Bronwyn Reed (Lucy Huston).

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Law & Order SVU “Know It All” Recap & Review

I have mixed feelings about “Know It All”. On the plus side, it was a fast paced story that is very relevant to the current concerns of the lack of privacy and constant surveillance from technology. On the minus side, it was somewhat predictable and the “meatier” story could have been the serial rapist/murderer case, of which they quickly disposed.  This had the possibilities of a great two-part episode: first part: serial rapist/murders, second part: copycat.  Instead, we get one episode and a story that felt incomplete.

Was it a mistake that they tried to get a confession from the serial rapist/murderer on Jennifer’s murder right away? If that murder didn’t quite match the MO, they shouldn’t have brought it up during that first interrogation. I would think that all they needed right away was a confession on the first one or two to continue to hold the guy, giving SVU more time to check out Jennifer’s murder before they included her with the photos of the victims shown to the suspect. I know hindsight is always 20/20, but it seems that Benson got too greedy to solve them all at once,  and ultimately it put the whole confession in question. We never do hear how the case for the rapist/murderer worked out. What happens to the confession if he admitted to one murder he did not do?

It was mentioned that David Willard was too smart to leave any traces of blackmail, yet he apparently was dumb enough to leave in her apartment Jennifer's own rope that he used to bind her.  That rope in Jennifer’s apartment was so contrived. Lucky for David that she kept such a heavy duty rope, similar to the other murders, right in her kitchen. (I wonder what on earth she would use it for.)  When they confronted him on the fingerprints in the kitchen in her apartment, why didn’t he just say he was there a lot so it would not be odd to find his prints there? For someone who professes to know everything, it turns out he really isn’t very smart.

On Barba’s big secret: I expected something much more salacious. Such a disappointment. I suppose he can still remain a good man in our minds if, in trying to convict a double rapist/murderer, he gave a strung-out junkie witness some money, knowing she would use it to get a fix and be able to testify, even if she did OD later. The DA will likely give him a pass, thinking that the end justified the means. I’m not saying what he did was right, just that he DA may be more forgiving in something like this over something like a corruption or sex scandal.

A missed opportunity: there was zero reaction from Rollins when David said that Jennifer’s sister Laura was in AA and had slept with her sponsor and went on a downward spiral. Seeing how this was similar to Rollins’ own experience, I would have expected some reaction from her.

We got a few personal tidbits; Rollins is from Loganville, Georgia and Carisi is a graduate of Tottenville High, Princes Bay. We also discover that Carisi may be seeing someone who Fin calls “Miss 34B” because of a bra ad that popped up on Carisi’s computer. Carisi said his friend was using his computer; as it is NYPD property, I would think it would be inappropriate for anyone other than someone in SVU (or NYPD) to be using it. Maybe Miss 34B is NYPD?  Regardless,  Carisi erred in letting someone else use his work computer.

This episode's original air date was delayed due to unavoidable production issues. This means we went backwards in time from the previous episode, “Net Worth.” The timeline for “Know It All” started on February 9, and “Net Worth” began March 20.

Here is the recap:

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:
Chris Diamantopoulos - David Willard
Jason Bowen - Detective Marcus Perry
Megan Murphy - Laura Knowles
Meredith Travers - Jennifer Knowles
Bill Dawes - Alex Ryan
Max Baker - CSU Tech Colin Bennett
Mary E. Hodges – Judge Anita Wright
Jamie Effros – CSU Tech
Megan Leung – TARU Tech
Marianna Garcia - Ashtonja Abreu
Tim Ewing – Attorney Richard Banner
Gianna Yanelli – Young Woman
Bill Kocis – Reporter

At a group task force meeting at the Special Victims Unit, Benson states that these three victims are the work of their “Pattern 23” rapist. Detective Perry states that this is the one that the papers are calling the “Second Avenue Strangler.” His victims were all last seen near bars on Second Avenue. Rollins adds that witnesses reported seeing a gold TLC car near two of the victims and they checked Uber, Quick Ride, and other services and it doesn’t match any of their cars. Fin says it could be a guy working off the books. Benson states that no matter who he is, he is a serial rapist murderer who has struck every two weeks for the last month. She adds that for those just joining them now, this is going to be a joint investigation with Homicide and Detective Perry. Perry comments that it started as an SVU case, but the others will be their feet on the ground. Carisi points to the monitor and explains that the MOs are all the same; the victims are all between twenty and thirty, long-haired brunettes, they had secondary trauma from the struggle, and they were dropped off at a construction site. The cause of death was asphyxiation. Rollins states all the victims were found naked from the waist down, their hands were tied with rope, and they all had a chunk of hair shaved on the back of their neck. Perry comment that is his trophy and his signature. Fin says he picks easy marks, they are drunk and walking home alone. Benson holds up and handful of the sketches and tells them to get the sketch out there and be their eyes and ears. She hands someone the sketches and tells them all to go. As they group breaks up, Benson tells Perry 3 days in and they have a week and a half if he stays on pattern. Perry comments he can’t handle another one, CompStat counts these against homicide and he has three unsolved over his head. Benson says they will flood the streets and flood social media and get the sketch out there to make sure everybody knows. Perry nods and walks off.

Meanwhile, at Attention, Inc. at 132 Varick Street on Thursday, February 9, David Willard is meeting with his staff, along with fellow employee Jennifer Knowles. They are talking about their app and all the valuable information sitting out there in cyberspace, there to be discovered, analyzed, and exploited. He admits there are concerns where some are using their advance data mining for targeted propaganda, but he says they are selling a tool. Jennifer adds like a gun or drugs, it can be misused and that is not on them. David says if everyone knows everything and nothing can be hidden, the truth shall set them free. As the group disperses, David approaches Jennifer and embraces her from behind, and she pulls away telling him no, but he kisses her and says he can’t wait. He wants to go somewhere private, and she comments now he is worried about privacy. He says he can be with her tonight and she counters she knows but she wants to talk but she told her sister she wants to meet her so she suggests dinner after. David asks what time she can meet him, and she says she will be home by 7 and asks to meet him there. He tells her not to be late, he’ll track her cell. He walks off.

But the next morning, Jennifer is lying dead at a construction site, Rollins and Carisi are on the scene as Benson arrives. Benson asks “is it?” and Rollins confirms it looks like it - #4, same victim profile, same staging, same binding, same rope. Perry adds he took his trophy and shaved a chunk of hair from the base of her neck. Carisi comments there was head trauma and no pooled blood; she wasn’t killed here. Benson states if he follows pattern, there won’t be any DNA. She tells them to check security cameras and tells them to hold everybody back. Rollins comments they owe her that much and moves to clear the gawking construction workers. Perry thinks this is their guy and he is early; Carisi adds by over a week. Benson believes he is accelerating, which means it’s only going to get worse from here. She looks at Perry who is concerned. We see the injury on Jennifer’s head and the rope binding her wrists.

As they remove the body, Benson, on the phone,  tells the person to keep her posted. Perry states they found her purse near the body, exactly like the others. Carisi mentions the cash was gone, the rest intact; her name is Jennifer Knowles, she has an ID from a company called Attention, Inc. Perry says they are working on the credit cards to get a timeline. Rollins says the next of kin is Laura Knowles, a younger sister, and she has been notified and will meet them at the morgue. Carisi comments they are going to grab the video footage, canvass the neighborhood, and double down on the community outreach. Benson adds to get all that evidence to the lab, the perp’s gotta screw up sometime. As Carisi and Perry walk off, Benson tells Rollins she needs anything that can give them a lead. As she and Rollins leave the scene, a reporter asks if this is the Second Avenue Strangler, and as others shout out questions, Benson climbs into her car and says, “no comment.”

At the office of Chief Medical Examiner at 421 East 26th Street on Friday, February 10 with Benson and Rollins, viewing the body, Laura Knowles says that is Jen. She cries and says she just saw her last night at maybe 6. They met at a bakery on Second; she was going to her place to meet her boyfriend, David Willard, who is also her boss. She told he she was going to break up with him. Rollins says they will talk to him. Benson says they are still investigating, but they think the man who did this is someone they are tracking who is a serial rapist. Laura asks that she was raped, and Benson replies she is afraid so. Laura asks if it was the one who killed those other girls, and Benson comments she is so sorry. Laura doesn’t understand; she thought he went after drunks outside bars and Jen wasn’t like that. As they exit the room, Benson states that nobody is saying that she was, and asks if it is possible that the two of them maybe went and got a drink or before they broke up, maybe she changed her mind. Laura shakes her head and says no, Jen doesn’t drink. Their father was an alcoholic and she is also in recovery, she doesn’t think Jen ever tasted alcohol. She didn’t like going out. She did not speak to her after they left each other, she was supposed to text her. She asks if she can go, she has to call her mom. As Laura walks off, Benson has Rollins to have them get her blood alcohol, and when Rollins comments she never drank, asking Benson if she believes that. Benson doesn’t know what to believe, maybe this guy is changing his pattern. Rollins suggests she was a target of opportunity. Benson says it could mean anything and it could mean nothing. Rollins asks if she should talk to the boyfriend, and Benson agrees, telling her to take Carisi.

Law & Order SVU “The Newsroom” Promo

Here is the promo for Law & Order SVU “The Newsroom” which will air on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 9PM ET on NBC.

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