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:

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:
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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Monday, April 3, 2017

Law & Order SVU “The Newsroom” Episode Information


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


Law & Order SVU “The Newsroom” Air Date April 26, 2017 (9 PM ET/8C Wednesday NBC)

BONNIE SOMERVILLE, CHRISTOPHER MCDONALD, MARK MOSES GUEST STAR - Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Barba (Raúl Esparza) ask witnesses to put their jobs on the line after a news anchor (Somerville) makes an on-air disclosure of rape against her boss. Also starring Ice T (Det. Odafin Tutuola), Kelli Giddish (Det. Amanda Rollins) and Peter Scanavino (Det. Sonny Carisi). Also guest starring Peter Gallagher (Chief Dodds), Peyton List (Margery Evans), J.C. MacKenzie (Counselor Richard Pace) and Beth Chamberlin (Gwendolyn Gates).

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Law & Order SVU “Know It All” Sneak Peeks

Here are sneak peeks for Law & Order SVU “Know It All” which will air on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 9 PM ET on NBC. The videos feature Mariska Hargitay, Kelli Giddish, Peter Scanavino, Jason Bowen as Detective Marcus Perry, and Megan Murphy as Laura Knowles.


My recap and review of Law & Order SVU “Know It All” can be found at this link.


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SVU_18014Clip2_16x9 from Chris Zimmer on Vimeo.


SVU_18014Clip2_16x9 from Chris Zimmer on Vimeo.


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Law & Order SVU “Net Worth” Recap & Review


“Net Worth” was an excellent episode that was helped along by some very capable guest stars. Tate Donovan was a master at being the smug, entitled billionaire; Missy Peregrym was believable as the victim; Jordan Bridges did well as Zoe’s jerk of a boss.  “Repeat offender” Kevin O’Rourke was also a nice addition as a CEO who was quick to sell out one of his employees to distance himself from the looming negative press. The guest cast was a huge plus to telling a credible story.

The episode also gave screen time everyone in the main cast, all having a part to play in bringing the case to a close. Mind you, we never saw the verdict, but every indication was that billionaire Eli Colton was found guilty.

The episode was written by SVU showrunner Rick Eid and Jeffrey Baker, and the dialog was crisp and realistic. There were also plenty of on location scenes which gave the episode much visual interest. When I get the feeling that I am a fly on the wall watching the story unfold in front of me, that’s a sign of a solid episode.

There was a quick reference to Fin taking the Sergeant's exam, but we didn't get any answer on whether he passed it.

Some questions were on my mind after watching "Net Worth." If you were a victim of rape or sexual assault presented with a huge, life-changing amount of cash in exchange for your silence, would you take it? Is testifying always a crucial part of the healing process as Benson said? Or, is it closer to what Barba suggested;  that maybe the job and money would help Zoe heal and give her closure? Maybe the other victim, Kate, couldn’t be made happy with the money she got for her silence, but maybe Zoe would have been. Zoe is right, it was her choice to make and ultimately she did turn down the offer, but who knows, maybe she would have been just as happy with the money. I would have felt better about Benson’s approach if she would have said that by Zoe not testifying, Eli would get away with it and there could be other victims in the future (the mistake that Kate made). But Benson made it all about what she thinks is the right way to heal.  I am in no way condoning a payoff,  only that Benson has a habit of making it sound like testifying will make things all better for a victim.

I am surprised that they were able to use the recordings from the office. I know that the CEO gave them the videos but Zoe wasn’t aware that everything in the office was being recorded. I am not sure how the surveillance laws work in New York state, but I would think that employees need to be notified when they are being visually monitored and recorded, as well as visitors coming to the office. If the cameras were visible, that could serve as notification but it sounds like the employees had no knowledge the cameras existed. From my own personal experience, when employee phone calls were monitored, we had to notify them this could happen and a disclaimer had to be placed on all incoming calls that they too could be monitored. Clearly the recording helped Zoe but they cost Roger his job. I wonder if he would have grounds to sue?


Update April 6, 2017 – a deleted scene was added on Twitter which said Fin made Sergeant.

Update April 7, 2017 – the video is now on You Tube and the clip is after the recap.





Here is the recap:

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:
Tate Donovan - Eli Colton
Missy Peregrym - Zoe White
Jordan Bridges - Roger Littrell
Will Brill - Harry Ingram
Kevin O'Rourke - Dan Hewitt
Matt Walton - Tyler
Andy Wagner - Nate
Rezeta Veliu – Zoya
Malikha Mallette - Counselor Paige Fowler
Erica Sweany – Kate Tompkins
Barbara Miluski – Judge Lisa Peck
Einar Gunn – Anthony
Sulekha Ebelle – CSU Tech
Sharinna Allan – Liza


Investment banker Zoe White and her boss Roger Littrell attend an exclusive party with billionaire investor Eli Colton from Vulture Financial. She is worried about the Hang Seng crashing but he tells her to have some fun. Eli approaches them and thanks them for their hard work. Roger thinks it will be a home run, and Eli says it better be, with the fees he is paying. Roger counters that nothing good comes cheap – not on Wall Street. Elli tells Roger he appreciates his hard work and tells Zoe he appreciates her hard work. She thanks him. He adds that Roger will take the credit but knows she found the deal and set the whole thing in motion, and he thanks her again. They make a toast with their champagne.

Later, at a private party at Eli’s penthouse, Eli offers Zoe some very expensive wine but she declines, saying not to waste something like that on her, she has an unsophisticated palate. He smiles but is clearly annoyed as he walks off. Roger approaches her that was a rookie move and that rules of Wall Street say to never tell the truth, never use your own money, and never say no to a client. She gets the hint and goes back to Eli and asks him to pour the wine.

The next day, Zoe is back at work and sees Eli Colton exiting a meeting. He sees Zoe and stops her, saying “Hey!” She replies that she didn’t know they had a meeting. He said Roger called this morning about a Chinese media company that they can get for 4 times EBITDA. Zoe comments that’s cheap, and Eli says you get what you pay for. She testily counters not when you work for Cromwell Moore, you get what you don’t pay for, adding that is why he is so rich. He stops her from walking away and says last night was fun, and when Zoe says nothing, he says they should do it again. He laughs and kisses her on the cheek and walks off. Zoe appears stunned.

Back at SVU, Carisi ask Fin if there has been any word, and Fin says no, stop asking. Carisi counters that “Sergeant Tutuola” has a nice ring to it. Carisi asks someone walking by what is a 10 letter word for bad luck. Benson, also walking nearby, pipes up and says “misfortune.” Benson sees an officer, who has entered the SVU with Zoe. She asks Zoe if she can help her, and Zoe replies yes, she needs to speak with a detective. Benson introduces herself and suggests they step into her office. She asks how can she help her, and Zoe explains she was raped. Benson walks her into her office and says she is very sorry to hear that. Zoe comments she does not know how this works, and Benson explains no worries, they will take this one step at a time. Benson asks if she has any idea who did this to her, and Zoe says yes, then sees a newspaper on Benson’s desk with the headline “ The King Strikes Again“ with a photo of Eli on the cover, and says, “Him.” Benson, surprised, says, “Eli Colton” and Zoe replies “Yeah. The King of Wall Street.”

In the interview room with Benson, Zoe explains that she was at a party at Eli’s penthouse, they had just closed the deal. She works in investment bank, Cromwell Moore, and Eli’s firm is their biggest client. He invited a bunch of people back to his apartment after the dinner. They were celebrating his latest acquisition. She begins to cry and adds that she ended up in his bedroom; he wanted to show her his watch collection. He kissed her and she did kiss him back, they were having fun. A few minutes later he tried to take her dress off and she told him she did not want to have sex but he threw her down on the bed and she tried hard to push him off and she screamed but he just covered her mouth. She remembers staring at his 4 million dollar watch on the nightstand. She watched the hand go around and around until it was over. When it was over, he winked at her and said he hoped she had just as much fun as he did. Then he jumped in the shower. This was 3:05 AM. When Benson asks if she told anybody what happened, Zoe states she told her boss, Roger, this morning, and he told her to think it over. Benson pauses and asks, “think it over?” Zoe states his exact words were “Be careful, it’s never easy to kill the king.”

At Cromwell Moore at 458 Fifth Avenue on Tuesday. March 21, Benson and Fin speak with Roger who seems surprised Zoe said she was raped. Benson says she is confused as Zoe said she told him that this morning. He says she never said rape, he thought she was upset and regretful. He does not recall her exact words but she said things got weird between her and Eli and he was aggressive. In all honesty, he thinks she was more worried about appearances and didn’t want people talking about what happened. He didn’t realize…if he knew she had been raped he would have called them. Dan Hewitt enters and introduced himself as the CEO and Benson introduces herself and Fin. He heard what happened and is shocked, but when Benson asks who told him, he deflects and says that employees are the most important asset a corporation possesses, and they can count on his full cooperation. Benson says they have more questions, and Dan says Roger and he need to speak with their general counsel and asks if she understands. She gives him a look and then says no she doesn’t. He gives her a fake smile and says they will be in touch and motions for the door, saying if there is anything he can do. Benson gives a smile of frustration and says okay.

At Vulture Financial at 1183 Sixth Avenue on Tuesday, March 21, Carisi and Rollins arrive to speak with Eli. They explain they are there about Zoe and he asks what happened. They ask if he was alone with her between 2 and 3 AM and he tells his assistant Liza to show the detectives out. He says he is sorry but the meeting is over. Rollins explains they are not accusing him, they just want to hear his side of the story. Eli states he prefers to have his lawyer present for any formal discussion and if they want to talk more to contact her and they will set up a meeting. He tells Liza to get the lawyer’s card, but Rollins asks that, before they go, can he tell them who was at the apartment last night. She adds lawyer or no lawyer, they are obviously going to find out for themselves and why make them waste their time? Eli says that is a good point, and adds he hates inefficiencies, it drives him nuts. He hates people wasting time; activity for the sake of activity. He gives them the names of Roger Littrell, Alison Crane, Zoe White, and Zoya, a model.

Later. Carisi and Rollins speak with Zoya who recalls Zoe, saying she saw her with Eli and she was very determined. She says Eli is a total player, going from girl to girl and he doesn’t even give parting gifts. She adds if you are going to shag a billionaire, you deserve something. Rollins comments that is one way of looking at it. She states she saw Eli and Zoe walk upstairs to hid bedroom late at night, hand in hand, and she was relieved that she didn’t have to sleep with him. She admits that a guy at Cromwell Moore, Roger paid her $20,000 to come to the party and be Eli’s date. Eli didn’t know, Roger said she was a friend from the Hamptons. She was thrilled when Eli went upstairs with Zoe, calling it a win-win; she keeps the 20 grand and didn’t have to sleep with him. She adds she met a really cute guy, Nick.

Later, Carisi and Rollins speak with another man who was at the party but he saw nothing unusual. He saw Zoe the next day and she seemed distracted. She didn’t mention anything happened but says if Zoe says Eli assaulted her, he did. Zoe is smart and the most driven woman he knows. She grew up middle class in Reading, PA and worked her ass off. She went to Harvard and got a Stanford MBA and there is no way she would risk it to go after Eli unless it were true. There is no upside to burning a bridge with The King.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Law & Order SVU “Net Worth” Photos

Here are advance photos for Law & Order SVU “Net Worth” which will air on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 9PM ET on NBC. The photos feature Mariska Hargitay, Peter Scanavino, Ice-T, Kelli Giddish, Missy Peregrym as Zoe White, and Tate Donovan as Eli Colton.


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






Photos by: Peter Kramer/NBC 2017 NBCUniversal Media, LLC








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


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Law & Order SVU “Net Worth” Sneak Peek

Here is a preview for Law & Order SVU “Net Worth” which will air on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 9PM ET on NBC. The video features Mariska Hargitay.


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



law-order-svu-net-worth-SVU_18016Clip2_16x9 from Chris Zimmer on Vimeo.



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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Law & Order SVU “Genes” Recap & Review


Law & Order SVU “Genes” was a muddled episode where the case of the original rape victim is quickly abandoned for catching a bigger fish: the “River Rapist,” a criminal we haven’t heard about until now. Unlike the “Push-In Rapist” from a previous season, who had been mentioned in more than one episode, the River Rapist had never been mentioned by the SVU  (at least not that I can find). Coupled with the “my genes made me do it” excuse used by the rapists, the story was all over the place, not one element covered in any depth to be meaningful. Doctor Lindstrom’s appearance in a therapy session with Benson discounting the genes defense was worthless; instead it would have been more interesting having this point actually be argued as part of the court case.

While on the subject of Benson’s session with Dr. Lindstrom, it seemed ludicrous that Benson would leap from her son Noah having an altercation with a girl over a “toy or a cupcake” to worrying that he too has a bad gene from his father that will manifest itself later in life. She’s smarter than that. It’s as if motherhood is dumbing down Benson. This episode’s purpose served as a vehicle to bring out Benson’s own issues with her being a product of rape, something that I thought she came to grips with long ago. If she becomes worried every time Noah has problems - like any typical child -  that he is going to grow up bad like his father, she’s clearly taken a big step backwards about her own issues with her father. Yet, at the end of the episode, she is insistent there is no such thing as a rape gene and that she’s researched it. Apparently in reality she can’t come to grips with the facts.

A missed opportunity was not explaining why Counselor Derek Strauss crossed over from being an ADA to the “dark side” for the defense. Some background on this would have been interesting.

Something about the SVU wiring Nick while he was participating in the group session felt sloppy to me. I know that the SVU has infiltrated a group session before (I think Stabler did it), but if I recall correctly, it was with the permission of the group leader. I also think it was a court appointed group session. In the “Genes” case, they didn’t seem to do any checking on the person leading the group before they sent Nick in there wearing a wire. They set themselves up to fail.  I'm also confused as to how they were allowed to use Will as a witness.  I don't think they found out about Will until the group session, a session which the judge later ruled that the confession - and anything else that came from it - could not be used as evidence.  Had it not been for that session and that Rollins and Carisi nabbed Will at that session, they would not have known about him.

A piece of the story seemed to be missing when, when the witness Will is nowhere to be found, that Carisi blows up at Barba, blaming Barba for not taking his advice to use a Delaware case to help win the motion to suppress hearing. I thought when I first watched the episode that maybe I dozed off and missed something, but when doing the recap, I found nothing prior to that scene that covered this issue. It would have enriched this story – and helped make Carisi’s fury more understandable – had they actually had a scene where Carisi offered that Delaware case to help win the motion.

A possible goof at the end: when Benson tells Noah “Goodnight sweet boy” her lips don’t appear to move.

The only redeeming element of this episode was Raúl Esparza and the passion he brings to his character. Sadly, even he can’t save this episode.

Please note: Still proofreading, please bear with me!



Here is the recap:

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:
Greg Germann - Counselor Derek Strauss
Bill Irwin - Dr. Peter Lindstrom
Dalton Harrod - Will Stein
Emily Shaffer - Jessica Walcott
Michael Torpey - Nick Brown
Sean Patrick Reilly - Richard Witt
Jared Zirilli - Rodney Marsh
Catherine Wolf – Judge
Steve Rosen – Public Defender Guthrie
Alex Hurt - Sam Dalton
Christopher Halladay - Mark Brown.
Eli Bridges – Chris Perry
Joel Brady – Officer Nolan
Lauren Noble – Carmen
Sara Vesser – Sara Perez
Tanairi Vazquez – Kim Espinoza
Mary Elizabeth Kelly – Robin Landry
Rosalind Lilly – Allison Buckley
Jack Nawada-Braunwart – Noah Porter Benson


Jessica Walcott is working at her job as a bartender. A man – Rodney – asks her to dinner the next night and when she says she is working, he said to forget dinner, just marry him. He continues to come on to her and another man nearby says that she is just not into him. They begin to argue and Jessica tells Rodney to back off.

As she leaves work, Rodney approaches her again and she continues to rebuff him and when he grabs onto her she tells him not to touch her. He says he just wanted to say goodnight as she storms off.

As Jessica walks to her car and opens the car door, she is attacked and screams for help before being shoved into her vehicle by her assailant.

Sometime later, an officer is leading Rollins and Carisi to the scene, who tells them Jessica is 26 and works at a bar at 7th and Avenue B. He explains someone pushed her into the car and raped her in the front seat. As Jessica is being tended to by EMTs, Rollins says she is so sorry about what happened and asks if they can ask her some questions. She agrees. Carisi asks if she saw the man who attacked her, and she explains, no, he came up from behind her when she opened the car door. She did hear his voice; he talked a lot afterward. She explains he said he was sorry and he started to cry, saying it wasn’t his fault because he was born to be a rapist and it was in his genes. Carisi and Rollins give each other a questioning look.


Benson is at the hospital with Jessica, who explains her attack. The attacker just kept saying he was sorry. She thinks she knows who did it – Rodney – who comes to the bar a lot flirting with her and always asking her out but she says no. He was at the bar last night. He tries after she closed up and followed her to her car. She confirms to Benson that the attacker cried and said it was because of his genetics. Jessica comments this is odd, asking if that is real, and Benson replies no it’s not real and it’s ridiculous.


At Manhattan Motorcars at 711 11th Avenue on Friday, February 10, Rollins and Carisi question Rodney Marsh, who is a blowhard car salesman. The ask about Jessica and he said he asked her out and she said no. Carisi explains she was raped and Rollins comments even money Rodney is the guy. He dies it, saying he was just flirting with her and tried again when she closed the bar. When Rollins comments he couldn’t take no for an answer, he was not like that, he’d never rape somebody. He denies following her to the car and the minute she blew him off so he walked away in the opposite direction. He got a Quick Ride and went home. When Rollins asks for a DNA sample, he says to swab away. Carisi and Rollins give each other a look and Rollins sighs in disappointment.

Back at the SVU, Rollins tells Carisi that a security cam from a bodega near the bar corroborates Rodney’s story. Benson approaches and says Rodney’s DNA does not match the semen in the rape kit but they got a familial hit to a guy named Mark Brown, arrested in 2013 for rape 1. Rollins says he is doing 7 to 10 in Sing Sing. Benson tells them to go to Sing Sing and talk to Mark and get the names of all male family members living in the area.


Later, at Sing Sing Correctional Facility on Friday, February 10, and when Mark is reluctant to give information, the detectives makes up a story that a family member was in a car crash and the person needs blood and they matches it to Mark’s DNA. Mark says he has a brother Nick and asks if he will make it. Rollins says she is not sure, and Carisi says if he gets this transfusion the docs think he will pull through. Mark eventually spills that Nick is an accountant at one of those giant accounting firms.


At RCFY Accounting Services at 1217 Sixth Avenue on Friday, February 10, Rollins and Carisi arrive at the office and Rollins calls out to Nick Brown. He acknowledges them, and when Carisi identifies themselves as NYPD and asks Nick to come with them, Nick asks if they are there about the bartender. Rollins says yes, asking how did he know that. He states he heard someone attacked her; he heard from a guy he knows at the bar. When Carisi asks him to come down with them, Nick recoils and then admits he did it, he raped her. Rollins and Carisi look quizzically at each other, and Nick explains he couldn’t help it. He adds he was born this way; he was born to be a rapist. Carisi tells Nick to stand up and turn around, and Nick complies. As Carisi cuffs Nick, Rollins reads him his rights as they walk him out of the office.

Law & Order SVU “Net Worth” Promo

Here is the promo for Law & Order SVU “Net Worth” which will air on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 9PM ET on NBC.


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




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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Law & Order SVU “Know It All” Photos

Here are advance photos for Law & Order SVU “Know It All” which will air on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 9 PM ET on NBC. The photos feature Raúl Esparza, Kelli Giddish, Peter Scanavino, Jason Bowen as Detective Marcus Perry, Max Baker as CSU Tech Colin Bennett, Tim Ewing as Lawyer TK, Chris Diamantopoulos as David Willard, and Megan Murphy as Laura Knowles.  (Last 3 photos added March 27, 2017).

My recap and review of Law & Order SVU “Know It All” can be found at this link.














Added March 27, 2017




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




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