Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Series 12 - 10. Rescue

Radio Times
Review by:
Jane Rackham

This is an especially weird episode that weaves about all over the place. The initial case (the death of a girl at a party) suddenly takes a left turn when Benson and Stabler suspect one of the paramedics of doing something unsavoury. But then, in one of the most contrived twists ever, they discover the fingerprints of Vivian Arliss (the drug-addicted mother of the boy Olivia’s been looking after) at a crime scene. And the investigations disappear off in a totally different direction – somewhere towards soapland, apparently.

About this programme

10/24. Cragen orders Benson off a case when the search of a crime scene turns up DNA evidence that Vivian Arliss, the mother of her ward Calvin, was in the house. But Benson decides to ignore his command and secretly continues her quest to locate Vivian, while fighting to keep custody of the boy. Guest starring Maria Bello.

Cast and crew


Det Elliot Stabler
Christopher Meloni
Det Olivia Benson
Mariska Hargitay
Det Odafin `Fin' Tutuola
Dr George Huang
BD Wong
Capt Donald Cragen
Dann Florek
ADA Gillian Hardwicke
Melissa Sagemiller
Vivian Arliss
Maria Bello
Sarah Hoyt
Kat Foster
Clark Tinta
James Martinez
Jason Gambel
Joseph Sikora
David Drecker
Jack Gwaltney


Peter Leto
Constantine Makris
Executive Producer
Ann Donahue
Executive Producer
Carol Mendelsohn
Executive Producer
Anthony E Zuiker
Executive Producer
Jerry Bruckheimer