Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Unstable

Series 11 - Episode 1 Unstable

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Review

Both SVU and its L&O twin Criminal Intent are precision-engineered procedurals that crank out more narrative satisfaction in an episode than some shows manage in a series. They’re sometimes over-macho, but with surprises. For instance, the character that guest star Wentworth Miller (from Prison Break) plays in this episode is a cop so angry and gung-ho he makes Stabler look like a hippy. The irony is that a fragile rape victim will only talk to this dinosaur.

Summary

The detectives are forced to rely on an officer from another district when a rape victim refuses to talk to anyone except him, but Stabler has doubts about the trustworthiness of their unknown colleague. Introductions to the new ADA do not go well when she insists an interview with a suspect be brought to a premature close. Christine Lahti (Chicago Hope) joins the cast, with guest star Wentworth Miller (Prison Break).

Cast & Crew

Det Elliot Stabler Christopher Meloni
Det Olivia Benson Mariska Hargitay
Capt Donald Cragen Dann Florek
Det Odafin `Fin' Tutuola Ice-T
ME Melinda Warner Tamara Tunie
Executive ADA Sonya Paxton Christine Lahti
Attorney Linden Delroy J Paul Nicholas
Det Nate Kendall Wentworth Miller
Mark Foster Mahershalalhashbaz Ali
Rena West Jennifer Ferrin
Katie Harris Geneva Carr
Beverly Neal Cherise Boothe
Malcolm Foster Helmar Augustus Cooper
Victor Tate Chike Johnson
Willie Boots Glenn Turner
Layla Foster Melle Powers
Tom Conlon Patrick Ryan Sullivan
Spencer Conlon Kris Kling
Angelina Lupino Madeline Smith
Madeleine Stewart Suzan Perry
Sgt Juan Carlos Angel David
Shane Harris Timothy Booth
Director Arthur W Forney
Writer Judy McCreary
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