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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

  • 2020
  • Season 22
  • 16 episodes
  • Drama
  • Crime/detective

Episode 6: Long Arm of the Witness


Carisi takes on a powerful judge when he inexplicably dismisses a case of rape brought by a university student. Hard-hitting drama chronicling the work of the New York Police Department, starring Peter Scanavino


It’s a good job that the Law & Order franchise created Hudson University as I doubt it’d be all that well-attended in real life. Over the decades, we’ve had so many crimes and assaults committed there that it’s a wonder any student would want to enrol. And it’s to the campus of Hudson that we return tonight when a high-profile judge with his sights on becoming the New York attorney general ends up being accused of having raped a contemporary during his years studying at the US’s most dangerous uni.

With the prosecution of the powerful on the minds of many Americans in the aftermath of the real-life presidential election, this feels like a timely tale. And while we get the usual disclaimer about its being fictional, it’s obvious this is a ‘ripped from the headlines’ story that has found inspiration in a certain Supreme Court controversy from Donald Trump’s time in office.





Det Olivia BensonMariska Hargitay
Det Odafin `Fin" TutuolaIce-T
Det Amanda RollinsKelli Giddish
Dominick CarisiPeter Scanavino

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The fractures in America’s policing system are something that Special Victims Unit has been tackling with renewed vigour of late, with this new episode taking a cogent look at what can happen when a cop prioritises loyalty to a colleague above all else.

The officer in question is series regular Amanda Rollins of Manhattan’s SVU, who decides to back a detective from the Bronx by the name of Moldovan after he acts in a questionable manner during an arrest. Overzealous he may have been in his pursuit of a guy suspected of a series of rapes, but Moldovan’s also growing increasingly territorial about crimes committed in his borough. Pretty soon, a headline-making police turf war has broken out, but where will Rollins’s moral compass eventually lead her?


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