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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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

Episode 5: Turn Me On Take Me Private


The SVU investigates when a role-play session on a camming website turns violent after one user decides to meet his idol in person. Starring Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T and Kelli Giddish


In order to highlight how sex workers have been affected by the pandemic, SVU has booked the transgressive film director John Waters to play a pornographer who explains how his employees have had to adapt to social distancing. Zoe, for instance, has become a webcam girl who role-plays online. Only now, a session has turned violent, with a client turning up in person to meet and attempt to rape his idol. 

It’s mature subject matter that you rarely see in mainstream TV drama, and the debate about the risks in the adult entertainment industry and the temptation to victim-blame is sharp and chilling. So far, season 22 has made few missteps.





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

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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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