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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

  • 2020
  • Season 22
  • 16 episodes
  • Drama
  • Crime/detective
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Episode 2: Ballad of Dwight and Irena

Summary

Rollins and Tamin respond to a dangerous domestic violence call, while Fin gives his deposition in the lawsuit against him. Starring Mariska Hargitay, Kelli Giddish, Ice-T and Jamie Gray Hyder

Review

This is a decent episode that could have been terrific had the B plot been switched with the A plot. The main story is standard SVU fare, as family loyalties prove difficult to sift after a domestic abuser dies in suspicious circumstances. But on the periphery is a separate case involving Fin (Ice-T) getting in trouble with his bosses after he shoots a guy dead in order to protect a small boy. 

With the national press slamming the police for failing to de-escalate tensions, Fin frets that he’s now the one thing he feared becoming: a trigger-happy cop who’s killed a black man. It’s a knotty issue, but one I’d like to have seen the show spend some more time unpicking.

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Languages
English
Formats
Colour

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Cast

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

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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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