“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (2010, 2011)

Creators: Dick Wolf

Cast (S11): Christopher Meloni (Elliot Stabler), Mariska Hargitay (Olivia Benson), Richard Belzer (John Munch), Ice-T (Odafin Tutuola), Dann Florek (Donald Cragen), B.D. Wong (Dr. George Huang), Tamara Tunie (Dr. Melinda Warner), Stephanie March (Alexandra Cabot), Aaron Tveit (Jan Eyck)

Cast (S13): Mariska Hargitay (Olivia Benson), Ice-T (Odafin Tutuola), Dann Florek (Donald Cragen), Kelli Giddish (Amanda Rollins), Danny Pino (Nick Amaro), Tamara Tunie (Dr. Melinda Warner), Dan Lauria (Coach Ray Masters), Aaron Tveit (Stevie Harris), Mehcad Brooks (Prince Miller), Heavy D ([himself]), Chris Bosh ([himself]), Carmelo Anthony ([himself])

Genres: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Aired: September 20, 1999 –
Running time: 40-44 minutes
MPAA: PG-14

Only the episodes starring Aaron are featured.

This show delves into the dark side of the New York underworld as the detectives of a new elite force, the Special Victims Unit, investigate and prosecute various sexually oriented crimes, while trying to balance the effects of the investigation on their own lives.

PHOTOS


EPISODE GUIDE

11.20 — “Beef”
Director: Peter Leto
Writer: Lisa Loomer
Original air date: April 11, 2010

After a young woman is sexually assaulted and murdered, Detectives Olivia Benson and Eliot Stabler track down the woman’s boyfriend – their first suspect – but learn that he is a devout vegan who wouldn’t hurt a fly. They soon find that the victim had been deeply involved in the fight to expose questionable practices in the meat-packing industry, even going undercover at a large company to find out the truth. Benson goes undercover herself to retrace the woman’s footsteps and to identify who the victim might have angered along the way.

13.02 — “Personal Fouls”
Director: Jim McKay
Writer: Bryan Goluboff
Original air date: September 28, 2011

As Coach Ray Masters is inducted to the Metro Basketball Hall of Fame by former students Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh, an ex-player accuses the coach of sexually abusing him as a child. Detective Nick Amaro transfers into the SVU squad and is thrown on to the case. The detectives interview former players but no one admits to abuse, forcing Benson and Fin to dig deeper into Coach Ray’s most successful player, basketball star Prince Miller and his manager/cousin.

TRIVIA

• The following statement appears at the beginning of each and every episode: “In the criminal justice system, sexually-based offenses are considered especially heinous. In New York City, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit. These are their stories.”

• Like its sister series “Law & Order,” SVU episodes are often advertised as being “ripped from the headlines”. Many people mistake this to mean that they are based on real events. In reality, the slogan is referring to the show’s practice of coming up with stories that are partially inspired by recent headlines. However, only a fairly small portion of the episode will resemble the real incident or incidents that it is inspired by. There might be a few scenes that resemble a well known headline while the majority of the episode goes in a different direction or there could be one character that is based on a famous individual but the circumstances the person encounters are largely made up.

• According to an article in TV Guide magazine, cast members are often approached by sexual abuse survivors who thank them for portraying these types of stories on the air correctly.

• The series was originally proposed under the title “Sex Crimes,” and unrelated to the “Law & Order brand.” NBC thought the title was too harsh, and after discussions between network executives and Dick Wolf (creator of “Law & Order”) it became part of the “Law & Order” brand, debuting as “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”

• Although the show is about NYPD detectives, 5 of the eight days of filming is actually filmed in North Bergen, New Jersey.

• Aaron has been on the show twice as two separate characters: Jan, the lovable vegan boyfriend, and Stevie, the basketball player accusing his coach of molestation.

QUOTES

11.20 — “Beef”
Dr. Melinda Warner: I’m no Doctor Doolittle, but a swab from the dog’s mouth might determine if he bit her.
John Munch: Need a vet?
Dr. Melinda Warner: No, I can do it. Come here, boy. Good boy. [swabs dog’s mouth. lingers and sighs.]
John Munch: You alright?
Dr. Melinda Warner: Yeah. It’s just a dead-ringer for my dog, Petey.
Elliot Stabler: I didn’t know you had a dog.
Dr. Melinda Warner: [glances to corpse] With my job, it’s great to come home to something breathing.

Jan Eyck: I just saw Laura a couple of hours ago. She was fine. Fine. This is impossible… I loved Laura so much.
Olivia Benson: Until she made you angry.
Jan Eyck: Oh my God, do — you don’t think I k–? I don’t even kill cockroaches. I take them outside.
Elliot Stabler: Being nice to bugs isn’t a defense for murder.

Elliot Stabler: I take it Laura Santiago did not live up to your levels of salesmanship.
Boutique owner: Laura was lovely at first. She had the kind of enthusiasm that could convince an ordinary 60-year-old that the right scarf could make her Meryl Streep.

Jan Eyck: Yeah, Chewie bit me. Kinda got jealous when Laura and I had sex.
Odafin Tutuola: You had sex with your pants on?
Jan Eyck: Is that a crime?

Jake Bradshaw: Whoa! Hope that’s not a beef taco!
Elliot Stabler: Whoa! Life is full of risks.

13.02 — “Personal Fouls”
Stevie Harris: Coach Ray was like a friend of the family, man; he was like an uncle. He told me he could get me a scholarship, man. I help him, he helps me, man. It was our little secret.
Nick Amaro: When did he stop abusing you?
Stevie Harris: I must have been about fifteen. There were other kids he liked better. I think I got too old.

Donald Cragen: New Jersey leaks like a sieve.

Amanda Rollins: I’m used to being the earlier bird.
Nick Amaro: I heard you and Benson got a hit in Jersey.
Amanda Rollins: Yeah, Coach has been at this for a long time. Bad guy. [offers box of doughnuts]
Nick Amaro: Nah, I’m good.
Amanda Rollins: That’s the last of my vices. I hope.
Olivia Benson: A cop who doesn’t eat donuts… how can I trust you?

Amanda Rollins: I had a sex crimes professor say that male victims are where female vics were forty years ago. It’s the dark ages. Men feel like they should be able to protect themselves.
Odafin Tutuola: Absolutely. Some vics feel arousal, which is a normal physical response, but they worry that means consent.
Amanda Rollins: Or that people might think they’re gay.
Odafin Tutuola: Well, there’s still a big stigma in the black and Latino community. My son’s gay, and he has to deal with that garbage on the streets every day. Bravest man I know.

Prince Miller: Today, I made an important decision. I told the Grand Jury the truth about Ray Masters; how he… recruited me for […] his summer league team, when I was ten years old. And how he started sexually abusing me, on our first road trip, and continued until I was fifteen. Why didn’t I come forward then? Because I was just a little kid. And I was confused. And ashamed. I didn’t want to jeopardize my chances at basketball. And I’m sorry that I kept my secret locked up for so long, because many others may have been victimized after me. I hope that they come forward and tell their stories, too, because I know they’re hurting. The truth can be the best medicine. What we all have to remember is: the shame is not ours… it’s his.

RELATED LINKS

Amazon: Eleventh Season & Thirteenth Season · IMDb · Official Sites: NBC & USA · Photos