Exclusive: SVU Books House Vet, Grey's Alumna and Season 1 Alum Dean Winters for Finale

NBC’s Law & Order: SVU is throwing quite a party for its season finale airing May 23, and the guest list is chock-a-block with familiar faces.

In “Rhodium Nights,” where someone who appears to be a high-end call girl turns up dead at an A-list soiree, House vet Peter Jacobson will guest-star as Bart Ganzel, the owner of the escort service that supplied “entertainment” for the party, TVLine has learned exclusively.

Running security for Ganzel is former SVU detective Brian Cassidy, to be played by Dean Winters (who originated the role during Season 1 and more recently has guested on sitcoms such as 30 Rock).

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Also on hand for the season-ender are Grey’s Anatomy alumna Brooke Smith, playing Ganzel’s rival in the sex-for-hire biz, Aussie beauty Pippa Black (Neighbours) as a call girl, and Eric Ladin (The Killing) as the well-known news anchor who is hosting the party where the body turns up.

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  1. ninamags says:

    Darn! I suppose I have to tune in for Dean Winters.


  2. Leia947 says:

    DEAN WINTERS!!! <3 <3 <3

  3. Kay says:

    Can’t miss that Mayhem!

  4. wrstlgirl says:


  5. Le Phuong Thanh says:

    I loved season 1 and how he couldn’t cut it as an SVU detective! When Cragen talks to him about going to narcotics? I loved that moment.

  6. Tim Wilson says:

    Pippa Black was on the Australian soap NEIGHBOURS. Every time I saw her on that I found her physical resemblance to Nicole Kidman was uncanny.

  7. Magically Suspicious says:

    “She was an American Girl…..Raised on promises….”

    I will never see Brooke Smith and not think of that song.

  8. Axle says:

    Ryan O’Reilly finally returns, but there’s no Keller or Mukada to greet him…

  9. I really liked SVU this season, even if the last episode was a little ridiculous. I can’t wait for the season ender, especially since one of my Killing guys is on there.

  10. Alexandra says:

    pumped isn’t even the word! :)

  11. dominic says:

    For one more show bring stabler back..can’t have a party without him

  12. Nate says:

    Yes! I am so happy for the return of Brian Cassidy! Last year, I thought about how great it would be if he were partnered with Benson after Stabler left and still think that it’s be great if SVU comes back for another season (this on and off with Amaro and Rollins just isn’t working for me).

  13. Em says:

    Det. Cassidy! He and Olivia also had a thing back in the day so I wonder how that will play out!

    • icy2 says:

      It was just a one night stand, and it happened 13 years ago. They both forgot about it, they weren’t in love.

      • Bernie says:

        How do YOU know they forgot about it! Sorry just kidding! I’m just so happy Cassidy is coming back even for one episode but hope it leads to more episodes…Wasn’t Scott Winters on there this year too??? Maybe they could partner!

  14. my mayhem guy, you bet
    I’ll be watching…love him!!!!

  15. BR says:

    There’s no such thing as an “alumna.” In Latin, gender belongs to the word; not the object it’s being applied to. So you’re an “alumnus” whether you’re a man or a woman, just like a male farmer would still be an “agricola” and wouldn’t be an “agricolus.” The gender rules changed with later languages like Spanish, but not in Latin.

    • MRR says:

      This is actually completely incorrect. In Latin, as in other languages like Spanish, there are masculine and feminine nouns. “Alumnus” is the masculine form, referring to male graduates or former students. “Alumna” is the feminine form, referring to female graduates or former students. Therefore, since the gender is in the word, you must use the proper word if you are going to speak correctly.

      Okay, we can all now return to talking about SVU.

  16. M Sheila Rabaut says:

    Nice, but I never heard of any of them. I just watch L&O
    I will be very sad
    TNT and USA don’t even run tim much.

  17. Ana says:

    That’s Mayhem? OMG! I love him! I won’t switch my insurance carrier but he makes the best commercials. And Brooke Smith, finally! She is an amazing actor. I loved her as Erica Hahn on Greys. I will have to tune in to see her.

  18. Adam Hoffman says:

    Dean Winters was also good in the show OZ and in Rescue Me.
    It’s nice to see past characters come back on the show!

  19. Gigi says:

    Yay! Dean winters is back!!!!

  20. JenniferK says:

    I like Brooke Smith. Her character Ericka Hahn was one of my favorites on Grey’s. I was sorry she “disappeared into the SGMW parking lot” several seasons ago. At least she’s continued to work since then. Recently saw her in the movie Fair Game, the Valerie Plame movie. I seem to recall her character was married to the actor who portrays Phil Dunphy on in Modern Family in the movie.

  21. Bernie says:

    OMG This has made my day! If Meloni won’t come back (which I still wish he would one day) I was hoping that Dean would be Stabler’s replacement…Gee I watched the first episode to see how they wrote out El and haven’t watched it since but looks like I will be watching the season finale for Dean Winters for some “Mayhem”! Yay!

  22. Ali says:

    So happy to see Dean Winters back. Love him! Wish he’d get a permanent gig. My dream would be he and Adam Baldwin costarring on the same show. I can dream…..

  23. Annie says:

    “I know it’s wrong, but I think Mayhem is kind of hot.” (my pre-teen daughter, with whom I totally agree)

  24. stacy030 says:

    Mayhem!! Denis!!! Ryan O’Reilly!!!!!!!!!!

  25. NotMyBabyWilson says:

    So glad Peter Jacobson will be returning to the LO franchise. Loved in all of the LOs

  26. Alesha says:

    I have been waiting for years for them to bring Cassidy back!!! Soo super pumped!!!!! Can’t wait!

  27. Ryan says:

    Cassidy is back… Benson slept with him, won’t that cause tension?

  28. jessa says:

    Dean Winters is dreamy, if we can’t have Chris, bring on the MAYHEM!

  29. tori says:

    anyone know the brand of shirt peter jacobson’s character (Ganzel) is wearing in the show? dying to know thought they were pretty cool looking

  30. Svdrozd says:

    Finally ! BROOKE SMITH ! Will be watching anything if SHE is there .

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