Just when Amanda Rollins thought she was out, the Dick Wolf Cinematic Universe pulls her back in.
The former SVU detective played by Kelli Giddish shows up in Thursday’s Law & Order: Organized Crime to help Stabler and Benson figure out who is behind a website Bell deems “Uber Eats for violent crime.” The hour, which kicks off the crossover that will continue with both show’s season finales next week, also contains a boatload of emotional processing for Benson, Stabler and Rollins. Read on for the highlights of “Shadowërk.”
‘JUST NOT THE RIGHT MOMENT’ | Before we get to Rollins, there’s a major ‘EO’ conversation that needs to take place: After all, the last time we saw Elliot and Olivia together, she was near-passing out after they almost kissed in her kitchen. At the end of the Law & Order: SVU episode that preceded this Organized Crime, Benson summons Stabler to meet her in the dark in front of a municipal building. And the way these two have been so warped by their jobs, I think they may actually consider that a semi-romantic location.
“The last time we saw each other, that was a bad time for me,” Olivia starts. “Worse timing for me,” El responds, but he’s smiling. She chalks up his actions that night to “wanting to make me feel safe,” and he agrees that the immediate aftermath of her intense, BX9-related trauma was “just not the right moment.” But the scene really feels like it implies that there WILL be a right moment at some time down the line, no?
Anyway, then Benson gets to the real reason for the meet-up: She’s pretty sure that her latest rape victim was assaulted by the guy Stabler and the Organized Crime team are investigating for the homeowner’s association lady’s death. “OK partner,” Stabler says with a grin, and just like that, the band is back together (again)!
ONE-STOP SHOP | Once OC gets underway, El brings Liv up to speed on the HOA woman’s death, which segues into his confession that he hallucinated Kathy in the interrogation room last episode. She gently prods him to deal with his trauma before it deals with him, but he quickly asserts that he’s not a victim. “But you are a survivor, and sometimes that’s just as hard,” she says. Stabler can’t turn the conversation back to the murder fast enough, and the look that Liv gives him — loosely translated, it’s “You’re doing exactly what I thought you would do, and it’s frustrating, but it’s also funny, and damn, I know you so well” — is perfection.
Stabler, Benson and their team figure out that both the HOA woman and Maria Varga from the SVU case were victims of crimes committed by people hired off a shadowy crime-for-pay website called Shadowërk. Or, as Bell calls it, “Uber Eats for violent crime.” With Jet’s help, Stabler intercepts a Shadowërk assassin before he can do the job, which in turn gets them closer to the site’s creator — who seems to be working via a server in Ohio, and who is facilitating crime all over the world.
Stabler knows they need help figuring out what makes the site’s creator tick, so he grabs a cup of coffee with Rollins after one of her lectures. She’s pretty pregnant. (“Does Liv know?” “Word on the street is that Carisi wouldn’t keep his mouth shut.”) As they discuss the current case, Rollins lights up as she considers a rudimentary criminal profile of the site creator, and Stabler calls her out on it. She confesses she’s bored with her new gig. “I love the students, but I do miss the feeling of solving a good mystery,” she says. But she hasn’t said anything to Carisi about it, nor Liv. “You, of all people, should know how she reacts when people leave her,” Rollins says. Zing! (Side note: I also love the way that Elliot rolls with her comment. HE KNOWS WHAT HE DID.) He asks her to work up a formal profile of the site creator, and she agrees.
A STEP AHEAD | FBI Agent McCrary helps them Stabler and Bell get an electronic surveillance warrant… and then the federal judge who granted the warrant shows up on Shadowërk: There’s a handsomely paying hit out on her. Though the team rushes to protect her, she’s shot in her car before they can get to her. Stabler and Benson converge on the crime scene, where he tells her he wants to bring in help from the private sector. Enter Rollins! Liv is surprised to see her friend and former co-worker there, but she listens as Rollins explains that they’re looking for a disaffected white guy in his mid-20s who has “weaponized anonymity, and he’ll do anything to keep it.” And that’s it — see you next week!
Now it’s your turn. What did you think of the episode? Sound off in the comments!
Rollins and EO scenes aside, this case was good, really engaging, and the guy they used as bait was really funny. It’s a shame OC went through all the BTS drama with showrunners because they’ve hit their stride in the last 5-6 eps and it’s really enjoyable.
I find it so hard to believe Liv hasn’t talked to Rollins this whole time. It’s worst part of story…
Rollins wouldn’t be where she is in life without Liv & she just blows her off…just like Elliot did?! HARSH.
Well Elliot Stabler dodidn’keep in contact with Olivia Benson or Fin remember.
OMG! They finally got a Bensler scene (at the end of SVU) just right! No over-hyped preview, no unbelievable fabrications (my wife made me write it)… they let the actors do the work of putting electricity into an ordinary conversation and since Meloni & Hargitay just ooze chemistry, it was perfect.
Liked both shows, delighted to see Rollins again. Script for OC was marvelous with the one-liner humor. Solid plot. Hope they can keep it up!
I don’t like how shows treat their exiting characters Jay and now Rollins. She left but she still in town and her kids still friends with noah are we suppose to believe they didn’t exchange Christmas presents or carsis didn’t tell her about liv injuries and she didn’t call just to say get well.liv didn’t call to say congrats. I get they maybe not tied as before but no communication at all ?
Exactly my feelings. I feel stablers you know how she gets comments is bs excuse. It’s bad writing all around.
For the record Olivia is still hurt about what Elliot has done to her and romance should be the last time they should do for her to forget about what he did they’ve really needs to talk not jump in bed together but seriously talk. For some of you that wanted then to stay as friends and nothing more than friendship then in a way ya’ll gotten you all wish friends don’t try to kiss each other and if I just saw a man just as friend and don’t want to start a romance between us then I wouldn’t blame Olivia I wouldn’t want to go there with him either but if I had felt the same way that he does towards me I would happy to give him that chance later but soon I wouldn’t want to lose him to someone else cough Olivia Benson like she almost did with Elliot Stabler. Now writers what are going to do now get Elliot and Olivia together romantically already what are you waiting for make it happen with those two no more teasers or possibilities. And no more new romances between those two other than each other. They both deserves to be happy with each other
Crossover at the premiere and now at the finale again. WOW.
The finales aren’t until May 18 (next week).
Yeah that’s when Olivia Benson gets shot
Yeah, okay. Whatever.
Hard to believe haven’t spoken and it about time we mentioned how Rollins was a lifer too. She was always meant to be SVU not a professor
How is Rollins a professor? She was an SVU detective for a decade or so. Maybe at a police academy, but not an actual university. What’s her training in education?
So unrealistic. Of course, I never liked her or her horrid sister. Peas in a pod, both users and takers, low rent people.
They have made reference to the fact that Rollins went to college so she has a degree. Her degree plus 20+ years as a cop including say 15 as a detective would make her more than qualified to teach a couple of introductory criminal justice classes. God forbid someone with actual real world experience would be allowed to teach a couple of classes as opposed to someone who got a BA, MS and PHD and then immediately became a professor with no real world experience at all,
Ok didn’t she go to school to become a Professor?
Question, do I have to watch tonight’s SVU to get the case or no?
It would help. The crossover case is one of two main cases in the SVU episode. It’s a pretty even split.
That municipal building where Benson & Stabler meet (well, in front of) is the main branch of the NY Public Library on 5th Ave.
I have never liked crossovers on any TV series.
Also, it cracks me up that Rollins is a ‘professor’ at a major university & now a ‘criminal profiler’? Please!
Why did they kill off one of Stablers detectives
He was great on the show. I was very sad to see him written out. WHY?