Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 13, Episode 1

Scorched Earth (21 Sep. 2011)

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An African immigrant working as a maid accuses an Italian diplomat of rape, but is she really in it just for the money? Meanwhile, Stabler's return remains in doubt after his latest shooting.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Amaro (credit only)
Roberto Distasio
Mr. Achok (as John Earl Jelks)
Sofia Distasio
Miriam Deng


The detectives of the Special Victims Unit are called to the scene when a hotel maid reports being assaulted by Italian diplomat Robert Distasio. Bureau Chief Mike Cutter and ADA Alex Cabot prosecute the high-profile case, which quickly grows more complicated as the maid's credibility is publicly questioned. Detective Amanda Rollins joins the Manhattan SVU from Atlanta, while Benson struggles to cope with the fall-out from the shooting in the precinct. Written by NBC Publicity

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When Rollins introduces herself to Benson, Benson asks if she was the transfer from Dallas, but Rollins quickly corrects her as being transferred from Atlanta. Dallas is a reference to the setting of Kelli Giddish's (Rollins) previously aired show, Chase (2010), whereas Atlanta is a nod to her actual origins in Georgia. See more »


Detectives or any officer above a patrol level cannot "transfer in" to a police department from another city. While this is commonly shown as happening on police shows, in fact the only law enforcement position ever filled laterally by an outsider on occasion is the chief. All others are promoted from within, and must meet police standards for the state in which they work. In the example shown here, a detective working for the Atlanta police department would need to resign, and then be hired by the NYPD, attend training, and become certified for New York. They would then start as a patrol officer, and after that be eligible for promotion under NYPD rules. See more »

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