SVU investigates a possible hate crime involving the alleged rape of a Muslim woman in Central Park. However, the actions of a meddlesome newspaper journalist given full access to Benson makes their job more difficult.

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Renowned New York Ledger columnist Jimmy MacArthur (Alec Baldwin) is given full access to Sergeant Benson (Hargitay) and the squad for an inside look at the city's Special Victims Unit. When the rape case of a young Muslim woman (guest star Summer Bishil) escalates to a hate crime, Jimmy stays one step ahead of the investigation and declares the entire crime a hoax. With the victim under fierce public scrutiny, Benson struggles to keep the case on solid ground and fears a rapist will go free. Written by Anonymous

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Jimmy MacArthur (Alec Baldwin) mentioned that the press usually write about 'Towelheads' getting beat up behind dumpsters. Towelhead was a movie in which Heba Salim's actress (Summer Bishil) played a part. See more »

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Hank Abraham: [to Olivia] Everybody in your office running for the lifeboats?
Olivia Benson: It's still an open investigation.
Hank Abraham: Open? How about imploding? City Hall is apoplectic. Why don't you quit while you're behind?
Olivia Benson: Why? Because Jimmy Mac is bloviating in the press?
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The story goes south
30 October 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In a role clearly based on Jimmy Breslin, Alec Baldwin guest stars in this SVU episode about a columnist who has grown way too cynical in his job. Nevertheless Sergeant Mariska Hargitay has been ordered by the brass to cooperate with a story he's doing on SVU.

The story goes south with a hot potato crime that arrives the same time Baldwin does. A young Moslem girl played by Summer Bishil is raped and assaulted and she cries hate crime. The forensics and other evidence don't support her story as to the circumstances.

But the young woman lied because of her religion's rather antiquated notions of honor and a woman's place. Nevertheless Baldwin excoriates her in his column and the results are not good.

Mariska Hargitay is starting to fill the job of command quite well. And Alec Baldwin turns in a good turn as the cynical columnist who can't believe of himself that he's been had.


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