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Scorched Earth 

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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.

Director:

Michael Slovis

Writers:

Dick Wolf (created by), David Matthews
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mariska Hargitay ... Olivia Benson
Danny Pino ... Nick Amaro (credit only)
Kelli Giddish ... Amanda Rollins
Richard Belzer ... John Munch
Ice-T ... Odafin Tutuola (as Ice T)
Dann Florek ... Donald Cragen
Franco Nero ... Roberto Distasio
Stephanie March ... Alexandra Cabot
Linus Roache ... Michael Cutter
Jenna Stern ... Judge Elana Barth
John Earl Jelks ... Mr. Achok
Michael Mastro ... Judge Serani
Kathleen Garrett ... Sofia Distasio
Tamara Tunie ... Dr. Melinda Warner
Anika Noni Rose ... Miriam Deng
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Storyline

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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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

21 September 2011 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Stereo

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?

Trivia

There are strong similarities between this episode and the case of The People of the State of New York v. Strauss-Kahn. In May 2011 Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who was at the time the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), was accused of sexual assault and attempted rape by a maid at the Sofitel New York Hotel. The charges were eventually dropped citing the untruthfulness of the victim. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: [escorting Distasio through a media perpwalk] Freedom of the press, baby.
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