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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... Olivia Benson
... Nick Amaro
... Amanda Rollins
... Odafin Tutuola (as Ice T)
... Rafael Barba
... Jimmy MacArthur
... Heba Salim
... John Buchanan
... Reverend Curtis Scott
... Elias Kemp Jr.
... Mr. Salim
... Farid Salim
... Judge Karyn Blake
... Mike Sullivan
... Hank Abraham
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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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Guest star Alec Baldwin wrote the Law & Order (1990) episode "Law & Order: Tabloid (1998)", which he based on his own experiences with tabloid journalism. See more »

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Olivia Benson: [to Jimmy after Heba testifies in court] You happy now?
Jimmy MacArthur: Well, it certainly isn't boring.
Olivia Benson: She was telling the truth in there.
Jimmy MacArthur: You lack confidence in the wisdom of the jury?
Olivia Benson: They all read your columns, Jimmy. The way you crucified that girl, she was discredited before she even took the stand.
Jimmy MacArthur: I see. So she digs herself a hole in the mud in Central Park, your squad falls in and it's my fault? I got my story right.
Olivia Benson: No, you only got half of it right. Those two sons of bitches raped her and now ...
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Jabba the Hutt Gets His Shot
20 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

I think this series needs to remove the disclaimer that sometimes bookends this show. It is obvious that this story is taken from real life, and that it represents real people (it has Katie Couric as herself). We even hear Tawana Brawley's name used (that is a real person). We see the return of Reverend Scott, SVU's own "Al Sharpton," and the new antagonist in this is Jimmy Breslin, though we give him a new last name here, "MacArthur." At first, I was bothered that somebody was paying Alec Baldwin food money again, but I realized later what good casting this was. They needed a vain, arrogant, self-deceived, obnoxious, overweight jerk to take the role, and for that, Baldwin does not even need to act. It's hard to believe this is the same guy who once played Jack Ryan and "The Shadow." I take it back; he had to act a little, because there are a couple of places where human decency "almost" shines through.

A lot of the characters in this episode, mostly the victim's family, are very unrealistic, doing things and making changes that do not reflect real life, and we never do get to see the real villains, the people inside NYPD who seem to have a private line to Breslin, I mean, MacArthur.

The really bad guys are, of course, the filthy rich 1% dudes who, for no other reason than having a good time, decide they want to rape a Muslim virgin from India. We don't know if they've ever done anything like this before, or why this night was special, but we have to make sure again to let everyone know that most of the "real" crime in New York comes from these evil rich people who have the courts, the police, and the press in their hip pockets.

In spite of all this, the episode held my attention, and there were some satisfying twists in the episode. Once again, Tutuola is the real knight in shining armor. He continues to be the only one left in the squad who has not turned in papers or is in desperate need of psychiatric help. Special victims of New York, pray for Tutuola; he's the only one who has all his oars in the water right now.


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