With help from Dr. Lindstrom, she recovers repressed childhood memories of violence, rape, and neglect. They focus however on Steven Gregg (, Briscoe and Logan investigate the death of an elderly holocaust survivor who apparently took her own life using her husband's prescription medication. [12], On October 2, 2013, it was announced that Broadway actress Jessica Phillips would return to the series for a recurring role as ADA Pippa Cox. Briscoe and Logan investigate the murder of Nicholas Iliescu, a furniture dealer who was shot in the back of the head and then dragged by a car. When the detectives find the athlete's fingerprints at the scene, prosecutors McCoy and Borgia must fight to keep the evidence from being tossed out on a technicality. Ice-T (Detective Fin Tutuola) announced on Twitter that filming on the fifteenth season commenced on July 24, 2013. In "Rapist Anonymous", Nia Vardalos returned as Defense Attorney Minonna Efron, having previously appeared in the season 14 episode, "Criminal Hatred". So now the D.A. Photographs lead them to Mitchell Kolbin, a white man who had followed Tate religiously but who seemed to lose some of his wonderment when Tate began an affair with his wife. As the investigation unfolds, Southerlyn's opinions put her sharply at odds with both McCoy and Branch, the latter of whom begins to feel that Southerlyn is not cut out to work in the DA's office. They learn the ones who died were not given the correct dosage of their meds. Things get further complicated when a murder occurs, and Rollins is caught in the middle between her squad and someone who she thought was her friend. This was also the last season of the original opening theme is used before switching it to the shorter theme next season onwards. Logan has trouble dealing with Lennie Briscoe (Jerry Orbach), who has been brought in while Cerreta recovers from surgery. The trial of serial rapist William Lewis (. Logan is upset to learn that Cerreta has accepted another position within the department and will not be returning. Season fifteen is available on DVD. After a wild car chase through Manhattan's streets leaves one man dead and a teen injured, Detectives Fontana and Green connect some dots and discover that the chase began in upstate New York after a hunting party was massacred by the now deceased driver, but finding the man who chased the murderer puts prosecutors in a bind. Donal Logue has a recurring role starting in this episode until the end of the season, as Lieutenant Declan Murphy. Jessica Phillips returns as ADA Pippa Cox in the episode, previously starring in Season 14 as well as two episodes in the fifteenth season. An administrator at the lab, Susan Boyd (. [17], On December 10, 2013, it was announced that Dann Florek (Captain Donald Cragen) would depart SVU in an episode airing in January 2014. He eventually claims Jennifer's death was an accident but also that he had been having an affair with his therapist, Dr. Diane Mead (Lindsay Crouse), who told him that he could not have her if he continued with Jennifer. In December 2004, it was announced that Röhm was replaced by Annie Parisse who began portraying Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Borgia with the episode "Fluency". #SaveBenson", "Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Mentalist, SVU, Grey's, Parenthood, NCIS: LA, Revenge and More! When a mother refuses to trust anyone to take care of her daughter, she leaves the child home alone for days. Rollins' friend from her Gamblers Anonymous meeting claims she was raped by her lover, but the case is challenging to prove. (A year prior, Orbach had guest starred as a defense attorney in at least one-episode season two episode two's “Wages of Love”). A pregnant woman Kelani Amonda from Nigeria arrives and goes into labor in the cab she's on. The investigation also sets off a series of events that could cost Logan his detective position. After the girl is found during a suicide attempt, she reveals she was gang-raped while her boyfriend was forced to watch and that she had regrettably experienced multiple orgasms during the assault. Originally, Acevedo played District Attorney investigator Hector Salazar in the short-lived Law & Order spin-off, Law & Order: Trial by Jury. Richard Belzer returns to SVU as DA Investigator John Munch in the season finale, "Spring Awakening". Briscoe recalls a similar attack in Brooklyn and learn that that the Brooklyn victim, Mary Davis, and Vicky had worked at the same walk-in clinic. This marks Wong's third appearance on the show after his departure in season 12. When a loner is found strangled to death in his rent-controlled apartment, Detectives Fontana and Green focus on both the victim's gambling habit and the building's owner who wants to convert it into a co-op, but the cops hit paydirt when they discover the dead man's nasty running feud with a spoiled pro basketball player. Detectives Fontana and Green move to the beat of hip-hop when a legendary rapper is shot to death and evidence points to the victim's young protege (as Shawn, Sean Nelson) who was known to be cutting his own music on bootlegged street CDs, and more clues are found in one song's lyrics that describe a similar killing. Detective Ed Green, portrayed by Jesse L. Martin, temporarily leaves in this episode. It has all of the hallmarks of a mob-style killing but everyone who knew Manuel insists that he was clean. A police department forensic anthropologist is able to reconstruct their faces and they turn out to be brother and sister who were in the USA illegally working in the garment industry. When her attorney, Lanie Stieglitz (Elaine Stritch) (an old friend of Stone's from law school), calls Olivet to the stand to testify in Mary Kostrinski's defense, Schiff forces Stone to use Olivet's recent rape to discredit her testimony. They soon discover the killers were tipped off to the victims' identities by a website displaying photos of undercover cops. He thinks someone went through his system to cover his tracks. With the girl afraid to testify and the boyfriend refusing to aid in the investigation, Amaro finds evidence the gang was responsible for more than just the attack. When the Brooklyn DA's Office, led by ADA Strauss, convenes a grand jury to investigate her actions, Benson's torment continues and she must choose between her badge and her convictions. Until they hear that she had recently become very concerned about news reports of a Nazi enforcer who was convicted in Europe of war crimes in absentia. After Dr. Elizabeth Olivet is assaulted by her gynecologist, Dr. Alexander J. Merritt (Paul Hecht), she turns to Detectives Cerreta and Logan to have him investigated. When a promiscuous young lawyer is found bludgeoned to death in her office, Detectives Fontana and Green investigate her former lovers at the high-powered law firm until DNA evidence points to one attorney, Ron Drexler (Paul Fitzgerald), who was in the office at the time of the murder. His lawyer however Jonathan Shario (, This page was last edited on 22 October 2020, at 13:23. [14], On September 27, 2013, it was announced that Richard Belzer (Sergeant John Munch) would depart the main cast in the fifth episode, "Wonderland Story." Despite his young age, Martinez had a pacemaker which apparently failed. The episode also marks the directorial debut of Mariska Hargitay, whose character, Sergeant Olivia Benson, goes head to head with MacArthur. After a high school football star goes missing in NYC, his uncle seeks helps from Rollins, who is a hometown friend. Meanwhile, Cragen announces his retirement from the NYPD. The police have several possible leads. [5][6][7][8] Ice-T (Detective Fin Tutuola) announced on Twitter that filming on the fifteenth season commenced on July 24, 2013. Briscoe and Logan investigate the murder of Kathleen McKenna, a deaf woman who is found in the alleyway next to her apartment building. He does come up with another way to get evidence against the doctor. When the medical examiner confirms that Hagen died of a slow brain hemorrhage and could have been injured 30 minutes before she died, the evidence points to another officer who had a previous incident with her. Summer Bishil and Questlove guest star. Shepherd's character, Jolene Castille, thought she was being pursued by a rapist and turned around to discover it was a teenager. After leaving a dinner party at Benson's apartment, Amaro and Rollins witness an officer in the chase of a suspected drug dealer. Both men would later return in guest roles, with Florek eventually joining the cast of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Their investigation leads to Angela Brandt (. Season of television series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, List of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit characters, "NBC Fall 2013 TV Premiere Dates: When The Voice, Law & Order: SVU Come Back On", "Shows A-Z — law & order: special victims unit on nbc", "Mariska Hargitay Confirms Her Return to Law & Order: SVU", "Mariska Hargitay Returning to Law & Order: SVU for Season 15", "Mariska Hargitay Confirms Return to Law & Order: SVU", "Mariska Hargitay Returning for Law & Order: SVU Season 15 After Closing New Deal", "Twitter / FINALLEVEL: SVU Behind the scenes:1st day of filming. [9], In August 2013, Leight revealed that the storyline for the fifteenth season would pick up where the finale of the previous season had ended, with some high drama in particular for Benson; "Olivia will very much be dealing with and reeling from her encounter with Lewis...her character's got incredible empathy for others and yet has had a hard time looking out for herself. The prime suspect is a conservative rival he may have double-crossed. In the same episode, Laura Benanti returns as Maria Grazie, the ex-wife of Detective Amaro, who provides information about the case to the SVU squad. Creator Dick Wolf said of the casting, "Annie is a terrific actress, and her new character (Alexandra Borgia) is an exotic beauty whose looks belie the fact that she is usually the smartest person in the room. The doctor in that case claims she donated the device to a medical school after her own patient received a new one. Olivet returns to Merritt but this time records their encounter, where he rapes her.

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