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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.


Michael Slovis


Dick Wolf (created by), David Matthews


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 ... Bureau Chief A.D.A. 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




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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First episode in which Ice-T is credited without the hyphen in his name. 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 »


Olivia Benson: [about Miriam] She brought it on herself. She lied repeatedly.
Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: She did whatever she had to do to get asylum.
Olivia Benson: Maybe. Her testimony about the gang rape... you know, it's one thing to be consistent, it's another to quote verbatim.
Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: Everybody's ripping into her. What's up with you? You telling me you don't think he's good for it?
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English | Italian

Release Date:

21 September 2011 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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16:9 HD
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