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Criminal Stories 

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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.


Mariska Hargitay


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mariska Hargitay ... Olivia Benson
Danny Pino ... Nick Amaro
Kelli Giddish ... Amanda Rollins
Ice-T ... Odafin Tutuola (as Ice T)
Raúl Esparza ... Rafael Barba
Alec Baldwin ... Jimmy MacArthur
Summer Bishil ... Heba Salim
Delaney Williams ... John Buchanan
Leslie Odom Jr. ... Reverend Curtis Scott
Nick Mennell ... Elias Kemp Jr.
Samrat Chakrabarti ... Mr. Salim
Manish Dayal ... Farid Salim
Ami Brabson ... Judge Karyn Blake
Nils Lawton ... Mike Sullivan
Josh Pais ... Hank Abraham


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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Release Date:

19 March 2014 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


When Elias Kemp Jr. enters the office where Amaro and Tutuola are waiting, they hear him telling a colleague to "always be closing." Alec Baldwin, who guest stars as newspaper reporter Jimmy MacArthur, famously said the same line in the 1992 film Glengarry Glen Ross. See more »


Olivia Benson: [to Jimmy] So here's to justice, huh?
Jimmy MacArthur: Nothing new. The biggest rat always gets the cheese. It's okay. Elias is on the wheel now.
Olivia Benson: How's that?
Jimmy MacArthur: [shows Olivia a piece of paper] My last column for "The Ledger."
Olivia Benson: Last?
Jimmy MacArthur: Yeah. It's about a month in the life of Elias Kemp Jr., how he raped a girl in his office, pinned the rap on his best friend, wrote a check and walked away while his dad calls my publisher and asked to keep his kid's name out of the paper.
Olivia Benson: Jimmy, you sure you want to run that?
Jimmy MacArthur: I already ...
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The story goes south
30 October 2014 | by bkoganbingSee 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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