Law & Order: SVU Season 15 Episode 3 “American Tragedy”

Law & Order: SVU Season 15 Episode 3 American Tragedy (2)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (SVU) season 15 Episode 3 “American Tragedy” airs Wednesday, October 2 2013 on NBC (9:01-10:00 p.m. ET).

Episode Synopsis: Law & Order: SVU Season 15 Episode 3 “American Tragedy” – A string of rapes on the Upper West Side raises concerns across the city, and while Detectives Tutuola (Ice-T) and Rollins (Kelli Giddish) question everyone who fits the suspect’s description, celebrity chef Jolene Castille (Shepherd) fears she’s the next victim when someone follows her home. The SVU arrests her for shooting and killing the unarmed teen, and her attorney (Tambor) faces off against ADA Barba (Raúl Esparza) in a trial that tests the limits of the jury’s moral and legal responsibilities. Meanwhile, Detective Benson (Mariska Hargitay) continues to struggle with the aftermath of her traumatic ordeal. Also starring Richard Belzer (Sergeant John Munch) and Danny Pino (Detective Nick Amaro). Also guest starring Leslie Odom, Jr. (Reverend Curtis Scott), Bill Irwin (Dr. Lindstrom) and Tamara Tunie (M.E. Warner).

Show Summary: Created by Emmy Award-winning producer Dick Wolf, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” is now in its fourteenth season. The program has received numerous accolades from community-based organizations for the social issues it tackles, and cast members are frequently recognized for the work they do off-screen to promote personal health and safety and other volunteer efforts and initiatives.

This hard-hitting and emotional series from NBC’s “Law & Order” brand chronicles the life and crimes of the Special Victims Unit of the New York City Police Department, an elite squad of detectives who investigate sexually based crimes. Dedicated Detective Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay), a seasoned veteran of the unit who has seen it all, heads up the department with empathy and professionalism, all the while dealing with her difficult past – as a product of rape and a witness to her mother’s grief, she can personally relate to each victim she tries to help.

In 2011, Hargitay (Detective Benson) garnered her eighth Emmy nomination for Lead Actress in a Drama Series, and won the 2006 Emmy for that category. Also in 2011, she received her sixth SAG nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for her portrayal of Detective Benson. In 2009, Hargitay earned her second Golden Globe nomination for Lead Actress in a Drama Series for the role, winning the award in 2005.

Captain Donald Cragen, (Dann Florek, reprising the role he played on the first three seasons of “Law & Order” 1990-1993), oversees the unit with a tough but supportive approach to the team’s complex cases, guiding the squad through the challenges they face every day. Sergeant John Munch, (Richard Belzer, “Homicide: Life on the Street”), a transfer from Baltimore’s homicide unit, brings his acerbic wit, conspiracy theories and street-honed investigative skills to the team. Detective Odafin “Fin” Tutuola (Ice-T) adds a unique sense of humor and undercover investigative experience, making him a formidable match for any partner.

Returning for their second year are Detectives Nick Amaro (Danny Pino) and Amanda Rollins (Kelli Giddish), who bring their own talents and style of investigation, all the while learning the ropes from senior detectives and facing head-on the emotional toll it takes to work the SVU. In 2012, Pino was nominated for the ALMA Award for Favorite TV Actor.

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  • James Kingsmill

    Terrible episode. Let’s just roll Paula Dean and Trayon Martin all in one.

    • zoo keeper

      Really sad that we have to sit in our living rooms and expect an impartial show when these Hollywood libs cram this garbage down our throats.

  • EmilyThompson

    Honestly I was disgusted by last nights episode (If wolf wants to milk the paula deen incident that’s his prerogative) however, It was seriously exaggerated, I live in the south and we aren’t the “Backward Biggets” most people believe we are. I was genuinely offended when the chef character told the southern detective “If we we’re back home I’d get a medal for killin that black boy”
    In which state was she referring to??? Louisiana? give me a break! The African American Population is ever growing here in Alabama, Mississippi, and especially in New Orleans La,Where the woman claimed she was from.. Hate Crimes are not tolerated here! They are taken VERY seriously.. We do not fear change or progression (I am sick of Movies and T.V’s shows suggesting otherwise..)

    Do your research Dick Wolf, the only one appearing Ignorant here is you ..

    • Veronica

      Thank you Emily, I’m from Lafayette, LA, and we “Ragin’ Cajuns” take offense to the comments made about people from the south. WE ARE NOT LIKE THIS.

  • zoo keeper

    Typical law and order episode putting white people down when blacks who make up 13% of the population commit 45% of all violent crime.