Law and Order: SVU Boss on Cassidy's Reveal, the Benson Memo and LGBTQ Characters | E! News
'SVU' Debate: Did Benson fairly assess her partnership with Stabler? Yes . At least she lived with Cassidy for a season after. You read my mind, I swear that episode would have been a billion times .. How is 'throwing shade' on a character seen as a diss on Chris .. All of them were so good together. How do we know Cassidy is back? There have been a few articles put out there about Peter Hermann, Mariska and their family. .. Barba has been wasted by being St. Benson's yes man for far too long. More likely if he's still with IAB they'll be working together to nail a rogue cop using his badge to. Olivia Margaret Benson is a fictional character on the NBC police procedural drama Law Benson has been credited in episodes of SVU ( in the In the episode "Paranoia", Benson described how, despite the difficulty she . it is revealed that Cassidy and Benson had been seeing each other for quite some time.
He is everything that [my character] Olivia has. So this was where we really got that to pay off. While Stabler has yet to appear again in the series, Benson frequently mentions him in both a professional and personal context; she tells the squad's newer detectives what Stabler would do in a given situation, and says more than once that she is "getting over someone".
In the episode "Closure", Benson refers to it as a drunken one-night stand. It is implied that the relationship continued based on comments in the episode " Disrobed ".
Cassidy leaves the precinct at the end of that episode. In the season 5 episode "Lowdown", it is revealed Benson had a relationship with a murder victim who turned out to be gay and HIV positive.
In the season 9 episode "Closet", the SVU squad are surprised to find out that Benson has been in a relationship with journalist Kurt Moss Bill Pullman for several months. It comes out only because Internal Affairs is investigating Benson and Stabler in a case in which the department accidentally outed a professional football player.
By the end of the episode, she breaks up with Moss. While Benson has only been portrayed in relationships with men, she has, according to lesbian entertainment website AfterEllen. We know that people are into the Alex-Olivia thing. All the codes are in there. Hargitay has said that Connick, who is a friend of hers, improved the show to a more romantic advanced stance. I think Olivia couldn't have asked for a better companion to take her through a new stage in her life and career. In the episode "Hunting Ground", she decides to take it slow with Haden, claiming she needs time to see if their relationship will last.
That night, they end up sleeping together in her apartment. This makes her late for a case, which is frowned upon in the NYPD. In the season 14 premiere, Benson shares a kiss with Cassidy after she tells him she is not the same person from 13 years before, when they had a brief sexual relationship. Later that season, in the episode "Undercover Blue", it is revealed that Cassidy and Benson had been seeing each other for quite some time.
Their relationship hits a rough patch in the episode when Cassidy is accused of rape, which results in their relationship becoming public. The charges against Cassidy are later dropped when the SVU detectives discover that he was being set up. In season 15, Benson stays with Cassidy as she recovers from her imprisonment by a serial rapist. A few months after she returns to work, they get a new apartment together.
They break up in the episode "Downloaded Child", however. Upon the conclusion of their joint operation, the two share drinks before Benson returns to New York. It is suggested throughout season 17 that Benson is in a relationship with Capt. In "Manhattan Transfer", they are forced to confirm their relationship when Tucker is accused — by his own cousin, a priest — of being complicit with a sex trafficking ring that has ties to Vice and the Catholic Church.
Tucker is eventually cleared, and he continues his relationship with Benson. In season 18, Tucker tries to convince Benson to retire with him, though at the conclusion of the episode "Next Chapter", Benson realizes she is not ready to do so, as being a cop is part of who she is.
As a result, Benson breaks it off with Tucker at the end of the episode "Chasing Theo". Sexual assault storylines[ edit ] In the season 9 episode "Undercover", Benson poses as an inmate in a women's prison to investigate an alleged rape by a corrections officer.
While there, the corrections officer in question, Captain Lowell Harris Johnny Messnerattacks her and attempts to force her to perform oral sex on him. Later, Benson helps convict the rapist by questioning his earlier victim about distinguishing features on his penis, prompting the victim to recall a mole on it, which Benson later explains to Warner that she had also seen.
When Warner asks Benson if she had been raped, she replies, "It was the closest I've ever come. She is attending group therapy, something she has not shared with anyone but Tutuola. In the episode "PTSD," while investigating the rape of a Marineshe is pushed against a wall while trying to break up a fight between a suspected rapist and another Marine.
She subsequently breaks up the fight by holding her weapon to the back of the suspect's head. In the season 11 episode "Perverted," Benson becomes the prime suspect in the sexual mutilation and murder of a biker gang member. As more evidence is found linking her to the crime, an Internal Affairs detective insinuates that she may have committed it while suffering from a flashback to the assault.
Yes, well, he prosecuted her best friend. Eventually they learn to respect him fro. The series hasn't had a series regular gay character since BD Wong. Let's put it that way. We have a core group of people, I don't think we need any new people on the show. But we deal with those subjects on a weekly basis; it's just that not one of our characters is a member of that community. Yes, but I'm not going to tell you. NBC On a more serious note, Cassidy admits he is a victim of molestation.
How long was that planned in your mind to reveal that? It was kind of spur of the moment when we were doing the outline, we were doing the beat sheet and planning the show. In retrospect, it explains his character.
And he said for the first time in 19 years I understand where I'm coming from, Dean did, and it just fit in with the story so perfectly. Why he overreacted in the courtroom and why he's a hot head, things like that…and why he's single. Were Dean and Mariska receptive to the reveal? Oh, they loved it.
They absolutely loved it. We hit with two heavy-handed emotional shows for Benson back to back. Raul leaving and then Cassidy coming back and saying goodbye. Is she out of the woods? West says it is more like she did it to herself. Benson comments to Amaro that first he rapes Tanya and now he says he is looking out for her, saying that is control, intimidation, and is a complete abuse of power. Amaro agrees it is ugly but not enough to make a case. Later, it is night and Cassidy and West are still driving around.
Cassidy asks when things will start picking up around here, and West tells him to take it easy, it is a full moon, and they will get there. Benson and Amaro are still following, and Amaro asks how the new apartment is going. Amaro says he misses it. Amaro asks about the sessions and if he likes the guy. Benson explains she must have sent over a dozen survivors to him and it turns out she was right.
She feels safe there. Amaro says he is her any time she wants to talk about anything, but Benson replies that it is great he has been normal with her and she appreciates that more than he knows. A call comes in for available units to respond to a female drunk and disorderly and West responds turns on the lights and sirens on his squad car.
West and Cassidy arrive on the scene to try to handle a drunk Gretchen, who comes on to Cassidy as he tries to control the situation. Gretchen asks them to drive her home and if they want her to assume the position. West grabs her as she begins to tip over and puts her in the back of the car and Benson and Cassidy hear Cassidy tell West he has a live one. Benson voices concern to Amaro that they are just going to let this happen, but Amaro thinks it sounded consensual and they obviously have a history.
Benson raises her voice and reminds him Gretchen is drunk, but Amaro reminds her so are half the people on the street who are going home to have sex and asks what does she want to do. Another squad car pulls up to Cassidy and it is Quinn and the rookie. Quinn asks if everything is alright and Cassidy explains that West is upstairs assisting a woman in need.
Benson and Amaro hear Quinn tell Cassidy he knows not to put this in the memo book, and Cassidy asks what memo book. Cassidy waits in the car, and Benson worries to Amaro that Gretchen has been up there for 20 minutes and Cassidy should go up.
Amaro cautions her that they are testing him. West returns and honks the car home to wake Cassidy, and Cassidy asks if it is his turn. West says next time, his girl Quinny needs backup. West puts on light and sirens and races off and Benson and Amaro follow. Quinn complains it took them long enough, and she tells the rookie to sit and listen to the radio. Cassidy asks what is this, and West tells him easy cowboy as they walk into a building.
Meanwhile, Benson and Amaro are in the car, listening to Cassidy making sounds of pleasure. Amaro reminds Benson that Cassidy is just working, and she says she knows, as she blankly stares forward. Afterwards, Lila says goodbye to Cassidy and kisses him, and Cassidy tells West and Quinn it was a nice welcome, it seems he landed in the right place.
He asks how much he owes, and West explains it is on the house, they take care of them so they take care of the girls. Quinn adds to call it a quid pro ho. She walks off, explaining that Tucker is waiting. Tucker reminds them he was listening all night and says it was dereliction of duty, maybe.
Benson counters that West is not going to confess to Cassidy the second he meets him.
Cassidy says they leaned on Tanya but Tucker thinks that is subjective. Amaro believes Cassidy has their trust and Cragen adds if he spends more time, they will slip up. Benson thinks the other vics will be just as drunk and scared.
Fin says they need a reliable witness, and suggests IAB set up a honey trap. Rollins adds West likes his women drunk and disorderly and she can do that. At a later time, West and Cassidy get a call for an assault by a white female who is possibly intoxicated, West says they have this and Cassidy calls in they will handle.
Quinn radios she will back up. At the scene, Rollins is playing drunk while Fin is playing the her driver whom she is fighting with, saying that she paid for the night. They get her in the squad car.
Benson and Amaro listen as West puts on her seatbelt and Rollins complains she is dizzy. West says he does not know what it is with these women — low self esteem? He says they will do her a favor and drive her home, and as he puts his hand on her leg, saying when they get there they can work something out and see if she deserves to get off for drunk and disorderly. Amaro says he wants this guy.
West gets in the car and tells Cassidy to get her keys in case she falls asleep. West says it is not happening and then calls in the drunk and disorderly and where they are taking her.
Benson tells Amaro to stay close and radios Cragen that they are on the way. At the room where Cragen has a team set for surveillance of the room, Fin enters and tells Cragen that Rollins was so good she scared him. He explains that West took in Rollins while Quinn distracted him and told him to stop picking up drunk white women. They see Rollins, Cassidy and West arrive at the building and Cragen comments he does not want Rollins in there any longer than she has to be.
Cassidy asks what happens if they get a radio call and West says they answer it and can come back and check on her later, they have her keys. West asks for 15 minutes with her and he begins to take off her shoes. He says he has to make a phone call, and then tells Cassidy he told them the next one would be his. Cassidy seems reluctant but West explains she likes cops. He steps out to reply to the message but leaves the door open while Cassidy climbs on the bed and onto Rollins.
In the car, Benson wonders why West is making Cassidy go first and Amaro wonders if they are still testing him. Benson says she does not like this. In the hall, West looks at his phone and then knocks on the door, saying they have to go.
West says he got a call. Cassidy climbs off the bed and tells West she is cute, he likes her. West closes the door and Rollins looks up toward the camera, Cragen and Fin also wondering what just happened.
In the car, Amaro questions if they got a call, and Benson said they would have heard it. She thinks they are on to him. As Cassidy races down t he stairwell with West, Cassidy comes face to face with Quinn who is holding a gun on him.
West slams Cassidy against the wall and also pulls his gun on him. Cragen and Fin enter Rollins room and Fin asks if she is alright. She says she is fine. Cragen radios to Benson and Amaro asking where is Cassidy, and, as Amaro backs up the car, Benson tells Cragen his wire went dead 45 seconds ago. Cragen tells Fin to check the back. Meanwhile, Quinn is driving a cab and Cassidy is in the back seat. West orders Cassidy to give him his cell. He hands it to Quinn and tells her she knows what to do.
She tosses the phone out the window.
Cassidy asks if they are now commandeering cabs and making calls from his phone, questioning that is their plan? Cragen says he is gone, Fin adding they found a back door out to 20th St.
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Rollins thinks they had a second car. Amaro tells them they got the call with a female voice reporting a suspicious man with a gun on West 21st street. Amaro also wonders if it is a decoy call. Back in the car, Cassidy says they have this all wrong but West thinks Cassidy worked with Groves up in the Bronx and Quinn wonders if Cassidy is his avenging angel.
Cassidy says Groves is a nut job. He says he does not know as Rollins holds a gun on him. He explains Quinn told him to drop her here and then she got in a cab and said it was personal. Rollins tells him to stop covering for her, and he says he just got out of the Academy 3 weeks ago and he does what she tells him. They hear a call on the radio saying the suspect is fleeing across West Side highway by Marine terminal.
Fin asks if that is his sector and he nods yes.