‘Law & Order: SVU’: Danny Pino Says Show Cut End of Benson-Amaro Scene ‘To Keep the Tension Intact’

by Joe Rutland

If you caught the 500th episode of “Law & Order: SVU,” then you saw a scene between Captain Olivia Benson and Detective Nick Amaro.

Danny Pino, who reprised his role as Amaro for this special episode, told TV Line why a scene where Benson, played by Mariska Hargitay, leaves a voicemail just ends.

“I think that there was a coda to the scene that was cut, but it was [cut] in a very smart and a good way because I think it keeps it keeps the tension hot between Benson and Amaro until she calls him and leaves him that voice message,” Pino said.

“There was a version of the scene where Amaro apologized again before leaving the room,” he said. “It was something like, ‘I’m sorry, Liv,’ and then he walked out. But cutting that line creates or keeps that tension intact, in the best of ways.”

‘Law & Order: SVU’ Actor Pino Also Had Scene With Kelli Giddish’s Amanda Rollins

Pino’s Amaro also had some scenes with Amanda Rollins, played by Kelli Giddish.

So, what else happened in the 500th episode?

(Spoiler alert! There is a little info about the episode below. Fair warning.)

Amaro goes and asks the SVU team for help in clearing a convicted man’s name. At the same time, he brings a figure from Benson’s past back into her life.

“Law & Order: SVU” debuted on NBC on Sept. 20, 1999. The only actor from that first season still on the show is Hargitay. Ice-T, who plays Sergeant Odafin “Fin” Tutuola, has been on since the second season.

Show Receives Video Best Wishes For Big Episode From Previous Stars

Coming upon a moment like the big 5-0-0 in an episode is not lost on some actors who have been a part of the “Law & Order: SVU” cast.

“I want to say a big congratulations to the cast and crew of SVU on your historic 500th episode!” said Brooke Shields. “SVU” fans recognize Shields from her five-episode arc on the hit series from 2017-18. She played Sheila Porter, biological grandma to Olivia Benson’s adopted son Noah.

“I want to send a huge congratulations to the whole cast and crew on reaching 500 episodes,” Pablo Schreiber said. Years before becoming a household name for “Orange Is the New Black,” Schreiber appeared as William Lewis on SVU. From 2013-14, he appeared in eight episodes as a horrifying serial killer.

Actor Peter Gallagher said, “Congratulations on your 500th episode. I was so glad I could ride along with you on a few of those.” Gallagher easily had the longest stint of the three on “SVU.” He played former Deputy Chief of the Special Victims Unit= William Dodds.