‘Law & Order: SVU’ Star Kelli Giddish Took Different Role on Another One of Franchise’s Shows

by Kati Michelle
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Like the Marvel Universe, Dick Wolf’s franchise spans far and wide. At the core, there’s the world of “Law & Order” and the world of “One Chicago.” Then within those two spheres, there’s enough series and spin-offs to make your head spin. And don’t forget about all the crossovers, either.

That’s why it’s not at all surprising to learn that certain actors might have joined Dick Wolf’s universe before we actually met them in their current roles. Take Kelli Giddish, for example. Before she found her niche as Amanda Rollins on “Law & Order: SVU,” she actually took on a different role in one of the franchise’s other shows. Here’s your look back to her time on “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.”

Kelli Giddish Made an Appearance on ‘Law & Order: Criminal Intent’ the Same Year That She Started ‘Law & Order: SVU’

It’s true. Before Amanda Rollins, there was Dana Stipe. 2007 was a big year for Kelli Giddish playing both characters. The Dana Stipe character came into the Dick Wolf universe on November 1st in an episode of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” titled “Depths.” This marked Episode 5 of the show’s 7th season and Kelli played an underwater treasure diver.

Unlike her Amanda Rollins character, Dana Stipe found herself on the other side of the law. Instead of serving it, it was serving her. The police considered her one of their main suspects involved in the murder of two other treasure hunters. And to complicate matters, her character has a shady past.

That said, we’re keeping mum regarding whether or not she goes down for the murder. You’ll have to get caught up to see for yourself.

An ‘SVU’ Plot Hole Overlooked All These Years

That same year, 2007, Kelli Giddish also guest-starred on “Law & Order: SVU.” However, she did not play Amanda Rollins or Dana Stipe. This means that she’s had three different characters in the Dick Wolf universe. This time, she played a wealthy socialite and rape victim named Kara Bawson.

Now, the subject matter of the episode is obviously dark, but it also stands out for a couple of other different reasons. First and foremost, she made this appearance on Episode 12 of Season 8 and the episode title is “Outsider.” So, that little connection is pretty neat over here at Outsider.com.

The other reason the episode stands out is that Kelli Giddish obviously plays an entirely different character on “Law & Order: SVU” now. So, does that mean there’s a major plot hole here that fans have overlooked for over a decade?

Ultimately, the metaphorical plot crime seems forgivable. She’s not the only one to universe-hop, anyway. Others to do the same include Diane Neal, Peter Scanavino, Ice-T, Michelle Hurd, and Tamara Tunie.