“Law & Order: SVU” is no stranger to controversial and topical material. The show constantly pushes the envelope of what they can portray on-screen. A lot of the episodes are based on real cases, as well; it’s no surprise that sometimes things get a little too real to air.
That happened with a 2016 episode titled “Unstoppable.” The episode featured now-“NCIS” regular Gary Cole as a sleazy politician turned presidential candidate. While on his campaign run, he was accused of assaulting an underage girl.
There were not-so-subtle implications of the character at the time of the presidential election. “Law & Order: SVU” executives decided to shelve the episode. It never aired on television and has probably only been seen by a handful of people.
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“Law & Order: SVU” is going on a short mid-season fall break starting this week. There was no new episode this Thursday, and there won’t be one next Thursday either because of Thanksgiving. “Annie Live!” airs on Dec. 2, taking the usual “SVU” timeslot.
The show comes back on Dec. 9 on NBC. This comeback episode is another crossover with “Organized Crime” and also marks Rafael Barba’s return to the “Law & Order” franchise. Apparently, he’s considering representing Richard Wheatley. This means he’ll be face to face with Carisi.
Danielle Moné Truitt spoke with TV Insider about the return, stating, “Like with any trial, the defense and the prosecution are definitely gonna play a certain narrative, and it’s whatever narrative sticks with the jury best. Carisi is a great lawyer, and so is Barba. And they both are really good at giving a certain perspective to the audience. So we’ll see which one works.”
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Peter Scanavino’s Dominick Carisi spends most of his time on “Law & Order: SVU” but he’s been involved in the crossovers with “Organized Crime.” Scanavino spoke earlier this year about how well Carisi fits into the world of “Organized Crime.”
“I know a lot of people from Staten Island, and almost all of them has some kind of six degrees of separation to organized crime in New York City,” he said. “I’m sure there are people Carisi knows in that world, that he may not be in contact with, but he has access to.”
He mentioned the phenomenon of everybody knowing somebody in that world, saying, “Everybody’s got a cousin, everybody’s got an uncle out there who knows somebody […] [Carisi’s] scrappy, and if things devolve to the level of a street fight, I think he knows how to how to participate in that, as well.”
Hopefully, we get to see Carisi get scrappy, even if it’s in the courtroom, when he goes up against Barba in the Wheatley case.