‘Law & Order: SVU’: Danny Pino Explains Why Amaro and Rollins Acted the Way They Did in Episode 500

by Lauren Boisvert
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Nick Amaro came back for the 500th episode of Law & Order: SVU, and things were a little awkward. First, Benson got defensive when Amaro tried to tell her that she was groomed as a 16-year-old. By the man he brought back into her life, of all things; second, Amaro had his former partner Amanda Rollins to deal with. She is now in a relationship with A.D.A Dominick Carisi, as we all know.

While Amaro and Rollins were never officially in a relationship, they always had a Benson/Stabler-type will-they-won’t-they air about them. Amaro was protective of Rollins, and always seemed to know what she needed or what was wrong with her. So, for them to meet up again 7 years later with all these changes in their lives? It’s bound to be a little uncomfortable.

They seem to fall back into familiar patterns, though. Still ignoring the elephant in the room that is their personal lives, of course. Danny Pino spoke with TV Line about the Amaro/Rollins exchanges on Law & Order: SVU, and how the two are coping with seeing each other again.

“There was so much left intentionally vague,” Pino said, “but my understanding […] is that we [Amaro and Rollins] kind of have touched base in terms of ‘What are you up to professionally?'” In the episode, Amaro reveals that he’s gone back to graduate school studying genetics and forensic science. He’s started working for a firm called Forum, which examines evidence from cold cases.

But what about their former partnership? How did that affect their exchanges in the 500th episode?

‘Law & Order: SVU’: Amaro and Rollins Catch Up

“I think that Amaro would have been way too sensitive to bring up their relationship,” Pino said. “And maybe she [Rollins] would feel the same way.”

Pino went on to say that Rollins and Amaro keep things very professional. They each feel like they’re not going to be the one to break and ask about personal lives. Amaro is married and has kids now, and Rollins is in a relationship with Carisi. But there’s still that awkwardness of “we used to be extremely close” that hangs over them.

“I think that, you know, when things go sideways in a relationship and you are still friends, maybe you don’t bring up that relationship,” Pino said. “You just try and keep it as surface and as professional as possible.”

Amaro and Rollins did their best to do just that on this special Law & Order: SVU episode. The tension is so thick you need a machete to cut through it. Not only with Rollins, but with Benson as well. Amaro brought things to light for Benson that she didn’t necessarily want to deal with. She’s going to be dealing with the repercussions of Amaro’s, and in turn, Burton Lowe’s visit for at least a few Law & Order: SVU episodes.

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