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I became tired with Stabler's repeated anger issues and his inability The whole bar scene with Amaro and Rollins was cringe-worthy and .. Apart from that, regarding Nick and Amanda relationship I totally agree with Ana. Kelli Giddish as Detective Amanda Rollins, Peter Scanavino as Dominick "Sonny " Carisi. Rollins already has a little girl from a previous relationship with Lt. Declan that she and Detective Amaro (Danny Pino) were romantically involved. But adulthood, with its own set of male-female challenges, isnt as. Nicolas Amaro is a fictional character on the NBC police procedural drama Law & Order: Benson ends up working the case with Detective Amanda Rollins (Kelli Giddish). When Cassidy's lawyer questions him, Amaro is forced to reveal that he had a romantic relationship with the sister of a drug lord he was investigating.
Fin comments IF something went down in that stairwell. Benson thinks Paula is covering for him, reminding Fin that he saw it. Fin replies he was terrified of his mother and Rollins adds she was raised the same way.
Benson questions now they are making cultural exemptions? Amaro says his father went after him with his fist and it taught him you never lay a hand on a child or a woman. Rollins says it is possible AJ could have been fending her off and both Benson and Amaro do not agree. Rollins states this changes everything. Benson is apologetic to Paula about the video, explaining there is no shield law for domestic violence victims.
Paula states she is not a victim. Counselor Calhoun wants to speak with her clients and when Benson says she wants to speak with the separately, Calhoun explains she brought a second attorney, Brian, so they will both have counsel.
AJ explains Paula was stumbling and could have hurt herself and had to stop her. Benson questions it was with his fist, and he admits he also had a few.
Paula says AJ was trying to protect her; they already told the NYPD what happened and they are putting it behind them. Benson is surprised Barba wants to plead this down, adding AJ should be in jail.
Barba agrees, but feels AJ is personable and charismatic, Paula supports him and the jury will want to forgive him. Benson sarcastically says he is right, they should just slap him on the wrists and send him home.
Barba and Benson are in the interrogation room with AJ and Calhoun who says AJ was defending himself but if they want to make a reasonable offer she will hear them out. Barba suggest assault 3, 90 days, and Calhoun says no jail time and hours of community service.
Benson says AJ will have to do a lot more than pick up garbage with a pointed stick for this one. Calhoun is stunned, asking that Barba wants them to plead to a felony? AJ stands up and says he would never hurt Paula and she will back him up.
Calhoun adds they heard they man; they will see them in court. Barba tells them tomorrow at 9AM. At arraignment court part 5 on Thursday, November 13, AJ pleads not guilty and Barba asks for remand.
AJ looks to Paula and smiles. Afterwards, Benson enters the ladies room where Paula is already there and tries to get her to talk but Paula sticks to her story. Benson warns Paula it will happen again. Benson says she is concerned about the safety of her and her son and is not concerned about the public perception of black men. Calhoun enters and cuts any change of this off, telling Benson she should know better than to talk to Paula without her counsel.
Calhoun takes Paula away. Paula thinks some people have an interest in her being the victim and that is not going to happen. Benson and Barba watch on as Paula takes responsibility for provoking AJ.
She adds they are working on their issues and asks for privacy.
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Show, she interviews AJ and Paula who tell their fans now to believe the gutter press and not to believe the haters. Meanwhile, Benson, at home with Noah, is on the phone with Barba who says this is the next stop on the apology tour. Barba and Benson watch as Paula states AJ proposed and they are getting married later that day.
At a later date in court, a doctor testifies for the prosecution about the science behind the force of the blow AJ gave to Paula and the punch could have killed her but she got lucky.
Calhoun cross examines him and brings out that the doctor never examined Paula and his speculation is based on a grainy black and white video and an algorithm. She also brings out the fact that Paula shows no sign of neurological injury at the time or later.
Benson is testifying for the prosecution, stating it is not uncommon for victims of domestic violence to say it is their fault or to refuse to testify. Some are emotionally or financially dependent on their abusers or scared of reprisals. They are most at risk when the victim goes against their abuser or tries to leave. Under cross examination, Calhoun gets Benson to admit that Paula did not show fear nor did she cite financial dependence as reasons not to testify.
Benson says that is not what she saw in the video. Calhoun mentions her client has expressed regret and will get anger management and spiritual counseling. Benson comments she has heard that before. Calhoun asks Benson if she believes in the rehabilitative powers of anger management, and Benson replies not always, no.
Calhoun brings up the situation where a detective in her squad beat up a civilian who recently returned to active duty after a short stint in anger management. Amaro, sitting in the gallery squirms in his seat. Benson said her detective lost his temper with a horrific child abuser, not his wife. Amaro looks unhappy and AJ looks pleased.
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Amaro says he hit her, end of story. Rollins argues they get to decide what is best for her, saying that is infantilizing and is SVU making her a victim all over again. He tells her to take it easy and she asks if he is counting her drinks now, calling him Saint Nick, Savior of Damaged Women. He says he never laid a hand on Maria, and Rollins asks that he never wanted to. Rollins says Maria got to him, and she still gets to him. He says no, so she pushes his shoulder harder again and again to try to get a rise out of him.
He asks if she is jealous of Maria now, and she asks if that is where they are going now. Rollins thinks this is funny as patrons stare. At SVU, the squad room watches a news conference about the league cracking down on domestic violence or child abuse.
Rollins enters and Fin comments that AJ has no friends left. Rollins comments that Paula gets tarred, too, asking how is this fair to Paula? She says it is the worst night of her life, for their entertainment. Fin says she is preaching to the choir but AJ did hit her. He asks if Nick agrees with that, and she replies that Nick thinks he can save the whole wide world. Fin says he has learned two things in his 15 years at SVU: He says he just wants her to take care of herself. She says she hears him.
They are working to finding positive ways to communicate He performed their wedding ceremony; they have been committed to each other for 10 years and are raising their son in a solid, loving, Christian marriage of equals. Barba asks about the drinking and Scott says this is another issue they are working on.
Scott testifies he has never witnessed anything other than a genuine love for each other. Barba asks what he thought about the video of AJ punching his wife, and Scott says he did not watch it. Barba withdraws the question. Afterwards, AJ testifies about how much he loves Paula and he will always regret that night but did not intend to hurt her. He decided to testify as Paula had the strength to sit in the courtroom and if she can be brave enough to sit in here, he can be brave enough to sit here and take responsibility and teach his son to be a man.
Under cross examination, Barba mentions that AJ lied when he told the police his wife had slipped, and AJ says he knows now that was wrong, he was trying to protect his family. Barba plays back the video of the punch and AJ said he put up his hand to stop her but it was a reflex action. Barba thinks he is blaming Paula, but AJ says he did not intend to hurl her. He did not call as she came to in a few minutes. Barba brings up the fact at AJ is a professional athlete and is aware of the dangers of losing consciousness only briefly and he chose to ignore that, but AJ counters that he made a judgment call.
Barba says he made a judgment call to punch a woman in the face, to drag her unconscious body across a garage and attempt to get out of there before anyone could find out. Calhoun objects but the judge allows it as AJ says he loves his wife Barba plays back the video asking if AJ loved her, highlighting all the times he manhandled her and hit her. Calhoun objects again and the judge tells Barba to move along. Barba says AJ opened the door, but if this is how he shows he loves his wife, then he is done.
Later, the judge asks Calhoun before they bring the jury back from lunch, is she ready for her closing arguments? Calhoun says she wants to call one last witness, Paula. Barba asks the judge to approach and he is concerned that Paula has been in the courtroom for the entire trial. In the hallway, Benson asks Barba how is it looking, and he explains there are 7 women on the jury, domestic violence, she knows the drill. Benson says at least two will be looking to blame her and excuse him.
Barba informs her that Calhoun sandbagged him and she is putting Paula on the stand in 2 hours. He asks what Benson knows about her and that relationship. He, along with the Carlos, force Rollins into the office where the other manager, Sondra, is waiting. Declan and Carlos pull guns on her and then Declan motions for her to be silent, then rips open Rollins' shirt to check for a wire. He sees there is none, but Rollins looks worried.
Declan reminds her she is the one down 15 grand and is also the one standing there half naked with a gun to her head. He introduces himself and says he is pleased to meet her, and Rollins counters that he does not want to threaten a cop.
He thinks she in investigating them but she insists she is there off duty and it has nothing to do with her job. Sondra says it does now. Rollins claims she is making good on it, she has OT. Sondra wants her to prove she is not an informer. Declan says he has a test for her and if she passes, they can discuss how she can work off her debt.
She explains it is au naturale. He comments she is in early, asking if Niagara Falls was that bad. Amaro sees she is in the DMV database and she says a friend of hers keeps getting tickets even though he parks in a garage and she is just checking it out for him. Amaro cautions her to be careful with favors, she knows how IA can be, whispering that they track everything.
Amaro asks if he had a rough weekend, and Fin says no, it was dope. Fin says she met a dude, good for her. But Amaro comments that she is already checking tickers for him? Fin wonders why Amaro is so interested, asking if he has something going for Rollins.
Amaro says of course not. Benson knocks on the door and then opens it, calling them gossip girls and tells them that they caught a suspect on those push in rapes, it is a juice delivery guy. She motions them out. Later, Rollins is back at the club. Declan tells Rollins there were a dozen more last night. Rollins exclaims is not her precinct but she did find out when they do their blitzes.
Sondra tells her she has one more chance. Declan shows Rollins a file and explains that the woman in the photo has been selected by the state of New York to serve as a juror. Sondra adds that it is a victimless crime — insurance fraud - and they want to help her come to the right decision. Rollins is immediately concerned and Sondra tells Rollins that her boss needs her address. Rollins raises her voice and questions that they want the home address of a juror?
He orders Rollins to find her and when she does, to text him a picture and the address, holding out a cell phone for her to take. Rollins reluctantly takes it. But Declan calls her bluff, showing that Carlos followed her and took pictures, she led them right to her. He asks her who would pay the medical bills for her son, adding they are not threatening her, they are helping her.
He says Rollins is not helping herself. She gets in his face and shouts that she is not doing anything that will get somebody hurt. He replies he guesses it is over, asking who should he call, her Sergeant? He adds that jail time for a cop is not a pleasant thing.
Before he can dial the phone she frantically tells him to wait. She stands close to him and suggests maybe t here is some other way they can work this out.
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Declan has Carlos leave the room. He reminds her she is not calling the shots, he is. He tells her to come here, and she reluctantly moves toward him. He pulls her down to her knees. Clare tells Sondra to tell Marcelo to keep his hands off her ass.
Sondra walks back into the office and asks if everything is OK. Rollins appears to be fixing her shirt and Declan says she passed the third test, she went low and beyond the call of duty.
Sondra tells him to get out and watch the floor. She hands Rollins the drink. Rollins thanks her and sits down, and tells Sondra she will only work for her and to make sure Declan knows that. Sondra thinks he got the message. She pours Rollins another drink. Rollins says her show is impressive and that her club is not on the radar at the NYPD. Sondra asks why would she be, she is an Ivy league educated art history major.
Sondra, who is pregnant, says her boy will not have to grow up the way she did. Sondra asks Rollins if she asks herself what it is she wants out of life. Sondra thinks she can do well for herself here, if she can let go of her working class morality, asking if she can do that. Rollins asks if she can let go of her debt.
Sondra says she can work it off. Rollins suggests she not take a long maternity leave; her world is like her own, you work your asses to get where they are and a man comes around and thinks everything should be handed to them. Rollins leave as Sondra ponders that statement. Back at SVU, Benson is on the phone telling the caller they do know they are spread very thin here. Fin knocks on the door and asks if she has a second for him and Amaro.
She motions them in, and Amaro says she has a problem. Amaro tracked her cell to a warehouse near the Navy yard and she was talking to some guy that looked Irish mob to him and he thinks it is a gambling club. Amaro goes on to say that Rollins got out pretty late and Fin argues that it might be nothing.
Benson cuts them off and thanks them for coming in, she appreciates it and she will take care of it. Fin and Amaro look at each other and Fin walks out. Amaro claims he did not want to take any chances, not after what happened to her. He insists he is not stalking Rollins, but Benson comments it is funny he should say that.
She explains that Maria has been calling her and is worried about him. She asks if there is anything he wants to tell her about. Benson says good, then tells him to stay away from Rollins too. Marcelo, the Brazilian, needs a lift home. Rollins takes the car keys and then tells Declan and Sondra that the waitress that ratted her out is Meanwhile, Rollins drives Marcelo back to his home and when she asks Marcelo how they are working him, he explains he is a diplomat with immunity and says he is not going to pay; he owes so much they need him.
They get to his home and Marcelo gives her the security code, saying it is hitme The gate opens and Marcelo's wife is there and not happy to see Rollins, who explains she is the designated driver. They all enter the home and sit Marcelo down.
She tells Rollins she can go now and to tell them not to call her anymore and to not let him back in their club. Rollins leaves and then gets a message on her phone. He offers her his support as far as money but she declines, saying she is moonlighting security as a club.
He asks if the club has cards, and then asks if they are asking her to do anything like addresses or licenses and can she just walk away. She says soon, but he reminds her if he is noticing, so are others and this is going to come down on her. She insists she has it under control, and he says she knows where to find him as he offers her a wad of cash.
She thinks maybe it is time for her to get out, but Declan says it is too late, Sondra needs another favor. He explains that Carlos got himself into a jam driving a client home a while back. Carlos said he was caught in a speed trap with an unlicensed gun and it was as set up. She stands up and asks Carlos to confirm he has no record or priors and he insists he does not.
Declan asks her to see what she can do. Later, Rollins goes to the evidence room, wearing her hair up in a cap, and signs in as Detective Wheeler to get the gun. She notices the camera. She brings the gun to Sondra who tells her this takes care of the interest on her debt this week. Sondra asks if there is any chance she can pull a double, and Declan asks if there is something he should know about. Sondra replies if he needed to know about it she would have told him, then tells Rollins she will be in touch.
She says she has a few things to clean up here. Fin says he will come with her, and Amaro looks suspicious. He took some cash but left her jewelry and electronics. Major case is sending over their art crimes expert to assess the stolen art work. Fin listens to Marcelo complain about what took them so long, and Marcelo sees Rollins and his eyes grow wide. Rollins states she is going to take the wife. As Marcelo explains to Fin what happened, Rollins slowly walks up the stairs and overhears what is said.
Marcelo states, contrary to what he said to the first detective, that now the intruder wore a mask and he did not see his face. Rollins speaks to his wife Beatriz who is clearly upset when she recognizes Rollins and recoils, thinking that she is there to put pressure on her. She says she gets the message and knows what to do Rollins stoops down and touches her arm. She asks how is the wife, and Rollins comments that she shut down, suggesting she was in shock.
Fin thinks they know the perp and are afraid of them, Amaro adding that the assailant knew them and their door code and which paintings to steam. Benson wonders if the rape was to throw them off — and Amaro wonders if it was to send a message. Rollins offers to pull the front door security video and check for other cameras on the block. Rollins explains that video is gone and the perp must have taken it but she has another camera from across the street.
She assures hum she has this and asks if he has anything from the lab.