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Deadly Ambition 

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After Amanda kills the father of her pregnant sister's child after what she believes is an attack, SVU discovers that Amanda was just a pawn in the sister's sinister plot to get rid of him and become rich.


Jim McKay


Dick Wolf (created by), Warren Leight (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mariska Hargitay ... Olivia Benson
Danny Pino ... Nick Amaro
Kelli Giddish ... Amanda Rollins
Richard Belzer ... John Munch (credit only)
Ice-T ... Odafin Tutuola (as Ice T)
Dann Florek ... Donald Cragen
Lindsay Pulsipher ... Kim Rollins
Robert John Burke ... Ed Tucker
Joe Grifasi ... Hashi Horowitz
Isiah Whitlock Jr. ... Captain Reece
Mary B. McCann ... Didi Denzler (as Mary McCann)
Jayne Houdyshell ... Judge Ruth Linden
Michael Mastro ... Judge Serani
Rafael Sardina ... Lieutenant
Carolyn McCormick ... Dr. Elizabeth Olivet


After Amanda kills the father of her pregnant sister's child after what she believes is an attack, SVU discovers that Amanda was just a pawn in the sister's sinister plot to get rid of him and become rich.

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Release Date:

20 February 2013 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


This is the first appearance of Dr. Elizabeth Olivet (Carolyn McCormick) on this series since season two's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Abuse (2001). In the twelve years in between these two appearances, McCormick continued to play the character on Law & Order (1990), Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001), and the short-lived Law & Order: Trial by Jury (2005). See more »


Amaro says that the dead man had ordered his gun from the internet and had them shipped directly to him, saying that it is legal in Georgia. That is incorrect. Federal law says that a firearm can only be shipped to a federally licensed (FFL) dealer. It could not have been legally shipped to him at his home, as stated by Amaro. See more »


Odafin Tutuola: [to Jeff about Kim] Listen, you touch her again, we send you back to Georgia with your ass in a sling.
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Didn't think this one out
24 December 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Lindsay Pulsipher made the second of two appearances on SVU as Kelli Giddish's very troubled sister. Giddish as we've learned has a bad gambling problem and now she has a sister problem that truly dwarfs the gambling issues.

Whenever you introduce new characters into a series the writers get a chance to introduce whole new stories built around them and the baggage they bring into a series. Both Giddish and Danny Pino relatively new to SVU get the chance to have whole new stories written around them.

Whatever you think of Giddish she's chosen law enforcement as her career whereas Pulsipher has played the other side of the tracks. Her boyfriend and father of her unborn baby Theis Weckesser is a drug dealer and general all around low life and he's knocked up Pulsipher. But she's got a scheme in mind that will involve her sister and make her a rich woman.

Which brings in Robert John Burke who since 2002 as Detective Tucker from Internal Affairs has made it his life's ambition to nail one of cops from SVU. He wanted Christopher Meloni bad, but Meloni put his papers in. Now he thinks Giddish is in on her sister's plans.

I won't go into what happened but clearly as Giddish says her sister is not a deep thinker and really didn't think this one out clearly.

She will be back and she will be trouble.

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