History Trivia / LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit

20th Aug '16 11:37:58 AM lapetitesinge
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** Oftens swerves into their TechnologicallyBlindElders -- the characters are frequently exasperated by the [[NewMediaAreEvil Evil Internet]], but the writers themselves have a very shaky grasp of how popular websites work (see their definition of "blogging" as "daily visits to one website" and describing a Twitter account as having thousands of "friends" and featuring posts from many different users. That's...not how that works.)
6th Jul '16 1:13:49 PM SoapheadChurch
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** Reg E. Cathey's character Barry Querns also bears the same surname as the character he played on ''Oz''.

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** Reg E. Cathey's character Barry Querns also bears the same surname as the character he played on ''Oz''. Given the numerous other ''Oz'' allusions in the show, this was probably an intentional ShoutOut.



** Richard Belzer has openly stated that JustForFun/JohnMunch is basically "me as a cop."

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** Richard Belzer has openly stated that JustForFun/JohnMunch is basically "me as a cop."" Thankfully, Belzer doesn't share the darker elements of Munch's backstory.



* CreatorBacklash: Ice-T (who's a big gaming fan) wasn't fond of "Imitation Games," as he made clear on his Twitter after it aired.

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* CreatorBacklash: Ice-T (who's a big gaming fan) wasn't fond of "Imitation "Intimidation Games," as he made clear on his Twitter after it aired.
10th Jun '16 12:35:49 PM JamesAustin
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** Creator/JeremyIrons playing a [[Literature/{{Lolita}} a sex-addict who slept with his daughter]] [[spoiler: it was actually her similar-looking best friend (he was drunk, she consented)]].

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** Creator/JeremyIrons playing a [[Literature/{{Lolita}} a sex-addict who slept with his daughter]] [[spoiler: Turns out it was actually her similar-looking best friend (he was drunk, she consented)]].



** When Tutuola joined the show, his previous background was in Narcotics, which was the job of [[Music/{{IceT}} Ice-T's]] character in ''Film/NewJackCity''.

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** When Tutuola joined the show, his previous background was in Narcotics, which was the job of [[Music/{{IceT}} Ice-T's]] Music/IceT's character in ''Film/NewJackCity''.



** Harold Perrineau recently played a wheelchair-using ex-con [[spoiler:who is now going back to prison for several rapes committed before he became a paraplegic]], much as he did on [[Series/{{Oz}} Oz]] (though sadly this was after Christopher Meloni's departure)

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** Harold Perrineau recently played a wheelchair-using ex-con [[spoiler:who is now going back to prison for several rapes committed before he became a paraplegic]], much as he did on [[Series/{{Oz}} Oz]] ''Series/{{Oz}}'' (though sadly this was after Christopher Meloni's departure)



** Amaro at one point visits a ColdCase unit. Also, "Secrets Exhumed" begins the same way most ColdCase episodes did, with one character (in this case, Munch) saying that they'd gotten a break in an old case. Munch hands the case file to Amaro.
** In another episode, Cassidy mockingly refers to Amaro as [[ILoveLucy Ricky Ricardo]]. Danny Pino portrayed Desi Arnaz in the 2003 TV movie ''Lucy.''

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** Amaro at one point visits a ColdCase Series/ColdCase unit. Also, "Secrets Exhumed" begins the same way most ColdCase ''Cold Case'' episodes did, with one character (in this case, Munch) saying that they'd gotten a break in an old case. Munch hands the case file to Amaro.
** In another episode, Cassidy mockingly refers to Amaro as [[ILoveLucy [[Series/ILoveLucy Ricky Ricardo]]. Danny Pino portrayed Desi Arnaz in the 2003 TV movie ''Lucy.''



** Pablo Schreiber who plays William Lewis, the raging psychopath (and briefly prisoner) on this series was also moonlighting as a slightly less psychopathic prison guard on the Netflix series [[OrangeIsTheNewBlack]].
*** It's also ironic that while Schreiber was playing a criminal on this series and a C.O. on another series, he actually portrayed a completely sane, crime-fighting detective on the short-lived cop drama [[Ironside]], (which coincidentally aired right after SVU during the Wednesday night line-up).
** Jefferson Mays plays an M.E. named Carl Ruddnick, who cross dresses frequently [[spoiler: for the sake of covering up his crimes. Mays was nominated for a Tony for his role in AGentlemansGuideToLoveAndMurder as the D'Ysquith Family - a role which required him to master quick changes in order to play multiple male and female roles within the same family. The difference here is that Mays' characters are the ones that are murdered over the course of the play]].

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** Pablo Schreiber who plays William Lewis, the raging psychopath (and briefly prisoner) on this series was also moonlighting as a slightly less psychopathic prison guard on the Netflix Creator/{{Netflix}} series [[OrangeIsTheNewBlack]].''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack''.
*** It's also ironic that while ** While Schreiber was playing played a criminal on this series and a C.O. on another series, he actually portrayed a completely sane, crime-fighting detective on the short-lived cop drama [[Ironside]], (which ''Series/Ironside2013'', which coincidentally aired right after SVU during the Wednesday night line-up).line-up.
** Jefferson Mays plays an M.E. named Carl Ruddnick, who cross dresses frequently [[spoiler: for the sake of covering up his crimes. Mays was nominated for a Tony for his role in AGentlemansGuideToLoveAndMurder ''Theatre/AGentlemansGuideToLoveAndMurder'' as the D'Ysquith Family - a role which required him to master quick changes in order to play multiple male and female roles within the same family. The difference here is that Mays' characters are the ones that are murdered over the course of the play]].



* TheCastShowoff: SVU has had exactly three episodes featuring French (or Franco-African) characters, two of which just so happened to be when Detective Beck was on the show. Interestingly, it appears that the writers actually showed restraint on this one, seeing as Connie Nielson speaks ''[[{{Omniglot}} eight]]'' languages.
** Averted when an episode shows most of the characters watching an Expy of AmericanIdol. The only one not shown singing along is Barba, who is played by Broadway legend Raúl Esparza.

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* TheCastShowoff: TheCastShowoff:
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SVU has had exactly three episodes featuring French (or Franco-African) characters, two of which just so happened to be when Detective Beck was on the show. Interestingly, it appears that the writers actually showed restraint on this one, seeing as Connie Nielson speaks ''[[{{Omniglot}} eight]]'' languages.
** Averted when an episode shows most of the characters watching an Expy of AmericanIdol.''Series/AmericanIdol''. The only one not shown singing along is Barba, who is played by Broadway legend Raúl Esparza.



* CreatorBacklash: Ice-T (Who's a big gaming fan) wasn't fond of ''Imitation Games,'' as he made clear on his Twitter after it aired.

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* CreatorBacklash: Ice-T (Who's (who's a big gaming fan) wasn't fond of ''Imitation Games,'' "Imitation Games," as he made clear on his Twitter after it aired.



* FandomNod: in 11x13, "P.C.", [[spoiler:Kathy Griffin's lesbian character [[HoYay coming onto Liv]]. The reasons she gives for her mistake are pretty much the same ones fans have been using for their SlashFic since, oh, the start of the show.]]
** The best part being when Olivia asks, "Why does everyone think I'm a lesbian?"
*** No, the best part has to be Olivia fooling the suspect into confessing by ''pretending'' to be a lesbian, [[FetishFuel swaggering into the interrogation room in a leather jacket.]]

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* FandomNod: in 11x13, "P.C.", [[spoiler:Kathy Griffin's lesbian character [[HoYay coming onto Liv]]. The reasons she gives for her mistake are pretty much the same ones fans have been using for their SlashFic since, oh, the start of the show.]]
** The best part being when
]] Olivia asks, asking, "Why does everyone think I'm a lesbian?"
*** No, the best part has to be
lesbian?", Olivia fooling the suspect into confessing by ''pretending'' to be a lesbian, [[FetishFuel swaggering into the interrogation room in a leather jacket.]]jacket]], it has it all.



** "Personal Fouls" [[spoiler: which revolves around a well-respected coach who uses a children's charity to molest young boys]] originally aired a few weeks before the [[http://gothamist.com/2011/11/09/did_law_order_svu_predict_the_joe_p.php Penn State molestation]] story broke. However, according to TheOtherWiki, this one was actually based on a ''[[http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/story/2009/10/09/sp-fleury-tell-all.html different]]'' sports abuse case.
** In the episode Imprisoned lives, based on Ariel Castro but written before he was convicted, a scene with not-Castro allocuting about why he took the girls had to be cut when it ended up matching Castro's almost word for word.

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** "Personal Fouls" [[spoiler: which revolves around a well-respected coach who uses a children's charity to molest young boys]] originally aired a few weeks before the [[http://gothamist.com/2011/11/09/did_law_order_svu_predict_the_joe_p.php Penn State molestation]] story broke. However, according to TheOtherWiki, The Other Wiki, this one was actually based on a ''[[http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/story/2009/10/09/sp-fleury-tell-all.html different]]'' sports abuse case.
** In the episode Imprisoned lives, "Imprisoned Lives," based on Ariel Castro but written before he was convicted, a scene with not-Castro allocuting about why he took the girls had to be cut when it ended up matching Castro's almost word for word.



* RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor: Pablo Schreiber's amazing performance as the vile William Lewis caused many fans of the show to fuse his character with his real life persona; to the point where he was receiving hateful and threatening messages. Schreiber himself has admitted that in the future he plans on playing the 'good guy' more often so people can see what a truly sweet person he is. To contrast, there are a handful of photos on the internet of he and his on-screen arch enemy (Mariska Hargitay) being quite chummy with one another when they weren't filming[[https://twitter.com/SVUWritersRoom/status/461165337270956032/photo/1]].

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* RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor: MeanCharacterNiceActor: Pablo Schreiber's amazing performance as the vile William Lewis caused many fans of the show to fuse his character with his real life persona; to the point where he was receiving hateful and threatening messages. Schreiber himself has admitted that in the future he plans on playing the 'good guy' more often so people can see what a truly sweet person he is. To contrast, there are a handful of photos on the internet of he and his on-screen arch enemy (Mariska Hargitay) [[https://twitter.com/SVUWritersRoom/status/461165337270956032/photo/1 being quite chummy with one another when they weren't filming[[https://twitter.com/SVUWritersRoom/status/461165337270956032/photo/1]].filming.]]



** RomanceOnTheSet: Mariska Hargitay (Olivia Benson) met her future husband Peter Hermann (Trevor Langan) on set. SVU had a hell of a time [[HideYourPregnancy covering up her pregnancy in Season 8]].

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** RomanceOnTheSet: Crossing with RomanceOnTheSet, Mariska Hargitay (Olivia Benson) met her future husband Peter Hermann (Trevor Langan) on set. SVU had a hell of a time [[HideYourPregnancy covering up her pregnancy in Season 8]].



* TrollingCreator: Warren Leight [[spoiler:having Olivia describe her relationship with Elliot as one where she was completely unable to grow.]] Even the positive interpretation of that, [[spoiler:that she held herself back because she was nursing unrequited love for him]], mightily pissed fans off.

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* TrollingCreator: TrollingCreator:
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Warren Leight [[spoiler:having Olivia describe her relationship with Elliot as one where she was completely unable to grow.]] Even the positive interpretation of that, [[spoiler:that she held herself back because she was nursing unrequited love for him]], mightily pissed fans off.



** It was originally going to be revealed that Olivia's mother lied about being raped. Scrapped to avoid UnfortunateImplications.

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** It was originally going to be revealed that Olivia's mother lied about being raped. Scrapped to avoid UnfortunateImplications.



* YouLookFamiliar: Casey Novak; her actress played a one-episode character before Casey's introduction... one of the aforementioned Wall Street higher-ups ladies, in fact.

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* YouLookFamiliar: YouLookFamiliar:
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Casey Novak; her actress played a one-episode character before Casey's introduction... one of the aforementioned Wall Street higher-ups ladies, in fact.



** [[Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet Andre Braugher]] as an attorney. Kinda weird, given that ''Homicide: Life On The Street'' exists in the [[JustForFun/JohnMunch same universe]] as the ''Law & Order'' series. It works because Frank Pembleton never appeared on SVU and (aside from Munch) never met or worked with any of the SVU characters.
*** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] when Munch greets Ellis in a familiar (and sarcastic) way, and Ellis replies "Have we met?"

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** [[Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet Andre Braugher]] as an attorney. Kinda weird, given that ''Homicide: Life On The Street'' exists in the [[JustForFun/JohnMunch same universe]] as the ''Law & Order'' series. It works because Frank Pembleton never appeared on SVU and (aside from Munch) never met or worked with any of the SVU characters. \n*** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d when Munch greets Ellis in a familiar (and sarcastic) way, and Ellis replies "Have we met?"
16th Apr '16 10:36:16 AM nombretomado
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* HarsherInHindsight: Stephen Collins (of ''SeventhHeaven'' fame) guest-starred as a suspect in the ninth season episode "Trade." In 2014, Collins confessed to having [[http://www.people.com/article/stephen-collins-sexual-abuse-confession-exclusive sexually abused underaged girls]] earlier in his career.

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* HarsherInHindsight: Stephen Collins (of ''SeventhHeaven'' ''Series/SeventhHeaven'' fame) guest-starred as a suspect in the ninth season episode "Trade." In 2014, Collins confessed to having [[http://www.people.com/article/stephen-collins-sexual-abuse-confession-exclusive sexually abused underaged girls]] earlier in his career.
27th Mar '16 11:42:34 AM dkscribbler31
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** Jefferson Mays plays an M.E. named Carl Ruddnick, who cross dresses frequently [[spoiler: for the sake of cover up his crimes. Mays was nominated for a Tony for his role in AGentlemansGuideToLoveAndMurder as the D'Ysquith Family - a role which required him to master quick changes in order to play multiple male and female roles within the same family - for the sake of all of them getting murdered over the sake of the play]].

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** Jefferson Mays plays an M.E. named Carl Ruddnick, who cross dresses frequently [[spoiler: for the sake of cover covering up his crimes. Mays was nominated for a Tony for his role in AGentlemansGuideToLoveAndMurder as the D'Ysquith Family - a role which required him to master quick changes in order to play multiple male and female roles within the same family - for family. The difference here is that Mays' characters are the sake of all of them getting ones that are murdered over the sake course of the play]].
27th Mar '16 11:33:44 AM dkscribbler31
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** Jefferson Mays plays an M.E. named Carl Ruddnick, who cross dresses frequently [[spoiler: for the sake of cover up his crimes. Mays was nominated for a Tony for his role in AGentlemansGuideToLoveAndMurder as the D'Ysquith Family - a role which required him to master quick changes in order to play multiple male and female roles within the same family - for the sake of all of them getting murdered]].

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** Jefferson Mays plays an M.E. named Carl Ruddnick, who cross dresses frequently [[spoiler: for the sake of cover up his crimes. Mays was nominated for a Tony for his role in AGentlemansGuideToLoveAndMurder as the D'Ysquith Family - a role which required him to master quick changes in order to play multiple male and female roles within the same family - for the sake of all of them getting murdered]].murdered over the sake of the play]].
27th Mar '16 11:33:29 AM dkscribbler31
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** Jefferson Mays plays an M.E. named Carl Ruddnick, who cross dresses frequently [[spoiler: for the sake of cover up his crimes. Mays was nominated for a Tony for his role in AGentlemansGuideToLoveAndMurder as the D'Ysquith Family - a role which required him to master quick changes for the sake of playing multiple male and female roles within the same family - for the sake of all of them getting murdered]].

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** Jefferson Mays plays an M.E. named Carl Ruddnick, who cross dresses frequently [[spoiler: for the sake of cover up his crimes. Mays was nominated for a Tony for his role in AGentlemansGuideToLoveAndMurder as the D'Ysquith Family - a role which required him to master quick changes for the sake of playing in order to play multiple male and female roles within the same family - for the sake of all of them getting murdered]].
27th Mar '16 11:32:08 AM dkscribbler31
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** Jefferson Mays plays an M.E. named Carl Ruddnick, who cross dresses frequently [[spoiler: for the sake of cover up his crimes. Mays was nominated for a Tony for his role in [[Theatre/AGentlemansGuideToLoveAndMurder]] as the D'Ysquith Family - a role which required him to master quick changes for the sake of playing multiple male and female roles within the same family - for the sake of all of them getting murdered]].

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** Jefferson Mays plays an M.E. named Carl Ruddnick, who cross dresses frequently [[spoiler: for the sake of cover up his crimes. Mays was nominated for a Tony for his role in [[Theatre/AGentlemansGuideToLoveAndMurder]] AGentlemansGuideToLoveAndMurder as the D'Ysquith Family - a role which required him to master quick changes for the sake of playing multiple male and female roles within the same family - for the sake of all of them getting murdered]].
27th Mar '16 11:31:33 AM dkscribbler31
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** Jefferson Mays plays an M.E. named Carl Ruddnick, who cross dresses frequently [[spoiler: for the sake of cover up his crimes. Mays was nominated for a Tony for his role in [[Theatre/AGentlemansGuideToLoveAndMurder]] as the D'Ysquith Family - a role which required him to master quick changes for the sake of playing multiple male and female roles within the same family - for the sake of all of them getting murdered]].
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** Leight's use of characters from seasons beyond his era has resulted in major character derailment with half-assed justifications for those developments. Major examples include:
*** Dr. George Huang, who worked with SVU from seasons 2-12 (with occasional episodes in 13, 14, and 15), returns for an episode in season 17 to help another lawyer win her case by stating that Liv coerced a confession out of him. Not only was Liv '''pissed''', but Leight has stated that there's little hope for Huang and Liv's professional relationship because Liv holds grudges.
*** As of mid-season 17, Liv is dating IAB Captain Ed Tucker - the same officer who relentlessly persecuted various SVU officers (including Liv herself!) over seasons 1-15. When asked what could have led to this development, Leight stated that Liv has decided to let go of the past and that the relationship makes sense since Liv hasn't had time to look elsewhere due to having a toddler at home. [[FlatWhat What.]]
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