Written By David Matthews
Directed By Michael Slovis
The detectives of the Special Victims Unit are called to the scene when a hotel maid (Anika Noni Rose) reports being assaulted by an Italian diplomat (Franco Nero). Bureau Chief ADA Cutter and ADA Cabot prosecute the high-profile case, which quickly grows more complicated as the maid's credibility is publicly questioned. Detective Amanda Rollins joins the Manhattan SVU from Atlanta, while Detective Benson struggles to cope with the fall-out from the shooting in the precinct.
This episode provides examples of:
- Absentee Actor: Nick Amaro (Danny Pino) is billed but doesn't make his first appearance until the next episode.
- Adaptational Nationality: Italian diplomat Roberto Distasio is based on French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
- Broken Tears: Olivia takes Elliot's resignation hard.
- The Bus Came Back: Alex returns from working in the Congo.
- Changing of the Guard: With Elliot's departure, Olivia becomes the main protagonist and lead detective.
- Dawn of an Era: Amanda Rollins joins SVU not long before Elliot resigns, kick-starting the show's new status quo.
- Debut Queue: Amanda Rollins makes her series debut.note
- Diplomatic Immunity: Roberto Distasio claims this as an excuse to get away with raping Miriam.
- Dirty Old Man: Roberto Distasio rapes Miriam Deng, a woman forty years his junior.
- End of an Age: Elliot officially resigns from the force, solidifying the end of the show's original status quo of him and Olivia being the central Action Duo.
- First Day from Hell: Rollins's first day in SVU starts with her working on the rape of a maid by Roberto Distasio.
- Perp Walk: Even though Cragen said not to do a perp walk, Olivia and Fin give him one.
- Present Absence: Elliot's absence is noted by several characters, with Liv in particular tying to cope with it.
- Put on a Bus: Stabler has quit the police in between seasons after the events of the last season finale.
- Rape as Backstory: Miriam was gang raped in Sudan and the police wouldn't help her, saying she broke Sharia law and that she should be stoned to death.
- Ripped from the Headlines: The episode is inspired by the New York vs. Strauss-Kahn case.
- Sudden Downer Ending: The episode seems to be heading to Bittersweet Ending with Roberto Distasio being sentenced less than he should have, but before the episode ends Cragen breaks Elliot's resignation to Olivia which sends her to tears.
- Wham Episode: Elliot officially departs the cast. This is somewhat lessened with the announcement of Christopher Meloni not returning months prior.
- Wham Line: "Elliot put his papers in." And with that, the show's original Action Duo is officially no more.