"Deadly Ambition"
SVU, Episode 14.15
Production number: 14015
First aired: 20 February 2013
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Teleplay By
Julie Martin & Warren Leight

Story By
Peter Blauner & Kevin Fox

Directed By
Jim McKay

Detective Rollins' sister returns to wreak havoc on the entire SVU Squad.


Detective Rollins comes home to find her sister Kim in her apartment, beaten up by her abusive boyfriend, and this time, pregnant. The SVU squad does all they can to keep her safe, but an unexpected visitor forces Rollins to take drastic action. Once again Internal Affairs must open an investigation into the SVU's unconventional methods, and the squad is in jeopardy of losing one of their own.


The SVU detectives are practicing their shooting, and it turns out Rollins is nearly spot-on. Later on, Rollins returns to her apartment to find her sister, Kim, waiting for her, wearing sunglasses in the dark of night. It turns out that Kim's abusive ex-boyfriend and "baby daddy", Jeff hit her. Amanda files a court order for Kim against Jeff, so he could be taken into custody for being remotely near Kim. Kim shows up at SVU when Amanda isn't there, and Amaro gets her Chinese food as she waits; when Amanda returns, Kim is escorted home while Amaro and Amanda go back to business. When Amanda arrives back home, her door is locked via chain and Kim is screeching. She forces the door open and makes her way to Kim, to see that Jeff is on top of her and hitting her again. Kim warns Amanda that Jeff has a gun, and before Jeff can do anything more than reach his gun, Amanda shoots him twice and he's gone. Kim is hesitant about getting a rape kit, because Jeff was about to, but never got to the point of raping her. The case is going swell for Amanda, she just has to wait for labs..until Kim approaches Lt. Tucker herself, telling him of Amanda's prior threats to Jeff.

Later at home, Amanda flips on Kim for changing stories, and much to Amanda's surprise, Kim tells her about the life insurance policy she took out..with both their names, making both of them "rich." Even though Amanda is the one that brought the insurance papers to Tucker, given she is in debt from gambling, and the papers have her name on it, it looks notoriously bad in her case. Rollins reappears at SVU, Kim disappeared..all her stuff is cleared out of Fin's apartment, she's not answering calls, and then she's called into Cragen's office. Rollins explains that the only way Kim would get the money if the deceased wasn't killed while committing a she recants her claims of rape. Kim is seen being arrested and Tucker shows up to arrest Rollins for the murder of Jeff. The other detectives of SVU gather to discuss the probability that Kim staged the rape for the insurance policy. Bail is set at $250,000 for Rollins, Cragen covers it, and fellow detectives, Cragen and her lawyer all warn Rollins to not contact her sister, she's a witness for prosecution. She goes to Kim anyway, and finds out she asked Jeff to come to New York, and set both him and Amanda up.

Kim has another meal with Amaro, and she spills that she just wanted Jeff gone, he was a bad man, and she didn't want Amanda to get shot, but thought it'd look sketchy if only her name was on the insurance policy. Amaro was recording the whole thing on his cellphone and the recording is shown to Tucker, who says he'll drop the charges on Amanda if the recording checks out. Tucker goes to Kim's hotel room, but it's abandoned; Rollins and Fin go to Amanda's apartment, to find everything gone and deserted, with a note that says "I helped myself to some things." from Kim.


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Episode references


(After the charges have been dropped against Amanda)
Amanda: Lieutenant, you can clearly hear on that recording, he threatened her, he abused her.
Tucker: She'll be arrested. I'll ask the DA to pursue murder charges.
Amanda: I don't want that!
Cragen: Amanda, you have to let her go.
Amanda: (tearfully) But she's still, still my sister.

Jeff Parker: Amanda can't keep me from my baby.
Olivia: You want us to bring you in right now? [Jeff doesn't answer] I didn't think so.

Dr. Olivet [to Rollins] Detective, I know you've been through this before, but this session is...
Rollins: Is to make sure that the department is covered if I eat my gun. I won't.
Dr. Olivet: Okay. What you just said, I think we should talk about it. Have you had suicidal thoughts?
Rollins: No, I'm annoyed.
Dr. Olivet: Annoyed?
Rollins: Yeah, the guy I shot had it coming. You know, my sister didn't help. She invites drama into her life and she drags me into it, so "annoyed" pretty much sums it up.

Amaro [about Kim] We've all met this girl, right? She's no criminal mastermind. She's...
Olivia: Crazy.

Rollins [to Fin] You know, we didn't have parents that really... um, took care of us, so if something went wrong, I was the one who fixed it.
Fin: And she never had to grow up 'cause you were always there.

Kim Rollins [to Amanda] Mama used to say that all that ambition would get you in trouble some day.

Background information and Notes

Dr. Elizabeth Olivet return in this episode after 4 years.

Episode scene cards

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Kevyn's Place
431 8th Avenue
Sunday, February 10

Downtown YMCA
97 Dekalb Avenue
Brooklyn, New York
Monday, February 11

Queens Mercy Hospital
56 Thompson Avenue
Long Island City, Queens
Monday, February 11

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Office of
Dr. Elizabeth Olivet
42 Easy 10th Street
Tuesday, February 12

Internal Affairs Bureau
317 Hudson Street
Tuesday, February 12

Arraignment Court
Part 27
Thursday, February 14

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