Law and Order
"I'm Going To Make You a Star"
SVU, Episode 21.01
Production number: 21001
First aired (US): 26 September 2019
First aired (UK): 10 December 2019
First aired (CAN): 26 September 2019
First aired (AUS): 23 January 2020
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Written By
Warren Leight & Peter Blauner

Directed By
Norberto Barba


When an actress accuses a high-powered mogul of attempted rape, Benson finds herself in a high-stakes game of cat and mouse. Changes in the squad-room put Carisi between a rock and a hard place.


Dodds tells Benson that he is being transferred to the Traffic and Safety Task Force in Coventry, therefore leaving his position as Deputy Chief of SVU. Benson is not pleased and wants to ensure he keeps his position. However, he is not bothered by it and tells her that she still has work to do. He reveals to the surprised Benson that he requested for her to become captain as a condition of his leaving.


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Rollins: Lieutenant. We know how this works. And so does Sir Toby. He's so used to being above the law that he didn't bother to remove the footage of the other victims.
Fin: Cause he knows they're not gonna talk.
Benson: And he may have just overplayed his hand.

Benson: I heard you stepped down.
Elana: It was my decision. The divorce wasn't, but with two kids in college it was either private practice or public bankruptcy.

Dodds: Its not too time for you to stick your neck out.
Benson: I will be the judge of that.
Dodds: No, you still got work to do and gas in the tank. It'd be a wasted sacrifice, Captain. I made it a condition of my exile.

Background Information and Notes

  • This episode made SVU the longest-running U.S. prime-time drama television series.
  • This is the first time since the first half of season one in which there were only four main cast members in SVU.
  • Carisi is now an Assistant District Attorney. He had passed the bar exam years earlier in the season 17 episode "Intersecting Lives".
  • This episode marked the first appearance of Katriona Tamin and the last appearance of William Dodds.
  • Benson is promoted to Captain as of this episode.
  • The Tobias Moore story continues in the episode "The Things We Have To Lose".
  • Warren Leight returns as showrunner as of this episode. He previously left the show after the conclusion of the seventeenth season. He would depart a second time after the conclusion of the twenty-third season.
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