Law & Order: SVU may have spent the last 22 seasons focused on a group of dedicated detectives' investigations into heinous crimes, but the next episode will see a focus on none other than Rollins from a character perspective. After Kelli Giddish was missing from last week's episode while Rollins was down in Georgia taking care of her dad, she will be back as Rollins in this week's "In The Year We All Fell Down" to show the fallout of that journey, and Giddish spoke with CinemaBlend about what to expect, the Rollisi dynamic, and more.
In "In The Year We All Fell Down," Rollins will try to help her dad after his hospitalization from his stroke, but no longer down in Georgia. Her dad Jim (played by returning guest star James Morrison) will come up to New York. Fans will undoubtedly remember how well (or more specifically, not well) it went the last time he was in the city, and that presents a whole new slew of complications for Rollins. That's not to say that she won't have an ally in her corner, and Kelli Giddish explained what the dynamic with Peter Scanavino's Carisi means to Rollins at this point:
Rollins and Carisi have developed arguably the strongest and most complex bond between a man and a woman on Law & Order: SVU since the days of Benson and pre-Organized Crime Stabler, which has resulted in everything from emotionally intense interactions to adorable scenes of Carisi hanging out with Rollins, Jesse, and Billie, so much so that plenty of fans are on board the good ship Rollisi and hoping for romance.
Their dynamic is currently strong as friends, however, even as Carisi was clearly feeling pretty awkward as he prepared to drop the news on Rollins that he's been seeing somebody. Kelli Giddish weighed in on how Rollins will feel about finding out about Carisi's relationship:
Would it really be a strong Law & Order: SVU relationship if there weren't multiple layers to their interactions? SVU of course isn't a show about relationships, but those relationships develop within the context of work that they do in Special Victims. That said, Kelli Giddish also shared that "In The Year We All Fell Down" will be "completely different" from the usual SVU fare, explaining what fans should be excited to see from this episode:
While the episode was "really well done," according to Kelli Giddish, that definitely doesn't mean that it's going to go well for Rollins from start to finish! Her father's debut appearance on Law & Order: SVU came in Season 21, and it resulted in a lot of stress for his daughter. He ended up bailing on her and her sister, but his medical issues presumably mean that he can't pack up and leave without notice this time around. When I noted that the last interaction between Rollins and her dad was fraught, Giddish elaborated:
Good old dependable Carisi! If ever there was a time that Rollins could use somebody in her corner, it's with her dad in town and all the physical and emotional baggage that he brings. Her sister was around the last time that her dad was in town, but it's up for debate as to how much help vs. how much damage that having Kim around did. Kim isn't going to be on hand this time, and Kelli Giddish weighed in on whether that helps or hurts Rollins:
As for what that clarity means for Rollins moving forward in Season 22 and beyond, only time will tell. She had a lot on her plate even before her dad had his stroke and had to come up to New York with her, and it seems pretty safe to say that his much-younger wife could complicate things with his daughter.
Find out with the "In The Year We All Fell Down" episode of Law & Order: SVU on April 22 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC. The episode will also see Benson walking into a hostage situation at a neighborhood restaurant, so there will still be danger to be found in the hour.
The next episode of Law & Order: Organized Crime will also feature an appearance from SVU's Carisi himself, with Peter Scanavino guest-starring on the new hit spinoff at 10 p.m. ET after SVU. Another SVU star described Stabler as a "potential threat" to the parent series, so don't miss the latest mini crossover!
Laura turned a lifelong love of television into a valid reason to write and think about TV on a daily basis. She's not a doctor, lawyer, or detective, but watches a lot of them in primetime. Resident of One Chicago, the galaxy far, far away, and Northeast Ohio. Will not time travel, but will sneak references to The X-Files into daily conversation.
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