In which anyone foolish enough to have watched last-night’s stomach-churning episode gets to vent his or her spleen.
I’ll put a synopsis in spoiler space:
[spoiler]Gambling-addict Rollins leaves work early one Friday evening, claiming to be going to Niagara Falls but actually heading to an illegal gambling club, because apparently she’d never heard of Atlantic City. There she is recognized by a waitress whom I suspect was a victim in an earlier episode (I’m not sure about that) and gets accosted by club security and dragged into a back room so her blouse can get ripped open and everybody can ogle her boobs.
The club’s managers blackmail her into getting them information on a juror in a case they want to fix. Rollins does their bidding but ultimately can’t bear to go through with it, and so lies when asked what she’s found; when the villains of the week then threaten to out her for patronizing the club, she offers to work off her debt by fellating the chief henchman–and, when it’s clear he’s going to film her doing so, still gets onto her knees. Break for commercial.
After the break, the CH’s immediate boss, a pregnant woman, then gives Rollins two more tasks: stealing a handgun from the evidence lockup to screw up a case, and driving a drunk patron of the club home. Doing so, Rollins inadvertently facilitates a rape; the aforementioned patron of the club is refusing to pay up, and a junior henchman is sent to rape the guy’s wife as a lesson. When Rollins goes to interview the rape victim, the woman freaks out, thinking not unreasonably that Rollins is a dirty cop and her presence is a message from the people who had her ravished.
Fin & Amaro discover Rollins’s several duplicitous acts, and Benson, in an act of mercy, agrees to let her turn herself in the next morning rather than arresting her then and there. Rollins then goes to the club and takes both the pregnant lady and the chief henchmen hostage, forcing them to take her to their ultimate boss. There it’s revealed that the chief henchmen is in fact an undercover cop, and the implied blowjob from the second act never happened; rather, he was recording himself telling her what his real mission was and enlisting her assistance. At the end of the episode Rollins suffers no repercussions from the department, but Benson does tell her she no longer trusts her and if the situation permitted would transfer her out of the squad.[/spoiler]
Actually it wasn’t completely vomitous. The final twist allowed me to stop hoping that Amanda Rollins would be fired, arrested, and imprisoned for a decade or so; now I merely want her fired. Don’t get me wrong: I have nothing against the actress; Kelli Giddish is reasonably talented and v. pretty. She turned in a good performance, I thought. But not only did Rollins’s pre-twist behavior make her lose all claim to sympathy, but the producers’ insistence on putting her (and also Benson) into sexually-degrading situations is horrid.
But that’s just me. Anybody else catch the episode?