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Maternal Instincts 

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Rollins is placed in a no-win situation when her sister becomes a key figure in a complex case involving a rape, a drugging, and a valuable stolen flute. Meanwhile, the son of deputy chief Dodds begins working at SVU.


Michael Pressman


Dick Wolf (created by), Warren Leight (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mariska Hargitay ... Olivia Benson
Kelli Giddish ... Amanda Rollins
Ice-T ... Odafin Tutuola (as Ice T)
Peter Scanavino ... Dominick Carisi Jr.
Raúl Esparza ... Rafael Barba (credit only)
Virginia Madsen ... Beth Anne Rollins
Lindsay Pulsipher ... Kim Rollins
Andy Karl ... Mike Dodds
Zach McGowan ... Anton Krasnikov
Jason Cerbone ... Lorenzo Desappio
Tabitha Holbert Tabitha Holbert ... A.D.A. Rose Caliay
Wass Stevens ... Slice
Elizabeth A. Davis ... Alessandra Bay
Peter Gallagher ... William Dodds
Mary Hodges ... Judge Anita Wright (as Mary E. Hodges)


Rollins' (Kelli Giddish) mother Beth (Madsen) throws her a baby shower while the SVU reports to a four-star hotel where a famous violinist was raped by her colleague, Anton Krasnikov (guest star Zach McGowan). With no memory of the crime, Anton claims a hired escort drugged and robbed him, and evidence leads to the shocking return of Rollins' fugitive sister Kim (guest star Lindsay Pulsipher). Meanwhile, Sgt. Mike Dodds (guest star Andy Karl) arrives for his first day at SVU.

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Release Date:

21 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Ari Werlein has had a number of uncredited roles over the course of the series: See more »


Olivia orders Amanda to stay away from her sister's investigation and tells Fin to take Amanda and her mother home. In the next scene, Amanda is watching her sister's interview. See more »


Kim Rollins: Like Mama says: "everything works out in the end."
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Rollins Family Values
16 October 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Prominent concert violinist Zach McGowan goes amuck in his birthday suit at a New York hotel. When the smoke clear he's accused of rape and he's been drugged having no memory of the incident.

The SVU squad of course catches the case but it gets compromised when Kelli Giddish's fugitive sister Lindsay Pulsipher gets involved in the case. Making matters worse is Rollins's mother Virginia Madsen up from Atlanta to help out her younger offspring. What's a mother to do? It's all one big mess. Good thing that SVU's new commander Lt. Olivia Benson keeps a cool head.

Also SVU gets another addition, Sgt. Andy Karl son of Chief Peter Gallagher. That sets up some future conflicts as it is not clear whether he's Mariska Hargitay's number 2 or a pipeline to his father.

Madsen and Pulsipher are really good. Especially Pulsipher, the picture of one spoiled brat grown up.

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