She has a younger half-brother named Simon Marsden. Mike Dodds is made Acting Commanding Officer. Hargitay remains the only original cast member still present on the series. At the conclusion of the finale, Benson becomes the court-appointed custodial guardian of Noah Porter, an orphaned baby. With his hostage watching, Lewis at first attempts to rape Benson, but changes his mind when she refuses to show him fear; instead, he forces her to play with him. Calvin's mother, Vivian , abandons him and flees when Benson's investigation uncovers that Vivian also a child of rape may have killed her mother's rapist. Benson had wanted Tutuola as her second-in-command, but Chief Dodds arranges for the politically unsavvy Benson to be assigned a Sergeant who does know how to play the game — his own son,.
In addition to , Benson speaks Italian, some and , and is able to read the in at least two other languages. She is promoted to Detective 2nd Grade in 2001, and Detective 1st Grade in 2011. He then beats and tortures her, burning her with cigarettes and wire hangers, and holds her hostage for four days. There was tension physical and emotional between the detectives, of course, but crossing that line from partners to something more wouldn't have worked, Meloni said when asked if producers wanted to pair them up romantically. Benson holds the rank of Lieutenant and is the Commanding Officer of the Manhattan of the , which operates out of the 16th precinct. Hargitay's portrayal of Olivia Benson has received critical acclaim, and she has been the recipient of numerous awards and nominations, including an and a.
However, his name was cleared after it is revealed that he was framed by Captain Julia Millfield , who believed incorrectly that he sexually assaulted her sister. Benson remains in command until Lieutenant Declan Murphy takes over the squad; he makes her his second-in-command. He suffers a stroke during surgery and dies. For the male role — Stabler — the finalists were , , and. I think it is a good thing that we are shedding light on darkness. In season 15, Benson stays with Cassidy as she recovers from her imprisonment by a serial rapist. While there, she held a membership in a.
Catch Meloni's Inside the Actors Studio episode on Thursday, March 31 at 8 p. Both Calvin and Benson are devastated by the separation. Murphy then makes Benson his second-in-command. Benson blames herself for Dodds' death because they did not initially search Munson for a weapon. Cassidy leaves the precinct at the end of that episode. I think Olivia couldn't have asked for a better companion to take her through a new stage in her life and career.
When the children are taken by the City because of Simon's criminal background, Benson calls Defense Attorney Bayard Ellis , with whom she has become good friends, to help Simon and Tracy get the children back. It is suggested throughout that Benson is in a relationship with Capt. During the 15th season, Benson is promoted to Sergeant and appointed as acting commanding officer, in the wake of the retirement of both Sergeant and Captain. I think it is a good thing to make teenage girls aware. She owns a black 1965 convertible but rarely drives it. Their relationship hits a rough patch in the episode when Cassidy is accused of rape, which results in their relationship becoming public. The other detectives eventually discover that Benson has been framed by a man she sent to prison years earlier.
Benson herself is a child of her mother's. Although the year is rocky due to Noah's health issues and the demands of her job, Benson grows to love Noah and formally adopts him a year later. After completing her probationary period, Smythe recommended that Benson be transferred to the Sex Crimes Unit later renamed the Special Victims Unit. It was a painful, high-stakes scene. Ed Tucker of Internal Affairs.
However, he lied for her, as he had not actually been with her in the same room at the time. We know that people are into the Alex-Olivia thing. In the season 14 premiere, Benson shares a kiss with Cassidy after she tells him she is not the same person from 13 years before, when they had a brief sexual relationship. By the end of the episode, she breaks up with Moss. When a judge denies the Marsdens their children back, Simon kidnaps them. Tucker is eventually cleared, and he continues his relationship with Benson.
During a heated exchange with Amaro, he pointedly asks her whether she can ever forgive Lewis; she does not answer, and he apologizes. The appointment is for a trial period of one year, with the option to apply for legal adoption at the end of that period. Sara confesses to murdering Vivian's father and is then shot dead. She is attending group therapy, something she has not shared with anyone but Tutuola. Benson's mother Serena , an English professor, was an who emotionally and physically abused Olivia. Benson fought back, kicked her mother twice, and ran out of the house. Ellis makes a deal to have Simon serve a 60-day sentence, knocking his charge down from kidnapping to a misdemeanor, custodial interference.
She subsequently breaks up the fight by holding her weapon to the back of the suspect's head. Mariska Hargitay as Olivia Benson First appearance September 20, 1999 episode 1. That night, they end up sleeping together in her apartment. Calvin lives with her for a while, until she finds Vivian and her lover Sara have relapsed into drug use. Later, Benson helps convict the rapist by questioning his earlier victim about distinguishing features on his penis, prompting the victim to recall a mole on it, which Benson later explains to Warner that she had also seen. At the end of season 17, Sergeant Mike Dodds is taken hostage by corrupt Corrections Officer Gary Munson , who ultimately kills him.