Harry Hamlin has played many a likable guy in his day, and that is probably what makes the turnaround on “Law & Order: SVU” all the more dramatic. His character of Deputy Chief Patton is on the surface an amiable, supportive man, but behind the scenes lies someone far more terrible and sinister: A rapist.
The knowledge of what Patton did to Rollins (Kelli Giddish) is already knowledge to us in watching the new sneak peek below from Wednesday’s episode, and it is with that in mind that it is all the more uncomfortable to watch. Rollins is forced to stand there while Patton gives his grand speech, talking about his various achievements and how he was the pioneer of sorts behind the Pattern Seventeen case. Basically, he took a ton of credit despite what he was doing (or not doing) with old rape kits.
Just from the way that he talks to Rollins and Benson (Mariska Hargitay) in this preview, you will probably be thoroughly freaked out. This is true even more so when you realize that the other woman in this video goes on to become a victim at some point in this episode.
The struggle for Rollins here is the same one that many on-duty officers have faced as victims of sexual assault: How do you tell someone the truth? The perfect-world solution is that you do so right away, but this is a world stuffed full of fear and external pressure. Some officers worry about their state of their jobs, and how other officers perceive them.
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