‘Law & Order: SVU’ season 16, episode 10 review: Kelli Giddish gives powerful performance in ‘Forgiving Rollins’

Rollins -For much of the past several weeks, we knew that the story on “Law & Order: SVU” was going to be a difficult one for Amanda Rollins. Her past with Deputy Chief Patton was going to come out, and she would in a way have to confront what happened to her so many years ago in Atlanta.

“Forgiving Rollins” was a gut-wrenching episode at times. From start to finish, Kelli Giddish was sensational, as Rollins had to ultimately untangle her own contradictions, and realize that if she wanted to put Patton away now for crimes he committed against another officer, she would have to try and take the stand herself. Rollins ultimately did come clean, but unfortunately, was not allowed to take the stand.

Part of the reason why this episode was so strong was the performance of Harry Hamlin in this episode. This has to be a difficult role for him to take on, but it is the sleaziness of this character that made him so terrifying.

Right when it seemed like Barba had the upper hand in incriminating Patton, a “heart attack” on his part seemed to turn the tide. As it turned out, it wasn’t a heart attack at all, and the trial would continue in some shape or form. It wasn’t a complete victory for Rollins and the SVU, but it never really is. Patton did enter a guilty plea, but it was for a lesser charge in return for no jail time, but a variety of other sanctions. Also, he had to enter the plea himself in court and face that embarrassment.

This episode is one that will stick with us for some time. Hopefully, Rollins can start to heal now that some of the truth is over, but we wonder: Does she find peace in helping other victims every day, or is it a reminder of her own past? These are issues that could play out the remainder of this season. Grade: A-.

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