Law & Order: SVU season 21 lined up some big guest stars for the first two episodes in Ian McShane and Ariel Winter. Now, there is another one set for a little bit later this season in Margaret Cho.
So who is the comedienne/actress set to take on? Per a report from TVLine, she will be in a November installment entitled “Counselor, It’s Chinatown” playing the part of a massage-parlor manager. The parlor finds herself swept up into a sex-trafficking sting operation, so we would imagine that the newly-minted Captain Benson and the rest of the SVU team would want to have some conversations with her. Was she the one perpetuating the ring, or was it somehow happening without her knowledge? Given that we’re talking about yet another big-name guest star, it’s bound to be an especially-meaty role.
So what will be the story inspiration of this episode? Based on some of what we’re thinking and feeling at the moment about the episode now, this could be based in part on the Robert Kraft scandal from earlier this year. What SVU often does with their ripped-from-the-headlines episodes is take a few elements from a story that seem familiar, while also presenting a signature twist that will send you down a different path and leave you asking all sorts of questions.
Based on what we saw in the premiere, including getting a chance in order to see Carisi swap over to the District Attorney’s Office, this could be a season of SVU that takes some big risks. It’s giving you the show that you love, but with different dynamics and relationships at the core of it. Carisi will likely view his old team in a different way, while at the same time Benson will get used to different responsibilities. We’ll also continue to wonder whether or not we could eventually see a new member added to the squad with Sonny taking over a new position all his own. Luckily, and given the sheer numbers of episodes per season on SVU, we’ll find out more soon enough.
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