LAW & ORDER: ORGANIZED CRIME Post-Mortem: Octavio Pisano on the Importance of Benson's 'Vote of Confidence' - Give Me My Remote : Give Me My Remote

LAW & ORDER: ORGANIZED CRIME Post-Mortem: Octavio Pisano on the Importance of Benson’s ‘Vote of Confidence’

May 5, 2022 by  

Lost One spoilers

LAW & ORDER: ORGANIZED CRIME — “Lost One” Episode 220 — Pictured: (l-r) Octavio Pisano as Det. Joe Velsaco, Ainsley Seiger as Jet Slootmaekers — (Photo by: Eric Liebowitz/NBC)

[Warning: This post contains spoilers for the Thursday, May 5 episode, “Lost One.”]

The SVU and OCCB teams worked together to save the life Sara, the daughter of Brotherhood member Santos, who was kidnapped—and asthmatic on the Thursday, May 5 episode of LAW & ORDER: ORGANIZED CRIME. (Working against the young girl? She also had leukemia.) 

For SVU’s Velasco (Octavio Pisano), he was recruited into the investigation by Captain Benson (Mariska Hargitay), who told the OC team she had faith he could handle the case.

Velasco, who is still new to the squad, is still “learning a lot in terms of the judicial system and how they operate at SVU, coming from an undercover background, where he basically he was his own law,” Pisano notes. “But I think he’s still dealing with this type of crime and not being able to do whatever he needs to do to get the job done and having to follow the protocol and learn all the regulations and everything. But in terms of the emotional investment in the case, I think he has a similar reaction as Jet. It’s very personal to them.”

But Benson being the one to insert Velasco into a case like this is something that will continue to resonate for the still-new colleagues. “I think the vote of confidence from Benson means a lot, and I think that was the biggest nod of approval,” Pisano notes. “Because the whole time he’s been an SVU, he’s constantly having to prove himself and constantly having to ask questions. And so the fact that Benson was able to put her confidence in him and say, ‘Stabler, here—this is my guy. I trust him,’ I think it means a lot to him, and it boosts his confidence in doing the job.”

Of course, there is still the lingering issue of Velasco’s former mentor, Chief McGrath (Terry Serpico), who has frequently butted heads with the unit, and where Velasco may end up if Benson and McGrath ever fight in a significant way.

“I think the relationship prior to [Velasco joining SVU] was still very distant—him being an undercover and that was his point person,” Pisano notes. “But he never really worked with McGrath on a very close personal daily basis, as he is with Benson, with Fin. So I think that maybe in the beginning, his loyalty was more towards McGrath, but I can definitely see how now he’s conflicted. You know, because he actually he understands Benson, her values and she took him under his wing. So I think his loyalty is in between them.”



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