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LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT is Revisiting a Classic 2005 Episode

March 13, 2024 by  

SVU Maria Recinos return

LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT — “Probability of Doom” Episode 25007 — Pictured: Dani Montalvo as Maria Recinos — (Photo by: Scott Gries/NBC)

LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT is revisiting one of its most memorable survivors on the Thursday, March 14 episode, “Probability of Doom”

In the hour, Maria Recinos—the girl at the center of season 7’s “911”—is back…all grown up and graduating from the police academy. (In “911,” the character was played by Jeanine Monterroza and Rachel Diaz-Stand, who portrayed the character in the phone calls and in-person, respectively; she’s portrayed by Dani Montalvo in season 25.)

SVU Maria Recinos return

Maria (Rachel Diaz-Stand) in season 7’s “911.” Credit: Peacock screengrab

“911” was a pivotal hour for SVU, both on-screen and off. In the 2005 episode, a young girl called the precinct looking for help and then-Detective Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) was recruited to figure out what was going on. Though some colleagues doubted Maria’s seemingly wild story, Olivia believed her and tried to keep her alert and on the phone so the squad could figure out who she was and where she might be. Ultimately, Olivia and the team were able to find the young girl—buried alive—and save her life.

The hour was also part of Hargitay’s Emmy submission for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, leading to her third Emmy nomination and first win. (As of 2024, she’s been nominated a total of eight times for portraying Olivia.)

Last year, former SVU writer Amanda Green credited “911” with allowing the series to take bigger format gambles, including with one of her own episodes, “Swing.” “I think [‘Swing’] was helped that it came after Mariska’s Emmy [win], which was for a similar format-busting episode where she never left [the precinct] on a 911 call [in ‘911’],” she told Give Me My Remote at the time. “That probably also played some part: we had shown that when you’ve respected the format for 200 episodes, the occasional format-buster could not only succeed, but resonate. So I would give that one a lot of credit, too.”

But how will Olivia, now a captain at SVU, react to seeing where Maria’s journey has taken her almost two decades later? Stay tuned.



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