Law & Order: S20.E22. “Diss”

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Screen Capture: Snoop Dogg and Mariska Hargitay as P.T. Banks and Lieutenant Olivia Benson, respectively, in the Alex Chapple directed Law & Order: SVU episode “Diss.”



Did you catch the latest episode of the New York set police drama “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”? Televised on Thursday, 3 May 2019, the Alex Chapple directed SVU episode “Diss” packs a powerful dramatic punch.

“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” promotional graphic. Image Credit: IMDb

Brief Episode Synopsis

After a pop star is assaulted in her home, the SVU team investigates the public social media feud between her husband, Justin “Snake Eye” Anderson (Orlando Jones), and a competing recording artist, P.T. Banks (Snoop Dogg). Meanwhile, Fin’s family ties to a suspect cause issues for the detective sergeant.

SPOILERS ALERT: If you have yet to watch this episode, please feel free to stop reading at this point in the article. Continue reading after you watch the episode.

Screen Capture: Amber Stevens West as Dallas Monroe in the Alex Chapple directed Law & Order: SVU episode “Diss.”
Screen Capture: Amber Stevens West as Dallas Monroe in the Alex Chapple directed Law & Order: SVU episode “Diss.”

A neighbour saw Dallas and Justin arguing. It is only when Detective Sergeant Odafin Tutuola (Ice-T) and Dominick Carisi Jr.( Peter Scanavino) pick Snake Eye up from his concert that Carisi learns there is a personal connection between the detective sergeant and the rapper.

Screen Capture: Orlando Jones as Justin "Snake Eye" Anderson, respectively, in the Alex Chapple directed Law & Order: SVU episode “Diss.”
Screen Capture: Orlando Jones as Justin “Snake Eye” Anderson, respectively, in the Alex Chapple directed Law & Order: SVU episode “Diss.”

“How could you arrest my baby without so much as a phone call?” Jo Anderson (L. Scott Caldwell) asks Fin. “And him as good as family to you? Where’s your loyalty?”

Fin’s Personal History

Screen Capture: Ice-T and Orlando Jones as Detective Sergeant Odafin Tutuola and Justin "Snake Eye" Anderson, respectively, in the Alex Chapple directed Law & Order: SVU episode “Diss.”
Screen Capture: Ice-T and Orlando Jones as Detective Sergeant Odafin Tutuola and Justin “Snake Eye” Anderson, respectively, in the Alex Chapple directed Law & Order: SVU episode “Diss.”

This is an episode narrative too close to home for Fin. Nothing stays buried forever, as we learn in Thursday’s episode of Law & Order: SVU, which is certainly true for the detective sergeant.

Fin’s past catches up with him as the team investigate the husband, Justin, of pop star Dallas Monroe (Amber Stevens West). Back-in-the-day, Fin had close personal ties with Justin. The now detective sergeant lived with Snake Eye following a traumatic event in his life. Even though their mothers were the best of friends, Fin and Justin had not seen each other since they were teenagers.

Anger Management

“When I left Dallas, she was fine,” Justin said. But commenting about whoever did this “is about to die” does not help matters. Despite this point, Justin vents his frustrations in a dedicated rage room facility. There is a video of Justin shouting at an imaginary Dallas. He smashes everything in the room. Justin insists it was a way for him to manage his anger.

Rage Rooms. Is this a thing?

Did you know rage rooms / anger rooms were a thing? It is not something that were created for this SVU episode. Coincidentally, not that this influenced the pop star’s name, there is a rage room in Dallas, TX. The Anger Room, with common objects furnishing the facility, is a place where individuals go to let off steam. In “Diss,” Jones’ character is making full use of a similar New York facility.

Is there a trailer?

Final Thoughts

With season finale hitting television screens a few weeks from now, SVU fans need not worry about the series coming to an end. NBC has picked up the Dick Wolf created police procedural series for a twenty-first season.