In the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode “Accredo,” pregnant Rollins (Kelli Giddish) and the rest of the team investigate a rape homicide in SoHo which leads them to Arlo Beck (Sebastian Roche). The victim was a member of a women’s “powerment group” led by Beck. He says “all the women who come to me had sexual problems” and that he helps cure them. When the team shows up at Beck’s estate, right by his side is a beautiful blonde named Lilah Finch.
Lilah Finch is portrayed by Sarah Carter. The Canadian-born actress is known for her roles on Hawaii Five-0 (Lynn Downey), Rogue (Harper Deakins), Steven Spielberg’s Falling Skies (Margaret), CSI: NY (Haylen Becall), Shark (Madeleine Poe), Numb3rs (Nadine Hodges), Smallville (Alicia Baker), and Los Luchadores (Maria Valentine), among others. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit airs Thursdays at 10 pm on NBC, right after I Feel Bad.
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After taking time off to enjoy motherhood I couldn’t have designed a more fortunate re-entrance to the business. @therealmariskahargitahas has raised the bar. What a fantastic and true article on her and @nbcsvu @latimes. She is hands down the most inspiring #woman I have ever met let alone worked with. (full article link in bio) On a Manhattan sound stage masquerading as a Rikers Island interrogation room, Mariska Hargitay acted out a tense scene as Lt. Olivia Benson, the tough yet compassionate protagonist of NBC’s hit procedural “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” “I believed you when you said all the empowerment and all the strength that you were looking for is inside of you,” she tells Lilah, a 30-ish willowy blond inmate played by Sarah Carter. Lilah, who has been charged with carrying out a murder at the behest of a manipulative guru, is resisting a plea deal. “If you’re lucky you can get out of here by the time you’re 50,” says Benson. “And believe me,” she adds, her warm eyes narrowing as her voice softens to a whisper, “That’s a lot of life.” The scene is part of an upcoming episode of “SVU” inspired by the cult-like NXIVM organization, yet another example of the topical subject matter tackled by the series that fans often refer to as just “SVU” that illustrates what’s made the crime show one of broadcast television’s most enduring success stories. And as it kicks off its 20th season Sept. 27, it is marking a milestone, tying “Gunsmoke” and the original “Law & Order” as the longest-running prime-time drama in broadcast history. In its advanced age, the drama remains as culturally relevant as it’s ever been. Despite — or perhaps because of — its pulpy entertainment value, the series has helped shift the conversation around sexual assault and deliver weekly lessons about consent to a generation of viewers. As creator Dick Wolf put it, “We’ve been doing #MeToo for 20 years.” With a touch of hyperbole, Wolf calls Hargitay “the Mother of #MeToo.” Although she’s not willing to claim the mantle herself, Hargitay is a vocal ambassador for survivors founding a charity and producing “I Am Evidence,” a documentary about the rape kit backlog.