The trail leads to a women's clinic where Dets. Fin and Lake find the common link between their victims. After further investigation, a game of cat and mouse develops with the doctor's son, Henry (guest star Penn) that takes a drastic twist.
Executive Producer Neal Bear said, "We're thrilled to have film stars Adam Beach ("Flags of Our Fathers," "Windtalkers") and Kal Penn ("Van Wilder" and "Harold and Kumar Go to the White Castle") as guest stars on the episode 'Outsider.' They bring amazing energy and some funny moments to SVU--and the sparks really fly between Adam, an SVU detective from Brooklyn, and Ice-T, who are brought together on a case of rapes spreading across New York City."
The Chester Lake character referred only a couple of times to his Indian background. One, he said his people were the ones who built New York's skyscrapers. That's a reference to the Mohawk and other Iroquois ironworkers of the early 20th century. Perhaps Lake is supposed to be a descendent of Handsome Lake, the Seneca religious leader. Or maybe someone fondly remembered Alberta's Chester Lake and thought it would make a good name.
Two, when a suspect fled, Lake said, "He's on the wind." That may not be an Indian phrase, but it sure sounds like one.
All in all, it was a decent episode of Law & Order: SVU, nothing special. Beach's character didn't inject more energy than the typical guest star, and his conflict with Fin Tutuola (Ice-T) seemed contrived. But still, it was nice seeing a Native actor playing an unconventional role.
Writerfella here --
King of audacious, to sign anyone to a six-year contract on a series that is in its eighth season. However, the parent series LAW & ORDER is in its 19th season. Note, however, that the most recent incarnation lasted only one season. Adam Beach might find his movie opportunities somewhat limited to his hiatus periods, but then SVU's Chris Meloni has managed to appear in a few films and also in that spectacularly revealing HBO series, OZ. writerfella suggests, however, that Adam Beach should turn down OZ II...
I thought about that too. But SVU is popular enough that the producers can bet on its lasting another six seasons. And Beach's contract undoubtedly has an "out" in case the show ends sooner.
I believe Chris Meloni and Mariska Hargitay are negotiating new contracts as we speak. Signing Beach may be a preemptive move to force them to come to terms. If one or both of them leave, the producers have Beach ready to take on a bigger role.
writerfella. you are incorrect in saying that L&O is in its 19th season. its in its 17th.
Writerfella here --
Yes, indeed, and it occurred through simple metatransjuxtaposition, wherein one sees a numerical or alphanumerical progression and automatically fills in the next character -- that is, D
E F, and then writing G, or 6 7 8, and then writing 9. At NBC.com, writerfella read that L&O was in its 17th season and that L&O:SVU was in its 8th season and so, when he typed it out, L&O became in its 19th season. As Dan Quayle said to the heads of the Negro College Fund, "I like your slogan - 'Losing your mind is a terrible thing.'"
Thanks for helping me identity Adam
Beach! I don't watch L&OSVU but as I was flipping stations I saw Adam Beach.
I could not, for the life of me, remember his name but knew two things: that he was First Nations and that he was a Canuck like me.
Sorry, three things - the boy is HOT.
I loved him in the episode.
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