May 05, 2007

Beach returns in SVU finale

Preview:  A Look at SVU's Shocking Final Episodes!Finally, on the explosive May 22 season finale, rapper-turned-actor Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges reprises his role as Darius Parker, the homicidal stepson of Det. Fin Tutuola (played by fellow hip-hop star Ice-T). SVU executive producer Neal Baer promises that Darius will shake up the tight-knit unit so fiercely, by the end no one will be the same. "Last year, we did an episode called 'Venom' [in which] Ludacris' character was on trial for murder and stirred the pot," Baer says. "Now he's back because there were procedural problems in his case: Evidence was obtained illegally."

Tutuola is particularly hard-hit by his stepson's accusations. "He causes Ice-T's character major, major problems, stuff that goes back many years," says Baer. The department is so shaken up that a new man is brought on to help: Adam Beach's Brooklyn SVU Det. Chester Lake, who was introduced in the January episode "Outsider." Although Lake will partner with Tutuola next season, Baer maintains that Richard Belzer's Det. John Munch isn't being dropped from the show. "You’ll see what happens in the fall," he teases.

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