Hargitay's portrayal of Olivia Benson has received critical acclaim, and she has been the recipient of numerous awards and nominations, including an and a. For the first twelve seasons of the show, she is partnered with ; after he resigns offscreen at the beginning of season 13, she is partnered with. It is later revealed that Lewis survived and is in prison awaiting trial. Declan Murphy , tells the grand jury that he instructed Benson to lie in her press conference, thus clearing her of Lewis' death and possible perjury charges. Following Stabler's resignation, she is partnered with Det. Tucker is eventually cleared, and he continues his relationship with Benson. During the 15th season, Benson is promoted to Sergeant and appointed as acting commanding officer, in the wake of the retirement of both Sergeant and Captain.
Upon the conclusion of their joint operation, the two share drinks before Benson returns to New York. At the end of season 17, Sergeant Mike Dodds is taken hostage by corrupt Corrections Officer Gary Munson , who ultimately kills him. When the series begins, she holds the rank of Detective and is partnered with Detective. My friend did this, but I didn't do it because of Olivia. When he taunts her, she loses control and beats him within an inch of his life with an iron rod. As commanding officer, Benson has worked cases frequently with each of the detectives under her command: Tutuola, and. Her assessment is that: Sometimes it's very much like brother and sister, and I think the reason that they're so close is that they share a passion for their jobs and for the people.
By 1998, she had received her detective's shield and was assigned to the 16th Precinct as a Detective 3rd Grade, and was partnered with Stabler. When the children are taken by the City because of Simon's criminal background, Benson calls Defense Attorney Bayard Ellis , with whom she has become good friends, to help Simon and Tracy get the children back. Benson takes Munson's children out of the house and Dodds tried to resolve the situation, but while trying to get the gun from the officer, he ends up being shot. So this was where we really got that to pay off. Their relationship hits a rough patch in the episode when Cassidy is accused of rape, which results in their relationship becoming public. She subsequently breaks up the fight by holding her weapon to the back of the suspect's head. People ask me if they'll ever get together—and people want that, and sometimes I think even Olivia wants that—but I don't think that will ever happen.
While there, she held a membership in a. Benson had wanted Tutuola as her second-in-command, but Chief Dodds arranges for the politically unsavvy Benson to be assigned a Sergeant who does know how to play the game — his own son,. After completing her probationary period, Smythe recommended that Benson be transferred to the Sex Crimes Unit later renamed the Special Victims Unit. However, two months later it was officially reported that both their contracts had been renewed for two more years. There's also sexual chemistry between them, it's so loaded and layered.
It was a painful, high-stakes scene. When a judge denies the Marsdens their children back, Simon kidnaps them. Mariska Hargitay as Olivia Benson First appearance September 20, 1999 episode 1. He suffers a stroke during surgery and dies. I think it is a good thing to make teenage girls aware. Benson holds a press conference and admits that she lied on the witness stand.
At the conclusion of the finale, Benson becomes the court-appointed custodial guardian of Noah Porter, an orphaned baby. He calls Benson as a witness and accuses her of assaulting him because he rejected her sexual advances. A few months after she returns to work, they get a new apartment together. Hargitay remains the only original cast member still present on the series. .
That night, they end up sleeping together in her apartment. Meloni and Hargitay spent 12 seasons as Stabler and Benson together before Meloni left the show between the 12th and 13th seasons. Hargitay trained as a rape crisis advocate to prepare for the role of Benson. The episode closes with Benson weeping on the courthouse stairs and, four months later, Lewis being wheeled away on a stretcher. Benson remains in command until Lieutenant Declan Murphy takes over the squad; he makes her his second-in-command. In season 13, she is seen with Calvin and his grandparents during or right before.
Calvin lives with her for a while, until she finds Vivian and her lover Sara have relapsed into drug use. She is attending group therapy, something she has not shared with anyone but Tutuola. The appointment is for a trial period of one year, with the option to apply for legal adoption at the end of that period. It comes out only because is investigating Benson and Stabler in a case in which the department accidentally a professional football player. She begins seeing a therapist to cope with the trauma. It is suggested throughout that Benson is in a relationship with Capt.
For the male role — Stabler — the finalists were , , and. Her mother's rapist, Joseph Hollister, later committed suicide. Benson holds the rank of Lieutenant and is the Commanding Officer of the Manhattan of the , which operates out of the 16th precinct. He then rapes a teenage girl, kidnaps her younger sister, and threatens to kill her unless Benson tells the truth about her testimony. The other detectives eventually discover that Benson has been framed by a man she sent to prison years earlier. She has a younger half-brother named Simon Marsden.