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Indeed, because we're in the middle of a pandemic, even our favorite Thursday-evening Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is experiencing some unexpected changes.
Several of the actors set to appear on Season 21's now-finale were first introduced in "At Midnight in Manhattan" earlier this season, it turns out.
Ben Davis returns as attorney Paul Davies, who's made two appearances this season so far.
Paul Davies is one of this season's most unsavory characters. We first meet him in Season 21's Episode 5, "At Midnight in Manhattan," when he pays sex worker Lakira to keep her quiet after he raped her.
Lakira's is one of three cases that arrives to the Special Victims Unit at midnight on a Friday, and squad newcomer Detective Kat Tamin (Jamie Gray Hyder), who the victim recognizes from Kat's days working in the Vice unit, is assigned to her case.
We learn that Lakira has been beaten up and assaulted by a wealthy john she describes as a "blue-eyed vulture" who she had seen around the pier before. Kat eventually tracks down parking tickets that match up with Lakira's description of his car, and finds that the owner is corporate attorney Paul Davies.
While Lakira manages to identify her assailant from a photo array, Paul pays Lakira off and has her testify in court that she fabricated the accusation and is withdrawing her complaint. As a result, Paul is dismissed.
Actor Ben Davis is excited for his third episode of 'SVU'.
In "Must Be Held Accountable," Paul Davies makes his return to the Special Victims Unit, this time as Steve Getz's defense attorney. Played by Mad Men's Vincent Kartheiser, Steve Getz is the man who grooms Detective Frank Bucci's (Nicholas Turturro) two daughters, a case that sees Frank holding Amanda Rollins (Kelli Giddish) hostage before Steve Getz is ultimately arrested.
Actor Ben Davis, who audiences might recognize as George Treadbury from 30 Rock, or as Lieutenant Jonathan Harvey in Blue Bloods, is looking forward to making his return as this "horribly misunderstood guy."
"Look for me making my third appearance in two weeks in the season finale," the guest star tweeted on April 8, adding that his third return to SVU would be "on skates!!"
We can't wait to see what the finale will bring for his character. Will he finally be taken to justice for his actions, or will he keep getting away with his inappropriate behavior? Moreover, will he be the perp, the defense attorney to a perp, or the victim?
The Season 21 finale of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit airs Thursday, April 23 on NBC at 10 p.m. ET.