‘Law & Order: SVU’: Why Detective Rollins Just Told Carisi Her True Feelings

The most recent episode of Law & Order: SVU held a surprising altercation between Detective Amanda Rollins (Kelli Giddish) and ADA Carisi (Peter Scanavino). The two have had a complicated relationship over the years and it seems that Rollins has a little pent-up resentment towards her old partner. She isn’t exactly thrilled that he followed his dreams to do the whole lawyer thing.

Carisi is no longer the detective he was

Peter Scanavino as Dominick Carisi and Kelli Giddish as Amanda Rollins
Peter Scanavino as Dominick Carisi and Kelli Giddish as Amanda Rollins | David Giesbrecht/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images

Carisi was a detective with SVU before he transitioned into his new role as the ADA for the division. This has obviously caused a rift between the former partners and friends. Carisi must find his footing with ties to both worlds. Already he’s had a taste of what he’s in for and he doesn’t appear to be too thrilled with his new situation.

Episode 5 of season 21 called “At Midnight in Manhattan” shows Carisi working what’s called ECAB, or Early Case Assessment Bureau shifts. He must follow the cases that come in during these shifts and see them all the way through to an arraignment proceeding. This particular shift is grueling and Carisi is responsible for less than perfect cases.

This week’s cases stress everyone out

Kelli Giddish as Detective Amanda Rollins and Peter Scanavino as Dominick "Sonny" Carisi
Kelli Giddish as Detective Amanda Rollins and Peter Scanavino as Dominick “Sonny” Carisi | Michael Parmelee/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images

Carisi is tasked with overseeing three cases that include a child calling 911 on a man beating and raping his wife named Joelle, a young woman named Chloe who is assaulted by a Hail Me driver, and a trans woman named Lakira who is assaulted by a john.

It’s clearly a stressful time all around, and Rollins lets it slip to Carisi that she isn’t exactly happy with his new role as the ADA. “Chloe was assaulted in that car,” Rollins informs Carisi.

“But now I’ve gotta keep Mr. Sayed in holding for a crime that he didn’t commit because if I let him go and Ms. Hadid finds out I’m a dead man walking,” Carisi says, who is clearly stressed.

‘You made that bed’

Kelli Giddish as Detective Amanda Rollins and Peter Scanavino as Dominick "Sonny" Carisi
Kelli Giddish as Detective Amanda Rollins and Peter Scanavino as Dominick “Sonny” Carisi | Barbara Nitke/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images

“Oh ok, you made that bed you can lie in it,” Rollins responds back to him. “Excuse me?” Carisi inquires.

“What did you think would happen when you moved over to that place because it’s all about politics which is not your strong suit,” Rollins informs him. “I’m just doing my job I’m not paying attention to that,” Carisi says in response.

“Are you, because it seems like you’re more worried about your boss than you are about Chloe,” Rollins says as she holds her head in frustration.

Detective Rollins spills it all to Carisi

Carisi proceeds to complain about the cases more and Rollins isn’t having it. “Everyone is worried. We’re all nervous. We’re swamped. We’re drowning. Because you left!” she tells him.

Things become clear for Carisi, who says, “Oh ok, so that’s what this is about? That I left? I had to go it was my shot.”

“But I would be fine if you were right here beside me,” Rollins tells him. “You’re my partner. You walked out on me.”

“You said you were happy for me,” Carsisi says. “And you believed me? How stupid are you?” Rollins responds as Captain Benson comes out to break it up.

Why did Detective Rollins finally tell Carisi how she felt?

Clearly in a moment of great stress, Rollins couldn’t hide how she was feeling. She’s upset with Carisi for choosing to be a lawyer and leave her and the rest of the SVU squad to fend for themselves. She’s still trying to find her way without Carisi by her side and that must be hard for her.

The detectives and Carisi make it through the cases, but not before it becomes clear that there are troubled waters brewing between Rollins and Carisi. Will they be able to repair their tattered friendship? Hopefully we’ll find out on the next episode of Law & Order: SVU.