It's the return of a familiar face and a farewell in the fourth episode of Law & Order: SVU, TV Guide Magazine has learned exclusively. First, Gloria Reuben will reprise her role as U.S. Attorney Christine Danielson from several years back and reunite with SVU chief Neal Baer, her former ER producer.
"We're bringing back characters we love this season," Baer promises. In a very intense case involving child slavery, she deputizes Benson and Stabler as U.S. marshals so they can leave Manhattan, says Baer.
The old friend making its farewell at the end of the episode is the familiar SVU squad room, which will become history "when all hell breaks loose." Expect a new shiny set when the show returns the next week. In real life, the show moved its production from New Jersey to New York City, due to a loss of tax breaks, which necessitated new sets being built. Episode 5 also introduces Paula Patton as the show's new ADA. "It's all things fresh," says Baer.