"Law & Order: SVU" is delving into Rollins' gambling addiction with this week's "Gambler's Fallacy," and on Monday, March 10, we joined a conference call with Kelli Giddish to get the scoop on what's coming up next.
This week's "Law & Order: SVU" episode sees Rollins' addiction drive her to an illegal gambling club, where she's recognized as a cop, and to protect her job, she makes a deal with the club managers to make their illegal transgressions disappear. However, things go awry.
"She managed this addiction for a while because she'd put herself in such a horrible place," Giddish explained. "She was like, 'you know what? I got to go back and do things by the book and, you know, really get a hold of this.' And like addictions do, I think that this creeps back up on her and you get to see in "Gambler's Fallacy." Amanda's in such a horrible place, and she does things the audience are going to be gasping at in order to save her job, in order to save her life. It gets really, really serious."
One of this episode's guest stars is Donal Logue, and Giddish described his character as "someone that we're all in the field with in this upcoming episode in a very intimate kind of personal way because he’s kind of got her by the balls honestly."
There is still a lot that the actress would like to see explored about her character. "Well I just found out my daddy's dead. …I wonder how he died, what kind of happened there. And you also kind of find out more about Amanda’s gambling addiction and how that came out, and I think her father was kind of instrumental in that so there’s some ghosts there that could come out and haunt her later," she told reporters. Plus, they still haven't shown exactly why Rollins transferred from Atlanta to New York.
Finally, next week's episode features guest star Alec Baldwin as a columnist who is given full access to the squad for an inside look. It is also Mariska Hargitay's directorial debut, and Giddish sang her praises. "She did such a great job as a director, really created a lot of moments that weren’t on the page, which is what a director does, and it was fun."
"Law & Order: SVU" airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on NBC.