When Joe Velasco (Octavio Pisano) was youthful, he and a pal have been concerned in a double murder; the now-detective had been unable to tug the set off, however his pal might and coated for him with the cartel. Now, on Law & Order: SVU, Captain Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) orders Velasco to convey Chilly (Joseph Castillo-Midyett) to justice.
Though Churlish (Jasmine Batchelor) goes with him, Velasco speaks along with his outdated pal alone, and Chilly says he’s leaving what occurred up to now … however that wasn’t the final time he killed somebody. It’s a recording of that — it’s unlawful to take action in Maine — that Velasco offers to Benson upon getting back from his journey. He seems like he did the appropriate factor however nonetheless feels fairly unhealthy. Eventually, unburdening himself will really feel good, the captain tells him. She’ll resolve who to share the recording with after listening to it, she tells him earlier than assuring him they’re good.
Pisano breaks down the place that leaves Velasco.
Was any a part of Velasco tempted to guard Chilly even after he recorded their dialog? He couldn’t have advised Churlish in regards to the recording, might have deleted it…
Octavio Pisano: I believe what occurs is that inside the dialog, he realizes that he hasn’t modified, that although his pal has turn into a father and he’s modified his way of life, the way in which he feels about what they did in his thoughts continues to be justifiable, whereas Velasco is coping with guilt and remorse and he doesn’t assume it’s proper. He understands why it occurs, however I believe inside that dialog, he realizes that they’re not the identical, that Chilly’s nonetheless that Chilly again dwelling. That pushes him to make the choice of giving the tape to Benson.
Benson tells Velasco they’re good on the finish of the episode. Are they actually?
I believe in that final scene there was just a little little bit of an understanding that this was all to show his loyalty. And as quickly as Benson places it within the drawer and Velasco asks her, “What are you going to do with the tape?” there’s an unstated understanding that nothing may occur, that he may need been proper, and that everybody deserves a second likelihood. But the truth that he did it proves his loyalty to Benson, which is, I believe, what was vital.
When Velasco and Benson had spoken initially about what occurred, she mentioned that he’d been residing a efficiency, not a life. Can that change now?
I don’t know what’s going to occur sooner or later, however that case, a minimum of in Velasco’s thoughts, continues to be open. So I believe it’s not settled but.
So so long as it could possibly maintain arising, he can’t actually transfer ahead the way in which he must?
Right. I believe there’s some closure available on a private degree. The closure occurred between Velasco and Benson. He proved his loyalty. But by way of what’s going to occur along with his pal and, simply on the whole, his path and the place he stands, I believe it’s nonetheless undecided.
Velasco and Churlish appear to be warming up to one another now. Are they in a greater place working collectively going ahead, or are they prone to fall again into how they have been earlier than?
No, I believe Velasco understands Churlish’s motivation, particularly from how Muncy [Molly Burnett] and Churlish have been having conflicts, and Velasco tries to offer her perspective on her. He might not have the identical sentiments as Churlish, however he understands the place she’s coming from.
He did say that Churlish was in all probability proper and wouldn’t have been capable of do what he did with out her. But would he have finally been capable of due to that loyalty to Benson and the dialog he had with Chilly’s spouse?
Maybe, however you recognize what? I believe it goes again to [why it was a good thing Churlish was with Velasco instead of Muncy] … I believe it was factor that [Churlish] was there as a result of she held him accountable, whereas he is aware of that there was loads of emotional issues that got here up due to his childhood and the connection with Chilly. So simply having Churlish there was an accountability for him.
What’s arising for Velasco shifting ahead? Is it extra so simply working the circumstances of the week?
I believe it’s discovering his place now that the squad is — there’s loads of change occurring. Hopefully, that change turns into just a little extra settled, and it’s about fixing all the problems and conflicts inside the squad room earlier than he focuses on every thing outdoors.
Does he see SVU as his everlasting dwelling?
I believe so. Like I mentioned, I believe there are loads of modifications occurring, so he’s alert, and he’s paying consideration, however primarily based on the final couple of years of his life, something can occur, and alter is the one factor that’s inevitable.
Who do you assume he can be proper now if he hadn’t come to SVU?
I believe he would nonetheless be coping with an id disaster. I believe McGrath [Terry Serpico] pulling him out of his undercover job form of helped him in a means that he wasn’t anticipating as a result of he was compelled to search out himself once more as a person, as Velasco.
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