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Old 03-03-2023, 03:30 PM
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Dominick Carisi Jr. | Peter Scanavino {SVU} #1

A B O U T
He is an Italian-American Catholic, religion that Carisi shows to be devoted, not only in the series every time he sees a dead body but crossing himself (a Catholic practice) but whenever he goes to church.

He is named after his father who he describes as stickler for Christmas holidays. His mother is a devout catholic woman.

He has three sisters Bella, Teresa, and Gina. He mentioned his mother was forced to abort a child who would have been born with health problems. The child was a boy and he said his mother confided only in him.

He is closest to his sister Bella, while the two criticize their other sisters for being engaged "ten times" or only being interested in men who make six-figure salaries.

He has two nieces, Mia Morino and an unnamed niece who he says drools a lot.

wo of his cousins are priests and Carisi wanted to join the priesthood as well.

He has an ex-girlfriend with the Los Angeles Police Department.

The only other people from the original squad that he has met besides Benson are Cragen and Stabler. He was in an episode where John Munch made his final appearance, but they did not share any scenes together. He has also met Alexandra Cabot, the squad's original ADA.

His badge number was #0188

His blood type is O-.

He played little league and basketball in high school

Carisi is the only main character in the Law & Order franchise to be promoted from detective to assistant district attorney on-screen (Ricardo Morales from Law & Order: LA was a detective and then became a prosecutor before the start of the show, and then became a detective again.

Carisi was initially only meant to appear in the first three episodes of Season 16 as a brash cop who would shake things up in the precinct.

Has the most known family members out of any main characters in the franchise.

Carisi has the highest episode count for any Assistant District Attorney on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, surpassing Rafael Barba. However, most of his appearances were as a Detective.

Carisi is one of twelve main characters on SVU to recur or guest star before joining the main cast, the others being Monique Jeffries, Alexandra Cabot, George Huang, Melinda Warner, Chester Lake, Rafael Barba, Peter Stone, Katriona Tamin, Christian Garland, Joe Velasco, and Grace Muncy. This excludes Odafin Tutuola who was not credited for his first appearance.

Carisi and Rollins are the only main characters in the franchise to get married to another main character, with the two marrying each other.

H I S T O R Y
Carisi transferred into the precinct after Sergeant Olivia Benson put in a request for an "experienced, empathetic Detective" following the temporary demotion of Nick Amaro to patrol officer. He also took Amaro's place as the lead male of the SVU after his departure at the end of Season 16.

He was in Staten Island SVU for two months, Brooklyn for almost a month and Queens for a week (before that, he was a patrol officer on Staten Island). He also worked in the Homicide unit for a couple years.

His brash and argumentative attitude has placed him at odds with Benson and the others, he's shown a knack for interrogations, by pretending to empathize with suspects and getting them to open up to him.

He makes quite the impression on his squad when a serial rapist is caught and he helps Fin in the interrogation. Carisi was able to squeeze a confession out of him on dozens of rapes, after making the perp worry about his future life in prison with his history. An observing Benson is amazed while Fin notes on how the "new guy" did okay with handling the situation.

Although he is usually calm, at one point, he lost his temper and nearly broke the hand of a pedophile that raped several girls and his own niece, as well as causing turmoil for his family.

He attended night classes at Fordham Law, often attempting to offer up legal suggestions on the cases at hand. He assisted ADA Rafael Barba during the trial of Lewis Hodda.

He revealed that when he was a child, he looked up to a priest who he stated saved his life. Because of that, he despised criminals who not only bore a religious title but abused their privileges, while believing they brought shame to the collar. On two occasions, he admonished a pastor and a priest for their crimes and told them they were unfit to hold their titles.

While on an undercover assignment, he mentioned to wanting to be a lawyer and studied several law books. Carisi also refused to believe that a former suspect had relapsed, and his belief was confirmed when it turned out he was framed by his lawyer. He apologized to the accused man for doubting him but was forgiven, since he was used to this treatment.

He passed his bar exam in 2016 but following the death of Sergeant Mike Dodds, he decided to stay with the Special Victims Unit.

He later served as a pallbearer at the funeral of Dodds, who was shot to death by Gary Munson, a corrupt Rikers Island corrections officer who held his wife, Lisa, hostage.

Carisi told a young boy that when he was a boy, he was pushed through a glass window by a bully and stayed silent, out of fear that the bully would come back and attack him again. Several years later, Carisi found out that his bully had murdered someone in a fight and was in Rikers for it. He then said that he regrets not speaking up about the assault.

In 2019, Carisi was promoted to Assistant District Attorney for the Special Victims Unit, replacing Peter Stone, who had quit his job. Benson and Rollins both attended his first arraignment against a serial rapist who had sexually assaulted several young, aspiring actresses. Carisi said that he practiced Barba's summations in front of his mirror.

Sexual tension has been hinted between him and Amanda Rollins. Carisi is often seen with Rollins off-duty, such as helping her with Jesse Rollins and assisting Rollins with several parenthood-related duties. The two also almost shared a kiss when traveling to pick up a criminal, but didn't carry it out. Amongst that, Rollins and Carisi have also fought several times during certain cases, disagreeing about certain things such as domestic violence. The sexual tension seems to have grown since Carisi became an Assistant District Attorney, with Rollins claiming that she misses him.

Rollins also visits him more than any of the other detectives from the precinct and also confides in him a lot more than she does with any of the other detectives.

Tension is also shown between him and Katriona Tamin. Both of them have a rocky relationship, with Tamin fighting with Carisi often, particularly during a case in which a lawyer tried to stop a rape victim of her stepfather from having an abortion, with them both having a heated discussion about abortion rights and laws. Carisi later confronted Graham on speaking in favor of a pedophile, leading the latter to charge him for his crimes.

His rocky relationship with Tamin became more intense during a case involving a pornographer who had been raped by one of her viewers. Carisi's outlook on the case angered Tamin, who felt sorry for the victim. When Carisi informed Tamin and Benson that the rapist had been imprisoned for seven years, Tamin was furious that it was such a short sentence, which infuriated Carisi.

In 2021, Carisi was dating an activist named Nicole Harper, whose sister Sara was kidnapped. Carisi implored the squad to save Sara Harper and they looked into the kidnapping. Carisi had trouble keeping the infuriated Nicole from going too far with trying to saving her sister who is ultimately found and Nicole apologizes for giving the squad trouble.

During a hearing, Carisi was assaulted by a psychopath named Henry Mesner, who angrily stabbed a pencil into his ear after flying into a rage. He quickly recovered from the assault and was discharged from the hospital that same day.

Carisi was going to be the minster for Fin's wedding to Phoebe Baker. He practiced his speech for the wedding, but Carisi himself was having relationship trouble. He got into a fight with Nicole Harper, who opposed the institution of marriage. The fight is implied to be pretty serious and the end of their relationship. At the end, the wedding does not go on, though Fin and Phoebe remain a couple. He was approached by Rollins for a sample of what he had written but wasn't able to say for the wedding, and after a while, they shared a kiss.

Both him and Rollins continue dating each other in secret for a little while. However, they both decide to make their relationship public with both of them having to tell their bosses.

When one of his old friends who became a priest was accused of a rape spree, he begged for an explanation until it became clear that he was innocent and being framed as the real rapist confessed to him. Carisi realized there was a way to arrest the culprit by having SVU set up a successful sting. He visited his friend and the latter thanked him for clearing his name.
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Old 03-05-2023, 12:40 AM
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I like this character, and I am really enjoying him as the ADA. It fits him more than a Detective, and he brings a unique perspective the others haven't had from having worked with the team and from being a former detective. I do have to wonder how likely it is for someone to be able to transfer from being a detective to a lawyer and somehow get to become the ADA for the squad that you used to work for though.
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I like Carisi as an ADA now, but it definitely took a while to get him fit into that role because he was such a great detective. He knows how to work with the SVU and the legal system to get the cases won.
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Old 03-11-2023, 04:13 PM
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That is true. He is good at both, and it was a loss having him no longer as one of the detectives, but he is a good asset for them as their ADA.
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Old 03-18-2023, 06:26 PM
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I wasn't sure on him becoming an ADA at first, but do love him as one now
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I just like him in general and hope we don't say goodbye to him any time soon.
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Old 05-13-2023, 02:42 AM
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No, that'd be sad if he left too
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I really hope he doesn't leave, he's our connection to Amanda at this point.
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Old 05-15-2023, 08:56 AM
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Updated the OP!
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Thanks for the OP
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There was so much info on him! He's the one character that has the most familial mentions on the series in regards to mother/father/sisters etc...
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That does & doesn't surprise me. I feel like they have really given him a journey & exploration so it makes sense but then older ones you'd hope to have that if not more too
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^^ I was surprised to find that the actor that had been on the series longest, Dann Florek, had minimal character history!
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That doesn't surprise me a lot. I don't know about L&O but his character didn't get deep information during SVU. He had moments, but the focus was more on the detectives. Unlike now where Olivia still gets screen time & is there & being explored. Cragen just was Captain.
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^^ It's how they're portraying Camryn Manheim at the moment. Not a lot of screen time.

But I love one of the tidbits I came across in that..

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Carisi was initially only meant to appear in the first three episodes of Season 16 as a brash cop who would shake things up in the precinct.
He wasn't meant to even be a series regular but fans loved him.
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