Nick Amaro

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Nicholas "Nick" Amaro
Law & Order character
Det Nick Amaro.png
First appearance"Scorched Earth"
Portrayed byDanny Pino
Time on show2011–present
Seasons13, 14, 15, 16
Credited appearances80 episodes (SVU)
1 episode (CPD)
81 episodes (total)
Information
TitleNYPD Junior Detective
FamilyCesaria Amaro
(Mother)
Zara Amaro
(daughter)
Maria Grazie Amaro
(ex-wife)
Gilberto Chavez
(son)
PartnerOlivia Benson
Amanda Rollins
 
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Nicholas "Nick" Amaro
Law & Order character
Det Nick Amaro.png
First appearance"Scorched Earth"
Portrayed byDanny Pino
Time on show2011–present
Seasons13, 14, 15, 16
Credited appearances80 episodes (SVU)
1 episode (CPD)
81 episodes (total)
Information
TitleNYPD Junior Detective
FamilyCesaria Amaro
(Mother)
Zara Amaro
(daughter)
Maria Grazie Amaro
(ex-wife)
Gilberto Chavez
(son)
PartnerOlivia Benson
Amanda Rollins

Nicholas "Nick" Amaro is a fictional character on the NBC police procedural drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, portrayed by Danny Pino. Amaro is a detective with the Manhattan SVU at the 16th Precinct of the New York City Police Department.

Background[edit]

Amaro's childhood was at times dysfunctional. He revealed that his father was abusive to his mother, and later fled to Miami, Florida. Amaro attributes his firm belief in divorce to watching his mother, Cesaria (Nancy Ticotin), suffer through her marriage. He is fluent in Spanish,[1] and was married at the start of his tenure with SVU, with a young daughter named Zara.[2] His wife, Maria Grazie Amaro (Laura Benanti), was stationed overseas reporting in Iraq. Their relationship is strained by her deployment. In the fourteenth season premiere, she reveals to her Nick that she is accepting a job in Washington, D.C. and the two separate after Nick's unwillingness to talk out their issues becomes too much for Maria. Nick questions if Maria was diagnosed with PTSD in the episode Traumatic Wound and expresses his regret at how he handled their past issues. In the episode Thought Criminal, Maria offers to reconcile with Nick if he was willing to leave SVU behind and move to California with her and Zara. Unwilling to do so, they remain separated with divorce being likely. Nick also has a son with a former girlfriend, Cynthia, named Gil, whom he met for the first time in Undercover Blue. They subsequently become close.

Character within SVU[edit]

Amaro is a NYPD Detective 2nd Grade who transfers to the Special Victims Unit from the Warrants and Narcotics squad.[3] Initially, Amaro does not see eye to eye with his new partner, Detective Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay), mainly because she misses her old partner, Elliot Stabler (Chris Meloni). Despite their rocky start, however, Amaro and Benson grow to have a mutual respect for each other and work well together.[3][4]

During his early days in SVU, Amaro has a tough time dealing with the horrible crimes he sees every day, and tells Benson he has the urge to physically assault a suspect. She tells him the better solution would be to ensure that the perpetrators never see the light of day again. In the episode "Hunting Ground", Amaro fatally shoots a serial killer who has kidnapped Benson and another woman. It is the first time he has ever killed anyone, and he is badly shaken by the experience.[5]

In the episode "Valentine's Day", he sees his wife go into an apartment of a man he does not know.[6] In "Street Revenge", while trying to work a case of vigilante justice, he shadows his wife to see where she goes during the day; he assaults the man she was seen with. She subsequently finds out and they get into a heated argument in SVU squad room in front of his colleagues.She tells him that the man he saw her with is a psychiatrist she is seeing because she is trying to adapt back into her old life.[7] Munch reveals later on in Spring Awakening that after witnessing that, he believed their marriage was over from that moment. Amaro was clearly rattled by this, and in subsequent episodes, begins suppressing his anger and hurt until it explodes during the investigation into Delia Wilson when he threatens to shoot Detective Brian Cassidy (Dean Winters) if Cassidy does not tell him for whom he is working undercover. This, along with his erratic behavior, briefly alienates his SVU colleagues; for example, they are reluctant to give him sensitive information regarding the false charges against Captain Donald Cragen (Dann Florek), fearing that he will make matters worse.[8][9]

In "Twenty-Five Acts", Amaro asks temporary SVU commanding officer Captain Harris (Adam Baldwin) to let him work their rape case solo, telling Benson that she needed a partner she could trust. Benson ends up working the case with Detective Amanda Rollins (Kelli Giddish).[10]

In the episode, "Undercover Blue", Cassidy is put on trial for rape. Amaro is called to the stand by ADA Derek Strauss, who asks about his undercover work. When Cassidy's lawyer questions him, Amaro is forced to reveal that he had a romantic relationship with the sister of a drug lord he was investigating undercover. Munch then informs him that the NYPD brass is requesting he take a paternity test because the woman is claiming he has a son from the relationship. He goes to the woman's house to confront her, but is denied by her boyfriend. Later, while watching the boyfriend pick the boy up from school, he witnesses the man use the boy as a carrier during a drug deal. Amaro then meets the boy and tells the woman that her boyfriend is using their son to deal drugs. After Cassidy apologizes to Amaro for what his lawyer did, Cassidy helps Amaro bust the boyfriend for drug dealing. The episode concludes with Amaro knocking on the woman's door, and she reluctantly letting him in.

Amaro begins to show great concern when Rollins, a recovering gambling addict, falls off the wagon, and they grow closer. In the episode "Reasonable Doubt", he comes out of a shower in Rollins' apartment, implying that they had been intimate. In "Holden's Manifesto", the suspect, Holden, suspects Amaro and Rollins are sleeping together. When he questions their relationship but they do not answer his question and dismiss it, Holden becomes certain they are in a relationship.

After being arrested for assaulting a suspect, Simon Wilkes, while off duty,[11][12] Amaro is charged by the District Attorney and placed on leave. The charges were subsequently dropped but he subsequently was demoted and reassigned to the 116th Precinct in Queens as a patrol officer.[13] He is reinstated to SVU after his by-the-book handling of the arrest of Hollywood starlet Tensley Evans (Stevie Lynn Jones) at Benson's request.[14]

Awards and decorations[edit]

The following are the medals and service awards fictionally worn by Detective Amaro, as seen in "Girls Disappeared" and "Producer's Backend".

American Flag Breast Bar.jpgAmerican Flag Breast Bar
Mpd.jpgNYPD Meritorious Police Duty
NYPD EPD.jpgNYPD Excellent Police Duty

Appearances and crossovers[edit]

Development[edit]

In June 27, 2011, NBC announced that Kelli Giddish and Danny Pino would be brought on as the new series regulars.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Blood Brothers". Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Season 13. Episode 3. October 5, 2011. NBC.
  2. ^ "Missing Pieces". Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Season 13. Episode 5. October 19, 2011. NBC.
  3. ^ a b "Personal Fouls". Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Season 13. Episode 2. September 28, 2011. NBC.
  4. ^ Cite error: The named reference Blood_Brothers was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  5. ^ "Hunting Ground". Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Season 13. Episode 15. February 22, 2012. NBC.
  6. ^ "Valentine's Day". Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Season 13. Episode 18. April 18, 2012. NBC.
  7. ^ "Street Revenge". Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Season 13. Episode 19. April 25, 2012. NBC.
  8. ^ "Lost Reputation". Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Season 14. Episode 01. September 26, 2012. NBC.
  9. ^ "Above Suspicion". Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Season 14. Episode 02. September 26, 2012. NBC.
  10. ^ "Twenty-Five Acts". Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Season 14. Episode 03. October 10, 2012. NBC.
  11. ^ "Thought Criminal". Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Season 15. Episode 23. May 14, 2014.
  12. ^ "Spring Awakening". Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Season 15. Episode 24. May 21, 2014.
  13. ^ "Girls Disappeared". Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Season 16. Episode 1. September 24, 2014.
  14. ^ "Producer's Backend". Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Season 16. Episode 3. October 8, 2014.
  15. ^ Seidman, Robert (June 27, 2011). "NBC Signs Kelli Giddish (Chase) and Danny Pino (Cold Case) as New Detectives for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit". TV by the Numbers. Zap2it. Retrieved June 27, 2011.