Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Working Girl Idol: Det. Olivia Benson

Sundays in the Working Girl apartment usually consist of sitting on the couch, Chinese take-out, and Law & Order: SVU marathons. At one point, our DVR had over 40 unwatched episodes saved and we watch about 5 shows in one sitting. We're big fans. The story-lines are captivating, the plot twists are surprising, Det. Elliot Stabler is a hot and Det. Olivia Benson is one of my Working Girl Idols. 

Det. Olivia Benson, played by Mariska Hargitay, is the only female detective in Manhattan's Special Victims Unit. She's surrounded by other strong Working Girls like crime lab Doctor Melinda Warner and Assistant District Attorney Casey Novak. But Olivia is my idol. She's tough, she's smart and she's pretty damn good at her job. 

What I enjoy most about the show and about Olivia, is how they bring her rough past into her work as an SVU Detective. Olivia is a child of rape and she never knew her father. So, her job hits close to home. Very close. She has such a passion for her work that she gives up her social life and relationships to help victims and catch the perps. I envy the passion that she has for her job, it's a passion that I could never muster for what I'm doing now. But if I did have that much passion for managing promotional listings in a magazine, something would be seriously wrong with me. My job is definitely not worth giving up my social life and relationships.

In addition to being great at her job, Olivia gets to work with Det. Elliot Stabler all day, every (work)day. Reason #1 why I want to be Det. Olivia Benson. Watching Law & Order: SVU makes me want to be a detective. Too bad I hate blood and am scared of the dark. 

According to WG2, Olivia is "just a kick ass mother fucker." I have to agree. 

7 comments:

Gertrude said...

Funny, I just happened to see this after just watching two episodes of SVU. I love SVU! Except I always find it really hard to go to sleep after watching it.

CC said...

Love SVU! Haven't seen any of the new ones though. Have Benson and Stabler started dating? Cause I totally think there is something there....

ps, Stabler is definitely hot!

Paula said...

I went through a phase where I wanted to be a detective, but it was more because of nancy drew than anything else. I've never watched this show, it sounds interesting though!

bFlat said...

I totally agree! I love Law & Order: SVU. I have marathons of it every weekend and sometimes I watch an episode or two at night. It is a great show. And of course Stabler is hot!

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