Stephanie March Previews 'SVU' Return: 'It Was Like a Homecoming'

Stephanie March is bringing her acting talents back to Law & Order: Special Victims Unit on Wednesday night's episode, and seem glad to be home.

Longtime SVU fans will remember March as the team's first assistant district attorney, Alexandra Cabot, dating back to season 1. She has had an on-and-off history with the department and appears to be coming back for a guest appearance in the next episode, entitled "Sunk Cost Fallacy."

March appears to be excited about returning to her former stopping grounds for the episode. She talked with Us Weekly about what convinced her to return. It turns out, all it took was a text message from Hargitay.

“Mariska just texted me and she said, ‘Do you want to do an episode?’ And I said, ‘Sure,’" March said. "I hadn’t even read the script. We’ve been friends for a long time. I thought, ‘Yeah. Actually, great. As long as it doesn’t conflict with my kids’ spring break, let’s do it.’ And then it worked out perfectly and it was such a joy to be back on set.

She continued, "It was great. It was really, really fun. It was like a homecoming. One of the reasons that I love it is that despite the fact that the show has been on for so long, all of the cast members and all of the crew members, they’re so committed. Nobody is phoning it in. Nobody is pretending.”

This is not the first time March has reprised her role as Cabot. She has popped up numerous times over the years, including on the spin-off series Law & Order: Conviction.

In the same interview, March also dished on how much Cabot has changed since those early appearances.

“I think when Alex Cabot first started in her role, she was really law-oriented and very black and white about what was right and what was wrong with regard to what’s written in the Constitution," March said. "I think now she is older and has more experience and there is a much more gray area around where she feels she can be the most help to people. I like that. I like things being less clear for a character as they get older … or certainly softening.”

The episode will see the SVU and Lt. Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) reunite with Cabot while searching for an abducted woman and her daughter. A preview spot for the episode teases that Cabot may be doing some sort of illegal activity to seek justice, but it is not clear what she is doing.

No other details about her connection to the case or what she has been up to in recent years has been revealed.

What we do know about her involvement in the episode comes from a handful of photos released from the episode.

In one scene Cabot is shown keeping a low profile in casual wear as she meets up with Benson in a parking lot.

(Photo: NBC / Peter Kramer)

In another scene, Cabot is in her typical wardrobe at the SVU headquarters. She is shown talking to Benson and Det. Amanda Rollins (Kelli Giddish).

Elsewhere, it is shown that Dominick "Sonny" Carisi (Peter Scanavino) is involved in a rough accident that leaves him bloodied and treated by medical professionals.


Law & Order: Special Victims Unit airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on NBC. All past episodes of the show are available to stream on Hulu. Season 15-18 are available to stream on Netflix.

Photo Credit: NBC / Peter Kramer