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Whoopi Goldberg is having a run in with the Law...on Law & Order: SVU. The Oscar winner will guest star in an upcoming season 17 episode, E! News can exclusively report.
Goldberg, who returned to The View this fall alongside hosts Joy Behar, Paula Faris, Candace Cameron Bure, Michelle Collins and Raven-Symoné, will play Janette Grayson, a department of Child Services supervisor who is put on trial when the agency comes under fire for their internal policies. The episode is scheduled to air on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 9 p.m. on NBC.
Peter Gallagher will also appear in "Institutional Fail," reprising the role of Chief Dodds.
The EGOT winner comes into the Special Victims Unit's crosshairs when a starving toddler is found wander the streets alone. The detectives trace the toddler to the home of Manuela Ozuna (guest star Jessica Pimental) and find another child in grave condition. This leads them to the Department of Child Services and caseworker Keith Musio (guest star John Magaro). Keith points his finger at Goldberg's Janette Grayson, claiming she orchestrates false reports. The neglect then takes a deadly turn and ADA Barba (Raúl Esparza) takes matters into his own hands and arrests Goldberg's character for manslaughter. Meanwhile, Dodds indicates changes to Benson's squad are in the works. Yikes.