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The longest-running male character in a live-action television series, ICE T's Fin Tutuola has seen it all.
Originally set to be a recurring character a the beginning of season 2 to replace Monique Jeffries, Ice T was later signed on to play Fin Tutuola as the main character and the rest is history.
He has become the longest-running male character in television history in a live-action primetime series.
20. "No Surrender" (Season 18, Episode 12)
Fin is taken back to his army roots when he must visit his former military precinct when an army ranger is sexually assaulted. We learn more about Fin's time with the military and his perspective on it.
19. "At Midnight In Manhattan" (Season 21, Episode 5)
In an episode where SVU handled three different cases at the same time, Fin connects to a mother and son who are being physically abused by her boyfriend.
The mother, Joelle initially refused to work with Fin and SVU, unwilling to have her boyfriend, Leon, imprisoned for attacking her. Fin later convinces her to cooperate for the sake of her son, Andre, in which she agrees to take Leon to trial.
18. "Denial" (Season 3, Episode 21)
Fin takes a special interest in a case involving a junkie rape victim with more demons than most and connects with her. We see a side of Fin where he empathizes with the rape victim, only for her to spin up lie after lie.
17. "Undercover" (Season 9, Episode 15)
Although this episode is a big one for Benson, who shines undercover, let's not forget Fin was also undercover with her as a prison guard and comes to Benson's rescue when she is almost raped by the corrupt guard who was suspected of raping female inmates.
16. "Intimidation Game" (Season 16, Episode 14)
In this wild episode, a video game enthusiast who kidnapped a woman is up on a rooftop with Carisi and Rollins. Fin rushes out to the rooftop and as the criminal turns at him with the gun, he shoots him dead to the ground.
He was put on unpaid administrative leave, but Benson told him it was a good shoot and to keep his gun and badge.
15. "Outsider" (Season 8, Episode 12)
Fin teams up with Brooklyn SVU detective Chester Lake in the investigation involving the brutal rape of a friend of Ken, Fin's son.
This episode is a strong one for Fin and shows his good partnership win Lake before they eventually become partners in season 9.
14. "Screwed" (Season 8, Episode 22)
Tensions between Fin and his family when his ex-wife's son goes on trial for rape and murder and digs into the past of the SVU detectives to use in his defense in this interesting season finale.
13. "Guardian" (Season 19, Episode 21)
When a brother claims his sister was gang raped, Fin takes a personal interest in the case, seeing the family comes from the projects, rooting to his own history.
12. "Manhunt" (Season 2, Episode 18)
One of the best qualities of Fin from the early seasons was his great chemistry and partnership with Detective John Munch. In this episode, Fin and Munch go on a manhunt together through upstate New York to catch a serial rapist/murderer before he crosses the border into Canada.
11. "Learning Curve" (Season 13, Episode 21)
Fin's son returns when his fiancé is brutally assaulted by a street gang which proves to be the latest crime in a series of hate crimes against gay men. Once again, Fin must work with his son to help solve a crime, as well as come to terms with who his son is and learn to be ok with that.
10. "Gone Fishin" (Season 19, Episode 1)
After tracking down a rape suspect from six years prior all the way to Cuba, Fin basically kidnaps Byron Marks in Havana and brings him to New York City, causing a political tug-of-war for Benson and Barba. Seeing how far Fin will go to ensure justice is served, offers a new perspective to his character we hadn't seen before.
9. "The Things We Have To Lose" (Season 21, Episode 20)
When the abusive boyfriend of a former victim is released from prison, Fin makes it his biggest mission to watch after Leon Fuller, and protect his family from him. He even goes to the extent to give the young boy Andre a phone.
When he is called by Andre to the apartment, tensions arise between Leon and his family where Fin is forced to shoot him dead to the ground. He later tells Benson that no kid should ever have to see a parent die.
It takes an even more emotional toll on Fin, when he is surprised to realize that Leon's former girlfriend is suing him for wrongful death.
8. "Brothel" (Season 20, Episode 15)
The death of a prostitute at a brothel leads SVU to team up with the Vice Unit, as Fin reunites with Sergeant Phoebe Baker, his former partner from narcotics in which they shared a romantic relationship together.
When suspicions arise that Baker could be a mole, Fin defends his former partner. He later asks her out on a date, but she declines, saying she's seeing someone else now. This episode shows us a part of Fin's love life and past we hadn't seen before.
7. "Presumed Guilty" (Season 14, Episode 10)
After his ex-brother-in-law is arrested for the brutal attack of a priest, Fin works with SVU to clear his name despite his past criminal record, because he believes he's innocent.
This leads the squad to uncover a church scandal where we see Fin work greatly with Rollins, where he even invites her to a family dinner at the end of the episode.
6. "Venom" (Season 7, Episode 18)
Fin's son, Ken, becomes the prime suspect in a homicide investigation, which leads to a rollercoaster ride into Fin's family issues, where it is revealed his ex-wife was raped by her own father and had a child, Darius.
Darius who hates Fin, was the true culprit of the crime and confessed it to his half-brother, Ken, who protected him.
5. "Diss" (Season 20, Episode 22)
Fin's ties to a suspect take him off the case, leading to the reveal that his mother was killed right in front of him when he was a young boy. This was something unknown about Fin's history in an episode featuring a real-life friend of Ice T: Snoop Dog.
Fin eventually covers up for his past friend and walks away at the end as if nothing ever happened, showing his personal loyalties might sometimes overshadow those to the police department.
4. "Poisoned Motive" (Season 14, Episode 22)
When Detective Rollins is shot with a sniper while exiting the precinct, Fin's past as a narcotics officer emerge when the daughter of his former partner, who took a bullet for him, seeks revenge on him and his new partner, Rollins.
This leads to a hostage situation with Fin and his ex-partner's daughter in which he is forced to defuse, feeling everything is his fault.
3. "Strain" (Season 7, Episode 5)
While working a case with Benson involving the murder of two gay men at a circus party, Fin learns that his son Ken is gay and has difficulty accepting it. He must later come to accept him as he assists him and Benson in the investigation.
At the end of the case, where Fin is shocked to see the killer's father plead for reduced sentencing, he calls Ken on the phone in efforts to reconcile his relationship with him.
2. "Anchor" (Season 11, Episode 10)
Fin takes the lead on a case to find a racist targeting the children of local immigrants, even clashing with a local celebrity over the matter. Fin's son, Ken, then gets involved in the case when he defends the local celebrity, once again causing tensions between the two.
We see Fin struggle with himself when he is unable to find the killer early on in the episode, but then we see him in full force with passion and what makes him a great detective. This case drives him because of the racism that still exists out there in society, from all shapes and forms.
1. "Haunted" (Season 6, Episode 10)
In what might be the biggest episode of the series for Fin, he gets caught off-duty in a convenience store robbery where he is forced to shoot and kill two teenage boys becoming wounded himself.
Fin becomes reunited with his son, Ken after Manu years, but is later accused of being a dirty cop for not helping the daughter of a woman he knew from his undercover days in narcotics.
Fin later finds her murdered after trying to find her daughter. Exonerated from the convenience store shooting when the robber's gun is found by video camera footage, Fin was hailed a hero, but the fact that he killed two teenagers haunted him to his core.
Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.
It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning.
You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret.
So here are 20 tattoos you can't go wrong with. Each tattoo has its own unique meaning, but don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!
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A semicolon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.
Unclosed Delta, Strategy Symbols
Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.
Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."
Represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya).
Symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty, and artistic creativity.
The Greek word “Meraki"
To do something with soul, passion, love, and creativity or to put yourself into whatever you do.
Malin (Skövde, Sweden)
You have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.
Symbol meaning "thief" from "The Hobbit"
It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.
“Lux in tenebris"
Means "light in darkness."
Symbolizing strength and stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.
Translated literally as "Towards greater things." It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.
Means "explore." It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.
"Aut inveniam viam aut faciam"
Means roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."
It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.
The zen (or ensō) circle
Represents enlightenment, the universe and the strength we all have inside of us.
The moon affirms life.
It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can remind us of the inconsistency of life. It also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.
Because going to the dentist beats going to the beach, any day.
A fun, warm season filled with trips to the beach, hangouts with friends, and those dreadful doctors' appointments you simply couldn’t fit in during the school year.
And yes, I know, procrastination is a strong skill for most college students, but everyone has to face their fears at some point - especially, the dentist.
These stages are for you bravesouls, and your pearly whites...
The Small Talk with the Hygienist Stage
*Inserts 95 tools in my mouth* Yes, now is the time for you to ask me how school is going, how my family is, if I have any pets, andwhat my social security number is. You know, the basics.
The "Do you floss?" Stage
Why yes, I do, but we all know you are going to scrape my gums until they bleed, and not believe me.
The "The dentist will see you now" Stage
Oh boy. Will I have a cavity? Will I not? This is the moment of truth.
The "Oh my god, I don't want to come back again next week" Stage
Please no cavities. Please no cavities. Please. No. Cavities.
The Self Diagnose and Reassure Myself Stage
Okay, so both the hygienist and the dentist haven’t said the 'C' word... cavity. Someone throw me my new toothbrush and start the car already, because that must mean I’m cavity free, right?
The "Thank God it's over!" Stage
See you in six months? More like see you never!
The Time To Look in the Mirror a Little Too Long Stage
Those little cracks, in between my teeth? I can see them?! And those ridges of my teeth? I can feel them?! I am the image of good oral hygiene.
The "Reward Me, Peasant!" Stage
Did you go to the dentist today? No, you didn’t?! Well I did, and I’ll have a chocolate milkshake and a large fry with that too, thank you.
The "Oh no, where did time go?!" Stage
I am never coming back here. I am never coming ba - wait, it’s been six months already?! How am I back here so soon?!
So, to all of you brave souls going to the dentist this summer, as dreadful it may be, you now know the drill (Pun intended, you're welcome). Your smile is worth it, and when in doubt, just think about that delicious milkshake. I know you can do it.
For those about to rock, we salute you.
I grew up listening to classic rock, something I incredibly thankful for. The amazing songs that make up this genre, with their great beats and moving melodies, are just one of those "feel good" things in the world. Not only that, they've got the power to bring people with a shared appreciation and shared nostalgia. But what do I think is one of the biggest things that make these songs so great? The lyrics. Not only are these lyrics fun to sing (or scream at the top of your lungs, which is my personal preference), the majority of them have deep meaning. Here are 20 classic rock lyrics that anyone can use to cheer them up, inspire them, or advise them when they don't know where to go or what to do.
1. "Don't let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy" - Take It Easy, The Eagles
2. "It's only right that you should play the way you feel it" - Dreams, Fleetwood Mac
3. "One of these mornings you're gonna rise up singing, you're gonna spread your wings, child, and take to the sky" - Summertime, Janis Joplin
4. "Don't you know that you are a shooting star, and all the world will love you just as long as you are" - Shooting Star, Bad Company
5. "You've got to roll with the punches to get to what's real" - Jump, Van Halen
6. "But if this ever-changing world in which we're living makes you give in and cry, say live and let die" - Live and Let Die, Paul McCartney and Wings
7. "I never lost one minute of sleepin' worryin' about the way that things might have been" - Proud Mary, Creedence Clearwater Revival
8. "Forget your lust for the rich man's gold. All you need is in your soul" Simple Man, Lynyrd Skynyrd
9. "Maybe it's not too late to learn how to love and forget how to hate" - Crazy Train, Ozzy Osbourne
10. "Don't stop believin', hold onto that feeling" - Don't Stop Believin', Journey
11. "Dream until your dreams come true" - Dream On, Aerosmith
12. "You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes well you just might find you get what you need" - You Can't Always Get What You Want, The Rolling Stones
13. " I want you to know I believe in your song" - Give Me The Beat Boys, The Doobie Brothers
14. "Take the world in a love embrace" - Born to Be Wild, Steppenwolf
15. "Don't carry the world upon your shoulders, for well you know it's a fool who plays it cool by making his world a little colder" - Hey Jude, The Beatles
16. "Just hold on loosely, but don't let go. If you cling too tightly you're gonna lose control" - Hold On Loosely, 38 Special
17. "Ya gotta keep pushin' for the fortune and fame" - Welcome to the Jungle, Guns N Roses
18. "Love isn't always on time" - Hold the Line, Toto
19. "We've got to hold onto what we've got 'cause it doesn't make a difference if we make it or not" - Livin' on a Prayer, Bon Jovi
20. "Everybody's got a reason to live, baby, everybody's got a dream and a hunger inside" - Reason to Live, Kiss
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