March 20, 2014 -- In February, Alec Baldwin claimed he was leaving public life behind. A month later, he's in an episode of "Law & Order: SVU."
In a heavily-promoted return to TV, Baldwin played the very people he despises last night -- a high-profile tabloid reporter.
All the drama of Baldwin's rants and public life aside, the episode also marked Mariska Hargitay's directorial debut.
"Thanks to @ABFalecbaldwin for one of the most brave & real performances we've ever seen on #SVU. You hit it out of the park. #BallsOfJupiter," the "SVU" star tweeted last night.
Baldwin took on the role of Jimmy Mac, a tabloid journalist that nearly ruins the life of a rape victim with his front page stories.
Baldwin then thanked Hargitay on Twitter for the kind words. He even praised her directing chops.
"Tonight I appear on @nbcsvu in an episode directed by the the talented and hard working and funny.....[Hargitay]," he wrote.