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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

  • 2020
  • Season 22
  • 16 episodes
  • Drama
  • Crime/detective

Episode 8: The Only Way Out Is Through


Benson helps two sisters get closure from a harrowing childhood assault, and Kat's cousin reaches out for help. Drama set in New York Police Department, starring Mariska Hargitay and Jamie Gray Hyder


Mariska Hargitay must have been owed some annual leave because, after Benson’s son Noah is ordered to self-isolate at the start of this episode, she exits stage left and barely features again.

The absence of our good captain initially left me feeling anxious, as Benson is the driving force of SVU. But, like her, I should have had confidence in the rest of the squad, as the three cases they tackle while she’s gone certainly make for arresting drama. Each deals with the issue of restorative justice, as survivors of rape come face to face with their attackers. In one particularly emotional instance, this involves two sisters meeting the man who robbed them of their childhood decades before.





Det Olivia BensonMariska Hargitay
Katriona TaminJamie Gray Hyder

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The fractures in America’s policing system are something that Special Victims Unit has been tackling with renewed vigour of late, with this new episode taking a cogent look at what can happen when a cop prioritises loyalty to a colleague above all else.

The officer in question is series regular Amanda Rollins of Manhattan’s SVU, who decides to back a detective from the Bronx by the name of Moldovan after he acts in a questionable manner during an arrest. Overzealous he may have been in his pursuit of a guy suspected of a series of rapes, but Moldovan’s also growing increasingly territorial about crimes committed in his borough. Pretty soon, a headline-making police turf war has broken out, but where will Rollins’s moral compass eventually lead her?


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