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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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

Episode 9: Return of the Prodigal Son


As a curtain-raiser to the new series Law & Order: Organised Crime, the squad rallies around Detective Stabler to find the suspect behind a threat to his family


After a decade away, actor Christopher Meloni is back in the Law & Order fold, with Stabler seen reuniting with his former police partner Benson (Mariska Hargitay) after his wife is injured in a car-bomb attack.

But don’t get too used to them being back together, as Stabler’s reappearance on SVU serves merely as a lead-in to the latest spin-off Organized Crime (10.00pm), which is a new star vehicle for Meloni. It’s a little too blokey and filled with mobsters talking about “bizniz”. But its opening storyline, which is concerned with the profits made on substandard face masks and PPE being supplied across international borders, demonstrates how speedy producer supremo Dick Wolf is when it comes to reacting to current events.





Det Olivia BensonMariska Hargitay
Det Elliot StablerChristopher Meloni

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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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