‘Law and Order: SVU’ 17×13 recap – Rollins returns as the unit look for three young boys despite 41 witnesses

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In the last episode, it’s a he-said-she-said but with two teens. The question will be who is telling the truth and what really happened that night. Meanwhile, Benson is forced to confront what happened in the last episode. The show touches on how a misunderstand can escalate and get out of hand especially when parents get involved. In this week’s episode, titled ’Forty-One Witnesses’, Rollins returns as the unit look into an assault with many witness who all claim that they didn’t see anything. There was some good news over the two-week break. NBC has announced that they will pick up an 18th season for SVU, which means we will get some more of these guys cleaning up the streets of New York. In the last episode, it’s a he-said-she-said but with two teens. The question will be who is telling the truth and what really happened that night. Meanwhile, Benson is forced to confront what happened in the last episode. The show touches on how a misunderstand can escalate and get out of hand especially when parents get involved. In this week’s episode, titled ’Forty-One Witnesses’, Rollins returns as the unit look into an assault with many witness who all claim that they didn’t see anything. There was some good news over the two-week break. NBC has announced that they will pick up an 18th season for SVU, which means we will get some more of these guys cleaning up the streets of New York.

The show opens up with a frustrated of an opening. A woman, who yes gets doped up on coke, gets attacked by three young men. The worst part is, that this could have been prevented when she was at the coffee shop. One person saw her and one person video tapes it. And gets worst, many people see her getting assaulted in the courtyard but no one does anything.

This kind of case has been done before. The whole ‘someone else is going to call so I don’t have to’ aka The Bystander Effect. They had a powerful episode of this a few seasons ago that led to Stabler going on a wild goose chase to find his brother. We can expect that it won’t happen again in this show, but it’s interesting how old types of cases make a full circle in this show. Guess being on the air for 17 years will do that to you.

LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT -- "Forty-One Witnesses" -- Pictured: (l-r) Raœl Esparza as A.D.A. Rafael Barba, Daveed Diggs as Counselor Louis Henderson (Photo by: Will Hart/NBC)

Another bonus is that Carisi scores points for Benson as he is able to get his hands on the video that the woman recorded. Now it will be up to the unit to track down the boys and bring them in. Personally, I have been rooting for Carisi since half way through his first season. Yes he came on a little strong, but he means well. Sometimes he struggles with his filter but once he gets there he will make a big difference.

Of course things get a little hairy shall we say when we get to the trail. With only one good witness, it is rough to convince the jury that the three boys assaulted the victim. Especially since the victim does drugs and the only witness that saw the assault is an alcoholic. Too bad he is a functional alcoholic and not the falling down drunk kind. Barba is able to use some of his magic to get the jury to convict the boys.

As the show comes to a close a curious thing happens. We see Benson enjoying her wine and maybe it is nothing because the woman was a druggie or maybe its foreshadowing that Benson is going to have a drinking problem. Who knows? Stay tuned for another episode and find out.

In the next episode, we get a new crossover event for SVU and Chicago PD as the convict Yates (the one who killed Nadia) escapes and is on the run and both squads look to bring him down.


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