‘Law and Order: SVU’ 18×1 recap – The Unit try and take down a big attack


It wouldn’t be a SVU finale if something jaw dropping didn’t happen. Two years ago, we said good-bye to Nick Amaro as he departed the show in order to go to California with his baby mama and his son. Last season, we met a new sergeant, had mixed feelings for him before falling in love with him, only to have him die in the season finale. While it probably won’t be a big issue for the squad, it’s inevitably going to affect them in some way. Especially with Dodds senior. We only got one crossover show with the Chicago PD and there is no word on whether or not we get another one this season. Odds are we will, and I certainly hope that they do. They are usually my favorite episodes of the season for both shows.

This season opens up with a doozy. The show titled, ‘Terrorized’, jumps right into the action. Benson is just hanging out at the park like any other day, until BAM. She is faced with a gun, literally in her face. The little devil that’s holding the gun has bigger secrets the more they investigate.

It starts like any other case. Kid has a gun. Kid’s parents are MIA. But each time Carisi and Rollins talk to someone, it leads them to think that there is a lot more to the story than what appears. When they investigate the boy’s father’s apartment, they find enough guns and explosives to start World War III. Carisi takes over this case and I love seeing him take charge. He is that little buck that believes that he can do anything and is not yet tainted by SVU.

LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT -- "Terrorized" Episode 1801 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mariska Hargitay as Lieutenant Olivia Benson, Peter Gallagher as Chief William Dodds -- (Photo by: Michael Parmelee/NBC)

With it being the season opener, we are gifted a big show with a big shocking moment. This moment comes about half way through the show when there is a shootout at a park that leads to at least four dead including the shooter. But the interesting thing that happens is that the ‘girlfriend’ that he was with is saying that she was forced to go by her fiancé and her brother.

Don’t they all say that???

Since she screamed rape, that means that SVU, mainly Benson, goes knee deep into her allegations. While doing that, she finds out Luca’s brother has been attacking her for years. Of course this is bad news for Benson as Dodds is using this to continue his assault on her. It’s obvious that he’s still grieving his son’s death and maybe he should have taken some time off work because yelling at Benson and blaming her for everything is not going to solve anything.


This show makes me think of the Orlando shooting and I would be shocked if SVU doesn’t do something similar this season for this show. While what happened is sensitive and probably should be left alone, SVU has proven in the past that it’s not afraid to grab stories that are ripped from the headlines and test the boundaries. Another aspect I am sure they will cover is all the shootings involving race and cop shootings. There are so many of them that it would be weird if they didn’t.

Dodds senior is still grieving over the loss of his son and does nothing to hide it. His hair is noticeably grayer and I am curious if that was a conscious thing (to show how stressed he is) or if it’s a coincidence. Either way, he is extra short with Benson and it’s definitely going to come to blows at some point this season. He blames her for his son’s death and while he knows deep down that it’s not her fault, it’s just easier to blame her.

In the next episode, Vice President Joe Biden guest stars as the unit let a falsely accused rapist go only to investigate him for another rape.

What did you think of the show?


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  1. […] entered into the 18th season last week of one of the longest running shows in TV history. Law and Order SVU didn’t disappoint as we dive […]

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