Since the last episode was about two months ago, let’s a do a recap of the first seven episodes (that’s right only 7 shows in 3 months). We have Benson adjusting to her role as boss after losing Dodds in the season finale of last season. Dodds Sr. is giving he a hard time because he blames her for his loss. Tucker and Benson are starting to simmer down because Benson is getting nervous about making a commitment. The last show specifically, the unit investigated a victim who accused an up and coming rapper of raping her. Instead of denying it and putting away the right man, he took the rap because he wanted to build street credibility.
In this episode, titled ‘Next Chapter’, we follow a young woman who gets raped by someone she thinks has been stalking her since college, but finds that it’s bigger than that when she gets held captive.
The show starts off with Benson trying to ward off thinking about her future with Tucker. While she wants to settle down and have a family, she is not quite ready to let go of the job. Will this affect their relationship? Tucker wants to cement the future but Benson is still stuck in the present. Benson is not the only one thinking about ‘the next chapter’. Carisi is starting to wonder if it’s time for him to move on. Now that he’s passed the BAR, he has another option to turn to.
The top suspect in this show is Ray Wilson. She points her finger at him right from the get-go. He’s been stalking her since college and got arrested for assaulting a woman. He gets alibied and it makes the unit start back at point one.
With all this focus on Ray, they didn’t look at any other suspects. When they do start doing that, they find that there was possibly a stalker and that she has had some hostility with one of her co-workers because he had a crush on her but she wasn’t interested.
Ray’s name keeps popping up when his DNA is found at the crime scene. How can he be in two places at once? Maybe he can teleport? Or maybe he is being framed. It gets crazier when the one person that they thought was helping them, Tom Kohl, is now their number one suspect when they have video footage of his car near Ray’s restaurant.
Tom’s alibi gets blown to smitherines when his wife tells Benson that he wasn’t home that night that Quinn was attacked. It soon becomes a kidnapping when Tom and Quinn both go missing and it sounds like they are going to be going to do a little Misery when they get to the farm house. Benson and Carisi tag team taking Tom down and it almost leads to Carisi getting shot. Think this may push him into leaving the force. No one wants to have a gun pointed at their head with the probability that the person is going to pull the trigger.
With the show in it’s 18th season, it’s not really a surprise that Benson would start thinking about retiring. She herself has been in every season which would make her around 20+ years at being a cop. Most people would start thinking about retirement at that point, especially someone that works with SVU.
In the next episode, a child is abducted when his mother has friends over for a drug induced party.
What did you think of the show?