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Law and Order Recap

SVU's Star-Crossed Lovers

Allison Leotta | Posted 04.02.2014 | Entertainment
Allison Leotta

If Shakespeare wrote about sex crimes in New York... the result probably wouldn't look like this week's SVU episode. Nevertheless, "Betrayal's Climax" was a powerful episode, illuminating the tragic consequences of modern gang violence, misogyny and misguided codes of honor.

SVU's Recipe for Drama: One Part Paula Deen and One Part Trayvon Martin

Allison Leotta | Posted 01.23.2014 | TV
Allison Leotta

In a creative mashup of two of America's most racially-charged cases, Law & Order: SVU's "American Tragedy" had Paula Deen shooting Trayvon Martin, and getting away with it despite some deep-fried epithets.

SVU Explores Sexual Adventures Gone Wrong

Allison Leotta | Posted 07.16.2013 | TV
Allison Leotta

What's more dangerous: cheating on your husband or giving a sandwich to a homeless guy? SVU says: the sandwich.

SVU Nabs Yet Another Trust-Fund-Wielding Evil Genius

Allison Leotta | Posted 07.02.2013 | TV
Allison Leotta

It is an immutable law of SVU that if a wealthy young woman has a significant role before the second commercial break, she will either turn out to be a rape victim or a mastermind behind the assault.

SVU Reveals Olivia's International Man of Mystery

Allison Leotta | Posted 05.26.2013 | TV
Allison Leotta

Tonight's episode finally answered the question Law & Order: SVU fans have been buzzing about for weeks: who is Olivia's mystery man? It immediately transitioned to: how quickly can he be thrown the wolves for our amusement?

SVU Exhumes Shocking But Implausible Secrets

Allison Leotta | Posted 04.16.2013 | TV
Allison Leotta

After last week's Mike Tyson debacle, I was hoping SVU would regroup and come back with a strong, realistic episode. Instead, "Secrets Exhumed" eschewed plausibility and focused on creating unbelievable plot twists. It succeeded... in being unbelievable.

Law & Order: SVU's Bloody Christmas

Allison Leotta | Posted 03.09.2013 | TV
Allison Leotta

Sure, there were hookers in Santa hats, pedophile priests, and a gory Christmas Eve shootout. But the one question SVU fans were buzzing about by the end of "Presumed Guilty" was this: Whose masculine mystery hand was Olivia holding as she flew to the Bahamas for a winter holiday tryst?

SVU Asks What a Mother Will Do to Protect Her Child

Allison Leotta | Posted 01.15.2013 | TV
Allison Leotta

Each Wednesday, I find myself tweeting the sentence, "Tonight's #SVU explores every parent's worst nightmare." I've gotta hand it to the writers: it really is a skill, coming up with something more disturbing every week.