Confidential informants can be great sources for police, but also present challenges to their police handlers, especially if they're accused of crimes themselves.
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?
There wasn't a special victim in sight, but "Dreams Deferred" was a strong episode about a regular joe who snaps and goes on a killing spree.
"Lessons Learned" was an intense episode combining some of the most disturbing elements from the real-life cases of Jerry Sandusky, the Boy Scouts, and a posh prep school in Minnesota.
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.
This week's Law and Order: SVU episode "Friending Emily" took every parent's worst fears about modern technology and crammed them into one terrifying and overblown story about online evils, kidnapping, and child pornography.
What's more disturbing: sex slavery or international terrorism? SVU tackled the question with its trademark mix of ripped-from-the-headlines issues, hairpin plot turns, and girls in skimpy dresses.
SVU opened its season with a roller-coaster of a double episode. "Lost Reputation" and "Above Suspicion" took up where the cliffhanger of last season left off: with Captain Cragen waking up drenched in the blood of a dead hooker sprawled in his bed.
Sometimes we were ripping from the headlines, but just as often it felt like the headlines were ripping from us. Either way, we were trying to explore issues that were increasingly in the zeitgeist.
The respect and love they have in their marriage defies Hollywood stereotypes and makes it a success in every way.
When future U.S. historians look back on these times, they will most likely write about the resurgence of American imperialism, the death of neoliberal capitalism and the ascendance of the American television drama.
Anyone can become that person in a community who knows the signs of domestic and intimate partner violence and knows how to respond to a victim with compassion and wisdom. It's time to talk about it.
By failing to test these rape kits, we are telling victims that pursuing justice doesn't matter, that convicting violent perpetrators and taking them off our streets is not a top priority.
Ice-T is still stylin' like an American Che Guevara, but he's officially joined the force 19 years after "Cop Killer". (photos © Jaime Rojo) ...
I honestly thought that Law & Order would live forever, joining the immortal likes of 60 Minutes and Sesame Street. At least NBC had the good sense to put Heroes out of its misery in the bargain.