09/27/2012 08:36 am ET

'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' Premiere: How To Prove Captain Cragen Innocent (VIDEO)

The conspiracy uncovered on the season premiere of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" went all the way up to the top. Benson was certain that Captain Cragen was innocent of the crime committed in his bed. It took every bit of the two-hour premiere to prove it, though.

It turns out, Cragen was targeted by the madame who ran the escort service the dead woman in his bed came from. Even worse, the district attorney trying to put him away was on the take from the madame as well. She slipped into it unintentionally -- taking money she didn't know at first led back to the madame for care of her child. Nevertheless, it killed any chance of Paget Brewster enjoying any sort of run on "SVU."

She was very convincing in her performance, though, duping Benson and the whole team until they started investigating her financials. So it was good news and bad news for Cragen.

He was cleared of any murder charges, but the investigation did bring up that he'd paid for escorts. He said it was just to talk, but it's still going to be a tough sell considering he heads up the sex-crimes unit. This fallout likely isn't quite over yet.

See what happens next as "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" continues on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.

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