T.V. Series Review: Law and Order: SVU Season 12

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Law and Order: SVU Season 12 Summary

Season 12, Episode 1: Locum

Detectives Benson and Stabler investigate the disappearance of the ten-year-old adopted daughter (Bailee Madison) of a foster couple (Joan Cusack and Peter Strauss). They soon discover that she ran away to meet with a man named Erik Weber (Henry Ian Cusick), whom she met on the internet. Benson and Stabler suspect Weber has ulterior motives regarding the girl, but he denies any wrongdoing, which is confirmed, and expresses romantic interest in Benson. As the investigation continues, the detectives realize that the girl’s foster parents have another child (Amanda Dillard), which changes the entire course of the case.

Season 12, Episode 2: Bullseye

Benson and Stabler are called to the hospital after a ten-year-old girl (Ruby Jerins) is raped. They arrive to find her so traumatized that she cannot even tell them her name. Detective Tutuola and Sergeant Munch are able to identify the young victim, but they soon realize that her parents (Melissa Rain Anderson and Daniel Stewart) are far from normal. When the detectives find themselves without a lead, Erik Weber, a man they met on their previous case, decides to get involved and leads them to two suspects- a man with Noonan syndrome (Adrian Martinez) and a convicted child molester (Stephen Tobolowsky) who takes his own life. After talking to Weber’s sister (Emily Dorsch) about a number of suspicious occurrences, Benson is able to find out who the real rapist is.

Season 12, Episode 3: Behave

A rape victim (Jennifer Love Hewitt), brought to a hospital, is certain that it is one man (James LeGros) who has repeatedly attacked her, over the past fifteen years. Benson, determined to help, finds this victim’s well-founded terror is so great as to make her insist that submitting to a rape kit could only make further repetitions more certain. Looking for means of helping, Benson is horrified to learn how many police precincts and evidence labs across the country hardly ever pursue testing of their rape kits. The investigation leads her to Detroit, Chicago, and finally to Los Angeles, whose police have evidence that bodes well to help this woman in escaping her fear and isolation.

Season 12, Episode 4: Merchandise

A fifteen-year-old girl (Michaela Annette) is chased from a farmer’s market. When she is hit by a car and killed, Benson and Stabler are surprised when Dr. Warner rules it a homicide, as she found signs that the girl was being starved and had recently given birth. They learn from the girl’s father (Paul Schulze) that she and her teenage brother (Devon Gearhart) were kidnapped by an organization that claimed to be hiring farm hands. Tutuola and Dr. Huang arrest one of the conspirators (Amanda Lisa Wong) and find the surviving teenager. Although questioning him proves difficult at first, the boy breaks down upon learning that he got his sister killed, since he was trying to save her from being beaten. With the future of the case uncertain, Benson and Stabler reach out to Assistant U.S. Attorney Christine Danielson (Gloria Reuben). Meanwhile, Cragen gets upset over the precinct getting damaged.

Season 12, Episode 5: Wet

Benson and Stabler arrive on the scene where a woman (Lucy Owen) is found dead in Bethesda Fountain. When her squeaky clean image does not match up with her promiscuous actions, their new ADA, Mikka Von (Paula Patton), encourages the cops to dig deeper into her past. Benson and Stabler find out that the woman worked for a soft drink company that faced recent controversy over trying to privatize water rights in Bolivia. Upon finding out that she was poisoned with toxic mushrooms, the detectives suspect that an activist and professor (David Krumholtz) is responsible. Other suspects present themselves when SVU realizes that his lover (Amanda Fuller) is competing for her wealthy grandmother (Rosemary Harris)’s inheritance and ADA Von’s tricks in court cost her more than the case.

Season 12, Episode 6: Branded

When Benson and Stabler investigate a brutal attack on an unassuming, upstanding father (Michael Gladis), they find him branded on his chest with a wire coat hanger. Before long, another victim turns up (Kevin Alejandro), who has suffered the same injuries. A connection is found when the SVU learns that both men work for the same employer (Jason Wiles). When their assailant (Bess Rous) is captured, her story convinces Benson and new Assistant DA Gillian Hardwicke (Melissa Sagemiller) that she endured far greater suffering.

Season 12, Episode 7: Trophy

After a young woman (Tonya Glanz) is raped and murdered, her body turns up in an industrial laundry facility. When the perp fires at Benson and Stabler from inside a house, they find a torture chamber in the basement and arrest the owner of the house (Joseph Sikora). However, further investigation reveals that he is being set up by a serial rapist (R. Lee Ermey) and Benson builds a connection to a victim’s daughter (Maria Bello) and her son (Charlie Tahan).

Season 12, Episode 8: Penetration

FBI Agent Dana Lewis (Marcia Gay Harden) is assaulted by a stranger and asks Benson to have her rape kit tested. Before the cops can help her, Lewis goes back undercover and refuses to talk about the assignment or the rape, for fear that she will be exposed and pulled off the case. With Benson and Stabler in pursuit, Lewis apprehends the rapist (Jeremy Davidson) herself. When Hardwicke questions Lewis on the stand, it is revealed that the mercenary was hired by someone (J. C. MacKenzie) who wanted revenge on Lewis.

Season 12, Episode 9: Gray

Stabler goes to his daughter Kathleen’s (Allison Siko) university to discuss rape prevention at a Take Back the Night rally. When a girl from the crowd (Anna Greenfield) accuses another student (Charlie Barnett) of rape, Stabler and Benson are assigned the case. What emerges are conflicting accounts and fiery accusations without substantial evidence to back them up. Kathleen finds evidence against the student, although Stabler fears that she will be expelled from school if it is used at trial. Executive ADA Sonya Paxton (Christine Lahti) returns to SVU after her suspension and Stabler convinces her not to compel his daughter’s testimony. Paxton finds another way of prosecuting the student when they learn that he gave an abortive agent to his girlfriend (Gwynneth Bensen) claiming that it was a lubricant.

Season 12, Episode 10: Rescue

With young Calvin Arliss (Charlie Tahan) in her care, Benson claims to be searching for his drug-addict mother Vivian (Maria Bello). However, Stabler begins to question this after noticing the bond forming between Olivia and Calvin. After collaring two paramedics (Mike Starr and James Martinez) for violating an intoxicated partygoer (Shea Glaser) on the way to the hospital, the SVU discovers that Vivian was at an open house attended by the paramedics. Captain Cragen assigns Tutuola and Munch to the case, but Benson gets involved against his orders, leading to heartbreak for Olivia.

Season 12, Episode 11: Pop

A young boy is found dead on a park carousel after being dropped off by his uncle (James Carpinello). Stabler discovers that he was beaten to death and the mother (Lori Prince) accuses a bully (Sammuel Soifer) at his school. The SVU discovers that the beating did not take place at school, but rather in a park where members of a gambling ring gather to watch teenagers fight. Stabler and Tutuola suspect that one of the ring leaders (Adam Senn) is beating his wife (Drea de Matteo) and son (Al Calderon). When the abusive man is killed by a family member, Hardwicke must decide whom to prosecute for his murder.

Season 12, Episode 12: Possessed

A young man (Michelangelo Milano) finds that his girlfriend (Taryn Manning) has been attacked in her apartment with evidence that points to her buried past. Benson and Stabler go in search of her attacker (Devin Ratray) and discover that an elderly author (David Patrick Kelly) used to abuse children. With the statute of limitations coming up, Hardwicke has a hard time prosecuting the man, who acts as his own savvy defense attorney. Detectives reach out to a childhood friend (Brian Justin Crum) of the victim only to find that he never left the world of child pornography.

Season 12, Episode 13: Mask

A man wearing a haunting mask (Chandler Williams) rapes an OBGYN (A. J. Cook) and assaults her girlfriend (Marguerite Stimpson). In trying to identify the rapist, the SVU discovers that the partner’s father Cap Jackson (Jeremy Irons) has a sordid past filled with sex and alcohol addiction. He now works as a sex therapist who refuses to give detectives the names of his patients that they believe could have attacked his daughter. Stabler infiltrates the therapy group without Jackson’s knowledge and is able to find the rapist before he attacks another woman.

Season 12, Episode 14: Dirty

A Brooklyn detective (Shohreh Aghdashloo) goes in search of one of her legal colleagues (Julie Basem), whom she fears may be in danger. She finds the Assistant District Attorney just in time to witness her fall from the top of a parking garage. When Benson arrives, she discovers that the crime scene has been tampered with and turns to AUSA Danielson (Gloria Reuben) for help. The two of them investigate a member (Doug Drucker) of the Latin Kings and discover evidence that could implicate his girlfriend (Samantha Galarza) as a co-conspirator. Benson uses this as leverage to find out who the killer is and realizes that the suspect has been in her sights the entire time.

Season 12, Episode 15: Flight

When a teenage girl (Kristina Alexandra Makarian) on a plane shows symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder due to sexual abuse, all leads point to a wealthy defense contractor (Colm Feore). The billionaire counters that the girl raped him at a party he was throwing and Benson and Stabler find a woman (Kelli Barrett) who appears to seek out young girls for him. Afraid that the squad lacks the evidence to make an arrest, Munch works on making the girl’s blog viral, which entices other rape victims to come forward.

Season 12, Episode 16: Spectacle

After the sexual assault of a young woman (Kellyn Lindsey) is videotaped and featured on a college campus-wide intranet feed, Stabler and Tutuola go in search of the victim and her attacker. As they delve into the investigation, it becomes clear that the perpetrator (Spencer Treat Clark) created a spectacle to draw attention to his own issues and force the police to look for his younger sibling (Dylan Reiff) who was abducted off the streets, in plain sight, five years ago.

Season 12, Episode 17: Pursuit

Alicia Harding (Debra Messing), host of the Neighborhood Predator television series, gets a bloody scarf in the mail along with death threats. EADA Paxton informs SVU that she worked with the same woman years ago trying to find her sister’s abductor before the case went cold. As the stalker escalates, Harding grows increasingly convinced that the same person killed her sister and tries to draw him into the open by presenting new evidence on her show. Benson, Tutuola, and Paxton accompany Harding to a park where they find several dead bodies, but fear that any public announcement that they have made progress on the case will put her life in danger. The squad is able to find the murderer (Christian Hoff), but only after a member of the team is attacked.

Season 12, Episode 18: Bully

When an art patron (LuAnn de Lesseps) discovers a gruesome work of art, it leads gallery visitors to find a woman (Kathryn Barnhardt) dead in her apartment above. Benson and Stabler look into the victim’s personal contacts and find someone named Annette Cole (Kate Burton), who appears to be a friend in the wine industry. However, she is later revealed to be an abusive boss with a habit of beating and berating her employees. The troubled Cole kills herself in the middle of a press conference, leaving the detectives to try to fill in the missing gaps. They are eventually able to find the killer (Shane McRae) through a bizarre piece of evidence.

Season 12, Episode 19: Bombshell

When a man (Tom Irwin) is found stabbed in a parking garage, Benson and Stabler discover that he and his wife are swingers. When the detectives go undercover at a swingers club, they meet a popular lady (Rose McGowan) and an intruder who she claims is her obsessive, jealous ex-boyfriend (Ryan Hurst). However, further investigation reveals that they have a different type of relationship. As tensions grow, the detectives question just how far jealousy can push someone.

Season 12, Episode 20: Totem

A young girl is found dead with a doll left as a totem. With Dr. Huang out of town, Benson and Stabler ask a psychiatrist from one of their previous cases, Cap Jackson (Jeremy Irons), for help. Jackson joins the detectives as they retrace the girl’s last steps and go to meet with her piano teacher (Elizabeth Mitchell). During the questioning, his skills prove invaluable in deciphering the meaning of the totem, ultimately finding the killer. Jackson and the detectives learn that the piano teacher was lying to protect her sister (Agatha Nowicki) and that both women suffered from abuse at the hands of their mother (Lisa Banes).

Season 12, Episode 21: Reparations

A woman (Virginia Kull) is raped in her apartment and her friend (Afton Williamson) suspects that the rapist is one of the students from the inner city school where she teaches. However, the teacher accuses someone else (Vondie Curtis-Hall), who happens to be the cousin of Los Angeles Deputy DA Joe Dekker (Terrence Howard). ADA Casey Novak (Diane Neal) returns to Special Victims after a three-year censure and challenges Dekker in court. The detectives discover a history of racism involving the victim’s family and the suspect’s family and Novak must convince both sides to tell the truth. Novak and Stabler learn that the intruder entered the victim’s home intending to commit rape to get revenge for his mother (Irma P. Hall), who was raped by the teacher’s grandfather (Robert Hogan).

Season 12, Episode 22: Bang

After a man (Jordan Dean) abandons a baby in an alley, Benson and Stabler go in search of the child’s caregiver. Upon meeting the nanny (Marta Milans) and her boyfriend (John Stamos), they soon realize that he is also engaged to the baby’s adoptive mother (Lori Singer). Multiple references to broken condoms convince the detectives that he has a malevolent hobby. They enlist the help of an expert (Noelle Beck) in trying to prosecute him but they are frustrated to learn that the law is on his side.

Season 12, Episode 23: Delinquent

When a young woman (Marina Squerciati) finds a teenage boy (Sterling Beaumon) asleep and naked in her bedroom, the boy’s mother (Rita Wilson) is quick to defend his actions. During his arraignment, the manipulative teenager accuses Stabler of inappropriate touching, which leads to a restraining order being filed and an IAB investigation. Benson and Stabler learn that the boy has a history of stalking and alcohol abuse and suspect him of being a serial rapist. Stabler puts his career on the line by trying to catch the suspect in the act and learns about someone else (Anne Kyle) who played a role in shaping his sociopathic behavior.

Season 12, Episode 24: Smoked

When a woman (Alice Barrett) is murdered during an afternoon shopping trip with her daughter (Hayley McFarland), Benson and Stabler are called in because she was scheduled to testify in their high-profile rape case. Benson and Stabler initially eye the accused rapist (Andrew Howard), but they discover that he might have been framed by someone (Michael Raymond-James). Stabler gets wrapped up in an ATF sting against a cigarette smuggling ring and discovers that the ATF agent running the operation (Pedro Pascal) is dirty, which leads them to arrest three suspects. Just when they are satisfied that the case has been closed, tragedy strikes in the squad room

Law and Order: SVU Season 12 Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Take this with a warning, SVU covers rape and sexual assault and more. If you can not handle it, do not watch. Otherwise this series covers cases that are very real (depicted fake for the show) while also having a character arc for the detectives

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