T.V. Series Review: Law and Order: SVU Season 15

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Law and Order: SVU Season 15 Summary

Season 15, Episode 1: Surrender Benson

Hours turn into days, and with no word from Detective Benson, the Special Victims Unit takes drastic measures to find her and her abductor, William Lewis (Pablo Schreiber). As Benson fights for her life, her squad follows a trail of murder and rape victims throughout Long Island, which leads them to fear it may be too late.

Season 15, Episode 2: Imprisoned Lives

Just as Benson returns from her two month leave, an abandoned child in Times Square leads the SVU to more victims in the basement of a home. As they work to solve the decade old case, Benson tries to prove to herself that she is ready to be back on the job, despite Captain Cragen and her new therapist Dr. Lindstrom’s (Bill Irwin) reservations.

Season 15, Episode 3: American Tragedy

When a string of rapes puts the SVU squad and the city on high alert, a celebrity chef (Cybill Shepherd) fears she is the next victim and shoots a hooded teenager in a claim of self defense. The case evolves into a murder trial for a racially charged shooting, putting pressure on ADA Barba to get a conviction. This episode combines elements from the real-life cases of the late Trayvon Martin and celebrity chef, Paula Deen.

Season 15, Episode 4: Internal Affairs

When an officer gets placed in a psychiatric ward after accusing his precinct of sexual misconduct, IAB Lt. Tucker (Robert John Burke) asks SVU to lead his investigation. Tucker recruits Brian Cassidy to go undercover in the crooked precinct, offering him the chance to regain his detective’s shield. With SVU watching Cassidy’s every move, they realize he could be in grave danger.

Season 15, Episode 5: Wonderland Story

After a night of partying, a rape victim (Sofia Vassilieva) seeks help from Benson after she believes she has been raped again. The search for her attacker leads the detectives to a world of underground parties and a cyber mogul who preys on vulnerable girls. Meanwhile, the SVU comes together to celebrate the retirement of Sergeant Munch.

Season 15, Episode 6: October Surprise

When Barba’s childhood friend is arrested for attempted rape, his connection to Alex Muñoz (Vincent Laresca), a mayoral frontrunner, puts his campaign in jeopardy. When an undercover investigation uncovers further misconduct by Muñoz, Detective Amaro and the SVU team wonder if Barba can put aside personal feelings to prosecute the man he used to idolize.

Season 15, Episode 7: Dissonant Voices

A popular singing coach and television personality (Billy Porter) is accused of sexual abuse by a four-year-old student at a prestigious private school. While Detective Rollins urges the squad to give the man the benefit of the doubt, Benson’s investigation uncovers condemning evidence and more victims come forward.

Season 15, Episode 8: Military Justice

A Coast Guard officer (Shiri Appleby) is stopped for a DUI while on leave in New York City, but the arresting officer calls SVU when she appears to have been raped. The detectives home in on a group of officers in her unit as suspects, but her commanding officer (Terry Serpico) hinders the investigation. When Amaro asks his ex-wife to dig up information, he jeopardizes Barba’s case.

Season 15, Episode 9: Rapist Anonymous

Rollins’ friend from her Gamblers Anonymous meeting claims she was raped by her lover, but the case is challenging to prove. Things get further complicated when a murder occurs, and Rollins is caught in the middle between her squad and someone who she thought was her friend. When Barba is forced to reveal some of Rollins’ personal life on the stand, it proves too much for her to handle. Meanwhile, Benson announces her promotion to sergeant and Cassidy is reinstated as a detective

Season 15, Episode 10: Psycho/Therapist

The trial of serial rapist William Lewis (Pablo Schreiber) once again brings Benson face-to-face with her attacker and the stress of reliving the attacks causes setbacks in her recovery. With Lewis trying every trick in the book, including representing himself at trial, Benson is forced to reveal secrets she has kept about her attack. Four months after the trial, Lewis feigns an injury to escape from prison.

Season 15, Episode 11: Amaro’s One-Eighty

After leaving a dinner party at Benson’s apartment, Amaro and Rollins witness an officer in the chase of a suspected drug dealer. A standoff leads to gunfire and a teenage boy is gravely wounded. When the evidence leads to a shocking revelation, the SVU squad struggles to keep IAB Lt. Tucker and recently assigned Detective Cassidy from jumping to conclusions. As the case becomes a public spectacle, special prosecutor Derek Strauss (Greg Germann) pushes for a grand jury indictment and Amaro begins to question if fighting for his badge is best for his family. Meanwhile, Cragen announces his retirement from the NYPD.

Season 15, Episode 12: Jersey Breakdown

When an underage runaway (Stefanie Scott) is found beaten and raped, the girl leads SVU to a strip club owner (Chazz Palminteri), who denies any wrongdoing. After New Jersey police arrest the girl, Barba calls on Assistant U.S. Attorney Connie Rubirosa (Alana de la Garza) for help. But when Barba and Rubirosa fail to get the help they need from Jersey law enforcement, SVU begins to suspect a coverup in the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

Season 15, Episode 13: Betrayal’s Climax

Detectives respond to a suspected kidnapping of a 16-year-old girl and the father points fingers at her boyfriend, who detectives discover is part of a local gang. After the girl is found during a suicide attempt, she reveals she was gang-raped while her boyfriend was forced to watch and that she had regrettably experienced multiple orgasms during the assault. With the girl afraid to testify and the boyfriend refusing to aid in the investigation, Amaro finds evidence the gang was responsible for more than just the attack.

Season 15, Episode 14: Wednesday’s Child

When a father (John Benjamin Hickey) discovers his son missing from his bed, detectives suspect the boy wandered off alone because of his history of behavioral problems. The search becomes more urgent when the boy’s insulin pump runs out and a dangerous criminal couple is spotted with the boy. With the boy still missing, detectives try to turn the wife (Rosanna Arquette) against her husband (Mark Boone Junior).

Season 15, Episode 15: Comic Perversion

When a student is assaulted after protesting a comedian (Jonathan Silverman) who jokes about rape, Barba tells SVU they cannot arrest the comedian just based on his words. After another student accuses the comedian of rape, Benson quickly arrests the man, giving Barba a tough, circumstantial case, which propels him to call out Benson on the arrest. Meanwhile, Chicago police officer Erin Lindsay (Sophia Bush) comes to Manhattan to ask SVU for help.

Season 15, Episode 16: Gridiron Soldier

After a high school football star goes missing in NYC, his uncle seeks helps from Rollins, who is a hometown friend. When Rollins finds the boy in jail, she begins to suspect that he was a victim of a cruel prank by the Hudson University football team. Although she is initially hesitant to let the investigation proceed, Benson lets Amaro and Rollins look into the team’s culture, which uncovers several victims of abuse, prejudice and hazing.

Season 15, Episode 17: Gambler’s Fallacy

When Rollins’ gambling addiction drives her to an illegal club, a waitress tips the club managers off that she is a cop. Rollins strikes a deal with the managers to make her illegal activity disappear, but when her debt is not paid to their liking, she becomes involved in a unthinkable crime, which forces Benson and Detective Tutuola to suspect her guilt.

Season 15, Episode 18: Criminal Stories

A renowned journalist, Jimmy MacArthur (Alec Baldwin), is given an inside look into the SVU to profile their new commanding officer, Sergeant Benson. When a young Muslim woman is raped, he interferes with the investigation and declares the crime a hoax. With the victim facing public scrutiny, Benson and Barba fight to keep the case on solid ground and get a conviction.

Season 15, Episode 19: Downloaded Child

When a mother refuses to trust anyone to take care of her daughter, she leaves the child home alone for days. The mother’s fear of men leads Benson to suspect she may have been a victim herself. With help from Dr. Lindstrom, she recovers repressed childhood memories of violence, rape, and neglect. Meanwhile, Benson breaks off her relationship with Cassidy after realizing that their lives are going in different directions.

Season 15, Episode 20: Beast’s Obsession

William Lewis (Pablo Schreiber) escapes from prison and begins another killing rampage. 1PP removes Benson as commanding officer of Manhattan SVU and assigns Lt. Declan Murphy (Donal Logue) to lead the manhunt for the sadistic murderer. Benson is given a 24-hour security detail and instructed to stay at the precinct, but when Lewis kidnaps a young girl Benson is forced to decide how much she is willing to sacrifice in order to save the child’s life

Season 15, Episode 21: Post-Mortem Blues

Benson is rescued by the squad moments after Lewis’ final act and IAB Lt. Tucker’s investigation is deemed inconclusive into Benson’s actions. When the Brooklyn DA’s Office, led by ADA Strauss, convenes a grand jury to investigate her actions, Benson’s torment continues and she must choose between her badge and her convictions.

Season 15, Episode 22: Reasonable Doubt

The SVU squad investigates renowned television producer, Frank Maddox (Bradley Whitford), when he is accused of molesting his eight-year-old daughter. His estranged wife (Samantha Mathis) wants to know the truth but when she refuses to cooperate with the authorities, the detectives suspect it was a ploy to win the public’s favor. With Maddox engaged to his ex-wife’s younger sister (Emma Bell), Benson fights to help the child amid the media circus.

Season 15, Episode 23: Thought Criminal

Murphy leads the squad in an undercover operation targeting sex offenders and they soon discover a well-regarded photographer, Simon Wilkes (Joshua Malina), whose fantasies may have crossed the line into reality at a child’s expense. After a horrific discovery, the detectives push Barba to take the tough case to trial.

Season 15, Episode 24: Spring Awakening

Amaro is charged by the DA’s office after assaulting Simon Wilkes while off duty and Munch returns to provide him with much needed advice. Meanwhile, the squad investigates a string of male tourist rapes and robberies, with Murphy leading another undercover sting. When a couple is arrested as suspects, the woman is found to have a surprising connection to Baby Boy Doe, whose custody hearings continue to distract Benson.

Law and Order: SVU Season 15 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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