T.V. Series Review: Law and Order: SVU Season 22

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Law and Order: SVU Season 22 Summary

Season 22, Episode 1: Guardians and Gladiators

The Special Victims Unit are called in after a black man (Blake Morris) is accused of sexually assaulting a man as well as harassing a woman and her son in Central Park. Despite being accused, the man claims he is innocent. When a new suspect is found, the innocent man is acquitted but he quickly files a lawsuit against the Special Victims Unit, which soon makes the case extremely difficult with the community losing trust in law enforcement.

Season 22, Episode 2: Ballad of Dwight and Irena

When a boy (Athan Sporek) is found with bruises at school, and his mother (Riki Lindhome) is found unconscious and beaten in her apartment, the Special Victims Unit are called in to investigate a likely domestic and child abuse case from the hands of the mother’s boyfriend (Christopher Cassarino) with the mother’s son being the main target of the abuse. Things take a sudden turn when the abuser is murdered, and the boy confesses to killing him, but things do not appear as they seem. Elsewhere, Tutuola battles on giving his deposition on a case he previously handled fatally shooting a man with his son watching.

Season 22, Episode 3: Remember Me in Quarantine

The Special Victims Unit are asked for assistance from Italian police when a young Italian woman (Brittany Conigatti) is reported missing for a month. When the woman is found dead, suspicion falls on her immature, party-throwing roommate and her drug dealer friend (Jordan Lane Price), who threw a party the night the woman went missing but both have no memory of that night. Meanwhile, the entire SVU squad starts to lose their patience with lockdown and quarantine as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Season 22, Episode 4: Sightless in a Savage Land

On New Year’s Eve, the Special Victims Unit is forced to investigate the possible kidnapping of a teenage girl. When she is found after being raped, the girl’s father murders her rapist. Carisi takes the father to court only to find that he is being represented by former ADA Rafael Barba. Meanwhile, Tutuola plans to propose marriage to a former colleague, Sergeant Phoebe Baker (Jennifer Esposito), who he previously dated but finds himself nervous about what she might answer.

Season 22, Episode 5: Turn Me or Take Me Private

The Special Victims Unit are called in after a pornographer (Eva Noblezada) is raped during a live cam session. The detectives soon discover that the rapist (Alex Brightman) is one of her viewers; as the case goes on, the rapist’s harassment and obsession towards the victim increases, which intimidates the victim. Meanwhile, Tamin and Carisi’s conflict reaches a new high as both clash over the case.

Season 22, Episode 6: The Long Arm of the Witness

When a powerful judge (Josh Stamberg) dismisses a rape case and announces a run for New York Attorney General, Carisi investigates the judge’s own history of sexual assault. However, he and the rest of the Special Victims Unit have difficulty getting some victims to come forward after their careers are threatened.

Season 22, Episode 7: Hunt, Trap, Rape and Release

The Special Victims Unit team up with former Major Case Squad detective Carolyn Barek (Annabella Sciorra) who is now a lieutenant with the Bronx SVU on a serial rape case that crosses city lines. Their fraught collaboration is hampered by police malpractice and inconsistent modus operandi.

Season 22, Episode 8: The Only Way Through is Out

While Benson is out dealing with a family emergency regarding Noah, the Special Victims Unit attempt to help two sisters (Crystal Lucas-Perry & Sydney Elise Johnson) get closure after one of them is raped at gunpoint while the other is forced to watch, which happened in 2000 when the two of them were teenagers. Meanwhile, Tamin’s cousin (Nicola Rossi) asks for her help after being raped by her date, and a rape victim (Jane Bruce) resurfaces from seven years ago in need of Fin’s help wants to get closure from her rapist, but she may get more than what she bargained for.

Season 22, Episode 9: Return of the Prodigal Son

Detective Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) returns to New York after several years of absence only to find his family has been put in danger. He reunites with Benson to find the perpetrator while trying to make amends with her, but the Special Victims Unit is not entirely convinced he’s a changed man.

Season 22, Episode 10: Welcome to the Pedo Motel

After a teenage girl (Victoria Lily Robertson) is found murdered near a halfway house for sex offenders, the Special Victims Unit initially suspects her co-worker Lonnie Liston (Mark Cayne), a parolee living in the house. However, vigilantes take the law into their own hands and lynch Lonnie, unbeknownst to them that Lonnie was set up by someone else. Meanwhile, Rollins’ father suffers a stroke.

Season 22, Episode 11: Our Words Will Never Be Heard

Benson faces a court case regarding Jayvon Brown that could cost her her job. SVU aids an activist (Suzette Gunn) in locating her missing sister (Victoria Janicki). Meanwhile, Benson and Garland work together to try and bring change to the NYPD, and Kat catches a break when she’s promoted from officer to detective.

Season 22, Episode 12: In the Year We All Fell Down

A local restaurant owner’s (Sarita Choudhury) life spirals out of control after suffering a year of COVID-related losses and setbacks when she takes her business’ realtor (Andrew Polk) hostage. Benson tries to de-escalate the situation when she comes across the area but doing so reopens old wounds from her past losses. Meanwhile, Rollins’ father (James Morrison) has another stroke and Carisi tries to comfort her.

Season 22, Episode 13: Trick-Rollin at the Moulin

Several wealthy men turn up dead after a trio of women drug them with a bad batch of Purple Magic, which leads Benson to a breakthrough in the case of her brother Simon’s death.

Season 22, Episode 14: Post- Graduate Psychopath

When Henry Mesner (Ethan Cutkosky) gets released from juvenile detention after eight years, Rolllins and the SVU team fears his behavior might be a danger to others.

Season 22, Episode 15: What Can Happen In the Dark

Garland’s neighbor is found injured at work at a construction site and Benson helps to investigate a domestic violence case but the squad dig up some more stuff when the victim’s wife may be centered as the culprit.

Season 22, Episode 16: Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

The Special Victims Unit work to help a single mother who is being used for sex to live in her nice apartment. As they investigate, they discover that she is being trafficked, and they must get her to cooperate with them to find the suspects who are trafficking her. Meanwhile, Fin and Phoebe make plans for their wedding.

Law and Order: SVU Season 22 Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

If you can’t handle talks of sexual assault, rape, domestic abuse and more, this is not the show for you. That being said, it is a great show to get caught up in and while fictional, are inspired by true stories.

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