Law & Order: SVU Season 21 Episode 17 – Chief Garland (Demore Barnes) must put friendship aside when a pastor at his church is arrested.
Also, the team deals with a case of online extortion where the male dancers of a performing arts institute are secretly recording the women in their moments of passion. Lieutenant Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) said it’s not only a case of blackmail but also of s**-trafficking.
Episode title: “Garland’s Baptism by Fire”
Release date: March 19, 2020 at 10pm/9c
Cast: Mariska Hargitay, Kelli Giddish, Ice-T, Peter Scanavino, Philip Winchester, Jamie Gray Hyder
Guests: John Waters
The twenty-first season of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit premiered on September 26, 2019, at 10:00 pm ET. This made the series the longest-running U.S. prime-time drama in history.
Based out of the New York City Police Department’s 16th precinct in Manhattan, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit delves into the dark side of the New York underworld. The detectives of a new elite force, the Special Victims Unit (SVU for short), investigate and prosecute various s–ually oriented crimes including r-pe, p–ophilia, and domestic violence.They also investigate the abuses of children and the disabled and elderly victims of non-s–ual crimes who require specialist handling.
Law & Order: SVU also touch on the political and societal issues associated with gender identity, sexual preferences, and equality rights. The unit works with the Manhattan District Attorney’s office as they prosecute cases and seek justice for SVU’s victims and survivors with precision and a passion to win and bring closure to the intense investigations. The series often uses stories that are “ripped from the headlines” or based on real crimes. Such episodes take a real crime and fictionalize it by changing some details.
Originally the show focused around the detective pairings of Elliot Stabler and Olivia Benson and John Munch and Brian Cassidy. Stabler is a seasoned veteran of the unit who has seen it all and tries his best to protect his family from the horrors he sees every day. His partner Benson’s difficult past as the child of a r–e victim is the reason she joined the unit. Backing them up is John Munch, and his first partner Brian Cassidy. Munch is a transfer from Baltimore’s homicide unit, who brings his acerbic wit, conspiracy theories, and street-honed investigative skills; Cassidy is young and eager to learn from his fellow detectives. These two detective teams received support from Detectives Monique Jeffries and Ken Briscoe.
When Cassidy transferred to Narcotics after thirteen episodes, Jeffries was partnered with Munch for the remainder of Season One and Briscoe was phased out. In the beginning of season two, Munch was then permanently partnered with Detective Odafin “Fin” Tutuola, whose unique yet sometimes vulgar sense of humor and investigative experience make him a formidable match for Munch.
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