Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Season 13 Episodes

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Season 13

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Season 13

Detective Olivia Benson (Emmy (R) winner Mariska Hargitay) leads the hard-hitting series into a new season of emotional storytelling. Joining her are new regular cast members Kelli Giddish ("Chase") and Danny Pino ("Cold Case") as detectives Amanda Rollins and Nick Amaro. The rest of the elite team includes Captain Donald Cragen (Dann Florek), who leads the unit with a tough but supportive approach, Detective John Munch (Richard Belzer), bringing his acerbic wit, conspiracy theories and street-honed investigative skills.

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Episode 1

Scorched Earth

When a maid accuses a powerful Italian diplomat of rape, Benson makes it her mission to bring him to justice.

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Episode 2

Personal Fouls

Benson and new recruit Detective Amaro investigate a star basketball coach who abuses his trusting players.

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Episode 3

Blood Brothers

A 13-year-old pregnant girl leads the detectives to investigate a politician's darkest secret.

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Episode 4

Double Strands

Though DNA proves a family man is a rapist, Amaro has a hunch the suspect is innocent.

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Episode 5

Missing Pieces

Benson leads an investigation into a Halloween kidnapping that may involve the infant's parents.

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Episode 6

True Believers

Benson attempts to save a rape victim from being prosecuted on the stand.

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Episode 7

Russian Brides

A mail-order bride leads the SVU team into a dark underworld of bribery, prostitution and murder.

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Episode 8

Educated Guess

The SVU team doesn't know what to believe when a mentally ill man claims he saw a rape.

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Episode 9

Lost Traveler

When a Romani boy goes missing, the SVU team must investigate a hermetic community for answers.

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Episode 10

Spiraling Down

The SVU team captures a former football star who nearly committed statutory rape but has no recollection of it.

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Episode 11

Theatre Tricks

After an actress is raped onstage during a performance, the SVU squad begins to unravel a crime of revenge that goes beyond a simple whodunit.

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Episode 12

Official Story

The SVU team investigates a private military security firm that believes it's above the law; a new assistant district attorney agrees to help the squad. Guest starring Harry Connick, Jr.

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Episode 13

Father's Shadow

A 19-year-old creates a hostage situation after his father is accused of sexual assault, and Olivia uses her personal experience to help defuse the situation.

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Episode 14

Home Invasions

A gunman storms a family's home, killing the parents and leaving their teenage daughter in critical condition. When a hate crime investigation turns into a dead end, Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and the SVU detectives struggle to find a motive for such violence. The clues lead to a surprising revelation about Detective Rollins (Kelli Giddish), which threatens her future in the Special Victims Unit. Also starring Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola), Dann Florek (Captain Donald Cragen) and Danny Pino (Detective Nick Amaro).

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Episode 15

Hunting Ground

Detective Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Executive ADA Haden's (Harry Connick Jr.) romantic weekend is interrupted by news that an underage prostitute has gone missing. As the SVU detectives dig into her disappearance, they find a pattern of several missing escorts who all posted ads on a popular newspaper's website. The line between Benson and Haden's personal and professional lives starts to blur as the squad races against the clock to find the girl before it's too late.

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Episode 16

Child's Welfare

Detectives Tutuola and Rollins investigate when a homeless couple report the discovery of an abandoned baby close to a hospital. Elsewhere, Detective Benson prevails on Bayard Ellis to assist her half-brother when he tells her Children's Services is going to take away his children.

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Episode 17

Justice Denied

A rape victim is brought to the hospital after a harrowing hours-long ordeal, and Benson (Hargitay) recognizes the suspect's M.O. from a case she solved eight years ago. The jailed rapist confessed to Benson after a tough interrogation but has been claiming his innocence ever since his conviction. The SVU squad is forced to reopen Benson's old case to determine if they are dealing with a copycat or a case of wrongful imprisonment. As Benson's detective work is challenged, her personal relationship with Executive ADA Haden (Connick) is also placed in jeopardy when Counselor Bayard Ellis (Braugher) gets involved. Also starring Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola), Dann Florek (Captain Donald Cragen), Danny Pino (Detective Nick Amaro) and Kelli Giddish (Detective Amanda Rollins).

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Episode 18

Valentine's Day

While video chatting with his wife (guest star Sevigny) on the way home from an international business trip, a Wall Street executive watches an intruder assault and abduct her. The kidnappers demand ransom, and Detectives Benson (Mariska Hargitay), Amaro (Danny Pino), Rollins (Kelli Giddish), and Tutuola (Ice-T) are on the scene when the missing housewife arrives to pick up the money. She frantically tells the detectives about her ordeal, but Benson grows suspicious of her story. The SVU squad and Assistant District Attorney Casey Novak (Diane Neal) dig deeper to find out who the real victim is in this increasingly complicated case.

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Episode 19

Street Revenge

A string of rapes in West Soho inspires a group of vigilantes to organize against both neighborhood crime and the NYPD. While Reporter Dennis Griscomb (guest star Gavin Lee) takes every opportunity to publicly criticize police efforts, the SVU squad struggles to find a lead in the case until one of the vigilantes is attacked. As the other detectives fight for control over the investigation and angry citizens, Amaro (Danny Pino) is distracted by the suspicion that his wife (guest star Laura Benanti) is seeing another man (guest star Dominic Fumusa.) Also starring Mariska Hargitay (Detective Olivia Benson), Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola), Dann Florek (Captain Donald Cragen), Richard Belzer (Sergeant John Munch), and Kelli Giddish (Detective Amanda Rollins).

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Episode 20

Father Dearest

Detectives Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Amaro (Danny Pino) investigate the disappearance of a teenaged girl after her young brother calls 9-1-1. While Fin (Ice-T) and Rollins (Kelli Giddish) look into a possible abduction, they discover the girl had been searching for her biological father, an anonymous sperm donor. The investigation takes a startling turn when a suspect is found to be targeting several young, vulnerable women, all with the same personal connection. But the suspect isn't what he seems, and Dr. Huang (Wong) must delve into his past to save the women.

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Episode 21

Learning Curve

As Detective Tutuola's (Ice-T) son Ken (Ernest Waddell) prepares to tell his father that he is getting married, his fiance is brutally assaulted by a street gang. He's the latest in a string of recent hate crimes against gay men, and before the SVU squad can arrest a suspect, a school teacher (guest star Tony Hale), is similarly brutalized even though he doesn't fit the pattern. As the detectives search for a connection, they learn that he was dismissed from an elite private school for having an inappropriate relationship with a student (guest star Dylan Minnette, NBC's "Awake.") In trying to make their case, they quickly realize the facts don't add up and another teacher (guest star Jane Adams) may hold the clues to what really happened.

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Episode 22

Strange Beauty

While off-duty, Detective Rollins (Giddish) spots a young woman screaming in the back of a moving taxi. The SVU squad quickly identifies the victim as a rebellious teenager, estranged from her family and experimenting in the world of tattoos and self-mutilation. The case takes an unexpected turn when the Medical Examiner (Tamara Tunie) presents the detectives with a cleanly severed leg, reminiscent of a similar finding in an old unsolved case. The detectives are drawn into the psychological elements of self-mutilation and ritual amputation as they investigate two brothers (guest stars David Eigenberg and Patrick Fischler) in order to link the cases and find the missing woman.

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Episode 23

Rhodium Nights

An underage escort is found dead at a wild bachelor party, and Captain Cragen (Dann Florek) cautions his team to investigate with discretion, as there were several high-profile people at the scene. In their efforts to question a well-known leader in the New York escort world (guest star Peter Jacobson), Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Amaro (Danny Pino) encounter former SVU detective Brian Cassidy (Winters), who's been working undercover. With his help, the detectives dig deeper into a vicious power struggle between the two top escort businesses, but before the case is cracked, a shocking event threatens to destroy the life of one SVU squad member. Also starring Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola) and Kelli Giddish (Detective Amanda Rollins.

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