About Last Night...LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT, MOM, THE CHASE, and More - Give Me My Remote : Give Me My Remote


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LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT: 'Hunt, Trap, Rape, and Release' Photos

LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT — “Hunt, Trap, Rape, and Release” Episode 22009 — Pictured: (l-r) Annabella Sciorra as Lieutenant Carolyn Barek, Mariska Hargitay as Captain Olivia Benson — (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC)

Let’s talk about Thursday night’s TV!

CELEBRITY WHEEL OF FORTUNE: Oh, I’m so happy for Jennie Garth. She was great. I felt bad that Patton Oswalt didn’t solve his final puzzle (yeah, I knew it, too), but it was a pretty good two sets of games.

LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT: It was nice to see Rollins get a little bit of a spotlight, since she hasn’t done as much this season so far. (And how badass was she in her final scene?)

The introduction of Barek and her team was interesting. On one hand, I expected to get a little more backstory since she is a part of the LAW & ORDER franchise and she left without a real, proper exit. (Though her comment that it wasn’t her experience that everything passes could…be telling.) But on the other, it felt like it was a crossover with another show that doesn’t (and won’t given the outcome of the episode) exist. I do wonder if we’ll see Ruz in the future, though…

SVU has tackled bad cops before, but the weight of that is extra heavy in the midst of a national conversation about police reform. I understand why some shows will opt to tell a story like this, with a new character, where the consequences can be swift and rightfully harsh. But I really wish in this case they had cast a white man in the role, rather than make the villain a non-white cop.

I am really glad we got to see more of Garland, though. It’s not always easy to work him naturally into the storylines, but Demore Barnes always shines when he gets the chance. Garland’s navigation of both trying to get Olivia and Barek working together—and then figure out how to safely deal with a dirty cop—was great.

THE CHASE: I am always going to be thrilled when the civilians beat the masters. I’m sure there are some viewers who are rooting for the champs, but come on…life-changing money for people. And people who seem decent! Go Normal Humans!

MOM: Okay, dealing with the double-whammy of MOM being canceled and then Bonnie finally breaking down over Christy WAS TOO MUCH. Man, I’m going to miss this show so much. (But, um, maybe Jill and Trevor should back off their flirtation, because that is not a good boundary to cross for either of them given his professional relationship with Bonnie.)

THE HUSTLER: I have….so many questions about the tattoo. I get the caveman element since it was related to the Hustler’s job, but then they said they were lactose intolerant!

CLARICE: The show feels so gorgeously shot. I did wonder if it would take a little longer for Clarice to be accepted by her now-colleagues—and I’m sure it won’t be smooth sailing from now on—but I appreciate she’s being respected.

Which shows did you watch last night?

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