It didn’t take long on Law & Order: SVU season 19 episode 3 for things to get ugly. Why is that? We had a castration! This happened to a man at the start of the episode in Jason Carr. At first glance it appeared that this was a matter of chance, but the more we learned, the more complicated this case ultimately became.
Ultimately, it turned out that Carr was a rapist of the worst kind, and his actions traumatized the women who were at the center of the case. The one responsible for the castration was Evelyn, who was raped by her many years before when he was a teacher and she was one of the students. All the women involved in the case had known Carr from so many years ago and this only added to the motive to want to take him down.
SVU does moral dilemmas better than almost any show out there, but in this case it was a big one for Benson and the rest of the team. They wanted to arrest Carr for some of his crimes, but simultaneously there was trouble in that they couldn’t find one that would make it past the statute of limitations … at first. The revelation came near the end of the episode that there actually was a rape that took place within the window and that was enough to get him in handcuffs. Carr’s wife was clearly enraged, but she actually ended up being one of the people who ended up convicting him in the end. She brought a poem to the trial in the end, one that just so happened to have been written by Evelyn many years ago. In connecting the language of the poem to some of the testimony, it was clear that the guilty verdict would be coming in the end.
What really stood out here about the court deliberations in the end was the outstanding performance by Raul Esparza as he fought tooth and nail over the distinction between what was fair and what was just.
What happened with Benson and Noah?
Who did Brooke Shields play on the show? After weeks of speculation we learned that she is playing Noah’s grandmother, and this set up a pretty devastating adoption situation for Benson over the child. Right when one crisis ended another began. It did give us a chance to see Trevor Langan (Peter Hermann) back on the show.
SVU is a complicated show, and as a result of that this is a complicated ending. There was no way to ignore what happened with Evelyn given that castration is still a serious offense; yet, justice was had for Carr in how he was sentenced to time in prison. Every episode of this show brings something memorable, but with Shields in the closing minutes this one was pushed over the top.
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