Law & Order: SVU season 19 episode 19 brought you great guest stars aplenty — you had Scott Porter of Hart of Dixie, one of the best character actors out there in Richard Kind, and then also the return of Stephanie March as Cabot for the first time in a long time.
Suffice it to say, this case was complicated given that, at the center of it, was a murder that didn’t actually end up being a murder. This case eventually did bring Benson over to Cabot, who knows a thing or two about people going into hiding. She was doing her best in order to protect Jules and her daughter Ruby, who vanished to escape their abusive husband Nick (Porter). She just wanted to start over rather than trying to go to court to battle him; basically, she thought that this was the best way in order to survive.
What Benson had to do within this episode was pretty simple: Convince Jules to fight for her daughter while also still figuring out a way in which to incriminate Nick once and for all. That wasn’t easy, given that Nick’s attorney (Kind) fought hard against him. Right when they started to get the edge on him in the case, things turned horrific: Jules was found dead. Immediately after the fact Cabot held that against Olivia, as she felt that if Nick remained in prison this wouldn’t have ever happened.
Did Nick really kill Jules? Even if he didn’t do it directly, there was some strong evidence that he put out a hit on her. Unfortunately, the team didn’t have a lot of evidence. This meant that both Olivia and Peter Stone had to struggle to figure out if they could find a way to pin him for the crime. That didn’t happen. Olivia followed the law and did things the right way, but unfortunately that didn’t matter. Unfortunately, what we saw in the end here was a reminder that not every bad guy can be caught — at least for now. Our hope is that at some point down the line, we will see resolution for this case. Nick now has Ruby, though, and that’s all sorts of terrifying.
On more of a personal note, Stone tonight had a chance to see his sister once more, as he had to make a painful decision of his own regarding his medication.
It was great to see March back on SVU again in this episode, but one of the big challenges with this series is always the fact that this was such a dangerous, difficult case. We were still reminded of the great friendship that was there between Olivia and Cabot … which made us miss Cabot even more.
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