Law & Order: SVU season 20 episode 21 is coming to NBC a little bit later this month and through “Exchange,” what you will experience is an episode filled with important questions. There is obviously another crime that requires investigation, but what makes this one so important is making sure that there is justice for all. The victim at the heart of this episode may not be a US citizen or permanent resident — they are a young exchange student, someone who has come to America for a better sense of cultural understanding and education. You would hope for all of these people, they would see the best of what the United States has to offer to pass that back to their own culture. Unfortunately, what the student at the heart of this episode may encounter is far more horrific and sobering. It is the worst of the worst, and Benson and the rest of the team need to make sure that this young woman receives all of the help and support she deserves in the pursuit of justice.
For a few more details, take a look at the SVU season 20 episode 21 synopsis below:
04/25/2019 (10:00PM – 11:00PM) (Thursday) : Benson (Mariska Hargitay) helps a teenaged exchange student after she’s assaulted by a cab driver. Also starring Ice T, Kelli Giddish and Peter Scanavino. Guest starring Anna Van Patten (Emilia Barassi), Isabella Pisacane (Lara Barassi), Darren Goldstein (Richard Matthews) and Erin Dilly (Mary Matthews).
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This is an episode that feels very much about the case — that may sound a tad counter-intuitive since almost every episode is about the case, but this one is not looking to be promoted via big-name guest stars unless there is someone not listed here. Instead, it should be focused more on finding a voice for the voiceless. There are countless foreign exchange students all over the country and other than in a comedic context on shows like That 70’s Show or Last Man Standing, nobody really thinks about them in a larger sense. Nobody ponders over what could happen to them if their experience goes south or what sort of cultural barriers they could encounter. These are people just starting to understand American cultural and now, you’re putting them in a situation where they have to deal with a situation that would be traumatic for anyone, regardless of your grasp of the English language. This is a trying, emotional case that hopefully will push Benson and the team to act quickly, show empathy, and also help others understand the importance of solving this sort of crime and the attention that needs to be given to exchange students in the future.
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