Law & Order: SVU Review: "Scorched Earth"

So long, Stabler! We will miss you and your macho, not-always-constitutional treatment of accused sexual assailants. In "Scorched Earth" the 13th season of SVU opens without Benson's male counterpart, Elliot Stabler, but introduces some new and familiar faces.

Throughout the episode, Stabler's absence is noticeable as IAB investigates the shocking shoot-out that ended the previous season. His future is a mystery to his co-workers (though not to the viewers) and although Benson is ready to defend Stabler, it's clear her old partner can't deal with the fallout and resigns. She takes it pretty hard, crying to herself before getting back on the job. It was classic Olivia, both tough and vulnerable.

The new season introduced enthusiastic newcomer Amanda Rollins, all the way from Atlanta. We don't know much about her yet, except that she seems to be a huge fan of Benson's work. Read More...


http://www.tvfanatic.com/2011/09/law-and-order-svu-review-scorched-earth/

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