It always amazes me how a really good guest star can inject so much life into Law and Order: SVU. In “Dreams Deferred,” this week’s episode, it was Patricia Arquette playing a career prostitute named Jeannie who helped the team bring down one of her johns, a man who went on a 10+ body killing spree.
The only thing I didn’t like about the opening sequence in which we were introduced to Jeannie and the john and his unfortunate victims was the very loud song that was played over it. The song on its own was fine, but it completely distracted me from what was happening on the screen. I don’t usually nitpick production things like that, but this one irked me for some reason.
SVU got involved with the case because 20 years earlier, when she was a beat cop, Benson had tried to help Jeannie out when the very same john had knocked her around. She wasn’t able to get her off the streets back then, but by working with Jeannie to lure and capture the murdering john, Benson was determined to win this time.