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Law & Order is one of America's favorite franchises. This police procedural has spawned numerous spin-offs, including Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Each version of Law & Order focuses on different detectives. The detectives' personal lives and reactions to cases are as compelling as the crimes themselves. SVU focuses on Detectives Stabler and Benson. Like the other Law & Order shows, SVU frequently bases episodes on real-life crimes that are in the news.

Detective Elliot Stabler was one of the most popular characters on the show. A married man with several children of his own, he occasionally took cases personally, displaying a violent temper. Detective Stabler struggles to deal professional with the criminals he encounters. He admits to fantasizing about hurting the people he arrests and is almost removed from the force when he reveals this. His experience raising his own children has made him good at relating to child victims he encounters while working cases. Despite his bad temper and occasional poor judgment, many viewers can relate to Detective Stabler and his disgust at the criminals he arrests and interviews.

Detective Olivia Benson is Detective Stabler's partner for most of the show. She balances his anger towards criminals with her own compassion for sexual victims. Detective Benson eventually reveals that her childhood was not happy due to an alcoholic mother and an absent father. Benson's tragic past led her to work for the Special Victims Unit. Many female viewers see Detective Benson as a positive role model.

Other detectives and support staff feature heavily in the series. Like other Law & Order shows, the detectives have close relationships with the NYPD's medical examiner and the New York District Attorney's office. Viewers love watching the characters grow over the course of the show, but the ultimate draw of Law & Order is seeing each week's criminal caught and brought to justice. SVU adds something extra to the formula by showcasing "especially heinous" crimes in every episode.

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  • The daughters of celebrity author Walter Briggs enter a feud with his sixth wife, Charmaine, for control of his well-being and his estate and accuse Charmaine of abusing her husband.

  • While working undercover to bust a sex trafficking ring, Det. Carisi encounters Martha Thornhill, a mother who has embedded herself as a Madame in the organization for three years, determined to find and save her daughter, Ariel. Martha teams up with the SVU to put away the pimp and his cohorts, but Ariel is still missing.

  • Despite multiple online insults, intimidation and death threats from the male-dominated gaming community, video game developer Raina Punjabi is ready to launch her first game, despite the consequences.

  • A teenage girl claims she was raped in a pizzeria bathroom by Jerome Jones.

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'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' Season 14, Episode 16: 'Funny Valentine' Recap

‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’, season 14, episode 16, ‘Funny Valentine’ A young Micha Green sings on a family video and we flash to present day as Micha works on recording her new song, collaborating with Caleb Bryant. They celebrate a successful recording afterwards with some passionate kissing. Her manager tells them to save it for the video. Then he mentions she has a great body and should show it off more, so Caleb slips Micha’s shirt over her shoulder.

'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' Season 14, Episode 15: 'Deadly Ambition' Recap

‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’, season 14, episode 15, ‘Deadly Ambition’ Officers Rollins and Tutuola fail a training session, learning the hard way to not assume the female is always the victim. In the shooting range, Rollins aces the target testing. (Amaro and Benson did pretty well, too. Tutuola, not so much.) When she goes home that night she finds her sister Kim, battered and bruised. But she reveals that she’s pregnant, despite the beating by Jeff, her baby daddy.

'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' Season 14, Episode 14: 'Secrets Exhumed' Recap

‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’: season 14, episode 14: ‘Secrets Exhumed’ The detectives are moving desks around as Detective Munch, who has been working on Cold Cases for months, finally returns. He returns bearing gifts; a cold case from 1987. The main suspect is being released from jail, so Captain Cragen sends Benson and Amaro down to Florida to pick him up, and has Rollins and Tutuola gather evidence outside of the DNA sample. When Benson and Amaro arrive, they are greeted by FBI Agent Dana Lewis, and old friend, and informed that the suspect, Brian Traymor, is suspected as a serial rapist, and it’s now the FBI’s case.

'Law & Order: SVU' Season 14, Episode 13: 'Monster's Legacy' Recap

"Law & Order: Special Victim's Unit", season 14, episode 13, "Monster's Legacy". A young boy is practicing his gymnastics routine as his coach watches on. He gets a cramp in his leg, and his coach tries to help him relax and stretch it away. While this is happening, the janitor watches on from behind a glass door, concerned by the number of video cameras pointed at the boy. The coach leaves the gym, heading to his car in a mostly-abandoned parking garage.

Is Coco In More Trouble With Ice-T?

AP.9, the rapper who Coco was photographed with in Las Vegas, is refusing to deny that anything happened between himself and the married personality. The two were photographed in some compromising positions---cuddling and nuzzling in a night club—that left Coco’s husband, “Law and Order” star Ice-T displeased. The rapper/actor aired his grievances via Twitter, saying, “She's made me look... And feel like s—t.” Coco denied an affair immediately, apologizing publicly to her husband, admitting the photos were in “poor taste” and insisting “the pics were the only thing that happened.

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