Benson Crosses a Line to Ensure a Heinous Crime Doesn't Go Unpunished on the Season Finale of "Law and Order: SVU"

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21 May 2017
Law & Oder: SVU
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"Law & Oder: SVU"
Season Finale Wednesday, May 24 at 9:00 and 10:00 PM ET/PT
on NBC

         In the 9 PM episode, "American Dream," a hate crime against a Muslim family results in the death of their daughter. When a crucial witness in the case is deported, Barba (Raúl Esparza) is forced to drop the charges against a suspect, and tensions rise between communities on opposing sides of the case. Also starring Mariska Hargitay (Lt. Olivia Benson), Ice T (Sgt. Odafin Tutuola), Kelli Giddish (Det. Amanda Rollins) and Peter Scanavino (Det. Sonny Carisi). Guest starring Peter Gallagher (Chief Dodds), Kirk Acevedo (Det. Ray Lopez), Poorna Jagannathan (Maya Samra), Melanie Chandra (Lela Samra), Gil Perez-Abraham (Hector Ramirez) and Tyler Elliot Burke (Mitch Jenkins).

          In the 10 PM season finale, "Sanctuary," the unexpected release of a suspect in a hate crime case leaves Benson and Barba caught between two families seeking justice for their loved ones. As public protests escalate to violence, Benson goes to desperate lengths to make an arrest.

          Created by Emmy Award-winning producer Dick Wolf, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” finishes its 18th season and is the longest-running primetime drama currently on television, achiving its 400th episode this year. This hard-hitting and emotional series from NBC’s “Law & Order” brand chronicles the life and crimes of the Special Victims Unit of the New York City Police Department, an elite squad of detectives who investigate sexually based crimes.

         As acting commander of the SVU, Lt. Olivia Benson is a seasoned veteran of the unit who has seen it all. She leads with empathy and professionalism, all the while dealing with her difficult past as a product of rape and her future as mother to a young child, both of which influence the way she relates to each victim in need of help.

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