Law & Order: SVU, Thursday, April 26TV and Radio
Mariska Hargitay. Photo: MARIO ANZUONI
Channel Ten, 8.30pm
Although the Law & Order franchise reminds us every ep that what we are about to see is not based on any actual person or event, its stock in trade is ''ripped from the headlines'' and tonight's story is an interesting exercise in that regard. We open with an Occupy Wall Street protest but the moment it's identified specifically as such, we know no one here is the perp. Instead, in an unusually prolonged initial reveal, issues around the US military are touched upon: Amaro's wife comes home from Iraq on leave, a group of schoolchildren are shown a plaque commemorating war heroes, a security contractor turns up for a TV interview. And, sure enough, our case revolves around military matters and our victim is special indeed. This is a satisfying ep, with lots of surprises.