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‘Law and Order: SVU’ Premiere Recap: Season 24, Episode 1

This one Law & Order: SVU premiere recap is for the second hour of a three-way crossover featuring: Law & authority and Law & Order: Organized Crime. Be sure to check out our summaries of parts I and III.

The execution-style murder of a young girl on a New York City street is the gruesome starting point for a concerted effort by the officers of the Law & authority, SVU and Organized crime. The first hour of the crossover event revealed that the girl was Ukrainian and had survived the Russian invasion, but was traded shortly after arriving in the United States. And That revelation led SVU‘s Benson & Co. – just as Law & authority‘s Cosgrove and Shaw and Organized crime‘s Stabler and Bell – to a circle of very bad people who do very bad things. (For a full summary of OC, also known as part 1 of the crossover, go here. And for a full summary of Law & authority‘s premiere, also known as part 3, go here.)

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And now that you’re all there, on to SVU!

The girl Cosgrove found in the pimp’s house was named Nicole, and she can identify Sirenko as the man who was after Ava the day she was killed. So Stabler, Benson, Cosgrove and their colleagues break into Sirenko’s house… only to find that he has escaped and left bombs in his garage.

They are hindered; Sirenko doesn’t like domestic terrorism. And from what’s there, they deduce that the bomb is an improvised explosive device — and a large one — meant to do a lot of damage. But the device is gone with Sirenko, and they don’t know where he’s going. “Call your boss,” Liv tells a New York official, “and lock down the city now.” Meanwhile, Elliot uses his CI, Vince, to contact Sirenko and lure him out.

Law and Order Premiere Recap Season 22 Episode 1And he is successful! Except Sirenko lets the CI go to the basement of an abandoned building where a new foundation is being poured: As soon as Elliot hears that, he orders the police through the CI’s hidden camera to storm in. Stabler gets into a gunfight with Sirenko. The villain escapes, but not before shooting Vince (who, did I mention, has a babyface and long hair like Eli?) multiple times. The young man dies while Stabler begs him to stay with him. “He was just a child,” he tells Slootmaekers.

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El is so devastated and so frustrated at the loss of Sirenko that he nearly tears up a city official who storms in and criticizes the team for still not knowing where the bomb is. But Liv stops him and they eventually realize Sirenko is planning to blow up a NATO event being held at a swanky Manhattan hotel. So they evacuate the building and race against time to find the device before it goes off.

Shaw eventually finds the device in the garage and begs Lieutenant Dixon to show him how to defuse it within three minutes before the timer goes off. But she orders him and Cosgrove to get out of there, and they do – only to see Sirenko evacuate with the rest of the crowd. And Cosgrove has just laid his hands on the man when the bomb goes off, knocking both Frank and Shaw to the ground… and letting Sirenko slip away.

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After Rollins sees Sirenko, he grabs a hostage and ducks into a clothing store. But when he tries to get away through the back, Stabler punches him next week and nearly shoots him before Cosgrove intervenes and warns Stabler to “be calm.” As Sirenko is loaded onto a cruiser, Frank and Elliot thank each other for pulling the other back from a highly problematic use of police power.

Now it’s your turn. What did you think of the premiere? Rate it in the poll below, then hit the comments with your thoughts!

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