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'Law & Order: SVU': Every issue shoehorned into the Jay Z/Solange/Donald Sterling episode

Yep, you read that headline right: There was a lot going on in SVU last night.

Just how much? About as much as was stuffed into 2013’s biggest kitchen-sink episode, “American Tragedy”—a smorgasbord that included takes on Paula Deen, Trayvon Martin, stop-and-frisk, and even “Blurred Lines.” The latest entry in the SVU canon—which aired almost exactly one year after “American Tragedy”—was a similarly chock-full affair, complete with an analogous title (“American Disgrace”), another big-name guest star (Stacy Keach as a Donald Sterling-esque billionaire), and the same disingenuous opening title card: “The following story is fictional and does not depict any actual person or event.”

Mmmhmmm. Check out this list of issues crammed into the episode, then judge for yourself. READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Quiz: Alec Baldwin quote or 'SVU' line?

Alec Baldwin popped up on Wednesday’s episode of Law & Order: SVU as hard-boiled newspaperman Jimmy MacArthur, who has a passion for exposing the truth, a nose for conspiracies, and takes pleasure in sticking it to the corrupt members of New York’s upper echelon.

Sound familiar? Baldwin’s exchanges with star Mariska Hargitay (who made her directorial debut with this episode entitled “Criminal Stories”) were as scene-chewingly over-the-top as you might expect — not unlike Baldwin, who has been known to possess a flair for stirring up controversy himself.

Can you differentiate Jimmy Mac’s SVU lines from the words of the Golden Globe-winning firebrand actor? Test your Baldwin barometer now! READ FULL STORY

'Scandal' vs. 'SVU': Who had the bigger Weiner?

Gentlemen, start your dick jokes.

In a glorious coincidence, this week’s primetime schedule featured not one but two TV episodes inspired by the tragedy of serial sexter Anthony Weiner. Both hours — Wednesday’s Law & Order: SVU and Thursday’s Scandal — featured stoic wives, copious crotch shots, and goofy noms de perv — but which best captured the essence of the man who used to be the next mayor of New York City? Let’s go to the videotape! (Don’t worry, it’s only slightly dirty; we’re still talking network TV, after all.)


'Law & Order: SVU' react: Saying a very brief goodbye to Sergeant Munch

After turning in his retirement papers last week, Sergeant John Munch (Richard Belzer) finally said his goodbye to the world of SVU. No more are the days of Munch and Fin out on a case, getting confessions out of people with nothing but dry humor and Ice-T’s tough-guy face. Ladies and gentleman, the semi-comedic relief has officially left the building.

In Munch’s final hour, his goodbye was given anywhere from 5-10 minutes. Sorry Munch, but even on your last day, you still don’t get to work a crime or be the lead on a case. Instead, we’re going to give Olivia the reins, and we will see you around. Seriously though, did it seem weird to anyone else that his goodbye episode barely even included him? READ FULL STORY

'Law & Order: SVU': Every issue shoehorned into the Paula Deen/Trayvon Martin episode

According to a message that appeared before Law & Order: SVU last night, the episode that followed — titled “American Tragedy” — “[was] fictional and [did] not depict any actual person or event.” In reality, of course, the hour was clearly ripped from one of the 2013’s biggest headlines: the case of George Zimmerman, on trial for shooting Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

But wait — there’s more! The woman who shot SVU‘s Martin facsimile happened to be a celebrity chef with a history of racial prejudice… much like Paula Deen. And the storyline also hinged, partially, on New York City’s controversial stop-and-frisk program. And… actually, you know what? Maybe it would be easier if we just listed every single issue that came up in “American Tragedy” — starting with this year’s indisputable Song of the Summer.


I'm Still Not Over... Benson and Stabler never getting together on 'Law & Order: SVU'

Like most television addicts, I am a big ‘shipper. I root hard for the couples I love. I cheered for FriendsRoss and Rachel, for ER‘s Carter and Abby, for Friday Night LightsTim and Lyla, for The O.C.’s Ryan and Marissa, and the list goes on. Confession: I even cheered for Xena and Hercules. But looking back through the years, I realized that there has rarely been a time when I genuinely went down with my ship, as they say. Sure, Carter and Abby didn’t make it, but they always had their flirtation. Rachel, of course, got off the plane, and even though Marissa died, she was still Ryan’s last thought as he attempted to move on (into bachelorhood). Oh and in case you’re wondering, I’m still holding out hope for Tim and Lyla.

But there has been one ‘ship that I have been fighting to keep afloat for years now, and I refuse to let it sink. Refuse! I’m talking about Law & Order: SVU‘s longest tension-filled relationship between onetime partners Elliot Stabler and Olivia Benson.

'Law & Order: SVU' premiere react: Benson fights her biggest battle yet

Law & Order: SVU‘s season 15 premiere picked up right where last season left off, with Olivia Benson in the all-too-creepy hands of William Lewis (Pablo Schreiber), the rapist/murderer who seemed to know just what to do to avoid a guilty verdict. Hour one of the premiere followed Benson as she was tied up, force-fed alcohol, drugged, and beaten by the man Orange Is The New Black fans will recognize as pornstache. And while Benson fought to stay alive, her colleagues tried desperately to find her. READ FULL STORY

Pop Culture Pet Peeve: Chain your door if you're in danger!

While we’re busy celebrating the best (and worst) in TV season finales, let’s also take a moment to air random grievances. One of my biggest pop culture pet peeves was poked by Law & Order: SVU‘s season ender last night: People who know they could be in danger and do not use the chain on their door. Yes, the chain probably won’t do much, but isn’t it just human nature to use it if it’s there? Especially if, say, the sadistic serial rapist you were trying to put away — the one who likes to torture victims for 18 or 19 hours in their home — was just freed? Of course, he was already somehow in the apartment when Olivia (Mariska Hargitay) arrived home (because a New York City homicide detective wouldn’t have a good security system).  READ FULL STORY

EW.com's 4th Annual Season Finale Awards: Vote now!


Yes, there are a few season finales to go, but with the rush of surprise twists, cliffhangers, and exits behind us, it’s now time for EW.com’s fourth annual reader-voted Season Finale Awards. After taking your suggestions under advisement — and extending the cutoff date to March 31, because so many of you wanted to (dis)honor the passing of The Walking Dead‘s Andrea — here are this year’s nominees. UPDATE: Polls are now closed. Winners will be announced Friday. READ FULL STORY

'Law & Order: SVU': Chris Brown/Rihanna episode is one of the show's biggest bummers

There are two kinds of people who watch Law & Order: SVU — those who are legitimately captivated by its lurid storylines and hyper-competent characters, and those who enjoy the show as an example of ridiculata at its finest.

Unfortunately, members of the second camp may find themselves disappointed by last night’s episode, “Funny Valentine” — a tale of love and hip-hop that’s all too familiar to anybody who’s ever gaped at an upsetting Instagram photo. Sure, moments of absurdity crept in here and there; for example, here’s the exchange that led to the show’s version of Brown’s infamous pre-Grammys assault:

Fake Rihanna [after catching Fake Chris Brown flirting with a backup singer]: “I can’t leave you alone for five minutes without you getting trashy?”
Fake Chris Brown [menacingly]: “Who you steppin’ to?”
Fake Rihanna: “You! With this… beef cookie.” [She gestures toward the backup singer] READ FULL STORY

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