Law & Order SVU: Screwed (season finale)
The episode starred Ludacris, reprising his role as Det. Tutuola's stepson, Darius, from a March 2006 episode. But, despite the stellar acting job from Ludacris, it wasn't about him at all. In fact, his alleged crime wasn't even the center of the story (I stopped trying to remember the Ludacris episode when I realized that it didn't matter). Instead, Ludacris was the tool the writers used to pick apart all the mistakes the SVU detectives have made over the years and leave us hanging about their fate. The detectives were the ones on trial.
It took me a while to understand why Darius would put SVU on trial, but after he repeated the phrase, "Cops protect their own" a few times, I caught on. He was attacking the detectives because they function as a family, and he never had a family to support him. He's very bitter about this whole family thing. And when he found out the truth about his past--that he was the product of an incestuous rape--he refused to believe it and preferred his loner status instead.
But, there was still waaaay too much happening for an hour-long procedural drama. We've been following Benson and Stabler's family dramas for years now, so those didn't feel like they were out of left field. Stabler's daughter's DUI got a few mentions this season, so we were already familiar with it. And Benson's debacle with her brother just recently wrapped up, so we're familiar with that, too.
What I didn't like was the two pieces of dirty laundry that pretty much appeared out of thin air to take down Det. Tutuola and Capt. Cragen. Tutuola looked like a fool on the stand because of something he did 10 years ago while on the job. And Cragen is being taken down by some random lieutenant with a 15-year old grudge? That was just too much. It shows that we don't get to see a lot of backstory for the characters other than Benson and Stabler, so the writers just had to make something up for Cragen and Tutuola. And, to top things off, ADA Novak is also in trouble for losing the case against Darius.
So. I guess Det. Munch is the only one left at SVU? Rad. I love that guy.
I don't know about you guys, but I'm not going to be sitting on pins and needles all summer long wondering whether these characters will keep their jobs. So, I'm giving this episode a disappointing rank of '4' for being too chock full of... stuff.