The travel of men from Law & Order: SVU‘s Ladies’ Past continues with Thursday’s winter premiere, put Declan Murphy – as well as Hasim Khaldun – back into Rollins’ orbit.
The situation in which Murphy and Khaldun first return is dire: The task force they’re assigned to is investigating a seemingly coordinated wave of hostile crime across New York City, and SVU is called in to support. Other members of the task force include Det. Mia Ruz, who we met while she was working for Barek at the Bronx SVU last season, and Det. Andy Parlato-Goldstein (do American Cakesby Jason Biggs).
(If you have a little rust about SVU The romances, relationships and meaningful looks, allow us to whet your memory: Murphy was a regular in Seasons 15-17 and is the father of Rollins’ eldest daughter, Jesse . Khaldun, a transit cop who was with Benson’s group in Seasons 21 and 22, expressed interest in seeing Rollins romantically and taking her out at least once.)
But yes, this program is a procedure, so here is the section on “law” and “order.” The crimes take place on Christmas Eve; Liv received the call when she and Noah were on their way home from church. Sheriff McGrath wants a quick fix, and when the squad brings in a few teenagers responsible for the acts of vandalism, he wants to pack everything up like a shiny package under a tree. But Murphy and Benson and their teams realized that there was a larger, scarier political campaign of hatred behind more deadly acts, such as stabbing a Sikh man.
While pounding the sidewalk on Christmas Eve, Murphy and Rollins had a minute to talk about everything, literally everything since the last time they saw each other. He lamented that he had missed all of Jesse’s life, but Rollins wasn’t angry: “I told you I could raise my kids on my own, and I meant it,” she said.
We know that he worked secretly for a long time in places like Serbia and Croatia, working in sex trafficking rings and with refugees. But he got in too deep, and had to be pulled out by faking his death. The mandatory rehabs that followed “gave me time to think,” and he wondered if maybe his being her supervisor really wasn’t okay, in a #MeToo- kinda?
She pointed out that they are both adults and that she is good with her decision. But he’s not done. “And then for me to leave like that was the biggest mistake of my life,” Murphy said. I can’t stress enough that “” All good, man! “Rollins is in this scene, which I suppose would also be my position if a kind, inclined Italian sheriff with a deep and problem-free love for my children had stuff my fingernails on the chair.
And Murphy seems to accept that, even though he asks, “Are you going with someone?” But the case gets in the way – that nasty pursuit of justice! – and she didn’t get a chance to answer. In the end, Rollins disguises herself as a white nationalist to enter a suspect’s apartment, where she and Fin find tons of pressure cooker bombs and other terrifying weapons.
That suspicion leads them to a larger ring of terror in the country, run by a man known as the North Star. Finally, the entire task force converged on the North Star at a crowded Christmas market in Washington Square Park. And when he threatened to detonate the bomb he was carrying in his backpack, Liv shot him in the head. God bless us, everyone!
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