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Best episodes of 'Law and Order: SVU' Season 8

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“Law and Order: SVU” has been a television staple on NBC for more than a decade. Right now Season 16 is set to begin. Each season holds fan favorite episodes, especially the later ones. Benson and Stabler became household names, and fans began to think of them as part of the family. Season 8 was a particularly odd season. These are the fan-favorites from Season 8 of "Law & Order: SVU."

Season 8, Episode 1 "Informed"

When Benson is called on a rape case, things are not what they seem. When the young lady refuses a rape kit, Benson tracks her and steals her panties. What the detectives did not know was the girl was working undercover for the Feds, and by pursuing this incident, they were endangering the case. There is major fallout with this case and the rules Benson broke, but there was a definite point to this episode. This is where Benson leaves to go undercover and work with an environmental protest group. It all fits around Mariska Hargitay's maternity leave, and it is the entrance to Stabler getting a new partner.

Season 8, Episode 7 "Underbelly"

The dynamic between Beck and Stabler was terrific. Together they work on a case involving a young dead girl. Warner informs them this is the third body found like this, and each one has a paw-print tattoo. Upon investigating, they are led to a foster home/boarding house for teen girls. When they gain access to the inside via one of the foster girls, they are determined to make the man responsible pay. It was a truly unique episode, and one that focused on an issue not widely acknowledged.

Season 8, Episode 10 "Scheherazade"

This is one of the most memorable episodes of the show. When Stabler goes to meet with a dying cancer patient, he gets a lot more than he bargained for. While trying to pry out information on the crime he committed, Stabler is led to believe the patient may have abused his daughter. As it turns out, that was not the case at all. The patient was actually a reformed bank robber and helped solve an old crime.

Season 8, Episode 11 "Burned"

This episode leaves Benson and Stabler on opposite sides of what really happened. A wife accuses her husband of raping her, but her daughter doesn't believe it's true. He has no signs of violent tendencies, and Stabler believes he did not commit the crime. Benson believes the wife, especially since she is sensitive to rape cases. When all is revealed, things were never what they seemed.

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