Wednesday night’s “Law & Order: SVU” sends a familiar face in to take on a dicey undercover assignment.
But then again, when isn’t a trip into covert territory a risky undertaking?
In “Internal Affairs,” former SVU squad member, now beat cop, Brian Cassidy suspects that a fellow officer who’s currently in a psychiatric ward is telling the truth about corrupt activities taking place at his former precinct. When Cassidy goes undercover to get the goods on some cops suspected of raping a woman, he finds himself in a perilous situation.
“I'm not kidding when I say that this is a strong episode,” says Executive Producer Warren Leight. “There are a lot of things in play here, lots of layers. We’re not only seeing Cassidy working hard on this case, but we’re also continuing to develop the relationship that he and Olivia have been working on.”
On the job, Cassidy’s dealing with the largely disliked Sergeant Tucker from the Internal Affairs Bureau, while on the home front; Benson and Cassidy are adjusting to a new domestic situation, having decided to move in together.
“Olivia’s apartment, the one that we’ve seen for so long, was destroyed in that attack,” explains Leight. “And think about it; would you go back there and if you don’t, where do you go? With this set of circumstances, what we [the writers] are trying to do is let her see the possibility of a different life from what she’s known all these years.”
If this isn't enough to entice you to watch, 'SVU' writer Kevin Fox tweeted; "In #BensidyCity two characters get something returned that they lost. Neither one returned by who you'd expect. Are strings attached?"
Fans have several guesses about what's 'returned,' speculating that one item is Benson's coveted necklace. I have my guess about the other and if it's as I suspect, it does come with some strings. (Contact me here or on Twitter if you want to know my guess @annek2k )
Season 15 also seems to be the year of the hashtag for 'SVU' as each week a new one pops up for the latest episode. Last week it was #GuiltyorNotGuilty while this week it's (as mentioned in writer Fox's tweet) #BensidyCity. This is a perfect way for the fans to track the ongoing chatter about the episode, for the powers that be to see what's being said about the storyline and for generating overall interest in the show by using the tag to get 'SVU' trending online
Whether this effort is generated by fans or executives really doesn't matter, the impact is still the same and it's an incredibly smart way to play the public relations game. Pretty savvy for a show that's been on the air for over a decade; that began churning out content when the internet age was still very much in its infancy.
Undercover work, intimate personal issues and hashtag communiqués - all of these factors make the episode title, "Internal Affairs," more than appropriate.
Way to bring it in season 15 'SVU'.
"Law & Order: SVU" airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on NBC.