Last week was a major moment in the history of “Law and Order: SVU”. With the retirement of Sgt. Cragen, the baton was passed to the newly minted Sgt. Benson. It was the final evolution of the show, which lost Richard Belzer’s classic Detective Munch character earlier in the season. Now Olivia Benson runs the Special Victims Unit. It means Mariska can mentor the new team and not have to carry each episode. Tonight’s all new episode is the first time the new team will be pressed into action.
Tonight appears to be Chazz Palminteri night on network TV. He guest stars on “Modern Family” and as the head of a sex trafficking ring in the new “Law and Order: SVU” episode titled “Jersey Breakdown”. Here’s the NBC synopsis from tonight’s episode.
The rape of an underage runaway leads the team to a sex trafficking ring across state lines.
Alana de la Garza also guest stars tonight as a federal prosecutor working with the team to take down the ring. The best new addition to the “SVU” cast is ADA Barba played by Raul Esparza. He adds a righteousness to the role that brings to mind Sam Waterston’s work in the original “Law and Order”.
Thanks to network TV there’s a Chazz Palminteri for every mood tonight. If you like the light and airy Chazz then tune in to “Modern Family”. If you like the seedy mobbed up Chazz Palminteri then look no further than tonight’s all new episode of “Law and Order: SVU”. The show needs to hit one out of the park to establish the new team, and major guest stars like Palminteri and de la Garza are safe ways to hedge your bets.
Date: Wednesday, January 22nd
Episode Title: “Jersey Breakdown”
Start Time: 9:00 pm ET
Online Stream: NBC.com