Decent episode IMO - I thought it was fairly well executed, it was a decent case with a solid investigation, although it was predictable that the wife would turn on him and that would close the case, we’ve seen that happen on SVU a lot in recent seasons.
I liked that despite the perp being someone close to Garland, they didn’t use it to throw Garland under the bus, I like him and I liked how he handled this by recusing himself and not getting in their way, I did find it odd that Benson and Carisi went to Garland’s house to discuss the case with him, I didn’t think it was appropriate given that Garland had a personal tie to the perp. I liked seeing how Garland dealt with the situation and I thought the actor did a great job of showing Garland’s emotions without overacting, unlike how MH does constant overdramatic facial expressions every time Benson deals with a crisis.
Fin got some nice lines and was really good, it was really nice to have him back. Carisi had some good moments as well towards the end, although he was again shoehorned in to a couple of scenes near the start where he didn’t belong, I wish they would realize Carisi is no longer a detective and would instead put in more legal stuff for him to do. Minimal Rollins was really nice, although the reference to her mother makes me worry she will be the next Rollins family member to appear.
I hated the line they threw in making the DA’s office look corrupt once again, when Carisi said he would give them a head start before telling Hadid. I have no idea why the writers want to make the DA’s office look slimy, other than for cheap, pathetic drama, it needs to stop, it’s an insult to the franchise and drags down the show.
I wondered what was the point of the hint of romance between Benson and the defense lawyer? It didn’t really add anything to the episode, and I wonder if we will ever see him again. It was better than having Noah in the episode though!
This episode was better than I expected, it didn’t drag Garland through the mud and instead did a nice job of showing his emotions throughout the ordeal and the investigation was solid. Parts of it were predictable, and I would still like more legal stuff, but overall this was solid.