This episode was a jumbled mess, it had potential but it was botched.
There was a glaring plot hole: why the fuck didn’t they do a DNA test to determine who the father was?!!!! That would’ve cleared the whole matter up. Just because the teacher was dead didn’t mean they couldn’t do a DNA test, that was downright false. Why didn’t they have ME Fitz take the DNA from the teachers body and run it against the DNA of the fetus inside McKenzie, and if that didn’t match run Garrett’s DNA?! Oh yeah, because had they taken that simple step there would’ve been no plot!!
I take it Garrett was the actual father, but that leaves the question as to why he killed the teacher?! That made no sense. Did he do it because McKenzie told him the teacher raped her, but why would McKenzie tell him that if they both knew Garrett was the father? A boatload of plot holes in this one.
It was nice to see Stone again, especially since we want see much more of him, so it was nice that he got some screen time. But Fin was MIA again, and Carisi disappeared for a large chunk of the episode.
I hated the ending scene, it seems like every episode ends with Benson talking to the victim and the victim coming to accept Benson as their savior. It’s tiresome and done just to boost Mariska’s ego and pile on the St Olivia worship.
So did Olivia have an abortion or not? I wish the show would quit dodging around that if they are going to keep bringing it up. Either she let Rollins believe she had an abortion in order to try to convince her to not have one, which would make Benson a piece of shit and no better than the anti choice activists she claims to be against, or she had one but won’t say so, which doesn’t make her look good either. I didn’t like the whole conversation between Benson and Rollins, I’m sick of the constant scenes of them discussing issues.
Judge Horowitz was good, it was a pleasure to see him again.
Overall this episode had potential but devolved into a jumbled mess of plot holes with a heavy dose of St Olivia worship. At least it was better than last weeks shitfest, but it would be hard not to be better than that.