The charity event happens, Howard roofies a 16-year-old intern at the afterparty, and the SVU team dives in to make their arrests. Later, while Liv is questioning the political leader, he calls the arrest a political attack and not-so-covertly threatens her. Liv and Carisi later on see Howard’s attorney slapping him after Howard demands that his legal counsel make all of his issues disappear.
In a montage, we see Paulie getting jumped by a group of dudes in a jail bathroom while a guard stands by outside, not doing anything. Rosa gets a threatening telephone call, then men walking menacingly toward her building, she pulls her boy out of bed and informs him they need to leave. Ortiz is discovered with his wrist slits in a tub.
Howard slept with Jenna on her 15th birthday and then became pregnant. And when Howard discovers this out, he says that his legal representative is accountable for all the dirty work, consisting of the hits on his witnesses. So that implies almost everybody who can take Congressman Howard down is either dead or missing.
Liv is driving home from the non-wedding, Stabler on speakerphone advising her to pull over and let the negligent motorist pass, but as she tries, the vehicle pushes her off the roadway and then speeds away.
In the after-effects of the accident, an out-of-it Liv imagines that she sees Stabler in a firefighters uniform, ushering her stretcher into an ambulance and telling her its going to be OKAY. So Carisi and the SVU team get busy prepping individuals who are going to affirm at the grand jury in Howards case. It goes efficiently, so smoothly, in fact, that Carisi is feeling great enough about the cast to ask Rollins out for dinner the night before the court date.
When things go to hell on a buttered bobsled, and that is it. Howard is apprehended. And then Kat comes to go to Liv to inform her that she does not want to be part of the authorities department’s damaged system any longer.
She thanks Liv for everything, Liv says they will miss her, and that is a wrap on Detective Kat Tamin. As the premieres second hour begins, Kat convinces Rosa that she can keep her safe if she sits tight rather than going to Buffalo, and Rosa reluctantly agrees. Meanwhile, Jenna is missing from her family’s New Jersey house.
In the effort to find her, Kat takes a bullet that “snuck under” her bulletproof vest.
Fin immediately applies pressure to the injury and calls a bus. On the way to the hospital, Kat’s heart stops. The EMTs manage to revive her prior to they get to the hospital. When Law & Order: SVU kicked off Season 23 with a two-hour best Thursday, it did so with a fast-moving acceleration of the sex trafficking case began in the finale.
And by the end of the episodes, two squad members are gone. The first hour detects the night of Fin and Phoebe’s non-wedding, where Rollins and Carisi are going at it. Chief Garland puts in his documents to leave, informing Liv that he is going to go before the department can bloody him up any more.
McGrath nearly does a tap dance in his pleasure over Garland’s departure, informing Benson that he thinks SVU must focus on the “genuine rapes” rather than associate rape, which he deems underneath the department which, till they fill the deputy chief position, she is going to report directly to him. Rollins and Velasco ultimately find Jenna attempting to run away by means of the roofing system. Velasco realizes that she is afraid of what her daddy, who he inferred is abusive, will do when he finds out about her participation with Howard.
Back at the station, Jenna’s dad declines to let her comply with the case against Howard, keeping that “absolutely nothing occurred” between his child and the congressman.
Turns out, Liv is OK, but she seriously injured her foot. Both Catalina Machado and Howard’s right-hand male Ruben Ortiz are cooperating with the cops, and through them, they recognize that Howard is likewise into minor women. Liv is called away from that conference for an Internal Affairs Bureau interview about the night that Morales, Stabler’s fellow job force member, passed away.
It was an excellent shooting, book suicide by police, noting that Richard Wheatley had actually fabricated the text from Stabler that enticed Olivia to the hospital. It is all part of Wheatley’s vendetta against Stabler. Any female who is close to him is a target.
She thinks Morales may have been there to kill Angela Wheatley and her. McGrath holds a press conference about the arrests and Garland just discovers it when he switches on his TV and sees Liv and Carisi standing beside the huge boss. He is gutted, but when he swings by Liv’s workplace later on, he pretends to support McGrath’s story that an interaction breakdown was the only factor the deputy chief had not been alerted.
For what it is worth, Liv did not know that Garland had actually been iced out.
However she did know about, yet did not reveal to the rest of her team, the existence of Joe Velasco, a secret undercover officer McGrath placed at the fundraiser. Prior to he leaves, he thanks her for having his back. Fin calls Liv and Rollins and cautions them that Kat might not want to come back to work, ever.
He is disrupted by Velasco, who has managed to get Jenna’s mommy to provide him some important intel. As it turns out, Howard got Jenna pregnant when she was 15 and Jenna’s mom likewise has one of Jenna’s gowns that incriminates him.