featuring Law and Order: SVU and Chicago Fire
Episode Summary: After members of the Chicago Fire Department stumble upon a box filled with images of children, Detective Lindsay learns that one of the victims is her half brother Teddy. Lindsay and Halstead travel to New York where the crimes originally took place in order to help the SVU detectives get to the bottom of it. As it turns out the owner of the operation is actually in Chicago, and after Teddy tells them everything he knows, they’re sent back home in order to save the kids that are left. Lindsay and her brother make amends after a heartfelt apology with him and a friend. There’s an heartfelt memorial service held for a fallen officer back at Chicago. But most importantly, the bad guy’s are caught and the kids are freed.
Writer’s Note: I would normally put something like this at the end of a review, but considering this episode was a heavy one, I’m saying it now. There aren’t exactly words I feel I can compile that’ll do an episode as heavy as this justice. And because it’s such a huge crossover I wouldn’t even know where to properly begin, what to mention and what to leave out without screwing up the depth of what we watched. The writing, acting, and directing were marvelous – each did a masterful job of bringing awareness and making strong episodes. It’s one of those episodes (that I’ve actually never stumbled on before) where I literally have no words and to try simply wouldn’t be fair for the depth of the topic. All you need to know is that it was strong and I was stunned by the fantastic performances. Individually, I’ll discuss performances at the end of the week, but there won’t be a full episode review for this one. Apologies.