Law & Order: Special Victims Unit/Season Twenty-One

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Season Twenty-One
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Season Premiere September 26, 2019
Season Finale April 23, 2020
Episode Count 20



Season Twenty


Season Twenty-Two

Season Twenty-One of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit premiered on September 26, 2019.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, only 20 of the 24 episodes ordered for this season were completed.


# # Title Written By Directed By Airdate Viewers 18-49 Rating Prod.
459 1 I'm Going to Make You a Star Warren Leight &
Peter Blauner
Norberto Barba September 26, 2019 3.835M 0.7% 2101
When an actress accuses a high-powered media mogul of attempted rape, Benson finds herself in a high-stakes game of cat and mouse. Changes in the squad room put Carisi between a rock and a hard place.
460 2 The Darkest Journey Home Julie Martin &
Warren Leight
Jean de Segonzac October 3, 2019 3.443M 0.7% 2102
Benson works with a young woman to help her remember the details and suspects in her rape; in order to learn a new witness interview technique, Rollins and Fin have to experience it for themselves.
461 3 Down Low in Hell's Kitchen Lisa Takeuchi Cullen and
Julie Martin &
Warren Leight
Timothy Busfield October 10, 2019 3.417M 0.6% 2103
A serial predator targeting men in gay bars proves difficult to catch, until a celebrity comes forward with his story.
Teleplay by Monet Hurst-Mendoza & Brendan Feeney
462 4 The Burden of Our Choices Warren Leight &
Julie Martin
Martha Mitchell October 17, 2019 3.462M 0.6% 2104
Rollins clashes with the parents of a teenaged runaway. The squad comes together for a special event.
Teleplay by Julie Martin & Micharne Cloughley
463 5 At Midnight in Manhattan Brianna Yellen Peter Werner October 24, 2019 3.731M 0.6% 2105
The detectives are spread thin when three major cases come in at midnight. Rollins and Carisi argue over an arrest.
Teleplay by Kathy Dobie & Micharne Cloughley
464 6 Murdered at a Bad Address Denis Hamill and
Julie Martin &
Warren Leight
Michael Smith October 31, 2019 3.977M 0.7% 2106
The case of a teenage girl assaulted in the projects leads to a startling discovery; Benson puts her trust in someone from her past.
Teleplay by Denis Hamill
465 7 Counselor, It's Chinatown Julie Martin &
Warren Leight
Leslie Hope November 7, 2019 3.589M 0.6% 2107
The SVU joins an undercover task force in busting a human trafficking ring.
Teleplay by Kathy Dobie & Lisa Takeuchi Cullen
466 8 We Dream of Machine Elves Julie Martin &
Warren Leight
Jonathan Herron November 14, 2019 3.794M 0.7% 2108
Rollins goes undercover to find a suspect who is drugging and assaulting tourists, while Benson helps the victims sort out their memories from their hallucinations.
Teleplay by Brendan Feeney & Monet Hurst-Mendoza
467 9 Can't Be Held Accountable (1) Julie Martin &
Warren Leight
Norberto Barba November 21, 2019 3.813M 0.7% 2109
A fellow detective asks the SVU for help when he suspects his two daughters are being groomed by a serial predator. Kat disobeys the Captain's orders.
Teleplay by Brianna Yellen
468 10 Must Be Held Accountable (2) Julie Martin &
Warren Leight
Laurie Collyer January 9, 2020 3.702M 0.7% 2110
A desperate father takes matters into his own hands in the case against his daughter's rapist.
Teleplay by Brianna Yellen & Denis Hamill
469 11 She Paints for Vengeance Kathy Dobie &
Julie Martin
Mariska Hargitay January 16, 2020 3.595M 0.6% 2111
After a sexual assault investigation is stalled for months, a woman puts her accusations against a popular athlete on a billboard.
Teleplay by Kathy Dobie
470 12 The Longest Night of Rain Peter Blauner &
Warren Leight
Michael Smith January 30, 2020 3.627M 0.6% 2112
Benson investigates a police officer's accusations of sexual assault. Captain Tucker's retirement party ends in tragedy.
Teleplay by Peter Blauner
471 13 Redemption in Her Corner Julie Martin &
Warren Leight
Batán Silva February 6, 2020 3.253M 0.6% 2113
Kat steps over the line when she suspects a trainer at her boxing gym is taking advantage of his students.
Teleplay by Monet Hurst-Mendoza & Brianna Yellen
472 14 I Deserve Some Loving Too Denis Hamill and
Julie Martin &
Warren Leight
Jean de Segonzac February 13, 2020 3.322M 0.7% 2114
Rollins goes undercover to root out a government worker withholding green cards in exchange for sex.
Teleplay by Denis Hamill
473 15 Swimming with the Sharks Lisa Takeuchi Cullen and
Warren Leight &
Julie Martin
Martha Mitchell February 20, 2020 3.361M 0.7% 2116
The female CEO of a popular wellness company says she was raped, but her business partner claims the accusation is part of an embezzlement coverup.
Teleplay by Lisa Takeuchi Cullen
474 16 Eternal Relief from Pain Peter Blauner Jean de Segonzac February 27, 2020 3.3M 0.6% 2117
Rollins' sister stirs up trouble and a possible SVU investigation when she reports a doctor who trades prescription painkillers for sex.
475 17 Dance, Lies and Videotape Brendan Feeney and
Julie Martin &
Warren Leight
Leslie Hope March 26, 2020 3.803M 0.7% 2118
An ingénue ballerina discovers she's been secretly videotaped for a pornographic website.
Teleplay by Micharne Cloughley & Brendan Feeney
476 18 Garland's Baptism by Fire Cheryl L. Davis &
Micharne Cloughley
Norberto Barba April 2, 2020 3.531M 0.6% 2115
Chief Garland must put friendship aside when a pastor at his church is arrested.
477 19 Solving for the Unknowns Brianna Yellen &
Kathy Dobie
Christopher Misiano April 16, 2020 4.065M 0.7% 2119
The SVU struggles to find a serial predator who uses a date rape drug that leaves no evidence behind. Rollins receives some good news.
478 20 The Things We Have to Lose Warren Leight &
Julie Martin
Juan Campanella April 23, 2020 3.69M 0.7% 2120
As Carisi begins the long-anticipated trial of Sir Toby Moore, the SVU faces setbacks in several other cases.

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