This episode has many twists and turns, and each turn is heart wrenching. This is exactly why I watch this series, and the compassion shown by Elliot and Alex is something that I completely identified with. Alex’s boss is a political hungry jerk, and I feel he instigated much of what happened in the episode. The victim’s mother even agrees that the young boy should be let go, and it is interesting to see that the young boy comes from a home with loving parents, and that he did not mean any harm at all. I will not reveal what the twist at the end is, but it ripped my heart out.
I’ve been watching all the SVU episodes in order, and this one has been the most intense and cathartic episode I have seen thus far.