They spent half an hour on the crime and then the last half on an incredibly manipulative drama. When did this become a soap opera?
We have all the hallmarks of a bunch of lazy writers who are plum out of ideas.
1) We have the Instantaneous Hollywood Birth, where a woman goes from water breaking to baby in ten minutes. Uh, you've never had kids, have you? Try ten hours.
2) The added false drama of the car wreck plus Stabler's wife crashing in the van only to be miraculously fine in the final scene.
3) A rather interesting SVU case (for once!) that is wrapped up in about ten minutes.
This show has truly jumped the rails. The only reason it even got to a 6 is because of the effort the actors are putting in this increasingly sensationalist show.