Spoilers forward for Episode 14 of Legislation & Order: SVU Season 24, referred to as “Dutch Tears.”
Legislation & Order: SVU got here again to primetime after a while off with an episode that shone the highlight on Fin. The character’s evening went from fairly nice to fairly heavy when he went residence after receiving an award, solely to be confronted by a person who he’d put behind bars again in his Narcotics days. The person had been sexually assaulted repeatedly in jail, and wished justice ASAP. That meant Fin and Bruno pulling an all-nighter because the Particular Victims boots on the bottom, and within the course of, the sergeant dropped an replace on his former associate: John Munch, performed by Richard Belzer.
Fin and Munch had been companions for a few years, after Ice-T joined SVU in Season 2. Richard Belzer additionally performed his character on many reveals, beginning as Munch again in 1993 on NBC’s Murder: Life on the Avenue. He grew to become a collection common on SVU as soon as it premiered following the cancellation of Murder in 1999, with appearances on different reveals together with Legislation & Order: Trial By Jury, The X-Recordsdata, and Arrested Growth, to call just some. He left SVU as a daily in 2014, on the finish of Season 15, and was final featured on the present in 2016 as a Season 17 visitor star.
Whereas Munch is credited with greater than 300 episodes of SVU on IMDb, the present hasn’t addressed a lot about his future after retiring from Manhattan’s Particular Victims. Fortunately, Fin went on a blast to the previous whereas speaking to Bruno, and it left me able to hit up my Peacock Premium subscription to revisit the previous days. Fin stated:
“Moved again to Baltimore” is a nod to how Munch debuted for the primary time within the Baltimore-set Murder: Life on the Avenue, and the remaining sounds fairly in-character for Munch even when this was the primary that followers have heard of it. Bruno famous that it seemed like Fin missed his previous associate with that speech, however Fin merely stated that he’s “not into nostalgia” as a result of “that stuff’s heavy” and “brings you down.” Bruno stated that he was flattered by the comparability, which makes me want that he may additionally go to the previous days of SVU and meet the person who Fin described!
Regardless that loads of time has handed and loads of detectives have entered and exited Particular Victims over the 24 seasons, I nonetheless discover myself considering of Benson, Stabler, Munch, Fin, and Cragen because the basic crew of SVU. Is that actually as a result of they had been the highest group within the historical past of the present? Or is it simply because theirs had been the reruns that had been all the time airing on USA after I watched in my youth? I can’t say for positive, however in contrast to Fin, I’m all concerning the nostalgia. Additionally in contrast to Fin, I can simply use a streaming service to revisit the basic crew.
Because the debut of Legislation & Order: Organized Crime, the L&O universe has been capable of reunite Fin, Benson, and Stabler, whereas Cragen appeared in SVU’s five hundredth episode and once more in Season 2 of OC. Old fashioned followers had gotten latest updates on everyone apart from Munch; now, that’s not the case. Whereas the present presumably gained’t be happening blasts to the previous on a weekly foundation, I loved that Fin gave a shout-out to his previous associate in “Dutch Tears.” As for what’s taking place subsequent week… nicely, Mariska Hargitay stepped behind the digital camera in addition to in entrance! Check out the promo:
The subsequent new episode of Legislation & Order: SVU was directed by Mariska Hargitay and airs on Thursday, February 23 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC. One SVU actor lately opened as much as CinemaBlend about working with Mariska Hargitay and watching Chris Meloni do splits, making it clear that behind-the-scenes within the L&O franchise is much more enjoyable than being a part of that TV universe! You may also discover some extra viewing choices now and within the coming weeks on our 2023 TV premiere schedule.