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What Happened on Law & Order: SVU This Week? (February 29, 2024)

Benson and her elite squad never disappoint — stay up to date on their latest case in Season 25 of SVU. 

By Jessica White

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Season 25 has been an intense ride. At this point, Captain Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) has perfected the art of criminal catching; she and her squad can handle literally anything that comes their way. 

How to Watch

Watch the Season 26 premiere of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Thursday, October 3 at 9/8c on NBC.

Die-hard Law & Order fans may have noticed a heartwarming nod to the series' sprawling tenure in SVU's latest. Benson's colleagues asked her if she ever expected to be at the Manhattan unit for 25 years. Benson chuckled at the notion — telling her detectives there was no way she ever expected that, echoing the delightful surprise of Hargitay herself. What can we say — watching Benson lay down the law is timeless! 

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This week, Benson and her squad tackled a particularly gripping case with multiple suspects. Read on, below, to learn what happened on Law & Order: SVU on February 29, 2024: 

What happened on Law & Order: SVU this week? (February 29, 2024)

Read the official logline for this week's SVU episode, below: 

Season 25, Episode 6 ("Carousel"): "To identify a woman's attacker, the SVU must track down a mysterious suspect targeting tourists staying in hostels."

As Internal Affairs Captain Renee Curry (Aime Donna Kelly) continued to settle into the squad room, it was time to welcome FBI behavior analyst Shannah Sykes (Jordana Spiro) to the Manhattan SVU. Sykes made her way to the SVU after she helped Benson with a federal case, but after expressing interest in laying roots in the SVU, Sykes joined Benson's elite squad. Sykes got straight to work, proving to be the squad's ace-in-the-hole for their latest case. 

Detective Elliot Stabler (Chris Meloni) and Detective Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) appear in Law & Order: SVU.

What was the main case on Law & Order: SVU this week?

Benson, Curry, and Sykes joined forces to investigate a string of sexual assaults occurring around New York hostels. After realizing the assaults seemed to be connected to a group of college boys, Sykes was quick to profile the perps, clocking that they seemed to behave competitively as a group. Taking this idea a step further, Sykes guessed that the assaults were related to some game the boys were playing. 

Sykes' hunch was proven correct after the investigators found a world map of pinned locations in the home of one of the suspects. As the detectives expected, the map had nothing to do with travel destinations — the pins represented the women the students had slept with. 

The students confessed to the sick game but insisted that all of the women consented, as it was always "against the rules" to force anyone to sleep with them. Benson and her recent recruits were keen to call bull-crap — someone was clearly cheating because she had not one but two rape cases on her hands. But with several possible perps, ADA Sonny Carisi (Peter Scanavino) demanded concrete evidence to go to trial.

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It was game over for the students after Benson considered how the game was played among the students. What stopped them from lying about who they slept with? After talking with one of the victims, the case got the breakthrough it needed — the players were gathering DNA from their hook-ups to verify their body count with a non-playing "scorekeeper."

After tracking down the DNA-testing scorekeeper, the SVU followed the DNA trails back to the perps who delivered it following the assaults, successfully solving the case. In the end, several students were breaking the rules of their demented game, but justice was swiftly served. 

FBI Special Agent Shannah Sykes holds coffee on Law and order SVU

Were there any notable guest stars this week on Law & Order: SVU

The latest SVU featured the return of guest stars Spiro and Kelly, who reprised their roles as Shannah Sykes and Renee Curry, respectfully. 

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Captain Curry (Aimé Donna Kelly) appears in Season 25 Episode 4 of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

When can I watch the latest SVU episode on Peacock? 

New episodes of Law & Order: SVU are available to stream at 6 a.m. ET the day after they air on NBC.com and Peacock