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SVU Revealed What Happened to the Girl From the Iconic "911" Episode, Maria Recinos

Law & Order: SVU fans will never forget this emotional Season 7 episode, which won Mariska Hargitay an Emmy. 

By Jessica White

With 25 seasons of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit behind her, Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) has saved hundreds of survivors in her career, but no one could ever forget the case of Maria Recinos. 

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Hargitay became an Emmy winner with her dynamite performance in Season 7, Episode 3 ("911"), when fans watched Benson accept a 911 call from a young girl named Maria, who claimed to be kidnapped. Benson was just about to leave the precinct for a date, but she couldn't ignore the fear in Maria's voice. Many of Benson's colleagues pegged the call as a prank, but Benson refused to ignore her gut. Benson stood by the phone as she siphoned critical details of Maria's location, ultimately proving her colleagues wrong and saving the endangered child. The episode is an SVU must-watch as Benson's dedication and endless empathy proved to be the secret formula to serving justice.

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Years have passed since Benson closed that case, but in SVU  Season 25, Episode 7 ("Probability of Doom"), the longtime detective found herself thinking of that little girl she saved long ago. Learn what happened between Benson and her former special victim, below: 

Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) appears in Season 7 Episode 3 of Law & Order: SVU.

Season 25, Episode 7 began with a nostalgia-inducing flashback of Season 7 Benson and Donald Cragen (Dann Florek) listening in on Maria's 911 call and the gratifying scene when Benson finally found her. Cut to Benson in therapy now, remembering Maria Recinos' case and noting it was an old case she already closed. Despite this, Benson was troubled by Maria's unknown whereabouts, so her therapist suggested finding her and reaching out.  

What happened to Maria Recinos, the girl from SVU's iconic "911" episode?

Benson found out Maria is now all grown up and a cop herself. In fact, she was attending NYPD's graduation ceremony that month as one of the class' top students.  Benson decided to attend the ceremony and meet Maria again. However, just as she started to approach Maria after the ceremony, she got a call from the SVU, putting a pause on that plan. 

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After successfully closing yet another case, Fin (Ice T) found Benson drinking boxed wine at the bar, instantly clocking that his longtime friend was in a bad headspace. She opened up to Fin about Maria still being on her mind. Fin told Benson that she's likely swirling with anxiety because she doesn't know what became of the girl she saved. And that scared her.

Captain Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Sargeant Tutuola (Ice T) appear in Season 25 Episode 7 of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

"You're scared to answer your little question: What became of her, that girl you saved?" Fin probed. "What if she's a jerk? What if she doesn't remember it as such a big deal as you did? What if you and her have nothing to say to each other? You've been running these probabilities over and over in your head."

Again, we see Benson struggling with all of the unknowns in her life, a theme this season. Benson couldn't argue with Fin's summation, admitting he was right as she left the bar. 

Olivia Benson and Maria Recinos emotionally reunited

Maria Recinos (Dani Montalvo) appears in Season 25 Episode 7 of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

After being successfully pegged by Fin, Benson decided it was time to stop living in the unknown. She visited Maria at home, where she was having dinner with her loved ones. Benson knocked on Maria's door, and she answered. Benson then hesitantly held up a newspaper clipping of the pair from long ago detailing Maria's case. 

Maria was stunned, but she rushed in for a hug after realizing who Benson was. The embrace was only broken by Maria's insistence for Benson to join her inside, a proposal Benson happily accepted. 

There are still many unknowns in Benson's life, but Maria's livelihood is no longer a mystery. Watch Law & Order: Special Victims Unit on Thursdays on NBC and the next day on Peacock.