Law & Order: SVU returns from holiday hiatus with an emotional storyline.
Everyone is investigating a rash of hate crimes happening around New York as the Christmas season reaches its peak. And Donal Logue, who is returning to Law & Order: SVU, is promising a few tears.
Here’s what will unfold Thursday night with Silent Night, Hateful Night. Here’s the plot summary: “The Special Victims Unit is called in to help investigate a wave of hate crimes on Christmas Eve. Rollins catches up with an old flame.”
And Rollins’ old flame is Logue’s Declan Murphy, who is the father of Rollins’ oldest child, a daughter.
“I won’t give anything away,” Logue told TV Insider. “But I don’t think there is a parent or child that doesn’t mourn loss or absence.”
Logue’s Murphy appeared in eight episodes of Law & Order: SVU in 2014-15. Producers of the show wanted to elevate Logue to full-time cast, he said. But Logue had accepted a role on Gotham days before he heard from SVU.
On his first turn on Law & Order: SVU, he was an NYPD detective who often worked undercover. He also took over SVU command when William Lewis escaped from prison. But Murphy returned to undercover work. He also had a relationship with Rollins (Kelli Giddish). When Murphy discovered Rollins was pregnant, he was working a sex-trafficking case in Serbia.
Now, Murphy is back on SVU, but he’s the captain of the city’s Hate Crimes Division. Jason Biggs, as Andy Parlato-Goldstein, also is a guest star on the episode, working on hate crimes.
The action takes place on Christmas Eve. “The juxtaposition of the Christmas season with what is happening in New York raises the stakes,” Logue told TV Insider.
Declan Murphy isn’t the only Rollins’ love interest that Law & Order: SVU is bringing back this season. Ari’el Stachel also will reprise his role as Sgt Hasim Khaldun. He worked undercover with Rollins in previous seasons. The two played a couple when they were undercover and Khaldun also fancied a relationship with her in real life.
Stachel’s last appearance on SVU was in the April 2021 episode called Welcome to the Pedo Hotel. His character is a transit cop who collaborated with the SVU team.
With both Murphy and Khaldun around, Rollins’ relationship with Dominick Carisi could be tested. It’ll certainly set up a dynamic love triangle.
Thursday’s episode will be the first new hour for Law & Order: SVU since Dec. 9. And that episode wasn’t a festive one. The crossover with Law & Order: Organized Crime was all about Richard Wheatley. In the SVU hour, Carisi prosecuted the murder case against Wheatley (Dylan McDermott). The jury couldn’t come up with a verdict. In the Organized Crime hour, the prosecutors decided not to retry Wheatley, meaning he’s free to torment Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni). Stay tuned.