‘Law & Order: SVU’: 500th Episode Will Feature Guest Star as Person from Olivia Benson’s Past

by Suzanne Halliburton
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To celebrate the 500th episode of Law & Order: SVU, the show is introducing us to someone from Benson’s past.

Although there aren’t many details available, we do know that Aidan Quinn will play Burton Lowe. And Lowe is involved in one of the cases Benson (Mariska Hargitay) is working on.

If you’re a hardcore Law & Order: SVU fan, you’ll probably recognize Quinn. He guest-starred as a different character. This was way back in season nine, when Quinn played Ben Nicholson in an episode called Savant. The episode ran on Oct. 16, 2007. Nicholson was the father of Katie, who is mentally disabled. She was the only witness to whoever beat her mother, Ben’s wife. Ben was the initial suspect.

Quinn’s most recent project is the movie Blacklight. He co-stars with Liam Neeson. The movie is set for release in early 2022.

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Hargitay’s Real-life Husband Also Listed as Guest Star on 500th Episode of Law & Order: SVU

According to IMDB, the 500th episode also will feature Hargitay’s real-life husband, Peter Hermann as Trevor Langan. The two met on set. Hermann’s character was recurring. They married in August, 2004 and now have three children.

This special episode of Law & Order: SVU is called, simply, The Five Hundredth Episode. Put a note in your calendar. It’s set for Oct. 21.

And while the 500th episode is bringing in at least one man from Benson’s past, we’re all concerned about the present and future. Three hours of Law & Order last Thursday revealed a key moment in the relationship between Benson and Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni). The two were partners for the first 12 seasons of Law & Order: SVU. But Stabler, abruptly, left SVU. He didn’t give Benson a reason, nor did he tell her where he’d moved. In real life, Meloni left the show because of a contract dispute.

Do Benson and Stabler Have Romantic Future?

But Meloni came back to NBC to star in Law & Order: Organized Crime. When the show premiered, April 1, it was explained that Stabler and his wife, Kathy, moved to Rome. The two returned to NYC and were supposed to attend an award’s ceremony honoring Benson. But Kathy was killed. Stabler gave Benson a letter that he said he wrote for her.

Last Thursday, viewers got to find out what was in the letter. Mostly, Law & Order: SVU viewers learned that Kathy wrote most of the letter. She dictated it to her husband.

Stabler, who was undercover, was drugged by someone he was investigating. He managed to leave the restaurant and find his way to Benson’s apartment. He could barely speak, but he wanted to explain the letter. Kathy dictated the part of the letter that said what Stabler and Benson had with each other “was never real and that we got in the way of each other being who and where we needed to be.”

Benson quoted another part, which said “But in a parallel universe …”

Stabler finished the sentence. He said “It’ll always be you and I. I wrote that.”

So stay tuned for Oct. 21, when Law & Order: SVU introduces another handsome man from Benson’s past.

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