‘Law & Order: SVU’ Star Mariska Hargitay Shows Best Reason to Be ‘Happy’ for Tuesday

by Megan Molseed

Law & Order: SVU star Mariska Hargitay recently shared a very good reason for fans to be glad it’s already Tuesday.

Why are we excited? Because we are just days away – two to be exact – from the premiere of the hit NBC drama’s 500th episode!

“Happy Tuesday,” the Law & Order: SVU actress says in her recent Instagram post. “T-two days until #SVU #TheFiveHundrethEpisode #SVU500 #Feelingit #WhoseWithMe

That’s right! The 500th episode of Law & Order: SVU is set to premiere Thursday night. And, it’s an event for which many of us have been waiting for quite some time!

Of course, milestone shows are typically known for bringing back characters from the past.

‘Law & Order: SVU’s’ Benson Sees A Former Partner

Every sneak peek we’ve had for this upcoming Law & Order: SVU episode shows us that fans will not be disappointed. We will certainly be seeing quite a few familiar faces return to the SVU Thursday night.

One of the biggest pieces of news to come from the recently released sneak-peeks of this much-anticipated episode is the return of Danny Pino as Olivia Benson’s former partner Nick Amaro.

Earlier this month, the former Law and Order: SVU star gave us a glimpse of his role in the milestone episode. Posting a pic of himself with the team.

“Back in the squad room with @[email protected]@FINALLEVEL for the 500th episode of @lawandordertv,” commented Danny Pino in his October 5 tweet.

The exciting news was posted along with a photo of Pino along with other members of the SVU’s “elite squad including “Fin” Tutuola (Ice T), Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay), and Amanda Rollins (Kelli Giddish).

“Nothing but love and respect for this cast and crew,” Danny Pino adds in the tweet.

Pino was a series regular on Law & Order: SVU in seasons thirteen through sixteen. Fans met Amaro when he stepped in as Olivia Benson’s new partner after Elliot Stabler (Chris Meloni) exited the SVU.

Promising Some Blasts From the Past ‘SVU’ Style!

In a trailer for the upcoming Law & Order: SVU milestone episode, Pino surprises his former partner in an interrogation room. He has come to ask Benson for help in clearing the name of a convicted criminal.

Other former SVU stars will also be making an appearance during Thursday night’s episode.

Additionally, Tamara Tunie will be reprising her role as Law & Order: SVU medical examiner Melina Warner; and Dann Florek will return as the beloved former SVU Captain Donald Cragen.

Of course, no milestone Law & Order: SVU episode can be complete without at least a cameo from Olivia Benson’s original partner Elliot Stabler. Early descriptions of the episode note that Stabler will at the very least, be present in some of the episode’s flash-back moments.