A probable suicide becomes a murder investigation with suspects that include the writer's psychiatrist, a family member and a local news anchor, but the woman's sister brings evidence that will turn the case on its head.
Benson and Stabler investigate a female student's murder at a local college. When they develop a suspect on the basketball team, they experience resistance from the college, which is trying to preserve its reputation and its chance at an upcoming championship.
A young boy is raped and murdered in Central Park and the early evidence leads to a convicted sex offender who had recently been released from prison, but he is soon cleared after it becomes clear he is innocent of the crime. However, this does not stop the authorities from attempting to lock him up anyway.
Benson attempts to help a rape victim who is able to describe her attack but unable to identify her attacker. As time progresses, the woman is even less willing to discuss the crime, claiming to have moved beyond it. Things become even more complicated when Benson and Cassidy spend the night together.
Benson and Stabler investigate the murder of multi-millionaire Andrew Harlin. They begin with Harlin's long list of male and female lovers and continue to a pair of Russian escorts, one of whom turns up dead, and the other's boyfriend confesses to the murder.
Benson and Stabler investigate the murder of a judge who often delivered special verdicts for women in return for sexual favors and was also behind the funding of a local governor's bid for re-election. The team soon steers their attention to a battered wife with a secret.
At a victim's request, the police commissioner tries to convince Cragen to close a rape case whose statute of limitations is about to expire. Benson and Stabler finally realize that one of the victims knows the rapist, but she's not willing to talk.
After a salesman is murdered, the detectives turn their attention to Stephanie Mulroney, the youngest daughter of a well-known family with some deep connections. But as they join forces with the officers from the two-seven, they realize that their case is connected with a long-unsolved case that Briscoe once handled years ago with his former partner, Mike Logan.
An elderly woman who was found dead in her apartment was determined to have been sexually assaulted and robbed. The detectives quickly track down two young men believed to be responsible. However, new evidence suggests these suspects may have been only responsible for the robbery with an unknown person entering the apartment after they left.
Benson and Stabler investigate the murder of the pregnant daughter-in-law of a prominent religious figure. They initially focus on the victim's well-connected family and conclude that her infidelity, and the identity of the child's probable father, likely led to her murder.
The police apprehend a man who appears to be one of the two people involved in an old rape case where the victim was a famous TV reporter. The suspect decides to keep quiet and immediately obtains a lawyer. Munch, who had formed a bond with the woman during the initial investigation, is the primary detective on the case and must now gather enough evidence to allow for a successful prosecution while also attempting to determine the identity of the second rapist.