‘Law and Order’ Premiere Recap: Season 22, Episode 1

This one Law & authority premiere recap is for the final hour of a three-way crossover featuring: Law & Order: SVU and Law & Order: Organized Crime. Be sure to check out our summaries of Parts I and II.

“Since when have drug-dealing, sex-trafficking mobsters made political statements?”

That’s the question of the hour – posed by Nolan Price – as we go in Law & authority‘s Season 22 premiere, which also serves as the third part of a crossover event featuring SVU and Organized crime. (A lot happened before we got to Jack McCoy land; you can catch up here with summaries of Hour 1 and 2.)

Now where were we? Ah yes: That mobster in question, Sirenko, is in police custody and charged with the murder of five people, as well as a host of other crimes, and everyone is trying to figure out their motive for the whole bombing thing. They interrogate one of his associates, who, under threat of arrest, hands Ava’s phone, which he found the morning she ran off the boat.

The phone contains footage captured by Ava of a Russian big shot drunkenly bragging that he was going to do something, a “big boom,” that would show Russia’s global power. But when he realized that Ava was filming him, he freaked out… leading to the altercation that made her bleed and make her run at the start of the crosswalk. So they arrest the Russian, whose name is Rublev.

law-and-order-premiere-recap-season-22-episode-1However, the phone footage is discarded as evidence, so ADA Maroun enlists Liv’s help in getting Nicole to work with the prosecution. Just as Rollins wants to take her into town for a meeting, men shoot at them, Nicole runs… and one of them shoots Rollins in the stomach! Oh no! Is this the beginning of the ending for Amanda Rollins on SVU?

Benson arrives on the scene after Rollins is taken to the hospital, and the best anyone can tell her is that Amanda was still alive when she was loaded into the ambulance. Then OH GOD CARISI IS HERE AND HE Screams. He’s desperate when he asks if Rollins is still alive or not, and the look on his face as he hugs Olivia might just kill me.

Back at the police station, Benson informs Price that Rollins is stable after surgery and that the gunmen probably found Nicole because she secretly texted someone earlier that day. He has more bad news: he needs Nicole to testify, or Rublev will probably go free.

law-and-order-recap-season-22-episode-1But all Benson cares about is giving Nicole a chance at a happy life. So she puts her on a plane to a relative in Toronto. “Get a court order and take this girl back to New York!” McCoy crows when he finds out what Benson has done. But extradition rules make it tricky, and Maroun makes the argument that Nicole’s trauma will make her a mess that the defense in the stands can exploit. Her solution: Make a deal with Sirenko to bring down Rublev. Much to Price’s horror, McCoy is on board.

Sirenko says that Rublev, who was actually his boss, told him to kill Ava because she knew too much about his plan to blow up the hotel. Outside of that, Stabler is very excited that the man who killed Vince will be in prison for 20 years instead of life without parole.

The process begins. Sirenko takes the stand. It drives Rublev so mad that his lawyer offers to give up Russian state secrets in exchange for leniency. McCoy says they should take the State Department’s offer, which annoys Price, who wants the Russian to pay for all the people he’s killed.

Rublev initially asks for immunity in exchange for what he knows, but an apoplectic Price refuses to play along. Instead, Rublev acts humble and says he will do whatever it takes as long as Price & Co. saves his wife and children. Then, while Rublev is taken back into custody, a hitman shoots him at close range. He dies while Price tries to stop the bleeding from his neck.

law-and-order-recap-season-22-episode-1“While this case was highly unusual in many ways and the trial was aborted due to unforeseen circumstances, we feel justice has been served,” Price told a group of reporters at a press conference afterwards. Meanwhile, we see Stabler raiding a house where trafficked women are being held. And Cosgrove has another meal with his daughter, where he says there’s no magic to trying to make everyone safe, but they’re doing their best.

He continues his “the world isn’t perfect, but it’s still beautiful” monologue as we watch Carisi visit a beat up but ALIVE Rollins in the hospital. Elsewhere, Liv visits Nicole, who seems happy.

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