Tonight we continue with the second part of the Law & Order: SVU season 17 finale and lives are threatened as the team continues to investigate Corrections Officer Gary Munson for several rapes. If you missed last week’s episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2016, check out my Law & Order: SVU 2016 recap right here. Keep reading my Law & Order: Special Victims Unit season 17 finale recap to find out what happened tonight! Tonight’s episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit season 17 started off with Barba in an arraignment fighting for remand for Gary Munson. This is because the grand jury wants to add a slew of charges against Munson, but they only raised his bail. While in the bathroom, Olivia runs into Gary’s wife and she tells them that the COs are raising the money for his bail, but she wants him held on remand. She got herself tested like Olivia told her to and when she got the results, she called a divorce lawyer, but he doesn’t know. Olivia tells her to call her if she needs anything, but she needs to get her and the kids out before he gets home.
Later at the precinct, Olivia gets a call from Lisa Munson and she tells her that she was in the process of getting things in order, but Gary made bail and he is there now. Olivia offers to come by with Dodds and help her get out of there without incident. After Lisa hangs up the phone, Gary comes in asking her who she was on the phone with and if it was the lawyer she has been talking to. Apparently he found out about her wanting to file for divorce and he tells her that he isn’t going to allow her to leave him.
When Olivia and Dodds get to the house, they are kept outside for a while and when she finally opens the door, Gary is right behind her. He lets them know that he knows about Lisa’s plans of leaving him and they look a little worried about what’s going to happen next. They all go inside, Lisa goes up to pack, Olivia is sitting with the kids and Dodds goes into the kitchen with Gary. Dodds is trying to talk Gary into letting this happen peacefully and not doing anything stupid.
Meanwhile, Barba is approached by Gary’s lawyer at the courthouse and later he is approached by the same guy who threatened him outside the courthouse after the grand jury hearing. They are in an elevator when he makes another threat to Barba, when the elevator opens, the guy runs off and Barba tells the guards that he was threatened and the building needs to be put on lockdown.
Back at the Munson house, Lisa is done packing up for her and the kids to leave, when Olivia brings the kids outside, Gary grabs Lisa and pulls a gun out. Dodds is still inside, but Gary tells him to put his gun on the table and leave. Olivia gets worried about why Dodds and Lisa haven’t made it outside and when she gets to the door, it’s locked. She starts banging on the door and telling them to open the door, but Dodds tells her that he can’t do that.
Instead of yelling through the door, she calls Dodds’ phone to talk to them and she is trying to get him to calm down and open the door. Gary tells him to hang up when he gets sick of listening to her try and negotiate with him. Gary tells Dodds to leave and not to be a hero, but Dodds tells him that he isn’t going to do that. Meanwhile, there is an entire team assembling outside the house.
Inside the house, Dodds is trying to get Gary to negotiate with them, but he won’t. When Gary lets his guard down, Dodds tries to get his gun from him, but it goes off and Dodds ends up shot and he is losing a lot of blood. The team storms in and Gary drops his gun, they get Lisa out of harms way and they send EMS in to get Dodds to the hospital. Rollins and Carisi get there shortly after Dodds gets shot and when Rollins, Carisi and Olivia are getting into the car, Olivia pauses. When Carisi asks her if she is ok, she tells him that she isn’t and that they didn’t search Gary and she left him in there. Him getting shot is on her.
When they get to the hospital, the doctor comes out and tells him that he is still in surgery. They were able to stop the bleeding for now, but if there are any family members that should be there, now is the time to make the calls. Later on, the doctor comes back out and says that Dodds is out of surgery and he is in ICU recovering, his father goes in to talk to him.
When he goes in to talk to him, the first thing he says is “is Lisa Munson ok?” His father tells him that thanks to him she is fine and he seems to be fine. Later, Rollins and Carisi get a lead on who the guy is that threatened Barba, he is a Lt. in a local gang and they think he cut a deal for someone he knows on the inside. Dodds’ fiancee gets to the hospital and when Olivia brings her in to see him, he seems off. His speech is slurred, he is not recognizing people and he was starting to sweat a lot. Olivia mentions it to his doctor and they end up having to rush him in for a head CT.
Mr. Dodds comes out to the waiting area to tell them that Dodds’ fiancee is at the deli and asks if anyone wants anything, then moments later, the doctor comes back out. Dodds had a massive stroke and neurologically, but he is gone. Olivia comes out and breaks the news to Fin, Rollins and Tucker and we end the episode with Dodds’ funeral. After the funeral, everyone is meeting at a local pub for drinks and everyone is talking about their memories of Dodds and his father is telling Olivia that it was his last day at SVU and he went and got shot. He asks what was Dodds thinking and Olivia tells him that he wanted to be like his father, “a hero.” Then they all toast their fellow officer and friend.
They are able to pick up the guy who has been threatening Barba and he IDs him in a line up. Olivia is meeting with her therapist trying to get through Dodds’ death, she is taking it really hard. She feels guilty that she is alive and Dodds is dead all because she left him in there. Her therapist tells her that she can’t beat herself up about this because they couldn’t have predicted what happened. We then see Olivia, Tucker and Noah taking a walk and Tucker tells Olivia that he is leaving IAB. He took a job with hostage negotiation because he couldn’t keep worrying about whether a cop is lying to him.
He tells her the story about how he ended up in IAB, it was because an ex had him convinced he couldn’t trust anyone so he went into it to prove that theory. He was wrong, he tells Olivia that he trusts her and that her, Noah and him have something great going. He then tells her that it might be time for them to get away for a little while and they decide to go to Paris for a vacation.
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