On tonight’s episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2017, a woman hosts a wild party and her six year old son vanishes in the middle of it. Also on Law & Order: SVU season 18, Benson really reflects on her role as a mother to Noah because of this case. If you missed last week’s episode of Law & Order: SVU 2017, check out my Law & Order: Special Victims Unit season 18 recap right here!Tonight’s episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit season 18 started off with Noah climbing on the counter to get a cookie when Benson comes out and finds him. She grabs him and hugs him and tells him that he can’t do that and that he has to ask for a cookie so someone can get it for him. Meanwhile, we get a look at a young boy named Theo being put to bed and his mother asking him to put on his “quiet headphones” because she is going to have some company over. The next morning when the nanny comes to wake Theo up, he is gone and no where in the house. She finds the mother and tells her and they call 9-1-1.
Benson and the team get there and get all the information from the mother, Nadine, her friend Cat and the nanny, Gloria. The last time anyone saw Theo was at two in the morning. They bring Nadine to the station to find out who else is in Theo’s life and the only person she names is her ex-wife, Fran. The only person that stuck out as odd at the party Nadine threw was a guy who she didn’t know and he was taking pictures and asking about Theo. He left in a Quick Ride Cab around 11pm and the name of the passenger’s name was Kevin Dorsey. We find out that Kevin is a private investigator who was hired by Nadine’s ex-wife. They go to talk to Fran about why she hired the PI and she tells them because she needed evidence against Nadine because she is suing for custody.
They bring Fran in to ask some questions about Theo and when the last time she saw Theo. She tells Benson about an ex-boyfriend of Nadine’s, Gabriel, and they get some evidence back from Theo’s room. There was a hair in his room and the DNA matched Gabriel. They go to pay him a visit, but two women in his apartment say he isn’t there and they don’t know where he is. Rollins finds him on the fire escape outside and they run after him. They had found kids clothes and toys in his apartment and when asked about them he tells Fin and Rollins that he bought them for Theo as Christmas presents and Nadine threw them back in his face. They also find a gun on Gabriel and cocaine in his apartment.
Rollins gets a picture from a couple blocks away from Nadine’s apartment of someone holding a rolled up rug and he is stuffing it into a van. Fin calls around to find out the companies that had access to the van in the picture. They find out that the van is used by Gloria’s brother’s company and he lives with Gloria. Her phone is going straight to voicemail, and when they get to her apartment they find nothing but a shrine of pictures of Theo.
They get back to the precinct and Fran and Nadine are trying to tell them everything they know about Gloria and her family. Moments later Benson gets a call about Gloria’s brother Oscar showing up to work to return the van. They take him in and get some information and they find out that Gloria gave him cash for a used car. They are able to trace the car back to a motel, but she isn’t there. They get a hit on the license plate from a tow truck. If broke down and was dropped off at a service station to get fixed. They are able to get there and they find Gloria and Theo coming out of the store attached to the service station. After a brief foot chase, they arrest Gloria and get Theo from her but he is begging for them not to send him home and to let him go with Gloria.
We end the episode off with Nadine and Fran coming in to see Theo, but Benson and Rollins needed to talk to him. Gloria is telling Fin and Carisi that she is the closest thing to a mother that he has because Nadine doesn’t pay any attention to him. She tells them that he wanted to be with her, he wanted to go to Mexico with her. Carisi tells her that he is sure that Theo wanted that, but what she did was a crime.
Meanwhile, Theo is telling Rollin and Benson that when Oscar took him they were playing a game and he brought him to Gloria so that he can go with her to Mexico. Benson goes to tell Nadine and Fran about how he wanted to go to Mexico and that Child Services are now involved. After Theo is taken by ACS, Fran tells Nadine that she will help her in court, but he needs both of them in his life.
Later, Carisi offers to make dinner for Rollins and her daughter and Benson and Tucker have a difficult conversation. Benson tells him that she thinks that they are both in different places and her job is her job. He tells her that he saw this coming, but he really wished that it didn’t have to be this way. He tells her that he understands that Noah has to be her priority and kisses her on the forhead and tells her to take care of herself and leaves. Am I the only one who wanted them to last???
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