Benson Struggling to Stay In Shape - Worked
Law & Order: SVU Season 20 began with Benson getting winded while chasing a suspect and realizing she was no longer Wonder Woman and that age and stress had taken their toll, especially after her problems led to a bystander getting injured. This is a compelling storyline, but other than one workout scene it hasn't been mentioned since. More please!
Rollins' Baby Daddy - Hasn't Worked
Law & Order: SVU wrote in a pregnancy for Rollins due to Kelli Giddish's real-life pregnancy, and that's fine. But this baby daddy drama nonsense is not. This time the baby's father is her on-and-off loser of a boyfriend who is a doctor with an addiction to prostitutes. Please let Rollins issue him a child support order after the baby is born and then never speak of him again.
Rollins Questioning the World - Worked
While the baby daddy drama is totally unnecessary, Rollins wondering what kind of world she's bringing her child into is strong drama. The often heinous crimes SVU deals with are affecting her worse than they used to affect Stabler, putting her -- and viewers -- on an emotional roller coaster that leaves us glued to the screen.
Noah Acting Out - Worked
Benson's usually sweet six-year-old has been acting out and leaving her stressed about what's going on at home while she's working far too many hours. Is Noah acting out because Benson isn't home enough, because of inherited mental illness, or because he's testing boundaries? We don't know because he's only been featured in scattered scenes. Hopefully there's more to come!
All Things Fin - Worked
Fin's absence from most of the action has been a problem for Law & Order: SVU for several years. Season 20 has seen more of Fin than the last four seasons combined but it's still not enough. Here's hoping for a lot more Fin stories!
Heartwrenching Stories - Worked
SVU's stories aren't just ripped from the headlines -- they tear at our heartstrings. Season 20 has already had plenty of emotional moments. Most noteworthy was Law & Order: Season 20 Episode 3 ("Zero Tolerance"), featuring a little girl who had been separated from her mother during an illegal border crossing. More of this please!