The case, however, goes horribly wrong and sacrifices are soon made by the abused brothers and their mother. Fin asks why not call when it was all over, and Benson thinks he was ashamed and he is an undocumented gay Muslim and in his mind, if he reports this crime, he is on the next plane to Syria. Barba asks them besides putting Hector at the scene, what other evidence do they have. . He insists he was at home with his wife Soledad and she will back him up. Meanwhile, Fin Tutuola is accused of framing Roberts as payback for tarnishing his arrest record, having been the original arresting officer. No mention of the rape kit on the surviving sister? The suspects sounded like New Yorkers.
Barba catches her outside during a recess. She talks to Liv after. The man argues with Hector as a camera snakes into the room. The uncle the spineless coward who did nothing to help his nieces, sister, or brother-in-law saying something about his nieces skirt was beyond offensive. Maybe one day she won't have to play a racist! Kirk Acevedo's presence throughout was sort of odd. That coupled with the half dozen hot button issues was clunky.
The father, Kanann Samra, is in critical condition with blunt force trauma to the head and two stab wounds, he is on his way to Bellevue too, Detective Ray Lopez introduces himself to Benson — she knows him — and he walks them through the scene. I really hope that changes for next season. Carisi finds Hector on the ground, shot. It wasn't without it's rough patches, most of which have already been correctly diagnosed by others -- just dropping the Yusuf thread was off-putting, the actual scene where he was picked up was clunky as hell, as was the first scene where Carisi and Fin were talking to the guy at that deli, and the awkward opening banter of the yuppie couple as they passed by the crime scene. I liked that Barba stood up to Olivia when she tried to boss him, and that they disagreed, and I understood Noth positions.
Her older sister, Lela, was raped but she will live; she is at Bellevue with her mother. Naomi insists he has a rock hard alibi that he wife will corroborate and they have the wrong guy. They track him down, but he runs. He saw the men in the masks and he hid. Benson comments if feels like more than a robbery gone bad. Just because a racist woman might be an abuse victim doesn't excuse the shit believes. Benson leans in and testily states this is a double rape, double homicide so she is pretty sure that Yusef is more valuable there, testifying, than in a refugee camp in Syria.
He moves to leave, and Benson asks what would he have told Mike. What did you think of the finale? Naomi says Hector is done talking, no more questions, and she wants to meet with him now. Carisi adds it is a family-run restaurant in business for 15 years, there are no apparent financial issues. Too political to dance around my beliefs in a review on the actual show, which seems to be political pot stirring. He denies doing it but wishes he did, because the terrorists deserve whatever they can get. Then there was the whole weirdness of Hector being friends with two seeming racist dudes who like to get high and rape and murder people.
The family said they had to let him go because he couldn't produce his papers. Ie, basically the problem I've had with the majority of episodes this season. An officer takes a shot and kills one of the hostage takers. He leaps up and calls her a lying bitch and races over to her, saying he will kill her. Only two of them were doing it, the other man was just standing there. Maya Samra explains that 3 men in ski masks, they pushed in with guns. So the team is once more without the evidence it needs… until Maya suddenly remembers seeing the faces of Mitchell and Steven on the night of the attack.
Meanwhile, Rollins' sister Kim is released from prison on parole, claiming to be totally reformed, and she and Amanda try to rekindle their relationship, but Amanda finds it hard to trust her. I also enjoyed seeing Kirk Acevedo in this new character. When the detectives go to arrest the assailant Michael Torpey , he claims that he has a rape gene, that he can't help it having been born that way. Benson questions that plausible is the standard. I love Peter Gallagher is he back for next season.
It was a good story and it was nice that the entire ensemble had something to do. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't all that great either. Benson treats the case seriously and it quickly becomes complicated. Because the political point wasn't driven home hard enough in the previous two hours. He then says it is very fashionable. I felt that they didn't push an agenda heavily or vilify a group of people, it was a very timely episode though given the current situation. Carisi accuses him of going to the restaurant with the other man to get revenge.
Carisi asks when they grab somebody, what happens next, and Phillips states it depends on who does the grabbing and who does the processing, it is a mess right now. Year after year of Benson-centric episodes I found grating after a while. The spineless cowardly uncle hid in the closet, didn't try to call 911, didn't try to sneak out the backdoor and call 911, did not come forward afterwards to provide testimony or evidence, only agreed to cooperate with the police after they assured him they would not report him to ice, and then criticized his niece's skirt. Elsewhere, Lopez arrests Mitch Jenkins, his wife Carleen arguing with Rollins. She said they took the masks off for a few seconds, and Lela did not see their faces.