The most recent episode of “Law & Order: SVU” left fans in a rollercoaster of emotions. The “Dearly Beloved” Episode had so many twists, viewers could barely keep up and speculate who is telling the truth.
“Law & Order: SVU’s” 19th episode in their 20th season got watchers seated on the edge of their chairs the entire time with the different plot twists that would arise. Fans took to Twitter their sentiments, saying that they no longer knew who to believe.
Another review of the episode read that the reveal of the plot was not handled well. More so, it criticized Benson for getting too involved in others personal lives.
“Benson has this tendency to get overinvolved, and she was already encouraging Kitty to love her baby unconditionally. While this is good advice, I hope that's the end of it, and Benson lets go of the situation now!” it said.
“Dearly Beloved” began with Dr. Joshua Hensley, looking like the innocent guy, in the middle of his wedding, when suddenly, Kitty Bennet stood up and accused him of raping her. This is where the SVU team, headed by Lt. Benson came in to begin their investigation.
Bennett told Benson that she was raped during her first therapy session with Hensley and narrated it as him inappropriately touching her and later forcing himself onto her when she vented about missing her mother.
On the other hand, Hensley claimed that Bennett is a new face who is not even registered in the book of patients. Furthermore, it was discovered that Bennett had a shady past, having been filed a restraining order by a man who claims she stalked his girlfriend.
As things were getting more intense, Hensley started getting messages of nude women and was created a fake account on a dating website. When the detectives turned to Bennett, she revealed that she was pregnant with a baby she believes to be Hansley’s.
After having a DNA test, results showed that Hensley is, in fact, the father of the child, forcing Hensley to admit to the accusations. He said that they had consensual sex, but met at a bar and not his clinic.
The big reveal that no one expected was that Josh was a serial rapist who gaslighted his victims, using psychobabble, into thinking they gave their consent to have intercourse with him -- twisted, yet exciting for the viewers. Once again, Benson solves another case.
Benson, played by Mariska Hargitay, is ranked number one on the list of “SVU’s” eight best detectives. Her incredible performance has also given her the same head role for their renewed 21st season and won her awards such as the 2005 Golden Globe and a 2006 Emmy.
Moreover, she is the longest-running female character in a live-action prime-time series. Hargitay is also a real-life advocate of victims of sexual violence, making her character much easier to pursue.