Rock on, synopsis: The sexually mutilated body of a biker gang member is found, and everyone is caught off guard when the evidence points to Benson, leaving Munch and Fin to investigate while Stabler attempts to prove his partner's innocence.
So how does SVU celebrate Green Week on NBC? By reusing DNA to turn it into DNA someone else can use! But, oh crap, I just spoiled the entire episode for you. Here I am, supposed to conserve the suspense, not let it biodegrade on the Internet. So I'll do what I can to rectify the plot, starting with what NBC gave up in their preview.
There's a dead biker and Olivia is a suspect. Her business card is found on his bloodletten, castrated body bent up against a tree in a public park. But why on earth would she ... rather, how could she? She's been sick with the flu of the non-H1N1 variety. Nevertheless, the evidence begins piling up, and of course it all points to her.
It's not just the business card. A 911 tip spots a car hitting another biker, while reporting a partial plate. Her car has that partial, and has an unexplained fender dent. He's a seedy guy, and she deals with them all the time. All of it's circumstantial, but you know what can't be explained away? DNA.
(Okay, that didn't look as dramatic as initially intended. DNA is an acronym. but how do you capitalize something that's already capitalized? I should have written "You know what can't be explained away? BLOOD." In fact, let's go with that.)
You know what can't be explained away? BLOOD.
(Wow, what a difference. Now we can continue forward.)
Benson's blood was found on the knife that killed the biker. That's all Internal Affairs needed to arrest her, because, well, it's freakin' DNA. Unless it was planted.
And at this point, you're pretty sure that was exactly what happened. Had they written Mariska Hargitay's character off, it would have been not only the best kept secret in TV, but they would have probably picked the most uncharacteristic way to have the show's signature character exit. When they wrote off Det. Ed Green in plain ol' Law & Order, at least the suspected murder was explained in a more dramatic fashion. So ya just know this is a frame-up. But how?