I was incredibly pleased with the 2-part opener. Great appearances by Paget Brewster, a subdued Adam Baldwin, Ron Rifkin, and Peter Jacobson. It really did feel 'epic' somehow - like a mini movie. I didn't think that Dean Winters as Brian Cassidy could keep being interesting, but he was too.
I had no idea how Cragen was going to get out of all of that unscathed without the episode becoming convoluted, but everything all made sense in the end. The only thing I'm really not too keen on is Amara and his wife. It just seems like a carbon copy of the Stabler situation with less kids. Why can't a character on a crime drama be in a happy marriage?
Here is some info on 14x03
"LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT"
10/10/2012 (09:00PM - 10:00PM) (Wednesday) : THE SVU DETECTIVES SPRING INTO ACTION WHEN THE AUTHOR OF A BEST-SELLING ROMANCE NOVEL (GUEST STAR ANNA CHLUMSKY) IS ATTACKED BY A POPULAR TELEVISION SHOW HOST (GUEST STAR ROGER BART.) The young author of a wildly successful S&M romance novel (Chlumsky) goes home with a famous television show host (Bart), who forces himself on her. Detectives Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Rollins (Kelli Giddish) work to convince the victim to file charges, with the assistance of a brash new Manhattan District Attorney (guest star Raul Esparza.) As the SVU squad digs into her background to uncover potential trial pitfalls, Detective Amaro (Danny Pino) uncovers a secret that threatens to destroy the young woman's career as well as her case. Also starring Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola) and Richard Belzer (Sergeant John Munch.) Adam Baldwin (Captain Steven Harris) guest stars.
Looks like some Shades of Greyish stuff is going to be going on... and Adam Baldwin might be sticking around for awhile longer.