In the 12th-season finale, a rape-trial witness is murdered before she’s able to testify, so Benson and Stabler look for links between her homicide and the rape case and uncover some surprising relationships.
A woman discovers a naked teenage boy—whom she doesn’t know—asleep in her bedroom, and the boy’s overprotective mom (Rita Wilson) defends her son’s devious actions. When police investigate, they’re reminded of how misleading appearances can be.
A woman (Lori Singer) is questioned by police after her newly adopted baby is found alone on a playground. Detectives then investigate her fiancé (John Stamos), a man with a sinister past who’s also dating the baby’s nanny.
DDA Jonah Dekker (Terrence Howard) comes to New York to defend his cousin, who has been accused of rape; ADA Casey Novak (Diane Neal) helps Detectives Stabler and Benson with the case.
The investigation into the stabbing death of a family man leads Benson and Stabler to believe he had an illicit hobby; the detectives meet a woman and her jealous boyfriend while undercover at a swingers club.
After a woman is found dead in her apartment, detectives investigate her personal contacts, including a close friend (Kate Burton), in search of suspects.
ADA Sonya Paxton (Christine Lahti) tries to help an old friend (Debra Messing) who starts receiving personal threats.
Detectives Stabler and Tutuola search for a victim and her attacker after video of a sexual assault is featured on a college campus intranet feed.
Detectives Benson and Stabler’s investigation into a sexual abuse case goes awry when their wealthy suspect involves his lawyer.
Detective Stabler notices Detective Benson bonding with Calvin, the young boy left in her care; Detectives Fin and Munch are asked to investigate when Calvin’s mother’s (Maria Bello) name comes up during a rape investigation.