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'Law & Order: SVU' Season 23 Episode 11: Benson embraces son's STUNNING confession

Olivia Benson investigates a gruesome and emotional case involving a child and gets to know a surprising thing about her son
UPDATED JAN 14, 2022
Ryan Buggle as Noah Porter-Benson, Mariska Hargitay as Captain Olivia Benson in 'Law & Order: SVU' Season 23 (NBC)
Ryan Buggle as Noah Porter-Benson, Mariska Hargitay as Captain Olivia Benson in 'Law & Order: SVU' Season 23 (NBC)

The winter premiere of ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’ Season 23 was exhilarating and made fans excited about what’s going to happen in the next episode. During the premiere episode, we saw a group trying to rock the city with several hate crimes against the minorities and made NYPD’s Christmas miserable.

Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and the entire team were doing everything and anything to catch the culprits. In the end, they managed to capture them, but as soon as they told one of the men to surrender, he tried to take out a gun. Before he could injure anyone, Benson shoots and kills him. Meanwhile, in the latest episode, things get a bit more personal for Benson.


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During the episode, we see Benson picking up her son Noah from school. Noah and other kids from the school were about to play a game. However, it was unusual for kids to play that game as one of the older kids told Noah to enter a cage, wear a dog collar and force him to eat dog food. Noah was asked to do that and the older kid wanted to film him. Noah said no and walked away.

Elsewhere, we see a kid named Tino playing video games and his uncle Carlos is watching him. However, Carlos steps out for some time to do some work. As soon as he leaves, Tino leaves the house to meet the person he met online. A man picked him up and claimed that he was there on behalf of his son. They reached the place and the man takes a selfie with him before making him uncomfortable with all the lies.

Tino wanted to leave, but the man stopped him. At Tino’s house, we see SVU arriving as Tino’s father and uncle have reported Tino’s disappearance to police. They find out that Tino’s laptop is missing and track it down. A few moments later, police got into the apartment and found Tino gagged and tied to a radiator. The man was nowhere to be seen.

While examining the boy at the hospital, it is found that he was drugged and raped. The apartment was given on rent to whoever wanted it. The police were able to track the man and visit his home. However, as soon as they entered the house, they saw a lot of blood and the man was tied to a radiator. The man was identified as Teddy. Tino identified that Teddy drugged and raped him.

However, things got intense when they saw the doorbell cam footage and saw Carlos visiting Teddy’s house. Police got him and asked what did he do to Teddy? He told them everything about how he snapped and stabbed him multiple times. Carlos pleaded not guilty and even Teddy pleaded not guilty as well.

But everything changed when Carlos’s girlfriend brought her son to the police station and revealed that Carlos touched her son inappropriately. In the end, we see Carlos standing on the roof of a highrise building and confessing that he touched her girlfriend’s son inappropriately. He knew that the boy won’t get out of the trauma because Carlos himself wasn’t able to get out of the trauma when he was molested by his school teacher. Eventually, he surrendered.

But the most special moment came right at the end when Benson got to know that his son, Noah, is BISEXUAL. She was proud to know that he stood up for himself and didn’t let anyone bully him. Benson was also proud of knowing her son’s truth.