Spring Awakening – In the 15th-season finale, Amaro lands in trouble with the Internal Affairs Bureau again, so he turns to Munch for advice. Meanwhile, several male tourists get robbed and raped after replying to an escort ad online, and Benson has a shocking connection to a suspect in a case.
Thought Criminal – An aggressive tactic for capturing sex offenders is used by the squad when they go undercover and target a successful photographer who may have taken his fantasies too far. However, no victim is found, making the case challenging.
Reasonable Doubt – A TV producer is accused of molesting his daughter, but the cops suspect the accusations are a ploy when his estranged wife won’t cooperate with them, yet she will speak with the media about the matter.
Post-Mortem Blues – Benson is investigated following William Lewis’ death, and a prosecutor convenes a grand jury and calls for her arrest. While two lieutenants advise Benson to save her career at all costs, she wrestles with what’s the right thing to do.
Beast’s Obsession – William Lewis breaks free from prison and goes on a killing spree before he finds Benson once again. He then forces her to make a tough decision when a child’s life is at stake.
Downloaded Child – A single mom gets arrested for child endangerment because she leaves her daughter home alone. However, Benson suspects the mother’s actions are based on fear and not neglect, and Dr. Lindstrom uncovers the woman’s own repressed memories of being abused.
Criminal Stories – A newspaper columnist is granted full access to the squad as they investigate a Muslim woman’s rape, and he soon concludes the case is a hoax. The woman then faces public scrutiny while Benson worries that a rapist is getting away with a crime. Series star Mariska Hargitay directed the episode.
Gambler’s Fallacy – Rollins patronizes an illegal gambling club, where she’s recognized by one of the staff. She then makes a shady deal with the club’s managers, but she doesn’t do enough to please them, and before long, her colleagues become aware of the situation.
Gridiron Soldier – A football recruit from Georgia visits a college in New York City and winds up in jail after he becomes the victim of a hazing prank. The police then investigate the school’s football program and uncover a pattern of abuse. Meanwhile, Rollins seeks help from a friend as her personal problems intensify.
Comic Perversion – A comedian jokes about rape while performing at a college, and then his fans assault a student. Later, a woman accuses the comedian of rape and Benson arrests him, but Barba fears Benson may have acted too eagerly. Meanwhile, a Chicago cop seeks help from the NYPD.