Season 8, Episode 22
Darius Parker (Chris “Ludacris” Bridges) continues to cause problems for Tutuola when he returns to face trial for murder and hires an ex-cop as his lawyer. Meanwhile, Det. Chester Lake (Adam Beach) joins the SVU staff. Guest stars include Star Jones Reynolds, Steven Weber, Ernest Waddell, Vincent Spano, Judith Light and Michael Weston.
Season 8, Episode 21
A teen dies during what appears to be a play fight with his best friend, and the incident is caught on tape, but additional information sends the investigation in a different direction.
The investigation of a bride-to-be's murder uncovers a man's double life of lies and a tragic turn in the case rattles Stabler, who then turns to his wife and children for comfort. Dylan Walsh.
Season 8, Episode 19
Benson hears from her half-brother (Michael Weston), who is on the run because of sexual-assault charges. He continues to claim his innocence but evidence keeps piling up against him, and Benson reluctantly agrees to help in the federal investigation. Capt. Julia Millfield: Kim Delaney. Federal Agent Porter: Vincent Spano.
A teen's drinking-related death leads to four honor students who host secret binge parties and communicate the details on their Web pages. So Stabler seeks help from his daughter to find out where the next party will be held.
Season 8, Episode 17
A male prostitute's death leads detectives to a preacher whose family life is not as ideal as it seems. Jeb Curtis: Tim Daly. Hannah: Kathy Baker.
Benson investigates a rape case outside her jurisdiction and must meet with a police psychologist (Mary Stuart Masterson) to discuss her recent actions that have led to tensions with Stabler. Capt. Julia Millfield: Kim Delaney.
Season 8, Episode 15
After a woman (Ashley Williams) is accused by an overzealous reporter of staging the kidnapping of her own child, she commits suicide, leaving detectives with few leads in the search for the baby. The case is emotionally draining for Stabler, who is drawn in by the despondent mother's past. Kali Rocha.
Season 8, Episode 14
After a mob lawyer (Cary Elwes) is attacked and his wife brutally murdered, Benson and Stabler question their daughter. But her wild night of drunken partying leaves her unable to recall her actions, even though her father insists she was at the scene of the crime. Also, Stabler is charged with excessive force. Charlotte: Emily VanCamp. Ryan: Justin Klosky.
Season 8, Episode 13
An anonymous letter leads to a child-pornography case, which puts stress on Olivia, who develops medical symptoms similar to those exhibited by the victim and his mother. Cupid: Bill Goldberg.
Season 8, Episode 12
Fin looks into an alleged rape at the college where his son, Ken, works. Fin is joined in his investigation by a Brooklyn SVU detective named Chester Lake (Adam Beach), who is working a strikingly similar case. Kal Penn. Ken Randall: Ernest Waddell.
Season 8, Episode 11
Stabler and Benson are at odds over whom to believe in a “he said, she said” rape case involving a husband and wife (Blair Underwood, Michael Michele) in the middle of an extremely bitter child-custody dispute. Tessa: Tiffany Evans. Kathy: Isabel Gillies. Eriq La Salle directed.
Stabler agrees to hear the dying confession of a cancer patient named Judson Tierney (Brian Dennehy), but first he and Benson do some digging into what possible crime Tierney's guilty of and come up with an unsolved case that goes back 47 years. However, according to Tierney, that is merely the “tip of the iceberg.” Sheila Tierney: Paget Brewster. Elizabeth Donnelly: Judith Light. Rita Colino: Victoria Wyndham. Mike Mollinax: John Doman.
Stabler becomes involved in a murder case that leads to revelations of infidelity and obsession among a group of friends, one of whom is the victim's husband (Chris Sarandon). Also, Stabler learns that Benson is back in town and asks for her help in the investigation. Glenn: Bob Saget. Naomi: Catherine Bell. Stella Danquiss: Bernadette Peters.
Season 8, Episode 8
While searching for the woman responsible for handcuffing two traumatized adolescents in the back of a van, the detectives turn up evidence that leads them to suspect that many foster children are being put in danger. Also, Dani makes a decision about her future with the Special Victims Unit. Det. Dani Beck: Connie Nielsen. Dr. Rieff: Ken Howard.
A 14-year-old girl who was brutally beaten, raped and killed shares the same dog-paw tattoo as two other young female homicide victims. Despite warnings from Stabler, Dani (Connie Nielsen) becomes overly involved in the case. Victor Dodine: Michael Kenneth Williams. Belinda “Passion” Holt: Charlie Ray. Sister Peg: Charlayne Woodard. Judge Cohen: David Lipman.
Benson's testimony is needed as ADA Novak tries to convict a brutal rapist. The trouble is that Benson, who's still in Oregon posing undercover as ecoterrorist Persephone James, has her own legal woes to deal with after a cocky deputy assaults her and she's questioned by a sheriff about a pharmaceutical employee's murder. Dean Porter: Vincent Spano. Debra Hartnell: Debra Jo Rupp. Sheriff Bartley: Charles Martin Smith. Hope: Maria Thayer. T-Bone: Chris Bowers.
A rape victim loses her life while confronting her attacker, who assaulted her two separate times. The case leads Stabler and Dani to discover more victims of the same rapist, whom Huang pegs as an “alpha male.” Also, one of the young men who killed Dani's husband dies, and the other murderer tries to contact her from prison. Lorna Scarry: Mariette Hartley.
Season 8, Episode 4
Dani (Connie Nielsen) has difficulty controlling her emotions while working to solve a sadistic double rape-homicide case involving a single mother and her young daughter. Jerry Lewis guest stars as a homeless man who becomes a suspect after Beck and Stabler discover his collection of newspaper clippings on sex crimes.
Season 8, Episode 3
Stabler works a violent rape case with his new temporary partner, Dani Beck (Connie Nielsen), who he learns has a reputation for being overzealous, which is a serious cause for concern for Cragen. Martin Trenway: Charles Shaughnessy. Lorraine Delmas: Leslie Caron. Forensics Tech Ryan O'Halloran: Mike Doyle.
Season 8, Episode 2
The detectives investigate the disappearance of a 17-year-old girl (Betsy Hogg) with Turner's syndrome, a genetic disorder that contributed to her being teased and bullied by students at her prep school. Connie Nielsen plays Stabler's temporary partner. Colette Walsh: Betty Buckley. Connor: Daniel Farcher.
Season 8, Episode 1
A young woman (Kristen Bush) refuses to cooperate during Benson's investigation of her brutal attack and rape, which seems to be connected to her involvement with a radical environmental group. Marcia Gay Harden reprises her role as FBI agent Star Morrison.