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Mega Buzz: Will Benson Go to War With an Old Friend on SVU?

Dr. Huang has gone over to the dark side!

Adam Bryant

Reunited and it feels so... infuriating?
On Wednesday's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Benson (Mariska Hargitay) will cross paths with her old friend Dr. Huang (former series regular B.D. Wong). But she won't be very happy to see him. That's because he's testifying at the trial of suspected pedophile murderer Lewis Hodda (guest star Tom Sizemore) -- for the defense!

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"He's gone over the dark side," executive producer Warren Leight tells TVGuide.com with a laugh. "He's interviewed Hodda and understands the pathology of the character. He's a guy who, if you bully him, might say what he knows you want to hear if it will help him to stop the bullying. So, we have a videotaped confession to the murder, but Dr. Huang reframes it and says, 'Is this an actual confession or is this an emotionally unstable human being from whom a confession was coerced?' It was Benson who obtained that confession, and nothing drives Benson crazier than being told she did something she didn't do."

Naturally, the two exchange words -- and it could mean the end of a longtime professional relationship. "There's a real tasty scene in the elevator of the courthouse," Leight teases. "Huang's on the elevator by himself, the doors are closing, Benson sticks a hand in and the two of them ride down and she goes at it with him. Olivia has a very strong sense of justice and a really strong sense of betrayal. Her character holds grudges."
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