Law and Order SVU season 19 finale preview: Remember Me

LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT -- "Remember Me Too" Episode 1924 -- Pictured: Philip Winchester as Peter Stone -- (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC)
LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT -- "Remember Me Too" Episode 1924 -- Pictured: Philip Winchester as Peter Stone -- (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC) /

What’s coming for Peter Stone in the SVU season finale? Look ahead to tonight’s episodes with our Law and Order SVU season 19, episode 23 and 24 preview.

Wednesday’s Law and Order SVU season finale brings to a close Peter Stone’s first season as part of the Special Victims Unit team, so what does the two-hour finale hold for him?

The season finale consists of two episodes, “Remember Me” and “Remember Me Too,” that tell one extended story. That’s the same thing the show did last season, with season 18 ending with the connected episodes “American Dream” and “Sanctuary.”

Two-hour storytelling allows SVU to dig a little deeper, but if you’re expecting that means more screen time for Peter, you’ll probably be disappointed.

NBC’s official descriptions of the finale episodes only credit Philip Winchester for the second one so you won’t be seeing Stone until the 10 p.m. hour.

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That makes sense, since the Assistant District Attorney doesn’t come into the picture until there’s a legal issue or a prosecution, and the extended narrative means SVU will be spending more time on the investigation.

But it’s still a bit of a letdown for those fans of Stone or fans of Chicago Justice who want to see him have a big role in the finale (especially since he had a very limited part in last week’s episode).

When Stone gets there, though, he’s going to have a real mess of a case on his hands.

“Remember Me” involves a woman (guest star Genesis Rodriguez, Big Hero 6) holding a man hostage. Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and her team try to diffuse the hostage situation, but in “Remember Me Too” they come to realize that the victim (guest star Carlos Miranda) not only isn’t innocent—but is part of something much larger and more sinister.

So how the heck does Peter Stone prosecute that?

There are a lot of people with some degree of blame in the SVU season finale. Kidnapping is still a crime and no matter what the circumstances, the woman has to be held responsible for doing it. But the man should be responsible for his actions as well. And if there’s one thing SVU has made clear through the show’s entire run, it’s that there’s a huge grey area when it comes to sex crimes.

There’s so many ways this can be twisted in court. Yes, there’s a kidnapping but that comes with a certain degree of empathy, if she kidnapped him because of something he did to her. That doesn’t make it okay but it makes it understandable and gives any defense attorney an emotional chord to play. Likewise, this guy could turn out to be an absolute monster, but his attorney could try to play up the whole kidnapping angle to mitigate that.

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Whichever way this ends up going, Peter Stone has a tough road ahead of him. And that’s before SVU resolves, or at least wraps up for now, Peter’s storyline with his sister Pamela. That part of this season ought to get some closure in the finale, even if it’s just closure of this first chapter.

We may not see a lot of Philip Winchester in these two last hours of SVU season 19, but that doesn’t mean some big things can’t happen for Peter Stone.

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What do you think will happen in this week’s episodes of Law and Order SVU? Give us your predictions in the comments.

Law and Order SVU airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on NBC.