Law and Order SVU season 20, episode 17 preview: Missing

LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT -- "Missing" Episode 2017 -- Pictured: Kelli Giddish as Detective Amanda Rollins -- (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC)
LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT -- "Missing" Episode 2017 -- Pictured: Kelli Giddish as Detective Amanda Rollins -- (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC) /

What should fans watch for in this week’s Law and Order SVU? Get ready for Missing with our SVU season 20, episode 17 preview.

While the One Chicago franchise takes another week off, viewers at least have another Dick Wolf series to turn to, with Law & Order: SVU returning after its own brief break.

Thursday’s episode is entitled “Missing,” and as is usual for this show, NBC isn’t giving much away about its premise. All fans know is that it involves an abandoned car that’s revealed to have a girl in the trunk.

But that might be all viewers need to know, because it sets up some pretty big questions for the Special Victims Unit team to answer. First and foremost, how did this child end up in the trunk to begin with?

Who put her there? Why did they leave her there instead of taking her to wherever one assumes they were originally driving to? After all, they didn’t put her in the car just to park it in the middle of nowhere, did they?

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There are all kinds of directions this story could go, and there are all kinds of ways that it could also have an effect on SVU‘s main characters.

Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) being a mother has been a huge part of her character for several seasons now. And her colleague Amanda Rollins (Kelli Giddish) just became a mother a few episodes ago. How do you think either one will react to a young child put in a potentially deadly situation?

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Plus, notice that the premise doesn’t reveal what makes this a case for the Special Victims Unit. An abduction isn’t automatically something that this team would investigate. So “Missing” is going to have to reveal some other part of the puzzle, and whatever it is, it’s not going to be good. In fact, it’s likely to be pretty bad.

What kind of crime is hiding in this family’s past? Did someone take the kid to get her into a bad situation, or potentially out of one? There’s more going on here than meets the eye, as fans can see by playing the clip below. See what you think and then tune in tonight at 10 p.m. to watch the full episode.

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