Law and Order: SVU Season 14 Review “Undercover Blue” – Drop the Soap

While Law and Order: SVU has always been willing to go far more in the personal lives of its characters than the original show, does anyone else feel like they’re so far stretched for stories that they’re replacing real drama with melodrama? In this week’s episode, “Undercover Blue,” we finally found out the identity of Olivia’s mystery man…but that wasn’t the only secret revealed.

Listen, I’m a romance novelist, and one of my favorite tropes is the secret baby, but there are some shows that just shouldn’t go there, and I feel like SVU is one of them…but they totally did! As we found out this week, while undercover to take down a drug cartel ten years earlier, Amaro fell in love with the sister of the ring’s leader, and left her pregnant after the bust went down. It was only through testifying against another undercover cop (more on that in a moment) that the truth finally came out, and Nick found out about his nine year old son.

For a moment, I felt like I was watching a soap opera, not a supposedly hard-hitting police drama. And as if the baby daddy drama wasn’t enough, the identity of Olivia’s man turned out to be Cassidy (not a total surprise, and certainly not as satisfying to a lot of fans as, say, another former SVU cop would have been), but their affair was momentarily threatened when a former sex slave accused him of raping her while he was undercover.

Even though Olivia stuck by him, it didn’t look good for Cassidy for awhile, at least not until he and Nick mended fences and used each other to bring down the bad guys in their lives. For Cassidy, it was the people setting him up for rape. For Amaro, it was the boyfriend of his old lover who was using his son as a drug mule. By working together, they got the bad boyfriend arrested and the charges against Cassidy were dropped. Now Nick can make a new family with the woman he really wanted all along and Olivia gets her man-toy back.

I don’t know. It just didn’t feel like an SVU episode. It felt like another show entirely. But what did you think? Let me know below! And remember you can always follow me on Twitter @krieli1 so you never miss a review.