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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Season 23 Episode 10 Recap “Silent Night, Hateful Night”

Don’t miss Celebrity Myxer’s recap of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Season 23 Episode 10 “Silent Night, Hateful Night.” The SVU is called in to help investigate a wave of hate crimes on Christmas Eve. Rollins catches up with an old flame. Here’s what you missed!

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On Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Season 23 Episode 10, a man ranted his manifesto on video gaslighting racist viewers while there were random attacks against properties and minorities around New York City. Benson got the call and the team had to assemble on Christmas Eve. Captain Declan Murphy was the new head in charge and briefed the team.

Captain Declan Murphy on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Season 23 Episode 10

Captain Declan Murphy on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Season 23 Episode 10

Jumping To Conclusions

The detectives met with nearly a dozen victims who were attacked. Murphy and Rollins were once an item but they couldn’t talk about the past and focus on the case. A bystander, Don Darko, offered his opinion that some Black kids were in the neighborhood causing mayhem. Another victim claimed some Black teens attacked them.

After seeing some footage of Black teens throwing rocks at windows, Chief McGrath wanted to flood the media with the footage to identify them and Benson cooled his heels as they should investigate further before jumping the gun. Detectives found one of the kids. He admitted they were throwing rocks with some random kids but he didn’t know who they were. They ultimately tracked the other boys down and interrogated them.

Police started to figure out the boys were responsible for pushing a couple over but not the arson, vandalism, and attacks. Suddenly, another mosque was just bombed, it was clear the Black teens were not responsible for it!

I’m On Your Side

At the arson crime scene, the detectives found another bomb that didn’t go off luckily. Murphy and Rollins finally got the short time to chat. When they were together, she wanted children but he didn’t. Plus he went undercover overseas. He was pulled out and his death was faked just to yank him from the detail.

Murphy and Rollins speak with Don Darko on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Season 23 Episode 10

Murphy and Rollins speak with Don Darko on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Season 23 Episode 10

They ran into Darko again. Murphy suspected the man… knowing from experience that anyone who approaches the police with intel like that is either crazy, lonely, or guilty. McGrath threw the cops a curveball and leaked the video to the media about the Black teens.

Smarter cops dug into Darko. He had been injured and admitted to the hospital. He was still claiming that Black kids did it. Rollins played like she was a racist and on his side. She convinced the man to give his house keys to her so she could walk his dog. Detectives used it as an excuse to search his place and found a closet full of explosives!

Northstar

When they hauled Darko in for questioning he claimed the explosives were his roommates. They also found the video manifesto on his computer. They learned four bombs were unaccounted for. The authorities pondered where the bombs could be.

They pressed Darko for more information and he offered the man who made the manifesto was Northstar, another was AJ. They investigated and learned AJ’s real name was Antonio Juarez and mounted up to apprehend him.

They found the explosives and used him to apprehend a man named Tom. After interrogating him and learned of the woman filming the manifesto video was Susan. That lead them to the hotel where they were staying. Police just missed them.

They dispersed to a nearby park where they surveilled the couple, Susan and Northstar (Robert.) Several cops had him at gunpoint and he was going to defy and set off the bomb until Benson shot him in the head. Susan told them they jumpstarted their racist movement giving them the martyr they needed…

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Air Date: January 6, 2022

Law & Order: SVU Cast

  • Mariska Hargitay as Captain Olivia Benson
  • Kelli Giddish as Detective 2nd Grade Amanda Rollins
  • Ice-T as Sergeant Odafin “Fin” Tutuola
  • Peter Scanavino as ADA Dominick “Sonny” Carisi, Jr.
  • Jamie Gray Hyder as Detective 3rd Grade Katriona “Kat” Tamin
  • Demore Barnes as Deputy Chief Christian Garland
  • Terry Serpico as Chief McGrath
  • Tamara Tunie as Chief M.E. Melinda Warner
  • Octavio Pisano as Detective Joe Velasco

Guest Cast

  • Donal Logue as Captain Declan Murphy
  • Jason Biggs as Detective Andy Parlato
  • Ari’el Stachel as Detective Hasim Khaldun
  • Keith Nobbs as Don Darko

Catch a new episode each week on NBC, check out the listings dates below. Stay right here, stay mixed in because Law & Order: SVU Season 23 Episode 11, Benson suspects her son is being bullied! Drop your email to get insights into your inbox…

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Season 23 Episode Guide

Season Episode Title Air Date
23 12 “Tommy Baker's Hardest Fight” January 20, 2022
23 11 Burning with Rage Forever January 13, 2022
23 10 Silent Night, Hateful Night January 6, 2022
23 9 People Vs Richard Wheatley” Crossover Episode December 9, 2021
23 8 Nightmares in Drill City November 11, 2021
23 7 They'd Already Disappeared November 4, 2021
23 6 500 October 21, 2021
23 5 Fast Times @TheWheelHouse October 14, 2021
23 4 One More Tale of Two Victims October 7, 2021
23 3 I Thought You Were On My Side September 30, 2021
23 2 Never Turn Your Back on Them September 23, 2021
23 1 And the Empire Strikes Back” Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Season 23 Premiere September 23, 2021

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2 comments on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Season 23 Episode 10 Recap “Silent Night, Hateful Night”

  1. Mary Buatti Small says:

    Typo: The place where Sikh stabbing victim was taken would have been “Queens Hospital” for the borough, not “Queen’s.”

  2. Raz says:

    Who played the Hates Crime detective?? Isn’t he an actor from the 80s movies??

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