In the next "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit", Mariska Hargitay gets punched in the face. After a young woman is sexually assaulted and murdered, Detectives Olivia Benson and Eliot Stabler track down the woman's boyfriend - their first suspect, but learn that he is a devout vegan who wouldn't hurt a fly.
They soon find that the victim had been deeply involved in the fight to expose questionable practices in the meat-packing industry, even going undercover at a large company to find out the truth. Benson goes undercover herself to retrace the woman's footsteps and to identify who the victim might have angered along the way.
Titled "Beef", the episode is airing on April 21. This would be the last episode before Sharon Stone begins a recurring role as ADA Jo Marlowe aka Stabler's old partner who switched job to become an attorney.
On another news, the "Law & Order" has expanded its franchise with a Los Angeles version. NBC has ordered 13 episodes for a Fall premiere. Meanwhile, "SVU" has been cleared for a 12th season although some budgeting will be adjusted.