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Law & Order: SVU Season 18 Pits Benson vs. Barba — Fall TV First Look

Oh, Olivia Benson, how we’ve missed you.

TVLine has an exclusive first look at the Season 18 premiere of Law & Order: SVU — airing Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 9/8c — which finds Mariska Hargitay and Raúl Esparza’s characters back in the business of cleaning up New York City, one sexual deviant at a time:

Law & Order: SVU Season 18

And if you’re sensing a little tension between Benson and Barba in the photo, you’re not imagining it. Here’s what goes down in the season premiere:

A small boy is found alone in a park and his identity leads the SVU on a tense search for his mother.  The case becomes a city-wide sensation and Benson and Barba find themselves on opposing sides of the verdict.

We won’t bother asking whether you’re #TeamBenson or #TeamBarba — is that even a choice? — so we’ll just have you drop a comment with your general hopes for SVU‘s 18th season below.