* FridgeLogic: Often tends to crop up when things deemed unnecessary to the flow of the story are ignored by the writers. For example, it is never explained where a fifteen year-old boy who had slept with dozens of hookers was getting the money for the high-priced call girls he was seeking out.
** It's implied his family is at least well off. He proably has a trust fund or something, like every other teenage suspect on SVU.
* Tempered by occasional FridgeBrilliance and ShownTheirWork. For example, what was the name of the radical group in the season 10 episode ''"Transitions"''? Children of Ariel. Many transgender children, especially mtf children, [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic express an affinity for]] [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid mermaids]].
** [[CompletelyMissingThePoint Didn't Ariel want to have one more thing coming out from her waist?]]
** Also, Ariel is a genderless character in Shakespeare's The Tempest, who has been played by both men and women.
* Elliot Stabler frequently bends or outright breaks the law to torture suspects (who more often than not turn out to be innocent and are often killed as a result of this), but for some reason the only thing that's brought up to internal affairs is the fact that he sometimes wishes rapists would die.
** Quite possibly because if his crossing the MoralEventHorizon in that manner ''did'' come to their attention, he ''would'' be fired. [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism Assuming, of course, one believes there are actually decent people in this]] CrapsackWorld who would ''care'' about that...
* FridgeBrilliance: Cragen's LimitedAdvancementOpportunities (he's been at the same rank for almost 25 years) makes a lot more sense if you recall that, at the end of the first season of the mothership, he helped send the guy who had gotten him all his previous promotions to prison for corruption.