In the 500th episode, an explosion from Olivia Benson’s past pops up out of nowhere: Burton Lowe, her ex-fiancÃ©. But there is something very sinister about their relationship; they were engaged when Burton was 21 and Olivia 16. At the time, Benson felt like his interlocutor mother was standing in the way of true love – but as fans will eventually find out during the episode, Burton was not. not his true love. In reality, he is nothing more than a sexual predator who has used Olivia the same way he uses all women.
Most of the tweets that mention Olivia / Burton’s kiss – most likely posted before the truth about Burton was revealed later in the episode – came from fans unhappy that Olivia was kissing someone other than the detective. Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni), who is no longer on the show. @Jaewillisx, for example, tweeted “Don’t mind that kiss, Liv just did this to get rid of Elliot. ð #SVU # SVU500.” But a few astute viewers were rightly scared of the smooch.
@hulyayksl began by pointing out that it was strange for Olivia to flirt with “her groomer”. @captainsstabler tweeted: “If there’s one thing I hope all the svu fandom can agree on, it’s that watching Olivia Benson kiss her groomer isn’t what was on our bingo card for the 500th. ” And there were many more echoing similar sentiments. It’s unfortunate that Burton didn’t get justice by the end of the episode, but fans can at least take comfort in the fact that he suffered some pretty dire social and professional consequences.