DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
LAW & ORDER: SVU, Channel 10, 9.30pm
THE tepid bonhomie of the SVU office Christmas party is tainted when detective Ice-T’s ex-wife arrives with some cock and bull tale about her nohoper brother — he’s just been arrested for bashing a Catholic priest whose car he’d been trying to jack. She says the cops have got the wrong guy, that he’s got his life together now. The priest, beaten and concussed (a great performance from Denis O’Hare) comes to in the hospital, but fails to mention he was sitting in his car with a nine-year-old girl. What was he doing hugging her? She was giving him a Christmas card? A likely story.