Law & Order: SVU is going for reality this week — reality television, that is.
The police drama’s latest “ripped from the headlines” case targets the Duggar sexual abuse scandal, which doomed the family’s TLC reality show, 19 Kids and Counting. In this exclusive sneak peek clip, a sordid secret tears apart the Bakers, a family with 13 children who star on a supposedly wholesome reality series.
The show-within-a-show is chronicling a “purity dance,” where teen girls are celebrated for waiting until marriage. Fifteen-year-old Summer proudly shows off the promise ring she got three years ago, while the adult Tymber gushes about having only kissed her husband.
But then their young sister Lane faints in her father’s arms, which will reveal the dark truth behind the Bakers’ sunny smiles — because it turns out she’s pregnant. And Detective Olivia Benson is on the case.
Law & Order: SVU airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on NBC.