Law and Order SVU returned after a month-long break with an episode titled "The Presence of Absence." However, some viewers were left disappointed, despite the episode raising awareness about dating apps. The plot revolved around a young widow who becomes a victim of sexual assault after joining a dating app, and the detectives investigate the case. While some viewers complained about the episode, others praised it for its message. The team discovers that the sperm found in the rape kit matches Zoe's late husband, indicating it belonged to his relative.