An obnoxious visitor to a sperm bank gets an education on why sperm donors get paid so much more poorly than egg donors (even when the "boys" are donated by an Ivy Leaguer). He also gets an education on what a portable cryotank to the jaw feels like, when someone rushes out of the clinic, clocking him with it.
The chief of detectives (when he shows up in the squad room, Elliot says, "What did I do now?") wants Olivia and Elliot on the case, as he feels they're the best candidates to butt heads on whatever issues crop up over the episode. Why is it Special Victims? All the frozen embryos in the tank. A hundred of 'em. "Those are potential children who have been kidnapped. If they're not special victims, who is?" says the chief of D's. The chief of detectives puts down the can, and the opener, and the detectives get to work on the worms wriggling all over the place.
The detectives bemoan that Marty Fiorello had the case before him, since his handwriting is terrible, like a serial killer or a doctor didn't do enough leg work on the case, with Olivia wrinkling her nose at the suggestion in the file of following up with a "hormonal wannabe mama." And hey -- one of the stolen embryos belongs to the police commissioner, notes Elliot, who gripes that they've got a lot of cases they should be working ahead of this one. Olivia says it's not like stealing hubcaps. Elliot douchebaggily announces that he had his kids the old-fashioned way, and thankfully refrains from offering to demonstrate the method. Olivia informs him that many people aren't as blessed as he is, and shows admirable restraint in not kicking him square in the balls.
Olivia and Elliot interview the doctor, (after asking him, "Hey, weren't you once a judge?") to find out who'd want to do this. Elliot suggests somebody did it to stop him from playing God. "Many of these couples have been trying for years to get pregnant," says the doctor, and he tells the detective about a couple of particularly sad cases, including a desperate woman who doesn't want to wait the required time after her chemo (which made her infertile) before being implanted, and a woman who froze some eggs as an insurance policy for her husband after going off to Iraq. The doctor mentions her by name, but I'm sure it's not important.
The doctor espouses all the reasons that people come to him. "Olivia is putting off having children longer, especially for her career," he says. Oh, wait, he was talking about women in general; it's just the long, lingering reaction shots from Liv that made me think he was talking specifically about her.