ADA Alexandra Cabot returns to “Law & Order: SVU”

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Remember on Tuesday nights when you used to turn on the TV and see this?

Those were the days, weren’t they?

ADA Alex Cabot, played by Stephanie March, was once a regular character on Law & Order: SVU, and I was happy. Then, a drug dealer shot her and she disappeared into the Witness Protection Program — to be seen only once more* when she came back to testify against her alleged assassin, and I was sad. (*Yes, I realize she reappeared in the show Conviction, but I prefer to pretend the show never existed. The real Alex Cabot would never have had sex on her desk at the office.)

And I’m clearly not the only person who has missed Alex. There are people who care a lot more about this than I do writing blogs and signing petitions.

But now, happiness for many is just a few weeks away. Beginning Feb. 17, March will reprise her role on SVU for six episodes.

That’s right. Alex is back! (Sometimes you’ve got to love February sweeps.)

This could be the best thing that’s happened to Law & Order:SVU in a long time. The show has strained credulity for years. (Olivia and Elliot are so frequently out of control that I’ve begun to suspect there’s a writer specifically tasked with drawing new lines for them to cross.) This past season has actually been a little better than the last few — if you ignore that Casey is gone and that the new ADA sounds like she learned how to deliver dialogue on a porn set. But now, with Alex temporarily back, almost all could be right in the SVU universe.

As great as it may be to have the character of Alex back, it’s also wonderful to get to see Stephanie March for a bunch of weeks in a row. Not only was she the best ADA on SVU (with all due respect to Casey Novak fans), but she played one of the best — if not the best — lesbian characters in the history of broadcast television: Gretchen Thomas on 30 Rock.

Is anyone else as excited about this as I am? Who’s going to be watching on Feb. 17?

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