Here is the official episode information from NBC for the first four episodes of Law & Order SVU Series 19. As you can see, Raúl is absent from episode two.
Episode 1 - 'Gone Fishin'
Air Date: Septemnber 27, 2017 (9 PM ET/8C Wednesday NBC)
SEASON 19 PREMIERE - When Fin (Ice T) crosses international borders to catch a fugitive rapist, a political tug-of-war derails Barba's (Raúl Esparza) legal case. Meanwhile, shocking allegations against Benson (Mariska Hargitay) lead to the return of an old friend. Also starring Kelli Giddish (Det. Amanda Rollins) and Peter Scanavino (Det. Sonny Carisi). Guest starring Dean Winters (Brian Cassidy), Peter Jacobson (Randy Dworkin), Will Chase (Byron Marks), Mariela Garriga (Elana Marks) and Amy Smart (Karla Wyatt).
Episode 2 - 'Mood'
Air Date: October 4, 2017 (9 PM ET/8C Wednesday NBC)
The bizarre details of a woman's rape put the SVU at odds when Rollins (Kelli Giddish) and Carisi (Peter Scanavino) think her story is fabricated. Meanwhile, Benson (Mariska Hargitay) goes on the offensive when her personal life is scrutinized. Also starring Ice T (Det. Odafin Tutuola). Guest starring Dean Winters (Brian Cassidy), Robbie Collier-Sublett (Tom Williams), Saxon Sharbino (Savannah Ross), Amirah Vann (Michelle Morrison) and Spencer Hamp (Nick Collins).
Episode 3 - 'Contrapasso'
Air Date: October 11, 2017 (9 PM ET/8C Wednesday NBC)
BROOKE SHIELDS GUEST STARS - When a man is found castrated and left for dead, Rollins (Kelli Giddish) and Carisi (Peter Scanavino) uncover three female suspects with possible motives. Meanwhile, Langan (guest star Peter Hermann) brings devastating news for Benson (Mariska Hargitay). Also starring Ice T (Det. Odafin Tutuola) and Raúl Esparza (ADA Rafael Barba). Also guest starring Paul Fitzgerald (Jason Karr), Annabeth Gish (Carolyn Rivers), Betsy Beutler (Julie Wade), Jeannine Kaspar (Nora Galen) and Kathleen Munroe (Evelyn Bundy).
Episode 4 - No Good Reason
Air Date October 18, 2017 (9 PM ET/8C Wednesday NBC)
A teenager (guest star Brighton Sharbino) disappears after schoolmates make her the subject of a vicious cyberbullying attack. Starring Mariska Hargitay (Lt. Olivia Benson), Kelli Giddish (Det. Amanda Rollins), Raúl Esparza (ADA Rafael Barba) and Peter Scanavino (Det. Sonny Carisi). Also guest starring Madison Pettis (Stacy Vanhoven), Colton Ryan (Andrew Drake) and Steve Rosen (Counselor Guthrie).
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