I was hoping that Ed's departure would be a little more tame, like having a parent die or taking some vacation time. Alas, since this is Law & Order they have to do something dramatic, as well as provide a storyline for a L&O/L&O: Trial By Jury crossover. That's a show I can't get into at all- it's because I like the cop part more.
Oh, and I've become addicted to SVU. Mariska Hargitay is amazing as Det. Benson.