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Munch guilt-trips Amaro on 'Law & Order: SVU' season premiere

Get ready for a crazy-intense hour of television when "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" returns next week. The season 14 finale ended with a cliffhanger that left the fate of Det. Benson (Mariska Hargitay) in question after a sadistic rapist and murderer turned up in her apartment with a gun pointed at her head.

But as riveting as the first hour of season 15 will be (and trust us, you're going to be white-knuckling the arms of your couch), the writers fortunately saw fit to give fans a little bit of a breather from the intensity. In a clip that NBC is sharing first with TODAY, the "SVU" gang offers a little bit of office humor before their day turns to hell.

As is often the case, the chuckles come courtesy of Munch (Richard Belzer), who tries to boost office morale by — what else? — guilt-tripping Det. Amaro (Danny Pino) into coughing up for some very expensive coffee.

Laugh now, because when the action starts, there's no stopping for air until the credits roll.

"Law & Order: SVU" returns with a two-hour premiere at 9 p.m. on Sept. 25 on NBC.