TV Fact or Fiction: A 'Law & Order: SVU' Hostage Crisis

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For the sake of entertainment, television shows -- even the reality ones -- often take artistic liberties in telling their stories. Sometimes the plot lines exaggerate reality and other times they mimic it, so viewers are left wondering, "Was that true? Could that happen in real life?" Now's your chance to play TV detective and uncover the truth once and for all!

TV Fact or Fiction returns with a question from this week's episode of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," titled "Father's Shadow." When the 19-year-old son of a reality-TV producer takes hostages, Detective Benson (Mariska Hargitay) has no choice but to enter a hostage negotiation situation by offering herself up as a hostage to rescue a wounded woman.

What do you think? Is it a real tactic for officers to exchange themselves for a hostage?

Watch the hostage scene here:

Use the slider below to let us know what you think, and check back tomorrow when "Law & Order: SVU" technical consultant Timothy J. Hardiman reveals the truth from the set of the show!

"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" airs Wednesdays at 10 PM on NBC.

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