*Last night’s “Law & Order: SVU/LA” crossover episode “Reparations,” with Terrence Howard’s Los Angeles-based character popping up in New York, got a big “cheers” in TV Guide’s popular “Cheers and Jeers” blog.

The episode hinged on the attempted rape of a white woman by a black man (Vondie Curtis-Hall) who, as a young child, had been forced to watch his mother (Irma P. Hall) gang-raped by members of the Klu Klux Klan – one of whom was the white woman’s grandfather.

Below, Howard talks about the role of race in the episode. [Story continues below.]

Here’s what TV Guide’s Bruce Fretts wrote today about the episode:

In an unusually sober episode of the too-often sensationalistic series, Terrence Howard smoothly crossed over from “Law & Order: LA” as his character, ADA Jonah Dekker, flew in to defend his cousin (excellent “Chicago Hope” vet Vondie Curtis-Hall) on rape charges. The case pitted Dekker against prodigal ADA Casey Novak (the always-welcome Diane Neal), whose law license had been suspended for three years.

The crime’s roots reached back to the Civil Rights Era, with stunning revelations about the accused suspect’s mother and the alleged victim’s grandfather. With solid hours like this one, the future looks bright for both the yet-to-be-renewed “SVU” and “LOLA,” which returns in a revamped format on Monday.

Watch a clip from Wednesday’s “SVU/LOLA” crossover episode below.