By Annie Barrett
Updated March 04, 2010 at 10:49 PM EST

One week ago, NBC released video of a same-sex kiss between Mariska Hargitay and guest star Kathy Griffin in an effort to promote last night’s return of Law & Order: SVU. But it didn’t happen! The U.S. telecast cut directly from Kathy going in for the kiss to Mariska being all “Back off, bitch!” Or, in Law & Order language (LOL): Whoa, whoa, whoa, now. That’s not on the menu. I’m personally more outraged at the cheesy dialogue throughout and Benson’s “I wouldn’t go in there if I were you” warning than by NBC’s weird decision here. What do you think? Should NBC have kept the kiss? And will this show ever get the gay thing right?

Here’s the original scene, with the kiss (0:16):

And here’s what NBC ran last night, courtesy of Autostraddle (0:40):

NBC didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.