After 10 long years, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit brought everyone’s favorite TV detectives back together. Fair warning roommates, there will be spoilers ahead. Olivia Benson and Elliott Stabler eventually bonded during the latest installment in the series, “Return of the Prodigal Son”. The result was a wave of memories for SVU fans everywhere.
The guest appearance was part of a crossover event promoting NBC’s new spin-off, Law & Order: Organized Crime. Chris will star as a stabler in an elite task force fighting the most powerful criminal organizations in New York City.
In the SVU episode, Stabler’s wife is seriously injured after a failed car bomb attack. Benson arrives on site, recognizes the woman named Kathy and has the first tearful confrontation with Stabler.
Later in the episode, during a hospital visit with Kathy von Stabler and Benson, fans get the juicy conversation about Stabler’s departure.
“Liv, I’m sorry,” says Stabler to Benson. She tries to discourage conversion, but Stabler persists and Benson replies.
“Are you sorry you left? Or are you sorry you left and didn’t give me the courtesy not to tell me? “Benson asks Stabler. He replies “both” and she tells him again that he “went away” and that he was “the most important person” in her life and “just disappeared”.
We’ll get more answers later about where Stabler was walking all this time. Fin Tutuola, played by Ice-T, tells Benson that Stabler was working on a special task force in Rome, Italy.
Before this episode, the last time actors Mariska Hargitay and Chris Meloni portrayed the couple together was on season 12 of the show. Their characters shared the lead in fighting criminals who had committed sexual offenses and in assisting all types of victims.
Stabler’s time on the SVU team ended after he shot a young rape victim in the season 12 finale. Stabler tried to stop the victim from starting a rampage in the squad room. The deadly shootout meant the NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau wanted to review its files, and Stabler wasn’t here for it. Fans (and Benson) learned that Stabler had resigned from the police at the SVU season 13 premiere.
In real life, actor Chris left the show in 2011 to pursue other career opportunities. Mariska has played the lead role for the last ten seasons at SVU. Her character Benson was promoted from detective to captain, had a couple of relationships, and adopted a son named Noah Porter.
There’s no official word about future crossover events, but don’t worry. SVU show runner Warren Leight announced that this won’t be Benson and Stabler’s last reunion, according to Entertainment Tonight. So we can look forward to something!
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