Law & Order: SVU – Hargitay Educated Meloni on Benson/Stabler Dynamic

With only a little more than a day to go before Christopher Meloni (Elliot Stabler) and Mariska Hargitay (Olivia Benson) reunite during NBC's Thursday night two-hour, two-series "Law & Order: SVU/Organized Crime" crossover event, Meloni has been hitting the press junket to let viewers know what they can expect as he heads into his Dick Wolf-produced spinoff series (with the second episode "Not Your Father's Organized Crime" also featuring Hargitay).

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In this first clip, Meloni explains why the Benson/Stabler dynamic is so popular with fans- now more than ever. Well, to be precise? Meloni explains how Hargitay explained to him why the Benson/Stabler dynamic is so popular with fans:

Meanwhile, to get viewers excited for tomorrow night the "Law & Order" Twiter account asked everyone to drop their favorite Stabler GIF, quote or photo:

Well, Meloni wasn't going to leave that challenge unmet, dropping an image that pretty much shut down the conversation as far as we're concerned:

Starting around the 5-minute mark in the following clip from Meloni's visit to The Tonight Show, check out a more detailed look at the dinner conversation between Stabler and Ice-T's Fin- in particular, the smidge of jealousy across Stabler's face when Fin gives him the intel on what Benson's personal life has been like since he left:

In the following teaser, Meloni's Stabler knows that he's paid for his past mistakes, but he's not going to let that stop him from moving forward. As you're about to see, he's trying to make things right in a world that's changed- but so has he:

Here's a look at the previously-released teaser for the big crossover event focusing on the backstory leading up to the reunion- of particular interest is the focus on how Benson thought she knew Stabler only to be shell-shocked to learn of his sudden departure. Clearly, the two have some decade-old issues to deal with:

Law & Order: Organized Crime features Meloni returning to his Law & Order: SVU role as Elliot Stabler, rejoining the NYPD to battle organized crime after a devastating personal loss. However, the city and police department have changed dramatically in the decade he's been away, and he must adapt to a criminal justice system in the midst of its own moment of reckoning. Throughout the series, viewers follow Stabler's journey to find absolution and rebuild his life, while leading a new elite task force that is taking apart the city's most powerful criminal syndicates one by one.

Wolf executive produces along with showrunner Ilene Chaiken, Terry Miller, Fred Berner, Arthur W. Forney, and Peter Jankowski. Joining Meloni on the series are Dylan McDermott (The Practice, American Horror Story), Tamara Taylor (Bones, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Danielle Moné Truitt (Deputy), and Ainsley Seiger (American Waste) as series regulars, with Charlotte Sullivan (Rookie Blue), Nick Creegan (David Makes Man), Ben Chase (The Last Thing He Wanted), and Jaylin Fletcher (Snowpiercer) in recurring roles.

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.