‘Law & Order: OC’ Showrunner Hints at ‘SVU’ Holiday Crossover

by John Jamison
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Thanksgiving is upon us—a small consolation for all of you Law & Order fans waiting as patiently as you can for the crossover between Organized Crime and SVU on December 9. With weeks between us and new episodes, all we can do is wait and hang on to every single word offered by OC showrunner Ilene Chaiken.

Unfortunately, she’s been pretty tight-lipped about what promises to be some historic Law & Order moments. It is her job to keep those secrets, we suppose. But she’s a little slip over the past week or so, and the hints she’s giving us are juicy indeed.

“It will be a very Law & Order Christmas,” Chaiken told TV Line this week. “I’ll just say: I hope we don’t ruin Christmas for you for all time.”

Oh, boy. We can only hope she’s trying to misdirect us and that fans will fave their best Christmas ever because Staber and Benson have finally sealed the deal. It’s not the most likely result in the upcoming Organized Crime and SVU crossover, but a fan can dream.

We Have the ‘Law & Order’ Crossover Episode Titles and Descriptions

While Chaiken isn’t giving us any straight answers, we can take a little bit of comfort in the official titles and synopses of the shows’ crossover episodes. NBC was willing to give us that, at least. Law & Order: SVU’s next episode is titled “People Vs. Wheatley,” and there’s not a ton to unpack there. Season 1 OC bad guy Richard Wheatley (Dylan McDermott) is on trial for murdering Elliot Stabler’s wife.

The drama doesn’t end there, though, as Barba (Raúl Esparza) returns to the fold, defending the seemingly indefensible Wheatley. Oh, yeah, and he’s going up against his former mentee in Carisi (Peter Scanavino). The apparent betrayal of Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and virtually every good guy on Law & Order promises to deliver high drama.

Then comes the new episode of Organized Crime, titled “The Christmas Episode.” A less descriptive title, certainly. But all we have to go on from the description is that Eli Stabler, Elliot’s son, has gone missing. Naturally, Chris Meloni’s character goes to Benson and the Special Victims Unit to enlist their help finding him. It seems there may have been some resolution to the Wheatley trial by the time Organized Crime begins in the crossover event’s second hour because the final part of the description implies that Richard Wheatley is considering options.

Could Stabler’s nemesis be the one responsible for Eli’s disappearance? What does he have on Barba that’s motivating the former Assistant District Attorney to defend such a figure? Maybe the Raúl Esparza character wants the money, but something tells us there will be much more to his Law & Order return than that.

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