On episode 5 of Law & Order: Organized Crime, it seems like Eli Stabler Jr. is getting into some trouble. In the episode, his grandmother, Bernadette, suspected that he had stolen pills from her. Bernadette, Stabler’s mother, is severely bipolar and hasn’t been taking care of herself. As a result, Stabler takes care of her. But it seems like Eli has been getting into her prescriptions.
Eli and his friends plan to sell Bernadette’s Valium; but, before they do that, Eli’s friend convinces him to try some, just to see how he’d feel. Benson goes over to Stabler’s apartment near the end of the episode, to check on Eli. She hears suspicious noises in the bathroom, and once Eli leaves and Benson goes in, she notices a few pills on the floor. So, Bernadette’s suspicions were correct, and Eli is messing around with her medication.
Currently, Stabler is undercover trying to bust an Albanian trafficking ring, but Benson thinks it’s time for him to come home. She tells him as such in the two-part crossover episode, saying he should come back “before Eddie Wagner takes over, and Elliot Stabler is nowhere to be found.” It seems like Benson is worried that Stabler’s undercover identity might get him into some serious trouble, and that he’s taking unnecessary risks. Especially now that his youngest son is getting into prescription drugs.
Benson reminds him that he needs to be there for his family, that he can’t let the job take over. Which has always been hard for Stabler.
‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’: Stabler May Not Be Undercover for Much Longer
Stabler has cracked the trafficking case wide open, but at what cost? The Albanians now suspect there’s a mole in their organization, and they’re going to go right to Stabler. Eddie Wagner is a new guy in the ring, he’s got to look suspicious. Now Rita, one of the girls who was tricked into sex trafficking by Flutura Briscu, knows his true identity. It’s going to be hard to keep it under wraps now.
Stabler’s been taking great risks over the first few episodes of Law & Order: Organized Crime season 2. He’s letting himself truly become Eddie Wagner, and it could mean that he loses himself later. He has to live with things he does while he’s undercover; if he ends up killing someone, he has to deal with the consequences, he can’t explain it away.
It might be hard for Stabler in the future to reconcile things he did while undercover, things he missed while on the job. For instance, Eli getting into drugs. The son of a cop is getting into selling prescription drugs, and his dad is busy being undercover to really talk to him about it. That’s a risk and a consequence Elliott Stabler is going to have to face later. Let’s hope he’s up to the challenge.