Dick Wolf Productions promised us an epic crossover event between “Law & Order: SVU” and “Law & Order: Organized Crime” on December 9th. And you know what? That’s exactly what we got. Perhaps we should have been a little more careful about what we wished for, though. The events of the courtroom mirrored a full-blown soap opera. Not only did we see Richard Wheatley snap and threaten Carisi in open court, but we also saw low blows to the relationships between Benson and Barba. At the end of the day, though, that’s not why people are still trying to dissect the episode.
When it comes to the character that “Law & Order: Organized Crime” fans are most worried about, it isn’t Richard Wheatley at all. It’s actually his ex-wife, Angela Wheatley, played by Tamara Taylor. The two-hour-long special showcased just how dangerous she might actually be. To that end, the insanely talented actress just gave TV Line some insight as to the “incredibly terrible gray area” that her character now finds herself in.
Assessing the ‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’ Character’s Loyalty
Between the “Law & Order: SVU” part of the crossover and the “Law & Order: Organized Crime” piece, jaws were hanging on the floor by the end of the night. And it looks like the “Law & Order” world might have just found its new villain. We saw Angela confess her love for Elliot Stabler in court before it was later revealed that her poor state was most likely an act all along. But is she really in cahoots with Richard Wheatley? Or is she aiming to double-cross the world’s worst supervillain?
Taylor describes it as “An incredibly terrible gray area, yeah.” She then goes on to make a plea to the fans.
“What I pray the audience will remember — because as I’m reading some pretty wild stuff (by the way, the writers are going to town), I hope that everyone remembers what I am challenged to remember, which is that Angela knows that Richard killed her son, and tried to kill her twice.”
She then explores her character’s true motivations.
“Is there any way in hell she’d ally, that she’d actually go back with him for real? I don’t think so. In my heart of hearts, I just don’t think, unless she’s a madwoman herself, and that’s where she ends up, and I don’t think she is. So, I think she’s playing an angle.”
When’s the Next Episode?
So, here’s the bad news, folks. Season 23 of “Law & Order: SVU” and Season 2 of “Law & Order: Organized Crime” aren’t slated to return until next year. The new episodes hit NBC on Thursday, January 6th at 9/8c.
And the good news? We’ll see all our favorite characters return.