‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’: Why Stabler’s Undercover Gig May Be Over Soon

by John Jamison

Elliot Stabler’s badass undercover alter ego—which Law & Order: Organized Crime fans have come to love (and hate) through the first episodes of Season 2—is in grave danger. Infiltrating the Albanian mob as Eddie Wagner, Chris Meloni’s iconic character has never been so unhinged. He’s taken extreme measures in the interest of preserving his fake identity, and the charade can only last so long.

On Thursday night’s installment of Law & Order: Organized Crime, titled “The Good, the Bad, and the Lovely,” Stabler’s undercover self blew the Albanian’s sex trafficking ring wide open. As a result, Flutura and the rest of the criminal enterprise were faced with a dilemma. The only logical way things could have played out so terribly for them was the presence of an informant.

Now, the Albanians are on high alert for anything remotely suspicious. And it’s hard to imagine them looking past new guy Eddie Wagner in the heat of their paranoia. For that reason, and the fact that Rita knows who he is now, Stabler’s undercover work is in serious jeopardy.

That’s not all. Elliot Stabler’s son, Eli, is getting into trouble on the homefront. For Meloni’s character to deal with it appropriately, he’ll have to shift his focus from the undercover work.

Further, we know for a fact that the Albanian narrative is but one of three main points of focus for Law & Order: Organized Crime Season 2. Thanks to comments from executive producer Dick Wolf, fans can expect one part Godfather, one part American Gangster, and a dash of Scarface in there to keep things interesting.

Before long, the show will need to turn Stabler’s attention to other major plot points. Like Dylan McDermott’s Richard Wheatley, for example. Stabler can still take the Albanians down from the outside if need be.

‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’ Fans Have Reason to Rejoice Stabler’s Undercover Stint Coming to an End

Longtime Law & Order fans have had a love-hate relationship with Chris Meloni’s Elliot Stabler this season. His behavior has not been the easiest to watch, prompting many to want the undercover saga wrapped up. Beyond that, however, is the issue of Eddie Wagner’s beard.

That’s right. Perhaps the most divisive aspect of Law & Order: Organized Crime thus far in Season 2 is the goatee Meloni’s character has been rocking. Some can’t get enough of the rugged look.

Others, not so much.

There’s no guarantee Stabler would ditch the beard once his undercover work ends. But plenty of fans have a vested interest in him doing so.