Stabler and Fin haven’t always seen eye to eye on “Law & Order: SVU,” but things never got too heated. Until the season 7 episode “Venom.” This episode featured Fin’s estranged son Ken, who was arrested while drunk searching for a body he said he overheard someone talking about in a bar. Things become more intense between father and son when Fin finds out that Ken called Benson first instead of his own father. Turns out, they don’t have the best relationship. That still doesn’t excuse Stabler for basically calling Fin a deadbeat dad.
That also doesn’t excuse what Fin says to Stabler about his daughter, Kathleen. The two argue about Ken, with Stabler accusing Fin of not truly knowing his son, and then Fin brings up Kathleen’s drunk driving.
“Like you know yours, right?” he argues. “Tell me, is your daughter still driving drunk or has she moved up to something stronger? Next thing you know, she’s gonna be swingin’ off a pole.”
Things almost deteriorate into a fistfight before someone separates them. The insults cut deep, as they’re mean to, but they’re unfair; neither of them know the entire story. Stabler doesn’t know the intricacies of Fin’s relationship with Ken, just like Fin doesn’t know about Stabler’s with Kathleen. They’re taking potshots at each other’s kids because they’re entrenched in a high-stress job, with more stress piled on top.
‘Law & Order: SVU’ Fans React to Stabler and Fin’s Fight
There are a few comments on the “Law & Order: SVU” Reddit page that mentions the fight, and fans have shared their reactions and thoughts about it.
“Stabler didn’t know the whole story,” one fan wrote. “It looked bad on Fin’s son’s part. Fin’s son Ken was digging up a grave or something while drunk after partying with his cousin Darius. But what Fin said about Stabler’s daughter was uncalled for.”
Another fan agreed with the comment but said that “instead of low-key accusing [Fin] of being an absent father” Stabler could have been more supportive of his co-worker in his time of need.
Ice-T actually addressed the moment in an interview with Hollywood Life in March. When fans questioned why Stabler and Fin were getting together for a civilized drink in “Law & Order: Organized Crime” despite their rocky history, Ice-T responded, “People say, oh, you and Stabler went at each other. I’m like, that was 15 years ago. Of course, in the writing, they’ll say, okay, you guys push up against each other. But I think they did that just to let people know that Fin wasn’t going to back down. They were building my character, not so much that I hated Chris [Meloni], but they just wanted to see somebody that wouldn’t back off.”