‘Law & Order: SVU’: Here’s Why a Major Scene With Benson & Stabler Was Cut From Crossover Episode

by Matthew Wilson

“Law & Order: SVU” thrived in its early seasons on the chemistry and dynamic between Elliott Stabler and Olivia Benson. But when actor Christopher Meloni left the show, Stabler was forced into an early retirement.

Now that Meloni and his character are back, starring in his own spin-off “Law & Order: Organized Crime.” Fans were excited to see Benson and Stabler interact again. And the franchise wasted no time, having the two shows crossover during “Organized Crime” inaugural season.

But the crossover didn’t include one prominent scene featured in promotions. Images showed Stabler and Benson at a diner on “Law & Order: SVU.”

But the diner scene was notably absent from the final production of the show. So what gives? Well, it turns out the scene was scrapped due to production delays. “Law & Order: SVU” and “Organized Crime” ended up airing out of sync. And the show scrapped the scene because it spoiled events that hadn’t happened yet.

“So we had written our diner scene two episodes before [OC] shot the episode that preceded our diner-scene episode,” ‘SVU’ showrunner Warren Leight explained. For instance, the scene included a conversation that had “references to things that hadn’t happened.”

Unfortunately for fans, “[The diner scene] didn’t make sense once we’d seen the episode that preceded it.”

Elliot Stabler May Appear Again on ‘Law & Order: SVU’

But fans will have more scenes featuring Stabler and Benson to look forward to. Thanks to their natural chemistry, the duo tie together their two respective shows more than ever. For instance, in “Law & Order: SVU,” Stabler may appear in the last episode.

The show is bringing the series to a close with a wedding between Fin and Sgt. Phoebe Baker. And reportedly, Stabler is on the wedding invite list.

“It’s always bugged me that everybody in all cop shows comes from, or is in, a dysfunctional relationship or is not in a relationship at all,” Leight said. “So we just wanted to have somebody be in a good relationship for once.”

Meanwhile, Benson is definitely making her presence known on “Organized Crime” as well. The character featured in promos for the final episode of the season. That episode will reportedly tackle the chemistry and feelings between Stabler and Benson head on.

But Benson and Stabler are unlikely to spend as much time as they used to together. Both are lead characters on their respective shows. And, thanks to production on “Law & Order,” are unlikely to be the partners they once were. But one thing is certain, the two continue to entertain viewers both separately and together.