The paths of Benson and Stabler, who now are on their very own Law & Order shows, briefly intersected last night in a delightful crossover event. And Hargitay (Olivia Benson) ignited some embers after the show was over when she posted an old photo of herself and Meloni (Elliot Stabler). They do love each other, don’t they.
In the photo, Hargitay has her eyes closed and is resting her head on Meloni’s strong shoulders. Meloni is shushing, asking for quiet. We don’t want to wake her up. We imagine she’s safe and comfortable after a long day of work at Law & Order: SVU.
Hargitay captioned the photo: “That’s a wrap. Until next season. What’s in the Letter. She tagged Meloni in the photo and promoted both Law & Order SVU and Law & Order Organized Crime. And she also wrote #P4L. Is that partners for life?
Both Characters Appeared In Law & Order: SVU and Organized Crime in Crossover
Both Law & Order: SVU and Organized Crime enjoyed their season finales Thursday night. SVU pulled the curtains down on season 22. Meanwhile Organized Crime closed out its debut season. Both shows return in the fall. Stabler, Meloni’s character, was given new life for his own Law & Order franchise. He’d been Benson’s partner on the show for the first dozen seasons. Then Meloni quit the show and writers decided that Stabler retired from the force.
In the opening moments of the premiere of Law & Order: Organized Crime, we learn that Stabler was back in NYC after living in Rome. Someone killed his wife with a car bomb intended for him. And a season of episodes was born. The only reason Benson knew Stabler was back — the two hadn’t seen each other in 10 years — was she ran into him at a crime scene.
But let’s get back to Benson and Stabler and all that chemistry created on Law & Order: SVU. Meloni appeared late in the SVU finale. There was supposed to be a wedding between two of the show’s characters. Stabler asked Benson how the lucky couple met. She told him on the job, as partners.
The two then toasted with their wine glasses.
“To partners,” Benson said, as she looked at Stabler. Oh, my.
And after that photo teasing Law & Order: SVU on Hargitay’s Instagram, there were a whole bunch of fans demanding the obvious.
One wrote, in all caps: “IF YALL NOT TOGETHER NEXT SEASON I WILL BE FIGHTING EVERYONE UP IN PRODUCTION.”
Another fan answered: “Please. Summon us as ur army, you won’t be fighting Production alone!!!”