Elliot Stabler’s (Chris Meloni) longtime partnership with Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) on “Law & Order: SVU” made for an all-time tag team. So when Chris Meloni returned to the fold on “Law & Order: Organized Crime,” fans wondered what his character’s job would entail. Was he going to work alone? How could the franchise’s newest title hope to duplicate the dynamic between Benson and Stabler? Well, leave that to Danielle Moné Truitt.
As Sergeant Ayanna Bell, Danielle Moné Truitt is the commanding officer in charge of a unit with the Organized Crime Control Bureau on “Law & Order: Organized Crime.” Ayanna Bell also happens to be partners with Elliot Stabler. After losing his wife, Stabler returned to the NYPD a changed man compared to his former self on “SVU.” Bell has taken it upon herself to keep an eye on him. Naturally, Bell’s position as Stabler’s boss leads the two into conflict at times.
But according to Danielle Moné Truitt, the two characters only butt heads because they’re so committed to looking out for each other.
“We definitely have each other’s back. Stabler and Bell definitely have each other’s back even when though they do bump heads. But they only bump heads because they have each other’s back, if that makes any sense. Because like, you know, especially Bell, because she’s his boss. She respects him, of course. But at the end of the day, if anything goes wrong on these cases, it’s going to fall back on her before it falls back on him,” Truitt told TV Insider earlier this week.
Truitt knows a thing or two about playing a team member in law enforcement, too. Before “Law & Order: Organized Crime,” she starred on “Deputy” as Deputy Charlie Minnick.
‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’ Star’s Job Is Basically to Keep Stabler On Track
With the second season of “Law & Order: Organized Crime” getting underway this week, we can look forward to a better look at the dynamic between Bell and Stabler. Season 1 was only eight episodes worth of action revolving around a single case. It will be interesting to see how Bell handles the inevitable chaos that will stem from Stabler going undercover with an Albanian crime family in Season 2.
After all, Danielle Moné Truitt claimed that her character’s job was basically to keep Stabler from doing anything entirely out of line. And he’s already tested the limits.
“She already lost one of her CIs, and then Morales as well. You know, that’s traumatic. This season, Bell is kind of still working through those things as she continues to fight crime with Stabler and try to keep him on track. Because we all know that he can go a little left sometimes… reel him back in,” Truitt finished.