Every good police show has a character that skirts the line to get justice. Danny Reagan on Blue Bloods and Lennie Briscoe on the original Law & Order comes to mind. But there are countless others.
But one Law & Order: SVU fan on the show’s subreddit theorized that Elliott Stabler went too far in his pursuits of justice. In fact, he thinks Stabler would have been looking for a new job by season 2.
So I’ve been thinking this for a while and I was curious how the rest of us fans would react or feel. I strongly feel that Stabler would of DEFINITELY been kicked of the force probably not too long after he joined SVU. Not just in this day and age. Even back in the late 90’, I was alive and in my late teens, and early to mid 2000’s his actions would of led to his dismissal. Not just for putting his hands on perps, big no no as far as I know, also the amount of times (Capt.) Kragen told him and Liv to stay away from well anything that could compromise the case and they both ignored orders from a superior.u/Ok-Ad429, Stabler
The comment kicked off an interesting conversation about police work and where do we draw the line between tough cops and criminals.
“Yup, but it’s not just him,” one person responded. “I think everybody had at least one to two of those moments that would warrant a firing in an ideal world. … There’s lots of yelling and threatening between other detectives and suspects, especially in the earlier seasons in interrogation rooms. The latest what shocked me was Rollins threatening Henry Mesner, mostly since it’s 2021 and that kind of talk wouldn’t be something used & utilized since it’s grounds for suing at minimum.”
Stabler Takes Vendetta to ‘Law & Order: OC’
It’s unlikely we’re going to see a calmer more calculate Elliot Stabler on Law & Order: Organized Crime. In fact, it’s likely to get worse considering what we know about Richard Wheatley (Dylan McDermott) and his wife.
We learn in the second crossover episode that Richard Wheatley’s wife had Elliot Stabler’s wife whacked…
During Stabler’s tenure on SVU, he racked up 6 shootings and numerous beatings of suspects. In his April 1 return, his former partner Capt. Olivia Benson said he doesn’t have an anger issue. He just cares too much.
“It wasn’t just testosterone,” Benson says when his record is called into question. “It was because he cared. So much.”
Now that a crime lord has killed the love of his life, it’s not likely he’s going to “care” any less. In fairness to Law & Order: Organized Crime, the show is trying to work in how the NYPD has changed in the 10 years Stabler’s been away. But whether he can adapt is a different story.