‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’ Star Tamara Taylor Says Angela May be More of a Liability Than Asset for Stabler

by John Jamison
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How would you handle two poisonings in a single day? We’re going to go out on a limb and say it probably wouldn’t go over very well. Tamara Taylor’s character, the key witness in the case of Kathy Stabler’s murder, is recovering from her ex-husband’s attempts on her life. But how far along will she be by the time she takes the stand during the Law & Order: Organized Crime/SVU crossover?

In all likelihood, Angela Wheatley will be a liability out there. It’s not her fault, of course, but recovering from a nerve agent is no easy feat. Her memory is still compromised, as are her motor functions and speech. Not only is she vulnerable to aggressive lines of questioning from Rafael Barba (Raúl Esparza), but her testimony might very well prove inadmissible.

During an interview with TV Insider, Tamara Taylor discussed her character’s inevitable struggles on the stand.

“It goes as well as one would expect, given her state. Certainly, Raúl’s character gets her between a rock and a hard place and, unfortunately, exposes — just gets his point across, which is not as fun as it could be because, of course, we want Richard to go down. I think she kind of maybe flubs it up there on the stand, not purposefully, but I just don’t know if she was the tight and strong witness that Bell and Stabler hoped she would be,” said Taylor.

And you really can’t understate Angela Wheatley’s impact on this trial. After all, it was Angela who put the hit out on Kathy in the first place. She was under the impression that Stabler had killed her son at the time and sought revenge.

It Doesn’t Help That Angela Has Rafael Barba to Contend With on ‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’

First of all, it’s important to understand how intertwined Law & Order: Organized Crime and SVU will be when December 9 rolls around. Almost the entire cast of characters we’ve come to love on OC will be playing out this trial during the SVU portion of the event.

That means opportunities for some old Law & Order: SVU staples to cross paths with newer OC players. Unfortunately for Angela Wheatley, one of those staples is talented defense attorney Rafael Barba. Tamara Taylor raved about her scene partner.

“Oh my God, just as an actor, I felt like it was like an acting clinic watching him work. It’s just like, holy God, this man is amazing. And not only is Raúl so good — he’s just such an amazing actor — but Barba’s great at his job. He’s insane and really tough to go up against, so I as an actor was a little nervous, and certainly, I’m guessing Angela was,” continued Taylor.

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