“Law and Order: SVU” Recap: Stabler Returns – Season 22, Episode 9


So, Elliot Stabler’s return to Law and order: SVU live up to the hype?

It depends on your L&O inclinations. If you’re enjoying a solid crime-o’-the-week episode, better luck next week. If you were looking for an exciting and emotionally messy tear-off from the interpersonal mess left behind after El’s abrupt retirement from the New York Police Department in Season 12, this was your Christmas..

The Hour was the first half of a crossover event which led to the premiere of Law and order: organized crime, the spin-off that follows Chris Meloni’s Stabler as he works with another NYPD unit. Read on for a recap of the SVU episode, titled “The Return of the Prodigal Son” (heh), then go here to read our recap of Organized crimethe beginnings of.

The episode opens with Olivia driving in the rain, rushing to a crime scene. End calls, wondering where she is, because everyone is waiting for her at the station. “You are the guest of honor,” he told her. Do you remember this award she received? She apologizes by telling him that she will show up when she can. When she arrives at the scene, which is a car bomb, she first notices that one of the victims – who is loaded into an ambulance – is Kathy Stabler. And when Liv hears someone calling her by name, she turns around and whispers, “Elliot?”

Yeah, it’s him. The former partners walk towards each other, looking at each other’s faces as if they can’t believe they are real. “They tried to kill her,” said Stabler Finall, somewhat in shock. “They tried to kill Kathy. This show is NOT. WASTE. ANY. TIME. Let’s go!

At the hospital, Fin fills Olivia. The bomb was in a rental car. Apparently the Stablers lived in Italy, as Elliot is the international liaison for the New York Police Department (!) In Rome (!!). (Liv speaks for all of us when she says, “Since when?”) He’s in town for a service meeting, but she’s come with him on a trip. And on a tip from Fin, they were planning to attend the party to celebrate Liv’s award.

While Liv waits outside the hospital, El comes out: Kathy is in bad shape, but she’s still alive. “Tell me she’ll be fine,” he said brokenly. “Kathy is a fighter. You know it, ”she replies. Next, Stabler’s children, Kathleen and Dickie, introduce themselves; they are surprised to see their father’s former partner, but they quickly go inside.

The squad quickly catches a suspect during an anti-police demonstration near the bombing. So naturally, Stabler shows up at the police station, quickly meets everyone who has shown up since leaving, and begs Benson to let him question the guy. “Liv, I give you my word, I’ll behave,” he said. Of course, this is a terrible idea. Of course, Stabler is far too angry and involved to be anywhere near the suspect. And from COUUUUUURSE, he’s almost putting the guy – I’m not kidding – 15 minutes away from the episode. It is glorious. Only Liv who walks right into El’s path is preventing him and her shirt sleeves rolled up from pointing the guy in the next week.

Olivia tears up her former partner on the roof when Dickie shows up: Kathy is awake. And what’s more, the suspect has pulled his mouth so hard that Carisi & Co. knows he wasn’t behind the car bomb. At the hospital, Kathy remembers nothing of the incident and is nothing more than a bunch of broken bones and internal bleeding, but even SHE doesn’t want to talk about anything other than the elephant in the room. “You really haven’t spoken for 10 years?” she asks. Liv confirms that she didn’t even know that Stabler was working for the force again. “That’s what Elliot told me. I didn’t believe him, ”Kathy said, starting to cry.

Later, in the waiting room, Stabler apologizes for losing control during the interrogation… and more. “Are you sorry you left, or are you sorry you walked, not giving me the courtesy to tell me about it?” she says. “Both,” he replies. We do this. They are both almost crying as she calls him out for the way he left (“I had to know from Cragen”) and how she felt abandoned afterwards. “You were the most important person in my life, and you just disappeared,” she said in a low voice. “I know,” he said, his eyes wet. “I was scared if I had heard your voice I wouldn’t have been able to leave. Forget Kathy: is Follow the one who could die.

During drinks with Fin, Elliot walks through his recent whereabouts. He did a “walkabout” for a few years, then worked in private security overseas, then joined the NYPD in his liaison role four years ago. He has more to do in New York, including testifying in a lawsuit against underage players he picked up in Puglia, Italy, months before. Fin also gives Liv a brief summary of Liv’s personal life over the past decade, including the fact that she has a son and has had a few serious relationships. “Who is this guy?” El wonders, but Fin smiles and says he’s going to have to ask Liv about it.

But enough lightness! Kathy goes into cardiac arrest! She eventually stabilizes, but we get it: There’s no guarantee Elliot’s other wife (yeah, I said that) is going to make it. Back at the station, Rollins asks Benson if she and Kathy were friends. “Over time, we got really close,” Liv says, because holding a person’s neck steady while they give birth simultaneously and a car accident really binds you.

The investigation continues, but honestly I’m just living for the next Stabler / Benson scene. But Rollins and Kat tracked down the guy who put the bomb in the car, and he hinted it was a job for hire. And then there’s legal stuff going on but – oh wait, Stabler calls Liv and she has a terrible look on her face…

She shows up at the hospital, where El looks at Kathy’s empty bed. She is dead. As Olivia walks over, he turns to her and slumps onto her shoulder, starting to sob. Liv kisses him, whispering “I’m sorry” as he collapses.

When he recovers a bit, we learn that Kathy’s spleen has ruptured and she died in surgery. “I couldn’t say goodbye,” he says. ” We were happy. »Oof. As he prepares to call his children – including Eli, who is in Rome – he makes Liv promise that Kathy’s killer will fall. This is going to be difficult, however, because the suspect they had in custody turns out to be dead in his prison cell; someone made it look like an overdose. But that’s where it ends for SVU: Garland informs Liv that the case is taken out of their hands.

Meanwhile, in the hospital chapel, Stabler kisses Dickie and Kathleen crying, while Olivia watches.

Next thing we know is a new day, and Stabler shows off his badge at the courthouse and interrogates the two Apulian villains in Italian (it’s hot), who he says were involved in Kathy’s death. . Then he warns them that they are dead men, and we are out!

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