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Stabler to Return to SVU

After keeping their secret under wraps for a year, Benson and Stabler reunite in the 18th season of 'SVU.' PHOTO/ www.popsugar.com
After keeping their secret under wraps for a year, Benson and Stabler reunite in the 18th season of ‘SVU.’ PHOTO/ www.popsugar.com

By Jamie Deliz

Published: April 1st, 2017

We need a bus to NBC! Fans are in complete shock! 

That’s right. The secret for this season’s “Law and Order: SVU” is out. 

Detective Stabler, played by Christopher Meloni, will be returning, and he should be knocking down your doors sometime soon for two episodes in the season. 

It’s been years since we’ve last seen the dynamic-duo detectives, Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Elliot Stabler, work together, fight crime and investigate sexually-based offenses.

However, Benson’s days as a detective are over. Now a lieutenant, in charge of the SVU squad, she has had her share of triumphs, a few fallbacks, and new partners, like Nick Amaro (Danny Pino) and Mike Dodds (Warren Leight). 

Benson, one of the strongest characters on the show and a particular hero in our eyes, is now faced with a few choices. She is in need of someone for her squad, someone who can look a crime in the eye and make it run for its life. 

There are many detectives in the NYPD, and Detective Elliot Stabler ranks number one as the best option for sure. 

So…why now? Well, it’s said that Sonny (Peter Scanavino) will be going back to Staten Island to his old precinct, possibly being demoted to a mall cop since construction right now at the Staten Island Mall is so hectic. Rollins (Kelli Giddish) will be going undercover as the manager of a fast food joint that serves raw chicken to customers, alongside Lt. Declan Murphy (Donal Logue), who will go undercover as one of her workers. And Fin (Ice-T)? He decided to go on a long vacation to Tahiti with his old partner, the cynically sarcastic but beloved Munch (Richard Belzer). A vacation for what, you ask? We’re not too sure. Supposedly, even after announcing his retirement years prior, Cragen (Dann Florek) is still on his cruise, so they’re most likely planning to meet up with him. 

How did it come down to this? In just a matter of a few episodes! I mean, ADA Barba (Raul Esparza) doesn’t even have the answers. 

It all happened so quickly, and with Captain Tucker (Robert John Burke) and Deputy Chief William Dodds (Peter Gallagher) on Benson’s case (for the millionth time), she has to make the decision to either move to a new precinct or take matters into her own hands.

And that’s when she will call Stabler, because he got sh*t DONE.

While trying to revive his marriage with his wife Kathy and his relationship with his five children—Maureen, Kathleen, “Dickie,” Elizabeth, and Elliot “Eli”—Stabler has had a hard time balancing his life at home and his life at work. After handing over his badge and gun, Benson couldn’t accept the idea of a new partner, until Amaro came along. But then he, too, couldn’t catch a break, and he was later transferred. And poor Dodds. His character hardly lasted two seasons.

But, being the only person she can truly rely on, Stabler accepted. After all, he got tired of going to his weekly crochet classes, which he goofs about.

Viewers couldn’t handle the, “Welcome back, partner,” opening sequence in last Monday’s commercial. But, will his return be in the episode entitled, “Stop Trump,” or “Kathleen’s Finally Going to be OK?”

Hints toward his returns circulated during the presidential election, when now-President Trump (yeah, April Fools) said that we needed more “law and order.” Well, Stabler’s return to the series was JUST what he meant—“okay?”

And who could forget the cute Instagram pictures? There was one taken in March 2016 and the other on Christmas. So, this project has been in the works for a year! But what about the reunion photo they took RIGHT after Valentine’s Day? Could a possible romantic relationship form between Benson and Stabler? Something some of us fans have been waiting for all along?

There were signs! We were all just blinded!

Of course, Stabler’s not coming alone. He’s bringing long-time friend and medical examiner, Dr. Melinda Warner, because, really, who else has been conducting autopsies in the last seasons…?

NBC is keeping these upcoming episodes on total lockdown. And like most criminal cases, one has to wait. And viewers have to wait once again.

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