Okay so technically, technically, Legislation & Order‘s Stabler didn’t ghost his former partner all over again when he went undercover with the Albanian drug cartel. “He did allow me know not to get worried about him,” Liv states early in Thursday’s SVU, the very first aspect of an SVU/Arranged Crime crossover. (And to go through a recap of the OC part of the occasion, go right here.)
However, after Stabler’s preceding disappearing act, you can have an understanding of why Benson is on edge. When Fin asks what Liv’s psychologist experienced to say about the circumstance, she smiles wryly. “He requested if it was triggering for me,” she suggests. “I lied and explained it wasn’t.”
But little does Liv know, her future hangout with Elliot is heading to come about considerably quicker than expected. Carisi prepares to go to the grand jury with a solid situation in opposition to a serial rapist named Gabe Navarro who sexually assaulted a girl at the evening club he owns. But Navarro is a negative dude who has ties to a significantly larger fish, 1 that each the FBI and Arranged Criminal offense have been monitoring for some time. So Liv and Carisi are called down to a mystery meeting… and Stabler is there, alongside with Sgt. Bell. “Liv, you are not likely to like this,” he suggests.
He is suitable! “You could not notify me you were undercover?” Liv whisper-snipes at her previous associate as all people is briefed. But their back again-and-forth is interrupted as Stabler is known as upon to explain to the team that he and Navarro crossed paths in Naples many years right before. Ultimately, Benson and Stabler have a moment to capture up. He claims Bell wouldn’t let him to tell anybody about his new assignment. She mentions that she had surgical treatment on her foot, and there are no potential customers on who strike her car or truck. Then an FBI agent announces that Navarro wishes to talk, but only to Stabler, and says it’s his connect with. “She’s the captain. It’s essentially her get in touch with,” Stabler states, and it may perhaps be the solitary best detail he’s at any time uttered.
Anyway, Organized Criminal offense, the FBI and SVU all begrudgingly perform collectively to raid the major fish’s residence, and they nab him. Stabler shoots Navarro in the shoulder in the method, but it is all allegedly in the name of earning it seem like Navarro did not support the cops. Even so, when Carisi goes to the medical center to arraign Navarro… he’s long gone, ferreted away by U.S. Marshals.
“Stabler lied to us,” the assistant district attorney states when he phone calls Olivia, irate. “We ended up performed.” Later on, Liv talks to Stabler on his burner prior to he goes again less than, and he swears he had nothing to do with what transpired with Navarro. “He instructed me to belief him, and I know him improved than anybody,” Liv suggests to a furious Rollins. “You utilized to,” the detective replies.