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How 'Law & Order: SVU' Reintroduced Elliot Stabler

Stabler and Liv, together again — but not on great terms. Christopher Meloni‘s character made his long-awaited return during on the Thursday, April 1, episode of Law & Order: SVU, making his first appearance since his 2011 exit from the show. So, how did he come back? And what was the reunion with Mariska Hargitay‘s Olivia Benson like after 10 years? Well, it wasn’t all rainbows and puppies. BFFs! Mariska Hargitay and Chris Meloni’s Sweetest Quotes About Each Other Read article Spoiler alert: Stabler is not in a good place. He reunited with Benson only two minutes into the first hour of the crossover after she arrives at the scene of an accident and sees his wife, Kathy (played by Isabel Boyer Gillies) being taken away in the ambulance. “He tried to kill Kathy,” Stabler says after they come face to face. It’s revealed that Stabler has been living in Italy as an NYPD liaison, making the situation even more complicated: Someone planted a bomb in the rental car that Kathy was getting into, and it seemed Stabler was a target. Immediately, Elliot acted as though he was leading the investigation — seeming to forget that Benson is now the captain. He later apologized, telling her, “It’s your house now.” Stars Who Left ‘SVU’: Where Are They Now? Read article But he needed to apologize further — and he knew it. “Are you sorry for leaving or are you sorry for not giving me the courtesy of telling me?” Benson asked. “You walked away. That’s what you did. … Elliot, you were the most, single most important person in my life, and you just disappeared.” His response was simple: “I was afraid if I heard your voice, I wouldn’t have been able to leave.” At the end of the first half of the crossover, Kathy died following the cardiac arrest, and Elliot cried while embracing Benson. Meloni, 59, last appeared on the show in the May 2011 season 12 finale. During the episode, a murder victim’s daughter shot and killed three people; in a move of self-defense, Stabler fired in her direction, and she ultimately died in his arms. Because he chose to exit the show over negotiations after season 12 wrapped, he never had a dramatic exit. TV Stars Who Left Shows and Came Back Read article On the season 13 premiere, it’s revealed that Stabler went on administrative leave and when he was told to go under psychiatric evaluation, he refused and retired from the NYPD without telling Liv. “How my character left was really unsatisfying, I think,” he told the New York Post in 2020. “How I left was a different …

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