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Exclusive: LAW & ORDER: SVU Adds a Trio of Stablers for ORGANIZED CRIME Crossover

March 12, 2021 by  

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Elliot (Christopher Meloni) isn’t the only Stabler returning to the LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT universe: Isabel Gillies (who played Elliot’s wife, Kathy), Allison Siko (who played his daughter, Kathleen), and Jeffrey Scaperrotta (who played his son, Dickie) will guest star in the upcoming crossover that helps launch LAW & ORDER: ORGANIZED CRIME on April 1, Give Me My Remote has learned exclusively.

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Gillies in season 8’s “Screwed.” (Credit: NBC.)

However, it might not be the happiest of occasions. In the SVU hour of the April 1 two-hour event, “Return of the Prodigal Son,” a threat to the Stabler family is the catalyst for a reunion with Elliot’s old squad, as the One-Six fights to keep them safe and suss out where the danger is coming from.

Gillies, Siko, and Scaperrotta have a long history with the NBC series. (Though none have appeared since Meloni’s 2011 exit.) Gilles’ Kathy was introduced in the SVU pilot and made 31 appearances over the show’s first 12 seasons. Kathy and Elliot married young, and quickly had four kids: Maureen, Kathleen, Dickie, and Elizabeth. It was revealed in season 6 Kathy left him—and took the kids—but he resisted signing divorce papers until season 8. It didn’t last long, though, because he asked to come home, and Kathy was pregnant (with Eli) by the end of season 8.

The couple had their ups and downs post-reunion—including Olivia (Mariska Hargitay) convincing Kathy not to leave Elliot when he was unexpectedly pulled undercover, as well as major issues with Kathleen and Dickie—but they appeared to be in a good place the last time they were on-screen together in season 12.

In the original plans, Kathy was supposed to show up in the SVU season 21 finale, setting up Meloni’s eventual return to the franchise and ORGANIZED CRIME.

“We heard distant thunder about Chris Meloni[‘s Elliot Stabler] coming back in the fall,” SVU showrunner Warren Leight said on the official SVU podcast, “Squadroom”  in 2020. “We were going to lay a little groundwork for that. We were going to see Kathy Stabler come back, very upset—her son has been rolled by a team of ne’er-do-wells and may have been drugged.”

“We were going to revisit Simon’s seeming overdose and get to know the stressors on the Stabler family,” he continued. “What had happened to the Stabler family after Elliot both left SVU and apparently left them? We were going to lay some groundwork down in anticipation of Elliot’s return, of course, with his own series. We had the sense that the first episode of next year was going to bring Elliot back. We were going to foreshadow that and kind of explain a little more of what happened to [Olivia’s dead brother] Simon.”

But with OC being pushed—and Kathy returning at the same time as Elliot—it’s TBA how much of that original plan was able to be worked into the current crossover.

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Siko in season 10’s “Swing”; Meloni and Scaperrotta in season 10’s “Lunacy.” (Credit: NBC)

Elliot’s relationship with his kids was also complicated. Kathleen butted heads with her father, and acted out, including getting a DUI he tried to make go away. But it was revealed in season 10’s “Swing” she was bipolar—like her paternal grandmother. After getting treatment, Kathleen seemed to settle in a healthy life, including helping her father and Olivia with a couple of cases. (Siko made her SVU debut in season 3, as the second Kathleen; she appeared in 16 episodes between seasons 3-12.)

Scaperrotta’s Dickie—who debuted in the series’ second episode and appeared in 17 episodes—got along well with his father…until the last time we saw the duo together in season 11. When Dickie and his friend went missing, things spiraled when the friend ended up dead. Dickie lashed out at his father and Olivia, and also made it clear he intended to join the military as soon as he could. But that was a storyline that never got resolved. (And Leight was vague in the “Squadroom” podcast about which son they intended to bring back, so it’s unclear whether Dickie or Eli was set to be in trouble.)

With less than three weeks until the SVU-ORGANIZED CRIME crossover—which also sees Elliot reunite with his former partner, Olivia, for the first time in nearly a decade—NBC is still keeping most details about the new LAW & ORDER series quiet. So far, they have teased that Elliot Stabler “returns to the NYPD to battle organized crime after a devastating personal loss. Stabler will aim to rebuild his life as part of a new elite task force that is taking apart the city’s most powerful criminal syndicates one by one.” The drama also stars Dylan McDermott, Tamara Taylor, Danielle Moné Truitt, and Ainsley Seiger, with Ilene Chaiken showrunning.

Are you excited to see Kathy, Kathleen, and Dickie return to SVU?


LAW & ORDER: ORGANIZED CRIME, Series Premiere, Thursday, April 1, 10/9c, NBC


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One Response to “Exclusive: LAW & ORDER: SVU Adds a Trio of Stablers for ORGANIZED CRIME Crossover”

  1. KIM TRAYNHAM on March 13th, 2021 3:06 am

    I Love Stabler and Benson! I’ve been an faithful viewer since the beginning and was terribly disappointed when Stabler departed. Although I continued watching SVU, the magic was missing without Elliott. The other actors and actresses were fantastic but Stabler and Benson together ❤♥ makes that Franchise successful!