About Last Night...LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT, GREY'S ANATOMY, LAW & ORDER: ORGANIZED CRIME, and More - Give Me My Remote : Give Me My Remote


June 4, 2021 by  


LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT — “Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing” Episode 22016 — Pictured: (l-r) Christopher Meloni as Detective Elliot Stabler, Mariska Hargitay as Captain Olivia Benson — (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC)

Let’s talk about Thursday night’s TV!MANIFEST: Ugh, I feel awful for Mick. (And also wonder how permanent her leaving the job will be.) It’s interesting, because I know the show was originally conceived with a six-year plan in mind, but it really feels like we’re about the enter the final chapter. Not the final couple of episodes, per se, but almost like we’re about the hit the final season. (Also, Cal, BAD IDEA. VERY BAD IDEA.)

LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT: I can’t say I exactly get why Fin and Phoebe didn’t get married—especially since Fin was (correctly) complaining about the wedding growing despite the ongoing pandemic; I thought they’d postpone it to do it properly, frankly—but I’m glad they’re staying together.

Rollins and Carisi’s big moment was a long time coming, but also bittersweet, because, um, does she know about Nicole? I’m assuming no, because despite their feelings, I would think she probably would have at least asked where Nicole was, etc. And, look, it’s clear Carisi and Nicole are not on the same page, at all—and he’ll always drop everything for Rollins—but…

It’s still a little surreal that Elliot is back in the LAW & ORDER world, and even more that the season ended on him and Olivia, in their own little bubble, toasting to partners—after discussing that Fin’s life partner, Phoebe, was his former work partner, too.

I honestly don’t know if this was intentional or just reading too much into it, but the simplicity of that final moment reminded me of Olivia’s advice as Carisi was trying to write the ceremony: he wanted to be over descriptive about romance, and Olivia advised him to just simply use the word love. Did I wish that maybe something would have been said about Elliot going to a wedding (as far as he knew) so close to being widowed? Yeah. And a lot could have been said, or implied, after Olivia revealed Fin and Phoebe’s origin, especially given how ORGANIZED CRIME’s last episode ended. But as the writers have already acknowledged, this season was weird, as they were working on different schedules, both in writing and production. I look forward to seeing what they do

I worry about Garland, though, and how that’ll play into next season. Him being railroaded by his bosses wasn’t a surprise. Him having (understandable) health issues in the aftermath of that stress?! Not as great. I’m glad he’s taking care of himself, but it shouldn’t take him figuratively killing himself to get justice or right some of the wrongs of the department. But I’m also curious how much they can play with this storyline next season. It’s worth exploring, obviously, but the writers were able to make this a more sporadic throughline this year. Next year, it feels similar to what Atwater went through at the end of last year/start of this year on CHICAGO P.D.—once the department is gunning for you, they’re not going to just take breaks. So will this permeate every facet of Garland’s job until he can find a way out or quit?

GREY’S ANATOMY: I get why they needed to jump so far in advance to catch up to modern times, but I do mourn how much time we lost in the finale, in part because it made the hardest part of the hour feel a bit unearned. Yes, Amelia and Link had problems for an episode or two, but they had been the most solid duo on the show for a bit. (Which is actually crazy to realize? Yes, Teddy and Owen, as well as Richard and Catherine, have been around longer, but it feels like Amelia/Link had a longer, more recent stretch of happiness.) For him to double down on the proposal—without talking to her, when they’re already linked through a kid, so, uh, maybe be sure??—and to involve Meredith’s kids….and then them split like that? Ugh.

I did, however, love Teddy and Owen’s second engagement. He made it snow for her!

I do wish we had seen more of Meredith’s new job and recovery. I get it might have been hard to see her struggle for so long, but it felt like we skipped through important steps. Alas.

(Few things on TV this year have made me as emotional as the vaccination montage.)

LAW & ORDER: ORGANIZED CRIME: While ending the season on a cliffhanger wasn’t a surprise, I’m definitely shocked more of the Wheatley case wasn’t wrapped up. As it stands, it feels like virtually none of it was? Outside of, maybe, Morales? But even with Morales, if he was dirty the entire time, it feels like he wasn’t the only mole. Because, for instance, who called Elliot to get him away from the car? (Bell also needs a freaking break. Morales—seemingly?—using her to utilize suicide by cop is going to mess her up for a long time.)

Was anyone else watching the scene with Angela in the bathroom, worrying/dreading that she was about to kill herself? I was so prepping myself for that, I didn’t see the poisoning coming. (Also, good luck to Washburn, because Jet is going to encrypt his phones so thoroughly I doubt they’ll even be usable for anything beyond calls going forward.)

I am surprised Wheatley didn’t derail Elliot’s life more, though. If he wanted to get to Olivia, why not say something about her being the one true love of Elliot’s life or about the Elliot/Angela hookup. There’s a time to be coy, but it’s not when you’re backed into that much of a corner. And Richard would have delighted in blowing up Elliot’s life, even if the shows didn’t contend with it until next season when the dust settled.

But, uh, Richard having access to Elliot’s phone—or at least being able to clone his number and send her Olivia texts—feels dangerous as hell.

It wasn’t the biggest moment of the finale, but, man, I love Bell and Stabler’s partnership. The fact he called her when he was panicking and they could just exist (plus stare pointedly at the hole STILL IN HIS WALL and joke about his lack of food) together and find comfort was so, so lovely. I’m glad they have each other’s backs.

I do wonder how many of the people Wheatley named in his meeting with Baldi will play into season 2. Did we meet our season 2 Big Bad(s), subtly, that way?

REBEL: Well, Grady’s kid didn’t stay a secret for long. And, somehow, even messier than I expected?!

I really hope we get resolution in the case storyline by the end of the season. I complain every week about enjoying the show and knowing it’s ending, but we’re getting so close. Sigh.

Which shows did you watch last night?

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