LAW & ORDER: ORGANIZED CRIME Post-Mortem: Ilene Chaiken Teases What's Next for the Mysterious Wheatley Women - Give Me My Remote : Give Me My Remote

LAW & ORDER: ORGANIZED CRIME Post-Mortem: Ilene Chaiken Teases What’s Next for the Mysterious Wheatley Women

December 9, 2021 by  

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LAW & ORDER: ORGANIZED CRIME — “The Christmas Episode” Episode 209 — Pictured: (l-r) Christopher Meloni as Det. Elliot Stabler, Tamara Taylor as Angela Wheatley — (Photo by: Ralph Bavaro/NBC)

[Warning: This post contains spoilers for the Thursday, December 9 hour of LAW & ORDER: ORGANIZED CRIME, the second hour of the SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT-OC crossover.]

Richard Wheatley (Dylan McDermott) may have been the one on trial during the LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT-ORGANIZED CRIME crossover, but the women in his life may be the most dangerous.

In the ORGANIZED CRIME hour, “The Christmas Episode,” Eli (Nicky Torchia) was framed for murder and his father, Elliot (Christopher Meloni) thought it was Richard, who was still in prison awaiting word on whether he’d be tried again. But Richard told him the only person with access to the cryptocurrency that was utilized for the crime was actually Richard’s daughter, Dana (Christina Karis). (Notably, Dana was MIA during her father’s trial.)

But whether she was actually responsible or not still remains a mystery, because Elliot and Ayanna (Danielle Moné Truitt) went to visit Dana’s mother, a still-recovering Angela (Tamara Taylor), who claimed to not know where her daughter was. However, when Elliot and Ayanna left, Angela revealed she was faking her lingering side effects from the poisoning…and hiding her daughter.

Angela warned Dana it would be best if she disappeared since the police were looking for her—and suggested Richard might be able to make it happen.

“Dana is out in the world and definitely up for grabs, in terms of whether she goes towards the light or the darkness,” ORGANIZED CRIME showrunner Ilene Chaiken teases. “That will be a big part of our story as well. And Angela’s role in all of it will be mysterious and I hope that you’ll be engaged by figuring out, really, whose side she’s on and what she’s up to and what her game is.”

Looking ahead to the next pod, with a new hacker in the mix (played by Robin Lord Taylor)—and the Wheatley organization notoriously utilizing tech to in their dealings—Jet (Ainsley Seiger) is “going to be prominent in this next arc,” Chaiken previews. “Because our world is technology. And that’s where she comes in. Some of the things that we’ve most enjoyed seeing her do, she’ll get to do more of in interesting ways in this arc—including maybe sparring with certain individuals that she sparred with before.”

Another familiar face returning? “We introduced in the first pod the young would-be governor, Teddy Garcia [played by Elliot Villar], who lost his wife tragically,” Chaiken says. “He will be back in our story as well.”

But despite Wheatley being free, one character who won’t be returning is federal prosecutor Vince Baldi (Josh Charles), whose deal-cutting with Richard is part of why the criminal was able to skate away without serving real time.

“[Baldi]’s out there doing other things,” Chaiken says with a laugh.



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