LAW & ORDER: ORGANIZED CRIME Post-Mortem: Mykelti Williamson on Webb and Stabler's New Alliance - Give Me My Remote : Give Me My Remote

LAW & ORDER: ORGANIZED CRIME Post-Mortem: Mykelti Williamson on Webb and Stabler’s New Alliance

April 14, 2022 by  

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LAW & ORDER: ORGANIZED CRIME — “Guns & Roses” Episode 216 — Pictured: Mykelti Williamson as Preston Webb — (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC)

[Warning: This post contains spoilers from the Thursday, April 14 episode,  “Change The Game.”]

Stabler (Christopher Meloni) made some moves within the Brotherhood on the Thursday, April 14 episode of LAW & ORDER: ORGANIZED CRIME.

After Brotherhood member Santos (Sebastian Arroyo) was arrested, suspicion fell on the newest member of the group, Stabler. But Donnelly (Denis Leary) had his old friend’s back: Not only did he support the detective, he made him his number two.

The promotion immediately came into play when Cassandra (Jennifer Beals) and Preston Webb (Mykelti Williamson) had art and weapons stolen from them. Preston summoned Frank and Elliot, asking for their help in catching whomever did it—but Stabler overstepped, agreeing to the job without consulting Donnelly. Donnelly, of course, was not thrilled, but the duo set out on their mission.

Ultimately, Elliot was able to quasi-get the job done: Donnelly went MIA, but Stabler met with the customs agent who felt he wasn’t getting enough for his work with Webb. Bell and the task force took custody of the stolen guns, but Stabler had another plan: Reunite Cassandra with her piece of art.

Stabler brought the piece to Webb, and made a play for an in with the Marcy Killers boss, suggesting Preston deal with him now.

Naturally, Webb was impressed by Stabler’s chutzpah. “Webb knows that Stabler is a cop,” Williamson notes. “He considers Stabler a dirty cop and he doesn’t fully trust Stabler, but he really likes Stabler. So Webb is trying to woo Stabler more onto his side.”

And much like Elliot’s complex relationship with Frank, as he gets to know Preston a bit more, he’ll also be drawn in. “Stabler finds that he likes Webb,” William teases. “He’s puzzled by, ‘Why do I like this guy so much, with all the stuff that he’s done?’ That’s the stuff you’ll see coming out as we go forward. But it’s an interesting, almost suspicious, bromance that that we’ve been navigating. It’s really been fun. Chris Meloni is a lot of fun to play with on-camera. He really is.”

Of course, that newfound bond might not bode well for Donnelly, as Cassandra expressed concerns to her husband about their former go-to dirty cop being unreliable.

“Denis Leary, who I love, has got a little crazy in him, and he’s bringing that to this character,” Williamson says with a laugh. “And it’s so much fun, because Dennis is like that little bad kid, Dennis the Menace, and he’s got so much cool surprising stuff, so many surprising goodies in his bag. What he contributes I think you’re gonna get a kick out of it. But it gets dangerous and that situation with Webb comes to a head, also. So these men will face off.”

Looking to his off-screen future, Williamson, who regularly directs in addition to acting, shares that Wolf Entertainment added him to the list of directors to be used for the 2022-23 season on “a couple” of shows. (He’s previously directed Wolf shows CHICAGO P.D., CHICAGO MED, and FBI.)

“I’ll go do some directing, but I go back and forth [between it and wanting to act],” he says, noting he also relies on his “great” professional team and supportive family for input into his next steps. “It just depends on when the opportunity [arises] and if I’m available to do it—and I’m interested in doing it.”

For now, Williamson is just “having the time with my life” on ORGANIZED CRIME.

“I just want to say that I’m just grateful to people like [casting director] Jonathan Strauss, [executive producers] Peter Jankowski, Dick Wolf, Terry Miller, Arthur Forney,” he says. “You know, Chris Meloni, and Danielle [Moné Truitt], they make it fun every day, because we put the work in and no one backs up. No one is afraid to work hard. So I’m digging it. And audiences should know that these guys really care about the content that they’re putting on screen. They’re passionate about it. It’s a fun place.”



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