Stabler and Benson again on ‘Legislation & Order.’ Twitter shouldn’t be OK

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Warning: This story comprises spoilers for the mid-season premiere of “Legislation & Order: Particular Victims Unit” and the sequence premiere of “Legislation & Order: Organized Crime.”

Good morning to Elliot Stabler and Olivia Benson, and Elliot Stabler and Olivia Benson solely.

Thursday night time’s epic crossover episodes of “Legislation & Order: Particular Victims Unit” and “Legislation & Order: Organized Crime” reunited dynamic duo Stabler (Christopher Meloni) and Benson (Mariska Hargitay) for the primary time in a decade, and followers of the long-running procedural drama misplaced their minds on social media.

In the course of the back-to-back mid-season premiere of Hargitay’s “Particular Sufferer’s Unit” and sequence premiere of Meloni’s brand-new spinoff, “Organized Crime,” Stabler returned to the NYPD after shedding his spouse, a somber plot twist that — let’s be actual — created a handy opening for the detectives to renew their long-mourned will-they-won’t-they relationship. (Insert side-eye emoji right here.)

The response to Stabler’s extremely anticipated comeback was, predictably, intense — and principally communicated via numerous GIFs and memes of individuals crying, screaming and collapsing on the ground. So yeah. That’s the place the “Legislation & Order” fandom is at proper now.

“Liv … and Stabler on my display screen once more,” one individual tweeted, together with a GIF of Jenna Fischer’s Pam Beesly breaking down in “The Workplace.”

“ELLIOT STABLER AND OLIVIA BENSON IN AN INTERROGATION ROOM TOGETHER AGAIN,” one other captioned a GIF of Sandra Oh’s Christina Yang sobbing and shouting “Anyone sedate me!” on “Gray’s Anatomy.”

As quickly as Stabler reappeared onscreen, his many admirers reappeared like clockwork on Twitter, shamelessly thirsting over his notoriously sizzling, uh… mood, and perpetually uncovered forearms.

“Elliot Stabler hasn’t been again for greater than 15 complete minutes and he’s already rolling up his shirt sleeves able to throw down god i’ve missed him,” wrote one individual.

“Stabler begins rolling up his sleeves and we’re not even 10 minutes in!” noticed one other.

And when Stabler and Benson lastly addressed the previous’s sudden, unceremonious exit all these years in the past in a climactic alternate, viewers had been conflicted about how they wished the seasoned interrogators’ relationship to maneuver ahead.

“I do know she’s a fictional character, however she’s one who has been in our lives for 22 years, so I’m blissful for Benson to have the ability to get this closure and have this convo with Stabler,” one individual mused.

“Half my timeline needs Benson and Stabler to kiss already and the opposite half needs her to slap him into subsequent week,” one other remarked.

The subsequent installments of “SVU” and “Organized Crime” are each set to air April 8 on NBC. Within the meantime, right here’s a sampling of ecstatic and unhinged responses to the fated Meloni-Hargitay reunion, together with some nostalgic commentary from the scene companions themselves.

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