TV Guide; 2008
They've written me an awesome show this year. You'll learn about Elliot in a very deep long-term way
There are several "awesome" guest stars who interact with Stabler. On October 14, James Brolin shows up
He plays a hotshot astranaut and former Marine who was a surrogate father to Elliot, who himself had dreams to be an astronaut. He's in town for a conference when a female astronaut winds up dead. He then helps with the case
And the week after, we meet Elliot's mother, played by Ellen Burstyn. Why?
Things happen with my daughter Kathleen that only my mother can help me with. And she's pretty eccentric!