Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Personal Fouls (season 13)

Olivia discovered that there's going to be another new Detective joining the unit- she wasn't pleased. Olivia thought that it was difficult enough to train one rookie the ropes- they are not a day care center. Don told her that they were short staffed and reminded her something else:
Don: Elliot's not coming back, Liv
Olivia continued to protest about the difficulty of juggling the training- but it's not her call. If Olivia wanted to stay, she has to work with the other Detectives.
Don: ...All right? Let him go. And you can start by packing up his desk. We can't keep it as a shrine.
Olivia glared at Don before leaving.
Olivia packed up Elliot's desk, pausing a moment to look at a picture of Elliot and Eli. Meanwhile, Fin watched Olivia until he was given a new case.

The next day, Nick Amaro joined the squad and after being cleaned up, he went out with Fin for his first case
Nick: Can I ask you something? What's the deal with Benson's partner? I heard some things
Fin: Stabler...He was a good cop. He and Benson were together 12 years. That's a decade longer than my marriage.

Salute to the Children Gala

Allison Siko and Mariska Hargitay attended the Salute to the Children gala on October 26, 2005 in New York City, New York

My Second Ship

If Kathy wasn't around and the divorce went through, I would've liked for Elliot and Casey Novak to give a romantic relationship a shot. Casey started to work for SVU during season 5 as the ADA until the end of season 9 when she was disbarred for violating the Brady Law. Elliot and Casey knew each other before when they played against each other's baseball teams (cops vs lawyers). When Casey joined SVU, she got off the wrong food by her hands-on approach but eventually worked well together. I always thought Casey got along better with Elliot better than with Olivia. Casey and Olivia did try but they've butted heads so much so that Olivia went as far as reporting Casey to the DA. I have heard that Christopher and Diane Neal enjoyed working together. I've always enjoyed their episodes: Blinded, Impulsive, Poison, and Haystack. I was sad when Diane left but she did return during season 12, Chris's final season so they got to share an episode. Casey did return a few episode in season 13 after Chris left.

5 Minutes With Christopher Meloni

February 2011
Which cases do you think effect Elliot Stabler the most?
Oh, the ones involving children, no doubt. That, I just think, is a crime that he has a very difficult time wrapping his head around.

This season we saw Olivia thrown for a loop when she became guardian to a child. Will Elliot be facing any personal issues that might affect him in a similar way?
Well not along the lines of children. I think he's full-up right now. Five kids deep, so no more for Elliot Stabler, please. Don't send them to me. I can't really speak to that right now. We've kind of shot all of our episodes so no, we're kind of doing procedural and issue-oriental stuff so nothing deeply personal for Elliot in the next couple weeks.

Behind the Scenes

Allison Siko for Season 10's Trials

Episode Stills: Swing

Source: NBC

Affection: Season 10

 Swing- when Kathleen went missing, Kathy and Eli rushed to see Elliot at the squad. When Kathleen went to jail (thanks to Elliot turning in evidence) Kathy slapped Elliot in court and he knew he was in the doghouse.

Lunacy- Elliot told Dickie he gave up his dream when he realized that he had what he already had: Kathy with Maureen on the way
Wildlife- Kathy attempted to leave Elliot again when he failed to notify her about going undercover. Olivia reassured her and caved in. Olivia checked in on Elliot, who no longer had his undercover cell phone and wallet; Olivia gave him hers so Don can keep in touch. Elliot wanted Kathy to know too. He knew she was mad. Later Eli's crying woke up Kathy who attempted to get up for him but Elliot grabbed her arm. He's got Eli, despite being shot twice.

Like Grandma, Like Granddaughter

Bernadette and Kathleen have Bipolar Disorder

Kathleen Stabler

Kathleen Louise was the second child born to Elliot and Kathy Stabler, conceived not long after Elliot returned home from the Marines while Maureen was a toddler. Elliot was unemployed but managed to get his B.A. from a community college during night time and attended the Police Academy. While in training, Elliot was at a shoot-out that was televised- Kathy saw it and the shock triggered labor a month early. Luckily Elliot managed to witness and help deliver the birth. When she was little, Kathleen and her Grandmother Bernadette were partners-in-crime: they took Grandpa Joe's fedora and his last Cuban cigar for their snowman, which pissed him off.
By 12 years old, Kathleen was on the soccer team; an older friend quit school and soccer because she was pregnant. It affected Kathleen that prompted Elliot to talk to her about sex. A few years later, Kathleen got into trouble in school regarding her grades and was grounded.
After 20 years of marriage, Kathy had enough and left Elliot, taking the children and moved in with her mother. Elliot saw his kids from time to time and at one time got worried when he found Kathleen's old boyfriend on a list of HIV patients, but Kathleen never slept with him. Because of that, he broke up with her. However,  not long after Kathleen went to a party and did an illegal U-turn. Patrol pulled her over and smelled booze. She was arrested for Driving Under Influence. Kathleen didn't tell anybody about her father (she was scared of what he would do) until one officer found his courtesy shield in her wallet while she was arrested. Elliot managed to have the arrest 'go away' but it haunted them. Elliot relied on Kathleen to help with a case about high-school kids and alcohol- how easy it was to get access and progress reports from their social network profiles. Elliot realized his mistake of covering Kathleen's DUI arrested that she never suffered the consequences, so he burned her driver's license as there's no statute of limitations of being a bad parent. During the trial of Darius Parker, Kathleen's DUI arrest came to light and Elliot came close to perjury. Judge Elizabeth Donnelly resurrected Kathleen's paperwork and charged her. Kathleen was re-arrested while Elliot had to face the IAB. Kathleen was sentence to community service: picking up trash on the roads.
A year later, Kathleen stole Elliot's credit card, claiming to have bought books for college. But Elliot didn't believe her from the charges of her spending spree. Kathleen was caught taking a shower at the Fosters' home, escaping. Elliot and Olivia found Kathleen at the playground and took her home. She claimed to be high from pills, not knowing what they were. The next day, Kathleen snuck out and was found overdosed from the pills and with a boy she had just met. Elliot and Fin rushed her to the hospital where her stomach was pumped. Kathleen was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder. The Fosters wanted Kathleen arrested for their missing jewelry. So, she was charged with Grand Larceny 3 and Burglary 2. Kathleen claimed that she wasn't sick and refused help. Elliot tried to turn to his mother for help, but she refused to tell the Judge that she was sick, so he turned in the stolen necklace so Kathleen could be forced to get help. Olivia convinced Bernadette to see and talk to Kathleen in jail to face her problems. Kathleen agreed to get help, pleading guilty and to enter in-patient psychiatric treatment and take lithium while the Fosters agreed to the lesser charge of misdemeanor. Kathleen made improvements with her life- she helped Olivia to get through to Kim Garnet, who was in a physical abusive relationship with her boyfriend. Kathleen no longer drank so she became a buddy to escort fellow college students who drink and to be sure that they get home safety. But one night when Kathleen left for a few minutes to meet up a guy she liked for coffee while her buddy got raped by Chuck Mills. Kathleen helped with the Take-Back-the-Night rally where college girls share their stories. Kathleen's boyfriend got a hold of Chuck's disciplinary folder and she delivered it to her father. They both got into trouble as it was believed that Elliot told Kathleen to steal the folder but he didn't. ADA Sonya Paxton wanted to subpoena Kathleen but Elliot stopped her as Kathleen would have been kicked out of college. So, she was listed as an confidential source. 

Monday, March 25, 2013

Swing (season 10)

 A woman was showering and singing when a man came in, yelling at her to get out of his house. She jumped out of the window. Mr. Foster filled Olivia in until Elliot arrived at the scene, pissed off by the silliness of the case. Olivia had called him in with a surprise in the evidence bag
Olivia: Because she's your daughter
Elliot: Kathleen
Elliot went in the Foster home to do damage control as a misunderstanding from a drunk college girl. Olivia tried to stop him but no. Mr. and Mrs. Foster realized that Elliot was trying to cover up the crime when they found out that he was Kathleen's father. Elliot was told to leave.
Elliot went outside where Olivia was talking to a neighbor who knew Kathleen and tried to locate her.
 Elliot and Olivia went to Riverside Park; Elliot was worried about Kathleen. They saw her swinging at a playground. Kathleen was happy to see them and wanted Elliot to swing as if he was an astronaut floating in space. Elliot turned her down, taking Kathleen home. She didn't want to go.
 Kathleen was in her room brushing her hair when Elliot came in to talk
Kathleen: I don't want to talk about it Dad
Elliot: That's not an option
Kathleen: Fine. Yell at me, I don't care
Elliot: Kathleen, I don't want to fight with you. But you're in a lot of trouble here. You broke into someone's house
Kathleen: I didn't break in. The window was open
Elliot: That-- don't try to play me. you know legally it's a crime
Meanwhile, Kathleen took off a sterling diamond necklace and put it in her desk. Elliot was going to try to fix things so they won't get worst. But Kathleen had to tell him what happened. She claimed she had a pill from this girl and that it was her first time she took anything that was harder than vodka. Kathleen's sorry that she screwed up again. Elliot hugged her. Kathy came in with a cup of cocoa while Elliot went to leave
Kathy: Where you going?
Elliot: To find out who's pushing pills at Hudson
Elliot spoke to Julia, Kathleen's best friend and roommate, who filled him in on her wild behavior and being with lots of guys. Julia referred Elliot to Mikki Braithwaite, Kathleen's new best friend.
When Elliot approached her, Mikki mocked as a scared person being a terrible influence to Kathleen. Elliot searched her bookbag and found cocaine. He arrested her while Mikki quietly told him that she's really an undercover cop named Nikki Brisling from Narcotics; she wanted him to make the arrest look real.
Nikki filled Elliot in about her operation: Kathleen wasn't dealing, just using cocaine and downers (Valium). Elliot wanted to know who was dealing but Nikki refused- he knew better. Fin interrupted
Fin: Your wife's downstairs and she's upset
 Elliot quickly went downstairs to find Kathy with Eli in her arms
Elliot: Kathy, what's wrong?
Kathy: Kathleen's gone. She's gone!
Elliot: What do you mean she's gone? What happened?
Kathy: She said she was hungry so I made her a sandwich and when I took it up to her room, she'd snuck out of the window and down the oak tree
Elliot: What the hell were you thinking? Why didn't you just stay with her?
Kathy: Don't blame this on me!
Elliot: We'll find her, we'll find her
Kathy: Maybe she went back to Hudson?
Elliot: No, I don't think so. She's got some tension with her roommate
Kathy: Where do we start?
Nikki: I have an idea
Kathy (to Elliot): Who's she?
Elliot (to Kathy): It's a long story (to Nikki): What do you got?
Nikki told Elliot and Fin to check an abandoned dry cleaners where students like to go to get high. Elliot and Fin rushed off.
 Elliot and Fin found Kathleen passed out with a young man on top of her who they pulled off. Elliot realized that Kathleen overdosed (she took a punch of pills)- he lifted her up and rushed to the hospital
 Elliot watched the Doctor and nurses treat Kathleen for her overdose by pumping her stomach. A nurse spotted Elliot watching and closed the blinds.
 Dr. Parnell filled Elliot and Kathy in about Kathleen's condition- she has Bipolar disorder and had been self-medicating. Kathy asked questions about dealing with the disorder to help Kathleen until Elliot didn't want to hear anymore. He rushed out despite Kathy's objection, claiming he needed some air.
Elliot came out to the parking lot, frustrated; Don and Olivia arrived with news. Mr. and Mrs. Foster reported theft on a sterling diamond necklace, an antique family heirloom. Elliot thought maybe it was a mistake or a con- but they want an arrest. 
Elliot turned to Kim for help but she couldn't discuss it with him. But she advised Elliot to get a good attorney and admit her to a mental health facility if Kathleen admits she's sick.
 Elliot hired Carolyn Maddox and took her to meet Kathleen. But he wasn't allowed to be in the room for the introduction. Olivia came by with Detectives Carman and Jawarski to arrest Kathleen. Kathleen angrily ran out of her room, refusing to admit she's sick. Elliot didn't want her to be arrested but Kathleen did. Olivia promised Elliot that she'll stay with Kathleen as long as she could.
 Elliot and Kathy were waiting to meet with Carolyn, who just visited Kathleen in Central Booking. Kathleen was doing fine, perfectly safe. They discussed the Foster case- Kathleen was still refusing to admit she's sick so another option was to put the victims on trial. Kathy had a bit of a problem with that idea
Kathy: You want to lie to the Judge?
Elliot: We don't know what happened that night, Kathy
Kathy (to Elliot): Kathleen knows (to Carolyn): Why don't you ask her?
Carolyn: I don't want the truth, I just need a plausible story that gives the jury reasonable doubt
Kathy (to Elliot): You're constantly complaining about the dirty tricks that defense attornies play, and now you want to--
Elliot: That's work. This is about Kathleen
Kathy: No. This is about you
Elliot: Don't go there. I'm not going there. Don't go there
Carolyn realized that there's more to the story and offered a new option: Bipolar disorder runs in families. Show family history to the court. It's up to Elliot. 
 A woman answered the door, thinking that it was her friend Gladys. But she was surprised to see Elliot
Bernadette: Elliot
Elliot: Hi Mom
Bernadette invited Elliot into her home to make himself comfortable while she made a call to cancel with Gladys. Bernadette fixed herself and Elliot some lemonade.
Bernadette: It's so wonderful to see you, Elliot. You look great. How long has it been?
Elliot: I don't know. A couple of years
Bernadette: You didn't call me when Eli was born
Elliot: Kathy did
Bernadette: Well...How is everyone?
Elliot: Everyone's fine
But Bernadette could tell Elliot was lying. He filled her in on Kathleen's arrest and needed her help: Bernadette needed to go to the court to tell the Judge that she's sick. Bernadette was livid. She had done some crazy flamboyance antics that were fantasies. She needed to go outside for some air.
 Elliot went after her. He didn't mean to upset his mother, he just wanted to help Kathleen
Bernadette: Was I a bad mother?
Elliot: No
Bernadette: Well then how come I haven't seen you for the last 3 years? Every time I go to the city, I see Kathy and the kids, but you are never home
Elliot: Mom, it's the job. Things come up. I gotta do overtime
Bernadette: I heard that line for 27 years. Every time your father didn't want to do something, he suddenly had to do a double. You've been avoiding me!
Elliot: I'm avoiding you?
Bernadette: Yes
Elliot: The minute Dad dies, you sell the house and leave town, and I'm avoiding you?
Bernadette: Well, what was I supposed to do? Spend the rest of my life on my knees saying my rosary, praying for his immortal soul?
Elliot: He sure as hell needed it
Bernadette: And then some
Bernadette knew that that life wasn't for her, she wanted to breathe
Elliot: Couldn't breathe around your own son?
Bernadette: You didn't need me, until now
Elliot: You're wrong. I always need you in my life
Bernadette: But it wasn't you life, it isn't your life. You're living your father's life all over again. If you could find a way to be your own man
Elliot: I knew this was a mistake
 Elliot started to walk away but Bernadette continued; Elliot used to want to be an architect when he was little. Elliot denied it- it was kids stuff- he wanted to be a cop
Bernadette: It was your passion! Where is it? Where did it go?
Elliot: Into responsibilities! Into taking care of my children! I don't have the luxury to stay in bed for 3 days when things don't go my way!
Bernadette was starting to get upset again. Elliot apologized but wanted her to admit she's sick. Bernadette decided that she wanted to build a sandcastle like they used to do when Elliot was little (while Elliot remembered more about that day) and got lost into her world. Elliot had enough and left.
Later that night, Elliot went to the Fosters home to apologize what Kathleen had done and returned the necklace- he wasn't supposed to do that. Elliot believed that jail was the only way to save Kathleen.
 In court, Kathy and Elliot sat behind Kathleen for her arraignment. ADA Kirsten Torres mentioned the returned stolen necklace which shocked Kathy, Kathleen, and Carolyn. Kathleen lost her temper and attempted to attack Elliot but was pulled away by guards.
 Kathy was stunned. Elliot thought Kathleen will get the help she needed by being forced to take medication. Kathy slapped Elliot before leaving
Kathy: You bastard!
 Elliot was lying on a bunk bed in the crib when Olivia came in
Elliot: Kathy called?
Olivia: Yeah
Elliot: I'm in the doghouse with her
Olivia: Yeah
Elliot thought that he was in Olivia's doghouse as well. Olivia had been partners with Elliot for 11 years and he never mentioned his mother to her. Elliot made sure that the subject of his mother never came up- as things happen and he dealt with it, moving on. But losing his temper hadn't helped while bottling up his feelings.
Olivia:...Kathleen may be sick, but you're the one with the problem
Elliot: I'm through the looking glass her, Liv. I never thought I'd see my daughter locked up or glad she's in Rikers
Olivia: It sounds like you got it all worked out
Elliot: It was the only option I had.
Olivia leaves while Elliot went back to lay down.
 Olivia met up with Bernadette at a restaurant, meeting each other for the first time.
Bernadette: Well, I can see why you scare the pants off of Kathy. I was always grateful that there weren't women in the department in my day. Of course, Joe made do with chasing nurses...Does he ever talk about me?
Olivia: Today was the first time. I've always thought that--
Bernadette: I was dead? Yeah my boy plays it pretty close to the vest. Gets that from his father.
Olivia wanted to talk to Bernadette about Kathleen while Bernadette wanted to show Olivia pictures of Elliot when he was young. Elliot had erased his childhood after Bernadette made certain choices but she tried to be a good mother. Bernadette had never seen a Doctor as eccentricity was tolerated then, but Joe one time had her committed. They tied her down and forced pills down her throat. Bernadette accepted for who she was and lived life on her own terms.
 Olivia took Bernadette to see Kathleen in jail. Bernadette and Kathleen were partners in crime, always had fun. But Kathleen crashed and burned, she thought Elliot hated her. But he doesn't- or else he would've walked away. Bernadette told Kathleen a story when she and Elliot went out during a terrible blizzard- she wanted to chase after snowflakes. Bernadette pretended that the car was a sled until she crashed into a telephone pole. Elliot was scared, he begged his mother to stop and broke his arm. Elliot never told Kathleen the story. Kathleen needed to take responsibility for her actions and not pay the price like Bernadette. After the visit, Bernadette asked Olivia to not tell Elliot about the visit.
In court, Elliot was standing at the doorway while Olivia and Kathy sat behind Kathleen. Kathleen pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor and enter an in-patient psychiatric treatment. The Fosters accepted the deal. Judge Alan Rideanour accepted the plea. Charges will be dismissed when Kathleen complete her treatment, and she'll regularly take her medication, and check in in 6 months on her progress.
Elliot was surprised, wondering what just happened? Olivia told him that maybe God remembered how cute he was as a carrot when he was young (from the picture that Bernadette showed her) before leaving. Kathy and Kathleen hugged before leaving.

Note: Ellen Burstyn won an Emmy for Outstanding Best Special Guest Actress in a Drama series for this episode.
-It was Bernadette's one and only appearance on the show

Fin the Baby Sitter?

I do have every reason to believe that in the episode Swing (season 10), at one point Fin baby-sat Eli while Kathy was visiting Kathleen in the hospital room. There was no scene of Fin and Eli together so it's alleged but to me, it makes perfect sense:
 Kathy came over to the squad with Eli when she told Elliot that Kathleen was missing...Fin knew that Kathy was upset and overheard their conversation while lurking in the background
 Fin went along with Elliot to find Kathleen, who overdosed. Obviously, Elliot's mind would be instantly to take his daughter to the hospital- not first drop Fin off at the squad. I do think Kathy and Eli stayed at the squad while Elliot and Fin rushed out to find Kathleen until she got the call to go to a hospital, rushed over.
Kathy at Kathleen's hospital bedside with no Eli in sight. Elliot was also in the room while talking to the Doctor, so Eli wasn't with his dad either...
Another added bonus with the idea of Olivia baby-sitting Eli turned out to be void as she and Don got word that Kathleen's victims were after her with a lawsuit of theft.

Fin nor Eli were seen at the hospital- they could've been in the waiting room. My best theory is that Fin was baby-sitting Eli while Elliot and Kathy were with Kathleen- he was there when Kathleen was admitted and I'm sure both Kathy and Elliot would trust Fin to care for their baby son. Truthfully? I would've loved to have seen Fin and Eli have a moment- it could've been a cute/sweet scene.

Inside the Stabler Home: Dickie's Room

 In season 5's Home, Dickie's bedroom made an appearance. However judging from the photo above, outside the door you can see staircases. Does that mean that Dickie's bedroom was downstairs?
 It also appears that Dickie has 2 beds in his room- one regular as the top photo and the other as a bunk bed. I don't think he shared his room with Elizabeth though, since there's no girlie things in there. I believe that under his bunk bed, rather than another bed it looked like a desk. I've seen those around time to time with a desk underneath the bed, so it's not unusual.
 Another puzzling thing about Dickie's room is that there seem to be a mini-hallway with a door. I can understand a closet but a door? Did Dickie had his own bathroom? Or his own entry door, where he could come and go as he pleased?

Dickie's room appeared briefly again in season 8's Annihilated when Elliot went in to check on him sleeping. Judging from the door behind Elliot (as well as knowing that he had just checked in on Kathleen & Elizabeth earlier), Dickie's room's now upstairs rather than downstairs with it's own door from season 5.

I do strongly believe that Dickie always had his own room, never shared (except for maybe Elizabeth when they were babies) while Maureen?, Kathleen, and Elizabeth played musical bedrooms. Eli also had his own room.