It's been no secret for the past decade that Law & Order: SVU fans wanted to see Mariska Hargitay's Olivia Benson reunite on screen with Christopher Meloni's Elliot Stabler, and when it actually happened earlier this year, viewers went wild. We've seen that the connection the two actors share isn't just one fostered by their characters, but that they're also friends off-screen. Now, though, after Law & Order: Organized Crime star Dylan McDermott shared a photo of himself and Hargitay, Meloni isn't having it at all.
Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni frequently drove fans nutty during their decade apart on-camera, as they would often hang out in real life and post about it on social media for all to see. Once word came down that they would, in fact, be back together as Benson and Stabler on SVU, and on Meloni's new spinoff Law & Order: Organized Crime, it made all of the Bensler stans very happy. The duo has spent much time over the past several months talking about just how "inextricably linked" they (and their characters) are, and now we seem to be getting a hint of jealousy from Meloni after his Organized Crime co-star, Dylan McDermott, shared a pic of himself and Hargitay on Twitter. Take a look!
Uhhhhh...OK, exactly what is even going on here? While this is probably a thought that we're all thinking, it seems clear that something similar was likely going through the mind of Christopher Meloni when he spied this photo of Dylan McDermott and Mariska Hargitay online, as well. Honestly, I can't tell if it would be more or less suggestive without the lower half of the photo. I thought McDermott was, somehow, wearing a kilt at first, and we all know what goes on under those. (Nothing...and everything all at once.) Hargitay sure does know how to make ripped pants, which still show nothing naughty, look, well, disproportionately naughty.
As their on screen reunion as Benson and Stabler quickly led to longing looks, and some very intimate conversations (even a declaration of love), audiences have yet to see anything truly hot-n-heavy go down between Christopher Meloni and Mariska Hargitay's characters, which might be what makes this shot stand out even more. If I recall correctly (Which I may not. It's been a long year, y'all...), McDermott's Richard Wheatley only ever spent somewhat significant time on the show with Benson during the Organized Crime finale, where it appears that this photo was taken, so how'd they get so close?
Of course, his "WTF?!" response is likely playful more than any real hint of a disturbance in the Christopher Meloni / Mariska Hargitay (Melonitay? Hargimelon?) force. And, that's good to hear, especially for Hargitay's real life husband, Younger star Peter Hermann. The man seems cool sharing her with Meloni, but do we think it would still be smooth sailing if she added Dylan McMermott to that equation? Let's hope we all never have to find out!
Law & Order: SVU and Law & Order: Organized Crime will both be back next season, but until then, feel free to see what you can watch right now with our guide to 2021 Summer TV shows!