[Warning: The below contains MAJOR spoilers for Law & Order: Organized Crime Season 2 Episode 14 “…Wheatley Is to Stabler.”]
Legislation & Order: Organized Crime has formally closed the guide on the Wheatley arc, touting the “subsequent chapter” within the promo for the subsequent episode, however how precisely did it finish for Richard (Dylan McDermott) and Angela (Tamara Taylor)? We solely know the definitive destiny of one in every of them.
In “…Wheatley Is to Stabler,” Richard tried his hardest to destroy Detective Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni). Among the many misdeeds: forcing Stabler to “confess” to “the litany of [his] crimes and abuses” — whereas being recorded — and having the detective’s mom, Bernadette (Ellen Burstyn) kidnapped. She’s OK, however Stabler’s previous conduct appears to be what kicks off the subsequent arc for Stabler. “There’s going to be a division investigation and expenses to your actions in relation to Richard Wheatley,” Sergeant Ayanna Bell (Danielle Moné Truitt) tells him on the finish of the episode.
As for the Wheatleys, simply as they appear to be getting away, Stabler, after rescuing his mom, caught as much as them on their solution to the airport. “This isn’t going to finish the way in which you suppose it’s,” Stabler advised Angela when she answered his name. Amidst Richard telling her he liked her, Stabler dropped a bombshell on her: Her ex-husband killed their son Richie (Nick Creegan). “He’s simply making an attempt to you,” Richard claimed. “One among us is mendacity to you,” Stabler advised her. “I believe you recognize which one it’s.”
And Angela did. “The day we first met, do you bear in mind what we spoke about?” she requested Stabler. Grief, he recalled. “It’s what we shared. And it appears we nonetheless do. Do you bear in mind what I mentioned to you about grief?” she continued. “That it will get higher,” he mentioned. “I lied,” Angela advised him — earlier than driving off a cliff!
In order that was the top of the Wheatleys, proper? Possibly not. In spite of everything, Angela’s physique was discovered, however Richard’s was a unique story. “No one thinks it’s remotely potential he may nonetheless be alive,” Bell mentioned, however Stabler didn’t appear so certain.
It does look like Organized Crime has left the door open for McDermott to return as Richard sooner or later. (He’s becoming a member of the forged of FBI: Most Needed in April, however that doesn’t imply he can’t return to the world of Legislation & Order sooner or later, regardless that they’re in the identical universe.) There have been just a few moments within the episode that foreshadowed the chance that that is simply the top of a chapter within the Stabler and Wheatley guide. “It’s not over,” Richard advised Stabler at one level. “It’s simply starting.” Plus, to Angela, he mentioned, “I all the time win in the long run, don’t I?” Positive, that could possibly be his hubris speaking, however till we see his physique open on a desk within the morgue for an post-mortem, something is feasible.
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