Bell wasn’t kidding about Whalen being Stabler 2.0!
Whalen and Stabler butted heads all through the hour after Stabler took over Whalen’s undercover op, and each of them had an angle towards the opposite.
Regulation & Order: Organized Crime Season 3 Episode 11 wrapped up the road gang case, however did Whalen and Stabler make any progress towards with the ability to work collectively?
I had an issue with Stabler going undercover, but it surely wasn’t the identical one Whalen had.
Within the three years he is labored with Organized Crime, Stabler has gone undercover twice and has made headlines busting mob bosses. So in what universe might he get away with pretending to be a drug seller?
Possibly gang members are too busy inflicting hassle to maintain up with the information since nobody acknowledged Stabler. Nonetheless, all they wanted to do was a reverse picture search on the pictures Mendez took, and that may be that.
The operation to get Duran was solely a secondary concern, although. The true story was Whalen and Stabler’s battle.
You bought us in; now I will end the job. Simply gotta homicide you first.
Whalen had purpose to be offended, although he blew all of it out of proportion and did not act wherever near professionally after he was faraway from the operation.
I do not know why he took his wire off, however ditching Reyes and utilizing that to attempt to rating a gathering with Duran was a strong technique.
Reyes’s pointless intrusion ruined what little belief Whalen had constructed with Mendez and Christobal; is it any marvel that Whalen resented Stabler taking up the operation after that?
Nonetheless, Whalen did not have to sulk and brood the best way he did. He received the information he wanted to interrupt Mendez whereas taking part in the cops that Stabler made him babysit. That is what gained this case.
Whalen needs to be joyful about that as an alternative of offended that he was requested to spend time with these two.
Had been these detectives employed to intentionally tank the case?
It appeared that manner. Their raid led to Christobel’s demise and Duran’s escape, and Thurmond smugly terminated the case.
However why would Thurmond or the Miami detectives sabotage the case? Was this political, or is one thing extra nefarious happening?
Thurmond’s motive may need to do with protecting Bell in line. He warned her that if Stabler’s dangerous plan did not work, it could harm her profession. Moments later, the Miami detectives ruined the operation, and Duran disappeared.
That timing is very suspicious.
I’ve recognized because the starting that one thing fishy was happening with Thurmond. He confirmed up out of nowhere to take the job Bell turned down, and it appeared he was as much as no good.
Bell’s fruitless Web search suggests there’s extra to Thurmond than meets the attention. He is lied about a part of his previous; is any of it true? And whose aspect is he actually on?
Contemplating Lillian’s anger when Bell selected to not disband the unit, I can not assist pondering Thurmond is there to destroy Bell’s profession from the within. However might he even be linked to mob or gang exercise?
The Miami detectives he invited to “assist” with the case did nothing however make issues tougher, and Thurmond tried to say Duran had gone again to Florida when he was nonetheless in New York.
Corruption or involvement in criminal activity seem to be higher motives for sabotaging this mission than politics, particularly contemplating that Thurmond is mendacity about his previous.
Thurmond doubtless sanctioned the Miami detectives’ raid, and as a bonus, Stabler assumed Whalen had advised them about Duran’s bar, rising tensions between Stabler and Whalen.
At the least Whalen received some issues off his chest throughout that argument, although his insistence on taking the whole lot Stabler did to additional this case personally was irritating.
As Stabler stated, this wasn’t about egos. It was about working as a group to place severe criminals away.
Stabler’s not one to speak about ego, although. Half his downside with Whalen is that Whalen is as cussed and rebellious as Stabler is. Stabler usually goes lone wolf, ignoring orders he would not assume ought to apply to him, but was exhausting on Whalen for doing the identical factor.
It isn’t obscure why Whalen resented Stabler’s angle and chalked it as much as Stabler needing all the time to be the one to shut the case. It isn’t completely honest, but it surely is smart.
Stabler: How did he discover out Duran had a daughter?
Bell: Whereas Miami was taking part in him, he was taking part in them.
Whalen redeemed himself in Stabler’s eyes by getting the information he wanted to flip Mendez. However he would not let Stabler pay him a praise and nearly ruined issues for himself by having an angle.
Pointless hostility is not going to get him far on this profession. Whalen must mood it, but when he did, he would not be Stabler 2.0.
It is a disgrace Duran is useless. He was considered one of Organized Crime’s extra compelling villains.
The most effective villains are three-dimensional individuals who have a relatable aspect, and Duran match that invoice.
In his interactions with Stabler, Duran confirmed some humanity. He was chilly and calculating and would not hesitate to shoot anybody who betrayed him. However he additionally was an previous man who had survived the Communist revolution in Cuba, cherished turtles, and tried to go his tradition onto his younger grandson.
That scene the place the little boy noticed his grandfather mendacity useless on the ground broke my coronary heart. The kid did not appear to concentrate on the violent life his grandfather led; what a approach to shatter his innocence!
What’d you assume, Organized Crime fanatics? Are you happy with the wrap-up of this case, or would you will have most popular Duran lived to wreak havoc once more one other day? Are you Group Whalen or Group Stabler? And what do you assume is up with Thurmond?
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