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Olivia, Nooooooooooooooo!

by Lauren Gitlin December 4, 2008 3:01 pm
Olivia, Nooooooooooooooo! Word on the street is that Mariska Hargitay, aka the prettiest, nicest, awesomest actor lady in the history of Law & Order might be leaving the franchise after ten years of service. This cannot happen. As Olivia Benson on Law & Order: SVU, she not only apprehends pervy bad guys and soothes victims with her gentle touch, she keeps that wild card Elliot in place. Theirs is the perfect symbiotic relationship. Who else would go all the way out to Jersey to talk to his craycray mommy (the fabulous Ellen Burstyn) and get her to give a statement exonerating her drunk grandkid because Elliot was too much of a proud jerky boy to do it himself? And 'member what happened when Connie Nielson stepped in to partner up with Stabler while Liv was undercover for some vague FBI beeswax? Disaster, that's what!

If the rumors are true, the very least they can do is come up with a seriously amazing send-off for Liv. It better not be any drunk driver BS like they pulled with Claire Kincaid. And if they cook up some plot in which she and Elliot knock boots and her guilt forces her to retire or request relocation, I will eat my hat (although you know that coupling would be hot!).

Rarely has a female lead made quite the impact Hargitay did on the franchise at large, with the exception of S. Epatha Merkerson. (I'll admit I dug Annabella Sciora on CI but wanted to make with the stabby knife on Alicia Witt's more recent Agent Falacci). Who on earth could fill Hargitay's shoes? Seriously, that's not a rhetorical question. Nominate your picks in the comments, people.

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