Fact: Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler had one of the best procedural drama partnerships around.
Right from the first episode, they clicked.
Throwback to 1999.
These two could communicate so much with a simple look.
Their dialogue could be lovingly sassy.
And memorably adorable.
And they both had their own unique ways of showing that they cared about each other.
Liv’s M.O. was a loving, affectionate sass.
While Elliot's consisted of giving off a protective vibe. Fuhgeddaboudit, Agent Porter.
Like any long-term partnership, this one wasn't without friction, and at times things were really tense between them.
Tension was especially high in "Wrath."
And in "Fault," when Elliot chose to see if Liv was OK instead of going after Gitano.
And then right after this conversation, when Liv told Captain Cragen she wanted a new partner. Thank goodness she was only in Computer Crimes for one episode.
But at the end of the day, they had each other's backs.
And they were there for each other through some seriously trying times.
The episodes where they went undercover together were especially great.
While the episodes with Dani Beck were basically THE WORST.
Watching Liv see Elliot and Dani together was painful.
There was a fair amount of good communication in this partnership: Liv didn't hesitate to tell Elliot when he needed to step off.
Or call him out when his compassion and understanding were lacking.
Even Elliot, who gave the phrase "silent brooding" a new meaning, was honest with Liv.
Over the years, there were some really heart-melting moments between them.
And in "Paternity," when Elliot hugged Liv at the hospital.
And maybe you really wanted Olivia and Elliot to hook up.
If you did, this moment in "Wildlife" is your everything.
Or maybe you absolutely did not.
The beauty of the show is that there's room for both camps.
And no matter which way you lean, you can appreciate the fact that their chemistry was off the charts.
Never have two people eye-contacted so hard.
Case in point:
When you found out Chris Meloni wouldn't be coming back for the 13th season, you were a grade-A emotional wreck.
And Olivia breaking down in the interrogation room put you through it like none other.
Same with the scene where she had to pack up Elliot's desk.
Dear god, not the picture frame.
Now, were they too close, according to police officer standards? Probably.
Dr. Rebecca Hendrix definitely thought so.