I'm going to say this right now, right up front.
I'm ALL over the idea of Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler getting it on. For me, it's not about "if" but "when". I squee every time I see anything that even looks like a flirtatious moment and I cackle and clap happily at every innuendo.
I also know that it can't happen until the very last episode.
Still, we all know it's true. If we learned anything from the slow, painful death of anything that looked like fun in Moonlighting, we learned that letting your leads get together kills the tension. After all, it's rather difficult to play the "willtheywonttheyohpleaseGODdoitalready" game when they're doin' it, right?
But what amuses me even more than the tension, is the somersaults Chris Meloni and Mariska Hargitay have forced the writers to do just to keep them apart.
Have you noticed?
How many episodes does it happen? They get 5 minutes together and then one of the two has to be in court or of to some interview or a doctor's appointment. They throw El through a window or Liv has a migraine or flying monkey pulled them apart.
::grin:: Okay, I exaggerated on the monkeys. But you get my point, right?
And why do they do this?
Because you can't leave Chris and Mariska in the same room without the chemistry getting so intense that you're wondering why they're not screwing on the table in the middle of the interrogation!
Which means, they either have to be either apart, or in the middle of some intense action and are rarely or ever alone. (Oh, the tantalizing alone moments we get. You know you rewind. You know you do.)
The writers tried. For a second. They let it dance there, then tried to separate them, then tried to let them address it. You can tell the writers know they have a tiger by the tail and they're just trying to hold on for dear life.
I'm beginning to think Chris and Mariska are just loving every moment of it. Next time Liv's got to smack Elliot in order to convince a perp she's on his side, just ask yourself if part of that isn't her expressing her sexual frustration ;-)
It's got to be a serious pain for the writers. I know it's got to be a trick and a half for the actors.
And it's one heck a load of fun for the viewers.
p.s. If by some miracle Dick Wolf reads this - I will pay my way to NYC and work as a local hire to do an under 5 on the show. Heck, I'll play a corpse. Just sayin'.