If the combined sounds of a gavel and a jail door slamming make your heart skip a beat, and you’re comfortable with overlooking the fact that Ice-T will never pass as a believable police detective, then you share our fondness for the power couple that never was: Benson and Stabler.

Since breaking our heart when he abruptly left the force after 12 gripping seasons without so much as a goodbye (rude), Christopher Meloni has filled us with hope for a possible detective dream team reunion.

Meloni, who portrays our beloved and aggressive-on-the-outside, soft-as-a-teddy-bear-on-the-inside, Detective Elliot Stabler, recently told ET he'd be open to making a grand return. “I have always said I would be open to it,” he said.“[The] circumstances have to be right, that is all.” 

Did you hear that Dick Wolf? Cue up the title cards and give this man back his badge. Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and the rest of America are patiently waiting. 

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