Organized crime season 3, episode 7 recap and spoilers
The following contains spoilers for Law and order: organized crime Season 3, Episode 7, “All That Glitters” which premiered Thursday, November 10 on NBC. This article also contains descriptions of assaults and violence.
Jet Slootmaekers and Detective Jamie Whelan look classy as they impersonate yet another undercover tv couple looking for an engagement ring. They speak with Jay, who works at the jewelry store and is the center of their sting operation. They are looking for an international criminal, Mikael Abramov, who smuggles gold and then launders it by reselling it to local jewelers. A woman with a sports bag enters: their alleged criminal courier. Whelan, Detective Elliot Stabler and the most rogue Detective Bobby Reyes pursues her as she leaves. But when Stabler tackles him, he has a surprise: it’s Tia Leonetti, an old friend from when he was a vice-professional in Rome.
Whelan, Jet and Reyes try to guess who Tia is as Stabler debriefs with Sgt. Ayanna Bell. She asks about their undercover time and Stabler looks a bit sheepish. Turns out she’s been working on the same Abramov case; the suspect is only in town for 48 hours, so it looks like they’ll be working together for the next two days. Stabler interviews Jay while Tia watches from the other side of the glass. Stabler plays the “fear of Abramov” game well and Jay spills names.
Elsewhere, one of Abramov’s contacts is overseeing a gold-producing operation when Abramov himself shows up and accuses him of skimming. Predictably, things go south for the guy as henchmen kill him by pouring molten gold on him, early game of thrones-style. He asked for more gold, he got more – you always have to be careful how you write things.
Tia visits Stabler at his apartment with the intelligence reports. It shows where his mother is staying (although she’s gone with her kids now) and Eli’s room (although he’s gone to college). She asks how he is holding up after the murder of his wife Kathy. There is a certain tension under the surface simmering there. She looks adorable but she is not olivia benson. More stable prods, however – why is she really in the States? He recognizes the signs of being obsessed with an affair.
She admits she had Abramov two years ago, but things went wrong and two children died, and then her whole business fell apart. Tia carries the guilt and she wants to have it for good this time. They plead their case to stage a bust before Bell and Bell finally relent. She can no longer use Elliot undercover due to his fame in the Brotherhood, so she send Reyes again. Bell wonders why Tia’s office hasn’t answered her yet, but Tia ignores her.
While all of this is going on, the Silas case isn’t going away. Whelan meets with Pearl Serrano to discuss the highly sensitive information she had to share about her sleazy husband Teddy Silas. She almost confirms that he was responsible for the death of Henry Cole and gives Whelan a thumb drive with incriminating evidence against Teddy.
At the police headquarters office, Reyes and Tia get into character. Bell confronts Stabler about knowing Tia was on her own rogue mission and he says he owes Tia for helping him get his mojo back at a tough time in his life — and Kathy loved him. While Reyes is undercover, Jet and Whelan get into a car. Whelan apologizes for his improvised crack about his parents not paying for his wedding while undercover; it touched a nerve because it was true. Jet married at 20 and divorced shortly after, and her parents failed to pay her. Or talk to him afterwards.
But Reyes meets Abramov and they seem to get along well. The young woman serving them, Joy, looks visibly upset and Reyes notices her green hands. Abramov seems receptive to doing business together, but he will make Reyes wait a bit. Although they didn’t get Abramov’s deal in the time they needed, Reyes thinks he can get the girl talking. He knows his hands have been soiled by his hard work in gold mining.
Still undercover, he talks with Joy on the way home, dropping his fake accent to gain her trust. She tells Reyes that she saw Abramov kill his sweatshop boss. It’s more than just a factory — they smuggle girls in and abuse them. She doesn’t know where the factory is; however, Jet can help! She just needs details of the van ride and she’ll put it all together. And she does – it’s on the waterfront and has ties to a front company called Monte Cinto. The team invades the place but it has since been emptied. However, something catches Bell’s eye and Stabler’s nose and they find a human skull covered in gold in an incinerator.
Jet’s lab reports link the gold on the skull to Monte Cinto in Sudan, where Abramov has connections. Stabler and Tia visit the Sudanese Embassy as they reconnect and discuss how Elliot was born for this job. At the embassy, the conversation is not so fluid. The embassy won’t admit to helping Abramov, even by accident. Stabler exhausts the representative with words and the man slyly shows them Abramov’s flight manifesto. His plane is due to take off in 45 minutes.
As Abramov prepares to board, suitcases of gold bars are loaded. But Stabler, flanked by more cops, speeds up and a shootout begins immediately. Abramov manages to board his plane and they begin to take off. Stabler begins to sneak aboard when an injured villain raises his gun at him, but Tia shoots him first. more stable and still support Bell make the arrest. Police cut into storage containers and rescued the remaining enslaved women. It is a victory for the American and Italian police.
Elsewhere, Pearl returns home… but Teddy is waiting for her. Pearl asks him to flee this life with her – to leave New York, his father and the casino behind. She wants to start over but he is frustrated by the suggestion. What is his problem? He casually pushes her away and she says he doesn’t even understand the pressure she is facing. There are shades of Instead on Chicago PD but nobody goes to Bolivia.
Stabler looks at a photo of him and Kathy as Tia calls. He answers and they have a friendly discussion about how she doesn’t want to go home, mostly because of him. She wants to stay. She asks if he’s home right now because she needs a drink – she’s already outside his door. As he walks to her door, without opening it or hanging up yet, she asks, “Are you going to let me in?” Well, Elliot? What’s it gonna be?
Law & Order: Organized Crime airs Thursdays at 10:00 p.m. on NBC and airs on Peacock.