Chris Meloni Explains Why Benson and Stabler Never Hooked Up

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Two people who have never tongue-kissed.
Two people who have never tongue-kissed.Photo: NBC/Getty Images

Benson and Stabler: the beautiful television couple that never was. The painful sexual tension. The love they shared. Why didn’t it ever get physical? we ask ourselves, silently ugly-sobbing while reading SVU fanfiction. But we already know the answer. It exists deep in our hearts. But for those who are out of touch with their inner selves, Christopher Meloni explains the reasoning on tonight’s episode of Inside the Actors Studio:

“That I think they always knew would be the death knell of that relationship. I think they needed to keep that line taut and very clear … Keep the tension, never cross it.”

Congratulations to Mariska on her impressive restraint.