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#505 : Sang pour sang

Titre original: Serendipity
Script: D.DeNoon, L.M Petersen
Réal: C.Makris
1ère diff.US: 21/10/03 sur la NBC
1ère diff.FR:
17/04/04 sur TF1

Synopsis: Le corps d'un nouveau-né est retrouvé.

Résumé:

Une jeune femme est retrouvée morte sur un trottoir de New York. Elle a été violée et assassinée. Son manteau de fourrure est couvert de drogue. Benson et Stabler découvrent que la victime était un agent infiltré. Ils doivent donc poursuivre leur enquête sans dévoiler l'identité de la défunte et de leurs informateurs. Les enquêteurs parviennent à interpeller un suspect affilié au cartel colombien de la drogue. Tandis que l'affaire s'achemine vers un procès, des menaces de mort sont proférées. L'affaire, qui prend soudain un tour nouveau, pourrait être confiée aux autorités fédérales..

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(Two members of the CDC — Dr. Dean Kern and his assistant — are inspecting a sewer drain. There is a trash bag floating in the bottom of it.)

Assistant
Looks like a good six inches of standing water. It's perfect breeding conditions.

(A woman — Carol Lucero — sees the two men and walks over.)

Carol Lucero
Centers for Disease Control? Terrorists poisoned the water?

Assistant
No, ma'am. We're just screening for mosquito infestation.

Carol Lucero
(Indicating a piece of equipment)
Is that bug spray?

Assistant
No, it's an aspirator. It collects specimens, which are then sent
back to Atlanta for testing.

Carol Lucero
For what?

Assistant
West Nile Virus.

Carol Lucero
We have that on this block?

Assistant
No, this is just random testing. Nothing to worry about.

Dr. Dean Kern
(Re: Mosquitos)
Could be some in the bag, maybe. Let's check it out.

(Dr. Kern uses a long pole to open the bag. He moves part of it away,
revealing an infant's hand.)

Dr. Dean Kern
Oh, my God.

Carol Lucero
Please. Tell me that's a baby doll.
 

Opening Credits
 

(Crime Scene. A Uniform Officer is leading Stabler and Benson to where the infant's body was found.)

Uniform Officer #1
Newborn. Caucasian female. Five, six pounds tops.

Det. Elliot Stabler
Tossed down the sewer.

Uniform Officer #1
If the water had been any higher, the little tyke would've
been washed out to the East River.

(The body is covered by a small white sheet. Benson lifts it,
and they both look at the body.)

Det. Olivia Benson
Umbilical cord's still attached.

Det. Elliot Stabler
Tied off with dental floss. We got a home birth.

Det. Olivia Benson
Newborns: ten times more likely to be killed the first day of life than any other time.

Det. Elliot Stabler
So odds are we're looking at a mom who freaked out?

Det. Olivia Benson
There's no obvious trauma.
(To Uniform Officer)
ME here yet?

Uniform Officer #1
En route. But the guy who found it is a doctor. Knows a thing or two.
(Dr. Dean Kern approaches Stabler and Benson.)
Endocrinologist.

Dr. Dean Kern
Actually, uh, I'm an entomologist. I was studying larval activity and
I found a blowfly on the body.

Det. Elliot Stabler
Maggot.

Dr. Dean Kern
Freshly laid. Which tells me she had not been down there for more than three hours.

Det. Olivia Benson
Well, if it was the mom, she couldn't have traveled far this soon after delivery.

Det. Elliot Stabler
If she lives nearby, shouldn't be too hard to find a new mom missing a baby.
 

FRITH APARTMENTS
173 EAST 89TH STREET
MONDAY, OCTOBER 6

(The building manager is leading Benson and Stabler up a flight of stairs.)

Building Manager
Yeah, we got a tenant about to pop. Name's Brianna Morris. Moved into 2-H three months ago.

Det. Olivia Benson
Who with?

Building Manager
Nobody. So she said. Didn't mention she was pregnant,

Det. Elliot Stabler
It's a hard thing to hide.

Building Manager
Well, she wore bulky clothes. When it became obvious, I made a
passing inquiry. She denied it.

Det. Olivia Benson
How old a girl are we talking?

Building Manager
Uh, early 20s.

Det. Elliot Stabler
Boyfriends?

Building Manager
No. Not that I was introduced to.
(Knocks on door)
Miss Morris. I got a leak down in 1-H. Got to check your pipes.
(Stabler gives him a "thumbs up" as if to say, "nice one.")
You there?

(The Building Manager unlocks the door, and they all enter.)

Building Manager
Miss Morris, I got some people with me.

(Benson and Stabler look around the apartment. Stabler walks into the bedroom.)

Det. Elliot Stabler
Yo.

(Benson walks into the bedroom.)

Det. Elliot Stabler
I don't think mom got rid of the baby.

Det. Olivia Benson
I don't think she made it out of the delivery room.

Det. Elliot Stabler
Dead.

Det. Olivia Benson
Then who dumped that baby?
 


 

(Apartment. Munch is talking to an elderly neighbor of the victim, as she is tending to her many, many pet birds.)

Neighbor #1
I can't imagine who would do something that horrible.

Det. John Munch
Brianna have any family or friends?

Neighbor #1
Not that she ever mentioned.

Det. John Munch
You two were friendly?

Neighbor #1
She helped me with my groceries. And she picked up some birdseed
once when I ran out.

(She picks up a photo from her mantel and hands it to Munch.)

Neighbor #1
This was at my birthday in August.

(We see the photo. There are three smiling women, and Brianna,
who looks nearly suicidal.)

Det. John Munch
Hardly the life of the party, huh?

Neighbor #1
She was a sad girl. But my birds just loved her so she must have been a good person.

Det. John Munch
Was there a daddy in the picture?

Neighbor #1
No.

Det. John Munch
Any prospective stepdaddies?

Neighbor #1
Not since she moved here. Poor thing. She was always alone.

Det. John Munch
We know she had a visitor last night or early this morning, Did you see anyone?

Neighbor #1
No.

Det. John Munch
Hear anything?

Neighbor #1
I'm sorry.
(She points to a hearing aid in her ear.) I'm stone deaf without this.
(Re: the birds)
The little buggers make so much noise in the morning. I just put it in an hour ago.
 


 

(Outside another apartment. Fin is questioning another neighbor of the victim.)

Neighbor #2
Heard someone knocking over there about 6:00 a.m.

Det. Odafin Tutuola
Must have been banging pretty loud.

Neighbor #2
No, just regular. I work from home. My desk's right by the door.

Det. Odafin Tutuola
What did you hear after that?

Neighbor #2
Not a peep.

Det. Odafin Tutuola
Woman had a freakin' baby across the hall, and you don't hear that?

Neighbor #2
I don't know. She was a quiet girl.

Det. Odafin Tutuola
No woman's quiet during childbirth.

Neighbor #2
Sorry.

(Neighbor #2 closes his door. Fin goes over to Munch.)

Det. Odafin Tutuola
Nobody saw or heard anything.

Det. John Munch
Or bothered to get to know her.

Det. Odafin Tutuola
Girl that age carrying that kind of baggage had to reach out to somebody.

(Munch and Fin walk into the victim's apartment and round a corner. The camera stays on Benson and Warner behind them.)

M.E. Melinda Warner
Somebody had to deliver that baby. Even cleaned up the afterbirth.

Det. Olivia Benson
So how did he kill her?

M.E. Melinda Warner
Can't rule out that anyone did. Like mother, like daughter. I've got no obvious cause of death on either.

Det. Olivia Benson
You think they might have died in childbirth? M.E. Melinda You rarely see it nowadays. But mom could have had a blood or amniotic fluid clot, even a stroke. I'll let you know after the autopsies.

(Benson walks over to Fin and Munch.)

Det. Odafin Tutuola
Phone line works. She could've called for help.

Det. John Munch
Well, killers don't usually encourage that.

Det. Odafin Tutuola
Killers usually cut the phone lines and don't wait around for labor.

Det. Olivia Benson
There's no evidence of foul play yet.

Det. Odafin Tutuola
What about a baby down the sewer?

Det. Olivia Benson
Someone who thought they were helping?

Det. John Munch
With friends like that...

Det. Olivia Benson
Maybe it was somebody who found her too late. They pick up
where she left off, hiding her dirty little secret?

(Munch and Benson step into the bedroom. Munch points
to a pool of blood on the mattress.)

Det. John Munch
Who are they trying to kid? It's obvious she gave birth.

Det. Olivia Benson
It tracks with having it at home. Hospitals document
newborns. She didn't want anyone to know.

(Stabler comes out of the bathroom and meets Munch and Benson.)

Det. Elliot Stabler
Someone did.

(Stabler holds up a bottle of prescription pre-natal vitamins.)

Det. Elliot Stabler
Pre-natals prescribed by a Dr. Curtis.
 


 

(Doctor's Office. Benson and Stabler are walking and talking with Dr. Curtis.)

Dr. Curtis
Brianna wasn't due for another three weeks.

Det. Olivia Benson
When's the last time you saw her?

Dr. Curtis
Last Tuesday. There was no indication she was ready to deliver.

Det. Elliot Stabler
Years ago, I was involved in a shootout, my wife saw it on the news, gave birth to our second kid right there. A month early.

Dr. Curtis
Extreme trauma, emotional or physical, can trigger labor.

Det. Olivia Benson
Anybody causing Brianna anxiety? Maybe the baby's father?

Dr. Curtis
She never mentioned one.

Det. Elliot Stabler
Not once in eight months?

Dr. Curtis
Well, I only saw her for the last three. Before that, she went to Manhattan Free Clinic.

Det. Olivia Benson
That's a big price jump to this place.

Dr. Curtis
Well, you get what you pay for. She took every test available and spared no expense.

Det. Elliot Stabler
Any problems?

Dr. Curtis
Medically, no. But I had my concerns.

Det. Olivia Benson
About?

Dr. Curtis
She was very detached from the pregnancy. She didn't want to know the sex, didn't want to see the ultrasound, or even want to hear the heartbeat.

Det. Elliot Stabler
Unusual for an expectant mother.

(Dr. Curtis' pager beeps.)

Dr. Curtis
Oh, I've got to take this. Excuse me. My secretary can help you
with anything that you need.

Det. Olivia Benson
Thanks.

(Dr. Curtis leaves.)

Det. Olivia Benson
Did not sound like Brianna wanted this baby.

Det. Elliot Stabler
Then why spend all that money on its care? I've had four kids, insurance does not pay for any of those extra tests, I'll tell you.

(Stabler and Benson step outside Dr. Curtis' office and to the Secretary's desk.)

Det. Elliot Stabler
Excuse me, Brianna Morris' payment history. Could I get a copy of that?

Secretary
It's in my problem file. Last week's payment was declined.

(The secretary hands the file to Benson. She and Stabler flip through it.)

Det. Olivia Benson
The credit card is in the name of Ron Wolcott. Who's that?

Secretary
I don't know. He's never been in.
 


 

(Outside the Wolcotts' house. Stabler and Benson are at the front door.)

Det. Elliot Stabler
Not a bad place for a guy with credit problems.

Det. Olivia Benson
Maybe he gave too much to charity, helping out young, unwed mothers.

(Kelly Wolcott, Ron's wife, walks up behind the detectives.)

Kelly Wolcott
May I help you?

Det. Elliot Stabler
Police. Does a Ron Wolcott live here?

Kelly Wolcott
Yes. That's my husband. What's this about?

Det. Elliot Stabler
We think he may be the victim of identity theft. Someone's been
using one of his credit cards.

Kelly Wolcott
Oh, no. How much have they charged?

Det. Olivia Benson
$20,000 to a Dr. Curtis.

Kelly Wolcott
That's — that's Brianna's OB-GYN.

Det. Olivia Benson
You know Brianna?

Kelly Wolcott
Of course. She's carrying our baby.
 


 

(Inside the Wolcotts' home. Stabler and Benson are
speaking with Ron and Kelly Wolcott.)

Ron Wolcott
Why would somebody kill our baby?

Det. Elliot Stabler
Brianna was your surrogate?

Ron Wolcott
No, the baby was hers. We were adopting it.

Kelly Wolcott
Emily Rose.

Ron Wolcott
We've had that name picked out for ten years now. That's how long we've been trying.

Kelly Wolcott
We just couldn't get pregnant. We tried in vitro three times.

Det. Olivia Benson
And then you found Brianna?

Kelly Wolcott
She was living in a hellhole. We got her a place in a safer neighborhood.

Ron Wolcott
We paid her expenses. She was doing manual labor. It wasn't safe for the baby.

Det. Elliot Stabler
Why'd you cut off the credit card?

Kelly Wolcott
We didn't.

Ron Wolcott
One of our cards was maxed out. I took care of it.

Det. Olivia Benson
Um, which adoption agency did you go through?

Ron Wolcott
We didn't. It was set up through a mutual friend.

Det. Olivia Benson
Who's that?

Kelly Wolcott
Marcy Cochran. She's the wife of one of Ron's co-workers in R&D.

Det. Olivia Benson
Where?

Ron Wolcott
The Flavor Institute in Bergen.

Det. Elliot Stabler
And how does this Marcy Cochran know Brianna?

Kelly Wolcott
Marcy does a lot of volunteer work. Brianna called her hotline.
 

OFFICES OF
METRO HELP LINE
1160 SECOND AVENUE
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7

(Several volunteers are answering phones. Stabler and Benson are
talking with Marcy Cochran at her desk.)

Volunteer #1
(into phone)
Metro Help Line. Are you having those thoughts right now?

Det. Olivia Benson
Brianna tried to commit suicide?

Marcy Cochran
No. But she was thinking about it.

Det. Elliot Stabler
Why?

Marcy Cochran
She just found out she was pregnant. She was overwhelmed. She said she couldn't handle her own life, let alone the responsibility of a baby.

Det. Elliot Stabler
She have any family?

Marcy Cochran
Father jumped ship before she was born. Mother was abusive, dumped her in foster care at five. She didn't want the cycle repeating itself.

Det. Olivia Benson
She ever mention the baby's father?

Marcy Cochran
Yeah. She met him in the park. He was the man of her dreams till the next morning. The number he gave her was fake. She never heard from him again.

Det. Elliot Stabler
You get this involved with all of your calls?

Marcy Cochran
We're not supposed to. This girl broke my heart. I gave her my
home number. We talked every night.

Det. Olivia Benson
Convincing her to give up the baby.

Marcy Cochran
It was a win-win. Ron and Kelly were desperate. And Brianna
could not have found better parents.

Det. Elliot Stabler
When was the last time you talked?

Marcy Cochran
Four days ago.

Det. Olivia Benson
And what was going on?

Marcy Cochran
Whatever you're thinking, the Wolcotts would never have hurt Brianna.

Det. Elliot Stabler
Why would we think that?

Marcy Cochran
This is gonna sound horrible for someone in my position.
Brianna and I had a fight.

Det. Olivia Benson
About what?

Marcy Cochran
My idiot husband. I told him something in confidence,
and he went and told Ron Wolcott.

Det. Elliot Stabler
What did he tell him?

Marcy Cochran
That Brianna was keeping the baby.
 


(SVU Squadroom. Cragen is pouring himself a cup of coffee while he and his detectives discuss the case.)

Capt. Don Cragen
Why would the Wolcotts lie?

Det. John Munch
To cover the grand poobah of all motives. They were ripped off.

Det. Olivia Benson
They were desperate for this baby. She was the only light
at the end of a ten-year-long tunnel.

Det. Odafin Tutuola
It just wasn't the emotional investment. I pulled their
financials. They were stretched pretty tight.

Det. Elliot Stabler
They'd already dropped a chunk of change trying to get pregnant.

Det. Olivia Benson
Now they've got doctor's bills, maternity clothes, rent, food.

Det. Odafin Tutuola
This baby was bought and paid for.

Capt. Don Cragen
And they're left with squat. No baby, no refund.

Det. John Munch
And no recourse. The biological mother can change her mind at any time.

Det. Olivia Benson
The Wolcotts must've been furious. They go to Brianna's apartment, they
try to reason with her...

Det. Elliot Stabler
Things get ugly, maybe a shoving match. Brianna falls, goes into labor.

Capt. Don Cragen
And what? They deliver the baby themselves?

Det. John Munch
Well, the give it the old college try, but things go south. First the mother
dies, then the baby.

Det. Odafin Tutuola
Which goes down the sewer, along with their dreams.

Capt. Don Cragen
That's pretty out there. Let's run this by Warner. See if any of it floats.
 


 

(Medical Investigator's Office. M.E. Warner is discussing
the case with Benson and Stabler.)

M.E. Melinda Warner
The baby exsanguinated.

Det. Olivia Benson
Bled to death.

Det. Elliot Stabler
How? There were no wounds.

M.E. Melinda Warner
Through the umbilical cord.

Det. Olivia Benson
But we saw it. It was tied off.

M.E. Melinda Warner
Not until the baby had lost more than half her blood.

Det. Elliot Stabler
Maybe this was an accident. The Wolcotts wanted that baby alive.

M.E. Melinda Warner
Well, someone definitely wanted the mom dead. Perp knew how to
kill her without leaving a mark.

Det. Olivia Benson
She bled out, too?

M.E. Melinda Warner
That would've taken much longer for a full grown adult.
This woman was burked.

Det. Elliot Stabler
What the hell is that?

M.E. Melinda Warner
An arcane method of suffocation, dating back to 19th Century Scotland. Thought up by two men selling cadavers to medical schools who ran out of bodies.

Det. Olivia Benson
So they created their own.

(Warner nods.)

M.E. Melinda Warner
Quickest way was to sit on the victim's chest while holding the nose and mouth.

Det. Elliot Stabler
You found petechial hemorrhaging?

M.E. Melinda Warner
Which I originally attributed to pushing during labor. But then I found this.

(Warner removes the sheet covering the victim's chest.
There is a small circle — almost like a bruise.)

M.E. Melinda Warner
Compression indentation here on the sternum matches the button
on her maternity dress. Perp sat on her.

Det. Elliot Stabler
Any defensive wounds? Fingernail scrapings?

M.E. Melinda Warner
She couldn't fight back. She was injected with Versed, a
powerful sedative that paralyzes.

Det. Olivia Benson
But doesn't knock you out. Brianna would've felt everything
going on, but couldn't lift a finger to resist.

Det. Elliot Stabler
Wait a minute. How can you go into labor if you're paralyzed?

M.E. Melinda Warner
Pitocin. Causes the cervix to dilate.

Det. Olivia Benson
Which pregnant women produce naturally.

M.E. Melinda Warner
But I found evidence of a synthetic form in the anal cavity.
I'd say your perp incapacitated her with the Versed, and
then gave her a Pitocin suppository to induce labor.

Det. Elliot Stabler
And then ripped the baby right out of her.
 


 

(The Flavor Institute, Ron Wolcott's place of work.
Benson and Stabler enter and walk up to him.)

Det. Elliot Stabler
You know when you said Flavor Institute, we thought you worked in a candy store.

Ron Wolcott
What are you doing here?

Det. Olivia Benson
Oh, what are you?

(Benson takes a card from off a cabinet.)

Det. Olivia Benson

(reading card) C-H-3-C-O-O-5-H-11.

(Ron Wolcott takes the card from Benson.)

Det. Elliot Stabler
He's a chemist. What are you cooking?

Ron Wolcott
Not that it's any of your business, but isoatyl acetate.

Det. Elliot Stabler
Wow, that sounds pretty hardcore.

Ron Wolcott
It's the dominant component in banana flavoring.
And what the hell is this about?

Det. Olivia Benson
Your degree in Chemistry, and the fact that Brianna
was drugged before her death.

Ron Wolcott
You can't possibly think I had anything to do with that.

Det. Elliot Stabler
You and your wife both knew Brianna had changed her mind.
Now, why did you lie to us?

Ron Wolcott
I knew. But she didn't. That's why I didn't want to
say anything in front of her.

Det. Olivia Benson
You expect us to believe that you didn't tell your wife that
she wasn't getting the baby.

Ron Wolcott
I thought I could convince Brianna to do the right thing.

Det. Olivia Benson
By killing her.

Ron Wolcott
By cutting off my credit card to show her she couldn't possibly
support a child.

Det. Elliot Stabler
And Brianna put quite a dent in your bank account. She owed you.

Det. Olivia Benson
You were just taking what was rightfully yours. You really
botched it up, though.

(Benson shows Ron Wolcott a photo of the dead infant.)

Ron Wolcott
This was my daughter. I didn't do this. Brianna was having
last-minute doubts. But I knew she'd come around.

Det. Elliot Stabler
Not according to your phone records. You were hounding her right
until the day she died.

Ron Wolcott
Not in person. I might've called her too much, but I certainly
didn't kill her by phone.
 

WOLCOTT RESIDENCE
42 EAST 78TH STREET
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8

(Wolcotts' Kitchen. Benson is giving instructions to a
uniformed officer and searching for any evidence.)

Det. Olivia Benson
There's a bathroom upstairs. Luminol anywhere he might have washed up.

Kelly Wolcott
Why are you doing this to us?

Det. Elliot Stabler
'Cause your husband has a penchant for lying. You never noticed?

Kelly Wolcott
No. Ron is honest to a fault.

Det. Olivia Benson
Mrs. Wolcott, he swore that you had no idea that Brianna was keeping the baby. Now, if you did know, he lied to us. If he didn't, he lied to you.

(Benson opens one of the drawers in the kitchen. She finds something.)

Kelly Wolcott
You have no idea what I've been through. He lied to protect me.

(Benson pulls the item out of the drawer. It's a small, black box. She opens it and inside are four vials of chemicals.)

Det. Olivia Benson
Mmm-hmm. Did your husband ever bring his work home with him?

Kelly Wolcott
No.

Det. Olivia Benson
No? Then what are these?

Kelly Wolcott
I don't know.

(ADA Casey Novak appears, almost out of nowhere, behind Benson.)

ADA Casey Novak
They look like pharmaceuticals to me. It's in the warrant, bag it.

Det. Olivia Benson
Who the hell are you?

Det. Elliot Stabler
That's our new ADA.
(Making introductions)
Casey Novak, Olivia Benson. Olivia, this is Casey Novak.

ADA Casey Novak
Do I know you?

Det. Elliot Stabler
Yeah, shortstop, cops' team. Come here.

(Stabler leads Novak away from everyone else. Benson follows shortly.)

ADA Casey Novak
Oh, right. I didn't recognize you when you weren't covered in my dust.

Det. Elliot Stabler
That's very good. What are you doing here?

ADA Casey Novak
It's my case.

Det. Olivia Benson
It's not your job. We're the detectives.

ADA Casey Novak
And I'm very hands-on. I like to see my cases through from beginning to end.

Det. Elliot Stabler
Well, things are being handled just fine here.

ADA Casey Novak
Great. Tell you what? Let me take a quick sweep, and then we can go to the crime scene together.

Det. Olivia Benson
It's already been processed.

ADA Casey Novak
Not by me.
 

APARTMENT BUILDING OF
BRIANNA MORRIS
173 EAST 89TH STREET
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8

(Novak, Benson and Stabler are looking through Brianna's apartment — again.)

Det. Elliot Stabler
So what microscopic piece of evidence do you expect to find at Brianna's apartment that the crime techs didn't turn up?

ADA Casey Novak
You never know. Death doesn't stop the mailman. Anyone
check her box since she died?

Det. Olivia Benson
Had it rerouted to the station.

ADA Casey Novak
Brianna hit the gravy train with this couple. Why would she cut them off?

Det. Elliot Stabler
Because her maternal instincts finally kicked in.

ADA Casey Novak
Or she found a higher bidder. Let's look for a paper trail to another couple.

Det. Olivia Benson
We could, but it'd be a waste of time.

ADA Casey Novak
Why? 'Cause I suggested it?

Det. Olivia Benson
Uh, no. Because she just checked out all these books
on child-rearing. She was keeping the baby.

ADA Casey Novak
How do you know when she got them?

Det. Olivia Benson
Because they were checked out from the library. And I'd say judging
from the due date, a couple of days before her death.

(Novak looks through the books and picks one out.)

ADA Casey Novak
Skin Diseases of the Elderly? Now, why would a 22-year-old pregnant
woman need this?

Det. Elliot Stabler
Beats me. But we'll be sure to let you know as soon as we find out.

(Stabler leaves the apartment, followed by Benson.)
 

MANHATTAN
PUBLIC LIBRARY
1303 LEXINGTON AVENUE
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9

(Munch and Fin are showing a photo of Brianna to a
Miss Giddens, a library employee.)

Det. Odafin Tutuola
Recognize this girl?

Miss Giddens
Oh, of course. She'd just sit and read the periodicals all day.

Det. Odafin Tutuola
So what else can you tell us about her?

Miss Giddens
She was determined to better herself. Always checked out self-help books.

Det. John Munch
Like what? Cashing in on Your Inner Child?

Det. Odafin Tutuola
Seems like you got know Brianna.

Miss Giddens
Just from her reading list. I tried to talk about the baby, but it was a touchy subject.

Det. John Munch
Until last week. She cleared off the baby shelf.

Miss Giddens
Oh, it was the oddest thing. First she came to the counter, very anxious. Asked how she could find information about someone in her magazine.

Det. Odafin Tutuola
Who?

Miss Giddens
I don't know. I sent her to Josephine, in Computers.
 


 

(Library Computer Lab. Munch and Fin are with Josephine.)

Josephine
Yeah, I remember her. The article was from a new magazine called Good Looks.

Det. Odafin Tutuola
What was it about? A celebrity? Athlete?

Josephine
Dermatologist. I looked up his bio for her. He wrote a book called...

Det. John Munch
Skin Diseases of the Elderly?

Josephine
That's it.

(Josephine sits at her computer and begins to look up the book.)

Det. Odafin Tutuola
Dermatologists are MDs. Easy access to Versed and Pitocin.

Det. John Munch
Yeah, and everybody who goes to medical school learns how to deliver a baby.

Josephine
Dr. Archibald Newlands.

Det. Odafin Tutuola
She say why she wanted information on this guy?

Josephine
She didn't have to. The next thing she asked as how to file a paternity suit.
 

DERMATOLOGY PRACTICE OF
DR. ARCHIBALD NEWLANDS
77 EAST 86TH STREET
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9

(Stabler and Benson are with Dr. Newlands in his office.)

Dr. Archibald Newlands
How could I be the father of her baby? I never met her till last week.

Det. Olivia Benson
Let me refresh your memory. Eight months ago? Maybe a quickie.

Dr. Archibald Newlands
No.

Det. Elliot Stabler
She just came to you out of the blue?

Dr. Archibald Newlands
No. A magazine article. Apparently, I bore a striking resemblance to an ex-boyfriend.

Det. Olivia Benson
You two work through this at your apartment?

Dr. Archibald Newlands
No, my office. I tried to tell her she was mistaken, but she caused a scene. I had to call security.

Det. Olivia Benson
What time did you get in to work on Monday?

Dr. Archibald Newlands
Traffic was heavy coming in from my beach house. I didn't get in until about 9:30.

Det. Elliot Stabler
Yeah, morning commute is a bitch. Uh, what time did you leave?

Dr. Archibald Newlands
Around 7:00.

Det. Olivia Benson
Can anyone vouch for that?

Dr. Archibald Newlands
My wife. She's also my partner, doing sclerotherapy down the hall.

Det. Elliot Stabler
You guys commuted together?

Dr. Archibald Newlands
Usually. But that day, my wife had grand rounds.

Det. Elliot Stabler
Grand rounds.
(Stabler sees a photo of Newlands' family.)
It's a nice looking family.

Dr. Archibald Newlands
I can't comprehend why someone would try to hurt them like this.

Det. Olivia Benson
Well, it's easy enough to clear up. Just take a paternity test.

Dr. Archibald Newlands
I was just about to suggest that.
 

(SVU Squadroom. Cragen, Stabler, Benson and Tutuola are
awaiting the results of the paternity test.)

Capt. Don Cragen
So, who's our daddy?

Det. Elliot Stabler
Results aren't back yet.

(Novak enters, agitated.)

ADA Casey Novak
You were supposed to call as soon as you found anything. What's this
I hear, you're onto a new suspect?

Det. Olivia Benson
We found a guy that Brianna believed was the father.

Capt. Don Cragen
He's not copping to it, though.

ADA Casey Novak
That's why you have to come to me. I can get an order for a paternity test.

Det. Elliot Stabler
He offered it up voluntarily.

Capt. Don Cragen
Usually a bad sign when we get it so easily.

ADA Casey Novak
What about the chemist?

Capt. Don Cragen
His alibi is solid.

Det. Odafin Tutuola
Well, everybody's after the flavor of the month, so the place he works in has hidden cameras everywhere. He got in at 6:00 and stayed there all morning.

ADA Casey Novak
And what about the pharmaceuticals we found at his house?

Det. Odafin Tutuola
That was a sample case a sales rep sent him. Our techs said no combination can make Pitocin or Versed.

Det. Olivia Benson
So he really was shielding his wife.

(Munch enters, carrying the paternity test results.)

Det. John Munch
Last call for bets on Dr. Newlands' paternity test.

Capt. Don Cragen
Just give us the results, John.

Det. John Munch
What do you want, the good news or the bad news first?

Capt. Don Cragen
John.

Det. John Munch
He's not the father.

ADA Casey Novak
So what's the good news?

Det. John Munch
We cleared a cold case.
 


 

(Newlands' Dermatology Clinic, Procedure Room 2. Newlands is administering Botox on a patient when Stabler and Benson enter.)

Dr. Archibald Newlands
You can't come in here.

Det. Elliot Stabler
(to the patient)
There's no need to get a worry wrinkle, ma'am. I'm sure
Dr. Newlands' wife will be happy to finish your Botox.

Dr. Archibald Newlands
Why?

Det. Olivia Benson
You need to come with us.

Dr. Archibald Newlands
I never touched that woman.

Det. Elliot Stabler
We know, you like them much younger.

Dr. Archibald Newlands
What are you talking about?

Det. Olivia Benson
We ran the sample that you volunteered through our system. We got a hit.

Dr. Archibald Newlands
To what?

Det. Elliot Stabler
DNA left in a 6-year-old girl that you raped in '98.
 


 

(SVU Interview Room. Benson and Stabler are interrogating Dr. Newlands.)

Dr. Archibald Newlands
There must be some mistake.

Det. Olivia Benson
DNA doesn't lie.

Dr. Archibald Newlands
Well, then you have to know that I'm not the father of that dead girl's baby.

Det. Elliot Stabler
Doesn't mean you didn't kill her.

Dr. Archibald Newlands
Why on earth would I?

Det. Olivia Benson
Brianna making all those wild accusations. That could have
ruined your practice, broken up your family.

Dr. Archibald Newlands
I see what you're doing. You can't get me on murder, so you
frame me for this other thing.

Det. Elliot Stabler
Hey, you, this other thing, is an innocent girl whose childhood you stole.

(Stabler shows him a picture of the little girl.)

Dr. Archibald Newlands
I didn't.

Det. Elliot Stabler
You know what her biggest fear was before you? Starting the first grade.

Det. Olivia Benson
She told her mom that she was ready for big-girl clothes, so they
drove out to the mall in Paramus.

Det. Elliot Stabler
You were lurking in the children's department.

Dr. Archibald Newlands
I've never even been to Paramus.

Det. Olivia Benson
You lured her into the dressing room.

Dr. Archibald Newlands
It doesn't make any sense.

Det. Olivia Benson
You want to know what doesn't make any sense?
That you could stop at just one. You see, it's
not in a pedophile's nature.

Dr. Archibald Newlands
I'm not a pedophile.

Det. Elliot Stabler
Yeah, you are. Just a well-read one. DNA convictions start hitting
the news, you start covering your tracks.

Det. Olivia Benson
And your Johnson.

Det. Elliot Stabler
We're gonna find your other victims and all of your cellmates
are going to know exactly how many you raped.

(Novak opens the door to the interview room.)

ADA Casey Novak
Detectives, a minute.

(Novak exits. Stabler follows her out and shuts the door.)

Det. Elliot Stabler
Where's Cragen?

ADA Casey Novak
I don't know.

Det. Elliot Stabler
Then you don't interrupt me when I'm in there with a perp.
You stand here, watch through this one-way, and you see where we are.

ADA Casey Novak
Where we are is three months past the five-year statute
of limitations. We can't touch him.

Det. Elliot Stabler
I know that. He's technically not under arrest.

ADA Casey Novak
Then why is he in there?

Det. Elliot Stabler
He's a person of special interest in a string of other cases.

ADA Casey Novak
Yeah, which ones?

Det. Elliot Stabler
That's what we're trying to find out!

ADA Casey Novak
By the book?

Det. Elliot Stabler
Trust me, that guy in there has a lot of other victims
whose time hasn't run out. And we still like him
for Brianna.

(Stabler is just about to return to the interview room
when Trevor Langan walks up.)

Det. Elliot Stabler

(Making introductions — again) ADA Novak, Trevor Langan.
I assume you're here to protect your pedophile?

Trevor Langan
Alleged pedophile. And Casey and I go way back.

ADA Casey Novak
To Wall Street. Most of his clients just screw employees out
of pension plans.

(Langan laughs.)

Trevor Langan
Well, this one didn't screw anyone. If he's not charged, I'll be collecting him.

(Langan enters the interview room. The camera stays on Stabler as Langan speaks.)

Trevor Langan
(OS)
Det. Benson, my client has nothing more to say to you.

Det. Elliot Stabler
(To Novak)
Not gonna be talking to him again.

(Stabler walks off. Benson comes out of the interview room.)

ADA Casey Novak
Did you get anything?

Det. Olivia Benson
No, thanks to you.

(Benson walks off.)
 


 

(SVU Squadroom. Benson and Stabler enter, exasperated.)

Det. Elliot Stabler
There's got to be other victims.

Det. Olivia Benson
We ran the MO. There's nothing at malls.

Det. Elliot Stabler
There are security cameras everywhere. He knew to change it up.

Det. Olivia Benson
The smart ones change MOs, but no one changes signature.

Det. Elliot Stabler
Look, we've both been through Molly's file. If he had some kind of
telltale quirk, they didn't get it out of her.

Det. Olivia Benson
She's older now. Maybe there's something she remembers.
 

STRATTON RESIDENCE
SPRINGFIELD, NEW JERSEY
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10

(Benson and Stabler are talking with Molly Stratton in her backyard.)

Molly Stratton
I don't know. I was a kid then. It was a long time ago.

Det. Olivia Benson
Molly, we found the man that did it.

Molly Stratton
Good. I hope they kill him in jail.

Det. Elliot Stabler
Actually, he's not in jail yet.

Molly Stratton
Why not?

Det. Elliot Stabler
The law lets us pursue someone for only so long, and we
caught this guy a little too late.

Molly Stratton
You guys suck.

(Molly walks away.)

Det. Olivia Benson
I hate to do this to her.

Det. Elliot Stabler
It's for her.

(Molly is now playing tetherball. Benson and Stabler
walk over to her.)

Det. Elliot Stabler
Molly, I know it seems like everyone let you down, but we want
to make it right.

Molly Stratton
Well, you can't.

Det. Olivia Benson
We think that he's hurting other little girls.

Molly Stratton
So go bother them.

Det. Elliot Stabler
Well, we need your help to figure out who they are.

Molly Stratton
How would I know?

Det. Elliot Stabler
Maybe there was something that he did with you that could
link him to the others.

Det. Olivia Benson
Then we could put him away.

(Molly has something to say, but doesn't want to.)

Molly Stratton
Like what?

Det. Elliot Stabler
You know, it could be anything. Something small that at the time
you didn't even realize meant anything. A, uh, smell, a phrase
that he kept repeating.

(Molly looks like she's about to burst into tears.)

Det. Olivia Benson
Molly. Or maybe something too embarrassing to tell, huh?

(Molly can barely hold it together. Benson looks at her sympathetically. Stabler lets Molly and Benson have a moment alone. As soon as he walks off, Molly begins to sob. Benson comforts her as she does.)

Det. Olivia Benson
(Whispering)
It's okay, honey. It's okay.
 


 

(SVU Squadroom. Benson, Cragen and Stabler are coming out of
the elevator and going into the bullpen.)

Det. Elliot Stabler
He tells her they're giving away free candy. She follows him
into a back dressing room.

Capt. Don Cragen
Where was mom?

Det. Olivia Benson
Ten feet away, digging through the sales rack.

Det. Elliot Stabler
He locks the door, exposes himself, squirts honey on it, tells her to lick it.

Capt. Don Cragen
He carries a bottle of honey around?

Det. Olivia Benson
A packet. Probably got it at the food court.

Det. Elliot Stabler
He tells her that she's gonna like it. That it's sweet.
Tastes like a lollipop.

Det. Olivia Benson
She doesn't want to, but he won't open the door till she does it.

Capt. Don Cragen
She's six and scared.

Det. Elliot Stabler
One lick flips the switch. He rapes her.

Det. Olivia Benson
We've been going through the Tri-State 61s, looking for a match.

(All three are in the bullpen. Fin overhears them.)

Det. Odafin Tutuola
I got one. Alicia Hahn, eight years old. Happened at the
Bronx Zoo. Lured into a bathroom. Same packet of honey.

Capt. Don Cragen
When?

Det. Odafin Tutuola
Two months ago.

ADA Casey Novak
Bring Newlands in for a line-up.

Det. John Munch
You can't do that.

ADA Casey Novak
Why?

Det. John Munch
The victim's eight years old.

ADA Casey Novak
And she deserves justice.

Det. Elliot Stabler
And if she picks the wrong guy, you've
just given them exculpatory evidence.

Det. Olivia Benson
Which is admissible at trial.

ADA Casey Novak
I'm willing to take that chance.

Capt. Don Cragen
A line-up is a bad idea. Adults have enough trouble making
an ID. It's way too risky with a kid.

ADA Casey Novak
It happened two months ago. How could she possibly forget him.
 


 

(Police line-up. Six men are behind the one-way glass. Newlands is number four. On the other side are Alicia Hahn, the eight-year-old girl and her mother, Det. Benson, ADA Novak and Trevor Langan. Alicia is concentrating extremely hard.)

Alicia Hahn
I don't know.

Trevor Langan
Good enough for me.

ADA Casey Novak
Take your time, Alicia. It's very important.

Det. Olivia Benson
Yeah, she knows that.
(to Alicia)
Do you need to stop now?

ADA Casey Novak
Please? Alright, just one more look, and this time, really concentrate.

Alicia Hahn
I was.

(Alicia looks again.)

Trevor Langan
She can't see what's not there.

ADA Casey Novak
Do you see him?

Alicia Hahn
Is it number... Is it number... two?

(Novak is disappointed. Trevor Langan picks up his briefcase.)

Trevor Langan
Excuse me. I have a motion to file.

(Langan exits. Alicia is upset.)

Alicia Hahn
Was it wrong?

Det. Olivia Benson
You did just great, Alicia. I'm gonna take you home now, okay, honey?

(Benson lifts Alicia off the windowsill. Alicia begins to cry.)

Det. Olivia Benson
Come on, it's okay.

Alicia Hahn
I'm sorry.

(Benson leads Alicia and her mother out and gives a harsh look at Novak.)
 


 

(Outside Novak's office. Benson comes down the hall and looks in through the office window. She sees Novak hunched over legal pads, law books, and various documents. Benson enters.)

Det. Olivia Benson
Could you have been any tougher on that little girl? Like she hasn't already been traumatized enough?

(Novak lifts her head. She's been crying.)

ADA Casey Novak
I'm sorry.

(Novak stands and walks to her desk. Benson can't help but feel for her.)

Det. Olivia Benson
Nobody thinks that they can do this at first.

ADA Casey Novak
I wanted straight homicides, you know? All the glory, no living victims.

Det. Olivia Benson
Lesson number one. Nobody can handle the children.

ADA Casey Novak
How do you?

Det. Olivia Benson
I'm not going to lie to you. It doesn't get easier.

ADA Casey Novak
It's all this sickness and perversion. I mean, what do you say
to your boyfriend when you go home at night?

Det. Olivia Benson
I don't actually have one.

ADA Casey Novak
Because of the job?

Det. Olivia Benson
Well, I try to date. Things go great until they ask what I do.

ADA Casey Novak
Not exactly a dinner conversation, huh?

Det. Olivia Benson
The ones that don't pull away immediately, uh, lean in, way too interested, wanting to hear all the sick, twisted details, and, um... either way, it's always a last date.

ADA Casey Novak
It must be easier for the male detectives.

Det. Olivia Benson
Well, let's see. Fin never talks about his love life at work, and Elliot doesn't talk about work at home. And — and Munch has just given up.

ADA Casey Novak
Then why do you guys do it?

Det. Olivia Benson
Because somebody has to.

(Benson pats Novak on the shoulder and leaves.)
 

NEWLANDS RESIDENCE
63 EAST 81ST STREET
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10

(Novak has paid a visit to Dr. Newlands' wife at their home.)

ADA Casey Novak
Did you ever take your girls to the Bronx Zoo, Mrs. Newlands?

Mrs. Newlands
A few times. Lynette is obsessed with giraffes.

ADA Casey Novak
A lot of kids are. Your husband must have really enjoyed himself.

Mrs. Newlands
That's not funny. He told me all about these ridiculous new allegations.

ADA Casey Novak
They're not allegations, they're fact.

Mrs. Newlands
We've been married 15 years. I think I would've
picked up on something like that by now.

ADA Casey Novak
If you haven't, you're in serious denial, which is frightening,
given your daughters' ages.

Mrs. Newlands
That is sick. He has never been inappropriate with them.

ADA Casey Novak
What about with their friends?

Mrs. Newlands
I think you should go now.

(Mrs. Newlands grabs Novak and begins leading her out. Novak stops.)

ADA Casey Novak
Listen to me. There is no question that your husband is a pedophile.

Mrs. Newlands
He's stood in the line-up. What more do we have to do to convince you?

ADA Casey Novak
DNA evidence is irrefutable, Doctor. We have his in one of the victims.

(Mrs. Newlands is shocked.)

Mrs. Newlands
He never told me that.

(Archibald Newlands has walked up and sees Novak.)

Dr. Archibald Newlands
Who are you?

ADA Casey Novak
Casey Novak, Assistant District Attorney.

Dr. Archibald Newlands
What the hell are you doing here?

ADA Casey Novak
(to Mrs. Newlands)
Please. If you've been covering up for him, tell me now.

Dr. Archibald Newlands
Get out.

ADA Casey Novak
(whispering to Mrs. Newlands)
Think of your little girls.

Dr. Archibald Newlands
I'm calling my attorney.

(Dr. Newlands does so. Mrs. Newlands begins to cry.)
 


 

(Courthouse. Trevor Langan, Novak, and Judge Lois Preston
are walking and talking.)

Trevor Langan
She has nothing linking my client to this crime.

ADA Casey Novak
I have a particularly vile and unique MO.

Trevor Langan
She has no DNA, no witnesses. And the victim looked right at
him and picked a different man in the line-up.

ADA Casey Novak
This was a scared little girl who blocked out her assailant.
Remember she'd been brutalized.

Trevor Langan
Yeah, according to her, by suspect number two, not my client.

ADA Casey Novak
That's such bull.

Judge Lois Preston
Maybe. But you haven't established a prima facie case,
counselor. If you've got something, time to show your cards.

ADA Casey Novak
I have a prior victim, same approximate age, same packet of
honey. And I do have his DNA in this one.

Trevor Langan
Which is inadmissible. The clock ran out on that case three months ago.

ADA Casey Novak
Molineaux. Her testimony would be introduced solely to establish pattern.

Trevor Langan
Your Honor, if you let that in, it's all over. The jury
will convict on the prior bad act alone.

Judge Lois Preston
I'll have to agree. The physical evidence is too dispositive.

ADA Casey Novak
Your Honor —

Judge Lois Preston
Let's split the difference. DNA is out, but I'll allow you to argue MO.
 

TRIAL PART 22
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14

(Novak is in the prosecutor's chair. Judge Lois Preston is presiding. Benson and Stabler are in the gallery. Trevor Langan is at the defendant's place, but Dr. Newlands is nowhere to be found. Langan is whispering on his cell phone. After a moment, Novak stands.)

ADA Casey Novak
Your Honor, the People are ready.

Judge Lois Preston
Where is your client, Mr. Langan?

(Langan stands.)

Trevor Langan
I have just put in a call to his wife, and my assistant is
checking local hospitals.

ADA Casey Novak
Please. He hasn't been in an accident. He's obviously fled.

Judge Lois Preston
If you have any knowledge of your client's whereabouts, Counselor...

Trevor Langan
I don't. But if I could have a short recess.

Judge Lois Preston
Bail is forfeited. I'm ordering a bench warrant for his arrest.

(Gavel pounds. Benson and Stabler stand.)

Det. Elliot Stabler
Let's hope he didn't flee the country.

ADA Casey Novak
I'll get started on freezing his accounts.

(Novak leaves. Benson has been watching Langan on his cell phone.)

Det. Olivia Benson
Check out Langan. He just got a phone call.

Det. Elliot Stabler
I'd rather check his caller ID.

(Benson and Stabler approach Langan, who is still on his phone.)

Det. Olivia Benson
Anyone we know?

(Langan won't say.)

Det. Elliot Stabler
(whispers)
Where?

Trevor Langan
(into phone)
Where can I meet you?
 


 

(Diner. Langan is at a booth. Fin and Munch are at a nearby booth.)

Det. John Munch
You know, it wouldn't take much to swank this place up. You ever
think of investing in a restaurant or bar?

Det. Odafin Tutuola
With your track record? No way. I heard about that dive of yours
in Baltimore.

Trevor Langan
(at his own booth)
I'd stay away from the food and beverage industry.
(He turns his head to face Munch and Fin.)
If you're looking for a good tax shelter —

Det. John Munch
Can you make it any more obvious that you're talking to us?

(Langan turns back.)

Trevor Langan
He was supposed to be here 20 minutes ago. I don't have all day.

Det. Odafin Tutuola
Maybe you tipped him off already.

Trevor Langan
(turning his head again)
Why would I do that?

Det. John Munch
Eyes forward, bottom feeder.

Trevor Langan
I don't need this.

(Langan packs up his things to leave. Fin stands and walks past him.)

Det. Odafin Tutuola
So help me if you're playing us.

(Fin goes into the kitchen, where Benson and Stabler
are keeping surveillance.)

Det. Elliot Stabler
So what are we thinking?

Det. Odafin Tutuola
Newlands must have made us.

Det. Olivia Benson
How? He's never seen you or Munch.

(Stabler's phone rings.)

Det. Odafin Tutuola
That lawyer Langan scum could've signaled him over the phone.

Det. Elliot Stabler
(into phone)
Stabler. Where is he?
 


 

(Newlands' home. It's now a crime scene. Benson and Stabler
are led in by a Uniform Officer.)

Det. Elliot Stabler
Saved the taxpayers a pile of money. Suicide?

Uniform Officer #2
I doubt it. No sign of the gun.

(Stabler and Benson walk over to a white sheet covering the dead body
of Dr. Newlands. Benson pulls the sheet back and looks at the body.)

Det. Olivia Benson
Kind of hard to shoot yourself in the back of the head.

Det. Elliot Stabler
Executed. A little ahead of schedule.
 


 

(Cragen's Office. Benson and Stabler are briefing him about the recent discovery.)

Capt. Don Cragen
Where were Newlands' wife and kids?

Det. Olivia Benson
They moved out the day that Novak made the little house call.

Capt. Don Cragen
Well, that must've been a tense situation. Wasn't his wife also his partner
in the dermatology practice?

Det. Elliot Stabler
Yes. He destroys her home life, jeopardizes her livelihood.

Capt. Don Cragen
Double motive.

Det. Olivia Benson
She was at the office at the time of his death.

Det. Elliot Stabler
Could've hired someone.

Capt. Don Cragen
Easier lead to follow than the painfully obvious one.

Det. Olivia Benson
Family member of one of his victims.

Det. Elliot Stabler
Well, I don't want to make these people relive what that
sick bastard did to their kids.

(Cragen's phone rings.)

Capt. Don Cragen
(into phone)
Cragen. They're standing right here. That's impossible.
They're on their way.
 


 

(Central Park. Munch and Fin are already there when
Stabler and Benson arrive. Fin hands Stabler a photo of
another little girl.)

Det. John Munch
Six-year-old girl went missing around 9:00 this morning.

Det. Odafin Tutuola
Courtney Jones. The mother had to be sedated.

Det. Elliot Stabler
Newlands got killed around 9:00. Couldn't have been him.

Det. John Munch
Newlands lives a couple of blocks from here. Could've grabbed her just before.

Det. Olivia Benson
Snatching girls wasn't part of his MO.

(Dr. Huang walks up to the detectives and hold up an evidence bag.)

Det. Odafin Tutuola
That's definitely his signature.

Det. Elliot Stabler
What's that?

Dr. George Huang
A stirrer that dispenses honey. You find them in your upper end cafes.

Det. John Munch
Yeah, I found it in the trash over here by this bench.

Det. Olivia Benson
It could've been anybody sipping tea.

Det. Odafin Tutuola
We interviewed all the mothers. Couple of them put a man sitting right here.

Det. John Munch
Caucasian, late 30s.

Det. Odafin Tutuola
No tea.

Det. Olivia Benson
Well, he didn't attack her here. There's no privacy.
And what's — what's with the honey?

Dr. George Huang
Excitement. That straw was sucked dry. The taste alone
was enough to trigger his sense memory of past assaults.

Det. Elliot Stabler
Alright, let's send this thing to the lab. See if the
saliva matches Newlands' DNA.

Det. Odafin Tutuola
Any chance the girl's still alive?

Det. Olivia Benson
Well, we've been through his apartment. He didn't take her there.

Dr. George Huang
He wouldn't have. It's too risky. He was facing a long prison
sentence. This was his last hurrah.

Det. Olivia Benson
Maybe something on him will tell us where he took her. Warner
should be starting the autopsy now.
 


 

(Medical Examiner's Office. Warner is performing the autopsy. She is digging around in an incision in Newlands' left arm. Benson, Stabler and Huang are watching.)

Det. Elliot Stabler
What are you doing?

M.E. Melinda Warner
Digging. For treasure.

(Warner pulls a small tube from inside Newlands' arm.)

Det. Elliot Stabler
What's that?

M.E. Melinda Warner
Some kind of tube.

Det. Olivia Benson
What for?

M.E. Melinda Warner
I have no idea. There's blood in it.

Det. Elliot Stabler
How'd it get in there?

M.E. Melinda Warner
He's a doctor. Maybe he did it himself.

Det. Olivia Benson
How?

M.E. Melinda Warner
He could have given himself a local, inserted the tube,
and stitched himself back up.

Det. Elliot Stabler
Why would he do that?

Dr. George Huang
To beat a paternity test.

Det. Olivia Benson
Son of a bitch. Newlands was the father of Brianna's baby.
He put somebody else's blood in that tube.

Det. Elliot Stabler
Hold on a minute, hold on. You have professional people taking
blood out of his arm. Wouldn't they notice that?

M.E. Melinda Warner
You only have to roll your sleeve up to the elbow. The scar
would've been hidden.

Det. Elliot Stabler
I thought I'd seen everything.

Det. Olivia Benson
This puts him back on killing Brianna and that baby.

Det. Elliot Stabler
And if that's not his blood, he didn't rape Molly Stratton.

Dr. George Huang
No. Whosever blood he stole did.

Det. Olivia Benson
And that's the guy that's still out there with Courtney Jones.
 


 

(Street. Benson, Stabler and Huang are walking.)

Det. Elliot Stabler
So in order to beat a murder rap, Newlands used someone else's
blood. Just happens to be our pedophile's.

Det. Olivia Benson
The honey rapist reads about the trial, whacks him.

Dr. George Huang
Newlands must've known the rapist's real identity. He
could've turned him in at any time.

Det. Elliot Stabler
Why didn't he?

Det. Olivia Benson
Newlands turns in his own blood to clear himself of child
molestation, we get him on double homicide.

Det. Elliot Stabler
Either way, he was screwed. He knew he didn't rape those
two girls. He just couldn't figure out a way to prove it.

Dr. George Huang
Okay, the first day of the trial, he panics, he doesn't show.

Det. Elliot Stabler
He calls his lawyer to tell him the truth.

Det. Olivia Benson
Unfortunately, dead men don't talk. So how are we going to find
the honey rapist?

Dr. George Huang
Well, one thing we know for sure. Newlands had access to his blood.

Det. Elliot Stabler
It's one of his patients.

Dr. George Huang
Who's experiencing a new-found sense of freedom now that everyone
thinks he's dead. And he grabs another girl.

Det. Olivia Benson
But he can't lay off the honey.

Dr. George Huang
It's a compulsion. He didn't use it in his usual way.
He never dreamed we'd make the connection.

Det. Olivia Benson
He doesn't know we have. If he's gonna keep up his charade,
he's gonna have to kill this girl.

Det. Elliot Stabler
We've got to subpoena Newlands' patient list.

Det. Olivia Benson
Let's see if the widow can save us some time.
 


 

(Newlands' Dermatology Practice. Mrs. Newlands is rooting through old files.)

Mrs. Newlands
I don't know where to start. 25 percent of our patients are male.

Det. Olivia Benson
But how many have blood work done?

Mrs. Newlands
Not the dermabrasions, acne treatments, resurfacing. None of these.
(She continues looking)
I lied for him. The day he killed her, he was already
gone when I woke up.

Det. Elliot Stabler
Ma'am, it's gotta be one of his patients and we really need that name.

Det. Olivia Benson
He probably took the blood sample the same day he put the tube in.

Mrs. Newlands
He told me he cut himself. I remember exactly when that
happened. It was our daughter's birthday. The 18th.

(Mrs. Newlands looks on the computer.)

Det. Elliot Stabler
It was right after Brianna first contacted him.

Mrs. Newlands
Nothing. I know that was the day.

Det. Olivia Benson
What about your patients? Did you take any blood that day?

(Mrs. Newlands look on the computer again. She's got something.)

Mrs. Newlands
Just when I thought that bastard screwed me over every way possible.

Det. Elliot Stabler
Who is he?

Mrs. Newlands
Peter Nestler. Botox and collagen. He's in his 30s,
but panics whenever he sees a wrinkle.

Det. Elliot Stabler
Okay, why do you think it's him?

Mrs. Newlands
He had a small melanoma on his back. I did a workup to make sure it
hadn't spread. He's the only one I took blood from that week.
 


 

(Peter Nestler's apartment. Stabler and Benson rush in with guns drawn and bullet-proof vests on after the door is broken in.)

Det. Elliot Stabler
Police!

Det. Olivia Benson
Nestler!

SWAT Officer #1
Bathroom's clear.

SWAT Officer #2
Clear over here.

Det. Elliot Stabler
Kitchen's clear.

Det. Olivia Benson
Here, too.

Det. Elliot Stabler
He's definitely our guy.
(Stabler sees a cabinet lined with dozens of bottles of honey.)
Sick freak.

(Novak has entered, unbeknownst to Stabler or Benson.)

ADA Casey Novak
Any sign of Courtney Jones?

Det. Elliot Stabler
What are you doing here?

ADA Casey Novak
Search warrant.

Det. Elliot Stabler
No, really, you here to supervise us?

ADA Casey Novak
I'm not here to make sure you can do it. I'm here to see if I can.

(Benson comes out of the bedroom holding stacks of magazines.)

Det. Olivia Benson
Kiddie porn. Closet's full.

ADA Casey Novak
That doesn't tell us where he is.

Det. Olivia Benson
What is she doing here?

(Novak ignores her question. Her eyes go to the hall closet. She sees something.)

ADA Casey Novak
He's a fisherman. Plugs, poppers, reels loaded with 50-pound test.
(She reaches in and feels a fishing pole.)
It's rust. He fishes salt water.

(Benson is looking at a framed newspaper article on the shelf.)

Det. Olivia Benson
He's got a boat. Honey Do.
(reading the article)
"Peter Nestler on his boat, the Honey Do, caught a 40-pound striper."

Det. Elliot Stabler
Where?

Det. Olivia Benson
City Island. Looks like he's got a slip there.
 


 

(City Island Marina. Novak, Stabler and Benson approach the dock.)

ADA Casey Novak
There's his boat.

Det. Olivia Benson
You stay here.

(Novak does as she's told. Benson and Stabler continue up
the dock. Benson has spotted him.)

Det. Olivia Benson
Elliot. Half-way down.

Det. Elliot Stabler
Got him.
(They trail him for a moment.)
Yo, Nestler!

(Nestler turns around.)

Det. Elliot Stabler
Don't move.

(Nestler turns on his heels and runs down the dock.)

Det. Olivia Benson
Police!

(The detectives chase Nestler down the dock. Stabler catches up
to him and knocks him into the water.)

Det. Olivia Benson
I'll get the boat.

(Benson boards the boat looking for Courtney. Nestler is about to pull
himself back up to the dock, but Stabler grabs his hair and forces
his head underwater. After a few seconds, he pulls him back up.)

Det. Elliot Stabler
Where is she? The girl? Where is she?

(Nestler sputters, and Stabler pushes him back under the water,
then pulls him back up.)

Det. Elliot Stabler
Next time you go down you're not coming back up.

Peter Nestler
Help me! Somebody!

(Nestler's head goes back down. Novak runs down the dock to a
cooler Nestler was carrying and opens it. She finds
Courtney Jones inside.)

ADA Casey Novak
Courtney.

(Novak lifts Courtney out of the cooler. Benson sees this and heads over to Stabler)

Det. Olivia Benson
Elliot!

(Stabler still has Nestler's head under the water.)

Det. Olivia Benson
Elliot, Casey's got her. She was in the cooler. Come on.

(Benson heads over, but Stabler keeps a firm hold on Nestler's head for a few seconds more before releasing him. Benson has reached Novak.)

Det. Olivia Benson
Is she okay?

ADA Casey Novak
She's alive.

Det. Olivia Benson
Okay.

(Novak takes Courtney away from the dock. Benson stands,
half exhausted, half guilty.)

 

OFFICE OF
DISTRICT ATTORNEY
ARTHUR BRANCH
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15

(Novak knocks on the door and enters.)

ADA Casey Novak
Got a minute?

DA Arthur Branch
When you rescue a little girl, you get two. Have a seat.

ADA Casey Novak
I can't do it.

DA Arthur Branch
Sure you can. Just bend your knees and let gravity take over.

ADA Casey Novak
That's not what I'm talking about.

DA Arthur Branch
I know.

ADA Casey Novak
I want out.

DA Arthur Branch
Why? When you've got a slam dunk in your very first case?

ADA Casey Novak
I can't let go of what that little girl went through.

DA Arthur Branch
I was watching you for this job when you were in white collar. Knew you were tough, but wasn't sure you were the right person.

ADA Casey Novak
I'm not.

DA Arthur Branch
The fact that it effects you like this tells me my first instincts were right.

ADA Casey Novak
What are you talking about?

DA Arthur Branch
This case was the ultimate test. And you passed with flying colors.

ADA Casey Novak
But I don't want it.

DA Arthur Branch
You will.

(Branch stands and goes to his bookcase. Novak stands and
walks out of the office, closing the door behind her.)
 
 


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