Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999–…): Season 11, Episode 4 - Hammered - full transcript

After a night of heavy drinking, Dalton Rindell wakes up to a bloody apartment, a terrible cut on his head and a dead woman in his bed. Unable to recall the night before, Rindell immediately calls the police. Detectives Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler suspect the crime is the result of a deadly love triangle; however Rindell does not recognize the victim. After questioning Rindell and the victim's family and friends, Benson and Stabler are provided with leads in several different directions. Unsure which lead to follow, the two detectives decide to return to the bar where the night began in order to piece together the gruesome truth.

(male announcer)
IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM

SEXUALLY BASED OFFENSES ARE
CONSIDERED ESPECIALLY HEINOUS.

IN NEW YORK CITY,
THE DEDICATED DETECTIVES

WHO INVESTIGATE
THESE VICIOUS FELONIES

ARE MEMBERS
OF AN ELITE SQUAD

KNOWN AS
THE SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT.

THESE ARE THEIR STORIES.

[suspenseful chime]

[inhales slowly]

[breathes loudly]

[breathes loudly]



- WHAT THE...?

OH, GOD.

UGH.

[inhales sharply]

OH, MY GOD.

NO. NO.

[gags]

- CAREFUL OF THE EMESIS.

- WHO PUKED?

- THE APARTMENT OWNER
WHEN HE DISCOVERED HER.

DALTON RINDELL.

HE'S GOT A PRETTY
GOOD GASH TO THE HEAD.

PARAMEDICS
ARE WITH HIM NOW.

- WE SAW HIM ON THE WAY IN,



BUT WE WANTED TO GET
A HANDLE ON WHAT WENT DOWN HERE

BEFORE WE TALKED TO HIM.

- FLUIDS ON HER THIGH
INDICATE SEXUAL ACTIVITY.

- THE REST OF THE STORY
IS WRITTEN ON THE WALL.

- BLUDGEONED TO DEATH
FROM SOMEONE IN A RAGE.

FROM THE IMPRESSIONS
TO THE SKULL,

I'D SAY YOU WERE
LOOKING FOR A HAMMER.

- RINDELL CALLED 911
AT 7:34 A.M.

DO YOU HAVE AN APPROXIMATE
TIME OF DEATH HERE?

- I CAN GIVE YOU
THE EXACT MINUTE.

SHE TRIED TO SHIELD
HER HEAD WITH HER HANDS,

ONE OF THE BLOWS CRUSHED
THE CRYSTAL ON HER WATCH.

- [sighs]

- 12:57.

- SO RINDELL WAS OUT COLD
FOR 6 1/2 HOURS--

THAT'S SOME HIT TO THE HEAD.

- WELL, THIS MIGHT
EXPLAIN THE PERP'S RAGE.

"AUDREY,
WITH ETERNAL LOVE, MICHAEL."

- I THOUGHT MR. RINDELL'S
NAME WAS DALTON.

- HE WAS HAVING
AN AFFAIR WITH AUDREY.

MICHAEL CATCHES
THEM IN THE ACT,

HE ATTACKS DALTON,
KILLS HIS CHEATING LOVER.

- SO THE SEX WAS CONSENSUAL.

- MR. RINDELL...

CAN YOU
TELL US WHAT HAPPENED?

- I WAS HOPING
YOU COULD TELL ME.

I DON'T REMEMBER ANYTHING.
MY HEAD IS SPLITTING.

- COULD HIS INJURY
HAVE AFFECTED HIS MEMORY?

- THE NEURAL EXAM
CHECKED OUT FINE.

- WHAT EXACTLY IS THE NATURE OF
YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH AUDREY?

- WHO'S AUDREY?

- THE DEAD WOMAN
ON YOUR BEDROOM FLOOR.

- WE DIDN'T
HAVE ANY RELATIONSHIP.

UNTIL I
FOUND HER THIS MORNING,

I'D NEVER
SEEN HER BEFORE IN MY LIFE.

- MELINDA,
YOU GOT A MINUTE?

- I WAS HOPING TO POP HER IN
THE FRIDGE BEFORE SHE GOES BAD.

- I'M THINKING IT'S
DALTON'S STORY THAT'S STINKING.

- YOU LIKE HIM FOR IT.

- WELL, THERE'S
NO SIGN OF FORCED ENTRY.

- BUT THE VICTIM'S CLOTHES,
PURSE, AND I.D. ARE MISSING.

SOMEONE MUST'VE TAKEN THEM.

- THAT'S SOMEONE DALTON
DOESN'T WANT US TO KNOW ABOUT.

DRUG DEALER, PIMP...

- WE KNOW SHE HAD SEX.

- I NEED TO KNOW
IF IT WAS WITH DALTON.

YOU MIND COMING UPSTAIRS
AND DOING A DNA SWAB?

- WE LETTING HIM KNOW WHY?

- I DON'T UNDERSTAND.
WHY DO YOU NEED MY FINGERPRINTS?

- WE TAKE IT FROM ANYONE WHO

HAS LEGITIMATE
ACCESS TO THE APARTMENT.

- ONCE WE
ELIMINATE THE FRIENDLIES,

ANY UNIDENTIFIED
PRINT COULD BE THE PERP'S.

- GOT YOU.
- WE NEED YOU TO SIGN THIS

SO WE CAN
SEARCH YOUR APARTMENT.

- THAT WAY WE DON'T HAVE
TO PESTER A JUDGE FOR A WARRANT.

- WHY WOULD
YOU NEED TO DO THAT?

- THERE'S NO CRIME SCENE
EXCEPTION

TO THE FOURTH AMENDMENT, WE NEED
TO KEEP OUR SEARCHES LEGAL.

- A MAN KILLED
SOMEONE IN MY HOME.

WHATEVER YOU NEED TO DO.

BUT I DON'T GET IT...
WHY DID HE PICK ME?

HAVE YOU
EVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS?

- [sighs]

IF I HAD A NICKEL
FOR EVERY DEAD PROSTITUTE

I EVER WOKE UP WITH...?
- I'VE NEVER USED A PROSTITUTE.

- SORRY,
WITHOUT GALLOWS HUMOR,

TO COPE WITH WHAT WE SEE EVERY
DAY, I'D GO STARK RAVING MAD.

- WHAT DO YOU MEAN GO?

- HOW DO YOU DEAL
WITH STRESS, MR. RINDELL?

- UH, USUALLY I AVOID IT.

- MR. RINDELL, IS IT
OKAY IF I TAKE A DNA SAMPLE?

IT'S JUST A QUICK SWAB
OF THE INSIDE OF YOUR MOUTH.

WON'T HURT A BIT.

- ROUTINE PROCEDURE?

- WITH YOUR PERMISSION.
- OF COURSE.

- MR. RINDELL,
DO YOU OWN A HAMMER?

- UH-HUH.

- OKAY, IT'S
NOT IN YOUR TOOL BOX.

- IS THAT WHAT HE USED?

I'M GONNA BE SICK AGAIN.
I NEED SOME WATER.

- WE SHOULD
GET YOU TO THE HOSPITAL

AND HAVE YOU CHECKED OUT.

- ALL RIGHT,
LET ME JUST GRAB MY WALLET.

[coughing softly]

- I'M NOT SO SURE
HE DOESN'T KNOW THE PERP.

- IF HE'S HIDING SOMETHING,
WE'LL FIND IT.

[suspenseful chime]

- LOOKS LIKE THE PARAMEDIC
MISSED A SLIVER OF GLASS.

- COULD THAT HAVE
CAUSED THE MEMORY LOSS?

- NO, NOT DEEP ENOUGH.

AND YOUR HEAD CT LOOKS FINE.

- AND YOU STILL
DON'T REMEMBER ANYTHING?

- NO.
NO, AND I FEEL LIKE CRAP.

- WELL, YOU'RE DEHYDRATED.

I'LL START AN IV.

- DID YOU PARTY LAST NIGHT?

- UH, NO.

NOT AT ALL, I WAS WORKING.

- DALTON, I CAN'T
TELL YOU HOW MANY VICTIMS

WITHHOLD INFORMATION
ABOUT ILLEGAL DRUG USE

BECAUSE THEY'RE SCARED
THEY'RE GONNA GET INTO TROUBLE.

- WE'RE NOT LOOKING TO JAM
YOU UP ON A POSSESSION CHARGE.

- IF YOU HAD A DEALER
IN YOUR APARTMENT,

OR YOU WERE
PARTYING WITH FRIENDS--

YOU JUST HAVE TO TELL US.

- I DON'T DO DRUGS.

I DON'T EVEN DRINK.

WHAT IF SOMEONE DRUGGED ME?

- OKAY. LIKE WHO?

- EH...I DON'T KNOW.

- NADIA,
HOW MUCH LONGER YOU GONNA

KEEP THIS BATHROOM TIED UP?

YOU'RE WORSE THAN MY EX-WIFE.

- SOMEONE LET
A SWEET TALKER LIKE YOU GO?

I'M DONE SCANNING,
IT'S ALL YOURS.

- DOES CSU KNOW THERE'S
BLOODY HANDPRINTS IN HERE?

- THEY'RE RIGHT BEHIND YOU
IN THE LUNCH LINE.

YOU KNOW, THOSE PRINTS
LOOK SMEARED TO ME.

BUT THEY'LL LIFT THEM ALL.

- AND BLOODY TOWELS AS WELL.

THEY'RE STILL DAMP.

- WELL NO ONE FROM THE CANVAS
SAW A BLOODY MANIAC.

SO YOU GOTTA FIGURE
HE CLEANED UP BEFORE HE LEFT.

YOU DIDN'T LOOK IN THE SHOWER?

- [sighs]

WASHED CLEAN.

- HE TOOK A SHOWER WHILE
I WAS PASSED OUT ON THE FLOOR.

- OR MAYBE YOU CAME HOME
AND SURPRISED HIM

WHILE HE WAS IN THERE.

- BUT WHY WAS I NAKED?

- THAT'S
THE MILLION-DOLLAR QUESTION.

- YOU THINK I RAPED HER?
YOU THINK I DID THIS?

- WE'RE LOOKING FOR ANSWERS.

AND YOU'RE NOT PROVIDING ANY.

- WELL, I DON'T HAVE ANY.

- DALTON, CALM DOWN
AND WORK WITH US.

WE'RE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT
HOW A DEAD NAKED WOMAN

ENDED UP IN YOUR APARTMENT.

- WHAT TIME DID
YOU COME HOME LAST NIGHT?

- [sighs]

I DON'T REMEMBER COMING HOME.

- YOU SAY YOU WERE WORKING.

WHERE'S THAT?
DID ANYBODY SEE YOU?

- I'M A DEVELOPER.

MY PARTNER BILL AND I...

MET WITH THE BUYERS OF
THESE CO-OP UNITS WE PRE-SOLD.

ABOUT 75 PEOPLE SHOWED
UP TO OUR HEADQUARTERS.

- ANY ONE OF THEM
UNHAPPY WITH THEIR PURCHASE?

- ALL OF THEM.

CONSTRUCTION
HIT A LITTLE SPEED BUMP,

SO WE THREW THIS COCKTAIL MIXER
TO PUT THEIR MINDS AT EASE.

- DALTON, YOU SAID
YOU WEREN'T PARTYING LAST NIGHT.

- TRUST ME, IT WAS NO PARTY.

- DALTON WAS
DRIPPING FLOP SWEAT.

YOU HAVE NO IDEA
HOW CRUCIAL IT WAS

TO INSTILL
THE INVESTORS WITH CONFIDENCE.

- OF COURSE I DO,
THAT'S STEP NUMBER ONE

IN THE IDIOT'S
GUIDE TO FLIM-FLAMMING.

- HEY, WE'RE NOT RUNNING
THE NIGERIAN PRINCE SCAM HERE.

THIS IS GONNA
BE A LANDMARK BUILDING.

- WHEN DO YOU
PLAN ON COMPLETING IT?

- AS SOON AS
WE SHORE UP NEW FINANCING.

THAT WAS
THE POINT OF LAST NIGHT.

- YOU WERE TRYING TO SUCK EVEN
MORE MONEY OUT OF THESE PEOPLE?

- OTHERWISE,
WE HAVE TO FILE BANKRUPTCY

AND THEY LOSE EVERYTHING.

- WELL, HOW MUCH
ARE THEY ALREADY IN FOR?

- 200,000
TO 400,000 EACH.

- SO THEY ALL HAD
MOTIVE TO MURDER BOTH OF YOU--

OR SET YOU UP FOR ONE.

- WE WERE HOPING FOR A SLIGHTLY
MORE ENTHUSIASTIC RESPONSE.

THAT COWARD DALTON
LEFT ME TO DEAL WITH 'EM.

AT THE END OF THE COCKTAIL HOUR,
I CALLED THE MEETING TO ORDER,

AND HE WAS GONE.

- MAYBE HE
DIDN'T LEAVE ON HIS OWN.

I'LL NEED
A LIST OF YOUR VICTIMS.

I MEAN BUYERS.

- ABSOLUTELY NOT.

YOU CAN'T DRAG THEM ALL
INTO A MURDER INVESTIGATION.

- EVEN IF IT
MEANS CLEARING YOUR PARTNER?

- DETECTIVES...

- WHAT DO WE GOT?

- THE BUILDINGS
ARE CONNECTED.

THAT'S MR. RINDELL'S BEDROOM
WINDOW RIGHT UP THERE,

AND THE PERP MUST'VE
TOSSED THIS OUT OF IT.

- AH, WHAT HAVE WE HERE?

- WE GOT LADIES'
CLOTHES, SHOES, AND A PURSE.

- WHY TOSS IT OVER HERE IF HE
DIDN'T WANT IT TO BE FOUND?

HE COULD'VE
THROWN IT IN THE RIVER.

- I DON'T KNOW,

BUT I JUST MIGHT'VE
FOUND A MOTIVE FOR OUR MURDER.

OUR VICTIM'S A DOCTOR.

- AUDREY HALE, M.D.
WESTSIDE WOMEN'S CLINIC.

- THEY DO ABORTIONS.

- WE'RE SO
SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS.

- OUR DIVORCE WAS
FINALIZED A FEW MONTHS AGO.

BUT...I NEVER
STOPPED LOVING AUDREY.

- A FRIENDLY DIVORCE?

- IS THERE SUCH A THING?

YOU CAN'T IMAGINE
THE SCREAMING MATCHES--

ME BEGGING HER TO LEAVE
HER JOB AT THE CLINIC,

AND HER SAYING SHE HAD A
COMMITMENT TO UPHOLD A...

CONSTITUTIONALLY
PROTECTED SERVICE.

- YOU DIDN'T APPROVE
OF YOUR WIFE'S WORK.

- I WAS AFRAID FOR
OUR DAUGHTER CLARISSA.

- YOUR FAMILY GET THREATS?

- A FEW YEARS AGO,
AN ANTI-ABORTION GROUP

POSTED HUNDREDS OF DOCTORS'
NAMES, THEIR HOME ADDRESSES,

AND TELEPHONE NUMBERS
ON THE INTERNET.

THEN WE STARTED GETTING
HANG-UP CALLS

IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT,
AND NASTY LETTERS.

- DID YOU KEEP ANY OF THEM?

- NO, I--I DIDN'T WANT
OUR DAUGHTER FINDING THEM.

AND ONCE THAT DOCTOR
WAS SHOT IN HIS OWN CHURCH

IN KANSAS THIS SUMMER,

I PETITIONED THE COURT
FOR SOLE CUSTODY

BUT...LOST.

AND AUDREY WAS SUPPOSED
TO PICK HER UP TOMORROW.

I TOLD HER
THIS WAS GONNA HAPPEN.

- MR. HALE, DID YOU OR AUDREY
HAVE ANY CONNECTION

WITH AN R.T. DEVELOPERS?

- NO.

- HOW ABOUT A DALTON RINDELL?

- WHO'S THAT?
ONE OF THOSE FANATICAL NUTS?

- NO, I AM DEFINITELY
NOT ONE OF THEM.

- LET'S PLAY A LITTLE
FREE ASSOCIATION.

YOU SAY THE FIRST THING
THAT POPS INTO YOUR HEAD.

ROE V. WADE.

- UGH, TWO WAYS
TO GET ACROSS A CREEK.

- DO YOU CONSIDER
DR. HALE'S MURDER A JOKE?

- NO.

NO, IT WAS THE MOST
HORRIFIC THING I'VE EVER SEEN.

BUT I DIDN'T DO IT.

I DON'T KNOW HER,
OR ANYTHING ABOUT HER.

- THEN HOW'D
SHE GET IN YOUR APARTMENT?

- FORGET THAT,
HOW'D SHE GET IN YOUR BED?

- [sighs]

LOOK,
I KNOW IT SOUNDS CRAZY,

BUT IT HAD TO BE
ONE OF THE CO-OP OWNERS.

I THINK
I'M BEING SET UP.

- OKAY, HERE COMES
THE CONSPIRACY THEORY.

YOU GO.

- A GUY PUTS A CHUNK DOWN
ON A $3 MILLION CONDO

THAT'S NEVER
GONNA BE BUILT,

AND HE'S NOT GONNA
GET ANY OF HIS MONEY BACK.

- I CAN SEE THAT
MAKING A GUY A LITTLE NUTTY.

- RIGHT, SO HE STARTS OBSESSING
ABOUT THE ILLS OF THE WORLD

AND KILLS TWO BIRDS
WITH ONE HAMMER.

- WE'RE GONNA NEED THE
INVESTORS' LIST TO PROVE THAT.

- WE'RE HANGING ON
BY A THREAD.

COULD YOU AT LEAST
BE DISCREET?

- NO PROBLEM.

JUST ANSWER
MY PARTNER'S QUESTION.

WHICH ARE YOU?
PRO-CHOICE, OR NO CHOICE?

- I KNOW IT'S
EVERYBODY'S LITMUS TEST

FOR PICKING A PRESIDENT
OR A SUPREME COURT JUSTICE.

IT'S NOT EVEN
ON MY PRIORITY LIST.

- AND I WAS JUST
STARTING TO BELIEVE YOU.

MR. RINDELL,
ABORTION IS THE ONE SUBJECT

EVERYONE HAS
A STRONG OPINION ABOUT.

- ABORTION IS MURDER.

- I KNOW, THAT'S WHAT
I KEEP TRYING TO TELL HER.

WHAT GROUP ARE YOU WITH?
- OPERATION SAVE AND DELIVER.

LIFE BEGINS AT CONCEPTION.

- WHAT IF
MY LIFE IS AT RISK?

- IT'S IN
GOD'S HANDS, NOT YOURS.

- WHAT IF I TOLD YOU
I WAS RAPED?

- WELL, THE LORD WOULDN'T HAVE
BROUGHT A CHILD INTO THIS WORLD

IF HE DIDN'T
HAVE GREAT PLANS FOR IT.

- EVEN THOUGH SHE'LL
BE A CONSTANT REMINDER?

YOU HAVE NO IDEA
THE TOLL THAT TAKES ON A WOMAN.

- YOU MUST'VE BEEN HAPPY
WHEN DR. HALE WAS MURDERED.

- [scoffs]
NO, NO, NO.

THAT WAS AWFUL.
WE DON'T CONDONE ANY KILLING.

HEY--

BUT IT IS A BLESSING

THERE'S ONE LESS
MASS MURDERER OUT THERE.

- IRONICALLY,
THE YOUNG WOMEN SHE SCARES AWAY

ARE THE ONES
COMING FOR BIRTH CONTROL.

SO YES, SHE'S A DANGER,
BUT NOT A VIOLENT ONE.

- SO WHAT'S WITH
THE BULLETPROOF GLASS HERE?

- WE HAD THAT PUT IN IN '93,
AFTER OUR SNIPER ATTACK.

OUR RECEPTIONIST
WAS SHOT IN THE ARM.

- ANY MORE RECENT ATTACKS?

- WELL, NOT HERE.

BUT I MONITOR
THE NATIONAL STATS.

SINCE THE '70s, THERE HAVE
BEEN 175 ARSONS, 41 BOMBINGS.

- DR. HALE'S EX-HUSBAND
WAS TELLING US

ABOUT THE HATE MAIL
HE RECEIVED AT HOME.

- YEAH, WE'LL WE GET
PLENTY OF THAT HERE.

I HAVE BETH
PULLING IT OUT FOR YOU.

THIS IS THE FIRST BOX.

- HOW MANY MORE LIKE THIS?

- THERE ARE FIVE OR SIX.

[thuds]

- OH, GET DOWN.
- DOWN.

- IT'S JUST
A HARMLESS EGGING.

WE GET THAT
FROM TIME TO TIME.

- DID YOU DO THIS?

- IT WAS A COUPLE OF KIDS.

- WHICH WAY DID THEY GO?

- I DON'T KNOW,
I HAD MY EYES CLOSED.

BUT I'M TOUCHED FOR YOUR
CONCERN FOR THE CHICKEN FETUSES.

- EL, POP THE TRUNK.

DR. KITTLE SAID AUDREY
WAS MEETING A FRIEND

FOR DINNER LAST NIGHT.

- MALE?
- FEMALE.

LET'S GO
SEE IF SHE MADE IT.

- WE HAD DINNER AT PICHOLINE.

WE LEFT THERE AROUND 9:30.

SHARED A TAXI.

- SO AUDREY WENT HOME?

- NO, THERE WAS
NIGHT CONSTRUCTION ON FIFTH.

AND WE WERE
IN STAND-STILL TRAFFIC.

I SAW THIS BAR, SAID WE SHOULD
GET OUT AND HAVE A NIGHTCAP.

AUDREY DIDN'T WANT TO,
BUT I DRAGGED HER.

- DO YOU REMEMBER
THE NAME OF THE BAR?

- THAT'S
WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR.

- ANYONE THERE
HASSLING HER?

- NO,
BUT THERE WAS THIS GUY.

- OKAY, LINDA.
LINDA...

IT'S OKAY, CALM DOWN.

JUST TELL US ABOUT HIM.

- [exhales]

WHITE, 30s,
REALLY GOOD-LOOKING.

AUDREY HADN'T EVEN LOOKED AT
ANOTHER MAN SINCE HER DIVORCE.

I'M THE ONE
THAT GOT THEM TALKING.

- WELL, COULD
HE HAVE INSTIGATED IT?

MAYBE FOLLOWED YOU
INTO THE PLACE?

- NO, IT LOOKED LIKE
HE'D BEEN THERE FOR A WHILE.

OH!

HERE IT IS.

WEST FALLS LOUNGE.

- OKAY, THAT'S GOOD.
BUT BACK TO THE GUY?

- THEY REALLY HIT IT OFF.

- HOW DID IT END WITH THEM?

- I DON'T KNOW, I--

I JUST LEFT HER THERE.

I THOUGHT
I WAS DOING HER A FAVOR.

- DID YOU
GET THE GUY'S NAME?

- [inhales sharply]
SOMETHING LIKE...BARNES.

UM...I JUST REMEMBER
IT WAS A NAME OF A BOOKSTORE.

DALTON?

- YES.

- I APPRECIATE
THE LIFT HOME, I'M EXHAUSTED.

- JUST GOT
TO DO A QUICK STOP HERE.

AH, HERE IT IS.

WEST FALLS LOUNGE.

- YOU KNOW THIS PLACE?

- NO.

- IT'S WALKING DISTANCE
FROM YOUR OFFICE.

- I HAVEN'T BEEN
TO A BAR IN OVER A YEAR.

- BACK IN A SECOND.

[car door shuts]

- YOU SURE
YOU WEREN'T HERE LAST NIGHT?

- I'M POSITIVE.
WHY DO YOU KEEP ASKING ME?

LOOK, I'M IN THE PROGRAM.

ONE YEAR, THREE MONTHS,
EIGHT DAYS SOBER.

- WHAT DO YOU KNOW?

A ONE-YEAR CHIP.

[exhales]

SO, DALTON...

YOU GET A HEADACHE?

YOU WERE THROWING UP,
YOU WERE DEHYDRATED.

- I WAS HIT IN THE HEAD.
- OR YOU HAD A HANGOVER.

- I DON'T DRINK.
I NEED TO USE THE RESTROOM.

- UH, WAIT A MINUTE.
HEY, WAIT A MINUTE.

DALTON.

YO!
GET BACK HERE.

DALTON.

- THAT'S THE GUY.
RIGHT THERE.

- DALTON,
WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?

- WHERE'S THE MEN'S ROOM?

- WHAT, YOU DON'T
REMEMBER FROM LAST NIGHT?

- WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?

- [scoffs] WELL,
YOU WERE KNOCKING THEM BACK.

- WHAT'S GOING ON HERE?

- WELL, THE BARTENDER
SAYS THAT YOU WERE

BUYING AUDREY ROUNDS
AFTER HER FRIEND LEFT.

- WHY WOULD YOU SAY THAT?

- BUDDY,
YOU TWO LEFT TOGETHER.

I KNOW
A HOOKUP WHEN I SEE ONE.

- YOU'RE LYING!
- HEY!

- WHO PUT YOU UP TO THIS?
- BACK! LET GO!

- TAKE IT EASY.
- I'M GONNA--

I'M GONNA BE SICK AGAIN.

- ALL THE WAY BACK.
ON THE RIGHT.

- [coughs softly]

- WAIT A MINUTE.
- I CAN'T, I CAN'T.

[cell phone rings]

- STABLER.

HELLO?

HELLO?

WHO IS THIS?

YEAH, GO AHEAD.

[quiet aside]
THE LAB RESULTS.

THE BLOODY PRINT
IN THE BATHROOM?

- DALTON'S.

- AND THE DNA
FROM THE RAPE KIT.

GREAT. THANKS.

HEY, DALTON.

LET'S GO. SUCK IT UP.
GET OUT HERE.

[knocking]
HEY, LET'S GO.

- WHERE'D HE GO?

WHERE IS HE?

- DALTON!

HE'S RUNNING.

- I'LL TAKE THE FRONT!

[breathless]
I DON'T SEE HIM.

- SON OF A BITCH.
WE LOST HIM.

- NOW WHAT PART
OF TAKING A KILLER RAPIST

ON A FIELD TRIP
SOUNDED LIKE A BRIGHT IDEA?

- DALTON WASN'T TECHNICALLY ON--
- ZIP IT, JOHN.

THEY ARE PERFECTLY CAPABLE

OF MAKING THEIR
OWN HALF-ASSED EXCUSES.

- NO EXCUSE.

LIV WAS
INTERVIEWING THE BARTENDER,

I WAS SUPPOSED
TO HAVE EYES ON DALTON.

- IT WAS EQUALLY
MY RESPONSIBILITY.

- SPARE ME
THE MUTUAL STROKE-FEST.

WHAT ARE
WE DOING TO FIX THIS?

- WE SAT ON HIS APARTMENT
ALL LAST NIGHT,

HE WAS SMART ENOUGH
NOT TO COME HOME.

- GOT A SUBPOENA
FOR HIS CELL PHONE RECORDS,

AND SOMEBODY'S WATCHING THE
GARAGE WHERE HE KEEPS HIS CAR.

- I PUT THE WORD OUT

TO THE AIRPORT, TRAIN,
AND BUS TERMINALS.

- HIS BANK HAS AN ALERT ON
HIS CREDIT AND DEBIT CARDS.

HE HASN'T USED THEM YET.

- WELL, THEN SOMEBODY
IS HARBORING HIM.

GIRLFRIEND, PARENTS...

- DALTON TOLD US HE
WASN'T DATING ANYBODY SERIOUSLY,

BUT WE DID A LITTLE DIGGING.

HIS PARENTS
DIVORCED WHEN HE WAS A KID.

HIS FATHER'S IN CALIFORNIA,

AND HIS MOTHER DIED
FROM CIRRHOSIS OF THE LIVER.

- THERE'S NO ONE IN THE RINDELL
CLAN CAN HANDLE THEIR LIQUOR.

THERE WERE
MULTIPLE DOMESTIC ABUSE CALLS

AGAINST A DRUNKEN DALTON SENIOR
WHALING ON THE WIFE AND KID

UNTIL HE SKIPPED OUT ON THEM.

- MORNING, DETECTIVES.

- JUST WHEN I THOUGHT
MY DAY COULDN'T GET ANY WORSE.

- HAS ANYONE SEEN
MY MISSING DEFENDANT?

- WE COULD TRY AND FIND HIM,

UNLESS YOU WANNA JUST WASTE
OUR TIME BUSTING MY BALLS.

- OH, I'D NEVER KICK
A FELLOW WHEN HE'S DOWN.

I'M SURE YOU FEEL
LIKE A GRADE-A MORON AS IT IS.

OF COURSE, I'M THE ONE
WHO HAS TO SLOG THROUGH

A WADE HEARING BECAUSE YOU
TAINTED THE BARTENDER'S I.D.

- WHAT DO YOU NEED, SONYA?

- ON THE ASSUMPTION YOU'LL
RETRIEVE DALTON RINDELL FOR ME,

I'M PROCEEDING
WITH MY TRIAL PREP.

I ACTUALLY JUST
STOPPED BY TO CATCH A MOVIE.

WANT TO JOIN ME?

- HERE'S YOUR RECREATION
OF THE CRIME SCENE

BASED ON
THE LEICA SCANSTATION,

WHICH YOU CAN SHOW
TO THE JURY FROM ANY ANGLE.

DALTON APPROACHED FROM
THE LEFT, WIELDING THE HAMMER.

AUDREY MUST'VE
SEEN THE FIRST SWING COMING,

SCRAMBLES OUT OF THE BED,
STILL TANGLED IN THE SHEETS.

DALTON COMES AROUND--
- HE'S GOT HER TRAPPED.

- SHE'S FACING HIM.

TRIES TO WARD OFF THE FIRST
BLOW, WHICH BREAKS HER WRIST.

AS HE HAULS BACK FOR
THE SECOND STRIKE HERE, HE--

- WAIT, WAIT,
WAIT, WAIT, WAIT.

SHE WAS RAPED FIRST,
RIGHT?

- YOU WANT ME
TO SIMULATE THAT?

- ACTUALLY, IT'S LOOKING
LIKE THE SEX WAS CONSENSUAL.

I MEAN, THEY HOOKED UP IN A BAR,
THEY BOTH WERE DRINKING HEAVILY.

- OH, PLEASE.

HALF THE RAPISTS I'VE
PUT AWAY WERE DRUNK OR HIGH.

IT'S CALLED DUTCH COURAGE.

IT DOESN'T EXCUSE JACK.

AND STOPPING HER
FROM CRYING RAPE

IS A MOTIVE
TO KILL HER, RIGHT?

KEEP GOING.

- AUDREY'S ON HER SIDE.

HE STRIKES HER TEMPLE,

'CAUSING THIS ARTERIAL
SPURTING PATTERN ON THE CARPET.

NOW SHE'S FACE DOWN, COVERING
HER HEAD WITH HER HANDS.

ONE OF THE STRIKES
BREAKS HER WATCH.

- IT'S GONNA BE HARD
FOR A JURY TO WATCH.

- BUT EASY FOR THEM
TO CONVICT.

- CASTOFF EXTENDS
ONTO THE CEILING,

MEANS HE WAS BRINGING
THE HAMMER

BACK ALL THE WAY
OVER HIS HEAD FOR EACH BLOW.

- WAIT, THIS SHOWS HIM
COVERED IN BLOOD.

- THERE WOULD'VE
BEEN TONS OF BACK SPATTER.

- WELL, DO WE
HAVE HIS BLOODY CLOTHES?

- NO, HE MUST HAVE
BEEN NAKED TOO.

- SO AFTER HE CLEANED UP,
HE REALIZED WHAT HE'D DONE,

AND HE
STARTED BANGING HIS HEAD

AGAINST THE
MEDICINE CABINET MIRROR.

- BULL.
HE WAS STAGING THE SCENE

TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE
HE HAD BEEN ATTACKED AS WELL.

- CAPTAIN,
THIS JUST CAME IN.

- WELL, IF JURIES WANT
A VIDEO OF THE CRIME,

YOU'RE PRACTICALLY
GIVING THEM ONE.

- YEAH,
THIS IS REALLY GOOD.

LISTEN, RAISE
THE PRODUCTION VALUES FOR ME.

SPARE NO EXPENSE.

- WE JUST GOT
DALTON'S CELL PHONE RECORDS.

DOZENS OF CALLS
TO THE PARTNER.

ALL UNANSWERED, BUT HE HAD
A NICE LONG CHAT WITH HIS EX.

- I HAVE
NO IDEA WHERE DALTON IS.

- REALLY?
YOU MEAN HE DIDN'T MENTION IT

DURING YOUR 17-MINUTE
CONVERSATION LAST NIGHT?

- NO, HE JUST
TOLD ME HIS INSANE STORY.

- IT END WITH A CONFESSION?

- HE SWEARS
HE'S BEING SET UP.

- WELL, HE ASKED YOU FOR
A PLACE TO HOLE UP, DIDN'T HE?

- HE ASKED.
I SAID NO.

- WILL YOU MIND TAKING US
TO YOUR PLACE TO VERIFY THAT?

- NOT AT ALL. AS SOON
AS MY OPEN HOUSE IS OVER.

- WELL, OF COURSE
YOU BEING A RENTAL AGENT,

YOU HAVE ACCESS TO PLENTY OF
APARTMENTS YOU CAN STASH HIM IN.

- YOU'RE NOT GONNA MAKE US
GET A SEARCH WARRANT

FOR EVERY ONE OF THEM,
ARE YOU?

- AFTER WHAT DALTON
PUT ME THROUGH,

I'D NEVER HELP
THAT SON OF A BITCH.

- BAD MARRIAGE?

- VARIED DAYS
OF WINE AND ROSES.

I QUIT DRINKING,
DALTON COULDN'T.

- WAS HE ABUSIVE?

- THE REAL DALTON IS THE
GREATEST GUY YOU'LL EVER MEET.

WHEN HE DRINKS,
HE TURNS INTO A MONSTER.

HE KICKED A LOT
OF HOLES IN OUR WALLS,

BUT HE ONLY HURT ME ONCE.

THAT'S WHEN I WALKED.

- WELL, BE GRATEFUL
YOU'RE STILL ALIVE.

- SOBER,
HE WOULDN'T HURT A FLY.

I HEARD HE WENT ON THE WAGON
AFTER OUR DIVORCE WAS FINAL.

- YEAH, WELL HE FELL OFF
WITH A BIG SPLASH.

- IF YOU WOULDN'T
HELP HIM, WHO WOULD?

- [scoff]
HIS OLD DRINKING BUDDY.

HIS BUSINESS PARTNER.
BILL TATTINGER.

- [grunting]
YOU SON OF A BITCH!

- HEY!
POLICE, BREAK IT UP.

[grunting, growling]

HEY, HEY.
POLICE, BREAK IT UP.

BREAK IT UP, BREAK IT UP.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

YOU'RE
ONLY MAKING THINGS WORSE.

FIRST EVADING ARREST,
AND NOW ASSAULT?

- I DIDN'T--I DIDN'T RUN
BECAUSE I WAS GUILTY.

I RAN BECAUSE I NEEDED
TO PROVE MY INNOCENCE.

ADMIT WHAT YOU DID!
- HE'S OUT OF HIS FREAKIN' MIND.

- NOW HE'S UNDER ARREST.
- IT DOESN'T MATTER.

I FINALLY FIGURED OUT
WHO'S RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS.

TELL HIM.
TELL HIM!

[panting]

- WHAT?
TELL US WHAT?

- WE WERE DYING THERE.

BACK IN THE DAY,

YOU CLOSED MILLION-DOLLAR DEALS
OVER DRINKS.

I CONVINCED HIM A LITTLE LIQUID
COURAGE COULD STEADY HIS NERVES.

- YOU RUINED MY LIFE!

- NO, THAT'S OVER.
LET'S GO.

- THERE'S NO WAY
ONE DRINK PUT ME ON MY ASS.

WHAT'D YOU PUT IN IT?

- NOTHING!
I DIDN'T DO ANYTHING ILLEGAL!

- NO, NOT
BY FRAT BOY STANDARDS.

YOU WANNA
HAVE YOUR WAY WITH THEM?

GET THEM NICE AND DRUNK.

- I SWEAR TO GOD,
I ONLY GAVE HIM ONE.

WHAT HARM COULD THAT DO?

[door opens]

- LOOK, I'M ON A
PRESCRIPTION BENZO FOR ANXIETY.

- YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED
TO MIX THAT WITH ALCOHOL.

- BILL KEPT TELLING ME
ONE WOULDN'T HURT.

HE MUST'VE MADE THE DRINK
A LOT STRONGER THAN HE TOLD ME.

- WELL, THE THING IS,
AFTER YOU LEFT BILL,

YOU DRANK SEVEN OR EIGHT
ON YOUR OWN.

- THAT WE KNOW OF.

- YEAH, BUT I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW
I WAS DOING IT.

I DON'T EVEN
REMEMBER LEAVING THE OFFICE.

ALL RIGHT, THE COMBINATION
OF MEDS AND ALCOHOL

MUST'VE COMPLETELY
DISORIENTED ME.

- YOU HAD NO PROBLEM
FINDING THE NEAREST BAR.

- AND YOU'RE THE
ONE WHO DID THE ORDERING.

NOT BILL, NOT AUDREY--YOU.

- IT'S ONLY
BECAUSE BILL PRESSURED ME

INTO THAT FIRST DRINK.

THAT'S THE REASON
I QUIT IN THE FIRST PLACE.

LOOK, ONCE I HAVE ONE
IN ME, I CAN'T STOP.

[sighs]

- [sighs]
WHAT A LOAD OF CRAP.

IT'S NOT THAT HE COULDN'T STOP,
HE JUST DIDN'T WANT TO.

- IT'S NOT
THAT CUT AND DRY, SONYA.

ALCOHOLISM IS
A RECOGNIZED ADDICTION.

- THAT MILLIONS OF PEOPLE
HAVE SUCCESSFULLY OVERCOME.

- I'VE BEEN
SOBER OVER 20 YEARS.

BUT I STRUGGLE
WITH IT EVERY DAY.

IT'S NOT SOMETHING
YOU EVER OVERCOME.

- BUT YOU'RE
NOT DRINKING, ARE YOU?

PROVING MY POINT.

ALCOHOL IS JUST A CRUTCH FOR
WEAK-WILLED PATHETIC LOSERS.

- HOW MANY COFFEES AND
CIGARETTES YOU HAD TODAY, SONYA?

- [laughing]
OH, PLEASE.

I CAN
QUIT ANYTIME I WANT.

AND IF
I COMMITTED A FELONY,

I WOULDN'T TROT THEM OUT
LIKE THE OLD TWINKIE DEFENSE.

INTOXICATION HAS NEVER BEEN

AND NEVER WILL BE
A DEFENSE TO RAPE AND MURDER.

- WELL, YOU HAVE
AT IT ON THE MURDER,

BUT I DON'T THINK
YOU'RE GETTING HIM ON THE RAPE.

- ACTUALLY, CAPTAIN,

THERE'S SOMEONE HERE
YOU NEED TO TALK TO.

- I USED TO BE
AN ASSISTANT AT R.T. DEVELOPERS.

MY FRIEND
WHO STILL WORKS THERE CALLED

AND TOLD ME WHAT
DALTON WAS ARRESTED FOR.

- YOU DON'T SEEM
TOO SURPRISED.

- A LITTLE OVER A YEAR AGO,

JUST AFTER
DALTON AND SELENA SEPARATED,

I WAS WORKING LATE AND WANTED
TO LET HIM KNOW I WAS LEAVING.

- AND WHAT HAPPENED?

- HE'D BEEN
DRINKING IN THERE ALL DAY.

HE EXPOSED HIMSELF.

I TRIED TO LEAVE, BUT...

HE CORNERED ME.

HE GRABBED MY BREAST AND...

FORCED HIS HAND
DOWN MY PANTS.

- I TOLD YOU
HE WAS A RAPIST.

- SO LET ME GUESS,
YOU HAVE NO MEMORY OF

SEXUALLY ASSAULTING
YOUR OLD ASSISTANT?

- OH, I TOOK
RESPONSIBILITY FOR THAT.

- PAYING A GIRL OFF TO KEEP HER
FROM FILING CRIMINAL CHARGES

IS NOT
TAKING RESPONSIBILITY.

- ASK GLENNA
WHEN THAT HAPPENED.

IT WAS THE DAY I FINALLY
ADMITTED I HAD A PROBLEM.

I QUIT COLD TURKEY.

I THOUGHT THE DT'S
WERE GONNA KILL ME,

BUT I NEVER
TOUCHED ANOTHER DROP.

NOT UNTIL BILL PRACTICALLY
POURED IT DOWN MY THROAT.

- UGH, CUT THE CRAP.
JEEZ!

- YOU NEED SOMETHING,
SONYA?

- YEAH.

FOR HIM TO ADMIT
HE KILLED AND RAPED AUDREY HALE.

I GOT TIRED OF WATCHING
YOU TWO PLAY PATTYCAKE, SORRY.

- HOW CAN I ADMIT
SOMETHING I DON'T REMEMBER?

LOOK, I HAD
A HISTORY OF BLACKOUTS

IN MY DRINKING DAYS.

ONE TIME I WOKE UP
IN A HOTEL ROOM IN PHOENIX.

I HAD NO CLUE
HOW I GOT THERE.

- THE LIQUOR MADE ME DO IT.
MY PARTNER MADE ME DO IT.

- HE DID!
HE ADMITTED IT.

- PLEASE.

IT'S NOT LIKE
HE SLIPPED YOU A MICKEY.

AND HE'S NOT THE ONE
WHO KILLED AUDREY, YOU ARE.

YOU LURED HER TO YOUR PLACE,

FOUND OUT WHAT
SHE DID FOR A LIVING,

AND THEN YOU KILLED HER
IN A DRUNKEN RAGE.

- I'M NOT EVEN ANTI-ABORTION.
- OKAY.

SO HER PROFESSION
WAS JUST A FLUKE.

THEN WHY DID YOU KILL HER?

- I DON'T KNOW!

I SWEAR I HAVE NO MEMORY
OF WHAT HAPPENED THAT NIGHT.

- FINE.

MAYBE THIS
WILL JOG YOUR MEMORY.

- THAT'S ME.
- YEAH.

- YOU CAN'T SHOW THAT
TO A JURY, CAN YOU?

- NO, NOT
WITH YOUR LIKENESS, BUT...

EVERYTHING ELSE.

I MADE
THIS ONE JUST FOR YOU.

- I WANT TO TALK
TO A LAWYER.

- THANKS FOR YOUR HELP.

[door slams closed]

- WHILE THE INITIAL
DECISION TO DRINK IS A CHOICE,

THERE COMES A TIME
WHEN THE ADDICTION SWITCH

IS TURNED ON IN THE BRAIN.

I BELIEVE THIS IS
THE CASE WITH MR. RINDELL.

- DR. SOPHER,
YOU CONDUCTED A STUDY

INVOLVING THE BRAIN IMAGING
OF ALCOHOLICS.

- YES, AND
THE RESULTS INDICATE--

- THE PEOPLE RENEW
THEIR OBJECTION

TO THIS HEARING
IN ITS ENTIRETY.

- COUNSELOR.
- IT DOESN'T MATTER

WHAT VOODOO SCIENCE
SHE TROTS OUT AS AN EXCUSE.

INTOXICATION HAS
BEEN BANNED AS A DEFENSE

TO RAPE AND MURDER
DATING BACK--

- THE PEOPLE DIDN'T
MEET THEIR BURDEN FOR RAPE.

THAT CHARGE WAS DROPPED.

- BANNED
AS A DEFENSE TO MURDER

DATING BACK
TO THE 19TH CENTURY.

- WOULD YOUR HONOR
REMIND MS. PAXTON

THAT THE ENTIRE POINT
OF A FRYE HEARING IS

TO CONSIDER THE ADMISSIBILITY
OF NEW SCIENCE AT TRIAL.

- I DO HAVE
OTHER MATTERS TO CONSIDER.

OBJECTION OVERRULED.

CONTINUE WITH YOUR WITNESS,
MR. KRESSLER.

- WHAT WAS THE OUTCOME
OF YOUR STUDY?

- ADDICTION IS
A NEUROBIOLOGICAL DISEASE.

A BRAIN DISEASE.

- YOU HAVE EVIDENCE
TO SUPPORT THIS?

- IMAGING
OF ADDICTED INDIVIDUALS

SHOWS PHYSICAL CHANGES
IN AREAS OF THE BRAIN

CRITICAL TO JUDGMENT, MEMORY,
AND BEHAVIORAL CONTROL.

SO WHILE MR. RINDELL TOOK
A DRINK OF HIS OWN VOLITION,

BECAUSE OF HIS DISEASE,
HE WAS PHYSICALLY INCAPABLE

OF CONTROLLING
THE URGE TO KEEP DRINKING.

- WHICH LED HIM TO KILL.

- DR. SOPHER...

DO ALL ADDICTS COMMIT MURDER?

- NO, OF COURSE NOT.

- AND YOUR FINDINGS,

ARE THEY GENERALLY ACCEPTED
WITHIN THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY?

- WE DO HAVE OUR DETRACTORS.

- HUH.

DO YOU BELIEVE
IF I HAD AN INOPERABLE TUMOR

THAT I COULD
JUST WILL IT AWAY?

- NO.

- BECAUSE
A TUMOR IS A DISEASE,

NOT A BEHAVIOR, RIGHT?

ALCOHOLICS STOP DRINKING
ALL THE TIME

BY SHEER WILLPOWER ALONE.

AND YOU KNOW
WHY THEY CAN DO THAT?

BECAUSE ALCOHOLISM
IS NOT A DISEASE.

GOOD NEWS, PEOPLE!

JUDGE MOREDOCK
ISN'T ALLOWING

DALTON'S COCKAMAMIE "ALCOHOLISM
IS A DISEASE" DEFENSE.

- WELL, I'M FAMILIAR
WITH DR. SOPHER'S WORK,

AND THE POINT
OF HER RESEARCH

ISN'T TO EXCUSE
CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR.

IT'S TO FIND A CURE.
- YEAH, WELL...

GOOD LUCK WITH THAT.

- IF THEY COULD,
CRIME WOULD BE DOWN 50%.

- MORE THAN THAT
FOR SEXUAL ASSAULTS,

SOME OF US
MIGHT BE OUT OF A JOB.

- PLEASE, PEOPLE DO BAD THINGS
'CAUSE THEY'RE BAD PEOPLE.

GETTING DRUNK TO DO IT
IS JUST AN EXCUSE.

- OLIVIA, FINALLY
WE AGREE ON SOMETHING.

- LIV, IF THERE
HAD BEEN A CURE A DECADE AGO,

YOUR MOM
MIGHT STILL BE ALIVE.

- WHAT...
MOMMY LIKED HER COCKTAIL?

- MY MOTHER
WAS A FALLING-DOWN DRUNK.

SHE DIED GOING
DOWN A FLIGHT OF STAIRS.

- SHE STARTED DRINKING
AFTER SHE WAS RAPED, TO COPE.

- YEAH, SHE NEVER QUITE MANAGED
TO DO THAT WITH ME THERE.

- WELL, NO OFFENSE
TO YOUR MOTHER, OLIVIA,

BUT YOU CAN'T
HIDE BEHIND A BOTTLE.

NOW DALTON IS CLAIMING
TEMPORARY INSANITY

DUE TO ALCOHOLIC PSYCHOSIS.

- WELL, TAKE IT
FROM SOMEBODY WHO'S BEEN THERE.

ODDS ARE, THERE WILL BE A
SYMPATHETIC DRINKER ON THAT JURY

WHO'S HAD A BLACKOUT THEMSELVES.
- IT WON'T MATTER.

NOT AFTER I SHOW THEM
THE 3-D RECREATION

OF DALTON HAMMERING THE BRAINS
OUT OF AUDREY'S SKULL.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN
OF THE JURY, I WARN YOU.

WHAT YOU ARE ABOUT
TO SEE IS GRAPHICALLY VIOLENT.

AND FORENSIC EVIDENCE PROVES
THAT THESE ARE

THE INDISPUTABLE
ACTIONS OF THE DEFENDANT.

- OBJECTION!
- NO!

SHE CAN'T PLAY THAT!
- MOVE FOR A MISTRIAL!

- SHE TOLD ME THE JURY
COULDN'T SEE THIS ONE!

- OH, MY GOD!
- BAILIFF!

REMOVE THE JURY.

- WRONG ONE!

YOUR HONOR, I-I HAVE NO IDEA
HOW THIS HAPPENED.

- COUNSELORS,
MY CHAMBERS!

- [panting]

- WHAT HAPPENED?

- [sighs]

THE JUDGE
SENT THE JURY HOME

SO WE COULD HAVE A HEARING
ON MY ROYAL SCREW-UP.

[chuckles]
PAYBACK'S A BITCH.

COME ON.
COME ON, LET ME HAVE IT.

- EVERYONE MAKES MISTAKES.

- NOT ME.
I MUST BE LOSING IT.

- WHAT HAPPENED
AT THE HEARING?

- THAT WEASEL KRESSLER
SAID HE KNEW I WAS LOSING,

AND PURPOSEFULLY
PLAYED THE WRONG DISC

TO FORCE A MISTRIAL.

- IT WAS AN ACCIDENT,
WASN'T IT?

- OF COURSE IT WAS.

SHEESH.

BUT THE JUDGE
ISN'T CONVINCED.

SO HE'S POLLING
THE JURORS TOMORROW

TO SEE IF THEY
CAN DISREGARD THE VIDEO.

- WHAT IF
SOME OF THEM CAN'T?

- THEN HE'LL
HAVE TO RELEASE THEM.

EVEN WITH THE ALTERNATES,
IF THE POOL DIPS BELOW 12,

HE'LL HAVE NO CHOICE
BUT TO DECLARE A MISTRIAL.

- SO YOU GET HIM ON RETRIAL.

- NOT IF THE JUDGE DETERMINES

THERE WAS
PROSECUTORIAL MISCONDUCT.

IN THAT CASE,
DOUBLE JEOPARDY ATTACHES,

AND THERE IS NO RETRIAL.

PARTY'S OVER,
EVERYBODY JUST GOES ON HOME.

- SO DALTON GETS A WALK.

- YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING ME.

- OH, THAT I WERE.

HEY, PEOPLE...
DOES ANYBODY WORK HERE?

MY FRIENDS NEED DRINKS.

[chuckles]
HELLO?

- I GOT TO GO HOME.
- OH, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO.

STABLER, YOU NEED TO GO
OVER YOUR TESTIMONY WITH ME.

- I KNOW EXACTLY
WHAT I'M GOING TO SAY.

I'LL SEE YOU TOMORROW.
- UH-UH-UH.

PLEASE, JUST COME--
- ACTUALLY...

WHY DON'T YOU
CUT YOURSELF OFF?

WHAT TIME DO YOU HAVE
TO BE AT THE HEARING TOMORROW?

- 9:00 A.M.

WE HAVE A LOT OF WORK
TO DO, OLIVIA.

I'LL PROBABLY BE UP
ALL NIGHT RE-STRATEGIZING,

SO CAN WE GET STARTED?

- GOOD LUCK.

- HERE.

I'M HERE!

I'M HERE, YOUR HONOR.

- YOU'RE 45 MINUTES LATE,
COUNSELOR.

- I DEEPLY APOLOGIZE,
YOUR HONOR.

I WAS INVOLVED IN A
FENDER BENDER ON MY WAY, AND...

- ARE YOU ALL RIGHT?

- OH, YEAH.

YEAH, I'M FINE, THANK YOU.

I'M JUST...WHOO.

I MADE IT.
JUST--OH, SORRY.

- YOU DON'T
LOOK ALL RIGHT TO ME.

DO YOU NEED MEDICAL HELP?
- NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO.

NO, NO. I MIGHT'VE, UM,
I MIGHT HAVE HIT MY HEAD

IN THE FENDER BENDER,
BUT I CAN PLAY HURT.

ALL RIGHT, I CAN...

I'M READY
TO PROCEED, YOUR HONOR.

- I THINK
YOU NEED TO BE LOOKED AT.

- SHE'S DRUNK.

- WHA--EXCUSE ME?

- SHE'S DRUNK.
- EXCUSE ME, DALTON.

ARE YOU--DID YOU
SAY SOMETHING TO ME?

- TRUST ME, I WOULD KNOW.

- UH, YOUR HONOR,
THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS.

- OH, WHAT'S YOUR PROBLEM,
YOU TINY LITTLE MAN?

HEY, DALTON--
- MS. PAXTON.

HAVE YOU BEEN DRINKING?

- NO.
NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO.

NOT AT ALL.

I'M JUST EXHAUSTED,
YOUR HONOR.

I WAS UP ALL NIGHT PREPARING--

- WHAT? DRINKS?

- NO, I WAS GOING OVER DETECTIVE
BENSON'S TESTIMONY WITH HER.

ASK HER.
[scoffs]

- BAILIFF...

GET DETECTIVE BENSON
OVER HERE.

AND HAVE HER
BRING A BREATHALYZER.

- WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE ME TO
ADMINISTER THE TEST, YOUR HONOR?

RIGHT AT THE DEFENSE TABLE?
- GUESS AGAIN.

- UNFORTUNATELY,
THE PROSECUTION.

- NO.

YOU CAN'T BE SERIOUS.

- COULD YOU PLEASE
CLEAR THIS UP, OLIVIA?

THEY'RE TRYING
TO RUIN MY REPUTATION.

- I HAVE NO DESIRE TO RUIN
YOUR REPUTATION, COUNSELOR.

DETECTIVE, WERE YOU DRINKING
WITH MS. PAXTON LAST NIGHT?

- I WASN'T DRINKING.

- WAS SHE?

- I SAW HER
CONSUME TWO DRINKS.

- SO YOU DID LIE TO ME.

HOW MANY DRINKS DID YOU HAVE
AFTER DETECTIVE BENSON LEFT?

- I OBJECT TO THIS LINE
OF QUESTIONING, YOUR HONOR.

- THEN BLOW.
- NO.

I CAN ATTEST AS AN OFFICER
OF THIS COURT

THAT I AM NOT INTOXICATED.

- SONYA, YOUR EYES
ARE BLOODSHOT AND WATERY.

YOUR SPEECH IS SLURRED,
AND YOU STINK OF BOOZE.

NOW BLOW.

- I THOUGHT
YOU WERE MY FRIEND.

- JUST DO IT.

- DON'T DO THIS TO ME.

OLIVIA, PLEASE
DON'T DO THIS TO ME.

- YOU DID THIS
TO YOURSELF, SONYA.

NOW BLOW.

- [sighs]

[blows breath steadily]

[clicks]
- I GOT IT.

- BRING IT UP HERE,
LET ME SEE.

- I SAW IT, YOUR HONOR.

IT'S 0.7.
IT'S LEGALLY SOBER.

- I WAS HOPING FOR A ZERO.

- IT'S STILL CLIMBING.

- FOR THE RECORD,
YOUR BLOOD LEVEL COUNT IS...

0.082.

- THAT'S RESIDUAL
FROM LAST NIGHT.

I'M FINE, YOUR HONOR.

I AM READY TO PROCEED.

- COUNSELOR...
YOU HAVE A PROBLEM.

I'M ORDERING YOU
REMOVED FROM THIS COURTROOM.

DETECTIVE.

- LET'S GO.

LET'S GO.
- I GOT IT.

I GOT IT.
- GO.

- I GOT IT.

- A SHOCKING DEVELOPMENT
IN THE TRIAL OF DALTON RINDELL

FOR THE MURDER OF
ABORTION DOCTOR AUDREY HALE.

- A MISTRIAL WAS DECLARED
AFTER A CRIME SCENE RECREATION

CONCOCTED BY THE PROSECUTION
WAS SHOWN TO THE JURY

WITH THE DEFENDANT'S
IMAGE PHOTOSHOPPED ONTO IT.

- I HOPE YOU KNOW THAT
YOU'RE THE LUCKIEST MAN ALIVE.

- YOU THINK?

NO MATTER HOW LONG I LIVE,

NO MATTER WHAT I DO
WITH THE REST OF MY LIFE,

MY OBITUARY
IS ALREADY WRITTEN.

DALTON RINDELL,
THE MAN WHO KILLED AUDREY HALE.

- IT'S STILL ALL ABOUT YOU.

- I'VE DESTROYED
SO MANY LIVES.

- YOU FINALLY
OWNING UP TO IT?

YOU KNOW YOU CAN
NEVER SERVE TIME FOR THIS,

NO MATTER WHAT YOU TELL ME.

SO WHY DON'T YOU
GET IT OFF YOUR CHEST?

TELL ME.

- AFTER
SEEING ALL THE EVIDENCE,

AFTER WATCHING THAT
PROSECUTOR FALLING DOWN DRUNK,

RUINING HER OWN CAREER...

IT WAS LIKE
LOOKING IN THE MIRROR.

I FINALLY REALIZED
I'D DONE IT, I KILLED HER.

- WHY?

- I SWEAR I DON'T KNOW.
I SWEAR TO GOD.

UH, I HAD
NO REASON TO HURT HER.

MY DOCTOR TOLD ME
THAT IN AN ALCOHOLIC BLACKOUT,

MAYBE I MIGHT HAVE KNOWN
EXACTLY WHAT I WAS DOING,

BUT THE MEMORY NEVER FORMED,

AND IT NEVER WILL.

MAYBE THE STRESS FROM
MY BUSINESS GOING UNDER

MADE ME SNAP, AND I--

AND I TOOK IT OUT ON HER,
I DON'T KNOW.

HOW AM I SUPPOSED
TO LIVE WITH THAT?

- I DON'T KNOW.

- OH.

- DALTON. DALTON.

CAN YOU GIVE ME A STATEMENT
FOR THE LEDGE PLEASE?

- DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING
TO SAY TO THE VICTIM'S FAMILY?

- DALTON, HOW DOES IT FEEL
TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER?

- MOVE. MOVE.

- DALTON,
YOU CAN'T WALK AWAY.

- AT LEAST HE WALKED
BECAUSE OF THE VIDEO MIX-UP,

AND NOT PAXTON'S...

DON'T HAVE TO MENTION
THE IRONY OF THAT.

- SVU WAS TOO MUCH FOR HER.

THE PRESSURE MUST HAVE
TRIGGERED HER DRINKING.

- EXPLAINS WHY SHE WAS
SUCH A CONTROL FREAK.

WHITE-KNUCKLED DRUNK
JUST HANGING ON BY A THREAD.

- WHAT A HYPOCRITE.

- SHE WAS A GOOD LAWYER
WITH A BAD PROBLEM.

- I DEFINITELY SAW
A LOT OF MY MOTHER IN HER.

- CAREER'S OVER, THERE'S NO WAY
SHE'S COMING BACK FROM THIS.

SHE'S A WALKING CLUSTERF--

- I COULDN'T
HAVE SAID IT BETTER.

THOUGH, I WOULDN'T HAVE--
I WOULDN'T HAVE CENSORED MYSELF.

I JUST WANTED TO SAY
THAT, UM,

IT'S BEEN
AN HONOR WORKING WITH YOU.

- YOU TAKING
SOME PERSONAL TIME?

- NO.
NO, NO, NO.

I'M [sniffles] ACTUALLY ON
MY WAY TO COURT-ORDERED REHAB.

[sighs]

I KNOW THAT THERE
IS NO WAY

THAT YOU WILL EVER BE ABLE
TO FORGIVE ME.

BUT I INTEND TO MAKE AMENDS

TO EACH
AND EVERY ONE OF YOU.

[sighs]

I'M SORRY.

[sniffles]

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