Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999–…): Season 12, Episode 18 - Bully - full transcript

Benson and Stabler believe that the abusive CEO of a wine company killed her CFO, but why are the company's other employees refusing to step forward and expose her?

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.

- GREAT SHOW, ANDREAS.

YOU'VE REALLY OUTDONE YOURSELF
THIS TIME.

EVERY PIECE IS BRILLIANT!
- NOT BRILLIANT ENOUGH.

THE N.E.A.
JUST CANCELLED MY GRANT.



THREE PEOPLE IN MISSOURI
COMPLAINED.

- ANDREAS!
ANDREAS, WHERE ARE YOU?

- HERE COMES
YOUR NEW FUNDING.

- HI, MY DARLING.

WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN HIDING?

YOUR PAINTINGS
ARE ABSOLUTELY GENIUS,

ESPECIALLY THE ONE
IN THE OTHER ROOM.

WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?
THESE ARE MY ONLY PAINTINGS.

- NO.
NO, NO, NO.

THIS ONE.
THIS IS IT.

THIS SYMBOLIZES
THE DEATH OF LIGHT, OF HOPE,

OF WHITE PRIVILEGE.

THE RED PAINT--
IT'S A PRIMAL SCREAM OF AGONY

WARNING SOCIETY TO WAKE UP.



- THAT'S NOT PAINT.

- BLOOD'S
FROM ELLEN SAZELIN, 43.

BUSINESS CARD SAYS SHE'S CFO
OF LUSCIOUS GRAPE DISTRIBUTORS.

- NEVER HEARD OF IT.

- THAT'S 'CAUSE YOU DON'T BUY
$5,000 BOTTLES OF WINE.

NEITHER DO I,

BUT I'VE SEEN THEIR ADS
IN THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.

- DEAD HOW LONG?

- BODY TEMP PUTS T.O.D.

SOMEWHERE BETWEEN
6:00 AND 9:00 P.M.

SHE EXSANGUINATED
FROM A SEVERED CAROTID.

- ANY EVIDENCE OF A BREAK-IN?

- LOCKS ON THE WINDOWS
AND DOORS WEREN'T TAMPERED WITH,

BUT WE'RE DUSTING FOR PRINTS.
- MM-HMM.

USED A PIECE OF GLASS
FROM THE BROKEN VASE, HUH?

- SHE DEFINITELY STRUGGLED.
PANTIES ARE TORN TOO.

- HE RAPE HER?
- SIGNS OF ANAL TRAUMA--

NO DNA.
- NEIGHBORS HEAR ANYTHING?

- TOO MUCH NOISE FROM
THE GALLERY OPENING DOWNSTAIRS.

AND GET THIS--
THE SHOW IS CALLED

DOLLARS AND DEATH:
THE POLITICS OF BLOOD.

- SO SHE BRINGS HOME A DATE,

OPENS SOMETHING
FROM THE COMPANY CELLAR,

AND HE ATTACKS HER.

- SO MUCH FOR ROMANCE.

- WE CHECKED
ELLEN'S BROWSING HISTORY.

LUSCIOUS GRAPE HOME PAGE
WAS THE LAST SITE SHE VISITED

BEFORE SHE WAS KILLED.

- SHE WORKED AROUND THE CLOCK.

WHO'S THAT WOMAN IN THE VIDEO?

- HI.
I'M ANNETTE COLE,

PRESIDENT AND CEO
OF LUSCIOUS GRAPE,

NEW YORK'S PREMIER
WINE AND SPIRITS IMPORTER.

WE'RE HERE TO SATISFY
ALL YOUR IMBIBING DESIRES.

AND THIS IS ELLEN SAZELIN,

THE CFO OF LUSCIOUS GRAPE.

- ANNETTE AND I FOUNDED OUR
LITTLE BUSINESS 15 YEARS AGO.

WE PLANTED A TINY SEED
AND HAVE HAD THE PLEASURE

OF WATCHING IT BLOSSOM
AND MATURE

INTO THIS MARVELOUS VINEYARD
OF SUCCESS.

- I WONDER IF ELLEN'S KILLER
RESENTED WHAT SHE HAD.

- MAYBE A JEALOUS COWORKER.

- COME MEET BRUCE CLARKSON,

THE HEAD OF OUR
ADVERTISING DEPARTMENT.

- ANNETTE AND ELLEN
ARE NOT ONLY COWORKERS.

THEY'RE MOTHERS TO US ALL.

- AND THIS IS CORRINE STAFFORD,
OUR NEWEST LG MEMBER.

- I'M THE BABY
OF THE LG FAMILY,

BUT THE SECOND I ARRIVED,

EVERYBODY MADE ME FEEL
RIGHT AT HOME.

HEY, JUSTIN!
- JUSTIN JENNINGS--

OUR STAR SALESMAN.

- WE'RE A SMALL,
TIGHTLY KNIT GROUP HERE AT LG,

AND ANNETTE AND ELLEN
MAKE US ALL FEEL...

REAL SPECIAL.

- AND THIS IS DAVID WATSON,
OUR WINE BUYER.

WE'D BE LOST WITHOUT HIM...
AND HIS NOSE.

- BEAUTIFUL.

HERE'S TO ANOTHER
FANTASTIC YEAR AT LG.

both:
COME BE A PART OF OUR FAMILY.

SHARE OUR LOVE
OF LUSCIOUS GRAPE.

[glasses clink]

CHEERS!

- CHEERS.
- CHEERS.

- CHEERS.
- LUSCIOUS GRAPE...

- I WONDER
IF ELLEN'S NEIGHBORS

ARE AS FRIENDLY
AS HER COWORKERS.

SHOULDN'T TAKE LONG
TO FIND OUT.

THERE ARE ONLY THREE TENANTS
IN THE BUILDING.

- THE WOMAN WHO LIVED
ABOVE ELLEN FOR TEN YEARS

SAID SHE NEVER MADE A PEEP.

SURE NOT THE ELLEN
WE SAW IN THE VIDEO.

- THE STORY OF ELLEN'S LIFE--

THE GUY ON THREE
SAID SHE WAS SO SHY,

WOULDN'T EVEN SAY HELLO
IN THE ELEVATOR.

- WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER TENANT
IN THE BUILDING?

- A MAUREEN ELAND.

NEIGHBOR SAYS THAT SHE TRAVELS
A LOT FOR WORK.

- I DO.
WHAT'S GOING ON HERE?

- YOU KNOW ELLEN SAZELIN?

- NOT REALLY.
DID SOMETHING HAPPEN TO HER?

- I'M SORRY.
SHE'S DEAD.

- OH, MY GOD.

- YOU EVER NOTICE ANYONE
GOING IN AND OUT OF HER PLACE?

- NOT THAT I SAW.
YOU SHOULD TALK TO ANDREAS.

- THE ARTIST
WHO OWNS THE GALLERY?

- WHEN HE'S NOT PAINTING,
HE'S PROWLING.

CREEP SHOWED UP AT MY DOOR
ABOUT SIX MONTHS AGO

WITH A BOTTLE OF WINE.

I DRANK TOO MUCH
AND FELL ASLEEP,

AND I WOKE UP,
AND HE WAS ON TOP OF ME.

- DID HE RAPE YOU?
- HE TRIED.

I SCREAMED
AND PUSHED HIM OFF.

UH, HE SPLIT.

- DID YOU CALL THE COPS?
- NO.

I HAD DRANK TOO MUCH.

PLUS, HE OWNS THE BUILDING,

AND THE VERY NEXT DAY,
HE GAVE ME A BREAK ON MY RENT.

- ANDREAS?
- GALLERY'S CLOSED!

CAN'T YOU READ?

- GLAD TO SEE
THAT LAST NIGHT'S MURDER

DIDN'T STIFLE
YOUR CREATIVITY.

- UH, LOOK, I ALREADY
TOLD THE COPS

I DIDN'T SEE ANYTHING
EXCEPT FOR THE, UH, BLOOD

WHICH DRIPPED IN
FROM THE CEILING THERE.

RIGHT, BABY?
- THAT'S WHAT HE TOLD THEM.

HE'S ALL ABOUT THE TRUTH,
YOU KNOW?

- CAN YOU GIVE US A MINUTE?
- SURE.

BUT DON'T UPSET HIM
AND SCREW UP HIS MOJO.

- SO, PICASSO, WHEN WAS THE LAST
TIME YOU SAW ELLEN SAZELIN?

- AH, I DON'T KNOW, LIKE...

COUPLE WEEKS MAYBE?

SHE'S NOT EXACTLY THE TYPE
TO GRAB MY ATTENTION.

- REALLY? 'CAUSE WE HEARD
YOU LIKE TO MEET THE NEIGHBORS.

SURE YOU DIDN'T POP UPSTAIRS
WITH A BOTTLE OF VINO?

- YEAH, INVITE YOURSELF IN,

RAPE ELLEN TO INSPIRE
YOUR, UH, MOJO?

- WHO TOLD YOU THAT?
MAUREEN?

'CAUSE SHE INVITED
ME UP, OKAY?

AND THEN ONCE I WAS INSIDE,
SHE JUMPED ME.

LOOK, I MEAN, I WIPED MY HANDS
OF HER MONTHS AGO,

AND I'M DONE
WITH YOU TOO, OKAY?

LEAVE.

HEY, GET AWAY FROM THAT!

- IS THAT BLOOD
ON YOUR HANDS?

- SON OF A BITCH USED HER BLOOD
TO PAINT WITH.

- I WAS NEVER IN ELLEN'S LOFT.

I JUST INCORPORATED WHAT HAD
ALREADY DRIPPED ONTO THE CANVAS.

- AND HID IT FROM THE COPS
WHEN THEY QUESTIONED YOU.

WHY?

- THE ONLY PIECE I SOLD
WAS TO CINDI.

I HAD TO FINISH IT.

- SO PART OF THE DEAL
WAS FOR HER TO POSE NAKED TO...

INSPIRE YOU?

- HEY, WHATEVER GETS
THE JUICES FLOWING.

- YOUR MUSE ALSO TOLD
A PATROL OFFICER

THAT SHE CAME TO THE GALLERY
AN HOUR BEFORE THE SHOW,

AND SHE COULDN'T FIND
YOU ANYWHERE.

- I LEFT FOR A WHILE.

- TO GO UPSTAIRS
AND RAPE ELLEN SAZELIN.

- [chuckling]

I WAS DOWN THE BLOCK.

A GUY NAMED MICHAEL SPERO
RUNS A BLOG

CALLED OUTRAGEOUS ARTISTS.

HE WAS INTERVIEWING ME ONLINE

FOR AN HOUR ABOUT MY SHOW.

NO, NO, NO, NO.
NO, THAT'S NOT WHAT I'M SAYING.

I'M SAYING THAT TO--
YOU KNOW, IF YOU OWN MY WORK,

IF YOU'RE FORTUNATE ENOUGH
TO OWN MY WORK--

YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE
TO UNDERSTAND

THE GUIDING PRINCIPLE
BEHIND THE WORK,

OR YOU'RE NOT GOING
TO BE ABLE TO GET IT,

NO MATTER HOW LONG
YOU LOOK AT IT.

YOU'RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE
TO GRASP IT FULLY,

FULLY APPRECIATE--
- THE GUY MAY BE

A PRETENTIOUS DOUCHE,
BUT HE'S NOT LYING.

HE NEVER HAD TIME
TO GO UP TO ELLEN'S PLACE.

- SO SHE'S GOT NO FRIENDS,
NO VISITORS.

YOU GOT
ANYTHING ELSE ON HER?

- YEAH, SHE WAS AN ONLY CHILD.
PARENTS ARE DECEASED.

NEVER MARRIED, LIVED IN THE CITY
HER ENTIRE LIFE,

AND NEVER HAD AS MUCH
AS A TRAFFIC TICKET.

- AND ACCORDING
TO THE NEIGHBORS,

SHE HAD ZERO SOCIAL LIFE.

SO WHERE DID SHE MEET A GUY
THAT RAPED AND KILLED HER?

- COULD BE A RANDOM GRAB--
PERP SNATCHED HER OFF THE STREET

AND FORCED HER INTO HER PLACE
WITH A WEAPON.

- OR SHE COULD HAVE MET HIM
THROUGH HER WORK.

WELL, BUSINESS MUST BE GOOD
FOR LUSCIOUS GRAPE.

THEY JUST WERE AWARDED
THE MEDAL OF EXCELLENCE

BY SOME FANCY WINE MAGAZINE?

- THEY ALSO PUBLISH TESTIMONIALS
FROM THEIR CUSTOMERS.

- "I ADORE BEING
A MEMBER OF THE LG FAMILY."

"NOT ONLY ARE YOU WONDERFUL
BUSINESSPEOPLE,

YOU'RE WONDERFUL PEOPLE."

"THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR
PERSONAL TIME AND ATTENTION."

- SOUNDS TOO LOVEY-DOVEY
TO ME.

- SO YOU'RE NOT BUYING
THE HYPE EITHER.

- COME ON, NO COMPANY
SATISFIES EVERY CUSTOMER.

MAYBE SOMEONE
GOT PISSED OFF AT ELLEN

AND TOOK IT OUT ON HER.

LET'S ASK ELLEN'S BUSINESS
PARTNER, ANNETTE COLE.

- I CAN'T BELIEVE SHE'S GONE.

ELLEN AND I...
WERE BEST FRIENDS FOR YEARS.

SHE WAS THE YOUNGER SISTER
I NEVER HAD.

- WE'RE VERY SORRY
FOR YOUR LOSS.

- SHE WAS SO UPBEAT
LAST NIGHT.

SAID THIS YEAR
WAS GONNA BE OUR BEST YET.

- WHAT TIME WAS THIS?

- 6:00.

WE DO DINNER, UH,
ONCE A WEEK AT ANGELINO'S.

UH, AFTERWARDS,
SHE HEADED HOME

SO SHE COULD GET A JUMP
ON OUR CORPORATE RETURNS.

- SOUNDS LIKE LUSCIOUS GRAPE
WAS HER LIFE.

- HERS AND MINE.

WE STARTED IT IN A GARAGE
IN JERSEY CITY.

EVERYBODY SAID WE'D BE
OUT OF BUSINESS IN SIX MONTHS.

LAST YEAR OUR SALES
WERE OVER $15 MILLION.

- AND YOU AND ELLEN
WERE THE ONLY OWNERS?

- UH, WE HAVE TEN EMPLOYEES,

BUT WE ALL HOLD STOCK.

WE'RE MORE LIKE A FAMILY
THAN A BUSINESS.

- YOU HAVE ANY DISPUTES
WITH CUSTOMERS OR VENDORS?

- WELL, EVERY TRANSACTION
WAS ABOVEBOARD,

THANKS TO ELLEN.

I MEAN, I MAY BE
THE PUBLIC FACE OF THE COMPANY,

BUT ELLEN
WAS THE BRAINS BEHIND IT--

A GENIUS WITH NUMBERS.

TOGETHER, WE MADE ONE HELL
OF A BUSINESSWOMAN.

- DID ELLEN HAVE
ANY OUTSIDE FRIENDS?

MAYBE A BOYFRIEND?

- OH, SHE NEVER GAVE HERSELF
THE CHANCE TO DATE.

SHE SPENT SO MUCH TIME HERE.

I WAS AFRAID
SHE WAS GONNA BURN OUT.

- WHO WAS SHE FRIENDLY WITH
AT WORK?

- OH, THE HEAD OF ADVERTISING,
BRUCE CLARKSON.

I ALWAYS THOUGHT
THEY WERE HAVING AN AFFAIR.

[sniffles]
BUT...

BRUCE HAS A BOYFRIEND.

- OTHER THAN MY PARTNER, JACK,
ELLEN WAS MY BEST FRIEND--

INCREDIBLY KIND,
A BLAST AT PARTIES.

- REALLY?

'CAUSE WE HEARD
THAT SHE DIDN'T GO OUT MUCH.

- ELLEN PREFERRED TO SOCIALIZE
WITH ME AND MY CIRCLE.

SOME PEOPLE AROUND HERE
CALLED HER A FRUIT FLY.

- MEANING SHE LIKED GAY MEN
MORE THAN STRAIGHT MEN?

- ELLEN SAID THAT STRAIGHT GUYS
ONLY CARED ABOUT THE SURFACE,

AND SHE DIDN'T HAVE
THE LOOKS.

THE ONLY WAY
SHE COULD APPROACH A GUY

WAS IF SHE WAS SLOSHED.

THAT'S WHY SHE DRANK SO MUCH.

- SHE HAD A DRINKING PROBLEM.

- SECRETLY.

I DON'T THINK
EVEN ANNETTE KNEW.

THEN...

UH, ONE NIGHT
ABOUT FIVE YEARS AGO,

I SAW ELLEN IN HERE
WORKING LATE,

JUST BOMBED OUT OF HER MIND.

I HAD A PROBLEM OF MY OWN,
SO WE WENT TO A.A. TOGETHER

AND HAVE BEEN SOBER
EVER SINCE.

- WELL, IT APPEARS

THAT SHE'D BEEN DRINKING
THE NIGHT SHE WAS KILLED.

- OH, NO.

- YOU DIDN'T KNOW
SHE'D FALLEN OFF THE WAGON.

- ELLEN DID SEEM
OUT OF IT LATELY,

JITTERY AND PREOCCUPIED.

- DID YOU ASK HER
IF SOMETHING WAS WRONG?

- LAST WEEK
IN THE PARKING GARAGE,

SHE WAS ON HER CELL.

I COULD HEAR THE PERSON
ON THE OTHER END OF THE LINE

SCREAMING AT HER.

WHEN SHE SAW ME,
SHE HUNG UP.

SHE SAID IT WAS NOTHING,
BUT SHE WAS REALLY RATTLED.

- I DUMPED ELLEN SAZELIN'S PHONE
FOR THE PAST MONTH,

LEFT ARE OUTGOING,
RIGHT ARE INCOMING CALLS.

AND I THINK I MAY KNOW
WHO'S BEEN HARASSING HER.

THIS NUMBER SHE CALLED
FOUR TIMES

IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS.

- THE PERSON ON THE OTHER END
CALLED HER, WHAT, 50 TIMES?

- MORE LIKE 63 TIMES,
ALL HOURS OF THE DAY AND NIGHT.

- WELL, NO WONDER
SHE WAS JITTERY.

THE GUY WAS HARASSING HER.

- LAST TIME THIS GUY
CALLED HER BACK

IT WAS THREE HOURS
BEFORE SHE WAS MURDERED.

- THIS WAS ON HER VOICE MAIL.

- I'M GONNA KILL YOU, BITCH,
UNLESS YOU GIVE ME WHAT I WANT.

I KNOW WHERE YOU LIVE.
I'M WATCHING YOU.

- WHO'S THE STALKER?
- NUMBER BELONGS

TO A BUSINESS CALLED
"MY LEATHER FANTASY."

- ACCOUNTANT BY DAY,
DOMINATRIX BY NIGHT?

- NO, NOT "S" AND "M"--
HIGH-END ITALIAN HANDBAGS,

WALLETS, GLOVES, AND SHOES.

- AND GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE.

- WEBSITE SAYS IT'S OWNED
BY AN EDWARD ROSS STANTON

WHO LIVES ON PARK AVENUE.

BUT I ROUTED THE PHONES
TO AN OFFICE

RENTED BY A TWO-TIME HUMP
NAMED JUAN ALVAREZ.

- KNOCK, KNOCK!

HEY, I'M LOOKING
FOR A LEATHER FANTASY.

NAME IS NYPD--HEY!

- I SCREWED UP MY SHOULDER
BUSTING IN YOUR BACK DOOR.

DON'T MAKE ME BREAK
MY FIST ON YOUR FACE.

- I SWEAR I DIDN'T THREATEN
NOBODY, MAN!

- YEAH. WHAT'S THIS?
- I'M GONNA KILL YOU, BITCH,

UNLESS YOU GIVE ME
WHAT I WANT.

I KNOW WHERE YOU LIVE,
AND I'M WATCHING YOU.

- TECHNOLOGY'S AMAZING.

- [groaning]
- POLICE! UP AGAINST THE WALL!

- FIN, CALL A BUS.

- YOU KILLED MY WIFE!

MURDERER!
YOU KILLED MY PEGGY!

- HE MURDERED MY PEGGY.

- MR. GILCREST,
WE HAVE NO RECORDS

OF YOUR WIFE BEING MURDERED

BY JUAN ALVAREZ
OR ANYONE ELSE.

- YOU DON'T ALWAYS
NEED A WEAPON

TO COMMIT MURDER.

- MAYBE YOU'D BETTER
TELL ME WHAT HAPPENED.

- PEGGY HAD
EARLY ALZHEIMER'S.

RIGHT BEFORE THANKSGIVING,
I WAS T-THINKING SHE WAS ASLEEP.

I WENT OUT TO THE STORE.
THAT'S WHEN SHE GOT ONLINE...

AND STARTED SHOPPING
AT MY LEATHER FANTASY.

- THAT OLD BROAD BOUGHT
FIVE GRAND WORTH OF MERCHANDISE.

WHEN HER HUSBAND CALLED,
I TOLD HIM NO REFUNDS,

NO RETURNS.

- PISSED HIM OFF.

- HE STARTED YELLING,
SAID HE WAS GONNA SUE ME.

- WELL,
YOUR PHONE RECORDS SHOW

THAT YOU CALLED THEM
DOZENS OF TIMES,

USUALLY IN THE MIDDLE
OF THE NIGHT.

- OKAY.
SO I HARASSED THE BITCH.

- SHE STARTED HAVING
PANIC ATTACKS

WHENEVER THE PHONE RANG.

TWO DAYS AGO, HE CALLED...

AND MY POOR PEGGY COLLAPSED.

HER HEART GAVE OUT.

HE KILLED MY WIFE.

- YOU HOUNDED MRS. GILCREST
TO DEATH.

- NO, I DIDN'T.
I TOLD HER IF SHE WASN'T HAPPY,

SHE COULD POST NEGATIVE STUFF
ABOUT ME ON THE INTERNET.

- COME AGAIN?

- THE MORE COMMENTS
YOU GET ONLINE, GOOD OR BAD,

THE HIGHER
YOUR GOOGLE RANKING.

- SCARING PEOPLE TO DEATH
IS NOW A MARKETING PLOY?

- FOR EVERY
PISSED-OFF CUSTOMER,

100 NEW PEOPLE
VISIT MY WEBSITE.

10% TO 20% OF THEM
BUY SOMETHING...

KA-CHING!
[laughs]

- YOU ARE SOME PIECE OF CRAP,
YOU KNOW THAT?

- BUT I DIDN'T KILL NOBODY.
- ALL RIGHT.

LET'S...

LET'S TALK ABOUT
ONE OF YOUR OTHER CUSTOMERS,

ELLEN SAZELIN.

NOW, YOUR 63RD CALL TO HER

CAME THREE HOURS BEFORE
SHE WAS RAPED AND MURDERED.

- I WAS JUST TRYING TO BOOST
MY SEARCH RATINGS.

- BUT THAT WASN'T ENOUGH,
SO YOU DECIDED TO STALK HER?

- NO!
- SHE COMES HOME,

YOU FOLLOW HER IN,
BUT YOU GET OUT OF CONTROL?

- I NEVER WENT NEAR
HER HOUSE.

- REALLY?
W-WELL, WHERE WERE YOU?

- SCARING THE CRAP
OUT OF MARY ANN FITZGERALD--

3209 NETHERLAND AVENUE
IN THE BRONX.

SHE CAME OUTSIDE
ON HER FRONT PORCH,

STARTED SCREAMING
HER ASS OFF AT ME.

GO ASK HER.

- IT'S NOT ALVAREZ.
MARY ANN FITZGERALD CONFIRMS.

HE WAS ACROSS FROM HER HOUSE
FROM 6:00 TO 10:00

THE NIGHT ELLEN SAZELIN
WAS MURDERED.

- BUT HE'S STILL GOING DOWN.

WE GOT HIM COLD
ON SECOND-DEGREE MENACING.

- AND WE GOT NO ONE
FOR ELLEN SAZELIN'S MURDER.

- IF IT WAS MURDER.

I'M RULING ELLEN'S MANNER
OF DEATH AS UNDETERMINED.

- WAIT A MINUTE.
I THOUGHT YOU SAID

THAT SHE WAS RAPED
AND HAD HER THROAT SLIT.

- BUT THE AUTOPSY FOUND
NO DNA ON OR NEAR HER PERSON,

AND CSU FOUND NO FINGERPRINTS
IN THE APARTMENT BUT HERS.

- WELL, THE PERP
COULD HAVE WORN GLOVES.

- OR SHE WAS SO DRUNK,

SHE ACCIDENTALLY FELL
ON THAT VASE AND BLED TO DEATH.

HER BLOOD ALCOHOL WAS 1.6.

I ALSO FOUND HEALING BRUISES
ON HER ARMS AND LEGS

AND A FRESH BRUISE
ON HER BACK

FROM A FEW HOURS
BEFORE SHE DIED.

- WELL, WE DID ONLY FIND
ONE WINEGLASS AT THE SCENE.

MAYBE ELLEN
FELL OFF THE WAGON,

SHE DOWNED A WHOLE BOTTLE
OF CHAMPAGNE, AND SHE TRIPPED.

- AND GOT ANAL TRAUMA
ON THE WAY DOWN?

- A REACTION TO STRESS--

SHE MIGHT HAVE BEEN
PLEASURING HERSELF

WITH SOME KIND OF INSTRUMENT
AND GOT TOO VIOLENT.

- CSU FOUND SEX TOYS
IN HER APARTMENT.

- AND WHEN I GOT HER
ON THE SLAB...

I DISCOVERED
SHE HAD BALD SPOTS

SHE TRIED TO HIDE
WITH HAIR EXTENSIONS.

- SHE PULLED HER HAIR OUT?

- SHE SUFFERED
FROM TRICHOTILLOMANIA,

ANOTHER REACTION
TO SEVERE STRESS,

ALONG WITH THE VIOLENT
MASTURBATION AND BINGE DRINKING.

- ANY IDEA HOW LONG
SHE WAS STRESSED OUT?

- BASED ON THE HAIR
THAT'S REGROWN...

I'D SAY MONTHS.

- WOW.

SHE WAS REALLY
HURTING HERSELF.

[glasses clink]
- CHEERS.

- CHEERS.
- CHEERS.

- CHEERS.

- EVERYONE AT LUSCIOUS GRAPE
SAID THEY WERE ALL SO CLOSE--

ONE BIG, HAPPY FAMILY.

WOULDN'T YOU NOTICE IF YOUR
SISTER WAS PULLING HER HAIR OUT?

- I DON'T KNOW WHY ELLEN
WAS SO STRESSED OUT.

- WELL, YOU SAID
SHE SEEMED JITTERY.

- I JUST THOUGHT IT WAS

FROM PUTTING IN
SO MUCH TIME AT WORK...

JUST LIKE THE REST OF US.

- ELLEN NEVER SAID ANYTHING
TO ME EXCEPT "HI" IN THE MORNING

AND "GOOD-BYE" AT NIGHT.

- SO YOU NEVER SAW HER
LOOKING UPSET OR DEPRESSED?

- THIS IS A GREAT COMPANY.
THEY TREAT US LIKE GOLD HERE.

EVERYONE'S ALWAYS CHEERY
AND SMILING,

INCLUDING ELLEN.

- "CHEERY"? YOU JUST SAID THAT
SHE BARELY SPOKE A WORD TO YOU.

- YES, BUT WHEN SHE DID,
IT WAS WITH A SMILE.

- I DIDN'T KNOW ELLEN
THAT WELL, BUT...

HER DEATH
IS A HUGE LOSS TO ALL OF US.

- YOU BEEN WORKING HERE
SINCE DAY ONE,

AND YOU DIDN'T KNOW HER
THAT WELL?

- I'M THE TOP SALESMAN,

AND EVEN WHEN I DO COME
BY THE OFFICE, IT--

- [giggles]

- A GIRL LIKE ELLEN
REALLY ISN'T YOUR TYPE.

- [chuckles]
LOOK...

THIS COMPANY TREATS
EVERYBODY GREAT, ESPECIALLY ME.

IF THERE'S ANY OFFICE GOSSIP,

I'M OUT OF THE LOOP.

- IT'S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK.

THERE'S NOTHING
TO GOSSIP ABOUT HERE.

- REALLY?

USUALLY THE SMALLER THE COMPANY,
THE BETTER THE DIRT.

- I'M SORRY, DETECTIVE.

THAT'S NOT LUSCIOUS GRAPE.

ELLEN WAS BRILLIANT
AT WHAT SHE DID.

HER DEATH
IS A TERRIBLE BLOW.

- IT'S ONLY NOW
REALLY SINKING IN.

MY FRIEND...

MY PARTNER IS GONE.

I KEEP EXPECTING TO HEAR HER
LAUGH COMING DOWN THE HALLWAY.

- ANNETTE...
IT'S TIME.

- IF YOU'LL EXCUSE US.

WE'RE HEADED
TO THE MEMORIAL SERVICE.

- EVERY ONE OF THESE PEOPLE
MADE SURE TO TELL US

THAT ELLEN'S DEATH
WAS A HUGE LOSS.

[cell phone rings]

- LIKE SOMEBODY TOLD THEM
WHAT TO SAY.

OLIVIA BENSON.
- WE BETTER FIND SOMETHING

MORE THAN SUSPICIONS
FOR HARDWICKE,

OR WE'RE GONNA BE STUCK
WITH WARNER'S FINDINGS

THAT ELLEN DIED
IN A DRUNKEN STUPOR.

- MAYBE HER GHOST
IS HAUNTING HER LOFT.

- WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
SOMEONE'S IN HER APARTMENT?

- ANDREAS JUST CALLED.
HE SAID HE HEARD LOUD NOISES,

LIKE SOMEBODY
WAS WRECKING THE APARTMENT.

- I'LL TELL PATROL
TO MEET YOU THERE.

- THE CRIME-SCENE SEAL
ON THE FRONT DOOR WAS BROKEN.

I ENTERED, ANNOUNCED,
AND SAW A FIGURE

RACING DOWN THE FIRE ESCAPE.

- MALE OR FEMALE FIGURE?
- I COULDN'T TELL--

WAS WEARING PANTS
AND A HOODIE.

I LOST HIM BY THE TIME
I REACHED THE STREET.

- WELL, WE SPOOKED
SOMEBODY FROM LG.

THEY RACED OVER HERE AS SOON AS
THE MEMORIAL SERVICE WAS OVER.

- TORE THIS PLACE APART
LOOKING FOR SOMETHING.

WELL, ELLEN'S COMPUTER'S
GOT A BUNCH OF FILES OPEN.

- CSU CLONED HER HARD DRIVE.
THEY DIDN'T FIND A THING.

MAYBE ELLEN BACKED IT UP
AND HID IT SOMEWHERE?

- UH...

HOW ABOUT IN A PANDA?

- FLASH DRIVE.

- 20 MPEGs.

LOOKS LIKE ALL OF THEM
SHOT AT LUSCIOUS GRAPE.

- BUT WHY IS SHE MAKING
MOVIES AT WORK?

- WELL, LET'S SEE.

FILMED HERSELF
WITH A WEBCAM, HUH?

- IT'S WEDNESDAY,
JANUARY 26TH,

4:00 P.M.
[Annette yelling in background]

IT'S THE THIRD TIME THIS WEEK.
- YOU'RE ALL INCOMPETENT!

- THAT'S ANNETTE.
- DAVID!

I JUST WENT THROUGH
THESE INVENTORIES MYSELF.

YOU MISSED THREE CASES!
DO IT AGAIN!

AND YOU, CORRINE, YOU CAN WIPE
THAT SMIRK OFF YOUR FACE,

WITH THIS CRAP
YOU'VE BEEN DOING!

AND WHAT ABOUT YOU,
YOU BIG FRUIT?

[papers rustle loudly]

DO YOU EXPECT ME
TO ACCEPT THIS AD?

THIS IS THE 21ST CENTURY.

IF YOU WANT TO KEEP YOUR JOB,

I SUGGEST YOU GIVE ME
SOME DECENT WORK!

AND YOU, YOU LAZY BITCH!
YOU'RE THE WORST OF ALL!

I JUST FOUND THREE TYPOS!

- ANNETTE,
JUST PLEASE CALM DOWN.

- SCREW YOU.

ALL THESE YEARS, I HAVE BEEN
CARRYING YOU, ELLEN.

I COULD DO THOSE DAMN BOOKS
WITH MY ARM TIED BEHIND MY BACK!

NOW, LET'S GET INTO MY OFFICE.

- NO, I'M NOT GOING
ANYWHERE WITH YOU

UNTIL YOU LOWER YOUR VOICE.

- OH, REALLY?
- [whimpers]

OH!
[crying]

- LUSCIOUS GRAPE
ON THE OUTSIDE,

POISON ON THE INSIDE.

- NO WONDER THEY ALL PRETENDED

THAT EVERYTHING
WAS SO WONDERFUL.

THEY WERE SCARED THAT ANNETTE'S
GONNA FIRE THEM.

- OR KILL THEM.

- AND YOU, YOU LAZY BITCH!
YOU'RE THE WORST OF ALL!

I JUST FOUND THREE TYPOS!

- ANNETTE,
JUST PLEASE CALM DOWN.

- SCREW YOU.

ALL THESE YEARS, I HAVE BEEN
CARRYING YOU, ELLEN.

I COULD DO THOSE DAMN BOOKS
WITH MY ARM TIED BEHIND MY BACK!

NOW, LET'S GET INTO MY OFFICE.
- NO, NO--

- I WAS ELLEN'S FRIEND.

WE WERE JUST HAVING
A LITTLE DISAGREEMENT.

- YOU WERE
PUBLICLY BERATING HER

AND EVERYBODY ELSE
ON YOUR STAFF.

- SOMEBODY IS TRYING
TO MAKE ME LOOK BAD.

WHERE DID YOU GET IT?
- ELLEN'S APARTMENT.

GUESS YOU DIDN'T LOOK
HARD ENOUGH.

- WELL, YOU BROKE
INTO ELLEN'S LOFT LAST NIGHT

LOOKING FOR THIS.

NOW, I CAN'T SAY
THAT I BLAME YOU.

I WOULDN'T WANT ANYONE
TO SEE THIS EITHER.

- WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?
- SO WHAT HAPPENED?

ELLEN TOLD YOU
THAT SHE'D RECORDED THE RANTS

AND SHE WAS GONNA
SHOW THEM TO THE WORLD?

- OR DID SHE JUST WANT
THE SISTER SHE NEVER HAD

TO STOP BEATING
THE LIVING CRAP OUT OF HER?

- THAT TAPE'S DOCTORED.
- YOU WISH.

OUR TECHS CHECKED IT OUT,
AND IT'S REAL,

ALONG WITH ALL THE OTHER
TAPES SHE MADE.

- OTHER TAPES?
- 20 LITTLE HORROR FILMS...

ALL OF THEM STARRING YOU.

- I PUSH EVERYONE
AS HARD AS I PUSH MYSELF.

- NO, YOU'RE
A SCHOOLYARD BULLY

WHO PREYS
ON THE WEAKEST KID.

- ELLEN PREYED ON ME.

SHE TREATED ME
LIKE HER PERSONAL ASSISTANT.

- WHO ARE YOU KIDDING?

YOU HAD THAT WOMAN
SO STRESSED OUT,

SHE STARTED DRINKING AGAIN.
- YOU HAVE NO IDEA

HOW ARROGANT SHE COULD BE--

ALWAYS TELLING ME I WASN'T
CARRYING MY OWN WEIGHT,

THREATENING TO GANG UP WITH
THE REST OF THEM TO BUY ME OUT.

- ELLEN WAS SCARED
OF HER OWN SHADOW.

YOU BULLIED HER,
AND YOU TREATED HER

LIKE YOUR OWN
PERSONAL PUNCHING BAG.

- YOU ARE TAKING THAT
OUT OF CONTEXT.

ELLEN WAS MY BEST FRIEND!

- THAT'S NOT WHAT YOUR WAITER
SAID AT ANGELINO'S.

NO, HE SAID THAT THE NIGHT
THAT ELLEN WAS KILLED,

YOU WERE SCREAMING AT HER.

- OH, SHE WAS BEING IMPOSSIBLE

ABOUT CHANGING
IMPORT STRATEGIES,

LORDING HER DAMN NUMBERS
OVER ME.

- THAT VERY SAME WAITER
ALSO SAID

THAT YOU THREW YOUR COFFEE CUP
AT ELLEN WHEN SHE LEFT.

- HE'S LYING!

- MAYBE YOU SHOULD HAVE
LEFT A BIGGER TIP.

- YOU FOLLOWED HER HOME,
DIDN'T YOU?

YOU FOUND HER DRINKING
HER PAIN AWAY,

AND YOU TRIED BULLYING HER
INTO GIVING YOU THOSE TAPES.

- I WENT DIRECTLY HOME
AFTER DINNER.

- AND WHEN SHE RESISTED,
YOU PUSHED HER,

THE VASE BROKE,
AND YOU WERE SO ANGRY,

YOU GRABBED THE SHARD,
AND YOU JAMMED IT INTO HER NECK.

- [crying] STOP IT.
I LOVED ELLEN.

I WOULD NEVER
HAVE HURT HER!

- EXCEPT WHEN YOU'RE
VERBALLY ABUSING HER TO DEATH

EVERY DAY OF HER LIFE?

- SHE WAS A RECLUSE,
A DRUNK.

I AM THE HEAD
OF A SUCCESSFUL COMPANY.

- YOU'RE A PISSY
LITTLE TYRANT,

AND ELLEN
WAS THE PERFECT VICTIM

BECAUSE
SHE NEVER FOUGHT BACK.

WHO YOU GONNA BEAT UP NOW?

- HOW ABOUT US, ANNETTE?

PICK ON SOMEBODY
WHO'LL FIGHT BACK.

- ARE YOU CHARGING ME
WITH ANYTHING?

- NOT YET.

- THEN I'M LEAVING.

IF YOU WANT TO TALK
TO ME AGAIN,

CALL MY ATTORNEY.

- QUEEN OF MEAN'S ON A TEAR.

WHO'S SHE GONNA PUNISH WHEN
SHE GETS BACK TO THE OFFICE?

- MY BET--THEY'RE GONNA SMILE,
PRETEND SHE'S MOTHER TERESA,

AND THEN DUCK.

- IT'S AMAZING THE ABUSE
PEOPLE WILL PUT UP WITH

IN A LOUSY ECONOMY.

- CAN'T WE AT LEAST CHARGE HER
WITH BATTERY?

SHE KNOCKED ELLEN AROUND, AND
SHE HAS THE BRUISES TO PROVE IT.

- WHO'S GONNA BACK US UP?
SOME OF HER FRIENDS AT WORK?

- WITHOUT A CORROBORATING
WITNESS, WE GOT NOTHING.

- WELL, IF WE GO BACK AT 'EM
WITH BETTER AMMO...

I'LL ASK HARDWICKE
TO PULL THE COMPANY'S FINANCIALS

AND SUBPOENA ELLEN'S DISABILITY
AND MEDICAL CLAIMS.

- BULLY'S LIKE A RABID DOG.

WANTS TO TAKE A BITE
OUT OF EVERYBODY.

MAYBE WE CAN GET SOMEBODY ELSE
SHE BIT TO TALK.

- ELLEN FILED FIVE
WORKERS' COMP CLAIMS LAST YEAR?

HOW AM I SUPPOSED
TO KNOW THAT?

- AND YOU DIDN'T NOTICE

YOUR BEST FRIEND
WAS ABSENT FROM WORK.

- SHE SAID SHE WAS TRAVELING
ON BUSINESS.

- YOU BOUGHT THAT?

I MEAN, KNOWING HOW
ANNETTE WAS ABUSING HER?

- WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME?

- THE TRUTH
ABOUT ANNETTE'S BEHAVIOR.

OR DID THIS $200,000 CAR
THAT SHE BOUGHT YOU

ALSO BUY YOUR SILENCE?

- THIS WAS
MY YEAR-END BONUS.

- TAKING A LITTLE TIME
OFF FROM WORK?

- HAVE YOU BEEN
FOLLOWING ME?

- ALL THE WAY OVER HERE
TO YOUR SHRINK.

WORK GOT YOU STRESSED OUT?

- I'M NOT ALLOWED
TO HAVE PROBLEMS?

- LISTEN,
YOU SHOULDN'T BE GETTING SICK

WORRYING THAT AT ANY MINUTE
YOUR BOSS MIGHT FLIP HER LID.

- ANNETTE IS A GREAT BOSS.
I'VE GOT NOTHING MORE TO SAY.

- I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY TIMES
I HAVE TO SAY IT.

LG IS A GREAT PLACE TO WORK.

- ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU GOT A
PLACE LIKE THIS TO COME HOME TO.

NICE DIGS ANNETTE PAID FOR.

- JUSTIN!
MOTHER NEEDS HER JUICE!

- JUST A MINUTE, MOM!
- I AM PARCHED.

- THAT YOUR MOM?
- MM.

SANG OPERA.
- MM-HMM.

MUST BE WEIRD HAVING
MOMMY SO CLOSE

WHEN YOU'RE BRINGING HOME
ALL THAT HOT TAIL.

- MY MOTHER'S DISABLED.
I TAKE CARE OF HER.

- KIND OF LIKE HOW
YOUR BOSS TAKES CARE OF YOU

SO YOU DON'T BLAB
WHAT A PSYCHO BITCH SHE IS.

- JUSTIN!

- ANNETTE'S GENEROSITY
IS A GODSEND.

I AM LUCKY TO WORK FOR HER.

NOW, IF YOU DON'T MIND,
I'M BUSY.

- OH, SURE.

- WORKING FOR ANNETTE
IS A DREAM JOB.

- I'LL SAY.

SHE PULLS STRINGS
TO GET YOUR KIDS

INTO THE WHITETHORNE ACADEMY,

SPRINGS
FOR THE $100,000 TUITION.

- SHE'S THEIR GODMOTHER.
IT'S ALL LEGAL.

- WELL, KILLING
ELLEN SAZELIN WASN'T.

- WHAT HAPPENED TO ELLEN
WAS A TRAGEDY.

HER DEATH IS--
- A GREAT LOSS.

YEAH,
I READ THE PRESS RELEASE.

BUT WHO'S NEXT, DAVID--

YOU, BRUCE, CORRINE?

YOU KNOW ANNETTE'S
TOTALLY LOST CONTROL.

- SHE MIGHT NOT BE PERFECT,

BUT NONE OF US WILL SAY
A BAD WORD ABOUT HER...

EVER.

- WHAT'S WRONG
WITH YOU PEOPLE?

- IT'S A FORM
OF STOCKHOLM SYNDROME.

ANNETTE'S EMPLOYEES
HAVE BONDED TO HER EMOTIONALLY

IN ORDER TO SURVIVE.
- LIKE AN ABUSED WIFE

WHO SAYS THAT HER HUSBAND
REALLY LOVES HER

BECAUSE HE BRINGS HER ROSES.

- THEN HE BEATS HER AGAIN,
AND HE BUYS HER ANOTHER PRESENT

TO SAY THAT HE'S SORRY,

AND THE CYCLE
JUST KEEPS REPEATING ITSELF

UNTIL THE VICTIM
THINKS IT'S NORMAL.

- I DON'T KNOW.
- ALL RIGHT.

- THIS COULD BE
GOOD OLD-FASHIONED GREED.

I MEAN, IF ANNETTE
GOES DOWN FOR MURDER,

BYE-BYE LUSCIOUS GRAPE,
A STEADY PAYCHECK,

AND ALL THE OTHER GOODIES
THAT GO WITH IT.

- AND THE GOODIES ARE ABOUT
TO GET EVEN BETTER.

A BUDDY OF MINE AT THE S.E.C.

SAYS GLOBACOL
IS ABOUT TO BUY LUSCIOUS GRAPE

FOR $500 MILLION.

- THAT MUCH
FOR A BOOZE DISTRIBUTOR.

- SIDNEY FRANK SOLD GREY GOOSE
FOR $2.3 BILLION.

AND NEXT MONTH,
LUSCIOUS GRAPE IS COMING OUT

WITH A PREMIUM LINE OF VODKA
CALLED POLARA.

- AND ANNETTE'S HOLD
OVER HER EMPLOYEES

JUST GETS
THAT MUCH STRONGER.

SUBPOENAING THEM
AS HOSTILE WITNESSES

WON'T GET YOU ANYTHING.

- HOW DO WE BREAK
ANNETTE'S SPELL?

WHAT, WAIT UNTIL
ANOTHER EMPLOYEE DIES?

- DON'T HAVE TO.
LOOK WHAT JUST HIT THE NEWS.

- YEAH, AMAZING VIDEO--
THE SECRETLY TAPED FOOTAGE

SHOWS ANNETTE COLE,
CEO OF LUSCIOUS GRAPE,

A WELL-REGARDED MANHATTAN
LIQUOR DISTRIBUTOR,

VERBALLY AND PHYSICALLY
HARASSING THE COMPANY'S CFO,

ELLEN SAZELIN,

WHO WAS FOUND DEAD
IN HER APARTMENT THREE DAYS AGO.

- NOW, OUR PRODUCERS TELL US
THAT MSNBC RECEIVED THIS PACKAGE

APPARENTLY SENT
BY THE VICTIM HERSELF...

- ELLEN MUST HAVE MAILED IT
AFTER HER DINNER WITH ANNETTE.

- WELL, WELL, WELL,
THE CHURCH MOUSE FINALLY ROARED.

- TV'S NOT THE ONLY PLACE
IT HIT.

IT'S ALL OVER THE INTERNET.

- "AND YOU THOUGHT
YOUR JOB WAS BAD."

"WORST BOSS EVAH!"

- LOOKS LIKE ANNETTE
WAS JUST FOUND GUILTY

IN THE COURT
OF PUBLIC OPINION.

[reporters murmuring]

- HEY, IT'S THE BULLY BOSS!

- SUCK IT, BITCH!

- BAD DAY, GARBO?
- SCREW YOU.

I'M RUINED.
- LET ME GUESS--

ORDERS CANCELED,
HATE MAIL POURING IN,

PEOPLE CALLING YOU
TO YELL AT YOU?

- HOW'S IT FEEL TO GET
A TASTE OF YOUR OWN MEDICINE?

- I KNOW YOU PEOPLE
LEAKED THAT TAPE.

ELLEN WOULD NEVER HAVE DONE
THAT TO ME.

- ARE YOU REALLY THAT
DELUSIONAL?

- YOU'LL BE HEARING
FROM MY LAWYER.

I'M SUING THE NYPD
FOR EMOTIONAL DISTRESS.

- I HOPE YOU HAVE
A GOOD P.R. PERSON.

- ANNETTE, DID YOU MURDER
YOUR BUSINESS PARTNER?

- LEAVE ME ALONE!
- DID ELLEN SAZELIN KILL HERSELF

BECAUSE OF YEARS
OF YOUR ABUSE?

- WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN
TO YOUR COMPANY?

- PROTECT ME.
IT'S YOUR JOB!

- YOU'RE THE BULLY.
SHOW 'EM WHO'S BOSS.

- GET OUT OF MY WAY!
GET OUT OF MY WAY!

- ANNETTE!
- ANNETTE!

- LEAVE ME ALONE!
- ANNETTE! ANNETTE!

- VIDEO SURFACED
SHOWING SHOCKING ABUSE

COMMITTED BY CEO ANNETTE COLE.

GLOBACOL WITHDREW
THEIR HALF-BILLION-DOLLAR OFFER

FOR LUSCIOUS GRAPE,
CITING THEIR MORALS CLAUSE.

- "ANNETTE-A THE HUN."

"BITCHY BOSS POPS."

"LUSCIOUS GRAPE
OR BULLY AND RAPE?"

- SHE REALLY IS RUINED.

- AND TOOK DOWN HER OWN COMPANY
AND ALL ITS EMPLOYEES WITH HER.

- WELL, IF ANY ONE OF THEM
HAD HAD ANY GUTS,

ELLEN MIGHT STILL BE ALIVE.

- DOES A PERSON LIKE THAT
EVER LOOK IN THE MIRROR

AND FACE UP
TO ALL THE DAMAGE SHE'S DONE?

- I THINK SHE ALREADY HAS.

ANNETTE'S LAWYER JUST SCHEDULED
A PRESS CONFERENCE

AT 10:00 A.M.
TOMORROW MORNING.

SHE WANTS TO EXPLAIN HER ACTIONS
ON THAT TAPE.

- YOU MEAN EXPLAIN THEM AWAY.

- SHE ALSO WANTS US
TO BE THERE.

- THANK YOU ALL FOR COMING.

I JUST WANT TO SAY
THAT, UM...

I-I NEVER MEANT
TO HARM ANYBODY.

I'M MORTIFIED

BY HOW I MUST LOOK
ON THAT TAPE.

[voice breaking]
BUT...

[sniffles]
TO MY BUSINESS PARTNERS,

LET ME SAY THIS...

[normal voice]
SCREW YOU FOR ABANDONING ME

IN MY TIME OF NEED.

TO MY CUSTOMERS...

WHO CANCELED ORDERS
AND LEFT HATEFUL MESSAGES,

YOU CAN ALL GO
TO HELL TOO.

- ANNETTE, STOP THIS.

- TO THE PRESS
WHO TURNED ON ME,

AND TO THE NYPD
WHO HOUNDED ME MERCILESSLY,

YOU'RE SCUM--
ALL OF YOU!

AND TO MY FAMILY

AT LUSCIOUS GRAPE,

MY LYING, BACKSTABBING,
UNGRATEFUL FAMILY--

YOU'RE ALL FIRED,
EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU.

YOU'RE AS LAZY AND AS USELESS
AS THAT BITCH ELLEN WAS,

DRAGGING ME DOWN SO FAR--

THE COMPANY I BUILT
WITH MY OWN TWO HANDS.

I JUST WANT YOU
TO REMEMBER ONE THING.

YOU MADE ME DO THIS.

- ANNETTE, NO!

- [screaming]

[camera shutters clicking]

- ANNETTE'S FINAL ACT
AS A BULLY.

SHE FEIGNS CONTRITION
TO DRAW IN HER VICTIMS,

AND THEN SHE TRAUMATIZES THEM
BY SAYING,

"YOU MADE ME DO THIS."

- IT WORKED.

SHE SHOCKED HER EMPLOYEES,
AND LOTS OF PRESS THERE TOO.

- WHAT YOU GET WHEN YOU MIX
A SOCIOPATH AND A NARCISSIST--

A TICKING TIME BOMB.

- SO HARDWICKE SAYS
SHE WILL TAKE THE RANT

ABOUT "THAT BITCH ELLEN" AS
ANNETTE'S CONFESSION TO MURDER.

- ANY WORD
ABOUT THE FATE OF THE COMPANY?

- YES. ANNETTE'S ATTORNEY
HAS PETITIONED A JUDGE

ON BEHALF OF HER ESTATE.

SHE'S LEAVING EVERY PENNY
TO HER POOCH.

- SO NOTHING
FOR THE LOYAL EMPLOYEES.

A FINAL "SCREW YOU."

- ELLEN'S A.A. PAL BRUCE
IS HAVING A REALLY BAD DAY.

GOT NAILED
BY A HIT-AND-RUN.

- I WAS WALKING ALONG,

TRYING TO GET THAT
HORRIBLE IMAGE OF ANNETTE

OUT OF MY HEAD.

I DIDN'T LOOK
WHEN I CROSSED THE STREET,

AND WHAM.

- YEAH, THE LADY
WHO CALLED 911--

SHE HEARD THE HIT.

SHE EXPECTED TO FIND YOU
IN TWO PIECES WHEN SHE RAN OUT.

- IT WAS AN ACCIDENT.
- DID YOU SEE THE CAR?

- GOT HIT, BLACKED OUT,
WOKE UP HERE.

- THE WOMAN WHO FOUND YOU
SAID THE CAR NEVER STOPPED.

- IT WAS TOTALLY MY FAULT.
- WELL...

HIT-AND-RUN IS A FELONY,
SO WE'RE CANVASSING THE AREA.

WE'RE GONNA FIND OUT
WHO DID THIS TO YOU.

SECURITY CAM AT THE BODEGA
ON THE CORNER

BROUGHT US
THIS LITTLE THRILLER.

NOW, BRUCE WAS WALKING
DOWN THE STREET,

UP PULLS A CHEVY--
CHECK THIS OUT.

- FOR SOMEONE WHO SAYS
HE DOESN'T KNOW WHO HIT HIM,

HE SURE IS FRIENDLY
WITH THAT DRIVER.

- OH, THAT CAR'S
GONNA RUN HIM DOWN.

- THAT WAS NO ACCIDENT.

- SO WHY'D BRUCE LIE
ABOUT IT?

- YOU BETTER ASK THE DRIVER.

- DONALD FIELDING?
- WHO'S ASKING?

- NYPD.

- OH, THAT WAS QUICK.

AIN'T EVEN CALLED
THE INSURANCE COMPANY YET.

- REALLY? WE HEARD YOU WERE
IN QUITE A HURRY TO GET HOME.

- HOME? I HAVEN'T BEEN OUT
IN TWO DAYS.

- SO WHO BANGED UP YOUR CAR--
THE DENT FAIRY?

- SOME OLD GEEZER
BACKED INTO IT.

- HERE ON THE STREET?

- NAH, AT THE PARKING LOT
AT THE STORE.

- OKAY, I'M NOW
OFFICIALLY CONFUSED.

- I DON'T DRIVE NO MORE,
RIGHT?

THE DMV YANKED MY LICENSE.

THIS MORNING, MY GRANDDAUGHTER
BORROWED THE CAR

TO GO TO THE MARKET,

SAID SOME OLD FART
BACKED INTO HER--

GOT SO RATTLED, SHE FORGOT
TO BRING ME MY SMOKES.

- WHAT'S YOUR
GRANDDAUGHTER'S NAME?

- YOU THINK
I RAN OVER BRUCE?

- NO, I THINK
YOU CHATTED HIM UP FIRST,

BUT THAT DIDN'T GO AS PLANNED,

SO YOU WENT AFTER HIM
WITH YOUR GRANDFATHER'S CAR.

- I HAVE NO IDEA
WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT.

- OKAY.

SO HOW ABOUT NOW?

- YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND.

- I DON'T UNDERSTAND
WHY I AM HERE.

- WE FOUND THE DRIVER
WHO RAN YOU OVER.

WE NEED YOU TO MAKE AN I.D.
RIGHT HERE.

- I TOLD YOU,
I DIDN'T SEE THE CAR.

- OKAY, SO HUMOR US.

- SO I BORROWED MY POPPY'S CAR,
AND I TRACKED BRUCE DOWN,

AND I WAS ALREADY SO ANGRY
THAT WHEN HE BLEW ME OFF,

I JUST LOST IT,

'CAUSE THAT SON OF A BITCH
RUINED EVERYTHING!

- WHAT IS EVERYTHING?
- CORRINE--DON'T!

- BRUCE KILLED ELLEN.
- I DID NOT.

I DID NOT KILL HER!
LET ME IN!

LET ME IN!
- HOLD ON. ALL RIGHT!

- CORRINE,
I DID NOT KILL HER!

- YOU DID SO!

- I TOLD YOU ELLEN WAS DEAD
WHEN I GOT THERE!

- THEN WHO KILLED HER?

- I DON'T KNOW!
IT MUST HAVE BEEN ANNETTE!

- NO. YOU HAD TO BE THE ONE
TO GO TALK TO HER,

AND YOU BOTH STARTED DRINKING,
AND YOU SCREWED EVERYTHING UP!

- I'M SOBER!

- CALM DOWN!
- THAT CRAZY BITCH

TRIED TO RUN ME OVER.

- BECAUSE YOU KILLED ELLEN
AND RUINED OUR ENTIRE PLAN!

- WHOA! WHAT PLAN?

- OUR PLAN TO KEEP ELLEN

FROM REVEALING OUR SECRET
AT WORK.

- ANNETTE'S BULLYING.

- THE BULLYING,
THE BONUSES, AND PAYOUTS

TO KEEP US ALL QUIET.

- YOU ALL HAD A LOT TO LOSE IF
THAT BUYOUT DIDN'T GO THROUGH.

- WE HAD EVERYTHING TO LOSE

IF ANYBODY FOUND OUT
ABOUT ANNETTE--

OUR JOBS, OUR FUTURE.

WITH EVERYTHING
SHE PUT US THROUGH,

WE EARNED
WHAT WAS COMING TO US!

- WELL, YOU WERE ALL VICTIMS,

BUT I THINK ELLEN
GOT IT THE WORST.

- ELLEN WAS LOSING HER MIND.

SHE WAS ALWAYS A LITTLE WEAKER
THAN THE REST OF US,

BUT SHE WAS REALLY
COMING UNGLUED.

- ONE DAY I HEARD HER
AT HER DESK

MUMBLING ABOUT SHOWING
THE WORLD THE TRUTH

AND HOW,
ONCE HER PROOF GOT OUT,

ANNETTE WOULD GET
WHAT SHE DESERVED.

SO I WENT INTO THE BREAK ROOM
AT LUNCH,

AND I TOLD THE OTHERS.
- WHO ARE THE OTHERS?

- ME, JUSTIN, DAVID.

- NOT ANNETTE.
- HELL, NO.

ANNETTE WAS THE ENEMY.

SHE NEVER EVEN KNEW
ABOUT THE TAPES.

- YOU ALL KILLED ELLEN...

WITH YOUR GREED.

YOUR FRIEND NEEDED YOU,
AND YOU TURNED YOUR BACK ON HER.

- WE JUST WANTED HER
TO SHUT UP,

JUST KEEP IT TOGETHER!

WE--WE WERE EVEN WILLING
TO GIVE HER

PART OF OUR SHARE
OF THE BUYOUT!

HE SAID THAT
HE WOULD TALK TO HER.

HE SAID HE COULD GET
THROUGH TO HER.

WE NEVER THOUGHT
THAT HE WOULD KILL HER!

- I DIDN'T KILL HER!
SHE WAS ALREADY DEAD!

- BUT YOU STILL KNEW

THAT SOMEBODY MIGHT FIND
THAT FLASH DRIVE,

SO YOU BROKE BACK IN.
- THAT WAS DAVID.

AND HE COULDN'T FIND THE TAPES.
IT WAS TOO LATE ANYWAY.

ELLEN HAD ALREADY SENT THEM
TO THE TV STATION.

- I MIGHT HAVE CONSPIRED
AGAINST HER,

BUT I NEVER HURT MY FRIEND.

- WE JUST WANTED TO BE RICH.

- WHAT A CLUSTER.
- SO WHAT DO YOU THINK?

DID ANNETTE KILL ELLEN,
OR WAS THIS A DRUNKEN ACCIDENT?

- IT WASN'T AN ACCIDENT.

YOUR VICTIM WAS INTOXICATED,
BUT SOMEONE ELSE GOT HER DRUNK.

CSU FINALLY PIECED TOGETHER

THE CHAMPAGNE BOTTLE
THAT WAS IN ELLEN'S APARTMENT.

- WELL, IF SHE
DIDN'T DRINK WILLINGLY,

WHAT DID THE PERP DO,
RAM IT DOWN HER THROAT?

- I FOUND NO ALCOHOL
IN HER STOMACH.

- HER B.A.C. WAS 1.6.

- I'M SAYING HE DIDN'T RAM IT
DOWN HER THROAT.

- YOU GOT TO BE KIDDING ME.

- I NEVER FOUND
ANY FINGERPRINTS,

BUT I HADN'T LOOKED AT THE RIM
OF THE BOTTLE FOR CELLS.

I FOUND THESE
ON THE LIP OF THE BOTTLE.

THESE ARE CRYPTS OF MORGAGNI,
ONLY FOUND IN THE ANUS.

- IT CERTAINLY EXPLAINS
THE TRAUMA, BUT...

WHY?

- IT'S AN OLD
ALCOHOLIC'S TRICK.

YOU GET DRUNK FASTER

BECAUSE THE ALCOHOL
BYPASSES THE STOMACH

AND IS ABSORBED DIRECTLY
INTO THE BLOODSTREAM.

THERE ARE REPORTS OF YOUNG GIRLS
SATURATING TAMPONS WITH VODKA.

GETS 'EM LOADED, BUT KEEPS
THEIR BREATH SMELLING SWEET.

- FILE UNDER
"THINGS I NEVER WANTED TO KNOW."

- I BET I KNOW
SOMEONE WHO WOULD.

- I BROUGHT A BOTTLE
OF CHAMPAGNE TO ELLEN, SO...

I HATE TO TELL YOU, BUT THOSE
AREN'T HARD TO COME BY.

I SELL WINE
FOR A LIVING, REMEMBER?

- EXCEPT IT WASN'T A BRAND
THAT WAS SOLD BY LUSCIOUS GRAPE.

BUT IT WAS SOLD...
AT A LIQUOR STORE

RIGHT DOWN THE STREET
FROM ELLEN SAZELIN'S APARTMENT.

- WHY WOULD I BUY
ANYTHING THERE?

- SO YOUR COMPANY INVENTORY
WOULDN'T GET DINGED

AND NONE OF YOUR CO-CONSPIRATORS
WOULD KNOW

YOU WEREN'T FOLLOWING THE PLAN.
- CO-CONSPIRATORS?

- CORRINE, DAVID, BRUCE.

WE HAVE
THEIR SWORN STATEMENTS,

WHICH PUTS YOU ON THE HOOK
FOR ELLEN'S MURDER.

- [chuckles]
THIS IS CRAZY.

- JUSTIN!
MOTHER NEEDS MORE JUICE!

- COMING!

- ACTUALLY,
IT MAKES PERFECT SENSE.

YOU STOOD TO LOSE MILLIONS

IF ELLEN BLEW THE WHISTLE
ON ANNETTE'S BULLYING.

- THE ONLY PROBLEM WAS
EVERYONE AGREED

THAT BRUCE SHOULD BE THE ONE
TO TRY AND SHUT HER UP.

- YOU MUST HAVE BEEN SAYING,
"REALLY? BRUCE?

THE COMPANY FRUIT?"

- HE'S NOT THE GUY
FOR THE JOB.

- SHE NEEDED SOMEBODY BIGGER,
SOMEBODY BETTER,

SOMEBODY WHO COULD
REALLY ROCK HER WORLD.

- LIKE A STUD WHO KNEW HOW
TO CLOSE A DEAL WITH A WOMAN.

- YOU THINK BRUCE
KNOWS HOW TO CLOSE A DEAL, HMM?

OR THAT TOAD DAVID?

- SO YOU WENT OVER
TO ELLEN'S PLACE

BEFORE BRUCE COULD GET THERE.
- SHE WAS PATHETIC.

CRYING ABOUT HOW ANNETTE
WAS HURTFUL

AND SHE COULDN'T TAKE IT
ANYMORE.

- THERE'S NOTHING WORSE
THAN A WEEPY WOMAN.

- RIGHT? I MEAN,
GET OVER IT, BITCH!

YOU'RE ABOUT TO BE WORTH
A FORTUNE!

SO I TRIED TO GIVE HER
SOME CHAMPAGNE.

AND SHE SAID NO,
THAT SHE WAS SOBER.

- AND YOU DON'T STRIKE ME
AS THE TYPE

TO TAKE "NO" FOR AN ANSWER,

SO THAT'S WHEN
YOU LEANED IN AND KISSED HER...

- YEAH! AND SHE--
SH--SHE--

- SHE REJECTED YOU.

- CAN YOU BELIEVE IT--
A WOMAN LIKE THAT?

PROBABLY NEVER BEEN LAID
IN HER LIFE.

SO I-I TRIED AGAIN,
AND SHE SLAPPED ME.

- AND THAT'S WHEN YOU
ATTACKED HER.

- NO! I JUST PUSHED HER,
NOT EVEN HARD.

AND SHE FELL BACK AGAINST
THE COFFEE TABLE,

AND A VASE BROKE,

AND I SAID, "GOD, I'M SO SORRY.
I'M SO SORRY."

AND I LEANED DOWN
TO HELP HER UP, AND...

THAT'S WHEN I SAW
THE--THE GLASS IN HER NECK.

THERE WAS SO MUCH BLOOD.

- WHY DIDN'T YOU CALL 911?
- I FREAKED OUT.

I JUST THOUGHT I HAD TO MAKE IT
LOOK LIKE AN ACCIDENT,

YOU KNOW?

LIKE SHE WAS DRUNK
OFF HER ASS.

- JUSTIN JENNINGS...

YOU'RE UNDER ARREST FOR
THE MURDER OF ELLEN SAZELIN.

- HOW'D YOU KNOW IT WAS ME?

- YOUR MOTHER
WAS AN OPERA SINGER,

NEEDED TO SAVE
THOSE VOCAL CHORDS, SO...

SHE DOWNED HER BOOZE
THROUGH THE BACK DOOR.

- JUSTIN!

WHERE ARE YOU?

I NEED YOU.

- MOTHER'S VERY CLEVER...

TAUGHT ME A LOT OF THINGS.

- JUSTIN.

JUSTIN?

JUSTIN!

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