Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999–…): Season 7, Episode 13 - Blast - full transcript

A girl, Carly Hunter, is kidnapped on her way home from school. The abductor's van is quickly found, with the girl's blood in it. One suspect, a paroled pedophile, accidentally kills himself running from Det. Stabler. Hoping that evidence from the van will help locate Carly, Stabler talks to the medical examiner, Dr. Warner. She tells Stabler that Carly is probably alive (the blood is from a nosebleed), but that she's also got an undiagnosed case of leukemia and needs to be found as soon as possible. Warner elects to go to the Hunters and tell them about Carly's condition. While there, the kidnapper calls and demands $300,000 ransom and no police. He can view the apartment somehow, and asks who Warner is. She convinces the kidnapper that she's Carly's doctor. She then goes to an interior bathroom and calls SVU. They sneak in and are there when ransom delivery directions are faxed, demanding that Warner be the delivery person. Stabler goes along (in a car trunk), and watches the exchange. But a security guard at the drop site spooks the kidnapper, and he flees in a stolen car with Carly. Using evidence left by the car, SVU finds where Carly is being kept and rescues her. Talking to her, Stabler realizes that the kidnapper knows the family intimately. Talking to Carly's mom, Stabler finds out that the Hunters have an older adult son, Daniel, whom they kicked out because he was a cocaine addict who almost let Carly die 5 years before when she found his coke stash and almost ingested it. Mrs. Hunter hadn't talked to him since he was kicked out. But talking to Mr. Hunter at his bank, Stabler and Warner find out that he's talked to Daniel periodically. While there, a bank robber comes in brandishing a machine gun. Mr. Hunter realizes that it's Daniel, and tries talking to him about giving up. Hunter trips up Stabler trying to get the drop on Daniel, and the police become hostages. After talking to Cragen (who has arrived with the SWAT team outside the bank), Daniel returns into the bank and gets shot at by an overzealous guard. Daniel shoots back and severely wounds his father. Feeling that everything is lost, Daniel decides to go out in a blaze of glory by shooting towards the police outside and getting killed in the return fire. He shoots out the door windows and begins to walk into their view. But Dr. Warner takes out a gun and shoots one of Daniel's legs. The police realize that he's down, and he's taken into custody without being wounded further.

(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.

Billy Michaels says Mimi Evans
picks her nose.

Ew, that's gross.

She has a booger collection
in her desk.

That's disgusting,

And she eats them too.

I don't wanna hear
about it.

Thanks, Mrs. Fennessy.

Wait for me!

There's a puppy.

We're supposed
to go straight home.

It'll only take a minute.

Come here, boy.

Don't be afraid.
I won't hurt you.

Want some baloney sandwich?

[Carly screams]

Help me!

Someone help me! Aah!

Help! Help!

Stop! Put her down!


I saw the license plate.

The first three numbers
were 2-1-0.

I know, sweetie,
the police officer told me.

You did great.

But now I need you to tell me
about your friend.

(crossing guard)
Her name is Carly Hunter.

She's eight.

Parents let her
walk home alone?

Our mom said it's okay

because we live
right down the block.

That's our building.

I take the girls

across 93rd and then
it's a block to their home.

Would you recognize the man?

He was wearing
a Halloween mask.

Mrs. Hunter,
I'm so sorry.

You were right there.
Why didn't you stop him?

No, no. It's nobody's fault.

Do you have
a recent picture of Carly?


And witnesses got
the van's plate number,

and we've put out
an Amber Alert.

Here...well, this was taken
last month.

I'll get it out
on the wire.

This is Elliot Stabler.

He'll be the lead detective
on your daughter's case.

Where is Carly's father now?

At work.

Manhattan Liberty Bank.

He manages the branch
on Broadway.

I need to call him.

We'll send somebody
to pick him up.

Witness saw
the van three blocks away!

Said they heard
someone inside.

Police! You, in the van,
come out with your hands

where I can see them!

(man in van)
Don't shoot.

Open the door slowly!

Don't kill me, please.
Don't kill me.

She's not here!

Where's the girl?
What girl?

The door was open.
I got in to get warm.


Is that blood?
What did he do to my baby?

Mrs. Hunter,
you gotta stay strong.

Keep thinking positive.

But there was
so much blood.

It may not be Carly's.

What if it is?
My baby's hurt.

She needs help.

Let's go inside now.
Come on.

Oh, thank God you're here.

I'm Jake Hunter,
Carly's father.

Honey, why don't you wait
for me upstairs, okay?

I don't wanna
be alone right now.

I'll go with you.

It's okay.

Tell me everything.

The van used to abduct Carly
was stolen last night.

We're processing it right now
for forensic evidence.

Hopefully we'll find something

that leads us to our guy.

You think he's a pedophile.

We don't know that right now.

When I think about what
he could be doing to her--
Mr. Hunter, listen to me.

You cannot allow those images
to get into your head.


Why don't you go upstairs?
Check on your wife.

I'll be up in a while.


Craig Lennon from Parole
just called in.

One of his sex offenders
was rousted last month

sitting in a parked car
outside Carly's school.

He's on his way
to pick up the guy now.

His name's Joel Mayder.

He did nine years at Sing Sing
for molesting two nieces

and the girl next door.

I always figured
he had more victims.

He ever abduct?

No, but I'd buy him
for a stranger kidnap.

He's smart enough now not
to abuse kids who can ID him.

[knocks on door]

Parole, Mayder!
Open the door!


There's somebody in there.

He's going up!

Police! Stop!

We just wanna talk to you.

Come on.




[loud crash]

We're screwed
unless something here tells us

where he stashed Carly.

He have access
to anyplace else, you know,

through work, family?

His mother died
while he was inside.

He hadn't found
a job yet.

His brother's
in a hospice dying of cancer.

Got something here.


Check that out.

He was shopping
for his next victim.

None of these girls
are Carly.

Got a file here
named Journal.

Password protected.

My six-year-old
could hack this.

I'm in.

"Ah, another day of searching.
Still nothing.

"She must be out there,
the special girl,

"the perfect One,
but no sign of her yet.

I try not to lose heart,
but some days I get so lonely."

Dated today.

Look, if Mayder snatched Carly,
why didn't he write about it?

He's not our guy.

Elliot, he could be
covering his tracks.

He knows that we can search
his apartment.

That's why he ran.

I'll search through the photos
on the laptop

to see if I can find any photos
of Carly or the school.

All right, that'll help,
but we need the ME to find

Mayder's DNA in that van.

The only DNA I found
was Carly's.

The blood in the van
was all hers, not Mayder's.

There's no way to know
if Mayder was my perp.

I wanted to give
the Hunters some good news.

Well, there is some news
about the blood.

I found cilia--nosehairs--
in the sample.

She had a nosebleed.

So Carly might still
be alive.


But she's really sick,

Sick with what?


On the right
are normal blood cells.

On the left are Carly's.

She has too many
white blood cells.

So what does that mean?

With treatment Carly has
a good chance of survival.

But you gotta find her.

Why didn't her parents
say anything?

If this is
her first blast crisis,

the symptoms
would mimic the flu.

Minor aches, low energy,
slight fever.

They probably don't know.

Well, you gotta explain it to me
so I can tell them.

You keep looking
for Carly.

I'll go see the Hunters.

For the past six weeks

Carly complained
about being tired.

But I just thought she wanted
to stay home from school.

How soon does she have
to start the treatment?

As soon as possible.

But a few days,
even a week,

probably won't make
a difference.

A week?

[phone ringing]

The police are doing
everything they can.

Hello, hello.

Who's calling?

(mechanical voice on phone)
We have your daughter.

Oh, God.

What do you want?

(mechanical voice)
Wait for instructions.

If you call the police,
we will kill her.

[dial tone hums]

Why doesn't he call back?
It's been hours.

He will.

How can you be so sure?

He wants money.

The only way he can get it
is by contacting you.

I still think we should
call Detective Stabler.

No, you heard
what the guy said, no cops.

I'm not taking any chances
with my daughter's life.

It's dangerous
to handle this by yourself.

The police are trained--
If they're so smart,

why didn't they have
a tap on our phone?

They thought they were dealing
with a pedophile,

not a ransom kidnap.

All he wants is money,
all right?

If we give it to him,
we'll get Carly back.

You don't know what he'll do.

Let the police handle this.

My daughter,
my choice.

[phone rings]

No, use
the speaker phone.

If I can hear
Carly's voice,

I might be able
to tell how she is.



Hello, are you there?

I said no cops.

We didn't call them.
I swear.

Then who's that woman?

He can see us.

Hundreds of apartments
can see us.

More if he's
using binoculars.

Keep them open.

You think I'm gonna let you
sneak the cops in there?

Now tell me who that woman is.

She's a doctor.

I'm here because Carly's sick.
She has leukemia.

Do you think I'm stupid?

It's the truth.

Prove it.

Talk to me like I'm a doctor.

Carly has acute
lymphocytic leukemia,

by a profound increase

in the white blood cells that
resemble immature lymphoblasts.

She needs to be hospitalized

for induction chemotherapy.

No one else comes in.

We will be watching.

Mr. Hunter, leave now
and come back with $300,000.

You have until 8:00 tonight
or Carly dies.

We'll do whatever you want.
Just don't hurt her.

Can we talk
to Carly, please?

I wanna come home.


How do you feel?

[dial tone hums]


We'll get her back.

We don't have
that kind of money.

I'll cash out
the college fund and the CDs.

I'm going
to the bank.


Pamela, where's
your bathroom?

Down the hall.
First door on your left.


Elliot, it's Melinda.
We have a situation.

Set her down.

Easy, easy.
I got it.

Got a delivery
for Mrs. Grossman.

3C, but you gotta use
the service entrance.

Sight lines
we need to avoid?

You got the kitchen windows

The hallway and Carly's room
are your safe zones.

Every other room
can be seen from outside.

Set up on the counter
in there.

Come with me.

Grab your coat.

Why did you do this?


We're sweeping
for bugs.

Hold this close to your chest
and walk through every room.

Then come back.

He will kill my daughter
if he sees you.
He won't.

We're a couple of guys
who delivered a fridge.

Two came in,
two will now leave.

We're good to go.

I'll call you if we find
anything on the search.

What search?

We're checking
all the buildings

the guy could be using
to watch us.

Look, you can't.
He'll know.

He won't.
Trust me.

He won't suspect a nanny
and a stroller,

a gas man, FedEx...

We're clear.

Wherever he is,
he's only got visuals.

As long as they stay
in the kitchen,

he'll never know they're here,
and Carly will be safe.


Now I need you up on the phone
lines before he calls back.

Where's your
telephone junction box?

In the service hallway
to the right.

Get anything off
the phone records?

Each call was made from
a different pre-paid cell phone.

He used 'em once,
and dumped 'em.

Can you track
the voice-altering device?

You can buy those things
in any electronics store.

Jake's back.

Don't tell him anything.
Just bring him on in here.

I got the cash.

Let's talk
in the kitchen.

How could you do this?
He said no cops.

He will kill
our child.

Mr. Hunter, I'm only here

because we both want
the same thing, Carly's return.

I'm gonna give
the guy his money.

He's gonna give me
my daughter.

And you're not
gonna stop me.

I don't wanna stop you.

I just wanna make sure
when you make that exchange,

everyone is safe,
that's all.

All right.

and tracing devices

are in place
on the phone lines.

What now?

We wait for him to call.

It's dark.
Carly must be scared.

She's never spent
one night away from home.

Mr. Hunter, this wasn't
a random crime.

Somebody chose Carly.

Targeted you.

He knows your name,
he knows your phone number,

where you live.

That you have money.

We're not rich.
I'm only a bank manager.

Is anyone angry with you?

Threatened your family?


You're sure?

If I knew who had
my little girl, I'd tell you.

[phone rings]

[fax machine turns on]

Where's your fax machine?

It's in my office.

Is it from him?

What does it say?

"Go to the garage now.
Put the money in the trunk."

He knows we have a car?

He must have seen us
drive in and out.

Well, maybe someone saw him.
Is there a garage attendant?

Security cameras?

"Drive to 98th
and West End.

"There's a cell phone in a bag
under a dumpster.

"Find it,
and press redial.

We'll tell you
where to drive."

You better read this.

"The doc brings
the money alone."

No way.
You're not doing this.

I can take care of myself.

Look, no offense, but med school
doesn't exactly prepare you

for something like this.

The Air Force did.

They paid for medical school.

I did two tours at Ramstein
during Desert Storm.

I know how to handle myself
around men with guns.

Take this.
Take it.

It'll be okay.


[line rings]

What's up, Doc?

Where to?

Head for the river.

Go south
on the West Side Highway.

I'm at the piers.
Now what?

Take the money out
of the trunk...and wait.

Now walk.

Not until I see Carly.

You do what I say,

and you will.

That's far enough.

Hey, sit up.

Now put the money down

and go back to the car.

What are you, deaf?

I said go back to the car!

Not without the girl.

Look, you got your money.
It's all right there.

Just let me take her home,
and everybody's happy.

You stop.
All right?

No-no-no, stop!

It's all right, sweetheart.
Come on!

Come over to me.

I'll take you
to your mommy and daddy.

No, stop, stop.

(security guard)

This is private property!
There's no trespassing!

Get in the car!

No, wait!
Sit down!

Let her out! Let her out,
you bastard! Let her out!


Stay down!

The security guard here
boned us.

He was doing his job.

Look, the taker knows
we're in on it now.

He could cut his losses,
kill Carly,

and just walk away
from it all.

He's not gonna walk away
from all this money.


Tell me you got something.

What's that?

Sodium chloride.

Rock salt,
like for melting ice.

I found it where
the car was parked

and in the skid marks.

The tire treads
must've been full of it.

Tires didn't pick up
all this salt

just driving
down the street.

You thinking our guy
was hanging out at a plant

that makes that stuff?
It's possible.

Different de-icers
use slightly different

chemical compounds.

I'll check out manufacturers
in the tri-state area.

Keep us posted.

We gotta tell Carly's parents
what happened.

You told me to trust you.

You said you'd
bring my daughter back.

This is our only chance,
and you blew it.

Jake, stop it!

Did Carly look all right?
Healthy, I mean.

She seemed fine.

Did she say anything?

There wasn't time.

So we're right back
where we started.

Not exactly.

We're not dealing
with a professional here.

How do you know?

A pro wouldn't have been rattled
by some rent-a-cop.

He woulda made sure
he got the money

and made a clean getaway.

So what are you saying?

Something you're
not telling me?

You having an affair?

Got gambling problems?
No, no.
Nothing like that.

I don't know why someone
would wanna hurt me.

How about your wife?

We've been married
since we were kids.

We got no secrets.

So what do we do now,
we just sit and wait?

We're going
to go after him.

Well, how?

He's given us
two leads.

Forensics evidence from the
warehouse and the ransom note.

He masked the location
he sent the fax from.

We still may be able
to track it down.

Take a look.

What is that?

A microscopic tracking code.

Manufacturers started putting
them into top of the line

color printers and copiers at
the request of the government.

What do they tell you?

Serial number
of the device used

to print the documents,
plus date and time.

I can look up the location
of the printer

on the Secret Service

Secret Service?

They claim it's an
anti-counterfeiting measure.

The tracking code still comes
through on a fax?

Wherever ink was printed on the
original paper it's still there.

Even if it's microscopic.

Got it.

The ransom note was printed
and faxed from a copy shop

on 86th and Broadway.

Here's the copy shop.

Give me that.
Will ya?

Carly's school,
the Hunters' apartment.

The van used to snatch Carly
was stolen from here.

And the ransom drop
is right there.

It's all up and down
the West Side,

along the river
within a one-mile stretch.

It's his comfort zone.

Carly has gotta be stashed
within that perimeter.

And I think I know where.

One of the companies
that used to make rock salt

went out of business,
but they had a storage yard

on 58th street.

On the Hudson River.

This has gotta be
the place.

There's no sign
of the car.

Maybe he put it
in there.

Door's open, Captain!


Elliot, this padlock is new.


I'm not getting a pulse.



Cold syrup.
The bastard drugged her.

Carly, you gotta wake up, honey!

Let's get her to the hospital.

She's stable for now.

We treated her for hypothermia
and the overdose.

She'll sleep through the night,

and we'll start her chemo
in the morning.

Oh, God.
Oh, hi, baby.

Hey, Peanut.

Mommy missed you so much.

I'll stay with her.

You heard the doc.

She's gonna be out
of it till morning.

Why don't you go home,
get a little sleep?


Hey, congratulations.
I hear you found Carly.

The guy's still
out there, though.

You'll get him.

You going home?

Yeah, I gotta get
some stuff out of my locker.

See ya in the morning.

Good night.

Hey, Carly.

It's okay, honey.
This is Elliot.

He's the one
who found you.

Thank you.

You're welcome.

How you feeling?

Can I sit down here
and ask you a few questions?


The man who took you,
did you ever see his face?

No, he always
had that mask on.

Did he ever talk to you?

I don't remember.

I was really sleepy.
I couldn't keep my eyes open.

Do you remember
anything about him?

He was nice.

He didn't yell at me.

And he made me chocofizzies.

What's a chocofizzie?

When Carly was little
she hated milk.

We used to mix it with
chocolate syrup and seltzer.

My big brother
called it a chocofizzie.


You have another child?

He's 23.

But we haven't seen him

in five years.

You never mentioned him.

Daniel did this.

He took Carly.


Daniel's a cocaine addict.

We tried counseling,
boot camp, rehab.

Nothing worked.

When Carly was three,
she went into his bedroom

and found his stash.

I walked in just as she was
putting the drugs in her mouth.

He almost killed his sister, and
he was so high he didn't care.

I knew as long
as he lived with us

that Carly was never
gonna be safe.

So you kicked him out?

We had to make a choice.
Daniel was 18.

We couldn't save him,
so we cut him out of our lives.

When was the last time
you talked to him?

The day he left.

You may think I'm cold.
I love my son.

I hate the junkie he's become.

But I cannot help him.
I cannot make him better.

Where's your husband right now?

He had to go to work.
He'll be back soon.

Okay, no.
I'll go to the bank.

How's Carly?

She's okay.

What do you know
about families and addiction?

I did a rotation
at a methadone clinic.

I may need your help. I'll
explain it to you on the way.

Detective Stabler.

Is something wrong?
Is Carly okay?

She's fine, Mr. Hunter,
we just need to speak to you

about your son Daniel.


We think he may be involved
in Carly's abduction.

You're wrong.

Your wife told us
about his addiction.

My office.

Daniel's a good kid.
The drugs screwed him up.

But he'd never hurt his sister.

Cocaine changes people.

You never stopped talking
to Daniel, did you?

He calls me at work.

doesn't know.

I couldn't cut him off.
He's still my son.

When was the last time
you did talk to him?

Two weeks ago.
He said he was in trouble.

Sounded scared.

And he asked for money.

I've helped him before.

But he asked for so much,
Pamela would have found out.

And I told Daniel
I couldn't give it to him.

This is--this is all my fault.

[gunfire erupts]

Get over here!
And no alarms.

Where are you going?
Come here!

Everybody down
on the floor now!

Get over there now!
Do it!

You got your PDA?


Get Cragen.

Now everybody,
heads down on the ground!

Get on the floor now!

I said get down on the floor!

I said get down!


All right, I want everybody
to stay down.

Daniel, what are you doing?

I said get on the floor, Dad!

Are you really gonna shoot me?


Maybe I'll shoot her.

Please, no!
Okay, okay.

All right.

Good. Good.

I want you to go to the vault
and get the money.

Whatever you want.
Just don't shoot.

Put the cash in those bags.

None of those dye packs.

[baby crying]

Could you shut that kid up!

Please don't!

All right.

Stay down.
Especially you.

You keep your hands
where I can see 'em.

Okay, okay.

No, don't shoot him!


All right, who's back there?

Detective Stabler
and Dr. Warner.

Give me a gun.

Detective, I want you to slide
your gun out the door.


Do it, or I'll kill
everybody in here!

I swear to God I will.

Now get out here!

Don't shoot.
We're coming out!

Daniel, I'm Elliot.

Shut up. Just shut
the hell up, all right?

Get over here.

He's high.

Hurry up!

Hurry up in there!

Turn around.

Why are you doing this?

Oh, like you don't know.

I told you I needed the money
or they were gonna kill me.

Who was gonna
kill you, Daniel?

I owe some guys
a lot of dough.

I don't pay them,
and I'm a dead man.

But you, you wouldn't help me
because you don't give a damn!

Yes, I do.

You threw me out
on the street.

I had nowhere to go.

We sent you to rehab.
You ran away.

You only care about Carly.
Hurry up with the money!

Your mother and I
both love you very much, Daniel.

Why wouldn't you help me?

I needed the money.

I asked you for the money
to save my life.

I mean, you paid for Carly,

but you wouldn't pay
for your son.

Here's the money.

Put it down.

You made me do this.

You gave me no choice.
Come on.

Turn around.

He's coming out.

[guns cocking]

I can take him out.

Hold your fire!
Hold your fire!

Hold your fire!


Damn it.

[gunfire blares]


Stay with me, Jake.
Stay with me.

We got gunfire.
We may have casualties.

There's no time
to talk this guy down.

I'm in command here.
We do it my way.

Daniel Hunter
is a scared kid.

Yeah, with a Mac-10,
high on coke,

and holding a dozen hostages.

Exactly, he's in
over his head

looking for a way out.

I can give it to him.

Well, we need to make an entry.

There are no windows.

The walls are
too thick for sensors.

You'd be going in blind.

Shock and awe.
We have the building plans.

There's unreinforced wall
right here.

We smash through it
with an armored vehicle,

roll in a few flash bangs,
the guy's down

before he knows
what's happening.

What if he's not
in the main lobby?

What if he's in the vault?

You go inside,
you risk the lives

of everybody in that bank,
civilians and my people.

Hardline's ready, Captain.

Patch me through.

[phone rings]

Nobody answers that!

It's a negotiator, Daniel.
You can tell him what you want.

I don't know what I want.

So let's figure it out together.
Go ahead, pick it up.

I don't know.
You answer it.

Answer it!

[phone rings]

This is Elliot Stabler.

It's Don.
Is everybody all right?

Jake Hunter's been shot.
He needs an ambulance.

How many civilians in the bank?

Will he let the hostages leave?


Everybody stays.
They're my ticket outta here.

You don't need them.
You've got me.

I'm a cop.
So is every guy out there.

They're not gonna risk my life.

As long as you're
with me, you're safe.

No, you're just messin'
with my head.

That's what you're doing.

Daniel, listen to me.
Now, your father needs a doctor.

He's got one.

We need to get him
to a hospital.

All right, everybody, up!

The hostages are coming out.
Don't shoot.

We've got civilians exiting.

Team One, right side!
Team Two, left!

Come on, let's go, go, go!

No, you--you, you get
back where you were.

And stay there.

Everyone get out of here.
Go, go.

[over radio]
Team One in position.

Team Two in position.

Right this way, ma'am.
Follow me.


Let's go.

It's okay. Go.

He's lost too much blood.
I can't move him.

Is my dad gonna die?

Dad, I didn't mean to do this.

You go.
I'll keep the pressure.

I told you not to move!

Back up!

He's my patient, Elliot.
I'm not leaving without him.

Okay, we got 'em.

Now let's talk
about how we can help Daniel.

Nobody can help me.

I'm going to jail.

Daniel, we can still
make this right.

What are you
talkin' about?

I shot my dad.

It was an accident.

Yeah, like they're gonna just
let me walk on outta here.

Hey, Daniel.

You let all those people go.

That's gotta count
for something.


Hey, what's happening to him?

His lungs are collapsing.

Well, do something.

Get me a sharp scissor
and a small tube--

a pen, a straw,
anything like that.

Hang in there, Jake.
Hang in there.

Please don't let him die.

Come on.
Come on.


Will this do?

It'll do.

Hurry up!

Daniel, you have
to let me do my job.



That's it.


Is he gonna be okay?

For now.

But we have
to get him to the hospital.

Daniel, it's time
for this to end.


I'm sorry, Dad.

I really am.

It's okay.
We're gonna be okay.



Daniel, stop.

Tell Mom that I love her.

[over radio]
Zero-one in position.

Zero-two awaiting further.

[gunshot from inside the bank]


Suspect down, suspect down.


Move in, move in!

She just saved his life.

Hands on your head!

Face-down, face-down.


Will he
be all right?

He'll be fine.

Thank you.


I don't know what
to say to him.

You okay?

I gotta pick up
my daughter from school.

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