Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999–…): Season 9, Episode 16 - Closet - full transcript

After a gay man is murdered, the prime suspect is a star professional football quarterback who turns out to his partner. The quarterback is "outed" in the media during the investigation, and he becomes a beating victim himself.

(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.

JEREMY, HEY.

WHERE THE HELL ARE YOU?

BRECK'S GONNA BUST
YOUR BALLS IF YOU'RE LATE.

WHERE'S YOUR BOSS?
BREAKFAST MEETING'S
RUNNING OVER, SIR.



SAVE IT. JEREMY SET UP
THIS DOG AND PONY SHOW.

I AM NOT CANCELING BECAUSE
HE'S SLEEPING OFF A BENDER.

I'M SURE HE'S--

JUST FIND HIM AND GET
HIS ASS IN HERE NOW.

JEREMY.

JEREMY, WHERE ARE YOU?
BRECK'S LOSING IT.

WHAT THE HELL, MAN?
GET UP!

WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?

[alarm clock ringing]

(Benson)
LOOKS LIKE HE DIED LAUGHING.

(Warner)
OR SCREAMING.

(Benson)
NEIGHBORS HEAR ANYTHING?

(Stabler)
PATROL'S STILL CANVASSING.

WHAT DO YOU GOT?
FLUIDS ON HIS BODY.



BRUISING AND ANAL TEARING
CONSISTENT WITH PENETRATION.

GETTING RAPED
DIDN'T KILL HIM.

NO. HE WAS
ASPHYXIATED.

CHECK OUT THE PETECHIA
AROUND HIS EYES.

HIS KNUCKLES
ARE PRETTY BANGED UP.

COULD HAVE FOUGHT BACK.
TIME OF DEATH?

LIVIDITY PUTS IT
AROUND 1:00 A.M.

WHY IS HIS MOUTH
FROZEN LIKE THAT?

SOMETHING MUST HAVE
BEEN WEDGED BETWEEN HIS TEETH

BEFORE RIGOR SET IN.

WHICH MEANS SOMEONE
HUNG AROUND FOR A COUPLE HOURS

UNTIL THE BODY GOT STIFF
AND THEN YANKED THAT THING OUT.

THAT'S NOT ALL HE DID.
THE BODY WAS MOVED.

ALL RIGHT.
WHO CALLED THIS IN?

HIS ASSISTANT.
[paper rustles]

SAM EDELSTEIN.

HUH.

HE SEE ANYTHING?

I DIDN'T ASK.

BUT HE WAS QUICK TO VOLUNTEER
HE DIDN'T TOUCH THE BODY.

(female officer)
GOT SOMETHING, DETECTIVES.

CHECK OUT THE I.D. TAG.

"JEREMY HAINES."

WHERE'D YOU FIND
THE BAG?

STUFFED IN THE GARBAGE CHUTE
DOWN THE HALL.

MY, MY, LOOK WHAT
WE HAVE HERE.

RED LEATHER BALL GAG.

SATIN RESTRAINTS.

AND CHAPS.

AT LEAST NOW WE KNOW
WHY HE WAS SMILING.

JEREMY HAD HIMSELF
A LITTLE TREASURE CHEST.
[zip]

AND A PLAY DATE.

SO LET'S GET THIS STRAIGHT.

YOU FOUND YOUR DEAD BOSS
COZY UNDERNEATH THE SHEETS

IN HIS JAMMIES.

THAT'S RIGHT.

AND YOU NEVER
SAW THIS BEFORE.

NO.

DETECTIVE,
RUN THIS FOR PRINTS.

I'M SURE THE KILLER
TOUCHED IT

WHEN HE PRIED IT
OUT OF JEREMY'S MOUTH.

WAIT. WAIT.
I DID IT.

I-I FREAKED WHEN I SAW HIM
WITH THAT THING IN HIS MOUTH,

SO I...PULLED IT OUT.

OKAY. YOU PUT HIM
IN HIS PJs TOO?

AND WAS HE WEARING
THE CHAPS WHEN YOU FOUND HIM?

YEAH.

I DIDN'T WANT IT
TO GET INTO THE PAPERS

THAT HE WAS INTO KINK,

SO I DUMPED THAT STUFF
IN THE GARBAGE.

AFRAID THAT IT WOULD
COME OUT HE WAS GAY?

NO, HE NEVER HID IT--I MEAN,
JEREMY WAS OUT TO EVERYBODY.

OKAY, SO TELL ME, SAM,

HOW DID YOU GET INTO
JEREMY'S APARTMENT?

I USED MY KEY.

YOUR KEY?
I HOUSE SIT
WHEN HE TRAVELS.

WHAT ELSE DO YOU
DO FOR HIM, SAM?

WHATEVER HE NEEDED.

I WAS HIS PERSONAL ASSISTANT.

YOU GAVE HIM ASSISTANCE
IN OTHER AREAS AS WELL?

WE WEREN'T LOVERS.

COME ON.

HE LIKE TO GET CHOKED?
MAYBE YOU SQUEEZED TOO HARD?

IT WAS AN ACCIDENT?
NO!

YOU GO TO WORK, YOU WAIT FOR
HIS BOSS TO RAISE THE ALARM.

THEN YOU GO BACK TO YOUR
LOVE NEST, AND YOU FIND HIM?
YOU'RE WRONG!

I WAS AT WORK TILL 2:00 A.M.
WITH 15 OTHER ASSISTANTS.

CALL THEM AND CHECK!

WE'LL BE CHECKING
YOUR ALIBI AND YOUR DNA.

GO AHEAD!
I DIDN'T KILL HIM.

HE HAVE A BOYFRIEND
INTO S&M?

HE WAS SINGLE. HE--

HE WORKED SO MUCH, HE DIDN'T
HAVE TIME TO MEET GUYS.

MAYBE IT WAS
ONE OF HIS KIDS.

HE HAS CHILDREN.

HE VOLUNTEERED AT A SHELTER
FOR HOMELESS GAY TEENS.

LAST WEEK, ONE OF THEM
BEAT HIM UP SO BAD,

HE HAD TO MISS WORK.

(San Oro)
NO WAY.
THE KIDS LOVED JEREMY.

APPARENTLY,
ONE OF THEM DIDN'T.

I KNOW MY BOYS--
THEY'RE GOOD KIDS

WHOSE PARENTS KICKED 'EM
TO THE CURB BECAUSE THEY'RE GAY.

AND I'M SURE IF WE RUN
THE RAP SHEETS,

THEY'D ALL COME UP
SQUEAKY CLEAN.

LOOK, I'M DEALING WITH DRUGS,
PETTY THEFT, SEX FOR SURVIVAL.

THEY ALL GOT RECORDS.
BUT THEY'RE NOT CRIMINALS.

ONE OF YOUR ANGELS HAD
A BEEF WITH JEREMY HAINES.

WHO?
HE'S NOT A MURDERER.

HE'S JUST A CONFUSED KID.

NAME?

FREDDIE RAMIREZ.

GET HIM.

HE'S NOT HERE.

HE WORKS AT A GYM
IN HELL'S KITCHEN.

'SCUSE ME,
YOUR MANAGER AROUND?

YOU'RE LOOKING
AT HER.

MM!

I'M CANDAYCE.

YOU WANNA JOIN
MY CLUB, HANDSOME?

IS FREDDIE RAMIREZ
WORKING TODAY?

OH, LORD...WHAT'D THAT
LITTLE DEVIL DO NOW?

THE LITTLE DEVIL
BEEN IN TROUBLE BEFORE?

I CAN'T PROVE IT,

BUT I SUSPECT
HE'S GOT STICKY FINGERS.

WHAT MAKES YOU THINK THAT?

THINGS GO MISSING
FROM PEOPLE'S LOCKERS

WHENEVER HE'S WORKING.

I'D FIRE HIM,
BUT THE MEMBERS LOVE HIM.

HE COME IN YET?

YEAH, LATE, AS USUAL.
AND YOU KNOW?

I THINK HE MUST HAVE
GOT INTO IT WITH SOMEONE.

THAT BABY FACE OF HIS
HAD A BIG OLD NASTY BRUISE.

HE GOT A TEMPER TOO?
PSSH. I'LL SAY.

WHERE'S FREDDIE NOW?

TRY THE LOCKER ROOM.

HEY. THAT YOUR LOCKER,
FREDDIE?

[gasps]

AH!

WHERE WERE YOU
LAST NIGHT?

HANGING WITH FRIENDS.

DOING WHAT?

STUFF.

WHERE?
AROUND.

HEY, HEY...

I WANT YOU TO START
ANSWERING MY QUESTIONS

IN COMPLETE SENTENCES.

ALL RIGHT.

A BUNCH OF US
WENT TO A MOVIE.

GOOD. I'M GONNA NEED
THE NAMES OF YOUR FRIENDS.

WHAT HAPPENED
TO YOUR FACE?

GOT IN A FIGHT.

HMM.

WITH JEREMY HAINES?

YEAH.

BITCH THOUGHT
HE WAS TOUGH.

MM-HMM.
SO YOU KILLED HIM?

WHAT ARE YOU
TALKING ABOUT?

LAST NIGHT,
JEREMY WAS MURDERED.

AND YOU THINK I DID IT?

YOU JUST ADMITTED
TO BEATING THE CRAP OUT OF HIM.

NO, YOU GOT IT
ALL WRONG.

HE BOXED
TO STAY IN SHAPE.

I TOLD HIM HE AIN'T FOUGHT
UNTIL HE USES BARE KNUCKLES.

SO YOU TWO
WENT A FEW ROUNDS.

LAST WEEK.

DUDE DIDN'T KNOW
WHAT HIT HIM.

YOU GO BACK LAST NIGHT
FOR A REMATCH?

I AIN'T SEEN HIM
FOR A FEW DAYS.

AND?
[door opens]

WHAT'S UP?

GOT A HIT ON SOME BLOOD
FOUND IN HAINES'S APARTMENT.

BELONGS TO
A FREDERICO RAMIREZ.

BOOKED ON ASSAULT CHARGES
SIX MONTHS AGO.

KNOW HIM?

YOU'RE LOOKIN' AT HIM.

(Benson)
HE A MATCH
ON THE FLUIDS TOO?

(Warner)
THE SEMEN SAMPLE
WAS MIXED.

PROBABLY DNA FROM HAINES
AND THE PERP.

I'LL GIVE YOU A CALL
WHEN WE GET THE RESULTS IN.

HEADS UP, FREDDIE.
I GOT SOME BAD NEWS FOR YOU.

I WASN'T WITH JEREMY
LAST NIGHT.

YEAH? THEN WHY'S YOUR BLOOD
ALL OVER HIS APARTMENT?

WE WERE HANGING OUT SATURDAY
NIGHT WATCHING THE KNICKS.

HE'S GOT THIS SICK
PLASMA HI-DEF FLAT SCREEN.

I GOT A RAGING NOSE BLEED.

(Stabler)
SURE, YOU DID.

WHAT TIME DID YOU
GET HOME LAST NIGHT?

BEFORE 12:00.

HOUSE HAS A MIDNIGHT CURFEW.
YOU CAN CHECK THE SIGN-IN LOG.

YOU AND JEREMY
MUST BE PRETTY TIGHT

IF YOU'RE HANGING OUT
AT HIS HOUSE, HMM?

SOMETHING GOIN' ON
BETWEEN YOU TWO?

I TRIED.

BUT HE SHOT ME DOWN.

TOLD ME I WAS TOO YOUNG.

BESIDES, HE SAID HE WAS
SERIOUS ABOUT SOMEONE.

WELL, WHAT ELSE DID HE
SAY ABOUT THE GUY?

THAT HE TRAVELED
ALL THE TIME.

THEY'VE BEEN TOGETHER
A FEW YEARS.

WELL, THAT'S STRANGE,

BECAUSE NOBODY ELSE
HAS EVER MENTIONED IT.

JEREMY SAID HE WAS REALLY
FAMOUS AND STILL IN THE CLOSET.

HE SAID THE GUY WAS PSYCHO
ABOUT HIS PRIVACY.

(Stabler)
SO JEREMY AND CLOSET BOY
ARE PLAYING BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN.

THINGS GET A LITTLE ROUGH,
AND JEREMY WINDS UP DEAD.

LOOK, EITHER WAY,
CLOSET BOY'S SCREWED.

HE CAN'T BE FOUND AT HIS
DEAD GAY LOVER'S APARTMENT,

SO HE SPLITS.

(Lake)
HEY, LIV, ELLIOT.
WE RAN DOWN FREDDIE'S PALS.

THEY ALL BACKED UP
HIS ALIBI.

AND THE SECURITY CAMERA

PUTS HIM ENTERING THE SHELTER
AROUND 11:45 P.M.

HE DIDN'T LEAVE AFTER THAT.

OKAY.
SO FREDDIE'S CLEAR.

(Fin)
AND SO'S SAM THE ASSISTANT.

IT'S CONFIRMED
HE WAS WORKING

IN FULL VIEW OF
A DOZEN OTHER PEOPLE

WHEN JEREMY WAS KILLED.

SO IT LOOKS LIKE OUR BEST BET
IS THE MYSTERY MAN.

NOW ALL WE HAVE TO DO
IS FIND HIM.

WOULD YOU MISS
YOUR BOYFRIEND'S FUNERAL?

YEAH. IF I WAS FAMOUS
AND IN THE CLOSET?

HOW AM I GONNA SHOW UP
CRYING AT A GAY MAN'S GRAVE?

YOU MAKE SURE NO ONE ELSE
IS THERE TO SEE YOU.

[typing]

(Munch)
POLE CAM, COP'S BEST FRIEND.
TAKE A LOOK.

MYSTERY MAN JUMPED A FENCE
AT THE CEMETERY AT 3:00 A.M.

(Benson)
IT'S GOTTA BE OUR GUY.

(Stabler)
BUDDY, LIFT UP YOUR
HEAD SO WE CAN SEE YOU.

(Munch)
LOOKS LIKE HE'S PRAYING.

WAIT, S-STOP THAT.
HOLY CRAP.

REWIND THAT.

WHAT IS IT?

RIGHT THERE--STOP!
BLOW IT UP.

(Munch)
HE LOOKS FAMILIAR.

NO WONDER
HE'S IN THE CLOSET.

DO YOU KNOW HIM?

IT'S LINCOLN HAVER.

BEST QUARTERBACK
IN PRO FOOTBALL.

LINCOLN HAVER IS GAY?
DANG!

I THOUGHT HE'S DATING
NATASHA GORSKY,

THAT HOT SUPERMODEL.

JEREMY MUST HAVE HATED
SEEING HIS BOYFRIEND

SPLASHED ALL OVER
THE TABLOIDS WITH HER.

YOU CAN'T BLAME LINCOLN
FOR HAVING A BEARD.

IT GETS OUT,
AND HIS CAREER'S OVER.

A BUNCH OF PLAYERS
HAVE COME OUT.

THERE'S DAVE KOPAY,
ROY SIMMONS, ESERA TUAOLO.

HEY, HE A RELATIVE
OF YOURS, FIN?

IT'S TUTUOLA.

AND THOSE GUYS CAME OUT
AFTER THEY RETIRED.

NEVER BEEN AN OPENLY GAY
FOOTBALL PLAYER ON THE FIELD.

AND LINC DOESN'T WANT
TO BE THE TRAILBLAZER.

(Fin)
OR LOSE THE DOUGH.

HE JUST SIGNED
A THREE-YEAR CONTRACT

WORTH 40 MIL, AND HE'S
A SPOKESPERSON FOR POWERDRINK.

THAT'S GOTTA BE WORTH A PILE.

WELL, THEY CAN'T FIRE HIM
FOR BEING GAY.

HE COULD SUE.
(Stabler)
NO, HE CAN'T.

ALL THOSE CONTRACTS
HAVE MORALS CLAUSES.

SPONSOR CAN GIVE HIM THE AX
IF HE DAMAGES THEIR REPUTATION.

YOU MEAN WHEN LIKE FOLKS START
CALLING POWERDRINK PANSYDRINK.

SO SOME FOOTBALL PLAYER'S
GAY--WHAT IS THE BIG DEAL?

LOOK, IT IS.

YOU GOT MILLIONS OF KIDS
WITH THESE GUYS' POSTERS

HANGING OFF THEIR WALLS--
THEY IDOLIZE 'EM.

AS LONG AS
HE'S SLEEPING WITH WOMEN.

LINCOLN HAVER
IS MY KID'S HERO.

WELL, LET'S GO
PAY HIM A VISIT.

MAYBE LINC WILL SIGN
AN AUTOGRAPH FOR DICKIE.

[whistle blowing]

(man)
BLUE 22!

BLUE 22!

(man)
HEY, BEAUTIFUL.

I GOT A CRAMP.

WANNA RUB IT OUT FOR ME?

(Benson)
LINCOLN HAVER!

YEAH.

LIKE TO TALK TO YOU.

WHAT'S UP?

LIKE TO DISCUSS
JEREMY HAINES WITH YOU.

JEREMY.
HE'S MY BUSINESS MANAGER.

(Stabler)
WE KNOW HE MANAGED
MORE THAN YOUR BUSINESS.

I GOTTA GO.

HEY, HEY.

OUR CANDID CAMERA
CAUGHT YOU AT HIS GRAVESITE.

I CAN'T TALK TO YOU HERE.

(Benson)
WE UNDERSTAND THAT
YOU'RE IN A TOUGH POSITION.

LOOK, I WAS AT A TEAM
PHOTO SHOOT IN MIAMI.

I CAME BACK
AS QUICK AS I COULD.

IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT
SO NO ONE WOULD SEE YOU.

IS THAT A CRIME?
NO, BUT MURDER IS.

WE FOUND THE PERP'S DNA
ALL OVER JEREMY'S BODY.

WE'RE GETTING A COURT ORDER
TO COMPEL YOURS.

YOU THINK I KILLED HIM?

I WOULD NEVER HURT JEREMY.
WE WERE FRIENDS.

YOU WERE LOVERS.

WE WERE GONNA GO PUBLIC.

WHEN?

IT'S NOT LIKE WE CAN
JUST ANNOUNCE OUR ENGAGEMENT.

BECAUSE YOU KNEW YOU'D BE
BOOTED OUT OF FOOTBALL.

I'VE BEEN PLAYING
SINCE I WAS SIX.

THE GAME'S MY LIFE.

BUT IF I HAD TO CHOOSE,
I'D CHOOSE JEREMY.

SO WHERE WERE YOU
THE NIGHT HE WAS MURDERED?

WITH HIM.

WE HAD DINNER
WITH MY AGENT AND NATASHA.

(Stabler)
YOU HAD A DATE WITH YOUR
BOYFRIEND AND YOUR GIRLFRIEND?

THAT'S BALLSY.

MY AGENT
HOOKED ME UP WITH HER.

HOW'D JEREMY FEEL
ABOUT THIS...CHARADE?

HE WAS TIRED
OF PLAYING GAMES.

BUT I JUST WANTED
ONE MORE SEASON...

MAYBE GET MY SHOT
AT A CHAMPIONSHIP RING.

WHAT HAPPENED
AFTER DINNER?

NATASHA AND I WENT OUT
FOR A FEW DRINKS.

SHE TOOK ME TO SOME
HOT NEW CLUB.

(Stabler)
WHICH ONE?

I DON'T REMEMBER.

I DRANK TOO MUCH.

BUT I KNOW I WENT HOME
WITH NATASHA.

WISH HE HADN'T.
THAT NIGHT SUCKED.

(Benson)
HE DIDN'T SPEND THE NIGHT?

HE NEVER DOES.
[drops brush]

LINC'S A HIT AND RUN
KINDA GUY.

ALWAYS SOME LAME EXCUSE.

TEAM CURFEW, EARLY FLIGHT.

"OOH, I HAVE TO SAVE
MY STRENGTH."

WHAT ABOUT ME?

MUST BE TOUGH
DATING A BALL PLAYER.

MY PUBLICIST
PUSHED HIM ON ME.

I DIDN'T KNOW I'D BE DATING
HIS AGENT, HIS TEAMMATES,

AND HIS BUSINESS MANAGER.

IF HE'D RATHER
SCREW AROUND WITH BOYS,

THAT'S FINE WITH ME.

SO YOU KNEW ABOUT
HIM AND JEREMY.

KNEW WHAT?

OH, NO, THEY WERE NOT
SCREWING EACH OTHER.

[scoffs]

THAT EXPLAINS EVERYTHING!
HA.

NOTHING WRONG WITH THESE GIRLS,
JUST GIRLS!

SINEAD, IT'S NAT.

YOU ARE NOT GOING
TO BELIEVE THIS!

DON'T DO THAT.

HE USED ME, OKAY?

WAIT TILL THE WHOLE WORLD
FINDS OUT

THIS BIG, BUTCH
FOOTBALL PLAYER'S

REALLY JUST A BIG FAG.

JUST CALM DOWN--I UNDERSTAND
THAT YOU'RE UPSET,

BUT THINK ABOUT
WHAT YOU'RE DOING.

I AM THINKING ABOUT
MYSELF, OKAY?

WHAT ABOUT MY CAREER?

HOW COULD I HAVE BEEN
SO STUPID?

I MEAN, WHAT IF--
WHAT IF HE GAVE ME AIDS?

LOOK, FIRST OF ALL,
YOU CAN GET HIV FROM ANYBODY.

DID YOU USE A CONDOM?
GET OUT!

MY PHONE.

SINEAD, HE'S A HOMO!

LINC IS AN ASS BANDIT.
CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?

OH, YOU MIGHT WANNA HAVE
A CHAT WITH GARY LESLIE,

LINC'S AGENT.

I THINK MY EX-BOYFRIEND'S
GONNA NEED A NEW JOB.

(Gary)
NATASHA CALLED TEN MINUTES AGO.

SHE WAS ON A RAMPAGE,
BUT I SHUT HER UP.

HOW?

I PROMISED HER THE COVER
OF THE NEXT SWIMSUIT ISSUE,

GOT HER FRIEND SINEAD
ON THE VIEW.

ARE YOU SURE
THIS ISN'T A MISTAKE?

LINCOLN TOLD US
HE WAS GAY.

[sighs]

I CAN'T BELIEVE IT.

THE GUY'S A CHICK MAGNET.

WE GO OUT TOGETHER,
GUARANTEED I GET LAID.

HE'S PLAYED IT STRAIGHT
HIS WHOLE LIFE.

WELL, HOW THE HELL
DID NATASHA FIND OUT?

IT WAS
A MISUNDERSTANDING.

I MADE A MISTAKE.

WELL, THAT'S A PRETTY
MAJOR MISTAKE, DETECTIVE.

BUT DAMAGE CONTROL
IS MY SPECIALTY, SO, UH,

I'LL DO MY BEST
TO KEEP THIS ON THE D.L.

DO YOU THINK HE'D KILL
TO COVER UP HIS SEXUALITY?

NO, LINCOLN'S
TOUGH ON THE FIELD,

BUT OFF,
HE'S LIKE A TEDDY BEAR.

HE DOESN'T HAVE IT IN HIM
TO KILL ANYONE.

NO WAY.

(Warner)
LINCOLN HAVER'S SEMEN

WAS ON JEREMY HAINES
AND THE CARPET NEAR HIS BED.

THE SAMPLE ON THE RUG
COULD BE OLD.

BUT THE FLUIDS
ON THE VICTIM WERE FRESH.

SO LINC MUST HAVE GONE
TO JEREMY'S APARTMENT

AFTER HIS FIGHT
WITH NATASHA.

THEY HAVE SEX, THEY FIGHT.
JEREMY WINDS UP DEAD.

NOW, IS THERE ANY WAY THAT
IT COULD HAVE BEEN AN ACCIDENT?

COULD HE HAVE CHOKED
ON THE BALL GAG DURING SEX?

THAT'S WHAT WE'RE
SUPPOSED TO THINK.

BUT I'M SURE THE GAG
WAS INSERTED POSTMORTEM.

HOW DO YOU KNOW THAT?

HIS HYOID BONE
WAS BROKEN.

HE WAS STRANGLED?

WITH SOMETHING
CYLINDRICAL.

I FOUND A SUBCUTANEOUS
ABRASION

IN THE VICTIM'S THROAT.

IT'S A DIAMOND PATTERN.

THE BAR USED TO CHOKE HIM
HAD A TEXTURED GRIP

WHICH LEFT ITS IMPRINT
UNDER HIS SKIN.

LOOKING FOR
A DUMBBELL BAR.

PATTERN'S A PERFECT MATCH.

THERE WAS A WEIGHT BENCH
AT JEREMY'S APARTMENT.

I CHECKED WITH CSU.

HIS SET IS SHORT ONE BAR.

UH-HUH. SO LINCOLN
MUST HAVE TAKEN IT WITH HIM.

WE GOT ENOUGH
FOR A SEARCH WARRANT

FOR THE APARTMENT.

(Stabler)
NEED TO SEE LINCOLN HAVER.

MR. HAVER IS NOT AT HOME.

(Benson)
DO YOU HAVE THE KEYS
TO HIS APARTMENT?

WELL, YES...

GREAT. THEN YOU CAN
LET US IN.

I-I'LL NEED PERMISSION

FROM THE MANAGEMENT
COMPANY.

COURT ORDER
TRUMPS YOUR BOSS'S OKAY.

LET'S GO.

(man)
TRY RUNNING TO DADDY, FAGGOT!

AH!

LET'S GO, LET'S GO!

LINCOLN?

I NEED A BUS
AT 352 FRANKLIN, NOW.

THEY'RE GONE.

HIS SECRET'S OUT.

THE DOCTOR SAID
THEY FRACTURED YOUR SKULL.

HMM.

I'M LUCKY.

I'VE HAD A LOT WORSE
HAPPEN ON THE FIELD.

YOU REMEMBER
WHAT HAPPENED?

I WAS WALKING HOME.

HEARD A CAR.

GUY YELLED,
"GET THE FAGGOT."

SOMETHING HIT MY HEAD.

I TRIED FIGHTIN' BACK.

[cell phone ringing]
THERE WERE TOO MANY OF THEM.

DID YOU SEE
THEIR FACES,

ANYTHING THAT MIGHT
HELP US I.D. THEM?

NO. I WAS FACEDOWN
ON THE GROUND.

LINCOLN?
THANKS.

LINCOLN?
HE'S OUT.

THAT WAS FIN.

HAVER'S APARTMENT CAME UP
EMPTY FOR THE MURDER WEAPON.

HOW SCREWED UP IS THIS?
OUR PERP IS NOW THE VICTIM.

(Stabler)
ALL RIGHT, WELL, LET'S HAND OFF
THE GAY BASHING TO BIAS CRIMES,

AND WE'LL FOCUS
ON THE HOMICIDE, HUH?

OH, HEY.
GOOD JOB, DETECTIVES.

(Stabler)
FOR WHAT?

FOR ALMOST GETTING
LINC KILLED.

I'M FILING SUIT
AGAINST YOU INDIVIDUALLY

AND THE NYPD FOR NEGLIGENCE.

WHAT?
YOU OUTED LINC.

AND THEN HE GETS
ATTACKED A FEW HOURS LATER?

WHAT, YOU THINK
THAT'S A, UH, COINCIDENCE?

NATASHA MUST HAVE TALKED.

NO WAY
IS SHE GIVING UP THE CHANCE

TO BE EVERY TEENAGE BOY'S
WET DREAM.

SHE CALLED
HER FRIEND SINEAD

RIGHT IN FRONT
OF US.

THEY BOTH SWORE THAT THEY
DIDN'T LEAK TO SPORTSMAN LARRY.

THE SHOCK JOCK?

YEAH, HE TOLD
FIVE MILLION LISTENERS

THAT LINC IS, QUOTE,
"A BIG FLAMING FAGGOT."

OH, SO YOU THINK
THAT WE TOLD HIM.

YEAH.

[loud beeping]

HE'S CRASHING!

I NEED O2 AND AN AMBU BAG.

EVERYBODY OUT.

NOW!

(Larry)
HEY, MAN, WELCOME BACK.
I'M SPORTSMAN LARRY.

THE TOPIC TONIGHT--
SISSIES IN SPORTS.

IT'S BAD ENOUGH QUEERS
ARE UNSATISFIED

BEING HAIR DRESSERS
THESE DAYS.

NOW THEY WANNA
GET THEIR HANDS ON OUR BALLS?

THIS IS OFFENSIVE--

AND I'M NOT TALKING LINEMEN.

COME ON!
FOOTBALL IS AMERICA'S GAME.

IT'S SACRED
LIKE THE GOOD BOOK.

THERE'S NO PLACE FOR GAYS
IN EITHER ONE, YOU DIG?

HAVER WANTS TO COME BACK,
COOL.

PUT HIM IN A SKIRT
AND LET HIM SHAKE HIS POM-POMS.

WHAT ARE WE RUNNING HERE?

THE POTENTIAL
FOR LOCKER ROOM SCANDALS,

SEXUAL HARASSMENT LAWSUITS--
COME ON!

THE TABLOIDS
WOULD HAVE A FIELD DAY.

I'M SPORTSMAN LARRY.
GIMME A CALL.

I WANNA KNOW WHAT
YOU'RE THINKING.

WHAT THE HELL
DID YOU TWO DO?

UH, NOT WHAT
YOU THINK.

TELL THAT
TO THE GAY RIGHTS GROUPS

PICKETING ONE P.P.

WE NEVER TALKED
TO SPORTSMAN LARRY.
WELL, SOMEBODY DID.

THE BRASS IS DEMANDING
A FULL INVESTIGATION.

YOU'RE JOKING.

I WISH.

THAT WAS THE HOSPITAL.
LINC HAVER'S IN A COMA.

(Cragen)
PRESS IS GONNA
GO TO TOWN.

IAB IS WAITING.

YOU'RE UP FIRST, OLIVIA.

WE DUMPED YOUR PHONES,
DETECTIVE.

DO YOU RECOGNIZE
THIS NUMBER?

YES.

IN THE PAST FIVE DAYS,
YOU'VE CALLED IT 12 TIMES.

WHOSE NUMBER IS IT?
KURT MOSS.

WHAT DOES MR. MOSS
DO FOR A LIVING?

HE WORKS FOR THE LEDGER,

BUT YOU KNEW THAT
ALREADY, DIDN'T YOU?

WHAT TIME DID YOU CALL
MR. MOSS LAST NIGHT?

10:14 P.M.

AND WHAT DID YOU DO
EARLIER IN THE DAY?

MY PARTNER AND I
INTERVIEWED LINCOLN HAVER

AND SEVERAL OTHER WITNESSES
IN OUR HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION.

AND WHAT DID MR. HAVER REVEAL
TO YOU DURING HIS INTERVIEW?

THAT HE AND JEREMY HAINES
WERE LOVERS.

DID YOU CALL MR. MOSS
THAT NIGHT

AND TELL HIM LINCOLN HAVER
IS A HOMOSEXUAL?
ABSOLUTELY NOT!

THEN CAN YOU EXPLAIN WHY

YOU CALLED A NEWSPAPER EDITOR
THAT LATE?

I CAN ASSURE YOU

THAT IT HAD NOTHING TO DO
WITH LINCOLN HAVER.

I FIND THAT HARD
TO BELIEVE, DETECTIVE.

I THINK YOU TIPPED OFF
YOUR FRIEND MOSS

AND GAVE HIM THE STORY.

YOU'RE WRONG.

I WOULD NEVER JEOPARDIZE A CASE
BY LEAKING IT TO THE MEDIA.

YOUR CALLING MOSS

AND HIS GOSSIP COLUMNIST
PRINTING THE STORY

IS JUST A HAPPY COINCIDENCE.

SO THE GOSSIP GUY
IS A FAN OF SPORTSMAN LARRY,

HE HEARS THE NEWS,
AND HE WRITES A STORY.

PAPER WENT TO PRESS
BEFORE LARRY'S BROADCAST.

NOW EXPLAIN WHY YOU CALLED
MR. MOSS LAST NIGHT.

[exhales]

WE'VE BEEN DATING.

WHO KNOWS ABOUT IT?

NO ONE.

SO YOU'RE CREATING

THIS FICTIONAL BOOTY CALL
TO SAVE YOUR OWN ASS.

HE'S MY BOYFRIEND.

AND YOU'RE HIS SOURCE.

(Stabler)
WHAT HAPPENED?

TUCKER TOOK
MY GUN AND SHIELD.

WHAT THE HELL FOR?

ASK HIM.

SUSPENDED?

WITH PAY,
PENDING INVESTIGATION.

UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

YOU'RE A SON
OF A BITCH.

YOUR PARTNER HAS BEEN SLEEPING
WITH AN EDITOR AT THE LEDGER

FOR MONTHS.
GET OUTTA HERE.

WELL, YOU OBVIOUSLY DON'T KNOW
DETECTIVE BENSON

AS WELL AS YOU THINK.

I KNOW SHE'D NEVER
TORPEDO A CASE.

FORGIVE ME
IF I QUESTIONED YOUR JUDGMENT,

BUT YOU DIDN'T EVEN KNOW
SHE WAS SCREWING THE PAPER BOY.

WHERE YOU GOING?

YOU KNOW WHERE I'M GOING.

KURT MOSS.

YOU MUST BE ELLIOT.

OLIVIA HAS A PICTURE
OF YOU TWO

IN HER LIVING ROOM.

WELL, SHE'S BEEN SUSPENDED.

INTERNAL AFFAIRS THINKS

SHE LEAKED THE LINCOLN HAVER
STORY TO YOU.

OH...

WHO DID?

OH, COME ON.

I'D GO TO JAIL
TO DEFEND MY SOURCE.

I'M NOT GONNA ASK
ONE OF MY COLUMNISTS

TO GIVE UP ONE OF HIS?

YOU'RE JUST GONNA HANG
OLIVIA OUT TO DRY.

YOU TWO HAVE WORKED
TOGETHER FOR A LONG TIME.

THERE MUST BE A REASON WHY
SHE DIDN'T TELL YOU ABOUT ME.

HEY, PAL, HER PERSONAL LIFE
IS HER BUSINESS.

I'M HERE TRYING
TO SAVE HER JOB.

NOW, IF YOU CARE FOR HER,
YOU'LL HELP ME.

WHAT DO YOU WANT?

TELL IAB OLIVIA
WASN'T THE SOURCE OF THE LEAK.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?

I'M TRYING TO CONVINCE YOUR
BOYFRIEND TO GIVE YOU A HAND.

I DON'T NEED HELP
FROM EITHER OF YOU.

I THINK YOU DO.

I CAN SIGN AN AFFIDAVIT
SAYING YOU'RE NOT THE SOURCE.

IT'S NOT GONNA WORK.
IT'S NOT ENOUGH.

THEY WANT A WARM BODY.
AND HE CAN GIVE 'EM ONE.

LOOK, I'M SURE YOU KNOW
ABOUT THE SKELETONS

IN THE NYPD'S CLOSET.

ALL YOU GOTTA DO
IS REMIND IAB

THEY SHOULD STAY
ON YOUR GOOD SIDE.

I'LL TALK TO THEM.

NICE MEETING YOU.

WHY DIDN'T YOU TELL ME
YOU WERE IN TROUBLE?

I CAN HANDLE IT.

THAT'S THE PROBLEM.

YOU'RE SO USED
TO TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF

THAT YOU CAN'T LET
ANYBODY ELSE IN.

KURT, THIS ISN'T
ABOUT US.

IF YOU SAY SO.

IF I SAY SO?
WHAT'S THAT SUPPOSED TO MEAN?

WHY IS IT...YOU WON'T
MOVE IN WITH ME?

[Benson sighs]

I GOTTA GO.

AND I'LL...I'LL CALL 'EM
IN IAB.

[whispering]
THANK YOU.
YEAH.

HEY...

(Benson)
IT WORKED.

SUSPENSION'S
BEEN LIFTED.

YOUR MAN CAME THROUGH.

I'M SORRY I DIDN'T
TELL YOU ABOUT HIM.

I'M JUST GLAD
YOU HAVE SOMEONE.

I MEAN, YOU COULDA
SAID SOMETHING, YOU KNOW...

I JUST WASN'T READY.

(Cragen)
LINCOLN HAVER
IS OUT OF HIS COMA.

ONE P.P. WANTS HIM LOCKED UP.

OH, SO YESTERDAY, HE WAS
THE VICTIM OF A HATE CRIME,

AND WE WERE GETTING GRILLED.

AND TODAY,
THE MEDIA HAS MOVED ON.

THE BRASS DOESN'T WANT

A MURDERER GETTING
SPECIAL TREATMENT

BECAUSE HE'S GAY
OR A FOOTBALL PLAYER.

(Benson)
WE HEAR YOU'RE GONNA
BE OKAY.

YEAH.

ALL THOSE YEARS...

LYING ABOUT WHO I AM.

AFRAID OF THE FUTURE.

THAT IF ANYONE FOUND OUT
I WAS GAY, IT WOULD...

WRECK MY LIFE.

I OUTED YOU.

I'M SORRY.

IT WAS BOUND TO HAPPEN.

YOU HAVE ANY LEADS
ON HIS KILLER?

LINCOLN, WE'RE HERE
TO ARREST YOU.

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT
TO REMAIN SILENT.

YOU GIVE UP THAT RIGHT,

ANYTHING YOU SAY CAN AND WILL
BE USED AGAINST YOU

IN A COURT OF LAW...

I TOLD YOU.

I WAS AT NATASHA'S
THE NIGHT THAT JEREMY DIED.

TILL SHE KICKED YOU
OUT OF BED

BECAUSE YOU
COULDN'T GET IT UP.

SO YOU WENT TO JEREMY'S
FOR A LITTLE TLC.

WHERE YOU HAD SEX WITH HIM.

IT'S YOUR DNA ON HIS BODY.

I REMEMBER
GOING TO HIS APARTMENT.

THEN IT'S ALL A BLUR.

YOU WERE DRUNK.
YOU STARTED ARGUING.

YEAH.
YEAH.

NOW COME ON.

YOU REMEMBER NOW,
DON'T YOU?

I WOKE HIM UP.

YOU STARTED
FOOLIN' AROUND.

UNTIL JEREMY SMELLED
NATASHA'S PERFUME ON ME.

[Stabler, whispering]
AND THAT PISSED HIM OFF.

WE FOUGHT.

YOU LOST CONTROL.

JEREMY DIED.

OH, GOD.

WHAT DID I DO?

WELL, YOU TRIED
TO COVER IT UP,

MAKE IT LOOK LIKE
AN ACCIDENT.

I DIDN'T WANT TO HURT HIM.

I LOVED HIM.

(clerk)
DOCKET ENDING 1266,

PEOPLE VERSUS
LINCOLN HAVER.

ONE COUNT MURDER
IN THE SECOND DEGREE.

MRS. BALTHUS,
HOW DOES YOUR CLIENT PLEAD?

NOT GUILTY.

BAIL, COUNSELOR?
$2 MILLION.

THAT'S OUTRAGEOUS,
EVEN FOR MISS NOVAK.

THE DEFENDANT IS ONE OF
THE HIGHEST-PAID PLAYERS

IN FOOTBALL.

(Balthus)
HE'S RICH BUT OBVIOUSLY
NOT A FLIGHT RISK.

FOR GOD'S SAKE,
HE JUST WOKE UP FROM A COMA.

YOU HAVE MY SYMPATHY,
MR. HAVER,

AND I'LL HAVE YOUR PASSPORT.

BAIL IS SET AT $1 MILLION.

NEXT CASE.

(clerk)
DOCKET ENDING 3419...

WE HAVE DNA ACCESS
TO THE APARTMENT,

MOTIVE, AND LINCOLN'S
CONFESSION.

YOUR CLIENT DOESN'T EVEN
HAVE AN ALIBI.

MY CLIENT DOESN'T KNOW
WHAT HAPPENED THAT NIGHT.

HE'S CONFUSED.

WHAT, HE CONFUSED
COMMITTING MURDER

WITH A LITTLE
SLAP AND TICKLE?

GO AHEAD, CASEY,
MAKE FUN OF A GUY

WITH A SERIOUS BRAIN INJURY.

THAT JURY'LL EAT THAT UP.

NO JURY'S EVER GONNA
HEAR YOUR HALF-ASSED THEORY.

OH, I THINK
THEY WILL.

"FOOTBALL MADE HIM DO IT."

THAT'S ALMOST AS GOOD
AS THE TWINKIE DEFENSE.

NO. IT'S EVEN BETTER.

MR. HAVER HAS SUFFERED
EIGHT CONCUSSIONS SINCE COLLEGE.

AND PROBABLY SEVERAL MORE THAT
WEREN'T PROPERLY DIAGNOSED.

AND MOST ATHLETES
WHO GET CONCUSSIONS

DON'T GO OUT
AND COMMIT MURDER.

REPEATED HEAD TRAUMA

HAS IRREPARABLY
DAMAGED HIS BRAIN.

HE WAS NOT RESPONSIBLE
FOR HIS ACTIONS.

OH, GIMME A BREAK.

I'LL GIVE YOU THE FACTS.

LINCOLN HAS DEMENTIA
THAT PREVENTS HIM

FROM FORMING THE NECESSARY
INTENT TO BE GUILTY OF MURDER.

YOU CAN PROVE YOUR CLIENT
HAS THIS CONDITION?

DEFINITIVELY,
ONLY ON AUTOPSY.

WELL, THAT'S CONVENIENT.
HERE'S CONVENIENCE.

YOUR DETECTIVES OVERLOOKED
LINCOLN'S OBVIOUS IMPAIRMENTS--

HIS HEADACHES,
HIS MEMORY LOSS,

EVEN A COMA.

YOUR HONOR, THE DEFENSE
IS GRASPING AT STRAWS.

THERE'S NO EVIDENCE LINCOLN
HAVER IS COGNITIVELY IMPAIRED

IN ANY WAY.

AND THERE'S NO PROOF
HE ISN'T.

HAVE YOUR PSYCHIATRIST
EXAMINE THE DEFENDANT.

MAYBE HE CAN SHED SOME LIGHT
ON MR. HAVER'S BRAIN.

(Huang)
DO YOU EVER HAVE HEADACHES?

YES.

HOW OFTEN?

SOMETIMES EVERY DAY.

CAN YOU DESCRIBE THEM?

IT'S LIKE MY HEAD'S
IN A VISE

AND SOMEONE'S
STABBING ME IN THE EYE.

I'M GONNA ASK YOU TO PERFORM
A FEW SIMPLE TASKS.

MEMORIZE
THESE THREE WORDS--

HOUSE, PENCIL, GREEN.

HOUSE, PENCIL, GREEN.
GOT IT.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN?

ENGLEWOOD, NEW JERSEY.

WHO WAS THE FIRST PRESIDENT
OF THE UNITED STATES?

GEORGE WASHINGTON.

HOW MANY STATES
ARE IN THE U.S.?

50.

WHEN WERE YOU BORN?

MAY 27, 1976.

WHAT ARE THE THREE WORDS

THAT I ASKED YOU
TO REMEMBER EARLIER?

PENCIL, BOAT--

DAMN IT.

THIS IS CRAZY.

WHY CAN'T I REMEMBER?

(Huang)
LINCOLN'S IMMEDIATE

AND LONG-TERM MEMORY
ARE INTACT.

BUT HIS SHORT-TERM MEMORY
IS IMPAIRED.

OKAY, COULD THE BEATING
HAVE CAUSED THIS?

NO. I'D SAY IT WAS THE RESULT
OF REPEATED HEAD INJURIES.

(Stabler)
SO HE'S BRAIN DAMAGED.

THIS IS LINCOLN'S MRI.

THESE SPOTS ARE LESIONS
FROM MULTIPLE CONCUSSIONS

THAT CAN CAUSE SEIZURES.

I RAN AN EEG,

AND LINCOLN HAS EVIDENCE
OF A SEIZURE DISORDER.

(Benson)
CAN SEIZURES CAUSE BLACKOUTS?

ABSOLUTELY.

SO BALTHUS CAN CLAIM

THAT'S WHY LINCOLN DOESN'T
REMEMBER KILLING JEREMY.

MAYBE NOT.

WHEN DID HE SUSTAIN HIS LAST
CONCUSSION BEFORE THE MURDER?

LAST YEAR,
HE WAS CLOTHESLINED

ON THE THREE-YARD LINE
AGAINST DENVER.

THEN HE COULDN'T HAVE HAD
A SEIZURE-RELATED BLACKOUT

THE NIGHT OF THE MURDER.

THOSE USUALLY OCCUR WITHIN
48 HOURS OF THE INJURY.

WELL, IT'S TOO BAD FOR BALTHUS
WE'RE IN THE PRE-SEASON.

HER BRAIN DAMAGE DEFENSE
DOESN'T HOLD UP.

HANG ON, CASEY.
IT'S NOT THAT SIMPLE.

REPEATED HEAD TRAUMA
CAN CAUSE MEMORY LOSS,

DEPRESSION, AND
ALZHEIMER'S-LIKE DEMENTIA.

IT'S NOT UNCOMMON IN BOXERS,
HOCKEY, AND FOOTBALL PLAYERS.

SO YOU'RE SAYING
THERE IS A CHANCE

LINCOLN ISN'T RESPONSIBLE
FOR HIS ACTIONS.

YES.

(Balthus)
SO TELL ME, MR. HAVER,

WHAT HAPPENS

AFTER YOU'VE BEEN
KNOCKED OUT ON THE FIELD?

I HAVE REAL BAD HEADACHES.

I GET DIZZY,
LIGHTS HURT MY EYES,

I FORGET STUFF.

GIVE ME AN EXAMPLE.

LAST YEAR, I GOT MY MOM
SIDELINE SEATS

FOR THE CHICAGO GAME.

I KEPT LOOKING FOR HER,
BUT SHE NEVER SHOWED UP.

WHY WOULDN'T YOUR MOTHER
COME TO SEE YOU PLAY?

SHE SAID
I TOLD HER NOT TO,

SAID I CALLED SCREAMING
THAT SHE WAS A JINX.

I LOVE MY MOM.

I HAVE NO IDEA
WHY I DID THAT.

NOTHING FURTHER.

YOU CONFESSED TO THE MURDER
OF JEREMY HAINES.

SO YOU MUST REMEMBER
SOMETHING ABOUT THAT NIGHT.

THE DETECTIVES CONFUSED ME.

I REMEMBER FIGHTING
WITH JEREMY.

I DON'T REMEMBER
KILLING HIM.

WERE YOU EVER VIOLENT
WITH JEREMY?

WE ARGUED SOMETIMES,

BUT I NEVER HIT HIM.

WHAT WAS YOUR LAST FIGHT
ABOUT?

ME COMING OUT OF THE CLOSET.

FOOTBALL IS MY LIFE.

YOU'D LOSE YOUR CAREER
IF YOU CAME OUT, RIGHT?

BUT THAT'S WHAT
JEREMY WANTED.

HE PUSHED AND HE PUSHED,

AND YOU WERE AFRAID THAT

YOUR SECRET LIFE
WOULD BE EXPOSED.

I DIDN'T CARE.

WE WERE IN LOVE.

BUT YOU LOVE FOOTBALL MORE.

YOU JUST SAID IT'S YOUR LIFE.

NO. JEREMY CAME FIRST.

THAT'S WHY I MARRIED HIM.

YOU'RE MARRIED.

IN CANADA.

A PRIVATE CEREMONY.

I CAN SHOW YOU
OUR LICENSE.

(Novak)
I GOT BLINDSIDED TODAY.

HOW DID YOU MISS
THEIR BIG FAT GAY WEDDING?

WHAT DOES BEING MARRIED
PROVE?

STRAIGHT GUYS
KILL THEIR WIVES ALL THE TIME.

BUT LINCOLN'S NOT
YOUR TYPICAL WIFE BEATER.

HE'S SYMPATHETIC.
HE WAS GAY BASHED.

HE ALMOST DIED.

AND HE'S STILL A MURDERER.

HIS DNA
WAS ALL OVER THE BODY.

AND BALTHUS IS USING
HER BOGUS BRAIN DAMAGE DEFENSE

TO DISTRACT THE JURY--
AND IT'S WORKING.

THE WOMEN ON THE PANEL WANNA
HUG HIM AND MAKE IT ALL BETTER.

(Benson)
WELL, YOU CAN'T BLAME 'EM.

HE DOES LOOK GOOD
IN A SUIT AND TIE.

YEAH, AND WITH
THAT MARRIAGE LICENSE,

HE CAN PLAY
THE GRIEVING WIDOWER.

HOW THE HELL AM I
SUPPOSED TO REBUT THAT?

GOOD QUESTION.

I JUST GOT A NOTIFICATION.

BALTHUS IS CALLING ELLIOT
AS A DEFENSE WITNESS.

(Balthus)
DID LINCOLN HAVER
SEEM DISORIENTED

WHEN YOU INTERVIEWED HIM?
NO.

HE WASN'T CONFUSED

OR UNCLEAR ABOUT
THE QUESTIONS YOU ASKED HIM?

NO.
REALLY?

YOU INTERROGATED HIM

HOURS AFTER
HE CAME OUT OF A COMA.

WE ASKED MR. HAVER
SOME QUESTIONS.

QUESTIONS?

THEY SOUNDED
MORE LIKE SUGGESTIONS.

DIDN'T YOU, IN FACT,
SUPPLY MY CLIENT

WITH MOST OF THE DETAILS
FOUND IN HIS CONFESSION?

WE DISCUSSED
WHAT HE DID THAT NIGHT.

AND HE TOLD YOU HE DIDN'T
REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED.

(Stabler)
AT FIRST.
THEN HE GOT HIS MEMORY BACK.

AND YOU KEPT BULLYING
A SICK MAN,

MAKING SUGGESTIONS,
COERCING A FALSE STATEMENT.

I QUIETLY AND CALMLY

ASKED HIM QUESTIONS.

MR. HAVER HAD JUST
COME OUT OF A COMA.

HE WAS IN A WEAKENED
AND SUGGESTIBLE STATE.

HE WOULD HAVE CONFESSED
TO KILLING KENNEDY.

I CAN ASSURE YOU
HE DIDN'T CONFESS TO THAT.

HE HAD BRAIN DAMAGE.

YOUR PSYCHIATRIST SAID SO.

YOUR HONOR, I'M NOT
A TRAINED PSYCHIATRIST, SO...

THE BRAIN INJURY
MADE HIM CONFESS.

IT DIDN'T MAKE HIM VIOLENT.

I'VE SEEN LINCOLN HAVER
PLAY FOOTBALL

SINCE HE WAS IN COLLEGE.

HE'S ALWAYS BEEN VIOLENT
AND AGGRESSIVE.

AND THE MINUTE
LINCOLN HAVER'S NAME CAME UP

IN YOUR INVESTIGATION,

YOU MADE HIM
YOUR PRIME SUSPECT

BECAUSE HE'S A VIOLENT
FOOTBALL PLAYER?

HE'S A VICTIM
OF YOUR STEREOTYPE.

HE IS NOT [slaps desk]
A KILLER.

YOUR HONOR, THE PEOPLE
REQUEST A RECESS.

WHAT FOR, MISS NOVAK?

TO BRING IN
A VIDEO MONITOR.

POPCORN AND A MOVIE,
MISS NOVAK?

THE PEOPLE WILL BE INTRODUCING
FOOTAGE OF LINCOLN HAVER.

OBJECTION.
PREJUDICIAL.

THE DEFENSE OPENED THE DOOR

WHEN SHE BROUGHT UP
DETECTIVE STABLER'S

ALLEGED BIAS AGAINST
FOOTBALL PLAYERS.

(Judge Harrison)
YOU DID, MISS BALTHUS.

AND MISS NOVAK IS ENTITLED
TO WALK THROUGH IT.

(Novak)
NOW, WE'VE ALL WATCHED
LINCOLN HAVER PLAY FOOTBALL.

BUT YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THIS.

NOW, I SUBPOENAED
PRACTICE FOOTAGE.

KEEP YOUR EYE ON NUMBER 12.
THAT'S LINCOLN HAVER.

NOW, THIS IS JUST
A FRIENDLY TEAM PRACTICE.

THERE'S NO GAME DAY
PRESSURE.

NOW LOOK WHAT HAPPENS

WHEN A TEAMMATE ACCIDENTALLY
JOSTLES LINCOLN'S THROWING ARM.

(Lincoln)
THAT'S MY ARM,
YOU LITTLE PISSANT ROOKIE.

WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO DO,
RIP IT OFF?

YOU EVER TRY THAT AGAIN,
I'M GONNA KILL YA!

THAT, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN
OF THE JURY...

THAT'S THE REAL
LINCOLN HAVER.

HAS THE JURY
REACHED A VERDICT?

WE HAVE, YOUR HONOR.

WILL THE DEFENDANT
PLEASE RISE?

ON THE SOLE COUNT
OF THE INDICTMENT,

MURDER IN THE SECOND DEGREE,

HOW DO YOU FIND
THE DEFENDANT?

GUILTY.

(Benson)
DO YOU WANT
ANOTHER ONE?

I CAN'T.

I JUST BROKE UP
WITH KURT,

AND YOU SAID
YOU'D BE THERE FOR ME.

I AM.

ELI'S DRIVING KATHY CRAZY.

I'M KIDDING.
GO HOME.

(bartender)
HEY, OLIVIA.

YOUR CASE IS ON TV.

TURN IT UP, PLEASE.

(Gary)
LINCOLN HAVER'S CONVICTION

IS A TRAGEDY
FOR HIS TEAM.

BUT I HOPE
DWAYNE FITZGERALD HERE

WILL BE A GREAT REPLACEMENT.

HE'S A HELL OF A QUARTERBACK
WITH A GREAT FUTURE.

HOPEFULLY, DWAYNE WON'T DO
ANYTHING TO JEOPARDIZE THAT.

JUST PROMISE ME
THAT I WON'T CATCH YOU

MAKING OUT WITH YOUR BOYFRIEND
IN A RESTAURANT BATHROOM.

[laughter]

GARY SAID HE DIDN'T KNOW
LINCOLN WAS GAY

UNTIL AFTER THE MURDER.

THEN HOW COULD HE HAVE
CAUGHT HIM IN THE BATHROOM?

HOW'D YOU FIND OUT
LINCOLN IS GAY?

I ALREADY TOLD YOU.

NATASHA CALLED ME
AFTER YOU OUTED HIM.

DID YOU SUSPECT ANYTHING

THE NIGHT THE FOUR OF YOU
HAD DINNER?

I DON'T KNOW WHAT
YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT.

WE FOUND THE MURDER WEAPON
IN YOUR APARTMENT.

[thud]

(Stabler)
YOU SAW LINCOLN KISSING JEREMY
IN THE RESTAURANT BATHROOM.

I MEAN, THAT MUST HAVE
FREAKED YOU OUT.

IT WOULD HAVE FREAKED ME OUT.

ALL THOSE YEARS
OF HARD WORK

MAKING LINCOLN THE STAR,
AND THERE HE IS...

WITH HIS TONGUE
DOWN ANOTHER GUY'S THROAT.

WERE YOU JEALOUS,
GARY?

MADE ME WANNA PUKE.

GOING AT IT IN THE BATHROOM

LIKE A COUPLE
OF HORNY TEENAGERS.

DID LINCOLN SEE YOU?
NO, JEREMY DID.

SO I WENT TO HIS PLACE

TO TALK SOME SENSE
INTO HIM.

TELLS ME LINCOLN
JUST LEFT.

SO WHAT'D YOU DO?

I BEGGED HIM
TO GIVE LINCOLN UP.

AND YOU KNOW
WHAT HE TELLS ME?

HE TELLS ME
THAT THEY'RE GETTING MARRIED.

HE TELLS ME
THEY'RE HAVING A HUGE PARTY,

AND THEY'RE JUST GONNA COME OUT
TO EVERYBODY THIS SUMMER.

THEN HE TELLS ME TO GO OUT
AND FIND A NEW CASH COW,

BECAUSE LINCOLN'S RETIRING.

AND YOU LOST IT,
SO YOU GRABBED THIS DUMBBELL--

HELL, YEAH, I LOST IT!

I LOST IT!
I WAS SO ANGRY.

THE STUPID LITTLE FAIRY'S
RUINING EVERYTHING.

SO YOU CHOKED HIM.

I DIDN'T--I JUST WANTED HIM
TO SHUT UP, I DIDN'T MEAN--

I DIDN'T MEAN--I DIDN'T MEA--

I DIDN'T MEAN TO KILL HIM.

SO YOU FOUND THE SEX TOYS.

YOU DRESSED HIM UP.

USED THE GAG TO MAKE US THINK
THAT IT WAS ROUGH SEX GONE BAD,

AND YOU LEAKED IT
TO THE MEDIA.

I...WORKED MY ASS OFF
FOR YEARS

GETTING HIM PROMOTIONAL DEALS,
COMMERCIALS, SALARY INCREASES,

AND THIS FREAKIN' BOYFRIEND

WANTED TO TAKE IT ALL AWAY.

LOVE SUCKS.

YEAH, DOESN'T LOVE--

SCREW LOVE!

HE'S A FOOTBALL PLAYER.

HE'S A PIECE OF MEAT THAT
I SELL TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER.

HOW MANY GOOD YEARS
YOU THINK HE'S GOT LEFT--

FIVE?

WHAT, TEN?
IF THERE'S A MIRACLE.

I JUST--

WHY COULDN'T HE HAVE JUST
WAITED A COUPLE YEARS?

(Benson)
WHY DID YOU CONFESS
TO KILLING JEREMY?

I WAS THERE.

I REMEMBER FIGHTING.

I THOUGHT
I MUST HAVE DONE IT.

THANKS FOR
GETTING ME RELEASED.

ANY CHANCE YOU'LL BE
PLAYING AGAIN?

TEAM DOCS
WON'T LET ME PLAY.

THEY SAY I HAVE
PERMANENT BRAIN DAMAGE.

I'M SORRY, LINC.

I HAD IT ALL.

CAREER, SOMEONE I LOVED...

FOOTBALL GAVE ME EVERYTHING.

AND THEN TOOK IT ALL AWAY.

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