Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999–…): Season 9, Episode 17 - Authority - full transcript

A man accused of impersonating a police officer over a telephone and telling a fast food manager to sexually assault an employee is found not guilty, and as a result becomes a vocal crusader telling other people to defy authority figures.

(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.

WELCOME TO HAPPIBURGER.
MAY I TAKE YOUR ORDER?

WHAT YOU CAN TAKE IS
A MOP AND A BUCKET

TO THE LADIES ROOM.

POOR KID'S TOSSIN'
HER COOKIES IN THERE.



THANK YOU
FOR YOUR EXCELLENT FEEDBACK.

AND YOU HAVE
A HAPPIBURGER DAY.

JOEL, WE GOT A BARFER
IN THE BATHROOM.

GEE, THANKS.

HIGHLIGHT OF MY DAY.

"JOEL, WE GOT A BARFER
IN THE BATHROOM."

WELCOME TO HAPPIBURGER.

WOULD YOU LIKE E. COLI
WITH YOUR ORDER?

HOW 'BOUT A SUPER-SIZE
OF SALMONELLA?

[woman screams]

(woman)
PLEASE DON'T MAKE ME
DO IT!

IS EVERYTHING OKAY IN THERE?

TRINI, IS THAT YOU?
PLEASE!

[muffled]
HELP ME!



THE SUSPECT AND VICTIM
ARE BARRICADED

IN THE MANAGER'S OFFICE.

THE DOOR IS REINFORCED STEEL,

SO WE'RE WAITING FOR ESU
TO COME BOOM IT.

NO ONE HAS KEYS?
JUST THE MANAGER,
DWIGHT LOMAX.

BUT HE'S M.I.A.

YOU HAVE AN I.D.
ON THE VICTIM?

ONE FEMALE EMPLOYEE
UNACCOUNTED FOR

WHEN WE EVACUATED--
TRINI MARTINEZ.

ANY CONTACT
WITH THE PERP?

SAYS HE'LL ONLY OPEN THE DOOR
FOR DETECTIVE MILGRAM.

DID YOU REACH OUT
TO HIM?

ONE P.P. SAYS THERE IS
NO MILGRAM ON THE JOB.

POLICE.
OPEN UP.

(man)
DETECTIVE MILGRAM?
IS THAT YOU?

HE'S ON HIS WAY.
I'M HIS PARTNER.

[door unlocks]

OH, THANK GOD
YOU'RE HERE.

I DID EVERYTHING
YOU TOLD ME TO.

[muffled please]

AH. IS DETECTIVE MILGRAM
HERE YET?

HE'S STUCK IN TRAFFIC.
HE SAID TO START WITHOUT HIM.

THAT'S ALL RIGHT.

HE ALREADY KNOWS
WHAT HAPPENED ANYWAY.

YEAH, I DON'T.

SO WHY DON'T YOU
FILL ME IN.

I WAS SITTING AT MY DESK

WORKING ON
OUR TEAM-BUILDING PROGRAM

WHEN DETECTIVE MILGRAM
CALLED.
MM-HMM.

HE SAID THAT ONE
OF MY EMPLOYEES

STOLE A WALLET
FROM A CUSTOMER,

AND THE WOMAN WAS
AT THE PRECINCT

FILLING OUT A COMPLAINT.

SO I ASKED WHAT I COULD DO.

HE SAID
I SHOULD HOLD TRINI

UNTIL HE GOT THERE,

SO SHE COULDN'T HIDE
ANY EVIDENCE.

SO WHAT'D YOU DO?

I TOLD HERE TO GET
HER THIEVING LITTLE BUTT

INTO MY OFFICE, PRONTO.

I SHOWED HIM I DIDN'T HAVE
NOTHING IN MY POCKETS

BUT MY LIP GLOSS.

HE GOT ON THE PHONE
AND HE TOLD SOMEONE.

DO YOU KNOW WHO
HE WAS TALKING TO?

HE SAID IT WAS YOU.

THE POLICE.

AND THEN MR. LOMAX
PUT THE PHONE DOWN,

AND HE LOCKED THE DOOR.

FOR WHAT?

TO SEARCH HER.

DETECTIVE MILGRAM SAID
SHE MUST'VE HIDDEN THE CASH

IN HER CLOTHES.

OR MAYBE SHE WASN'T
THE THIEF.

MILGRAM SAID HE HAD EVIDENCE

THAT SHE HAD THE MONEY ON HER.

HE TOLD ME TO PAT HER DOWN.

HE TOUCHED ME ALL OVER.

I TOLD HIM
THIS WASN'T RIGHT,

BUT--BUT HE KEPT
DOING IT.

DID HE FIND ANYTHING?

NO, 'CAUSE I
DIDN'T STEAL NOTHIN'.

MILGRAM SAID
I HAD TO STRIP SEARCH HER.

AND YOU THOUGHT
THAT WAS OKAY.

WELL, HE SAID I WAS ACTING
AS AN AGENT OF THE POLICE,

SO IT WAS LEGAL.

I PUT ON GLOVES.

HE MADE ME TAKE
MY CLOTHES OFF.

AND HE PUT HIS HANDS
ON ME.

[voice cracking]
EVERYWHERE.

I BEGGED HIM TO STOP...

BUT HE DIDN'T!

I TOLD THE DETECTIVE
SHE WAS CLEAN,

BUT HE SAID
I MUST'VE MISSED SOMETHING.

THAT I SHOULD HOLD HER
IN MY OFFICE

UNTIL HE GOT THERE
TO DO A PROPER SEARCH.

AND IT TOOK YOU GUYS
HALF AN HOUR.

YOU STRIP-SEARCHED
A TEENAGE GIRL

AND KEPT HER NAKED
IN YOUR OFFICE FOR 30 MINUTES?

NO, DETECTIVE MILGRAM SAID
SHE COULD KEEP HER APRON ON.

YOU'RE AN IDIOT.

I RESENT THAT, DETECTIVE.

AFTER ALL I'VE DONE TO HELP
THE POLICE DEPARTMENT?

YOU SEXUALLY ABUSED A GIRL

BECAUSE A VOICE ON THE PHONE
TOLD YOU TO.

I WAS JUST FOLLOWING
DETECTIVE MILGRAM'S ORDERS.

THERE IS NO DETECTIVE MILGRAM.

WHOLE THING WAS A SCAM.

OH, MY GOD.

JUST FOLLOWING ORDERS.

THAT'S THE PREFERRED DEFENSE
OF EVERY WAR CRIMINAL,

FROM EICHMANN TO MILOSEVIC.

DWIGHT'S SO THICK
HE GOT PUNK'D BY A PHONE CALL.

OH, HE'S A VICTIM
OF CORPORATE AMERICA.

HERE WE GO.

YOU KNOW,
THE FRANCHISE MENTALITY

MANDATES CONFORMITY.

EMPLOYEES ARE LEMMINGS.

YOU DON'T FOLLOW THE MANUAL,
BYE-BYE HAPPIBURGER.

AND YOU SAY BYE-BYE TO DWIGHT.
HE'S LOOKING AT THREE TO SIX.

WHAT ABOUT
THIS DETECTIVE MILGRAM?

HE'S THE ONE WHO
PULLED DWIGHT'S STRINGS.

STANLEY MILGRAM?
HE'S DEAD.

YOU KNEW HIM?

NOT PERSONALLY,
BUT THE REAL MILGRAM

WAS A PSYCHOLOGY PROFESSOR

WHO INSTRUCTED VOLUNTEERS
TO GIVE ELECTROSHOCKS

TO SCREAMING VICTIMS.

SOUNDS LIKE A NUT CASE.

WELL, THE SHOCKS WEREN'T REAL.

THE REAL NUTS WERE THE PEOPLE
FRYING THEIR FRIENDS

BECAUSE SOMEBODY TOLD THEM TO.

SO WHAT DO WE HAVE
ON THIS PHONE FREAK?

THE PHONE CALL'S
A DEAD END.

THEY USED A PREPAID CARD
ON A PAYPHONE

AT THE PUBLIC LIBRARY
IN MIDTOWN.

SO MAYBE THE LIBRARY
HAS SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS.

NOT A CHANCE.

LIBRARIANS TOOK ON
BIG BROTHER

SO HE WOULDN'T BE ABLE
TO MONITOR

WHAT YOU AND I
ARE READING.

TRACE THE GUY
WHO BOUGHT THE AIR TIME.

TARU TRIED.

THE CARD WAS ONE OF A BATCH
SOLD AT THE VALU-MART UPTOWN.

THEY CAN'T TELL WHO BOUGHT
THE INDIVIDUAL CARD.

HE'S EITHER REALLY LUCKY
OR DAMN GOOD.

OH, MY MONEY'S ON GOOD.

HE'S ALL OVER THE WEB.
CHECK OUT THIS.

"UN-HAPPIBURGER.

SHARE YOUR HORROR STORY HERE."

ALL THE POSTINGS ARE
FROM EX-EMPLOYEES.

IT'S THE REVENGE
OF THE CORPORATE WAGE SLAVES.

LOOK AT THIS.

"BEWARE OF THE HAPPIHOAXER."

HE INSTRUCTS HAPPIBURGER
EMPLOYEES

TO PERFORM CRIMINAL ACTS

UNDER THE GUISE
OF A POLICE OFFICER.

HE'S HIT FAST FOOD CHAINS
ALL OVER THE COUNTRY.

A LOT OF 'EM HERE IN NEW YORK.

WHY HAVEN'T WE HEARD
OF THIS GUY?

I BUILT A DATABASE
OF EVERY HOAX.

YOUR GUY'S GOT
SOME PREDICTABLE ROUTINES.

YEAH, EVERY CALL
CAME IN

ON A WEEKDAY MORNING

BETWEEN 10:00 AND 11:30.

(Stabler)
AFTER THE BREAKFAST RUSH,
BEFORE LUNCH.

MANAGERS WOULD BE LESS LIKELY
TO BLOW HIM OFF

WHEN THEY WEREN'T BUSY.

DID YOU DUMP THE PHONES?

YEAH, HE USES A PAYPHONE

AND A FRESH PREPAID
CALLING CARD EVERY TIME.

BUT FIN SAYS

YOU CAN'T TRACK
THE PHONE CARDS

BACK TO THE PURCHASER.

NO, BUT HE BOUGHT 'EM ALL
AT THE SAME VALU-MART.

EACH CARD HAS TO BE ACTIVATED
BY A CASHIER AFTER IT'S SOLD.

AND ACTIVATION IS LOGGED
BY THE COMPUTER.

SO WE KNOW WHEN OUR GUY
WAS IN THE STORE.

AND VALU-MARTS HAVE SECURITY
CAMERAS OVER THE DOORS.

I TOOK THE TAPES,
RAN 'EM THROUGH

FACIAL RECOGNITION SOFTWARE
LOOKING FOR THE SAME GUY.

YOU FIND HIM?
YEP.

THE LAST SIX
TRANSACTIONS.

CAN YOU CROSS-REVERENCE WITH
A CREDIT CARD TO GET A NAME?

I TRIED.
HE MUST'VE PAID CASH.

(Stabler)
OKAY, FREEZE IT.

ZOOM IN ON THAT THING
AROUND HIS NECK.

I'LL ENHANCE IT.

(Benson)
THE LAST THREE LETTERS
OF HIS NAME ARE "O-O-K."

COULD BE "COOK."

AT LEAST WE GOT
A COMPANY LOGO.

"AERODAX LABS."

(man)
WE HAVE SEVERAL HUNDRED
EMPLOYEES, DETECTIVE.

WE'RE ONLY LOOKING
FOR ONE.

MERRITT ROOK?

I CAN'T BELIEVE HE'S
DONE ANYTHING

TO WARRANT
POLICE ATTENTION.

WELL, WHAT CAN YOU TELL US
ABOUT HIM?

WELL, HE'S
A AUDIO ENGINEER.

HE WORKS
IN THE AEROSPACE DIVISION.

HE'S IN THE LAB.

DR. CHANG, WHERE'S MERRITT?

OUT SICK.

YESTERDAY TOO.

AND WE
REALLY NEED HIM HERE

TO RUN
THE HIGH-FREQUENCY TESTS.

WELL, WE CAN MAKE
A HOUSE CALL.

WE'LL EVEN BRING HIM
CHICKEN SOUP.

MERRITT ROOK.

HOW CAN I HELP YOU?

YOU DON'T LOOK SICK.

WHEN IS IT A CRIME
TO PLAY HOOKY, DETECTIVE?

CUFF ME NOW.
GUILTY.

WE'LL GET TO THAT
SOON ENOUGH.

MAY WE COME IN?

OH, CERTAINLY.

HAVE I DONE SOMETHING WRONG?

YOU TELL ME...

DETECTIVE MILGRAM.

DETECTIVE MILGRAM?

I THINK YOU HAVE ME CONFUSED
WITH SOMEONE ELSE.

NO, WE DON'T.

YOU'RE THE GUY WHO BUYS
ALL THOSE PHONE CARDS

FROM VALU-MART.

YES, I DO.

BUT I GIVE THEM
TO THE HOMELESS

SO THEY CAN CALL
THEIR FAMILIES.

I KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE
TO BE ALONE.

DID YOU USE
ONE OF THOSE CARDS

AT THE MIDTOWN LIBRARY
YESTERDAY?

NO.
[nervous chuckle]

I WAS OUT OF TOWN.
WHERE?

TROUT FISHING
IN THE ESOPUS RIVER.

SEASON BEGINS
APRIL 1ST,

BUT WE'VE BEEN WORKING
EVERY WEEKEND,

SO I TOOK
A LITTLE LEAVE OF ABSENCE--

UNAUTHORIZED.

YESTERDAY AND TODAY
I WAS GONE, BUT I'M BACK.

PLEASE DON'T TELL MY BOSS.

CAN ANYBODY VERIFY
YOUR WHEREABOUTS?

WOW, IF I NEED AN ALIBI,
THIS MUST BE SERIOUS.

I, UH...

FISHING LICENSE.

HOTEL BILL.

[clears throat]

DO YOU HAVE ANY
CREDIT CARD RECEIPTS?
NO.

I NEVER USE CREDIT CARDS.

CREDIT CARD COMPANIES
GOUGE THE WORKING MAN

WITH THEIR INTEREST RATES.

I ATE EVERY MEAL
AT THE DAFFODIL.

MARGARETVILLE.

JUST HAPPENED
TO HAVE THIS HANDY, HUH?

THERE WAS A WAITRESS THERE
WHO WAS KIND OF SWEET ON ME.

SHE WROTE HER NUMBER
ON THE BACK.

[woman on speaker phone]
WELL, SURE, HON,
I REMEMBER HIM.

REAL CUTE, EVEN IN
THAT SILLY FISHING HAT

AND WADERS.

AND HE WAS DEFINITELY THERE
ON MONDAY?

BREAKFAST, LUNCH,
AND DINNER.

AND I DON'T THINK HE CAME JUST
FOR THE BLUE PLATE SPECIAL,

IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN.

YEAH. THANKS.
[hangs up phone]

WELL, THE ALIBI
CHECKS OUT SO FAR.

FISH AND WILDLIFE
GAVE HIM THE LICENSE

ON MONDAY MORNING.
SO WHAT ABOUT THE HOTEL?

THEY'RE NEXT.

(man on speakerphone)
MARGARETVILLE LODGE.
HOW CAN I HELP YOU?

THIS IS DETECTIVE MUNCH
OF THE NYPD.

I'D LIKE TO CONFIRM
IF A MERRITT ROOK

STAYED THERE
ON MONDAY NIGHT.

CERTAINLY.
PLEASE HOLD.

[man's recorded voice]
YOUR CALL IS IMPORTANT TO US.

PLEASE STAY ON THE LINE.

ONE OF OUR REPRESENTATIVES
WILL BE WITH YOU SHORTLY.

WHERE ARE WE?

NOWHERE.

THE GUY WE LIKE WAS FISHING
IN THE CATSKILLS.

FOR WHAT?

TROUT.
COULDN'T BE.

A BUDDY OF MINE
JUST WENT UP THERE.

COULDN'T GET A PERMIT.

EPA PUT A BAN ON ANGLING

AFTER THEY FOUND CHEMICAL RUNOFF
IN THE RIVERS.

[man on speakerphone]
THANKS FOR HOLDING.

MR. ROOK STAYED WITH US
ON SUNDAY AND MONDAY NIGHTS.

YEAH, THANKS.
[whispering]

LISTEN, I WAS THINKING OF GOING
ON A FISHING TRIP MYSELF.

HOW ARE THE TROUT
UP THERE?

THEY'RE BITING UP A STORM.

[whispering]
WE'RE IN POSITION.

[telephone ringing]

SHOULD BE RINGING.

[telephone ringing]

(Rook)
MARGARETVILLE LODGE.
HOW CAN I HELP YOU?

PLEASE HOLD.

IT'S STUPID, DETECTIVES,

TO THINK THAT I CAN
GET AWAY WITH LYING TO YOU

ABOUT THE FISHING TRIP.

THEN WHY'D YOU DO IT?

WELL, DR. CHANG CALLED ME
AND TOLD ME

THAT YOU'D BEEN BY THE LAB
TO SEE ME.

SHE KNEW
THAT I'D CALLED IN SICK.

AND I DIDN'T WANT HER
TO KNOW THE TRUTH.

WHICH IS?

I'M ASHAMED TO ADMIT IT.

I WAS WITH A PROSTITUTE.

YOUR HOOKER HAVE A NAME?

I DIDN'T WANT TO KNOW IT.

MY WIFE DIED
THREE YEARS AGO.

I MISS HER TERRIBLY.

SOMETIMES WHEN THE PAIN
GETS REALLY BAD,

I GO OUT AND LOOK FOR SOMEONE
WHO LOOKS LIKE JULIET,

AND I BRING HER HOME.

YOU SCREW WHORES
IN YOUR DEAD WIFE'S BED.

WE DON'T HAVE SEX.

WE JUST SLEEP.

IT'S SO COMFORTING TO HAVE
A WARM, SOFT BODY

LAYING NEXT TO ME.

AND IF I CLOSE MY EYES,

FOR A LITTLE WHILE
IT'S LIKE JULIET'S BACK.

SO THE FAKE RECEIPTS,
THE BUSINESS CARDS,

THAT LITTLE FUNNY VOICE
THAT YOU DO--

THIS IS ALL TO MAKE SURE
THAT YOU WON'T GET CAUGHT

PLAYING HOUSE?

WELL, WHEN YOU SAY IT
LIKE THAT,

IT SOUNDS A LITTLE EXCESSIVE.

(Stabler)
I'M NOT BUYING YOUR SOB STORY.

I THINK YOU GET YOUR JOLLIES
CALLING THE HAPPIBURGERS

POSING AS A COP
AND GETTING INNOCENT GUYS

TO MOLEST YOUNG GIRLS.

HAPPIBURGER?
MM.

THE FAST FOOD PLACE?

DON'T TELL ME, YOU'VE NEVER EVEN
EATEN THERE IN YOUR LIFE, HUH?

NO.
NOT IN 20 YEARS.

I'M A LOCALVORE.

WHAT THE HELL'S THAT?

IT MEANS I ONLY BUY
ORGANIC, SEASONAL FOODS

GROWN BY LOCAL FARMERS.

AGRIBUSINESS WANTS US TO BUY

SHRINK-WRAPPED,
PRE-RIPENED TOMATOES

FLOWN IN FROM CHILE
IN JANUARY.

I WAIT AND GET
MY JERSEY TOMATOES RIPE

IN JULY.

YOU MUST HATE
CHAIN RESTAURANTS.

DON'T YOU?

I MEAN,
ALL THE PROCESSED FOODS

AND CHEMICAL ADDITIVES,

AND THE INSIDIOUS
ADVERTISING

AIMED AT TODDLERS.

BUT OBVIOUSLY
YOU DIDN'T INVITE ME HERE

TO TALK ABOUT THE GEOPOLITICS
OF FOOD, DID YOU?

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

WE CAN HOLD HIM
ON OBSTRUCTION FOR LYING.

BUT IT'S GONNA LOOK
LIKE SOUR GRAPES

UNLESS WE CAN LINK HIM
TO THE HOAXES.

WE COULD TRY A VOICE I.D.
WITH THE HAPPIBURGER MANAGER.

HE FOOLED MUNCH
WITH HIS CAST OF CHARACTERS.

DO YOU REALLY THINK
MERRITT ROOK

SOUNDS ANYTHING
LIKE DETECTIVE MILGRAM?

WHAT I NEED IS PROOF
THAT HE MADE THOSE CALLS.

I MUST BE
YOUR FAIRY GODMOTHER.

WHAT'D YOU FIND?

BANK SURVEILLANCE CAMERA
CAUGHT A GUY

GOING
INTO THE PUBLIC LIBRARY

RIGHT BEFORE THE CALL
TO HAPPIBURGER.

MORALES CLEANED IT UP.

IT'S NOT A GLAMOUR SHOT,
BUT IT'S A DECENT LIKENESS.

LOCK HIM UP.

THE PEOPLE VERSUS MERRITT ROOK.

ONE COUNT CONSPIRACY
TO COMMIT SEXUAL ABUSE

IN THE FIRST DEGREE.

WHERE'S THE DEFENSE COUNSEL?

I DON'T HAVE A LAWYER,
YOUR HONOR.

I'D LIKE TO REPRESENT MYSELF.

(judge)
YOU KNOW THE OLD ADAGE?

(Rook)
YES, THAT A MAN
THAT REPRESENTS HIMSELF

HAS A FOOL FOR A CLIENT--
I DO.

BUT I DON'T MAKE ENOUGH MONEY
TO AFFORD A PRIVATE ATTORNEY,

AND I MAKE TOO MUCH MONEY
TO HAVE A PUBLIC DEFENDER.

SO THAT'S HOW I FIND MYSELF.

THE COURT CAN FIND YOU
A LAWYER.

OH, SOME COURT-APPOINTED HACK.

A MOUTHPIECE WHO WILL SLEEPWALK
THROUGH A TRIAL

OF A CLIENT WHO
WON'T MAKE HIM RICH,

OR HE WON'T HAVE
THE BOOK RIGHTS FOR?

NO, THANK YOU.
THANK YOU.

(Judge Petrovsky)
MS. NOVAK.

IF MR. ROOK
WANTS TO ADD LAWYER

TO HIS REPERTOIRE
OF IMPERSONATIONS,

THE PEOPLE HAVE NO OBJECTION.

MERCI.

DEFENDANT WILL PROCEED
PRO SE.

BAIL.

$250,000.

OKAY.

YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO MAKE
AN ARGUMENT, MR. ROOK.

WHY, YOUR HONOR?
IT SOUNDS REASONABLE.

I THOUGHT YOU WERE BROKE.

I CAN PUT MY APARTMENT UP
AS BOND.

IT'S WORTH FAR MORE
THAN THAT.

(judge)
FINE. ADJOURNED.
[bangs gavel]

I'M REALLY LOOKING FORWARD
TO WORKING WITH YOU, CASEY.

YEAH, SHOULD BE FUN.

WILL YOU EXCUSE ME?
I HAVE TO GO POST MY BAIL.

(Rook)
DETECTIVE STABLER,

DO YOU HAVE ANY DOUBTS
THAT I'M GUILTY?

NO.

AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU
TO MAKE THIS ASSERTION?

I'VE BEEN A DETECTIVE
FOR 16 YEARS.

HAVE YOU EVER HEARD
OF ANYONE

STRIP-SEARCHING AND FONDLING
A YOUNG WOMAN

ALL BECAUSE A VOICE ON THE PHONE
TOLD HIM TO DO SO?

NOTHING SURPRISES ME
WHEN IT COMES TO

WHAT A DEPRAVED MIND
CAN DREAM UP.

ISN'T IT A MORE PROBABLE
EXPLANATION

THAT MR. LOMAX HAD THE HOTS
FOR THIS YOUNG EMPLOYEE?

SO HE DREAMED UP THIS STORY
OF A COP ON THE PHONE

TO BASICALLY JUSTIFY
HIM ACTING OUT

HIS OWN SEXUAL FANTASIES?

IS THAT POSSIBLE?

(Stabler)
WE HAVE RECORDS PROVING
A CALL WAS MADE

TO THE HAPPIBURGER
AT THAT TIME

FROM A PHONE CARD
YOU PURCHASED.

WHICH I TOLD YOU I GIVE OUT
TO THE HOMELESS.

AND ISN'T IT A KNOWN FACT
THAT THE HOMELESS

HANG OUT AT THE LIBRARY?

AND GIVEN THE MENTAL STABILITY
OF MANY OF THE HOMELESS,

COULDN'T IT HAVE BEEN ONE
OF THEM THAT MADE THIS CALL?

WE HAVE YOU ON VIDEOTAPE
ENTERING THE LIBRARY

TO MAKE THAT CALL.

ARE YOU SURE?

(Rook)
LIEUTENANT MORALES,
HOW DO YOU ENHANCE THIS IMAGE

FROM THE ORIGINAL
SURVEILLANCE TAPE?

I RAN THE PHOTO THROUGH A NUMBER
OF COMPUTER MATRICES

DESIGNED TO BOOST CONTRAST,
ELIMINATE SHADOW,

AND HEIGHTEN RESOLUTION
OF THE ORIGINAL IMAGE.

SO YOU MANIPULATED
THE ORIGINAL IMAGE.

YES, SCIENTIFICALLY.

SO...

THIS IS THE ORIGINAL IMAGE
YOU MANIPULATED?

YES.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN
OF THE JURY,

I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU,

BUT I CAN BARELY MAKE OUT
WHO THAT IS

UNDER THAT BASEBALL CAP.

I DON'T KNOW...

IT COULD BE ME,

OR IT COULD BE
JUROR NUMBER FOUR.

IT'S NOT ME.

ME EITHER.

LIEUTENANT MORALES,

HOW DO THE COMPUTER MATRICES
THAT ENHANCE A FACE WORK?

THE COMPUTER USES AN ALGORITHM
OF THE PHYSIOLOGY

OF THE HUMAN FACE,
AND MAKES CHOICES.

BY CHOICES
YOU MEAN GUESSES?

EDUCATED GUESSES.
RIGHT.

SO I DON'T CARE HOW SMART
YOUR COMPUTER IS,

A GUESS IS NOT THE TRUTH.

I MEAN, A GUESS
COULD BE YOU

OR YOU...OR YOU.

OR YOU.
OR YOU.

I HEARD WHAT HAPPENED
IN COURT TODAY.

YOU KNOW, IT'S SHOCKING TO THINK
HOW GOOD MERRITT ROOK WOULD BE

IF HE HAD A LAW DEGREE.

I UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE RAPE,
WHY THEY KILL.

BUT I DON'T HAVE A CLUE WHY
MERRITT ROOK PLAYS THESE GAMES.

HE'S MANIPULATIVE.

HE GETS OFF ON MAKING PEOPLE
DO THINGS THEY DON'T WANT TO DO.

I WENT TO GRADE SCHOOL
WITH THIS KID, DOUG PAPILLION.

HE USED TO MAKE OTHER KIDS
EAT RABBIT TURDS

BY TELLING THEM
THEY WERE RAISINS.

DID HE EVER FOOL YOU?

NO.

WHY NOT?

BECAUSE I WOULD NEVER
PUT SOMETHING IN MY MOUTH

JUST BECAUSE DOUGIE
TOLD ME TO.

THE KID WAS A SADIST.

AND WHERE'S
DOUG PAPILLION NOW?

LAST I HEARD HE WAS SELLING
USED CARS IN TOLEDO.

STILL SCAMMING PEOPLE.

SOUNDS LIKE HE HASN'T CHANGED.

DIG INTO MERRITT ROOK'S
CHILDHOOD.

YOU MIGHT FIND AN EXPLANATION
FOR HIS PATHOLOGY.

I'M A SCIENTIST.

I SPEND MY DAYS IN A LAB
SOLVING PROBLEMS.

CREATING NEW TECHNOLOGY.

IMPROVING OUR LIVES.

BUT I HAVE NEVER BEEN
IN TROUBLE WITH THE LAW

IN MY LIFE.

I HATE WHAT HAPPENED
TO THAT YOUNG GIRL

IN HAPPIBURGER.

IT'S DEPLORABLE.

AND LIKE YOU, I'M OUTRAGED,

AND I WANT THE PERPETRATOR
BROUGHT TO JUSTICE.

BUT IT WASN'T ME.

THANK YOU, YOUR HONOR.
THAT'S ALL I HAVE.

(Judge Petrovsky)
MS. NOVAK?

YOU'VE NEVER BEEN IN TROUBLE
WITH THE LAW?

NO.

I WANT YOU TO THINK CAREFULLY

BECAUSE YOU ARE UNDER OATH.

MAYBE AN OVERDUE
PARKING TICKET, BUT...

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN ARRESTED
BEFORE THIS CASE?

NEVER.

SO EXPLAIN THIS ARTICLE TO ME
FROM THE HARTFORD TRIBUNE.

MERRITT ROOK, AGE 13, ARRESTED
FOR MALICIOUS MISCHIEF,

TRESPASSING,

BURGLARY, AND ARSON.

IT SAYS YOU BURNED DOWN
A HOUSE.

I OBJECT, YOUR HONOR.
I WAS A MINOR.

THAT WAS EXPUNGED
FROM MY RECORD.

YOU CANNOT EXPUNGE
A NEWSPAPER

OR THEIR INTERNET ARCHIVES.

THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO
WITH THIS TRIAL.

MALICIOUS MISCHIEF.

I'D SAY IT HAS EVERYTHING
TO DO WITH THIS CASE.

I'LL ALLOW IT.

SO, MR. ROOK,

YOU JUST LIED TO THIS JURY
WHEN YOU SAID

YOU'D NEVER BEEN IN TROUBLE
WITH THE LAW.

WELL, I CAN EXPLAIN.

OH, I'M SURE YOU CAN.

WHERE I GREW UP,

THERE WAS
THIS ABANDONED HOUSE.

THE OLDER BOYS USED IT
TO GET DRUNK AND DO DRUGS.

THEY ALSO RAPED
A LITTLE GIRL THERE.

SHE WAS 11.

SO I BROKE IN.

I SET THEIR CLUBHOUSE
ON FIRE

HOPING THAT NO MORE
LITTLE CHILDREN WOULD GET HURT.

IF THEY WERE COMMITTING RAPE,
WHY DIDN'T YOU GO TO THE POLICE?

I DID, BUT THEY
DIDN'T BELIEVE ME.

WHY AM I NOT SURPRISED?

MAYBE BECAUSE THE SON
OF THE POLICE CHIEF

WAS THE RINGLEADER.

YOU KNOW,
YOU CAN CHECK.

AND YOU'LL FIND OUT
THAT HE'S SERVING A PRISON TERM

FOR RAPING THREE WOMEN.

I HAD TO STOP THEM.
I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT ELSE TO DO.

(Rook)
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN
OF THE JURY,

WHAT EVIDENCE DOES MS. NOVAK
HAVE AGAINST ME?

A DOCTORED PHOTOGRAPH,

AND A PHONE CARD THAT I BOUGHT
AND GAVE AWAY

AS AN ACT OF CHARITY.

THAT'S IT.

NOW, I DON'T BLAME
DETECTIVES BENSON AND STABLER

FOR ARRESTING ME,
OR MS. NOVAK

FOR PUTTING ME ON TRIAL.

THEY'RE JUST FOLLOWING ORDERS.

LIKE SHEEP FOLLOWING
A SHEPHERD.

BUT WE'RE ALL IN DANGER

OF BEING SHEEP.

BLINDLY FOLLOWING THE HERD,

NEVER QUESTIONING AUTHORITY.

IT WAS THE GREAT AMERICAN POET
WENDELL BARRY

WHO SAID IT BEST WHEN
HE WAS DESCRIBING THE PERILS

OF BOWING AT THE ALTAR
OF CONFORMITY.

YOUR MIND WILL BE PUNCHED
IN A CARD

AND PUT AWAY
IN A LITTLE DRAWER.

AND WHEN THEY WANT YOU
TO BUY SOMETHING,

THEY WILL CALL YOU.

WHEN THEY WANT YOU TO DIE
FOR PROFIT,

THEY WILL LET YOU KNOW.

SO, FRIENDS, EACH DAY
DO SOMETHING

THAT WON'T COMPUTE.

MS. NOVAK
WILL STAND UP HERE.

AND TELL YOU I'M GUILTY--
YOU MUST CONVICT ME.

DON'T BE A SHEEP.

THINK FOR YOURSELVES.

FIND THE INNER COURAGE
TO ACT.

FIND ME NOT GUILTY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

THAT WAS ACTUALLY
A REALLY PRETTY SPEECH.

AND SOME OF YOU
ARE PROBABLY MOVED BY IT.

AND I'M NOT SURPRISED
BECAUSE MERRITT ROOK,

HE'S REALLY GOOD
AT CONVINCING PEOPLE

TO DO THINGS.

MERRITT ROOK BURNED DOWN A HOUSE
WHEN HE WAS KID,

AND HE CLAIMS
IT WAS TO PROTECT CHILDREN.

AND YET HE'S RESPONSIBLE

FOR THE MOLESTATION
AND TERRIBLE SUFFERING

OF A TEENAGE GIRL.

OUR EVIDENCE PROVES IT.

HE IMPERSONATED
A POLICE OFFICER.

AND RIGHT NOW SITTING IN COURT

HE'S IMPERSONATING
AN INNOCENT MAN.

YOU ARE SMART.

DON'T BE FOOLED.

MERRITT ROOK IS GUILTY.

(Judge)
HAS THE JURY REACHED
A VERDICT?

WE HAVE YOUR HONOR.

ON THE SOLE COUNT
OF THE INDICTMENT,

THE CONSPIRACY
TO COMMIT SEXUAL ABUSE,

HOW DO YOU FIND
THE DEFENDANT?

NOT GUILTY.

THANK YOU!
THANK YOU SO MUCH!

[bangs gavel]

QUIET, MR. ROOK.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN
OF THE JURY,

YOU ARE EXCUSED
WITH OUR THANKS.

GREAT JOB, CASEY.
GREAT JOB.

BACK OFF!

OH, SORRY.

MAY I LEAVE, YOUR HONOR?

YOU MAY.

IT'S BEEN FUN.

MERRITT ROOK'S QUICKLY BECOMING
A FOLK HERO

FOR HIS ANTI-AUTHORITARIAN
VIEWS.

HE JOINS US NOW FRESH OFF
HIS SUCCESSFUL SELF-DEFENSE...

GOOD MORNING.

WHERE THE HELL HAVE YOU BEEN?

I GOT UP
A LITTLE LATE.

I WAS UP ALL NIGHT
WITH THE BABY.

COLIC IS A BITCH.

YOU CATCH MORNING JOE?

NO.

WELL, THE CAPTAIN
RECORDED IT.

MERRITT ROOK'S ON.

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS.

HEY, THANKS A LOT
FOR BEING WITH US.

GREAT TO BE HERE,
JOE.

I'M GONNA START BY ASKING
THE OBVIOUS QUESTION:

WHAT'S WITH THE SHEEP?

YOU MEAN ELLIOT HERE?

YOU GOTTA ADMIT,
ELLIOT'S PRETTY DAMN CUTE.

OH, YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING ME.

(Joe)
ALSO I HAVE TO ADMIT

YOU'VE INSPIRED AN AWFUL LOT
OF PEOPLE

BY WHAT YOU DID IN COURT.

WELL, I BELIEVE WE SHOULD
STOP ACTING LIKE ELLIOT HERE

AND START QUESTIONING
AUTHORITY.

I BELIEVE THIS BUTTON
SAYS IT ALL.

NO SHEEP.
I LIKE IT.

SO LET ME ASK YOU,

WHAT'S NEXT FOR YOU,
YOUR SHEEP,

AND YOUR SOCIAL REVOLUTION?

WELL, MY SUPPORTERS
ARE PUTTING TOGETHER A RALLY.

(Joe)
LET ME GUESS.

STOP, STOP.

THIS GUY CAN'T STOP HIMSELF.

SO LET'S GO CRASH
HIS PARTY.

[whistle blows]

[man on megaphone]
LISTEN UP!
LISTEN UP!

WE ARE HERE TO CELEBRATE
THE UNEXPECTED.

(crowd)
YEAH!

WE REFUSE TO CONFORM.

(crowd)
YEAH!

WE EMBRACE CHAOS.

(crowd)
YEAH!

WE ARE NOT SHEEP!

(crowd)
NO!

[blows whistle]

PILLOWS?

YEAH!

IS EVERYBODY HAVING FUN?

(crowd)
YEAH!

WHO WANTS TO GO BACK
TO WORK?

(crowd)
NO!

ALL RIGHT, PLAY ON!

HA HA!

WE COULD ARREST MERRITT
FOR LITTERING.

(Novak)
YEAH, AND GIVE HIM
MORE ATTENTION?

COUPLE HUNDRED IDIOTS
WANT TO SPEND THEIR AFTERNOON

HAVING A PILLOW FIGHT,
LET 'EM.

[laughs]

[shouting and laughing]

YOU GOT MERRITT ALL WRONG.

YOU THINK HE'S INNOCENT.

NO, HE MADE THOSE CALLS,
BUT IT WAS NEVER ABOUT SEX.

WHAT WAS IT ABOUT THEN?

THE DANGER OF OBEDIENCE.

IF YOU DON'T QUESTION
AUTHORITY,

YOU LOSE YOUR HUMANITY.

SO TERRORIZING THOSE GIRLS
AT THE HAPPIBURGER

TO PUSH HIS AGENDA'S OKAY,
HUH?

I DON'T CONDONE
WHAT HE DID,

BUT I UNDERSTAND
WHERE HE'S COMING FROM.

I'M A CHILD OF THE '60S.

WE THOUGHT
THAT LSD AND FREE LOVE

WAS GONNA CHANGE THE WORLD.

I SPOKE TO MERRITT TODAY.

HE JUST WANTS
TO WAKE PEOPLE UP.

WITH PILLOW FIGHTS.

WELL WE HELPED END
THE VIETNAM WAR

WITH SIT-INS.

AND WHAT WAR EXACTLY
IS MERRITT FIGHTING HERE?

THE BATTLE AGAINST
FAST FOODS?

THAT'S NOTHING.

YOU SHOULD HEAR HIS TIRADE
AGAINST MANAGED CARE.

SO HE HAS A PROBLEM
WITH HIS HMO.

WHO DOESN'T?

OLIVIA, HIS WIFE DIED
IN CHILDBIRTH.

AND THE BABY TOO.

WAS IT MEDICAL MALPRACTICE?

(Munch)
WELL, MERRITT THINKS SO.

THEN WHY DIDN'T HE SUE?

I CHECKED DURING HIS TRIAL.

HE'S NEVER FILED
ANY LAWSUITS.

A GUY WHO DOESN'T THINK TWICE

ABOUT MAKING PEOPLE SUFFER

IS GONNA LET THE DOCTOR
WHO KILLED HIS FAMILY

OFF THE HOOK?

NO WAY.

DR. SLIFKIN?
OH...HE'S DEAD.

WHEN?

COUPLE YEARS AGO.

HOW DID HE DIE?

FREAKY CAR ACCIDENT.

T-BONED A SEMI.

TRAILER TOOK OFF THE ROOF
AND THE DOC'S HEAD.

I THINK HE HAD ONE TOO MANY.

BUT THE OFFICIAL WORD
WAS BRAKE FAILURE.

COME ON OVER HERE.

DO YOU REMEMBER ONE
OF HIS PATIENTS,

A JULIET ROOK?

OH, THAT WAS SO SAD.

WHAT HAPPENED?

18 HOURS OF HEAVY LABOR

AND THE HUSBAND INSISTED
ON A C-SECTION.

BUT DOCTOR SLIFKIN THOUGHT
HE KNEW BETTER

THAN A FIRST-TIME DAD.

SO HE BLEW MR. ROOK OFF.

YEAH.

AND THEN THINGS WENT BAD.

JULIET HAD
A PLACENTAL ABRUPTION

AND DR. SLIFKIN MISSED IT.

SHE BLED OUT
AND THE BABY TOO.

PRETTY BIG MISTAKE.

YEAH, IT WAS HORRIBLE.

MR. ROOK LOST IT.

SAID HE'D KILL DR. SLIFKIN.

[beeper beeps]

WE HAD TO CALL SECURITY
TO ESCORT HIM OUT.

I GOTTA RUN.
PREMATURE LABOR ON THE WAY.

NOW I KNOW WHY MERRITT
HATES AUTHORITY.

DO YOU BUY THAT DR. SLIFKIN'S
CAR HAD BRAKE FAILURE?

MERRITT'S AN ENGINEER.

HE'D KNOW HOW TO SABOTAGE IT.

UNLESS THE DOCTOR
WAS JUST DRUNK.

CRASH INTO A SEMI?

THERE'D HAVE TO BE
AN INVESTIGATION.

I REVIEWED THE AUTOPSY.

DR. SLIFKIN'S B.A.C.
WAS .04.

THAT'S TIPSY,
BUT NOT OVER THE LIMIT.

BUT HIS LIVER WAS CIRRHOTIC.

YOUR DOC WAS AN ALCOHOLIC.

SO A DRINK OR TWO
WOULDN'T HAVE IMPAIRED HIM MUCH.

SO WHAT ABOUT THE CAR?
ANY SIGN OF TAMPERING?

NOTHING.

THE INVESTIGATION
WAS PRETTY THOROUGH.

EVEN RECONSTRUCTED
THE CRASH.

DR. SLIFKIN'S CAR APPROACHED
THE INTERSECTION

AT 30 MILES AN HOUR.

HE ACCELERATED TO 60

AND BLEW THROUGH
THE STOP SIGN

JUST AS THE SEMI ENTERED
THE INTERSECTION.

MAYBE HE SAW THE TRUCK COMING

AND THOUGHT HE COULD BEAT IT.

THAT'S WHAT
THE POLICE THOUGHT.

RULED IT ACCIDENTAL.
CLOSED THE CASE.

BUT I SEE A LOT
OF SUSPICIOUS MVAs LIKE THIS

SO I CHECKED WITH THE DOCTOR'S
INSURANCE COMPANY.

THEY NEVER PAID OUT.

WHAT WAS THE REASON?

SUICIDE.

HE LEFT A NOTE FOR HIS WIFE

SAYING HE WAS KILLING HIMSELF
TO SPARE HER.

LISTEN TO THIS:

"DETECTIVE MILGRAM
WON'T STOP CALLING ME.

"HE SAYS I'M GOING TO PRISON
FOR MURDER.

"I NEVER MEANT TO HARM
THAT WOMAN AND HER BABY.

GOD FORGIVE ME."

MERRITT PUSHED SLIFKIN
TO SUICIDE.

JUSTICE FOR KILLING
HIS WIFE AND BABY.

WE DUMP THE DOCS PHONES.

WE TIE THE CALLS TO MERRITT.

THAT PLUS A SUICIDE NOTE--
WE GOT HIM.

LET'S GO PICK HIM UP.

OH, HE WON'T BE AT HOME.

I'M ON HIS WEBSITE.

(Benson)
"JOIN US TONIGHT AT 10:00
AT GRAND CENTRAL

FOR THE MOST FUN YET."

9:12. IF WE HURRY,
WE CAN MAKE IT.

(Stabler)
DOESN'T LOOK LIKE ANYONE'S
BEING DISOBEDIENT TONIGHT.

SEE MERRITT?

THERE'S NO SIGN OF HIM.

YOU TAKE THE EAST SIDE.
I'LL GO WEST.

YEP.

[man over megaphone]
NO SHEEP!

NO SHEEP!

[blows whistle]

ELLIOT,

MEET ME AT THE WEST STAIRCASE.

GOT IT.

MERRITT ROOK,
YOU'RE UNDER ARREST

FOR THE MURDER
OF DR. FRANCIS SLIFKIN.

ONLY THIS TIME,
YOU'RE NOT WALKING AWAY.

I WAS A SHEEP.

I LET HIM SLAUGHTER
MY WIFE.

THAT DOESN'T GIVE YOU THE RIGHT
TO DESTROY HIS LIFE.

[whistle blows]

POLICE!
GET OUT OF THE WAY!

(man)
POLICE! SEARCH WARRANT!

CLEAR!

CLEAR.

PLACE IS CLEAR.

NO SIGN OF ROOK
OR YOUR DETECTIVE.

ALL RIGHT, WHERE THE HELL
DID HE TAKE HER?

GOT THESE PHOTOS
OFF THE SECURITY CAMERAS

AT GRAND CENTRAL.

SHE'S NOT RESISTING.

WHY NOT JUST
TAKE HIM DOWN?

CHECK OUT THE NEXT ONE.

SHE DUMPED HER GUN
AND CELL PHONE.

FIN'S GOT THEM.

MEET HIM AT TARU.

HAVE HIM GO THROUGH
OLIVIA'S CELL PHONE

IN CASE THERE'S SOMETHING
ON IT.

OLIVIA DISARMED HERSELF

AND WENT WITH THIS FRUITCAKE.

HE MUST'VE HAD A GUN
ON HER.

SHE DIDN'T WANT TO RISK MERRITT
SHOOTING CIVILIANS.

MERRITT HAVE A SECOND HOME,

SOME PLACE HE COULD TAKE HER?

THIS PLACE IS IT.

WELL, WHAT ABOUT FRIENDS,
FAMILY?

THE GUY'S A LONER.

HE JUST KEEPS TO HIMSELF
SINCE HIS WIFE DIED.

HE CLOSE WITH ANYONE
AT WORK?

(Stabler)
DR. CHANG.

HE WAS WORRIED
SHE'D FIND OUT

HE WAS WITH A HOOKER.

WHY WOULD SHE CARE?

WE BOTH LIKED TO WORK LATE

WHEN NO ONE'S AROUND
TO BUG US.

HAVE YOU TWO EVER GONE OUT
ON A DATE?

A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO.

ONE DATE.

HE TOOK ME TO A JAZZ CLUB

WHERE SOME FRIEND
WAS PLAYING PIANO.

HALFWAY THROUGH THE NIGHT
HE PLAYED LUSH LIFE

AND MERRITT STARTED SOBBING.

WHY?

HE DIDN'T SAY.

HE JUST RAN OUT THE CLUB

AND LEFT ME THERE ALONE.

HIS FRIEND CAME UP
AFTER THE SET

AND APOLOGIZED.

SAID HE'D FORGOT
HE RECORDED THE SONG

WITH MERRITT'S WIFE.

JULIET WAS A SINGER?

YEAH.

THEY MET WHEN HE PRODUCED
ONE OF HER ALBUMS.

HOW DID HE GET
FROM THE MUSIC BUSINESS

INTO AEROSPACE?

HE QUIT AFTER HIS WIFE DIED

AND HE CAME TO WORK AT AERODAX.

AUDIO ENGINEERING'S
PRETTY MUCH THE SAME

WHEREVER YOU DO IT.

DO YOU KNOW WHERE
HE USED TO WORK?

TONE DOWN RECORDS
IN BROOKLYN.

WOW, THAT'S VERY IMPRESSIVE.

I DIDN'T THINK YOU'D
MAKE IT HERE SO QUICK.

WHERE IS SHE?

I'M UNARMED.

PUT YOUR HANDS ON YOUR HEAD.

YES, SIR.
STAND UP.

OVER THERE.
GET OVER THERE.

THE GUN IS VERY PERSUASIVE.

RIGHT, DON'T MOVE.

ALL RIGHT,
WHERE'S MY PARTNER?

WOULDN'T YOU LIKE TO KNOW.

NO MORE GAMES.

OR WHAT?
YOU'RE GONNA SHOOT ME?

THEN I DON'T THINK
YOU'LL EVER FIND HER.

THAT'S BETTER.

SHE'S IN THERE.

LET ME SHOW YOU.

LIV!

(Rook)
SHE CAN'T HEAR YOU.

SOUND PROOF.

ALSO IT HAS ONE-WAY GLASS.
SHE CAN'T SEE YOU.

AND THAT DOOR IS WIRED

WITH AN EXPLOSIVE DEVICE,
SO IF YOU OPEN IT

IT'LL BLOW US ALL TO HELL.

GO AHEAD
IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE ME.

OR I COULD USE
THE DETONATOR.

ALL RIGHT,
WHAT DO YOU WANT?

WHAT DO YOU WANT?

CONDUCT A LITTLE EXPERIMENT,

SEE HOW FAR YOU'LL GO
TO SAVE YOUR PARTNER.

LIV, ELLIOT'S HERE.

[on speaker]
DO AS HE SAYS, EL.

LIV, YOU ALL RIGHT?

ELLIOT, PLEASE JUST DO
WHAT HE SAYS.

LIV--
SHUT UP!

I'M IN CHARGE NOW.

SO SIT DOWN AND LISTEN.

SIT DOWN!

THESE ARE THE PARAMETERS
OF THE EXPERIMENT.

OLIVIA'S SITTING
IN A CHAIR.

AS YOU CAN SEE,
IT'S WIRED FOR ELECTRICITY,

250 VOLTS TO BE SPECIFIC,

DELIVERED BY THIS DEVICE.

OLD SPARKY COULD GIVE OUT

2,450 VOLTS TO FRY
A CONVICT,

SO THIS WON'T KILL HER,

BUT IT'LL HURT.

THE MILGRAM EXPERIMENT.

YOU'VE DONE YOUR HOMEWORK.

EXCEPT THIS TIME...

THE SHOCK'S FOR REAL.

[Benson screams]

NOW PRESS THE BUTTON.

I WON'T DO IT.

THEN I WILL.

[Benson screams]

STOP!

[Benson stops screaming]

THAT WAS TWO SECONDS.

IF YOU REFUSE AGAIN,

IT GOES UP TO FOUR SECONDS.

AND I DOUBLE
THE VOLTAGE.

WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS?

TO TEACH YOU A LITTLE LESSON
ABOUT POWER AND AUTHORITY.

YOU COPS WITH YOUR GUNS
AND YOUR BADGES.

YOU THINK YOU CAN DO ANYTHING
YOU WANT.

YOU THINK YOU OWN
THE STREETS.

I DON'T ABUSE MY AUTHORITY.

OH, EVERY COP ABUSES
HIS AUTHORITY!

LIKE THE ONES
WHO DIDN'T BELIEVE YOU

WHEN YOU WERE A KID.

OH, YEAH!

YEAH, I WAS TOO SCARED
TO STAND UP TO THEM.

YOU SCARED OF DR. SLIFKIN TOO?

NO.

THIS ISN'T ABOUT AUTHORITY.

IT'S NOT ABOUT OBEDIENCE
OR SHEEP.

YOU JUST WANT ME TO SUFFER
THE WAY YOU'VE SUFFERED.

YOU HAVE NO IDEA
WHAT I'VE SUFFERED!

I HAVE NO IDEA
WHAT YOU'VE BEEN THROUGH.

TO LOSE YOUR FAMILY.

I DIDN'T LOSE THEM.

THEY WERE TAKEN FROM ME.

I KNEW SOMETHING WAS WRONG
WITH JULIET.

I TOLD HIM
WE GOTTA GET THE BABY OUT.

AND HE SAID EVERYTHING'S
GONNA BE OKAY.

YEAH.

HE WAS
THE WELL-RESPECTED DOCTOR.

WHO AM I TO CHALLENGE
HIS AUTHORITY?

SO I DIDN'T.

I CAVED IN, YOU KNOW?

[breaking up]
AND I SAT THERE...

AND I HELD MY WIFE'S HAND,

AND I WATCHED HER BLEED
TO DEATH.

I PUT MY FAITH IN A LITTLE GUY
IN A WHITE COAT!

AND HE KILLED MY WIFE AND SON!

PUSH THE BUTTON!

NO.

[Benson screams]

PUSH THE BUTTON!

I CAN'T DO IT.

NO?

WHY?

TOO MANY PEOPLE
HAVE SUFFERED ALREADY.

THEN YOU, ELLIOT STABLER,
ARE A HUMAN BEING.

CONGRATULATIONS.

YOU'RE NOT A SHEEP
LIKE I WAS.

YOU'RE...A MAN.

THANK YOU.

DON'T WORRY
ABOUT YOUR PARTNER.

[screaming]

THE SCREAMS ARE PRERECORDED.

AND THIS IS JUST
A GARAGE DOOR OPENER, ELLIOT.

THE DOOR'S NOT WIRED.

HE SAID THAT HE HAD A BOMB

AND IF I DIDN'T GO WITH HIM

HE WOULD DETONATE IT
IN GRAND CENTRAL.

IT WAS ALL A FAKE.

HE FAKED IT.

YOU OKAY?

YEAH.

WHERE ARE YOU TAKING ME?

CENTRAL BOOKING.

MAY I TIE MY SHOE, PLEASE?

YEAH, SURE, GO AHEAD.

THANK YOU.

WHERE'S MERRITT?

(Stabler)
RIGHT THERE.

THERE'S NO SIGN OF HIM.

MERRITT'S SMART.

HE BLEW THAT BUILDING.
HE HAD A PLAN.

HE WENT INTO THAT WATER CUFFED.

HE'S DEAD.

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