Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999–…): Season 9, Episode 4 - Savant - full transcript

The only witness to a mother's beating is her mentally disabled daughter who is suffering from Williams Syndrome. The husband is an early suspect, but he is protected from prosecution because of the Patriot Act.

(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.

ME AND THE OLD LADY,

WE HAD SOME REAL BLOWOUTS.

NOTHING PHYSICAL,



BUT I JUST WISH
SHE'D DIE.

I KNOW THE FEELING.

DIVORCE IS NOT
AN OPTION.

I MEAN,
I DON'T HAVE ANYTHING.

BUT HALF OF NOTHIN'

STILL LEAVES ME
IN A HOLE.

CAN YOU PLEASE SHUT UP?

I'M REALLY TIRED.

WELL, I'M TIRED TOO.

I'M TIRED OF CIRCLING AROUND
YOUR DAMN BLOCK.

WHY DON'T YOU JUST
GET OUT?

WHY DON'T YOU JUST
KEEP DRIVING

AND I'LL TELL YOU
WHEN TO STOP.

[tires screech,
horn blows]



AAH!

KATIE!
DAMN KID!

GET THE HELL
OFF THE STREET, YA MORON!

KATIE!

HONEY...
ARE YOU OKAY, SWEETIE?

(man on cell phone)
THIS IS 911 OPERATOR...

ARE YOU HURT?

WHERE'S YOUR MOTHER?

WHERE'S YOUR MOTHER?

ARE YOU OKAY?

SOMEBODY HELP ME!

CRANK CALLS
ARE AGAINST THE LAW, SIR.

HELLO?!

MY DAUGHTER IS COVERED
IN BLOOD.

DOES THAT SOUND LIKE
A PRANK TO YOU?

(man)
DON'T HANG UP.
HELP'S ON THE WAY.

OKAY, SWEETIE, STAY HERE.

JUST--JUST STAY
RIGHT THERE.

IT'S OKAY, IT'S ALL RIGHT.
STAY THERE.

STAY.

KARIN?

DAD?

SHH. IT'S OKAY.

KARIN?

DETECTIVE, GLAD
YOU COULD JOIN US.

I HEARD THE VICTIM
GOT HER HEAD BASHED IN.

FORCED ENTRY?

DOESN'T LOOK LIKE IT.

DON'T KNOW YET
IF ANYTHING'S MISSING.

COULD BE A HOME INVASION.
WHY CALL ME?

'CAUSE IT ESCALATED
TO RAPE AND ATTEMPTED MURDER.

LIGHTS, PLEASE.

SEMINAL FLUID.

ANY QUESTIONS?

WHAT'S THE STATUS
ON KARIN NICHOLSON?

SHE'S STILL IN SURGERY.
IT'S GONNA BE A WHILE.

OKAY, WHY DON'T WE
BAG HER CLOTHES

AND START A RAPE KIT?

(Katie)
WHAT'S A RAPE KIT, DAD?

HI!
MY NAME'S KATIE.

WHAT'S YOURS?

I'M ELLIOT.

HI, ELLIOT.
HI.

YOU LOOK UPSET
AND NEED A HUG.

CAN I?

UH, KATIE...KATIE...

COME HERE.

COME HERE, SWEETIE.

SOME PEOPLE THINK
I'M AN ELF.

I'M NOT, SEE?

I ONLY HAVE
ONE POINTY EAR.

I'M KATIE.

SERGEANT MUNCH.

MUNCH.

THAT'S FUNNY.

CAN I HAVE A HUG, MUNCH?

NO, YOU MAY NOT.
I'M A STRANGER.

YOU SHOULDN'T EVEN
BE TALKING TO ME.

OKAY, BYE!

SOMETHING I COULD
DO FOR YOU?

ARE YOU MAD AT ME?

DIDN'T SERGEANT MUNCH
JUST TELL YOU

NOT TO TALK TO STRANGERS?

WHAT'S WRONG WITH HER?

SHE HAS A RARE FORM
OF MENTAL RETARDATION

CALLED WILLIAMS SYNDROME.

SHE HAS DEVELOPMENTAL PROBLEMS
AND A LEARNING DISABILITY.

CAN SHE TELL YOU
WHAT HAPPENED?

(Stabler)
DON'T KNOW--
SHE'S ANXIOUS ONE MINUTE.

OVERLY-FRIENDLY THE NEXT.

SHE SEEMS TO HAVE
A LIMITED ATTENTION SPAN.

WHAT'S HER FATHER SAY?

TO BE PATIENT WITH HER.

SHE'S SPECIAL.

THEN HELP DAD
QUESTION HER.

SEE IF THAT
PUTS HER AT EASE.

LOOSENS HER TONGUE.

DO YOU FEEL LIKE TALKING
ABOUT LAST NIGHT, SWEETIE?

DO I HAVE TO?

IT WAS SCARY.

KATIE, YOU WERE VERY,
VERY BRAVE,

AND YOU DID
ALL THE RIGHT THINGS.

YOU CALLED 911,

YOU WENT OUTSIDE
TO LOOK FOR HELP.

KATIE, TELL US
WHAT HAPPENED.

IT'S OKAY, YOU CAN DO IT.

THEY WERE YELLING.

IT WAS TOO LOUD!

SO I COVERED MY EARS!

I HID UNDER MY BED.

THEN IT WAS QUIET.

I HEARD FOOTSTEPS.

I WENT TO FIND MOM.

SHE WAS BLEEDING, SO...

I TOOK THE PHONE,

EVEN THOUGH
I'M NOT ALLOWED TO,

BECAUSE IT WAS AN EMERGENCY.

THEN DAD CAME HOME.

HE WAS GONE A LONG TIME.

THE END.

WHERE WERE YOU,
MR. NICHOLSON?

I'M A PROJECT MANAGER

FOR A BIOCHEM COMPANY.

I WISH I DIDN'T HAVE TO,
BUT I TRAVEL A LOT.

I WAS GONE
THE LAST COUPLE DAYS.

WE ALWAYS DRIVE DAD
TO THE AIRPORT.

[chuckles]

IT'S MY TURN
TO TALK NOW, SWEETIE.

YOU WANNA GO EXPLORE?

SO WHY DID YOU PAY
THE CAB DRIVER SO MUCH MONEY

TO DRIVE AROUND THE BLOCK?

I WAS BUYING TIME.

DREADING THE...
INEVITABLE FIGHT.

ABOUT WHAT?
MY LONG ABSENCES.

HER FEELING LIKE
A SINGLE PARENT.

ANYTHING...
TO STICK THE KNIFE IN.

CAN YOU THINK OF ANYONE

WHO WOULD HAVE A GRUDGE
AGAINST YOUR WIFE?

WOULD WANNA HARM HER?

NO, NOT AT ALL.

KATIE HAD MAJOR CARDIAC SURGERY
SIX MONTHS AGO.

SO WE SOCIALIZED MOSTLY
WITH PARENTS LIKE US.

ACTUALLY,
THERE HAS BEEN SOME TENSION

WITH SOME OF THE PARENTS
IN OUR GROUP THERAPY LATELY.

ABOUT WHAT?

MY WIFE AND I FILED
A WRONGFUL BIRTH SUIT

AGAINST A DR. GERALD MORGAN.

HE'S A REAL POPULAR
HIGH-RISK OBSTETRICIAN.

AND IF WE WIN,
HE WILL LOSE HIS INSURANCE,

AND HE'S GONNA
HAVE TO CLOSE HIS PRACTICE.

THEY DIDN'T LIKE THAT.

YOU LIKE THE HUSBAND?

NO FORCED ENTRY.

CIRCLED THE BLOCK LIKE HE KNEW
WHAT WAS WAITING FOR HIM.

AND HE ADMITS THERE WAS
TROUBLE IN THE MARRIAGE.

COUPLES FIGHT,
AND NICHOLSON WAS OUT OF TOWN.

I'LL HAVE MUNCH DOUBLE CHECK
WHEN HIS PLANE LANDED.

I SAY WE CHECK WITH
THE GROUP THERAPY COUPLES.

WHAT MAKES YOU THINK
THEY'LL TALK?

NICHOLSON SAID
THERE WAS TENSION.

IF THEY WERE UNPOPULAR,
SOMEONE'S GONNA WANNA VENT.

HMM.

I KNOW I LEAN ON YOU A LOT,

BUT I NEED YOU TO GET ANDREW
FROM MUSIC CAMP.

COME RIGHT BACK HERE.
DON'T MAKE ANY STOPS.

AND DON'T PICK UP
YOUR FRIENDS.

MOM, I HEARD YOU
THE FIRST 1,000 TIMES.

AND ANDREW
LIKES MY FRIENDS.

ALEX....

HI, I'M TINA PARVEN.

YOU MUST BE NEW
TO OUR GROUP.

UH, NOT EXACTLY.

PAUL AND URSULA WAY.

OUR SON HAS DOWN SYNDROME.

I HEARD THE NICHOLSONS
MADE WAVES

FOR SUING YOUR O.B.

THEY'RE LITIGIOUS.
AND I TOLD THEM SO.

PAUL'S A SURGEON.
HE TOOK IT PERSONALLY.

CAN YOU TELL ME
ABOUT THEIR RELATIONSHIP?

CHALLENGED.

JUST LIKE OUR KIDS.

YEAH, MY SON ANDREW IS MORE
THAN JUST WILLIAMS DISEASE.

BUT, UH, IT TAKES ITS TOLL
ON OUR MARRIAGE.

ON HIS BROTHER.

JOEL AND I SEPARATED
TWICE.

BEN AND KARIN JUST
GOT BACK TOGETHER,

AND NOW THIS.

CAN SHE HAVE VISITORS?

UH, YOU'LL HAVE TO SPEAK
WITH HER HUSBAND ABOUT THAT.

HOW LONG WERE THEY APART?

A COUPLE OF MONTHS.

MY HUSBAND
COULDN'T FACE IT.

OUR DAUGHTER HAS
CANAVAN DISEASE.

I'M SORRY, MRS. WEISS,
I'M NOT FAMILIAR.

PLEASE, CALL ME JORDANNA.

CANAVAN CAUSES
PROGRESSIVE BRAIN DAMAGE.

MARISSA WASN'T SUPPOSED
TO SURVIVE LONG.

SHE'S TEN NOW.

WERE YOU UPSET
BY THE NICHOLSONS'

WRONGFUL BIRTH SUIT?

DON'T GET ME WRONG.
I LOVE MY DAUGHTER.

I ASKED TO BE TESTED
FOR EVERYTHING.

BUT I LOST MY OWN SUIT
BECAUSE CANAVAN

WASN'T A STANDARD TEST
IN THE ASHKENAZI PANEL.

IT IS NOW.

JUST DOESN'T MAKE SENSE.

THE NICHOLSONS
JUST RECONCILED,

YET HE WON'T GO INSIDE
TO AVOID A FIGHT?

HOW'S KATHY?

OVER 40 AND HAVING A BABY.

JUST CAN'T STOP
THINKING ABOUT

ALL THE BAD THINGS
THAT CAN HAPPEN.

SO WHY DON'T YOU
SEE A DOCTOR?

[sighs]

WE'RE CATHOLIC.
MAYBE IT'S BETTER NOT TO KNOW.

(woman)
HAS THE DOCTOR TOLD YOU IF
IT'S A BOY OR A GIRL?

'SCUSE ME?

IT'S SO HARD
FOR GAY COUPLES TO ADOPT.

A SURROGATE'S REALLY
YOUR ONLY OPTION.

I DON'T GET
WHY THEY THINK IT'S BETTER

TO LEAVE KIDS IN THE SYSTEM
THAN SEND THEM TO A GAY HOME.

YOU SEEM LIKE
A NICE COUPLE TO ME.

DETECTIVES,
YOU CAN GO IN NOW.

I'M NOT SURE I SHOULD BE TALKING
ABOUT THE NICHOLSONS' CASE

WITHOUT MY ATTORNEY.

WE'RE NOT HERE ABOUT
YOUR LAWSUIT, DR. MORGAN.

SOMEONE RAPED AND ATTACKED
KARIN NICHOLSON LAST NIGHT.

AND YOU THINK
THAT SOMEONE WAS ME?

WHERE WERE YOU LAST NIGHT?
HERE, AND THEN HOME.

ALONE?

I PREFER IT.

I SPEND ALL DAY SOOTHING
TERRIFIED EXPECTANT MOTHERS.

YES, VERY NOBLE OF YOU, DOC.

AND WHEN SOMETHING GOES WRONG,
THEY BLAME YOU.

THEY ALSO BLAME GOD
AND THEMSELVES.

I'M JUST
A CONVENIENT TARGET.

THEN WHY'D YOUR MALPRACTICE
CARRIER SETTLE SO OFTEN?

SOMETIMES IT'S CHEAPER
TO PAY THAN TO FIGHT.

THE ONLY REAL BENEFICIARIES
ARE THE LAWYERS.

MAYBE THEY CUT DEALS
BECAUSE YOU WITHHELD DETAILS

ABOUT UNHEALTHY BABIES.

LOOK, WHEN KARIN NICHOLSON
DECIDED TO HAVE AMNIOCENTESIS,

IT WAS TOO LATE
FOR A LEGAL ABORTION.

THE LAWSUIT HAS NO GROUNDS.
ARE WE FINISHED?

YEAH, GIVE US A DNA SAMPLE,
AND WE'RE OUT OF YOUR HAIR.

I'LL HAVE MY NURSE COME IN
AND COLLECT A BUCCAL SWAB.

OLIVIA AND CHESTER
ON TRIAL PREP,

SO IT'S JUST YOU AND ME.

THAT FIGURES.

YEAH, I'M STILL HERE.

WHAT YOU GOT?

THANKS.

THAT WAS THE LAB.

[chuckles]
DON'T TELL ME: NO HITS.

DNA DOESN'T MATCH
TO DR. MORGAN.

CODIS CAME UP EMPTY.

YOU KNOW, I STILL
LIKE NICHOLSON FOR THIS.

THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE
DOESN'T COVER

ALL OF KATIE'S
MEDICAL BILLS,

AND THEY'RE DROWNING
IN DEBT.

DOES THE WIFE
HAVE LIFE INSURANCE?

$1/2 MILLION POLICY,
AND NO RECORD

OF OUR SUSPECT LEAVING
OR ARRIVING

ON ANY FLIGHT.

THERE'S MOTIVE
AND OPPORTUNITY.

I HAD AIRPORT SECURITY
RUN THEIR FACEIT SOFTWARE

AGAINST A PICTURE
OF BEN NICHOLSON.

HERE IS SAYING GOOD-BYE
TO KATIE AND HIS WIFE.

AND HERE HE IS
LEAVING THE TERMINAL.

WHO GOES TO THE AIRPORT
TO CATCH A CAB?

YOU LEFT THE AIRPORT
THREE DAYS AGO.

WHERE THE HELL
HAVE YOU BEEN?

FOR THE LAST TIME,
I JUST CAN'T ANSWER THAT.

CAN'T, WON'T--YOU WENT
ON SOME BOGUS BUSINESS TRIP.

YOU LAID LOW,
YOU CAME HOME

AND BEAT THE CRAP
OUT OF YOUR WIFE

THE SAME DAY
YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO RETURN.

WHAT SET YOU OFF--

A CRUSHING DEBT
OF A NAGGING WIFE?

THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN.
NO?

AND SINCE I AM NOT
UNDER ARREST,

I'M GOING BACK
TO THE HOSPITAL.

BECAUSE SOMEONE
ASSAULTED YOUR WIFE!

NOW, IF YOU DIDN'T DO IT,
WHY WOULDN'T YOU COOPERATE?

WHY WON'T YOU COOPERATE?

I AM TRYING TO,
AS MUCH AS I AM ABLE!

DOESN'T LOOK LIKE THAT
FROM HERE!

INTERVIEW'S OVER.

MR. NICHOLSON,
WAIT OUTSIDE.

(Fin)
WHAT'S THE F.B.I.
DOING HERE?

I JUST KNOW WE'RE NOT
GONNA LIKE THIS.

THIS IS A HOMELAND SECURITY
ISSUE.

YOU CANNOT--I REPEAT,

YOU CANNOT SPEAK
TO MR. NICHOLSON AGAIN

WITHOUT CLEARING IT
THROUGH MY OFFICE.

AND HOLDS ONTO SOMETHING.

AND NOW WE CAN'T
TOUCH HIM?

THE PATRIOT ACT

TRUMPS RAPE AND ATTEMPTED MURDER
EVERY TIME.

NICHOLSON'S GOT
A MASTERS FROM PENN

AND A PhD
IN BIOCHEMICAL ENGINEERING

FROM BERKELEY.

WHAT'S HIS SPECIALTY?

AEROSOLS.

THE FED'S ALL OVER HIM.

I DON'T THINK HE'S WORKING
ON DEODORANTS AND HAIRSPRAY.

NOT WITH THAT RAZOR WIRE
ALL AROUND THE SECURITY FENCE.

MORE LIKE ANTHRAX AND SMALLPOX
AND AEROSOL CANS

WITH TIMERS.
HERE WE GO.

FINE, SCOFF,
BUT FEAR FEEDS CAPITALISM.

OVER THE YEARS,
NICHOLSON SPENT A LOT OF TIME

AT FORT DIETRICH,
MARYLAND.

THAT'S WHERE THEY DO RESEARCH
AND BIOLOGICAL WARFARE.

NICHOLSON ALSO CONSULTS
FOR HIGH-LEVEL THINK TANKS,

FUNDED BY UNCLE SAM,

AND RUN BY CEOs MAKING MONEY
OFF THE WAR.

PANIC SELLS GAS MASKS,
GENTLEMEN.

IT STILL DOESN'T EXPLAIN
WHY THE FEDS NEED HIM SO BADLY.

COULD BE WHISTLE BLOWING,
OR HE WENT ROGUE,

AND THEY FLIPPED HIM.

AND I'LL KEEP DIGGING.

THIS IS A WARRANT

FOR NICHOLSON'S DNA.

TAKE IT PUBLICLY.

JUST DON'T ASK HIM
ANY QUESTIONS.

WHEN CAN WE SIT DOWN
WITH HIM AGAIN?
I'M WORKING ON IT.

IN THE MEANTIME, TALK
TO EVERYONE ELSE IN HIS LIFE.

HIS EMPLOYER,
HIS NEIGHBORS, HIS FRIENDS.

SMOKE HIM
OUT OF HIS HOLE.

TREAT HIM LIKE A PERP.
MAYBE HE'LL COME TO YOU.

(man)
THIS ISN'T RIGHT.
WE SHOULDN'T EVEN BE HERE.

I THINK WE'RE INTRUDING.

IT'S CALLED
BEING SUPPORTIVE.

WELL, I GOTTA GET TO WORK.

IS KARIN
UP FOR VISITORS?

THE NURSE IS CHECKING.

BEN'S WITH HER NOW.

CAN'T YOU STAY A FEW MINUTES
AND TALK TO BEN?

NO.

(Fin)
IT'S TIME TO GIVE IT UP,
NICHOLSON.

YOU FORCED ME TO MAKE
A FORMAL COMPLAINT.

WHERE YOU SHOVE THAT
IS UP TO YOU.

THAT IS A WARRANT
FOR YOUR DNA.

LET'S TAKE THIS OUTSIDE.

WHAT THE HELL
ARE YOU TRYING TO PULL?

I'M TELLING YOU,
YOU'VE GOT THE WRONG GUY.

YOU WOULDN'T
VOUCH FOR SOMEONE

JUST TO SAVE YOUR
INVESTIGATION, WOULD YOU?

YOU'RE SPINNING
YOUR WHEELS, DETECTIVE.

OKAY, OPEN WIDE.

WHY ARE YOU
TREATING BEN THIS WAY?

HIS WIFE WAS ATTACKED.

HE MIGHT BE THE ONE
THAT PUT HER IN HERE.

HE WASN'T OUT OF TOWN
LIKE HE SAID HE WAS.

I DON'T BELIEVE IT.
CAN THEY JUST DO THIS?

MR. NICHOLSON...

YOUR WIFE'S CONDITION
IS SERIOUS.

HOW BAD?

FRAGMENTS FROM
A SKULL FRACTURE

WERE EMBEDDED DEEP
IN HER LEFT TEMPORAL LOBE,

CAUSING IT TO SWELL.

HER GLASGOW SCORE
IS AN EIGHT,

WHICH MEANS
SHE'S IN A COMA.

WILL SHE COME OUT OF IT?

WE'LL HAVE TO WAIT
AND SEE.

UNFORTUNATELY, WE WEREN'T
ABLE TO SAVE THE BABY.

AND BECAUSE THE FETUS
HAS NOT EVACUATED...

BABY?
WE NEED YOUR CONSENT
FOR A DNC.

WHAT BABY?

I'M SORRY.
I THOUGHT YOU KNEW.

YOUR WIFE WAS ABOUT
THREE MONTHS ALONG.

IT'S A VERY SIMPLE
PROCEDURE.

YOU HAVE SOMETHING
YOU WANNA TELL US,

MRS. PARVEN?

NO, NOTHING.

IF YOU SUSPECT SOMETHING,
YOU NEED TO SPEAK UP.

I'M SORRY.

LOOKS LIKE SHE'S GOT
A LOT ON HER MIND.

SO DO I.

BACK OFF NICHOLSON.

THE NEXT TIME, THE REQUEST
WILL NOT BE COMING FROM ME.

HOW WE SUPPOSED
TO DO OUR JOB

IF WE CAN'T TALK
TO THE SUSPECT?

I FILED
AN OBSTRUCTION COMPLAINT,

AND THE HEARING
IS SET FOR TOMORROW.

HAVE YOU BOXED
THE GUY IN?

WE TALKED TO HIS NEIGHBORS,

HIS WIFE'S FAMILY,
AND HIS EMPLOYER.

THEY ALL KNOW
HE'S OUR PRIME SUSPECT.

I THOUGHT HE WOULD HAVE
BROKEN BY NOW.

NOT WITH THE F.B.I.
PROPPING HIM UP.

THEN GO TO
HIS ACHILLES HEEL.

TALK TO HIS KID AGAIN.

WELL, DIDN'T GO SO WELL
LAST TIME.

THAT'S BECAUSE YOU DIDN'T
ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS.

I DID SOME RESEARCH
AND SPOKE TO SOME EXPERTS.

I'M NOT COMFORTABLE

USING AN IMPAIRED MINOR

TO TURN THE SCREWS
ON HER FATHER.

BUT WHAT OTHER CHOICE
HAVE WE GOT?

WHAT'D YOU FIND OUT?

CHILDREN OF
THE WILLIAMS SYNDROME

ARE EXTREMELY EMPATHETIC.

THEY STUDY FACES
FOR EMOTIONAL EXPRESSION.

THAT MUST BE WHY KATIE ASKED ME
IF I WAS ANGRY WITH HER.

THEY'RE SENSITIVE,
EAGER TO PLEASE,

AND AFFECTIONATE.

AND SOME HAVE SAVANT-LIKE
ABILITIES:

SUPER HEARING
AND PERFECT PITCH.

KATIE HEARD THEM YELLING.

SHE SAID SHE HAD
TO COVER HER EARS.

WHICH PROBABLY MEANS
SHE STILL HEARD EVERY WORD.

THEY CONFUSE TIME,
BUT THEY CAN TELL YOU

WHAT WAS SAID
AND IDENTIFY WHO SAID IT.

WHAT WOULD I BE UP AGAINST
USING KATIE AS A WITNESS?

ANXIETY, A.D.D.

AND THEY HAVE TROUBLE
TAKING CRITICISM.

THAT SOUNDS LIKE YOU,
MUNCH.

BUT WE'RE TRYING TO JAM UP
THE KID'S FATHER.

YOU REALLY THINK SHE'S GONNA
TELL US THE TRUTH?

SHE WON'T LIE FOR HIM.

WHY NOT?

BECAUSE PEOPLE WITH
WILLIAMS SYNDROME HAVE NO GUILE.

THEY DON'T EVEN KNOW
WHAT DECEPTION IS.

TELL NICHOLSON WE'RE
QUESTIONING HIS DAUGHTER.

LET'S GO.
YOU COMING WITH US?

YOU THINK HE'S GONNA LET YOU
TALK TO KATIE WITHOUT A FIGHT?

[knock on door]

GET THE HELL
AWAY FROM MY DOOR.

YOU'VE GOT PEOPLE THINKING
I TRIED TO KILL MY WIFE.

WE NEED TO SPEAK
TO YOUR DAUGHTER.

NO, YOU WILL NOT
SPEAK TO HER--

NOT NOW, NOT EVER.

YOU'VE GOT HER ANXIOUS
AND UPSET.

NOW LEAVE HER ALONE.

I'M ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY
CASEY NOVAK.

HERE'S HOW THIS
IS GONNA PLAY OUT.

NOW, WE WILL END UP
AT A HEARING,

AND THE JUDGE
WILL SIDE WITH ME

BECAUSE YOU CANNOT
STOP US FROM QUESTIONING

THE ONLY WITNESS
TO THE ATTACK.

I'M HER FATHER.

AND YOU'RE ALSO A SUSPECT,
MR. NICHOLSON.

IT'S ABOUT TIME
YOU FACED FACTS.

[sighs]

[playing piano]

HI, ELLIOT!

HI, FIN.

I'M SO GLAD TO SEE YOU.

HELLO, KATIE,
I'M CASEY NOVAK.

PRETTY.

LET'S SIT DOWN.

WE HAVE SOME MORE QUESTIONS
WE NEED TO ASK YOU, KATIE.

[clears throat]

I DON'T WANT TO UPSET YOU,

SO AT ANY TIME IF YOU
FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE,

YOU JUST TELL ME
AND WE'LL STOP, OKAY?

OKAY.

DADDY, SIT WITH ME.

IT'S ALL RIGHT, SWEETIE.
JUST ANSWER HIS QUESTIONS.

I'M RIGHT HERE.

(Stabler)
THE NIGHT THAT
YOUR MOMMY GOT HURT,

WHEN THE VOICES
WERE YELLING,

WHAT'D YOU HEAR?

[shouting]
YOU'RE RIPPING
OUR FAMILY APART!

DID YOU RECOGNIZE THE VOICE?

IT WAS DAD.

THEY WERE FIGHTING.

THEY ALWAYS FIGHT.

WHAT HAPPENED NEXT?

MOM SAID, "I HATE YOU!"

THEN I HEARD...

(Fin)
YOU SLAPPED HER?

WAS THAT ALL?

"COME HERE, BABY.

YOU SMELL GOOD."

WAS THAT
YOUR FATHER'S VOICE?

MY DAD WASN'T HOME...

OR THE MAN WOULDN'T BE
IN THEIR BEDROOM.

HAS THE MAN
BEEN IN THE HOUSE BEFORE?

DID YOU SEE HIM?

I HEARD HIM.

I ALWAYS DO.

"COME HERE, BABY.

YOU SMELL GOOD."

WOULD YOU RECOGNIZE THAT VOICE
IF YOU HEARD IT AGAIN?

I HAVE PERFECT PITCH.

I'M SUPPOSED TO BE ASLEEP,
BUT...

I TOLD DAD ABOUT HIM,
AND...

HE TOLD ME NOT TO WORRY.

"EVERYTHING'S
GOING TO BE ALL RIGHT.

"WE'RE A FAMILY,
AND WE'RE GOING TO STAY TOGETHER

NO MATTER WHAT."

THE END.

NICHOLSON KNEW
HIS WIFE WAS CHEATING.

HE'S DEFINITELY USING
THAT SHADY TERRORISM THREAT

TO COVER HIS ASS.

ALMOST GOT AWAY WITH IT.

HE STILL MAY.

(Novak)
ASSISTANT U.S. ATTORNEY
MARION SPRINGER?

THAT'S ME.

A.D.A. CASEY NOVAK.

I WAS TOLD YOU'RE
THE ASSISTANT U.S. ATTORNEY

TO SEE REGARDING
BEN NICHOLSON.

THERE'S NOTHING
TO TALK ABOUT.

WELL, NICHOLSON TRIED
TO KILL HIS WIFE.

WHAT I CAN'T FIGURE IS WHY
YOU'RE SHIELDING HIM.

IF YOU HAD ENOUGH EVIDENCE,
YOU WOULD HAVE ARRESTED HIM,

AND I'D BE AT THE TOMBS
ARRANGING HIS RELEASE.

HIS DAUGHTER
HEARD THEM ARGUING.

SHE HEARD NICHOLSON
HIT HER MOTHER!

WELL, THE POOR THING
IS MISTAKEN.

HE WAS WITH US.

REALLY?
THE WHOLE TIME?

NEED TO KNOW.

WELL, THERE'S A WOMAN
IN A COMA, SO, YEAH,

I DO NEED TO KNOW--
WHERE BEN WAS,

WHO HE WAS WITH,
AND HOW LONG HE WAS WITH THEM.

I WAS HOPING I WOULDN'T
HAVE TO DO THIS.

THE PATRIOT ACT.

THIS CONVOLUTED
PIECE OF LEGISLATION

ISN'T WORTH THE PAPER
IT'S WRITTEN ON.

SAVE IT FOR THE JUDGE.

WE GOT HERE AS SOON AS WE COULD.
WHAT'S GOING ON?

THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
WASN'T HAPPY.

WE'RE NOT DONE
WITH TRIAL PREP.

WELL, IT'LL HAVE TO WAIT.

THE FEDS WON'T BUDGE,

AND THIS CASE
IS CIRCLING THE DRAIN.

SO WHAT CAN WE DO?

TINA PARVEN FROM
THE NICHOLSONS' GROUP THERAPY

CAME IN TO MAKE
A STATEMENT.

I GOT HER PARKED
IN THE INTERVIEW ROOM.

SEE IF YOU CAN'T GET SOMETHING
WE CAN ACTUALLY USE.

WHERE YOU GOING?

COMSTAT.

I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO.

I CAN'T BELIEVE BEN
WOULD HURT KARIN.

BUT NOW YOU'RE
NOT SO SURE.

WHAT CHANGED YOUR MIND?

SHE WAS CHEATING.

HOW DO YOU KNOW?

SHE WAS PREGNANT.
THEY HAD TO DO A DNC

BEN DIDN'T WANT TO HAVE
ANY MORE CHILDREN.

WELL, UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES,

SURELY YOU CAN UNDERSTAND.

WILLIAMS SYNDROME
IS A MUTATION.

IT'S NOT INHERITED
UNLESS YOU HAVE IT.

THEN WHY WOULDN'T
HE WANT ANOTHER CHILD?

BECAUSE BEN DIDN'T WANT
TO TAKE ANY ATTENTION

AWAY FROM KATIE.

HE AND KARIN
ARGUED ABOUT IT,

AND SHE FREAKED
WHEN HE GOT A VASECTOMY

WITHOUT TELLING HER.

DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA
WHO SHE WAS SEEING?

NOT A CLUE.

SHE'S MY CLOSEST FRIEND,

BUT I GUESS SHE THOUGHT
I WOULDN'T APPROVE.

KARIN NICHOLSON
IS CONSCIOUS.

HOLD HER DOWN,
PLEASE.
YOU HAVE TO LET ME GO.

KATIE'S HAVING SURGERY.

KARIN...KARIN,
YOU'RE IN THE HOSPITAL.

YOU WERE ATTACKED.

DO YOU REMEMBER ANYTHING?

SHE HAS AORTIC STENOSIS.

I HAVE TO GET HER READY.

SHE GETS SO SCARED.

YOUR FAMILY'S FINE,
MRS. NICHOLSON.

[exhales]

SHE'S SEDATED.

WILL SHE BE MORE LUCID
TOMORROW?

UH, HEAD INJURIES ARE
UNPREDICTABLE, DETECTIVE.

IS HER DAUGHTER
SCHEDULED FOR SURGERY?

SIX MONTHS AGO.

WELL, I'LL HAVE
TO DO MORE TESTS,

BUT IT LOOKS LIKE
RETROGRADE AMNESIA.

YOU'RE SAYING THAT SHE
DOESN'T REMEMBER ANYTHING?

DEPENDING ON HOW MUCH DAMAGE
THERE IS TO THE TEMPORAL LOBE,

THAT MEMORY MAY NEVER
BE RECOVERED.

I GOT A BASE LINE
ON KARIN NICHOLSON

USING PERSON,
PLACE, AND TIME.

SHE KNOWS WHO SHE IS.
SHE KNOWS WHERE SHE IS.

BUT NOT WHAT DAY
IT IS.

SHE THINKS IT'S APRIL 2007.

SO HOW LONG
WILL THIS LAST?

THERE'S NO CURE
FOR RETROGRADE AMNESIA.

AND THERE'S NO WAY TO KNOW
WHAT SHE'LL EVENTUALLY RECALL

AND WHAT SHE WON'T.

HER HUSBAND
HASN'T RETURNED MY CALLS.

SHE NEEDS
FAMILY AND PATIENCE

IN ORDER
TO RECOVER FROM THIS.

WHICH LEAVES US
AT SQUARE ONE.

I'M SORRY I DON'T HAVE
BETTER NEWS.

SO WHERE DO WE GOT
FROM HERE, CASEY?

TO COURT.

(Novak)
JUDGE TRENTON,
THE F.B.I. HAS BEEN

STALLING OUR INVESTIGATION
FROM THE VERY BEGINNING.

NOW, I'M NOT LOOKING
FOR STATE SECRETS,

JUST THE SUSPECT'S WHEREABOUTS
PRIOR TO THE ATTACK.

MR. NICHOLSON
IS WORKING FOR US.

THE F.B.I. HAVE
REPEATEDLY VOUCHED FOR HIM.

HE LIED TO THE POLICE WHEN
HE SAID HE WAS OUT OF TOWN.

MY AGENTS WERE WITH HIM.

NOBODY CAN BE
IN TWO PLACES AT ONCE.

IF YOU CAN'T ACCOUNT
FOR EVERY SECOND,

YOUR ASSURANCES
ARE WORTHLESS.

SHE'S GOT YOU THERE,
MS. SPRINGER.

IN ORDER FOR THE POLICE
TO CORROBORATE HIS MOVEMENTS,

THEY HAVE TO QUESTION
PEOPLE OF INTEREST.

THAT CAN'T HAPPEN.

SO YOUR WORK TRUMPS

PUTTING MURDERERS AND RAPISTS
BEHIND BARS

BECAUSE THERE'S A TERRORIST
AROUND EVERY CORNER?

YOU HAVE
NO PHYSICAL EVIDENCE

LINKING MR. NICHOLSON
WITH HIS WIFE'S ATTACK.

OR SHOULD WE JUST WAIT
WHILE YOU FABRICATE SOME?

THAT'S ENOUGH.

WITHOUT EVIDENCE,
MS. NOVAK,

YOUR APPEAL IS PREMATURE.

FIND SOME--
THEN WE'LL REVISIT.

I HOPE THIS BASTARD'S
WORTH IT.

BEN NICHOLSON IS A BIOCHEMICAL
ENGINEERING SPECIALIST.

SPECIALIZING IN WHAT--
OR IS THAT NEED TO KNOW TOO?

HE WORKS FOR AN INTERNATIONAL
CORPORATION.

HE'S BAIT.

I GET IT.

NICHOLSON'S ATTRACTIVE
TO THE CRIMINAL ELEMENT

BECAUSE OF HIS
DISABLED DAUGHTER

AND INSURMOUNTABLE DEBT?

PROBLEM IS,
HE NEARLY KILLED HIS WIFE,

AND YOU'RE PROTECTING HIM
FOR A STING OPERATION.

IF BUYERS FROM ROGUE NATIONS
TRY TO BUY TRADE SECRETS,

I'VE DONE MY JOB.

THERE IS A TERRORIST
ROUND EVERY CORNER, MS. NOVAK.

YOU JUST DON'T
KNOW ABOUT IT.

UNLESS WE FIND
PHYSICAL EVIDENCE,

NICHOLSON'S OFF LIMITS,
PERIOD.

NO PRINTS ON THE IRON,
EVEN IF THE DNA MATCHES,

HE COULD SAY SHE'S HIS WIFE--
SHE CONSENTED.

WE CAN'T PROVE RAPE ANYWAY.

THE VICTIM LOST
SIX MONTHS OF HER LIFE,

SHE DOESN'T REMEMBER
THE ATTACK.

SHE DOESN'T EVEN
REMEMBER HER PREGNANCY.

THEN IT'S A GOOD THING
WE DIDN'T TELL HER

WHY WE LET HER HUSBAND WALK.

UNLESS HE TRIES AGAIN.

DNA RESULTS--NICHOLSON
DID NOT RAPE KARIN.

THAT DOESN'T MATTER.

HE STILL COULD HAVE
ATTACKED HER FOR CHEATING.

I'D BUY THAT IF WE DIDN'T GET
HIT OFF THE MILITARY DATABASE.

WHAT WOULD FORMER
MARINE RESERVE JOEL PARVEN DO

IF CONFRONTED
BY A PREGNANT MISTRESS?

NOTHIN' HAPPENED!

KARIN NICHOLSON
MIGHT DISAGREE WITH YOU.

I WAS WITH HER THAT NIGHT.

SHE TOLD ME ABOUT THE BABY,
I-I COULDN'T BELIEVE IT.

I MEAN, SHE DID IT ON PURPOSE.

SO YOU ARGUED.

YOUR MARRIAGE
IS HANGING BY A THREAD.

SHE'S NOT GONNA GET RID OF IT,
SO YOU BASH HER HEAD IN.

NO, YOU GOT IT ALL WRONG.

YES, I WAS ANGRY.
MM-HMM.

MY WIFE AND I STARTED
TO WORK THINGS OUT--AGAIN.

YOU DON'T KNOW
WHAT IT'S LIKE.

DON'T USE YOUR SON'S CONDITION
AS AN EXCUSE, MR. PARVEN.

YOU SLEPT WITH
YOUR WIFE'S FRIEND.

YOU GOT HER PREGNANT.

WHEN WE STARTED THIS, WE WERE
BOTH SEPARATED, ALL RIGHT?

THEN WE COULDN'T STOP.

I WENT THERE
TO MAKE A CLEAN BREAK OF IT,

AND I ENDED UP IN HER BED.

ALL RIGHT, I WAS STUPID
AND RECKLESS,

BUT I DIDN'T HIT HER.

AND SHE WAS FINE

WHEN I LEFT HER.

AND WHAT TIME WAS THAT?

IT WAS AROUND 11:00.

AND WHERE'D YOU GO?

HOME.

ARE WE DONE HERE?

WE'RE NOT EVEN CLOSE.
LET'S GO OVER IT AGAIN.

WELL, YOU'RE GONNA
HAVE TO ARREST ME,

BECAUSE YOU SURE AS HELL
CAN'T KEEP ME.

WELL, THERE'S NO WAY
WE'RE GETTING A CONFESSION NOW.

(Stabler)
OKAY, MAYBE WE SHOULD DO

A VOICE LINEUP.

GIVE KATIE A CHANCE TO IDENTIFY
HER MOTHER'S ATTACKER THAT WAY.

WELL, SHE'S DISABLED.

I DON'T KNOW
THAT IT'LL HOLD UP.

SHE'S NOT STUPID.
YOU SAID IT YOURSELF,
ELLIOT.

SHE'S DEVELOPMENTALLY
CHALLENGED

AND AN EMOTIONAL
ROLLER COASTER.

CAN SHE EVEN BE SWORN?

WILL SHE BREAK
ON HER DEFENSE CROSS?

I DON'T WANT TO PUT HER
THROUGH AN ORDEAL FOR NOTHING.

EITHER KATIE MAKES THE I.D.
OR PARVEN WALKS.

(man)
COME HERE, BABY.

YOU SMELL GOOD.

IT'S OKAY, SWEETIE.

(second man)
COME HERE BABY.
YOU SMELL GOOD.

(third man)
COME HERE, BABY.
YOU SMELL GOOD.

(fourth man)
COME HERE, BABY.
YOU SMELL GOOD.

SOUNDS LIKE SEDUCTION,
NOT RAPE.

(fifth man)
COME HERE, BABY.
YOU SMELL GOOD.

THAT'S HIM.

YOU SURE?

NUMBER FIVE'S YOUR CLIENT,
CHAUNCY.

ID'd BY A LESS-
THAN-CREDIBLE WITNESS.

SHE CAN'T POSSIBLY
TELL YOU WHAT HAPPENED.

YOU REALLY WANNA WASTE
OUR TIME LIKE THIS?

COME ON, THERE'S PLENTY OF--
(Katie)
LEAVE ME ALONE!

I WANT A BABY
THAT CAN GROW UP!

BE NORMAL!

THAT'S WHAT I WANT!

DON'T SAY ANYTHING--

WE NEED TO HEAR THIS.
TOO DAMN BAD.

YOU'RE BREAKING UP MY HOME,
YOU SELFISH BITCH!

OW, LET GO!
YOU'RE HURTING ME!

THEN BAM!

MOM WAS CRYING.

THEN BAM, BAM, BAM!

THEN BREATHING.

[low voice]
BITCH.

THEN HE WENT AWAY.

BUT HE USED
THE WRONG WORD.

THAT'S NOT WHAT IT MEANS.

IS IT, DAD?

THE END.

KATIE,

IS THE MAN WHO FOUGHT

WITH YOUR MOTHER
THE VOICE IN THE OTHER ROOM?

NO, THAT'S NOT HIM.

YOU SURE THE VOICES
ARE DIFFERENT?

HIS PITCH IS TOO LOW.

[kiss]

DAD.
WHERE DID THE COPS TAKE YOU?

ARE YOU ALL RIGHT?

I'M FINE.
THEY LET ME GO.

WHERE'S YOUR MOTHER?
GONE.

SHE TOOK ANDREW,
BUT I WOULDN'T GO.

THIS IS CRAZY.
I KNOW YOU WOULDN'T DO THIS.

WHAT?

KATIE, STOP.
WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU?

YOU USED THE WRONG WORD.

A BITCH IS A FEMALE DOG.

ARE YOU SURE?

MY MOTHER IS NOT
A BITCH!

WHAT THE HELL DID YOU DO?

LET'S GO.

DAD.

DON'T SAY ANYTHING.

NOT TO ANYONE.

I'LL GET YOU OUT
AS SOON AS I CAN!

DETECTIVE.

EVERYTHING ALL RIGHT?

NO. ALEX PARVEN--
DID HE SAY WHAT HAPPENED?

DID HE TELL YOU WHY
HE ATTACKED KARIN?

HE'S LAWYERED UP.

HE'S NOT TALKING.

[sighs]

I WAS HOPING
HE'D HAVE CONFESSED

SO KATIE WOULDN'T
HAVE TO TESTIFY.

I UNDERSTAND.

THE PARVENS HAD SEPARATED
TWICE BEFORE.

I THINK ALEX
FELT THIS AFFAIR WAS...

GONNA KILL IT.

SO HE FOLLOWED HIS FATHER
TO YOUR PLACE,

WAITED FOR HIM TO LEAVE,
AND CONFRONTED KARIN.

CAN YOU PROVE THAT?
NO.

THAT'S WHY WE NEED
KATIE'S TESTIMONY.

SHE'S THE ONLY
WITNESS WE HAVE

TO PLACE ALEX
IN YOUR APARTMENT.

I WANT THIS FINISHED.

KATIE AND I CAN'T MOVE ON
UNTIL IT'S DONE.

SO YOU TELL ME WHEN,
AND I'LL BRING HER TO COURT.

AND WE'LL HOPE
THAT IT WORKS.

I PROMISE YOU I WILL
SHIELD YOUR DAUGHTER

FROM AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.

THANK YOU.

I APPRECIATE THAT.

(judge)
WE'RE HERE TO DETERMINE

WHETHER KATHERINE NICHOLSON
HAS CAPACITY TO TESTIFY

AS A SWORN WITNESS.

YOUR HONOR, THE MINOR
IS SEVERELY DISABLED.

THIS IS A WASTE OF THE COURT'S
TIME AND RESOURCES.

DISABLED OR NOT,
KATIE NICHOLSON

CLEARLY HEARD
THE ATTACK ON HER MOTHER

AND ID'd THE DEFENDANT.

IT SEEMS REASONABLE TO ME.

IS THE CHILD
READY TO BE EXAMINED?

UH, YOUR HONOR,

THE PEOPLE ASK
FOR A CONTINUANCE.

OUR WITNESS ISN'T HERE YET.

I HAVE TO OBJECT.

WE WERE ALL NOTIFIED
ABOUT THE DATE AND TIME.

THE MINOR
HAS WILLIAMS SYNDROME.

HER MOTHER'S
JUST OUT OF A COMA.

(judge)
THAT'S ALL VERY TOUCHING,
MS. NOVAK.

BUT IT'S THE PARENTS'
RESPONSIBILITY TO PRESENT HER.

WHERE IS MR. NICHOLSON?

WE'RE LOOKING FOR HIM,
YOUR HONOR.

I'LL GIVE YOU 24 HOURS,

AND THEN I'LL
HAVE TO DISMISS.

[pounds gavel]

(Stabler)
WHERE'S BEN NICHOLSON?

DO YOU CARE AT ALL,

OR IS THIS GUY
JUST A PAWN TO YOU?

YOU'RE A BASTARD.

WELL, I GET THAT A LOT.

I DON'T HAVE HIM.

I WISH I DID.

CHATTER'S DOWN,
AND THE GUY'S OFF-GRID.

I'M WORRIED.

SURE.

MY CASE IS HEADED SOUTH.

THERE ARE PEOPLE HE'S
SUPPOSED TO BE TALKING TO.

AND INSTEAD, HE'S
PROTECTING HIS KID FROM YOU.

YOU THINK I ENJOY MAKING KATIE
RELIVE THAT MOMENT?

I DON'T BLAME THE GUY.

I MEAN, WHAT WOULD
YOU DO IN HIS PLACE?

I'D HIDE HER IN THE LAST PLACE
ANYBODY WOULD LOOK.

YOU FIND HIM,
YOU LET ME KNOW.

YOU'LL BE MY FIRST CALL.

(Stabler)
TINA PARVEN!

HOW'D YOU FIND ME?

NO ONE KNOWS
WHERE I WAS HEADED.

WELL, YOU USE YOUR BANK CARD
AN AWFUL LOT IN THIS AREA.

YOU BEEN TO BUY GROCERIES.
I JUST FOLLOWED YOU FROM THERE.

WHAT DO YOU WANT?

I NEED TO TAKE KATIE
WITH ME.

I DON'T KNOW WHERE SHE IS.
YEAH, YOU DO.

YOU'RE THE PERFECT
CARETAKER.

YOU KNOW ALL ABOUT
HER CONDITION.

BEN PROTECTS HIS DAUGHTER.
YOU PROTECT YOUR SON.

YOU'RE CRAZY.

YOU KNOW SHE'S DUE IN COURT
TO TESTIFY AGAINST ALEX.

IF YOU REFUSE
TO HAND HER OVER,

THAT MAKES YOU
AN ACCESSORY.

THAT MAKES YOU GUILTY
OF OBSTRUCTION.

WHERE IS SHE?

BEN WENT TO MEET SOMEONE.

KATIE'S UPSTAIRS
WITH ANDREW AND MY SISTER.

APARTMENT 2-B.

OKAY.

(Novak)
KATIE, DO YOU UNDERSTAND
WHAT A LIE IS?

SOMETHING THAT'S NOT TRUE.

YOU GET PUNISHMENT FOR THAT.

HAVE YOU EVER TOLD A LIE?

SOMEONE MADE ME
A GRILLED CHEESE.

BUT THERE WERE THINGS IN IT.

I DIDN'T SAY
IT WAS GOOD, BUT...

I ATE IT ALL, SO SHE
THOUGHT I LIKED IT.

IS THAT A LIE?

NO.

YOUR HONOR, I SUBMIT
THIS WITNESS CAN BE SWORN.

SO ORDERED.

[bangs gavel]
DON'T DO THAT!

SHE HAS VERY
SENSITIVE HEARING.

OH, I'M SORRY.

THAT'S OKAY!

CAN I HAVE A HUG?

NO.

MAYBE LATER.

KATIE, DID YOU HEAR
WHO WAS IN THE BEDROOM

WITH YOUR MOTHER
SAY ANYTHING ELSE BESIDES,

"COME HERE, BABY,
YOU SMELL GOOD"?

YES.

WHAT DID HE SAY?

UHH! OHH!

YEAH! MM! MM!

MM! OH, YEAH.

MM, MM, UHH, UHH--

THAT'S ENOUGH, KATIE.

KATIE, YOU POINTED OUT

ALEX PARVEN AS THE ONE
WHO ARGUED WITH

AND HIT YOUR MOTHER,
IS THAT RIGHT?

YES.

HE USED THE WRONG WORD.

BUT MY DAD SAID IT'S REALLY
A BAD WORD FOR GIRLS.

HOW COULD YOU TELL
THE DIFFERENCE

BETWEEN ALEX'S VOICE
AND HIS FATHER'S?

MR. PARVEN IS EVEN TEMPO,
LARGE PITCH,

DEEP TIMBRE.

ALEX IS FAST TEMPO,

HIGH PITCH,

MEDIUM TIMBRE.

I STUDY MUSIC.

MY TEACHER SAYS SINGING
AND TALKING ARE ALIKE.

I KNOW WHAT I HEARD.

THE END.

THANK YOU.

IS KATIE ALL RIGHT?

WHERE YOU BEEN?

DOING WHAT I DO BEST--

LOOKING OUT
FOR MY DAUGHTER'S FUTURE.

IS THAT WHAT THE MEETING
WAS ABOUT?

OR WERE YOU TRYING TO KEEP
KATIE FROM TESTIFYING?

YOU AND I HAVE DIFFERENT
PRIORITIES, DETECTIVE.

YOU'RE TRYING TO TAKE
SOMEONE'S FREEDOM AWAY.

I'M TRYING TO MAKE SURE
KATIE'S HAPPY AND SAFE.

WELL, SHE'S NOT AS FRAGILE
AS YOU THINK SHE IS.

[laughs]
SUDDENLY YOU'RE AN EXPERT.

NO, I JUST KNOW A LIAR
WHEN I SEE ONE.

WHAT?

WHAT? WHAT ARE YOU
TALKING ABOUT?

LOOK, YOU'RE NOT AFRAID
FOR YOUR DAUGHTER.

YOU'RE WORRIED
ABOUT YOURSELF.

THAT DEFENSE ATTORNEY
IS GONNA RIP HER TO SHREDS.

JOEL PARVEN HAS A CHILD
WITH WILLIAMS SYNDROME.

HE KNOWS EXACTLY
WHAT BUTTONS TO PUSH.

YOU LEFT KATIE
WITH TINA PARVEN

SO YOU COULD
KEEP THIS MEETING--

NOT TO PROTECT YOUR DAUGHTER.

YOU DON'T KNOW
ANYTHING ABOUT IT.

I KNOW THE FEDS
ARE LOOKING FOR YOU.

I KNOW YOU FELL OFF GRID.

I KNOW YOU TOOK THIS MEETING
WITHOUT THEM KNOWING ABOUT IT.

NOT EVERYTHING I DO
IS THEIR BUSINESS.

I WENT OVER
EVERYBODY'S STATEMENT,

AND THE CABBIE YOU WENT
ROUND AND ROUND WITH

SAID YOU PULLED OUT
A WAD OF CASH.

NOW, FOR A GUY
WHO'S BANKRUPT...

THAT MADE ME WONDER.

WELL, YOU CAN WONDER
ALL YOU WANT.

JUST DON'T QUESTION
MY LOVE FOR MY DAUGHTER.

EVERYBODY HAS AN EXCUSE.

AND IF I WERE YOU,

I'D THINK UP A BETTER ONE
FOR THE F.B.I.

THANKS FOR THE HEADS UP.

WHAT DID YOU DO
YESTERDAY?

I PLAYED DUETS WITH ANDREW.

THEN WE WATCHED TV.

THEN I HAD A GRILLED CHEESE.

THEN WE LISTENED
TO MUSIC.

THEN WE--

THAT'S FINE.
WHAT ABOUT THE DAY BEFORE THAT?

I-I--

WHAT ABOUT
THE DAY BEFORE THAT?

OBJECTION: BADGERING.

I'M ASKING SIMPLE QUESTIONS.

IF SHE CAN'T HANDLE THIS,
WHAT'LL IT BE LIKE AT TRIAL?

(judge)
OVERRULED.

(defense)
WHAT TIME WAS
YOUR MOTHER ATTACKED?

BEDTIME.

I WAS IN MY NIGHTGOWN.

NO, KATIE, IT WAS MUCH
LATER THAN THAT.

DID YOU SEE
THE ATTACKER'S FACE?

I WAS UNDER THE BED.

HAVE YOU MET ALEX PARVEN
BEFORE?

YES.

SO WHY DIDN'T YOU
TELL ANYBODY

HE HURT YOUR MOTHER?

YOU'RE UPSETTING ME!
GO AWAY!

DIDN'T THE POLICE ASK YOU
OVER AND OVER AGAIN WHO DID IT?

KATIE, TELL THE TRUTH.
IT WASN'T ALEX, WAS IT?

YOU JUST WANNA PLEASE
MS. NOVAK.

ISN'T THAT WHY
YOU SAID HE DID IT?

OBJECTION: LEADING.

THIS IS THE MCMARTIN CASE
ALL OVER AGAIN.

INDIVIDUALS
WITH WILLIAMS SYNDROME

ARE WILLING AND APT TO SAY
WHAT PEOPLE WANNA HEAR.

WE'RE MORE LIKELY TO GET
A FALSE POSITIVE FROM KATIE

THAN A FIVE-YEAR-OLD.

THE WITNESS HASN'T
CHANGED HER STORY.

NOT ONCE, DESPITE
COUNSEL'S ATTEMPT

TO BADGER AND CONFUSE HER.

AND YOU'D HAVE US BELIEVE
THAT SHE HEARD IT UNDER A BED,

THROUGH WALLS
AND CLOSED DOORS.

I CAN PROVE SHE HEARD
EVERY SINGLE WORD.

YOUR HONOR, IF I MAY?

PROCEED.

I'M GOING TO WHISPER
THREE QUESTIONS TO KATIE

TO SEE IF SHE RESPONDS
CORRECTLY.

[whispering]
KATIE, DID ALEX
HURT YOUR MOTHER?

YES, ALEX HURT MY MOTHER.

WHY DID HE HURT HER?

SHE WAS HURTING HIS FAMILY,

BECAUSE SHE WAS
HAVING A BABY.

DID ANYONE TELL YOU
WHAT TO SAY IN COURT?

YES, MY DAD SAID
DON'T TELL ANYBODY

ABOUT GETTING MONEY FROM MR. KIM
SO WE CAN GO AWAY.

WHO'S MR. KIM?

HE BRINGS MY DAD

MONEY IN A BRIEFCASE.

THE END.

I THOUGHT YOU MIGHT
LIKE TO KNOW

ALEX PARVEN MADE A DEAL
TO AVOID TRIAL.

KATIE WON'T
HAVE TO TESTIFY.

THAT'S A RELIEF.

I'M SURE IT IS,

SINCE KATIE WON'T
HAVE TO REVEAL

ANY MORE SECRETS
IN OPEN COURT.

THAT DOESN'T MATTER.

THE F.B.I. OWNS ME NOW.

YEAH, WELL, THEY
CUT A DEAL WITH YOU.

LIKE ANY COMMON THIEF,
YOU TESTIFY,

YOU DON'T GO TO PRISON.

I'D ALREADY
TURNED THE GUY IN.

I JUST TOOK HIS MONEY
AND DIDN'T TELL THE FEDS.

MUST HAVE BEEN
AN AWFUL LOT OF CASH

FOR YOU TO TAKE
A CHANCE LIKE THAT.

WHAT'D YOU SELL?

A PROTOTYPE FOR
A NEW DISPERSION SYSTEM.

THEY'RE GONNA FIND OUT
SOON ENOUGH IT DOESN'T WORK.

YOU TOOK A LOT OF RISK
FOR NOTHING.

WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN A PROBLEM

IF KATIE DIDN'T REPEAT
EVERYTHING THAT SHE HEARS.

RIGHT.

HOW'S YOUR WIFE?

MY SOON-TO-BE-EX?

WELL ENOUGH
TO BE DISCHARGED.

WHERE SHE'S GONNA GO
FROM HERE,

I DON'T KNOW.

AND I DON'T REALLY CARE.

YOU KNOW SHE DOESN'T
REMEMBER ANY OF IT.

THE AFFAIR,
LOSING THE BABY.

[laughs]

YEAH, ISN'T THAT CONVENIENT?

ALL RIGHT, KATIE,
LET'S GO.

OKAY, MOMMY,
IT'S TIME TO GO.

NO, KATIE.

WE TALKED ABOUT THIS.

SHE IS NOT GOING

ANYWHERE WITH US.
BEN!

DAD!

WE TALKED ABOUT THIS.
LET'S GO.

TALK TO ME!
DAD!

WHY WON'T YOU
TALK TO ME?

LET GO OF ME!

WHY CAN'T I COME HOME?!

LET GO OF HER!

PLEASE DON'T WALK AWAY!

[sobbing]
KATIE!

NO! DAD! NO!

KATIE, PLEASE!

BEN!
[Katie screaming]

WHY CAN'T I COME HOME?

STOP, DADDY!

NO, WE HAVE TO--

SHE DOESN'T DESERVE US!

[Karin sobbing,
Katie screaming]

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