But he also never told her about his older brother, which was more acceptable, because he didn’t know about him, either. They plant lilacs (Benson’s favorite) and daisies (Stabler’s) in the other’s lockers. A confused-looking panda is watching her with dewy eyes. She passes two llamas chewing thoughtfully on the sign for a hot dog stand.
“Misleader”: Father Jones has never touched a child, but when he closes his eyes at night, he still remembers his high school girlfriend: her soft thighs, her lined hands, the way she dropped off that roof like a falcon. Into the dial tones, they chirp “SVU, Manhattan’s rapiest police department! The interns drug Benson’s and Stabler’s coffees and then, after they fall asleep in the back room, the interns shove the cots close together and place both the detectives in compromising positions. In the parking lot of the zoo, her car is idling against a cement post.
She closes her eyes, shakes her head, rocks back and forth in her chair. “But Benson is not a man.” “Baby Killer”: Benson keeps the condoms in her nightstand drawer refreshed, and throws the expired ones away. As they shoot through the tunnels, the man looks blearily at Benson, then unzips his duffel bag and vomits into it, almost politely. “Asunder”: Stabler works out every morning at the precinct.
She begins to sing a song softly under her breath, not in English, the syllables rolling out of her mouth like smoke. “Closure: Part 2”: “It’s not that I hate men,” the woman says. And I’m okay with that fear.” “Legacy”: Over breakfast, Stabler’s daughter asks him about Benson’s family. “You always say that family is a man’s one true wealth,” says Stabler’s daughter. She dutifully takes her pill at the same time every morning. “Noncompliance”: The girl-with-bells-for-eyes tells Benson to go to Brooklyn.
In the end, Stabler discovers that the stolen identity of the man in question was also stolen, and he and Benson have to begin the investigation all over again. When he investigates the basement, it sounds like it’s coming from outside.