At 12:27:02, Hastings is using the one active video monitor in the place to watch Smith talk to Walker, asking if it's correct that Walker killed Vladimir in self-defense, like it said in her statement. "Yes, that's why it's in my statement," Walker nods. Saucy! Smith brings up Walker's history with Vladimir, which Walker admits to. Smith points out that when Vladimir tried to rape her years ago, she was able to fight him off. Walker says she also ended up in the hospital, but Smith acts impressed that Walker was able to manage it at all. "But this time when he attacked you, you didn't fight him off." Walker claims she couldn't, as Vladimir was strangling her. Which he was, earlier in the evening, but at the time she killed him he was pummeling her instead. Just thought I should make that distinction. Smith gives her a little more rope, and Walker concludes her story by saying she stabbed Vladimir in self-defense. "You stabbed him in self-defense fifteen times," Smith says, whipping out a few crime scene photos, leading off with a close-up of Vladimir's wrecked eye. "First blow alone could have stopped him," Smith says. Or at least made him start running around in circles. "But you didn't stop." Smith asks what Walker, an investigator in her own right, would think in Smith's place. "I acted in self-defense," Walker maintains in a weak whisper. Smith presents her own theory, which goes way beyond what actually happened: "You used an operation of unparalleled importance to seek revenge against the target without any regard for the final outcome." She says CTU shouldn't be brought down because of Walker's actions. This possibility clearly never occurred to Walker, possibly because it is ridiculous. My guess is even Smith doesn't believe it; she's just using that Cold Case tactic where you accuse the suspect of something really heinous to get her to defend herself and end up with an admission of something more understandable but still really illegal. I just hope Smith stops doing it before Walker morphs into a younger version of herself and we all find ourselves listening to the top hits of 2004. Walker doesn't speak, but her eyes are filling up. Smith reminds Walker that this isn't her first berserker rage: "You almost killed Alan Wilson. That's why you got fired by the FBI, isn't it?" That, Walker admits to. Now switching to a sympathetic act, Smith tells her to let it all out. "You killed Vladimir Laitanan because the thought of him touching you again was intolerable." Walker doesn't speak for a long time, even as Smith leans on her to confirm or deny.
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