Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Stocks & Bondage

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Stocks & Bondage

Could Friday night TV ads suck more? I don't think so.

Back at the cop shop, Munch is passing along to Cassidy and Cragen that he hears the Briggs case is being blamed on autoerotic asphyxiation. Benson and Stabler return to inform him that it wasn't autoerotic because there was more than one person involved. They give the update from the lab, including the kicker about the whip filled with half a million dollars in diamonds. Cragen is a little worked up about this discovery, saying that it should be easy to figure out where that much ice came from. He orders Benson and Stabler to hit the diamond district and show Layla's photo around. He neglects to remind them to pick me up something in a two-carat brilliant cut while they're down there. Bastard. Stabler hands Cragen a file and tells his boss that they also have Layla's credit card records, which show that she frequented sex and fetish shops. Cragen gives the file to Cassidy and tells him and Munch to follow up on them, and see if they can get the names of any of Layla's sex partners. Somewhere in Manhattan, Sars does a cartwheel at the thought of Cassidy as the sex shop investigator.

Chung-chung! Over at All Due Restraint, a brunette is telling Cassidy and Munch that she knew Layla, but "for obvious reasons, [she tries] to respect the privacy of our customers, because the world can be so judgmental of human behavior." Cassidy leans in with his Sexy Voice and flirts, "Not us -- we leave that to the prosecutors." Anyway, the brunette says that Layla was a first-timer, a "yuppie with a wild streak," and asks why the cops are asking. Cassidy tells her, "We found her dead, trussed up like a latex turkey." Hee hee! The brunette is shocked at this news and, when Munch asks if she knew any of Layla's partners, says she (Layla) came in one time with her boss's girlfriend. Munch: "Big redhead?" Brunette: "No, a brunette. Why?" Munch figures they met a different girlfriend. Cassidy and the sex-shop brunette stare and smile at each other for a while until Munch drags Cassidy out of there. Go, Cassidy!

Chung-chung! At Shaked Diamonds, a fancy jewelry store, the owner has never seen Layla, and tells Benson and Stabler that the only people dealing in quantities of diamonds like she possessed are crooks and professional dealers. What, the cops thought they'd get a few pounds of diamonds at Zales or something? Anyway, the owner would never sell such a large amount to anyone he didn't know personally, for fear of damaging his reputation. Turns out diamonds are "the travelers checks of the underworld -- valuable, compact, impossible to trace." Hey, screw "a diamond is forever"! This is a much better advertising slogan! Anyway, there's a less scrupulous guy named David McKuin upstairs in the same building. He'll apparently sell to anyone.

Cut to David McKuin, recognizing Layla's picture and knowing her full name. She came in to buy from him two weeks ago, and McKuin is shocked, shocked to learn of her death. Anyway, she bought $9,416,000 worth of diamonds when she was in. She wanted ten million, but McKuin didn't have them. Benson asks what Layla was going to do with the diamonds, and McKuin says it was for her work: "High-finance. I don't understand it." You and me both, buddy. Stabler's in his face: "And you don't ask questions when you can make a quick buck." McKuin resents that. Stabler tells him, "Then you'll really resent it when we file a stolen property inquiry." He and Benson basically threaten to make McKuin's life hell if he doesn't tell the truth about the reason for the diamond purchase, and goes to a file cabinet and shows them that it was definitely business. Layla paid with a corporate check. Benson asks for a copy of the check, and while McKuin is off kickin' it Xerox style, Stabler whispers, "If I were ripping off my company, I'd want this jeweler as my guy." Maybe that's what she was doing and someone else wanted a cut of the action, thinks my man. McKuin comes back with the copy, showing that the check is from Martin Global Fund, signed by Layla's supervisor, Sho-Ling Fu. Stabler asks McKuin to give the SVU a call if someone comes in trying to fence the diamonds. McKuin agrees to do so.

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