Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Stocks & Bondage

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Stocks & Bondage

Stabler and Benson pulling up at a curb, Stabler on his cell phone with Munch: "Yeah, I got it -- a redhead and a brunette. Thanks for the razor-sharp description." Stabler tells Benson Martin has two beautiful girlfriends.

Cut to an office door marked "Sho-Ling Fu," where a woman's voice is saying, "We have many accounts, in many currencies." We now see the lovely Ms. Fu, who looks about as Sho-Ling Fu as I do. Which is to say, not at all. Ethnic, yeah. She's got me there. Anyway, Benson can't believe that she doesn't remember a check for nearly ten million dollars. Sho-Ling bobs her head snottily and informs our heroes that she "[signs] a transaction like that several times a week." Well, bully for you. When informed that this specific check was used to purchase diamonds, Sho-Ling tells the detectives, "Layla did some commodities hedging. Once in a while you take a delivery of actual goods." No, I don't know what she means either. Benson asks where the diamonds are. Sho-Ling is all snotty, "How would I know?" Benson takes a wild stab in the dark: "Because you're in charge of finances?" Good point. Stabler and his beautiful smoldering stare have had enough. "We're investigating a murder," he says. "Mr. Martin's office is where?" Sho-Ling loses her smirk in time to answer, "Down the hall. It's marked." Wow. Never would have thought of that. Stabler smiles and thanks her.

In Martin's office, Martin and his Casual CEO of the Nineties look (casual dress, scrappy goatee) tells some story of starting out in his garage and how he keeps an old computer to remind himself of where he started. Stabler goes into Sarcasm Mode: "That's sweet. How long did Layla Briggs work for you?" A couple of years, says Martin, before declaring without so much as an ounce of sincerity how much of a shame Layla's death was. Stabler wonders how much Martin knew about her personal life. "You mean the sex stuff? Her predilections were well known, but kept out of the office." Stabler wonders if there was ever a problem with Layla stealing, since she purchased thousands of dollars worth of sex gear with corporate credit cards. Martin thinks there's no difference between funding Layla's "habit" and paying for a membership to a country club. Anyway, he knows about the diamond purchase, because they were "betting on diamond futures going up in anticipation of Y2K anxiety." Was it common knowledge that Layla had the diamonds? According to Martin, it's right in the financial report, that anyone who knew how to read it would know she had the rocks. At this point I picture a Looney Tunes rendition of a corporate report, with a big headline that reads, "Layla Briggs Has The Diamonds." Anyway, the distribution list for the report is everyone in the office and the Board of Directors of "the charity." Stabler is amused at the thought of a charity on Wall Street. Turns out Martin Global, specifically Layla Briggs, invested a large fund for a foundation called the New Vision Endowment, which gives eyeglasses and books to poor kids.

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