"Get your ass in my office NOW, Stabler!" Detective Stabler looked up from his desk where he was going over a case with his partner. Olivia raised her eyebrows, wondering what the captain could have been so angry about. Elliot slowly got up from his desk, as he made his way towards the captain's open office door. Elliot jumped slightly as the door slammed behind him.

"Something wrong, Captain?"

"Don't play innocent with me. What the hell were you thinking, Detective?"


"Shut your mouth, Stabler. Who do you think you are that you can physically harass a suspect in a rape? I just got my ass chewed out by MY boss, demanding to know why one of my detectives would assault a rape suspect!"

"Captain, I have no idea what you are talking about. Who? When?"

"Last night. Jason Branson...Where were you last night Elliot?"

"I was home alone, but I didn't go near Branson, that's not even my case."

"Well, his lawyer called my boss this morning, ranting about why his client needed stitches; and they have a witness, Elliot! Now, tell me the truth...where were you last night!"

"Captain. Honest! I have no idea what your talking about."

"I want to believe you Stabler, but you can't deny it when they have a witness who places you as the one who assaulted Branson. Now, his lawyer is filing for a mistrial!"

"Captain, I--"

The captain's face was just inches away from Elliot's.

"I don't want to hear it Detective! If I hear another word out of your mouth, you'll hand in your badge and your gun. First, you go and assault a suspect that wasn't even your case, and then you come into my office and lie to me! I am suspending you for three days, effective immediately, until IAB can look into this further."


"Get the hell of my precint Detective!"

Elliot stormed out of Cragen's office, picking up his jacket on the back of his chair as he left. He ignored Olivia's questioning glance, as she rose to meet him as he left Cragen's office.

"Elliot, what's wrong?"

"Leave him alone, Benson. You are on desk duty unit Elliot gets back from his three day suspension."

"What? Why? Why was he suspended?"

"None of your damn business Detective! Now I believe that there is a pile of paperwork that needs to be done, so get busy!"

Olivia hurriedly returned to her work, wondering why the captain was so angry. She hadn't seen him like this in a long time. What had Elliot done?