I felt like there was a lot lacking after 'Authority' so I figured I'd write about what I wanted to see.
"Well, detectives, if your guy is down there he must have been carried across the lake because my guys can't find him. Sorry." Olivia nodded and she and Elliot walked away from the lake where the diving team was finishing up their search. It was late and the sun was going down.
"You think he really went in the river?" Olivia asked Elliot.
"Guy like that? No. He had a plan," Elliot said.
They were silent for a few minutes, then Olivia said, "I'm sorry, Elliot. I can't believe I just let him kidnap me." She felt like a complete idiot. Her gun and cell phone were still sitting in a trash can at Grand Central and she had put them there.
"You thought he had a bomb, you couldn't refuse to go," Elliot assured her.
"But there wasn't a bomb, I was acting exactly the way he wanted me to; like a sheep."
Elliot stopped. "No, Liv, don't say that. You weren't blindly following orders for no reason. You were willing to put yourself in danger to protect hundreds of innocent civilians. There was no real threat, but you had no way of knowing that, no reason to doubt him. You are NOT a sheep."
Olivia paused, looking at Elliot for a minute, then asked, "What happened, Elliot?"
"You didn't hear any of it." It wasn't really a question, he already knew the answer.
Olivia shook her head. "I couldn't hear anything. What did he say to you."
Elliot sighed and crossed his arms. "He wanted to conduct his own version of the Milgram experiment."
"He wanted you to shock me?"
"He told me it was for real. He had pre-recorded screams play whenever he hit the button in his hand."
"Oh, El…you had to, he said there was a bomb…" she put a comforting hand on his shoulder, but he angrily pushed it away.
"You think I actually pushed the button?!" He couldn't believe it.
Olivia shook her head. "I…I'm sorry, you sounded…"
"I would never do that to you," he said angrily.
"Elliot…" She didn't know what else to say. She wanted to apologize, but she also wanted to know why, and to thank him for not pushing the button. There was no word to express everything she needed to.
"It was so…painful. It sounded…you know, looking back, it did sound strange. But I…" His eyes narrowed as he lost himself in thought for a minute, then continued, "I've never heard you scream before. I had no idea what it would really sound like. And I was just so afraid that you were really in pain. He said every time I refused he would hold the button longer, but I just couldn't do it. I couldn't be responsible for hurting you."
Olivia took a minute to absorb everything, then asked, "What made him let us go?"
"I refused again. I told him I didn't want anyone else to suffer because of what happened to Rook. He told me a was a real man, not a sheep like him. He switched on the light and played the scream again, told me it was all fake. I kinda felt like an idiot, too."
They got into the car, Elliot driving as usual, and drove in silence until Olivia said, "You've really never heard me scream?"
"I've never thought about until now, but no, I never have. It sort of sounded like your voice, though." He shrugged.
"I don't know what I would have done if it were you in that chair."
"You're not a sheep, Liv. You would have done exactly what I did."
"Be a real man?" Olivia joked.
"You said it, not me," he said with a big grin. Olivia punched him playfully in the shoulder and they both laughed.