D-Day: With Skinner’s body and the bodies of his victims uncovered, Linden surveys the wreckage she hath wrought. As Holder looks on, she makes her way toward Skinner’s body bag and lifts it to really take in the ghastly truth. Her expression settles into some combination of resignation, resolution, and nausea.
Reddick joins the medical examiner, who blithely notes that the victims might take a while to ID since they’d gone undiscovered so long. Or, as he puts it, “there’d be less animal activity—they might still have their faces.” Thanks for the graphic description, buddy. Reddick pays particular attention to Skinner’s case, demanding a personal copy of the autopsy findings. Believing Reddick only has circumstantial evidence, Linden coaches Holder that their best defense is to stay strong and stay on the same page. Just a thought: She would be smart not to be game-planning her murder defense just yards away from the man investigating her.
Their caucus is interrupted when Holder recognizes Kallie’s earring and realizes it’s her body on the stretcher right next to them. Soon after, Skinner’s wailing daughter barges into the morgue. Linden escapes the latter by going guns-blazing to St. George’s. Colonel Rayne knows Linden has no leg to stand on and accuses her of being an emotional woman. Linden goes to the SPD stock her arsenal, and Holder rattles off evidence that Philip Stansbury and Rayne were having an affair. Linden is ready to re-storm the castle, but their warrant has been denied. All jacked-up and nowhere to go, Linden storms Caroline’s office instead. Like Holder with Knopf’s mom, Linden is completely inappropriate—pretty much the last thing Holder needs after the “big deal” bust-up with his sister.
Back in the precinct parking lot, tensions are high as Holder tells Linden to slow her roll and stop ticking off people who can help them. Linden is in crisis mode (any crisis will do!) so she takes off. Holder gets out in time to see Danette Leeds, Kallie’s mom. Delusional as ever, she wants to see her daughter and say goodbye. Holder tries to kid-glove it, but she’s an uncomprehending wastoid who won’t take no for an answer. He finally crumbles under the pressure, mentions Kallie’s mangled face (or lack thereof), and grabs Danette’s arm to drag her inside. She resists, but it has to be one of Holder’s lowest points—and, between the addiction, drug-pushing to children, and bridge freak-outs, there have been many.
NEXT: Reddick drops a few truth bombs