Unfortunately, not even locked gates can keep out Miami's avenging crusader; Horatio comes strolling in and hears all about Ruthie Crichton, aged five, whom the paramedics just pronounced dead. Horatio commands, "Nobody leaves." It'd be kind of hard in Stalag 17 there, Horatio. The detective reveals the first puzzle to be solved for the night: to get from the ball pen to the bathroom where Ruthie's body was found, the abductor would have to get past the arcade, past a food court, and past a lot of observers. Horatio looks around Zany Town and decrees, "This place is a buffet for these creeps." Maybe Zany Town might want to think twice about including that endorsement on the marketing materials. Horatio then asks to be taken to Ruthie in the bathroom.
Cut to Ruthie, lying on the floor of the most dramatically lit bathroom I've ever seen. She's on her back in a pool of light -- Alexx better get here soon, or flights of angels are going to be taking off with the evidence -- half-dressed, and Horatio takes a moment to brood down at her. After collecting himself, Horatio begins looking around the room, noticing the recently filled trash can, the recently used sink, and Ruthie. He then walks out to collect himself with a calming brood by the stuffed animals. Horatio and the detective survey the collection of mothers anxiously guarding their children, and the detective says gloomily, "Fifty witnesses." Horatio corrects him: "Fifty suspects." Roger Daltrey screams his assent, and we're at the credits.
Once we return to the show, a dozen different crime-solving vehicles have converged on the scene, and a uniform is already rolling out the crime-scene tape. The camera pans over to the long-suffering chicken-costume guy taking a well-deserved smoke break as he answers questions. Megan and the Bob-White crew enter the building, and Horatio says, "Welcome to the next forty-eight hours of your life, ladies and gentlemen." Horatio then assigns tasks: Delko's securing an extended perimeter, Speedle's photographing everything, and Calleigh's checking into the surveillance system. Speedle and Delko will be dealing with the crowd, and Calleigh will be trying to trace the killer's path electronically. Megan will apparently be working the bathroom with Horatio. Cut to him examining the scene and noticing "what appears to be glitter in the northwest quad." We see Megan writing on a clipboard and staring into her cleavage. She asks if a path's been cleared; Horatio sweeps his flashlight and says, "From the door to the body, right there." The camera passes over Ruthie, who's halfway out of her pretty pink outfit and halfway into a nondescript t-shirt and pants. We also see that her hair's been inexpertly cut. Megan and her cleavage -- we're seeing more of it in every scene, so we might as well give it separate billing -- walk over, noting, "Cut hair, boy's clothes --" Horatio cuts in, "Looks like he was disguising her, maybe to smuggle her out." Looks the screenwriters haven't checked Snopes.com lately, as they've debunked this allegedly common practice amongst the kiddie-grabbing set. I give up. It's only a matter of time before I'm recapping episodes where Horatio and Megan find someone packed in ice in a bathtub and missing their kidneys, or a woman who dies of shock after the spiders nesting in her hairdo get aggressive, or someone who dies after their internal organs get cooked during a tanning-parlor session.