Just then, a bald labmonkey comes in to tell Alexx he's got the tox screen she wanted, but stops to gape and comment, "Cool room." Horatio curtly says, "Mmm-hmmm," then asks, "Ruben, have you seen Megan?" Ruben says, "She had court today." The Chords Of Convenience play as Horatio looks up and says, "I thought she had court yesterday." Ruben replies, "She stopped by, told me to give you this." He hands over an envelope. This is shaping up to be one of the most entertaining ex post facto departures I've ever seen, albeit in a totally accidental way. If you're going to have a highly-publicized departure, you should wring it for as much implausibility as possible. Have Horatio ask Ruben where Megan is, only to have the other man reply, "I thought you knew. She had your credit card when she was booking her flight to the Grand Caymans." Anyway, Horatio notes that the envelope reads "PERSONAL AND CONFIDENTIAL," which would seem to inspire all sorts of snooping among people who pry secrets out of others for a living, and listens to Ruben telling Alexx that the body's BAC was 0.0. Alexx is startled: "So she smelled of beer but didn't drink any? Okay, that's odd." This from the woman holding salons with the recently deceased. Ruben counters, "Not as odd as this -- her pro time's up to about 25 seconds." For those of you who wonder, as I do, what a "pro time" is, it's the nickname for "prothrombin time," or the time it takes for a plasma sample (it's blood plasma that contains all the clogging agents, not the RBCs) to form a firm clot after being treated with the coagulation inhibitor thromboplastin. Pro Time is also the trademarked name for a kit used to determine blood coagulation time, but given that we're simply talking about how long it took Jane Doe's blood to clot, I think the reference is just to the general blood-clot test, not to the brand-name kit.
Anyway, Alexx notes that Jane Doe was a slow clotter, Ruben suggests that Jane Doe was taking a blood thinner, and Alexx counters that the body's lack of bruises belies the thin-blood idea. Horatio asks, "We've got no ID, no crime scene and no cause of death, right?" He says that like it's an impediment to solving the crime or something. Anyway, the upshot to this is that Horatio concludes, "We know she was doing one thing before she passed away." "She was breathing," Alexx concludes. "She was breathing air filled with contaminants," Horatio clarifies. Alexx replies, "I'll swab her nasal passages and sinus cavities." It just goes to show, whoever coined the saying "you can pick your victim, you can pick your nose, but you can't pick your victim's nose" was wrong. Horatio takes off before Alexx can begin excavation. We do not follow him. Alexx swabs out something that looks a lot like sparkly tapioca, and the camera rushes in for a close-up. We then check Alexx's face -- not a whole lot going on -- before zooming back on the face of Jane Doe, whose eyes appear to have moved down so she's staring at the camera, and her hair is perfectly done in a little dutchboy cut. Rare is the person who looks better after their autopsy, but Jane Doe's managed it.