In another part of the Everglades where the sun is a little higher up in the sky, a lethally abraded passenger strapped into his airplane chair is about to become the object of a still-life photograph. Speedle fusses with the camera while Delko hovers behind him, wetsuit down around his waist. The better to show off the delts, I suspect. Speedle is apparently moving a little slowly between shots, prompting Delko to say, "Hey, Herb Ritts, c'mon. You want to do this while we're young, or what?" Delko, count your blessings: you could be working with a would-be Mapplethorpe instead, or Speedle could be asking you to strip down and be Charis Wilson to his Edmund Weston. You're getting off easy with Herb. Speedle says calmly that he needs a minute -- it's an eerily Horatio-like delivery -- and Delko's all, "How about I take the pictures and you go out there and backstroke through that crap?" Speedle looks annoyed, but asks, "You all right?" Delko huffs that he most certainly is, and in tones more suited to the playground, asks the same of Speedle. Speedle is apparently also all right. Horatio stops them before they come to blows over further exchanges of pleasantries. Delko apologizes ("Sorry, H.") and Horatio reminds them to stay focused. Speedle walks toward them and says, "We were just talking about how at plane crashes like this, they used to find the passengers without any feet. They couldn't figure out why. It turns out there's a support bar under the seat that was acting like a guillotine." Horatio and Megan elect to skip the forensics lecture in favor of looking at a muddy plane chair lying on its side. Horatio notes that the seatbelt is unbuckled and undamaged. Speedle notes that the plane wasn't full -- there were eight empty seats. Horatio replies, "I've already counted nine unbuckled belts, so that would mean one of the passengers was unbuckled during takeoff, doesn't it?" The camera pans over to Megan, who looks uneasy at this display of unsupported reasoning. The brainstorming session ends with Speedle and Horatio wondering if the unbuckled seat belt belonged to the pilot who got shot; this leaves me wondering exactly who managed to get the plane to take off, then. Would they have to sit on the pilot's lap? Would the lack of a seatbelt get in their way? This makes no sense to me. Anyway -- Speedle goes off to pretend he's not affected by the crime scene some more. Megan asks how everyone's holding up, which would be odd, since she was just standing next to them, but it's not like Megan's been actually looking at anyone talking in her vicinity, and Horatio replies they're all fine and they're doing their jobs. Then he does his by finding and picking up a formerly snazzy red briefcase sporting a "CMC" monogram.
Episode Report CardSobell: C | 349 USERS: C+
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