Meanwhile, over at the plane's fuselage, Calleigh -- remember her? Blonde girl, formerly sporting Heidi braids, last seen God knows how many tiresome scenes ago? -- is inspecting the wreckage with a borescope. I pause the TiVo and ponder the many, many comments I can make about CSI: Miami being filmed in BoreScope before turning back to what is promising to be a leaden exchange between Calleigh and someone who is listed in the end credits as, I kid you not, "handsome tech." Anyway, Calleigh takes this guy to school: "The swamp boys use it for a sneak-and-peek. I think it's kind of cute." As Calleigh says this last part, she's waggling the long, narrow end suggestively in front of her face. Paging Dr. Freud...anyway, Handsome Tech asks if he can advance the explanatory portion of this evening's plotline, and Calleigh invites him to be her guest. He asks, "So, uh, what exactly are we looking for here?" "Ballistics evidence. We think there may have been a shooting on the plane, but so far, nada," Calleigh responds. Evidently the word "ballistics" rings a bell (or, um, dings it, if you want to belabor the bullet metaphor) and Handsome Tech says, "You know, I heard of you. You're the bullet girl, right?" No -- Bulletgirl's alter ego was Susan Kent, girlfriend of Jim Barr, a.k.a. Bulletman, and she's dead, freeing him up to zoom around the Power of Shazam. And there's no way you can confuse Calleigh for Bulletgirl II; that one's a "steel-coated human bullet." Take it up with Marvel if you don't believe me. Back on the screen, Calleigh asks if Handsome Tech is really Airplane Boy (no comics counterpart exists, to the best of my knowledge) and HT's all, "I guess you could say I know my way around an airframe." "Really?" Calleigh coos. "What are those?" We all get a close-up of what looks like an very unglamorous screw, and HT tells us that those are bayonet pins, which hold the door shut. Calleigh already knew that; what she wants to know about are the vertical scores on the pins. HT muses, "Could mean the door failed." Calleigh, who's following The Caine Contradictory Conversation Killer Method, points out, "Or someone wanted them to."
Back at the lab, Delko wanders by, and Horatio asks him how it's coming on the black boxes. Delko replies that he's about to head back out; he merely came back to dose up on antibiotics first. I imagine this job plays merry hell with his intestinal microflora. Horatio stresses the importance of the black box and dismisses Delko so that Speedle can come in for his audience with the Caine. Speedle's been dealing with the pilot's widow, which is just what he needs after having gotten all verklempt over the guy's wallet earlier. We learn from Speedle, "The thing is, boss, she kept going on about Sommer and all his top brass screwing over the rank and file. You want to know why they were going to D.C.?" Horatio already knows: "They were being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission, weren't they?" Speedle shifts awkwardly, probably wondering why he bothers since Horatio apparently has all the answers already. Horatio, producing a wad of subpoenas for Sommer and his chief financial officers, does nothing to dispel that impression. Speedle strikes a blow for the working class: "Company fails, the management bails." Horatio's even anticipating him here: "And sails into retirement on a golden parachute with a big, fat severance package, right?" Speedle, whose 401(k) was evidently tied up in Tyco, WorldCom, ImClone, and Enron, says, "Yeah, and Joe Cubicle gets a pink slip and a frozen pension plan." Horatio attempts to placate Speedle by consoling him with SEC imagery, but before the magic's complete, Calleigh comes in and shares the news that the bayonet pins were shot and the plane door opened mid-flight. We flash to the pins rattling through their holes, then the door flying open and Christina flying out, one shoe whipping off her foot as she falls backward, screaming. To quote Speedle, "That explains how our victim ended up five miles from the crash." Horatio wonders if there was sabotage; Speedle's off and running with, "Company's in trouble, lot of employees ticked off at the boss..." Calleigh picks it up: "Exit door pins were tampered with, most likely by someone who knew their way around a jet aircraft." Horatio intones, "Means, motive, all they needed was an opportunity. Let's find out who worked on that plane."