Now Calleigh's getting into the act: "Climbs even higher, gets into position" -- the effect is of watching a muppet position itself -- "he waited for the right conditions." Horatio finally concludes, "Then his targets were irrelevant because the people he killed were picked at random. Meaning he picked spots and not victims. Once he hunkered down, he was up there all night, dry firing. He didn't eat, he didn't move, not for any reason." And here, we see the sniper piss. It's every bit as gratifying as you could have hoped. Horatio intones, "He waited for as long as it took." Calleigh adds, "And he didn't take the shot until conditions were perfect, like a skier visualizing the hill before the race starts." Not to be outdone in the "I can get into the sniper's head better than you" monologues, Horatio says, "Because he was waiting for his puzzle to be complete." Are we to presume that the puzzle was laid out on the sniper data card? Would we get more of this puzzle idea if we had been able to read and translate the sniper data card? Or have the writers merely piled on clichés to the breaking point?
Gah! Calleigh and Horatio still aren't done. Calleigh's all, "He used a flag or tree to gauge the wind." Horatio horns in, "It didn't matter how long he waited, because as soon as those pieces fell together, he'd be ready." Calleigh adds, "To take three shots." We then see the dead people being targeted -- spare us not one moment of the sniper's thought processes, y'all -- and the shots being taken all over again. Nothing says class like showing how the victims die in the scope. If that's not giving narrative legitimacy to a killer, I don't know what is -- and given recent events, I hope the people associated with this show are proud of being the first to bring us the sniper's-eye view of what goes on during a premeditated murder at random. Horatio then picks up the wind flag and quips, "And the answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind."