Fresh from that tedious scene, Horatio walks over and asks, "Speed, whaddya got?" "Contempt for you and everyone associated with this show," he replies. Oh, wait -- that's me. He's got the one building. Horatio gives some more tedious hoo-ha about the sniper's ability to blend into a side of beef (no kidding), and wonders why the sniper chose that particular building. Then, remembering that he's Horatio and therefore knows everything, he answers his own questions with, "Targets everywhere. There's a high-traffic area on the upper left corner. Can you highlight that, please?" Speedle does, and Horatio checks the lines of sight from the building. Horatio comments, "That's his line of sight, lots of people walking around." Speedle says, "Yeah, but that's got to be 800 yards away." Ah, but what is eight football fields to this guy? Horatio turns to go, telling Speedle to load Delko into a chopper. Off-screen, Alex Rodriguez sobs in relief that he hasn't been put on the Kim Delaney train.
Cue the helicopter. In the streets of Miami, seasoned cosmopolites all stop and gape like slack-jawed yokels. Oh, like helicopters are really going to be that uncommon. Delko tells Horatio, "Okay, H, I'm in position to scramble the wind condition." This just raises all sorts of questions -- are we to conclude that Delko's also an air ace, in addition to being a scuba sensei? He's mastered all the ancient elements -- earth, air, water! Let's look forward to seeing him walk through fire! Horatio tells him, "Stay in position." Really? And what would Delko be doing otherwise, stepping out for a Big Gulp? Jesus wept over this dialogue, and so did I. Then, two squad cars and a vehicle full of forensics types pull up. Wait a minute -- this is a sniper who's been terrorizing downtown Miami, and the best the police force can spare is two police cars, a humvee full of forensics investigators, and a chopper piloted by Aquaman? Doesn't anyone remember what it looked like when they caught the D.C. snipers? Think about the end of The Blues Brothers, and then add John Ashcroft. And here -- three cars and a helicopter. I suppose we should be grateful Horatio took along backup, instead of arresting the sniper alone, then healing the sick and feeding the masses with a biscotti and a lox bagel. Horatio gets out of the humvee and begins screaming into his CB for Calleigh. She tells him she's taking the stairs. So she should be on the crime scene in about twenty minutes, bent double from the stitch in her side. Horatio tells her, "You'll be my eyes and ears," which is a blatant lie, as we all know he's omnipotent. He then incites a riot by screaming at the diners in the plaza, "Ladies and gentlemen, there's a sniper in the vicinity. I need everybody out!" Cue the melee. Not. People are just kind of ambling off, looking around bemusedly. Horatio personally guides a senior citizen out of harm's way.