Then Horatio moves on to giving everyone instructions: he's sending Delko over to the back -- poor Delko gets sent as far away from the action as possible in every case he works -- and tells Calleigh, "It may take a minute to acclimate yourself. There's a whole lot of red in there." Calleigh, who's recognized the grimness of the occasion by taking off a few layers of make-up, takes all of ten seconds before heading inside. As she looks around, Sevilla gives the expository spiel: "The occupants are Jason and Stephanie Caplin. Dad's an optician at Stonybrook Mall, Mom's a stay-at-home. Four kids: the oldest is Luke, he's sixteen; Timothy's nine, and the only other victim found in a separate room. Our toddler, Erin, the only surviving child, is seventeen months. And Max...six weeks." As Sevilla talks, we see Speedle taking pictures of Stephanie and her new chinless face, Alexx examining Luke and Max, Calleigh snapping a shot of Timothy. Alexx touches the baby's forehead and says, "Not a very long time down with us, angel, and back up you go." I do like the idea of talking to the dead people, but I wish she'd come up with snappier dialogue. Sevilla gives the usual "the neighbors had no idea a massacre was about to take place" speech. For once, I'd love to have a case where the neighbors say, "They were always so quiet...except for the abusive, profanity-laden screaming," or "It's about freakin' time. This gonna affect our property values any?"
Sevilla mentions, "Mom was tired because of the new baby." Hell, I'd think having a toddler, a pre-adolescent, and a teenager would do it too. Delko reports that the sliding glass doors were open, but no signs of forced entry, nor any other suspicious signs. Horatio says, "Okay, so everything we have is right here, and we have a happy, all-American family shotgunned to death in their own home." Speedle points out, "Except for the dad and toddler." Horatio, who's off and running for the theory train, says, "Right. But if the toddler belonged home, what was the dad doing here?" Delko wonders why two school-aged children are home too. Perhaps they're home-schooled? Needless to say, that possibility never gets raised. Horatio asks, "Alexx, do we have a time of death?" She tells him it all went down between 11 AM and 1 PM. Horatio asks, "Was everyone home for lunch when they were surprised by someone?" "Someone they knew," Delko says, hunkering down next to Sevilla. Horatio begins pacing around, saying, "What we do know is that Mom's not the only one shot in the back, right?" Yup. Alexx notes, "Mom's wound is consistent with a self-inflicted gunshot." Horatio asks Calleigh if they've got spatter on the muzzle. Affirmative. We see the blood flying back toward the muzzle in TMICam, and Calleigh notes that the rifle's got "a hell of a recoil." Since the rifle's some three feet away from Stephanie, it's entirely possible that the force of the shot flung it backward. Calleigh points out that Jason could have pulled the trigger too. Horatio doesn't dismiss this, and orders GSRs for everyone. Speedle notes that in order for this whole scene to come off as a murder-suicide, Stephanie would have had to have shot herself last. This sort of deductive thinking explains how he ended up on the forensic fast track. Horatio replies, "Right. Let's work on a timeline." What is this "let us" business? Why not just be honest about it? "Speedle, come up with a timeline." "Eric, walk around a lot and look stunned." "Calleigh, run to me with reports every hour on the hour." "Megan, you -- wait. Why don't you just clean off your bench? Maybe unsub from some listservs so our sysadmin doesn't get any angry emails from listmasters. Keep on...doing whatever it is you're doing off-camera." Sure enough, Speedle is doing the timeline. He warns, "It's going to take a while." Horatio tells Speedle to take all the time he needs. Well, it's not like the Caplins are going anywhere. Sevilla is dispatched to warn the neighbors that they're in for a lot of law enforcement personnel in the 'hood.