Ah, but it's not to be. The guys head into the back, where the blue lighting makes Nicky look like he's got a backup career as a member of the Blue Man Group. All the girls are busy plunging syringes into each other's faces, and after Nicky comments, "I've never seen junkies shoot up in the face before," one of the girls says irritably, "It's not smack. It's silicone. It gives you good cheekbones." Nicky turns around and lands with his face in the looming Mercedes's corseted bosom. She hisses, "The ones who can't afford silicone? Shoot motor oil." Understandably ruffled, Nicky says shortly, "Do they?" Mercedes purrs, "Calm down, pretty boy. We're not the real monsters. The real freaks are the suit and ties who want to take a walk on the wild side before sneaking back to the wife and kids. Wanna go?" Nicky somehow manages to shake his head no -- kind of hard with Mercedes all up in his face. Gil, meanwhile, is hanging back and smirking. He eventually rescues Nicky by explaining that they're from the crime lab. Mercedes snaps, "Isn't this the part where you say my [parole officer] would be interested to know that I'm hustling, and you'd like a freebie." "I'm actually not interested in your ass," Gil clarifies. Nicky's turn to smirk. Gil continues, "But I am looking for a human butcher who might be." Mercedes bids him to go on. Gil does: "The game is helping transgenders who've been turned down for surgery." Mercedes gestures the guys over to an alcove and says sotto voce, all attitude gone, "You want Benway. Benway did my transformation, but something went wrong, and now I can't be a man or a woman. Want to see?" Nicky tells her that's all right, and Mercedes says despairingly, "No, it's not all right! He keeps canceling my corrective surgery." Gil tries to look on the bright side with, "That may be why you're still alive." Mercedes continues, "My friend had to go back four times. Finally, he fitted her with a colostomy bag. Benway felt so bad, he hooked it up for free." Nicky says dryly, "Where can we find this humanitarian?" That's the hundred-dollar question: Benway travels in and out of town -- "Bulgaria? Bosnia? One of the -ias! Nobody's ever seen him. He flies in and he flies out. He shows up just as you're going under, and skips before you come to." The scene ends with the guys finding out that Tawny had just visited Benway.
Back in the lab, Catherine's telling Sara and Nicky that Jacqui got a hit off the toothpaste tube -- "It came back for one Dr. Karl Benway, military service." Warrick hands over a photo of one of the more baroque -- or gothic, depending on whether you're referring to the aesthetic design of the figure, or its symbolic potential for horror -- things they found at the site, and shares that it's an abdominal retractor, used to keep the abdominal cavity open during surgery and sold only in surgical supply stores. Surprise, surprise, Dr. Karl Benway is the only individual who's purchased one in the last year and a half. Nicky and Gil come in all smirking because they think they've got something, and right after Nicky says, "We know the name of the butcher," Sara, Warrick, and Catherine all chorus, "Benway." Gil takes a moment to recover before asking, "What do you know about him, and do you have an address?" After Sara bemoans the lack of a paper trail, Catherine sums up that they've got a non-doctor who served in the military but doesn't drive and never leaves the country. Just then, Liam pops in and delivers a self-aggrandizing monologue about the scutwork he endures in the name of love -- er, in the name of "because Sara asked him to." And eventually, he gets around to telling us more about the Butcher Benway: "Viet Nam vet. Served as a medic. Then it looks like he did a short stint with the Sanctuary Alliance in Ghana. He goes from Ghana to Mexico, where he's arrested and deported for performing illegal abortions." Sara asks if Benway's medical license was revoked, and that's how we found out he never went to medical school. "In 1983, Benway watched too much MTV and fell under the influence of the New Romantic aesthetic, if the eyeline and moussed mullet are any indication, and he was arrested for protesting outside the Supreme Court. In 1987, he was Photoshopped into a San Francisco Chronicle snapshot and interviewed for an article at an anti-nuke rally." Or something to that effect. Gil looks at all of this and concludes Dr. Benway is also Dr. Lavalle.