Catherine's talking to the daughter, Nora, who exposits, "Last time I saw my mother, I was in seventh grade. She handed me my lunch and said, 'See you after school.'" Catherine asks, "Did you know she was back?" Nora says, "I never thought she was dead. Can I sit down?" Nora's rubbing her abdomen as she sits, so naturally, my first thought is that she's got some sort of stress-related ulcer, what with balancing school on top of running the house for her dad. Catherine hunkers down too and says, "I know this has got to be very hard on you and your brother --" "And my dad," Nora adds quickly. Oh, Lord -- that's all this episode needs is some unsettling parent/child angle. A light bulb goes off over Catherine's head as she looks at Nora, and she asks, "Is your dad seeing anybody? Does he have a girlfriend?" Nora stares at her, not comprehending. "How could he?" she asks.
That's more or less the signal for Catherine to cut the conversation short and go through Nora's room with the ALS. Nora's nightstand holds a lot of framed photos with Nora and her dad, and the drawer contains high-potency supplements and a pricey-looking diamond necklace. While this is going on, Sara's down in the kitchen, discovering blood and a space on the wall where a frying pan once was. Is anyone else flashing to that scene where she was discussing how people threw away perfectly good frying pans? And then -- just in case the memory-impaired are having a problem following along -- Nicky's opening up the big chest freezer and explaining, "This is where I found the hairs, right between the packages of frozen peas." Catherine looks at the hair and comments, "Mrs. Easton was a brunette." Nicky replies, "And we found a freezer's worth of frozen peas at the landfill." Catherine looks down at the peas, then back at Nicky, and says, "Lack of swelling, clean fractures -- she was frozen." We cut to a flashback of the frozen Kelly Easton being crunched in the trash compactor for what seems like the umpteenth time in the episode. Catherine continues, "Skin and muscle would have lost elasticity; fracture planes would have passed through in a straight line." Nicky thinks someone in the family stuck her in the freezer and waited until people pick-up day. We then flash back to the actual act of death -- or possibly unconsciousness, leading to freezer incarceration and death: Kelly Easton getting broadsided with a frying pan, hitting her head on the counter, and going down before being hauled into a freezer full of peas. Catherine says, "Well, the garbage tells us how she was killed. Now I want to know who."
I blame the snake. Well, no, not really, but how else should I have segued into this shot of snakeskin all up-close? Before Warrick can tell Gil that he's got snakeskin, Gil comes shuffling on it, ready and eager to share the results of the tox report, which came back with snake venom. Gil says, "I think maybe it's time to open a relationship with Marty Gibson."