Anyway, these two finally quit pretending they're Jules and Vern, leave the locker room, and run straight into Catherine. She chirps, "Oh, my two favorite guys. So! I've got an assault at Stripperama and a trash run at Flamingo and Koval. I'm too busy to play favorites, so duke it out." A quick coin toss later, and Nicky's got the trash pickup, while Warrick's off to Stripperama. Nicky gets in the last word by wandering off and singing, "I'd do two out of three, but you've got a gambling problem." And then he turns around and tosses Warrick the tell-tale quarter, saying, "You keep this. It's bad luck."
With a toss of the quarter, we zoom back to the present, where Nicky's currently passed out on the floor of a vehicle. He comes to, and notices his hands are tied behind him. Within seconds he's maneuvered himself so he's doing...something. I have no idea what. He's wearing all black, he's in the back of an all-black vehicle, and this is shot at night, so all I can see is his grimacing face bobbing around. And then the face is covered by a hand wielding a white cloth, sending Nicky back to dreamland.
Meanwhile, Catherine's dumpster-diving. It's a good look on her. Gil cocks an eyebrow, and Catherine tells him that the dumpster's clean, and there's no apparent blood or body parts. Speaking of which...Gil has just figured out that the guts 'n' blood special is contrived, "like somebody placed these entrails." There's a little flashback, and the best detail is the "biohazard" barrel prominently displayed, because everyone who's setting up elaborate, innards-based decoys is going to be so safety-conscious as to make sure their fraudulent clues are properly labeled. Catherine concludes, "A lure. To grab Nick." Gil's wearing an expression like, Who would DO such a thing? Shouldn't you want to find that out, Gil?
Catherine orders Emergency Backup David to take the offal to the morgue for examination. He apologizes up and down for not having shown up sooner; Catherine lets him off the hook, while Gil stares as if to say, Don't beat yourself up. That's our job. Just then Ecklie shows up. He says, "I want you to know that as far as I'm concerned, this lab only has one case tonight. But it's not this one, so would you mind packing up? The Stripperama's escalated." I kid! It turns out Ecklie's heart's grown three sizes tonight, and he's all about making sure everyone can work the Stokes case.