Gah! It's Catherine's first appearance. I knew there was a reason we saw so much of the Young Turks in the first 36 minutes of the episode. She's following Gil into his office; he's looking as though he's kind of wishing his hearing disorder would return. She says, "I don't know that you got the memo. I'm not sure that you read it, but Ecklie is being promoted to assistant director, they are taking applications for his supervisor spot on days, and I want it." Gil continues to play deaf. Catherine barrels ahead: "You want the day spot for yourself? You're worried about giving me a good A.P. score? Breaking up the team? Or maybe you just think I'm incapable of the position, not worthy of the promotion. Is that it? I'm just always, always, always defending myself to you. Unbelievable! I have a daughter who's so starved for my attention, she is thumbing rides to Fremont Street to see her grandfather, the last person I want her around. I mean, not that it's much better with my mother, who sees Lindsey much more often than I do. I am missing out on my daughter's life. I have no life of my own. Would you just stop me here and say something?"
Yes, Gil. Feel free to stop feigning deafness and jump in at any point. The Emmy people only need a few seconds of this nonsense. Gil takes off his glasses and sighs. He does not say, "Now that you've assumed the worst of me and, as per usual, hidden behind your personal problems when you hit a roadblock professionally, let's talk about whether you'll be able to supervise people, or merely work them into a flirtatious tizzy." Instead, he rises above the petty and brings the boss-fu: "You want the job because you're worried about Lindsey?" Catherine deflates as she admits that's part of it, and Gil continues schooling her in the way of the boss: "The position calls for leadership, Catherine. You have to inspire others, solve problems which means you have to leave your problems at home." Catherine takes a deep breath and makes a more effective sales pitch: "I want the job because I can do it. I'm qualified, I'm motivated, and I'm ready, Gil. You know it." Gil says simply, "I do." It turns out he's already sent in a glowing report and put in a good work for her. He adds, "The rest is up to you. And I hope you get it." Catherine gets all verklempt. She thanks him and leaves. Gil looks a little misty too. Or maybe he's having an allergy attack.
Back on the A-plot, Mia processes the condoms and the water-spot-free sex toys. She gives Gil and Liam a blow-by-blow (as it were) of her work, explaining that the condoms produced semen from ten different males. She adds, "The lubricant -- which seemed to be popular -- was good at retaining both epithelials and vaginal secretions. Eleven females, no CODIS hits." In other words, a lot of data, but no hard evidence leading to a killer. Vanessa's represented in the sample population; she can be linked to four separate males. "She was the belle of the ball," Liam says. I think he might want to reconsider whether "ball" ought to be singular or plural.