Luka leaves Howard with the strangulation case, and he and Sam begin to talk until they spot Alex hanging around nearby. "You're supposed to be at your game," scolds Sam. "Did Dad call?" Alex asks hopefuly. "No," Sam says. Well, allegedly he doesn't know you're back in Chicago, Sam. I mean, I know that's Steve's M.O., but she did just up and leave, so why would Steve think she'd turn around and come back? Unless when they ran away, Steve had already left to pick up his stuff in Dallas, in which case, Sam's acting like Steve fled again like all the other times must mean she assumed he was just lying and it was an excuse to run -- which leads to the question, why did she then run away? This show needs to get its hackeneyed stories straight. Luka offers to take Alex to his game, since he's off in a few minutes. Sam thanks him.
In the mall, Neela sits down dejectedly on a bench. From an aerial, we snap to a mid-shot that enables us to read the bench, which is an ad for a temp agency. Cut to her inside it. Again: what temp agency is interviewing people, much less placing them, on July Fourth? Is she in Canada? It's early October in Canada for her, isn't it? Neela cites her restaurant experience at the curry house, but with the caveat that she never wants to work in one again. "I don't even like eating in them," she shudders. That doesn't speak highly to the quality and cleanliness of her parents' establishment. Neela explains that the restaurant is the last of her job experience because she went to med school. "Wow!" the woman gushes. "We don't get many doctors in here." She reviews Neela's placement test, on which she scored highly, but they can't figure out what relevant experience she has. They quickly rule out retail, sales, secretarial, bookkeeping, horticulture (?), electrical, and mechanics. "Perhaps we'd have better luck if you told us what you can do," the woman says. "Let's see: I can crack open your chest, reinflate your lung, and squeeze your heart back to life," Neela says bitterly, without missing a beat. "Okaaaay," says the creeped-out temp lady. I love Parminder Nagra. I seriously just love seeing her on screen -- she's so good. Even though I hate Neela's story and wish she would quit moping already, I think Parminder is brilliant at it. With her, there's truth in all of it. Even the parts that are ridiculous.