Back at the police station, Frank's boss asks what the M.O. is on Pickford, the pool owner. Shouldn't she be asking what the motivation for the crime is, not the M.O.? Anyway, the boss thinks Pickford must be "protecting something special" to have such an elaborate security system. Frank tells her that Pickford claims he was just protecting his wife and daughter. Pickford and his brother own an import/export business, and Pickford is a deacon at his church and sits on some charity boards. The boss tells Frank to run a list of Pickford's clients and see who might be holding a grudge. They reach the lab, and the boss asks a tech how things are going. The tech says something scientific, and then translates that the victim was killed within the last twenty-four hours. Frank points out that they have the blood, but not the body.
John walks into the police station, and Frank heaves a sigh. John tells Frank the missing answers to his crossword puzzle, like that wouldn't be annoying. John says that he has a fingerprint and he wants Frank to run it through the computer. Frank says that he can't use city resources on a whim. Oh, come on. Sure he can! John tells Frank that it could be his wife. Frank picks up a folder from his desk and says, "A certain John Doe has reported himself missing in fifty precincts across the country in the last month." So John hasn't given Frank his back story either? I still don't understand why it's a secret. John says that he'll explain some other time. Frank says that he has a riddle that needs solving, and offers up "a little tit-for-tat," which has to be the dirtiest-sounding expression that's not actually dirty.