Steven Hale is still fuming at them. "He's been living a lie, and we just happened to catch him at it," says Munch. Everyone decides to have Munch to question Hale. Oh, nice move, guys -- you want your supposedly gay suspect to talk, so you send in the one detective who doesn't have a ton of male fans from Oz.
Munch comes in. "I am not a homosexual!" shouts Hale. Not even a hello? Munch is like, uh, okay -- Hale goes on to say that part of his job was to keep an eye on Seth because Langdon is looking to run for Congress, and can't afford the scandal of an openly gay son. "Look at the damage the lesbian sister caused Newt." "Actually, she was a half-sister," Munch points out. "She may have been a half-sister, but unfortunately for Newt she was all lesbian," says Hale. I wonder, do right-wingers consider this to be as damaging as having a full sister who is bisexual? And how many bisexual half-sisters would it take to equal one fully lesbian full sister? Maybe they have a pocket chart for this? Anyway, Munch gets his Munch on and starts ranting to Hale about how Newt's a pedantic megalomaniac, has committed ethics violations, served his cancer-stricken wife divorce papers, et cetera and so on, until the dead horse begins to smell and Cragen decides to bring Cassidy in instead.
Hale Interrogation, Take Two: Cassidy sits and listens while Hale tells him about how Langdon sent him to check up on Seth after he didn't show up at a fundraiser: "When I got to his floor, Seth brushed right by me. I followed, giving him a piece of my mind, and the next thing I knew, I found myself at that -- party." He explains that he got upset at the flirting "because it was revolting," and he says that he tried to get Seth to leave before he ate any gay hors d'oeuvres, and when Seth yelled "stay out of my life," it was a message to Dad. "If only I tried harder to get away from there he'd still be alive." Uh, yeah, Hale: if only you weren't so freaked out at the thought of gay cooties.