Fin and Munch are tag-teaming the Wall O' Technology to tell Olivia and Elliot that a criminal check on the foster parents indicate they're clean. See, it's not enough to say someone doesn't have a criminal record; you have to project an image of their driver's license on a giant computer screen to really hammer it home. They couldn't find any history of abuse, either. But Ashley's mother is doing twelve years in Sealview on a drug bust. "I thought they closed that dump," says Fin, who is told it was reopened because, as Elliott says, "They're locking up a lot more of the ladies these days." Ashley's father has been out of the picture since before Ashley was born. But Ashley's mom moved in with Ashley's uncle Rick.
And there's your molester. "I caught 'em in bed together," says a child services worker, explaining that Ashley loves her uncle and denied everything, but she got stuck in a group home anyway. But whenever Ashley gets placed with a foster family, Rick starts showing up at all hours. "He's got a real thing for her," she says. "He use his thing to rape her?" says Elliot. Man. Was the writers' strike still on when this was written? The child services worker has taken out an order of protection for Ashley, but Rick's applied for custody. Elliot asks if he's got a shot, and the child services worker says, "Over my dead body. He's a perv."
Time to pay Rick Tyler a visit over in his Brownsville apartment. The detectives walk into the place (the door is open), hearing someone singing. "Dirtbag's taking a shower," says Olivia, all incredulous at this for some reason. While Rick sings about "silky thighs," the detectives check out the place, featuring a picture of the happy pre-prison family, as well as boots with dirt that could potentially be garden soil. Olivia calls Rick's name. "That you, baby? I got soap in my ears," he yells. And apparently soap in his eyes, because he can't see through the translucent shower curtain that two people have entered his bathroom and are searching the medicine cabinet, finding a prescription bottle of Oxycodone, and a big bag o' weed. "Let's go, Little Ricky," says Elliot, after the surprised Ricky finally pulls open the shower curtain.
Back at the precinct, Ricky says he hasn't seen Ashley in forever since the child services worker won't let him near her. Maybe because you MOLESTED HER, explains Elliot. Ricky swears nothing happened that time the child services worker found Ashley in bed with her naked uncle.