Back in the precinct, Gene's vowing, "We're going to get the tough guy who did this, and I'm going to look him in the face, and I'm going to make him cry for his mother." Everyone takes a moment to imagine that, then begins talking about the case: Robert Reeves was 31 years old, he lived in Queens, he's got a wife and son, he'd been missing for a week already. He was also in the Black Berets so, Gene asserts, Robert Reeves was "a tough SOB, to boot." Sam asks if Gene served, and Gene smarts that he would've, but he was too busy burning his draft card and dancing with the Hare Krishna. Sam replies, "I had you down for some kind of military personnel, although I'd have guessed the guy who ties the blindfold for the firing squad." Gene laughs mirthlessly and says, "I'd like to tie a blindfold around your butt to keep you from talking." Anyway, Gene exhorts his entire squad to get this guy.
Cut to Annie mimeographing something as Sam gets the worst end of a telephone conversation with the tinpot dictator at an impound lot. She inhales her stack of fresh copies, then walks over to Sam, who says, "The future may be uncertain, but thing's for sure: things will happen a whole lot faster there. You know, someday even paper will be obsolete." Annie protests that she likes paper -- "I like the way it feels between my fingertips" -- and despite himself, Sam looks a little charmed. Annie heads off, quipping, "I'd love to stay and gab, but I've got to get back to my important work. Annie Norris -- she puts the 'cop' in copies!" Sam is not blind to Annie's potential: he asks her to head down to the impound lot the next morning and give Robert's car the once-over to see if there's anything useful there. She's thrilled, and Sam replies, "Annie Norris -- she puts the 'imp' in impound."
Naturally, along comes Ray to wreck the moment. It's time to notify the next-of-kin, and he asks Annie to come along with Sam and himself with this can't-refuse invite: "Saddle up, No-Nuts. The deceased had a kid. We're going to need that dewey-eyed doo-doo that only you do." Annie's expression stops somewhere between bemused and irritated.