Hey, speaking of night terrors, let's jump to a dream sequence -- one that Sam has to suffer through. It starts with Sam sitting in his chair, burping up little toy Mars rovers, which looks even less appealing than I just described it. Sam's mother appears -- in a red dress, natch -- calling out for Sam. "Adrienne," a panicked Sam says, "wake up. Something's happening?" That something turns out to be a naked Adrienne gyrating on top of an equally naked Sam. "Sammy, where are you?" Rose demands. But soon she's being taken in hand by Gene Hunt, dressed like an extra from The Mambo Kings. "Forget about Sammy," Hunt hisses. Would that we could -- the gyrating form of Adrienne has been replaced by a gyrating Annie with her Policewoman's Bureau garb unbuttoned in the most interesting way. "It only takes two to tango," the mustachioed Hunt says to Mrs. Tyler, and they proceed to do exactly that, in front of the erection-stifling visage of Richard Nixon. And on it continues -- tangoing and gyrating and Windy giggling and Sam freaking right the hell out. Oh, what does it all mean?
It means that Sam has been drugged. That's the prognosis anyhow, after he wakes up the next morning naked and handcuffed to the bed, with Carling pounding on his apartment door before kicking it in. "Holy hell," Carling says, which seems an appropriate response under the circumstances. "I had a feeling it was going to be bad," Carling continues, clearly amused by the giggle Fate has thrown his way, "but not-having-to-see-you-in-the-nude bad." After asking Carling if he would be so kind as to unlock the handcuffs, Sam struggles to figure out what happened. "Adrienne was here," Sam says, "And then she..." "Blasted you into outer space to explore the vast reaches of her crab nebula," Carling concludes. First off: Ha! Second off: Ew. Carling floats that Sam-was-drugged theory -- Adrienne doped him and photographed him in assorted compromising positions for blackmail at a later date. Could this be any more humiliating for Sam? Why, yes, actually -- Carling has brought Annie along, and she's walking in at this precise moment to find Sam... greeting the morning, as it were. "Working the case, huh?" she says dismissively. Sam protests his innocence. Carling suggests that he leave her be -- "at least until you get some pants on," he helpfully adds.