Linda hesitantly enters Dean's interrogation room alone and -- after almost physically willing herself to ask what a part of her still considers to be an insane question, despite her recent experience in the ladies' room -- inquires as to the nature of vengeful spirits. Dean initially offers a snide non-response before patiently explaining the situation. Then Linda nervously reaches up to fiddle with her hair, and Dean spots Creepy Blonde Corpse Woman's calling card: The fresh bruise on Linda's wrist. "Where did you get that?" he demands. "You've seen it, haven't you?" Linda freaks, and turns away from him to rub at her wrists while examining her reflection in the room's two-way mirror. Dean cuts to the chase, reminding her that the last two people who encountered Creepy Blonde Corpse Woman ended up with their throats slit, and he recommends she hook up with darling Sammy posthaste. "You're giving your brother up?" Linda spins on him, disbelieving. "Go to the first motel listed in the Yellow Pages," Dean instructs. "Look for Jim Rockford -- it's how we find each other when we're separated." "You can arrest him, if you want," Dean offers, "or you can let him save your life."
The First Motel In The Yellow Pages. Up in Monsieur Rockford's luxuriously appointed accommodations, Sam busies himself with research as a knock rattles the door. Sam pulls a double-take when he sees who it is, but Linda just nods encouragingly. A short time later, Sam's peering at Linda's bruises, asking, "And they showed up after you saw it?" "I guess," Linda buhs. Sam orders her to spill everything she knows, and after Linda questions both her sanity and her judgment, she complies. Sam passes her a sheaf of crime-scene and booking photographs of "every girl who's ever died or gone missing from Ashland Street." Linda flips past the first two before recognizing the woman captured on the third as the Creepy Blonde Corpse. "Claire Becker," Sam notes, "28 years old, disappeared about eight or nine months ago." She was also arrested twice before her death for trafficking in narcotics -- specifically, heroin. As Linda worked that particular beat with Detective Show Killer before both transferred to homicide, it's extremely likely the two ladies ran into each other before this evening's assignation in the john. However, Linda doesn't remember anything, so Sam determines they're off to Claire's last known location, a building she was seen entering at "2911 Ashland" right before she disappeared. There, they will search for Claire's rotting corpse. Heh. If they were in Chicago, they'd be hitting the Radio Shack across from the Jewel. Funny thing is, I can sort of buy people finding the rotting remains of missing heroin dealers in the back of that store. When Linda balks at scrounging around Radio Shacks for the rotting remains of missing heroin dealers, Sam drops the "salt and burn their bones" bomb. "It's the only way to put her spirit to rest!" Sam grins. "Of course it is," Linda deadpans. Heh.