A sketch artist has joined Cross, Ruiz, and Gina in the interview room, and has so far rendered a pair of Caucasian-looking eyes. It's not much, but given the way the killer usually dresses, it's likely to be all anyone ever sees of him anyway. Cross is still pressing Gina for more details, and Gina finally straight-up snarls at her, "Look, I don't know, all right?" She says it was so fast and she was so scared she can't remember. Ruiz calls a break. Out in the bullpen, he tells Cross to stop pushing, to no avail. Cooper walks up and says that Gina's mom has arrived. "Oh, good," Cross says. "Not necessarily," says Cooper. As we're about to see.
Inside Wade's office, Gina's mom could not look more strung out if she were made entirely of string. Wade introduces the two detectives to her, and Ruiz says they're working on identifying her husband's killer. "Ex-husband," she corrects, and says she's taking Gina home. Wade says, as avuncular as can be, "I don't think that's a good idea." She asks what he means, and Cross blurts, "You're on drugs." Ruiz practically fac palms as he rephrases that Gina is safer at the station. But Cross will not be rephrased. "You're supposed to take care of your daughter," she lectures, taking! It! Personally! as well as Elliot Stabler ever did on Law & Order: Sex Police.
"Oxycontin?" she demands. Gina's mom is actually just sitting and taking this, so Wade leans into the long pause and asks, "Are you using, ma'am?" She manages to nod. Cross asks if her late husband couldn't get her any help, and the ex-Mrs. Meadows says he wrote her very first prescription. Ruiz is the first to see a possible new lead here, asking if Dr. Meadows wrote a lot of prescriptions for people. Mrs. Meadows is way ahead of all of them on that, saying, "That house didn't get paid for by doing contract work for the county health plan." Believe it or not, the three law enforcement professionals in the room react like this is the first time that's occurred to them. Way to get shown up by the drug addict, occifers.
Back at the case board, Cross makes the connection out loud: "Meadows sells drugs so he's killed like a narco." (So far, so good). "Gedman uses prostitutes, so he's beheaded." (She had me and then she lost me). "Illegals poisoned, a judge and a prostitute bisected." Well, the killer himself already said that last one was about dialectics. Wade complains, "It's all over the place. It's personal, it's political, it doesn't make any sense." Cross says it does, to the killer. It had better, or there are going to be a lot of pissed-off viewers.