FWHS. The principal tells Linden and Holder that the cage used to hold sports equipment. She leads them to the other side of the peep hole, a janitor's closet. Linden gets the janitor's name (Lyndon Johnson Rosales) and excuses herself, leaving the principal to look through the peep hole at the ongoing cataloging of the bloody scene.
Larsen homestead. Tommy and Stan argue over dinner as Denny watches Mitch, who is still sleeping off her hopelessness in a fetal position on Rosie's bed. Denny joins the others in the kitchen as they decide to have breakfast for dinner: Chocolate chip pancakes. Mitch bravely tries to maintain an air of normalcy as he mixes up the batter, but the pretense inevitably crumbles after a few seconds when Tommy asks innocently, "How did Rosie die?" Stan stops mid-stir, paralyzed by the question. Tommy notices Stan's agony and says it's okay, they don't have to talk about it.
Downtown. Now that she's in this for the long haul, Linden establishes rank over Holder. She tells him not to make cocky assumptions and to back off a little in his interrogations. Holder wonders why she thinks he can't handle this case. She shoots back, "Because you dress like Justin Bieber and eat pork rinds for dinner." Snap! I like Sassy Linden much more than Beleaguered Linden. More of her, please! They head upstairs in a decrepit building to look for the janitor. He's not there, but his mother who speaks very little English is. Holder distracts the madre while Linden pokes around the house. She ends up in a darkened room in the back of the house and finds a copy of Nasty Cheerleaders magazine. A shadow looms behind her, getting ever closer. A creaky floorboard alerts Linden to his presence. She turns around and is met with a knife jab to the forearm. She tries to assure the janitor that she means him no harm, but he desperately runs and jumps out the window, plunging several stories to the ground.
Hospital. Linden follows the gurney as an EMT diagnoses the janitor's skull fracture. She tells him that Rosales is a suspect in a murder investigation. The EMT brusquely informs her she won't be able to question Rosales until after surgery. After the EMT wheels the gurney to the OR, Linden stops at a TV room, where the news is broadcasting the press barrage on Richmond from earlier that night.
A bit later, Holder rejoins Linden as she gets her arm stitched up. Despite Rosales' appetite for underage porn, Holder tells Linden that Rosales likely ran from them because of outstanding warrants for his arrest. He has a police-accounted alibi because he was picked up for DUI on Friday night and spent the weekend in custody. Linden tells Holder to keep an eye on Rosales and notify her as soon as he wakes.
Linden makes her way down to the marina to pick up Jack. Along the way, she calls Rick to tell him the bad news. She promises she'll be in Sonoma for the party that weekend, but Rick takes the chance to throw it in her face whether they're still getting married. He accuses her of not caring about the wedding (read: him). She promises to make it up to him, but he hastily tells her he has to go and hangs up as she tells him that she loves him. Considering how lovey-dovey they were mere hours ago, it seems like Rick maybe isn't the Prince Charming she wants him to be. He's only there for her if she's all about him. And something tells me that is not a role that Linden will be able to assume easily. This wedding grows less probable by the minute.
Linden heads into Reggie's boat, where Jack is sleeping after a Halo marathon. Linden digs into some leftover minestrone as she settles back into that old song and dance about Sonoma being the greener grass on the other side. Reggie wonders what's holding Linden back. She insists nothing's holding her back, then tells Reggie she can't stay long. She has to shower before heading back into work. As Reggie fetches a clean towel, Linden snuggles up to Jack on the pull-out couch and lets herself doze for the first time in who-knows-how-many hours. Reggie looks at her with maternal concern.
The sun rises on Day Three. Stan idles around his garage, looking out at the rain before he picks up his newspaper. Upstairs, Mitch finally awakes when Rosie's voice trills on their answering machine. Mitch jolts up and staggers toward the sound of her daughter's sing-song cadence. She looks around, hoping to find her daughter, hoping that Rosie's death was all a dream. Instead, she sees the machine and snaps back to reality. She approaches tentatively, then collapses in front of it. Downstairs, Stan splashes the cold water of the rain on his face before finally picking up the paper -- his own jolt of reality as he learns that Rosie's body was found in Richmond's car. He heads back upstairs and finds Mitch weeping as she listens to Rosie on the answering machine over and over again.