Holder goes downstairs where -- this did surprise me -- he's got the backpack: He never turned it in, but gave Stu his own backpack instead. Which means not only is Oakes lying about the process, but also the very fact that Stu ever reported back to him. Stu, looking at Stu I think he's probably the Evidence Goat and you give things to Stu when you want him to eat them. Little girl's magenta panties, wool hats, backpacks with a million sparkly things hanging off them. But Goat Stu shall go hungry today, by God.
While Linden's approaching Senior Deputy Prosecutor Christina Nilsson for a meeting about all this, Jamie's working his shit out on an elliptical. He's to the point of ignoring the doctor's calls, sadly, and seems only mildly perturbed that his opposite number on the campaign, Ben Abani, keeps giving him the big eye. Afterward, in the locker room, Ben tweaks him about how the Mayor is going to win under the guise of gamesmanship, handshake, the whole thing -- but Jamie cannot be expected at this point to do anything besides haul off and punch him, so that's what he does. Tiny little Jamie, great big Ben Abani. Ben loses his cool and beats fuck out of Jamie, still screaming about how Richmond's a "child-killer" as the gym guys drag him away.
Linden drops Nilsson's name on her charge into Richmond's hospital room, and you know that no matter how much he protests, she's not leaving. She tries to make a sympathetic face happen on her face, and is just successful enough that he calms down long enough to hear her explain the entire storyline.
Seems the night of Rosie's death, he got up out of that bed with Gwen and walked to the bridge, still wearing his wedding ring after five years of being a widower, and was crushed by the weight of all this, on his anniversary and all. So he jumped off the bridge, and the Hot Crabber saved him, and once he was born again, he'd let the grief go. Not the guilt, just the grief. The guilt was still very much in play -- and relates directly to his career self-sabotage. Seems he connects her death with the fact that he overstayed his time soaking up the applause, and thinks that's why she died. Poor old Orpheus.
Linden, verbatim: "I'm sorry for what happened to you. I wish that I had known the truth."
But the thing that heals it between them is also what is still between them: A suicide attempt would wreck his campaign, which is why the storyline in Season One was so Byzantine, because nobody can know about this. And now he's in a wheelchair and all. So even though she's giving him just about the Linden Limit of compassion and grace right now, he's not having it: She has information that could still hurt him, which means she's still the enemy.