Later that morning, she's packing up her office and planning Jack's boating trip with Reggie when a strange man busts in. He's a gangly, dirty blonde who looks a little strung out. Nonetheless, he immediately adopts a defensive tone and asks what she's doing there, though she should probably be the one asking that question. After they have a pissing contest over whose office they're standing in, he introduces himself as Stephen Holder, her replacement. They exchange territorial glances as she allows him to start moving his stuff in. They banter awkwardly about her move to Sonoma. He says sarcastically, "Nice weather, ocean, beaches... hate that shit."
It breaks the tension until Holder notices a case file open showing a brutal picture of a dead woman and a piece of artwork. He snarks that the crack head must have thought she was Picasso. Linden corrects him that the six-year-old son drew it. He asks indifferently, "Did he get iced, too?" She says he didn't, but we never learn what happened because Sarah's boss comes in to give her one last assignment. She is reluctant to take the case just hours before she has to leave, but he assures her she'll be able to pass it off at six o'clock. He urges her to take Holder along to show him how to work a scene. Linden is too much of a lady to groan at this suggestion, but I couldn't say the same for myself given Holder's general presence thus far.
Linden drives to the crime scene as Holder tells her about his background. He went straight out of the academy to undercover work and was especially effective in narcotics. Surprise, surprise. She asks if he thinks homicide will be any different. He says, "At least you've got a bad guy." Linden replies wryly, "Yeah, who's that?" They stop at a light, and Holder locks eyes with a down-and-out teen. He puts up a peace sign. She flips him off, so he returns the favor. Not such a good guy himself, eh? Holder asks if that's why Linden is running away, because she can't pinpoint the bad guys anymore. She looks on blankly.