After a visit from Linden and Holder, Darren Richmond agrees to meet with Chief Nicole to discuss getting her endorsement and/or getting them back into the casino to investigate the Tenth Floor situation. What Chief Nicole wants is tax-exempt status for anything she builds, even outside the rez, and what she doesn't want is to hear any of his mess about Sarah Linden or Rosie Larsen. The meeting goes poorly, so Gwen calls the Mayor to work against his Chief Nicole alliance from the other end, revealing that he was one of the guys that raped her back when her dad was selling her out for political favors as a kid.
Mitch finally makes it to David Rainer's house, played by the awesome Jonathan Cake, but after a long conversation about her tells Mitch that Rosie was planning to run away that night she died. It's immediately apparent he doesn't know Rosie's dead, but takes much longer before it becomes clear he still doesn't knows she's his daughter. Mitch lets him stay ignorant on both counts, and thinks about coming home, but Stan's got stuff of his own to deal with and doesn't really feel like chatting with her about this stuff.
What's going on with Stan is that Tommy -- the older shitty one, with the eyebrows -- has been stomping baby birds to death. Stan takes the measured approach of slapping the hell out of Tommy, I guess in the hopes of provoking a psychotic break right there, but in the end their family only grows closer. Stan Larsen's Father of the Year record continues unchallenged.
The Lieutenant tells Holder that, after Linden was fired, all their evidence has been sent to County -- who somehow can't find it either -- so good ol' Stephen tosses Gil's apartment and then gets in his face in a truly menacing manner. After some sweet emotional interfacing (and the heartbreaking reveal that Sarah's just living in her car now) Linden and Holder locate the tenth floor key in an old storage locker of Gil's and arrange a sort of Ocean's Eleven heist that, predictably enough, is fucked from go.
While Holder makes a fabulous ass of himself on the casino floor, Sarah sneaks up to the construction site, and uses her intuitive ghost-whispering powers to figure out almost the whole thing: Rosie went up to the tenth-floor balcony to see Seattle for the last time and say goodbye before running away, and ended up witness to a secret meeting between -- Ames? Chief Nicole? Tom Drexler? The Mayor? -- which is why and how she ended up dead. But just as Sarah's about to retrieve evidence about who was actually involved, she ends up knocked out, and once again finds herself kidnapped by savage Indians.
Next Week: Sarah gets to lose her shit in a whole new location, the Waterfront Projects and Mayoral Race storylines "heat" "up," and Terry Marek the Crystal Goblet Prostitute gives Stan Larsen some advice on making good choices.
While Mitch was off wandering, presumably to tell David Rainer that his daughter was the victim of a Killing, her son was turning into a maniac. Gwen got Darren Richmond a meeting with Chief Nicole, and Sarah Linden got fired. I mean, she finally sent her kid off to Chicago, but that didn't bother her as much as getting fired -- or Holder becoming a savage human sacrifice! -- because she knows that at one time she had a casino key which can get her into the tenth-floor crime scene, which is much more important than being always homeless or losing your children to your obsession. Of their bosses and former allies, Lieutenant Carlson was even more of a hassle -- but less of a sumbitch -- than Holder's corrupt old buddy Gil at County, which could make retrieving the key difficult.
THE FORMER OFFICES OF HOLDER & LINDEN, DETS AT LARGE
Nobody: "Glad to see you're miraculously okay, Holder! And that they barely touched your face."
Everything is gone from their office, of course, due to Linden fucking everything up for everybody all the time, and when the still- (for now) employed Holder calls her up to report, they are none too surprised.
Carlson: "Who is surprised is me! Why are you in your former office?"
Holder: "Because while I was being a savage human sacrifice to the unnamed gods of our aboriginal peoples, you guys went through my whole apartment and I am missing some stuff."
Carlson: "Bullshit! You are looking for a tenth-floor key or some such Linden nonsense. Besides, all of your things from both places are now at County."
Holder: "County! But that's where they call me Lowlife Tweaker!"
Carlson: "You have caused so much trouble by getting human sacrificed, I can't even tell you. But trust me that I mostly blame Linden."
Holder: "Sarah Linden is -- and trust me, I know how this sounds -- pretty fantastic."
Carlson: "Did you know she was institutionalized for a month after getting obsessed with a dead girl case before this show started?"
Holder: "No, but if you've spent any time in her company at all it's not a huge shock."
Carlson: "Well, if you have any care for your career at all..."
Holder: "Look at my appearance. Look at the way I present myself. Do you really think ambition is my Achilles Heel?"