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When Double-Coupon Promotions Go Horribly Wrong

It finally hits both these geniuses to head through the exit door and see where it goes. Answer: to a loading dock. Warrick points out that the tape shows nothing going on, but Gil counters, "Well, just because it shows nothing doesn't mean that it's seeing everything." That's the gnomic Zen master we've come to know and love!

In the next shot, Gil's checking out the security camera in the office while Warrick calls up, "You can see me now, right?" Gil commands him, "Keep moving to your left." The folks who rely on closed-captioning will all maintain the impression that Gil told Warrick to move to the right. So glad that directional detail isn't important or anything. Oh, wait -- it is, as it shows that if Warrick moves far enough to the left, he's out of the camera's lens line. While Warrick's hanging out in the camera's blind spot, he notices a streak of paint on the wall: someone peeled out in a hurry and left their car's paint job behind. Up in the security booth, Gil commands, "Tell me what you see," and Warrick replies, "A getaway."

Once Warrick's back in the Labitrail, he and Nicky are doing laps with Catherine, and Warrick's explaining how they found both metal scraping and skid marks, samples from which are currently wending their way through the trace lab. Nicky embroiders the "these guys had a wheel man" theory, and the end result is that Fromansky did not in fact confuse a cocktail waitress with an armed robber, and the wheel man's using the blind spot more or less suggests that the whole thing's an inside job. Nicky adds to that theory by reporting that the cash register receipts finally came in, and they're missing $878 of the cash. Catherine concludes that someone went home richer. Nicky's off to run background checks on all the employees, then take their credit reports, use them to get a raft of credit cards, and go nuts at Restoration Hardware buying overpriced drawer pulls. Or maybe he just stops at the background checks.

And then we're in Hodges's office; he's the lucky guy assigned to identify the paint smears. He gets a hit with Aegean Blue. He tells Warrick that he ID'd the chip as coming from an Aegean Blue Honda Accord. Hodges adds, "Popular color -- they carried it over for four years. Go figure. I'm a teal man myself." It takes a tough man to admit to liking teal. He then pushes it a little too far: "You?" Warrick just glares at him because snapping "I like broody colors" would take too much time. Hodges concedes, "Stupid question." Anyway, it's a Honda made sometime between 1984-1987. The teal makes a lot more sense now, doesn't it?

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