Of course, it should be noted that this story is only half over, so I'll have to reserve full judgement for next week when we get to see the conclusion. In the meantime, I'm going to squeal like a fangirl over what has transpired thus far. I'll admit that Yates was tough to take at first. She pushed her way into PPD's files after sweet-talking Stillman about the good old times (you know, when she broke up his marriage and he gave her a "fair shake" all things considered). She refused to let any of them know why she was interested in what seemed to be a simple case gone cold. She hit on Valens after implying that he and Lil were hittin' the sheets. And, she took the lead with her pushy, warm-and-fuzzy style during all of the interviews. Lil even called her "Cougar Town" at one point. Things changed, though, when Lil did her own research and caught on to Yates's investigation. The two started to morph into teammates instead of opponents and that's when the case blew wide open.
That seemingly simple mugging/murder in the park suddenly became the latest incident in a sniper's sick game. Yates had a hunch and she confirmed it with ballistics and then the entire crew was looking into past possible victims from over 20 years ago. The only possible link between the victims was a connection between a potential suspect and his declining financial situation. It looks like the victims may have crossed paths with the suspect when he was in financial straits. We have an executive assistant from the bank that went back on an interest rate they promised him, a former repo guy who repossessed the suspect's car, a teenager at the suspect's drive-in (practice, perhaps?), a bus driver who refused to allow the suspect and his son on the bus when they didn't have enough change, and the most recent case (connection still pending).
So, things were falling into place. They had a forensic link between the sniper killings, a likely suspect (Bill Shepard) and a possible location (the Poconos) of said likely suspect. When Lil and Yates got to the Poconos to speak with a witness, things began to fall apart. In a shocking turn of events, the witness was shot (sniper style) right in front of them as they got out of the car. Yates was then in hot water for investigating the case behind the FBI's back and Lil was conspiring to break her out of the "debriefing" she was undergoing with a fellow agent. The two headed to the home of the suspect, but found an empty cabin. They entered the cellar and the night's biggest shock unfolded as they found a body in the cellar and discovered that there were a set of dog tags around the body with the name "William Shepard" on them. Cut to Shepard's son hitching a ride with a sniper rifle on a secluded mountain road. Looks like the gang was looking for the wrong Shepard.
Who would have thought the lovable video store owner who hadn't seen his father since he was fourteen was the sniper? I did suspect that it wasn't Bill Shepard after Kat forced her way into the hospital room and showed his picture to the dying witness who promptly shook his head. And speaking of the hospital, how awesome was that nurse??!! "You have a seat, you read a Redbook, and you wait your turn!" Hahaha! It's no surprise, but CC very, very easily moves to 18-0 on the season. Screen cap courtesy of RichE at Kathryn Morris UK. And to see more caps from this episode, visit his all-inclusive Kathryn Morris site HERE.
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