Pembleton and Bayliss investigate the death of an elderly woman who's been decaying in her house for a month. Munch and Bolander investigate the murder of Sam Thorne, a crusader and a good friend of Giardello. Ironically, it's Gee who finds sympathy for the killer, a mentally slow teenager who has been set up. When Felton has no luck in his search for his family, he turns to Russert for comfort. Since Lewis and Bayliss are not speaking to each other, Munch desperately tries to find anyone to invest in the bar.