With the entire NYPD scouring the city for her, Eames, having been abducted, trussed up and trapped in a basement by a serial killer, single-handedly MacGyvers her way out of her bonds and the room she's locked in.
This episode also shows how downright terrifyingGoren can be if someone threatens Eames. When he thinks his former teacher had something to do with it, he practically rips the man's head off.
Also awesome: to see the whole of 1PP instantly spring into action when Eames goes missing. Within nanoseconds of Goren breaking the news, the whole room is buzzing like a horde of angry bees, Ross is barking out orders that nobody questions, and every police officer in the building is on the move to go hunt the bastard down. "The blue wall", indeed. NYPD protects its own.
Rather unusually for a victim's mother, Eunice Peterson gets one in "In the Wee Small Hours". She gives the reporter a stinging speech about how there was no media interest in her daughter's case until a white girl was killed by the same guy, ending by saying "I'll take your interest now any way it comes, but do not mistake my desperation with gratitude." It is the only moment in the entire two-part episode that the reporter is at a loss for words.
In the first part of the two-part Season 9 opener "Loyalty", the FBI is trying to claim jurisdiction on a case and cut Major Case out of the loop. At one point, Eames, Goren, and Nichols are discussing how to question a suspect, when the unit's temporary Captain enters the room.
Captain: I sent the gun from the search to FBI Forensics. Maybe we'll get a match.
Eames: FBI Forensics? Why them?
Captain: Their lab's the last place they'll look. (Nods and smirks ever so slightly as he leaves.)
A wonderful Bluffing the Murderer occurs in "Dead", Goren gets the M.E. to report that the last victim, Eddie Ferguson, had his teeth capped and that one of the caps turned up missing. The suspect, Harry Rowan, proceeds to tear apart his entire garage, including checking the drain traps, looking for it. The next morning, when Eames and Goren show up with a warrant the sleep-deprived suspect giggles and gloats that it's not there, and that he never made a mistake. The episode ends with this brief conversation:
ADA Carver: A costly mistake.
Goren: Harry Rowan didn't make a mistake.
Eames: Eddie Ferguson doesn't wear caps.
When the lawyer father in "Players" finds out that his smug son was responsible for the death of the victim in the episode, he gives the ultimate son to his Spoiled Brat, Dirty Coward son who drops the tough guy act to beg his father for help: "Officers, read my son his rights."