This was by far one of the better episodes this season. Very solid story that felt real (and I say that because I know I've seen stuff like this on shows like Primetime and 20/20), and it finally gave Navi Rawat (she plays Amita) a reason to be in the credited cast. That's right, we finally got to see her for a large portion of the episode as opposed to one line in the opening thirty seconds.
If you walked into a room and saw a pile of ice, a car battery, and a ton of plastic sheeting covered in blood, what would you think? Actually, scratch that... let's not go there. Don and David stumbled on to this scene in the basement of an LA hotel. As if it weren't gruesome enough, a young Indian girl was found in the back of the room. Good thing someone tipped off the FBI.
At the FBI headquarters, Amita is the only person that the victim will speak to. Turns out the language the girl was speaking in was a dialect common to the area where Amita's parents were from. She said that her sister was still missing along with two other girls. Meghan finds the sister at the hospital morgue. She died from complications that arose from kidney removal. Apparently that hotel likes to rent out its basement to black market organ harvesters. The girls had been promised money and the prospect of US citizenship if they came to America and gave up their kidneys.
Charlie ran all sorts of algorithms to analyze how fast the ice had melted in the room as well as determining all the unrecorded stops of an ambulance driver who became implicated after a bakery delivery guy ratted him out. The one stop that kept standing out for the driver was a hospital, which isn't a surprise, unless you consider that this hospital was completely out of his way. Don and Colby find out that the night manager at the hotel also worked in the morgue at that hospital. Bingo. He harvested the organs and the ambulance guy dropped the bodies off at the hospital where the other guy would go in the morning and fudge the paperwork for the person he butchered the night before.
They end up finding the sister in time and all is well. I really liked how this episode forced Amita to look at who she was and where she came from. It was interesting and at one point she got so emotional, she even kissed Charlie. It's about time. If you've been reading any of my other reviews, then you know I'm a big proponent of back story, so this episode gets a check mark in my book.