It's also heartrending by the end. A family with one son who's been suffering with leukaemia, one daughter who's gone off the rails and another daughter who they brought into the world to be a bone marrow and blood donor for the son. The young daughter is abducted and suspicion falls on a local paedophile, played with a mixture of menace and relish by D B Woodside.
As usual, though, the truth is more convoluted, especially when the daughter is found dead.
Meanwhile Catherine finds that Lindsey is trying to hitchhike. Lindsey is becoming the terrible teen (yes she's only just 12, but the promise is there!) Actually the writing for the scene between the two, when Catherine asks her what's next and she replies 'stripper?' is very good, if a little out of the blue in terms of how their relationship has been up to now.
Similarly the scene between Catherine and the mother of the dead daughter is also quite explosive, with the mother delivering some home truths abour Catherine's own parental qualities.
The mother herself is acted really well and it's very difficult to decide whether she's an angel or a monster - all sides of the arguments are made and one wonders how one would react in a similar situation.
The ending, in a church, is painful to watch. I thought it was a little far fetched in that there had to be another way around the problem, but Grissom and the young guy have some good lines and the acting is impeccable.