You can just smell the stuffing and pumpkin pie cooking in "hate crimes" all the while the detectives are investigating brutal killings.
Terry O'Quinn is great as Bailey Lafeld, the father of a slain man suspected of being homosexual. Lafeld later gets a thanksgiving present when the detectives apologize and tell him that his son wasn't gay after all, Lafeld then breaks down in tears.
The rift between Lewis and Howard continues when Howard is excluded from an investigation in which she is the primary. Lewis makes comments that display Howard as being only concerned for her perfect case closure rating, as opposed to the actual victims involved.
The message in this episode is don't judge a book by its cover, or don't let personal feelings cloud your judgment. These statements hold true for both the gang that beat a man they though was gay but wasn't as well as Bayliss who had his judgment clouded because of the victims potentially gay lifestyle.