The team is investigating a murder which was committed by someone dressed up like a clown. They start by checking out who the clown is and when they do. They go there and find the man tied up, he says someone came knocked him out and took his clown suit. They find a fingerprint and when they run in, it reveals to be that of a man who did misdemeanor. They learn that the man just vanished five years ago. That's when Jo thinks the man entered the witness protection program and sure enough a Fed arrives, her ex. He tells Mac that the man is not a killer. But Mac stands by the evidence. Mac learns that Flack was the one who got the man into the program. So Mac talks to Flack who only reiterates what the Fed said that the man is not a killer. So Flack tries to find him while Mac tries to figure out why he killed the person he did. Written by
Did You Know?
The clown whose identity is stolen for the hit is named Stan Ridgeway. "Stan Ridgway" (no "e") was also the name of the real-life lead singer for the band Wall Of Voodoo. Perhaps appropriately in this context, Ridgeway had a solo #4 hit on the UK singles chart in 1986 with a song called "Camouflage". See more
The FBI does not handle Witness protection, which is actually called WITSEC or witness security. The US Marshals office does that. See more
[on the phone
How do you know I'm calling from the crime lab? I, uh... do you not have caller ID, sir? Okay, well listen, perhaps my...
Fine! You got me, okay? I work at the New York City crime lab, but I moonlight as a criminal specializing in clown identity theft. And my next caper, okay? Is gonna be to defraud the entire clown industry as Jumbo the Clown.
References The Godfather