A lot of what people who watch this show have been asking for is starting to be realized. People are wanting the guys and gals to have some back story, to add character to these characters so we know why, for instance, Riley is such a complete loner, socially inept computer whiz or how Maureen or for that matter Painkiller Jane Vasco got into the law enforcement biz.
With a title like "Ghost In The Machine" you knew the general plot before it started, so there has to be something else going on.
Vasco visits Connor - brutish ex-cop, ex-prisoner - at his place, which looks like the inside of a garage. He has an urban motorbike in his front room, not a Harley, not a chopper.
"Nice hardware," she says.
"Damn right? ... Oh, you mean the bike."
As McBride pages the team, the bike starts up and his foot gets snagged between the back tire and the engine. Luckily he's wearing industrial boots and remains uninjured before she reaches over to turn it off. He's impressed with bike knowledge.
Strikeforce Vicodin is breaking into a red garage door, but we don't know why. Riley has a major in to their work, being able to view everything. They're inside when suddenly a wall of sound breaks vases and makes Riley's screens go white noise. McBride's ears are bleeding as they break through a wall with hell's choir facing them. A semicircle group of Columbine goth look-alikes have their mouths wide open to cover the one guy making the noise. (And is this a different neuro because what the fuck?)
Jane, the least affected of them all, of course, figures out that the kid making the noise is the one farthest from the window because it hasn't broken yet. Oh-kay. Just a few minutes later, in slow-down mode, the garage door slams down on Connor's leg as he's stretching for something else. Coupled with burns from a coffee maker and the bike revving, Jane wonders whether something else is contributing to his accident proclivity.
Jane voices her thoughts to McBride who's shadowboxing somewhere. She says she doesn't know enough about Connor to form more than an opinion. By the way, the show just pretends that blood flowing out of McBride's ears didn't happen.