It's the fourth episode of the new season and still no sign of Cassidy (played by Jodi Lyn O'Keefe). Jodi's still with the show though, because her name and images are in the new open. Nash's father Nick (played by James Gammon) isn't in this episode, but he's already appeared in the previous "Shake, Rattle & Roll."
Unlike last week's episode which dealt with a villain tied to social reality (a gangster based upon real life), "One Flew Over the Cuda's Nest" is totally fictional, being based upon fiction. Nash displays an impressive knowledge of Sherlock Holmes stories, while in hilarious contrast, his lower brow SIU colleagues Joe and Harvey are more enamored of best-selling trash novelist Jackie Collins with Evan preferring sister Joan's writing. Who even reads Sherlock Holmes stories anymore? Only writers do, and they draw upon the Holmesian mythology from time to time for a revisionist re-working into such series as STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION. The other mythology that seems to go hand in hand with Holmes is the first notorious serial killer Jack the Ripper, both legends being from roughly the same period.
The remote connection between Nash and Sherlock Holmes (even more remote in the NASH re-working of it) is that both detectives are highly deductive and logical. Nash has a photographic memory, and a near genius level of street smarts. In contrast, Holmes had very few relationships with women, while Nash, well....Speaking of which the Woman of the Week is stunning redhead Dr. Gabrielle. She appears late in the episode, so late that we not sure there's enough time for that Don Johnson magic to work. But by the end of the episode, she invites Nash out to lunch with a glint in her eye, but we've run out of time - Joe intercedes with his baby problems. When Nash asks her for a raincheck, Dr. Gabrielle replies almost too quickly "Absolutely!" Ah, that Nash...
For more, see synopsis for Episode 35