I already posted some of this in the Eva thread but I have to do it here too .... Spoiler: 8.1 New updated spoilers do not have Speedle mentioned! They also changed a few scenes from Ryan meeting Speed, into Ryan meeting Calleigh instead, and instead of Natalia doing a favor for Speed, there is to be some other DNA/FBI agent who H knows to help process the evidence, some are putting it together that Rory turned it down & that's why there's new info regarding these scenes. IF there is still a "Nat met/knew Speed" situation then yes, I think it makes an awesome connection for our couple, but I hate to get my hopes up & then it never pan out with Speed in this episode. HOWEVER, as I said in the Eva thread, it might be that H still meets Natalia (on the same exact day H welcomes Eric..heehee, it was so meant to be) only through this other woman instead of through Speed, & if this does happen then I think it's just as good. I've always believed Horatio trusted her in a way that none of the others did, he obviously had alot of faith in her. Is it possible that he is the one who brought her into the lab to begin with, as the mole? I think so, & I think that if tptb allowed this to come out - this reason why Natalia was placed there as the mole, that maybe it would give Eric a better understanding of what actually went down, & why. And if Horatio had his hands in it the entire time as well, then Eric would definitly come to understand the whole story. It would show that Horatio really trusted Nat, & that's something that Eric would take into deep consideration - he's closer to Horatio than anyone. So in my opinion, it does indeed give them that connection from the past, with or without Speedle. Regardless of what pans out in the "past" & what doesn't, I actually think there are many things that can easily connect Eric & Natalia emotionally. There's alot they have in common, & Natalia knows what it's like having a grand illusion turn into heartache, which Eric will likely discover soon, & boy do they BOTH know the feeling of being controlled & treated like shit from thier "mate"!! So yeah, I don't think it would take too much to emotionally connect EDeN.