I agree that speculation inherently counter-productive. I do have to respectfully disagree here. As a purely hypothetical exercise, if there are circumstances beyond the control of an actor happening behind the scenes that prohibits him from taking part in a scene, it's neither his nor his character's fault. Actually I don't think they've shown any indication at all that Horatio knows about Calleigh and Eric's "extra curricular activies". And I don't necessarily find that to mean that Horatio is somehow at fault for not knowing. Calleigh has made a habit of distancing herself from Horatio. I had a supervisor once who had every reason to believe that two of my co-workers who were married (not to each other) were going to start an affair. He tried everything - even followed them a couple of times trying to stop it before it started. They got by him anyway and it turned into a company nightmare. Calleigh is senior to Eric and it is my understanding that she is Horatio's second-in-command. That makes her Eric's supervisor when she is there and Horatio is not. Someone correct me if I'm wrong. Spoiler: future In 7x19 someone is going to attack her and will take her gun off. She'll tell everything to H and H will help her to track down the mob guy and to get her gun back. So I don't think it's that difficult for her to talk with H when she has a problem Thank you. The interaction this promises is nice to anticipate. I don't really want to see Eric fired. But I do want to see him get whatever help he needs to do his job without Calleigh having to constantly cover and hide his struggles. It is just one element that is destroying the integity and ethics of the characters. Well, Eric wouldn't be my first choice. I want someone who would be an equal partner and not someone who is a dependent boy. To be fair there have been instances in the past when Eric has been a support system for Calleigh. The current Eric, however, seems content to just follow Calleigh around like a little boy. I'd better stop or the moderators are going to kick my butt for spamming!