Chicago PD and Law & Order: SVU Recap: The Number of Rats and Daydream Believer
“Chicago PD” Season 2 Episode 20 “The Number of Rats” and “Law & Order: SVU” Season 16 Episode 20 “Daydream Believer” aired on Wednesday, Apr. 29, 2015 beginning at 9:00 p.m., respectively. In this back to back crossover event, Sergeant Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and the Manhattan Special Victims Unit joined forces with Sergeant Hank Voight (Jason Beghe) and the Chicago Police Department’s Intelligence Unit in order to solve a case of a serial rapist and arsonist. He had eluded Olivia for ten years after Chicago’s Firehouse 51 rescued a victim that matched the rapist’s modus operandi. As they closed in on the suspect, the Special Victims Unit raced against time in order to save the life of the latest victim, someone close to the Intelligence Unit’s heart. Read on to learn more about this episode. (NOTE: Part one featured “Chicago PD” Season 2 Episode 20 “The Number of Rats”, while the second part covered “Law & Order: SVU” Season 16 Episode 20 “Daydream Believer”.)
The episode began with Sergeant Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) of Manhattan’s Special Victims Unit in Chicago Med with Sergeant Hank Voight (Jason Beghe). They then interviewed Victoria Lewyn (Tiffany Bedwell), a nurse and the victim, who was rescued by Firehouse 51. She then managed to describe her rapist and arsonist before she died due to complications.
At the bullpen of Chicago Police Department’s Intelligence Unit, Olivia informed the team of the past cases that she had worked with the similar pattern. It was down to the green nail polish that had been applied to the victims, and the fact that the suspect wore medical scrubs and had his arm in a sling. However, they were never able to find the rapist. He had been careful not to leave DNA, and as he had stopped for around ten years, as far as Olivia knew.
After talking to Detective Odafin “Fin” Tutuola (Ice-T) and Detective Nick Amaro (Danny Pino), Voight suggested that they come over to Chicago to help out. Olivia then told them to tell Detective Amanda Rollins (Kelli Giddish) and Detective Dominick “Sonny” Carisi, Jr. (Peter Scanavino) to reopen the case there.
At Victoria’s apartment, Lieutenant Matthew “Matt” Casey (Jesse Spencer) of Firehouse 51 showed them the crime scene. It was where Detective Erin Lindsay (Sophia Bush) found green nail polish.
Meanwhile, Carisi informed Olivia that in the old case files, they had come across Dr. Will Halstead’s (Nick Gehlfuss) name. He had been interviewed since he had and one of the past victims, Debra McCulloch, before. As it seemed like a coincidence that the rapist began again shortly after Will started working at ChicagoMed, Olivia told Voight that she wanted to ambush him, which he agreed to.
The next day, they brought Will into ask him about Victoria, where Olivia ambushed him, much to the annoyance of his brother, Detective Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer). He immediately pushed him out and told Voight that he would read his written statement before submitting it to him. Olivia then told Voight that she was going back to Manhattan, him to promise to play everything by the book.
Afterwards, Craig “Mouse” Gurwitch (Samuel Hunt), spotted the green Subaru that the suspect used as described by another potential victim earlier that morning who had gotten away alright. Officer Kim Burgess (Marina Squerciati) and Officer Sean Roman (Brian Geraghty) then spotted the car, and asked the driver, Greg Yates (Dallas Roberts) to come into the station. He was questioned by Nick and Lindsay, where they learned that he had been a professor in Columbia. It was also the place where did his residency at Columbia Presbyterian and the first victim had disappeared from. However, he denied everything but kept on looking at Lindsay, and said hello to Nadia Decotis (Stella Maeve) on his way out.
After Jay was then told that his brother had been cleared of suspicion, Jay gave Will’s alibi and Will came up and to tell Voight him that Yates had been his professor at medical school but had creeped him out. It was after he had asked him some strange questions at a party, which Debra had attended as well.
Afterwards, Yates called Lindsay up and asked to meet her later that night at a park, which they later discovered was to create an alibi. Chief Wallace Boden (Eamonn Walker) told them that they had another body at a fire, where Voight later found a bottle of green nail polish.
After Mouse pinged Yates’ phone to his apartment, they rushed over only to find that Yates had disappeared. Meanwhile, Yates knocked out Nadia and took her to New York in Lindsay’s car.
Lindsay then became worried after discovering that Nadia was missing and after Roman found her birthday cake, which Nadia had gone to get, on the ground. Voight then decided to go to New York with Lindsay after informing Olivia that Yates was on his way there.
In New York, Lindsay’s empty car with Nadia’s scarf was discovered. Right after, they were told that there were two more victims near Elmhurst, where they later arrested him, while he was having lunch with his new fiancé, Susie Frain (Mary Bacon).
The team then discovered Nadia’s body at a beach that Susie and Yates frequented, and found other remains that matched with the time frame of the other cases that had the same pattern. They were able to discover this particular beach as Yates, as he was being interrogated by Amanda. He had told her that he believed that whoever killed Nadia would bring her to a “special place.” As Susie mentioned the beach to Lindsay and Nick who broke the news to her that her lover was a serial rapist.
Later, Assistant District Attorney Rafael Barba (Raul Esparza) informed them that Nadia’s was the case that they would bring to court, where Yates pulled a surprise move and decided to represent himself.
At court, he managed to twist Olivia’s, Medical Examiner Dr. Melinda Warner’s (Tamara Tunie) and Lindsay’s testimonies, and painted a picture that Nadia had been sexually abused by Voight, and that she had gone back to her old life of being a heroin addict and a prostitute.
However, the next day, Barba called Melinda back on the stand, and deliberately showed Yates the pictures of Nadia. Afterwards, as Yates cross-examined Melinda, the entire court, based on his questions, realized that he was getting off on the descriptions of the pain that he had inflicted on Nadia. Because of this, he was found guilty of all charges, and while he was in his holding cell awaiting sentencing, Voight visited him and threatened to strangle him, but decided not to. Instead, he warned him that he would always live with fear.
Afterwards, the team went to a nearby bar where they toasted to Nadia, leaving Lindsay enveloped in grief. However, it was another story for Olivia. Shewas finally able to get justice for all of Yates’ victims, which included missing women from New Orleans, and who was finally able to close the books on this particular open case.
And that was all for the recap of “Chicago PD” Season 2 Episode 20 “The Number of Rats” and “Law & Order: SVU” Season 16 Episode 20 “Daydream Believer”. For more news, recaps and updates “Law & Order: SVU” and other television shows, keep on following Movie News Guide (MNG).
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