Chicago PD Recap: Prison Ball
“Chicago PD” Season 2 Episode 6 “Prison Ball“ aired last Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, at 10:00 p.m. on NBC. In this episode, Officer Kevin Atwater (Laroyce Hawkins) and Officer Adam Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger) went undercover as inmates at the Metropolitan Correction Center in order to get the confession of the inmate who had ordered a hit on a 10-year-old girl. Outside, the rest of the Intelligence Unit tried to figure out who the shooter was. Meanwhile, Officers Kim Burgess (Marina Squerciati) and Sean Roman (Brian Geraghty) are placed in charge of three young Police Explorer Candidates, and Roman confronted Detective Alvin Olinksy (Elias Koteas) on why he did not like him. Read on to learn more about this episode.
The episode began with Officer Kevin Atwater’s (Laroyce Hawkins) house, where his former partner, Officer Kim Burgess (Marina Squerciati), played video games with 10-year-old younger sister Vanessa. However, he had to leave for a while, as he had been called to a crime scene. A 10-year-old girl had been shot twice in the head, and the shooter had fled the scene. The new commander, Commander Fisher (Kevin J. O’Connor), instructed Sergeant Hank Voight (Jason Beghe) to make this case a priority as the 10-year-old girl, Mya Watkins, was supposed to testify in a robbery case against James Grant (Justin Cornwell), a senior high school student who stood to lose a professional basketball career if his robbery case went to court. James Grant’s alibi was airtight, as he had been playing basketball with his team when Mya was shot. However, as they realized that his uncle, Devon Tucker (Erik LaRay Harvey), was a former crimelord and was serving time in prison, they suspected that he had ordered the hit on Mya on James’ behalf.
Voight and Detective Alvin Olinsky (Elias Koteas) tried to visit Tucker in prison, but they were confronted by Special Agent Collins of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and were told to stay away from Tucker, as he had just cut a deal with them in which he would give up the names of his gun suppliers. However, they were able to get eyes and ears inside the prison, as Atwater had volunteered to go undercover as an inmate at the Metropolitan Correction Center in order to get Tucker to confess to the hit, which would be recorded as Atwater was wearing a wire. They only informed the warden about their plan and sent in Officer Adam Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger) to also go undercover as an inmate, and Detective Antonio Dawson (Jon Seda), who went undercover as a prison guard, in order to keep an eye on both Ruzek and Atwater. Meanwhile, the rest of the Intelligence Unit raced against time in order to identify the shooter so that they could find out if he was linked to Tucker.
Inside the prison, Antonio, posing as the prison guard named Herera, was partnered with a veteran guard named Parish. Before they were send to their cells, both Ruzek and Atwater noticed that Tucker, living up to his reputation, had an “entourage” to support and guard him.
Back at the station, Detective Erin Lindsey (Sophia Bush) tried to talk to Mya’s mother, who refused to cooperate. Erin then had to pull Mya’s mother away from James Grant, who had just walked in with his lawyer, as he had been called to interrogation. At the interrogation room, Voight tried to scare James into cooperating with them but failed, as he told them that he didn’t talk to his uncle about Mya. However, before he left, Voight intimidated him and threatened that he would soon arrest him for the murder of Mya.
Erin and Detective Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) then went to pay a visit to the house of Nathan Hughes, as Jay Halstead had learned that Nathan Hughes’ BMW had been involved in a minor car accident a mile away and just minutes after Mya was shot. However, they learned that Hughes’ daughter owned the car and that it had been towed away several days ago. At the car junkyard, Voight and Olinsky caught the employee who tried to escape from them. He then informed them that he had not registered the car into the system to be towed, as he had crashed into it while driving around to impress his date.
In prison, during lunch, Atwater tried to talk to Tucker but was stopped by his entourage. While he did this, Ruzek, who was eating lunch with his cellmate, watched over the proceedings. However, before Atwater said another word, Tucker was taken away as the guards had claimed that he had to go to medical. However, Antonio discovered that Tucker was not due to go to medical at all. Parish then told him that they had used that phrase as a “smokescreen,” as Tucker was being sent into protective custody as he made a deal with ATF. This meant that he would soon be getting out of prison and would be entering Witness Protection, which would make him virtually untouchable. After Antonio confirmed this with Voight, he told Ruzek the new information as he went to throw the food away from his dinner tray. This meant that they had to figure out a fast way for Atwater to get to the protective custody unit in the prison.
In order to ensure this, Ruzek started a prison fight by beating up Atwater. After the fight had been broken up, Atwater was sent to protective custody, while Parish threatened that the perpetrator of the fight would be sent to solitary.
At the protective custody area, Atwater was able to speak for a little while with Tucker. He told him that he had heard that his nephew, James, was going to give up his uncle and tell on him. He was then told to leave with Tucker’s lieutenant and Tucker himself.
Back at the precinct, the Intelligence Unit, thanks to the tow company employee, identified Mya’s shooter as Omar Martel. He had been Tucker’s cellmate before and used to kill dealers for fun before he turned into mercenary, who got paid as a hit man. They were then able to raid his house and kept in custody, while Voight informed Antonio that they had the shooter and gave him Omar Martel’s name.
However, things became a little bit difficult for Ruzek as two of the inmates informed him that they knew that Atwater was a police officer because Parish had dragged him to solitary, as he had been the one who started the fight. However, after being kicked several times, he demanded to speak to Herrera and asked Parish to inform Herrera that he was in solitary.
During the yard break of those in protective custody, Antonio told Atwater that he only had a few hours left to get a confession out of Tucker. He also told him that he could use the name of the shooter, Omar Martel, as leverage. Atwater then told Tucker that Martel told him that he had wanted more money. Tucker then negotiated and told Atwater to inform Martel that he could get 15 percent instead of just 10 percent from James’ “rookie contract.” He then revealed to him that James wanted to kill the little girl himself, but as Tucker would not allow his nephew to do that, he hired Martel. However, their conversation was interrupted as Tucker’s lieutenant informed Tucker that one of the prisoners there recognized Atwater as a cop. Tucker then tried to stab Atwater, but Atwater easily defeated him.
Back at the station, they were able to arrest James and Martel for the murder of Mya Watkins, much to the relief of Mya’s mother.
Meanwhile, Officers Kim Burgess (Marina Squerciati) and Sean Roman (Brian Geraghty) were tasked by Sergeant Trudy Platt (Amy Morton) to take care of three boys who were Police Explorer candidates. Only Sean seemed to be excited for it, as he had been in the program when he was younger.
While they were showing the boys around the station, they bumped into Olinsky. Sean then remarked that those in the Intelligence Unit, such as Olinsky, were much different from those in uniform, like them. As Olinsky told him to speak his mind to him, Sean revealed that back in 2007, he and his partner, Peter Burns, had been the back up of Olinsky and Voight during a raid. Peter got shot three times, and instead of helping him, Olinsky had continued to pursue the suspect.
At the line up room, Sean positioned the boys at the other side of the mirror to explain to them how the mirror worked. However, Kim realized that the three boys had gone missing. After they informed Trudy of what happened, she revealed to them that those boys were kids at risk or released juvenile delinquents. She told them that every once in a while, the judge at juvenile court sent some released juvenile delinquents to her so that she could show them that they could still make something of themselves. The commander then complained that his car had been stolen.
Kim and Sean then found the boys at a shop which they had tried to rob. Thankfully, they had been stopped by the husband of the shop owner.
Back at the precinct, Trudy apologized to Sean for not informing them beforehand that the boys were juvenile delinquents and would book them, thanks to Kim’s report. However, Sean requested that he have a minute with the boys first. He then revealed to them that back when he was younger, he and his friends were caught by a police officer as they had stolen a train and had taken it on a joyride. But instead of booking them and sending them away, he had let them go, as he believed that everyone “deserved a break, even if they did not deserve it.” As that had changed his life forever, he let the boys go. One of them, however, paused to ask him when the Police Explorer meetings were.
At the locker room, Sean told Olinsky that he did not like the fact that during that raid where his partner was shot, Olinsky had been the closest, yet did not help Peter out. Olinsky then told him that he would never change what he had done that night, as they were able to put away a murderer and revealed to him that he had thought that Sean, who was also close to Peter, would be able to help him. He then suggested that Sean bring his old partner to the station so that he could apologize, but Sean revealed that Peter had gone back to live with his family as he was on disability, as those three shots that he had been hit with caused him to be wheelchair bound for the rest of his life.
Later that night, Erin met up with Assistant District Attorney Steve Kot (Chris Agos), who had previously asked her if she wanted to join a special task force that was being set up at the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). At first, she was reluctant, but after learning that the task force would help prevent crimes, like Mya’s murder, from ever happening in the first place, she was reconsidering it.
Back at home, Atwater bonded with his younger sister, Vanessa, and told her that he loved her very much.
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