After-Take: CHICAGO PD “A Dead Kid, a Notebook, and a Lot of Maybes”
Name of the Episode: A Dead Kid, a Notebook, and a Lot of Maybes
Beware – the follow contains spoilers!!!
Remember last week?
Al tore up the paternity test results and Linstead was ON!
What happened this week?
The episode dives into the subject of gun control among teenagers. A teenage boy named Colin wanted to get revenge on his school; he took a pistol from home and his mom found his drawings displaying his desire to kill his classmates. However, once the intelligence team got to the school property, they discovered the body in the field behind the school. From looking at the evidence, they rule the situation a suicide and want a rush order on the bullet. The news gets worse as Lindsay discovers a bomb in the backpack next to the body.
The school goes into an immediate lock down and the team decides on their next move. The bomb squad comes in and does their evaluation; they determine it’s a crude pipe bomb that could have done a lot of damage. But a partner may be involved with Colin’s plan. A friend EJ is suspected when his computer is searched; Colin and EJ were on the swim team together and made their plans for revenge together.
Alvin receives news that his daughter may have to be put back in the juvenile system unless one of her parents signs guardianship. Without hesitation, Alvin signs the papers.
Burgess and Roman are put on patrol at the school collecting information. EJ is not with the swim coach or team, but they find him being beat up by a group of students. Once in the interrogation room, EJ insists the plan wasn’t to kill the bullies at school but is reluctant to say what he knows. The team is unable to hold him on any charges, so he is set free.
Alvin confesses to his wife that he threw away the paternity test and signed for Michelle’s guardianship. His wife is devastated and tells Alvin to pick up his stuff by the next day or it will be burned.
Soon after the team gets a cell phone signal that puts EJ at the swim coach’s house. They’re shocked to find the coach’s car vandalized with the word pedophile written all over it. Darren insists he was just trying to help the troubled kids on the team and nothing more. Halstead sits down with EJ and tries to find out the truth. EJ confesses that both him and Colin gave sexual favors to Darren in order to receive scholarships to their private school they’re at now. But there was another boy who was a part of the revenge plan, Jeff. The team needs to find Jeff before he carries out his plan against Darren.
The autopsy results show Colin was murdered because of the incorrect angle and not enough gun residues on his hand. The team tracks down a Jesse Mandel, a man posing as another victim to the boys. Dawson and Halstead chase down Jesse to the L train, but Jesse ditches his backpack and jumps off the train. He was hit by another oncoming train and dies instantly. Darren is arrested at his home and taken into custody. Voight tries to get Darren to turn out a confession by convincing him Jesse has already given up his side of the story. Darren finally confesses he paid Jesse to scare Colin into keeping quiet about their deal.
Meanwhile Adam tries to make a romantic evening for him and Kim when Alvin shows up with Michelle seeking a place to crash for a few days. At the end of the episode, Halstead reminds us that when we lose someone we love, we need to be brave and carry on with our lives. Because that’s what our loved ones would have wanted for us. Having lost someone to the power of a gun, I try to remind myself of this same advice.
Ready for next week?
I’m not sure what is going on, but it looks intense!