After-Take: CHICAGO PD “Forty-Caliber Bread Crumb”
Name of the Episode: “Forty-Caliber Bread Crumb”
Beware – the following contains spoilers!!
The episode begins when Halstead’s friend and colleague Terry, comes by with exciting news with his wife. They are expecting a baby boy in the coming months. Jay congratulates the couple, but has to take Terry on a bank run. They are making the run for the marijuana shop they’re working with. The bank load is a quarter of a million dollars. Jay’s boss, Briana asks him out for dinner. She is coming off a divorce, and wants something simple. Jay is hesitant because of his relationship with Lindsay. On their money route, a car stops in front of them, only a distraction for the flaming car thrown from the bridge above. They try to reverse to evade the robbers, but a truck appears behind their car and begins to open fire. During the firefight, Terry is shot above the heart, missing his vest. Jay calls in for help as Terry coughs up blood. Terry has a pulse when the paramedics arrive and is taken to Chicago Med. At the scene, a forty-caliber gun is found at the scene. It’s possible it came from a suspect shot by Halstead. The partial print comes back as, Joseph Ortiz. He’s associated with a gang that usually robs drug cartels after a large bust.
At the station, Briana is suspicious as to why she’s being questioned about her business, when the robbery had just occurred. Halstead is questioned by Voight about his relationship with Briana. He denies having slept or being involved with Briana after Voight’s suspicions. Burgess and Roman sense obvious tension with Ruzek at the station. He gets jealous, but they’re unsure why because they’re only partners.
While on their patrol, they find Ortiz’s car and subsequently his hideout for drug activity with his gang. There was a man on a table being cut up for torture. In the interrogation room, Ortiz says the man on the table was his cousin Saso. Ortiz says he did not have anything to do with the robbery. Halstead is not convinced, but Lindsay interrupts him to show a new lead. No prints were found on the gun shells, and the car thrown over the bridge was stolen from the junkyard. The team continues to ask Halstead about their routes; somebody leaked the information. Voight suggests searching the dispensary for listening devices, while Halstead wants to continue to interrogate Ortiz. However, Ortiz has a solid alibi for everything; he’s clean.
Terry’s wife tells Halstead that Terry was accepted into the police academy and was to report next month. He really looked up to Jay and his lifestyle. Ruzek goes to Al wondering if Roman was interested in Burgess. Al shuts down the thought because they aren’t together anymore; he lost his right to be jealous. He tells Ruzek to get his priorities straight because so many people would kill to be in his position. At the dispensary, a listening device is found in the office phone and several others within the office. The devices are old so that means the listener is within two blocks of the dispensary. Al and Ruzek each take a direction and search the premises; a van speeds away after Ruzek identifies it to Al over the radio.
Serial numbers are found on the bugs; Briana’s ex husband Jason is responsible for buying the devices. Halstead and Lindsay go to Jason’s work place to pick him up for questioning. Jason says he hired a private investigator to catch Briana cheating. If she was found for sexual abandonment, Frank says Jason will get a bigger settlement. Jason says he’s heard Jay’s name a lot on the tapes about Briana wanting to sleep with him.
Mouse is worried about Jay after the robbery; it might bring up bad memories from their service. Halstead says not to worry about it. Mouse finds a call between the Frank and an unknown man insinuating they knew about the money drop. Frank sold the information to Collin Briggs and Frank was set to get 20% of the cash. Antonio wants Frank to call Collin to set up a meet to draw him out. The plan goes awry when Collin pulls a taser gun and throws Frank into the trunk. P.D. steps in and takes Collin into custody.
Collin refuses to speak out against his crew and mouths off to Halstead. Before Halstead can go into the cage, Antonio says they found the rest of the crew. They consisted of the Seeley brothers one of them shared a cell with Collin. Halstead identifies the man who shot Terry. The team finds a lead when one of the cars’s used in the robbery was missing but not reported to police. Mr. Seeley was covering for his sons; when the team shows up at the Seeley residence, the father was trying to bury his son, the gun shot wounds were too severe to keep under control. He advises to the team that Brendan is inside sleeping.
Brendan was taken into custody, while his brother jumped from the second story window. Halstead chases him down the street to a warehouse. They engage in a fistfight and Jay is able to grab a piece of steel and jams it into the suspect’s thigh muscle. Al walked in and made sure the suspect would be able to testify later. Once the dust settles, Halstead goes to Briana to tell her he has to quit. He also mentions he has someone waiting for him so he could not accept the dinner offer.
At the end of the episode, Jay, Mouse and Ethan chat about their war stories. Halstead decides to leaves early and talk to Voight at the station. Voight tells Halstead it is mandatory for him to take a week of medical leave; and he acknowledges he’s lucky to have Jay in his unit. Once alone, Jay let’s his feelings come to the surface and openly cries.
Chicago P.D. will be back in a couple of weeks; stay tuned for more after takes!