Chicago Justice Comma Season 1 Episode 9 Recap – In the previous episode, it looked like retaliation for a guilty verdict when a female juror on Stone’s murder prosecution was found dead. Her mouth was sealed with duct tape and her wrists were bound. But investigators Antonio Dawson and Laura Nagel uncover hidden emotional threads which lead them to another conclusion. Usually the case is a suicide which cops later decide is a murder. This one is a murder that turns out to be a suicide.
Chicago Justice Comma Season 1 Episode 9 Recap
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Episode 9 moves along as quickly as a video game which, in a sense, it was. A group of university students are playing a game called ‘Escape.’ You find an old abandoned building and pretend you and your partner are trapped there. The point of the game is to find your partner in the dark and help him or her to escape to the outside.
The game in this episode becomes real when the players find one student dead on the floor with a single gunshot to the chest. Detectives Nagel and Dawson are on the case, showing signs of smooth detective work as they sort things out.
The victim is rich girl Kennedy Malloy. It takes some doing but Dawson and Nagel find the murder weapon in a concealed corner of the building. The pistol has two sets of prints on it. One set of prints is that of an unknown person. The surprise twist is that the other set of prints belongs to Kennedy Malloy, the victim.
How does that happen? We don’t find 0ut until the dead girl’s father returns from a business meeting in Japan. Mr. Malloy tells the police he bought the gun for his daughter as a gift on her eighteenth birthday.
Nagel and Dawson begin interviewing the other student characters, one of whom registers no surprise when the detectives ask him why he didn’t call the police when he heard the gunshot. “This is Chicago. When is a gunshot not going off?”
The murder investigation gets complicated quickly. One likely suspect is Abigail Chapman, a young woman arrested and charged with murder in Spain. She was acquitted and became the subject of two books and a TV movie.
Here, the writers were likely channeling the famous Amanda Knox case. Abigail Chapman, like the real life Amanda Knox, was subject to an extradition request which would have sent her back to a foreign country to face trial on the same charges she was acquitted of.
Abigail Chapman looks good for the murder because she ran from the scene. When she’s caught later, she behaves like a mad woman and attacks Dawson. That doesn’t say much for her innocence, though we find she was under the spell of narcotics.
Yet, it’s Abigail who comes up with some vital information about the night Kennedy Malloy was murdered. She points to student Bethany Pierson, an impressionable acolyte of her adored far left English professor.
Professor Hall doesn’t teach much English, his single obsession being gun control. “Gun owners are the enemy of the people. I would like to see someone shoot up an NRA office,” he says to his students.
The professor is shown on video in a heated argument with murder victim Kennedy Malloy. Along with some other supporters of the 2nd Amendment, Kennedy was one of a group of students petitioning for the right to bear arms on campus.
A break in the case comes when the second set of fingerprints on the pistol are discovered to be those of the professor’s disciple, Bethany Pierson. She’s now the prime suspect, defended in court by an attorney who thinks the 2nd Amendment should apply only to militias.
Here’s where ADA Peter Stone comes to the rescue of the U.S. Constitution in a turnabout role. In previous episodes, Stone had a decidedly liberal bent and espoused the liberal philosophies of most TV drama fare. But here, ADA Peter not only champions the 2nd Amendment but also admits to being a gun owner himself. Woo-hoo!
You can almost hear the audience gasping when Stone tells the court that 2.5 million lives have been saved as the result of legal gun ownership. Peter commits further liberal heresy when he says that Sandy Hook and other school violence could have been prevented or mitigated had some responsible adult had possession of a weapon.
Perhaps there was a writer revolt or perhaps the script slipped past the producers without anyone noticing. Or maybe I was wrong about Peter Stone. And maybe “Chicago Justice” will be a hit series after all.
I liked the episode for other reasons, too. Dawson and Nagel seem now to be functioning smoothly together as a detective team. The writing was crisp, the wit incisive. There was plenty of excitement in the fast moving plot with plenty of surprising twists.
Other episodes of Chicago Justice reviewed on TV Eskimo include:
Chicago Justice Comma Season 1 Episode 9 Recap characters and cast include:
Peter Stone – Philip Winchester (Strike Back, Flyboys, In My Sleep, Chicago P.D., Thunderbirds)
Antonio Dawson – Jon Seda (Treme, Primal Fear, Homicide: Life on the Street, Twelve Monkeys, Bullet to the Head)
Laura Nagel – Joelle Carter (Justified, High Fidelity, Scandal, Constantine, American Pie 2, Jessabelle)
Anna Valdez – Monica Barbaro (UnREAL)
Mark Jeffries – Carl Weathers (Rocky, Colony, The Shield, Predator)
Professor Bannon – Richard Masur (Transparent, The Good Wife, Girls, Picket Fences, My Girl, One Day at a Time)
Bethany Pierson – Anna Friedman (The Seas of Trees, Unforgettable, The Affair, The Legend of Lucy Keyes)
Abigail Chapman – Cathryn Dylan (Grey’s Anatomy, Frat Star)
Professor Hall – Chris Payne Gilbert (10 Items or Less, Lucifer, Suits, Dexter)
Mr. Malloy – Tim Decker (Tenfold, Ash, Dirty Work, Joshua)