Chicago Justice Fool Me Twice Season 1 Episode 12 Recap- In the previous episode of “Chicago Justice,” an environmental activist crashes a meeting of the Chicago Town Council and pours a container of black ooze on the conference table. This is part of an ongoing protest against what the group calls “Bomb Trains” running through cities like Chicago. The plot was grabbed straight from the headlines of a 2013 oil train crash and explosion in the Canadian town of lac-Megantic.
Chicago Justice Fool Me Twice Season 1 Episode 12 Recap
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In Episode 12, Nagel gets connected with a former grade school pal and later confidential informant when she appears at the scene of a shooting victim. Inside the victim’s car is a kilo of diluted heroin. Outside the vehicle is Lizzie, the shooting victim’s sister. Later comes Lizzie’s boyfriend Bennie Martinez. Then two narcotics detectives, Ken Banks and Steven Kim, appear on the scene. It’s from this mix of characters that the story will unfold.
But no good police procedural happens without a jurisdictional dispute between the various players. Nagel is a state’s investigator, not a Chicago Police Department cop, and so she must take second place in line to help solve the shooting. There’s something hardcore and perhaps suspicious about detectives Banks and Kim, Nagel discovers, but what can she do?
The shooting victim, Eric Case, helped Peter and AnnaValdez get a conviction against one of the Creary brothers. The Crearys are gang bangers, but now with one brother sitting in prison, Jerome Creary runs the Death Kings crew. Jerome has a good cover as the impresario of an auto dealership, but he’s eventually exposed as the head gangbanger who ordered the murders of three members of a rival gang.
The Playground Crush
Eric Case, it seems, was an unintended victim of sorts, but his only role is to play Laura Nagel’s playground buddy and former crush. That’s so we can get a glimpse into Nagel’s hardscrabble background on the streets of Chicago. Nagel’s an interesting character, neither overpowering like other female cop characters in some shows, nor is she a shrinking violet. She seems to have the right amount of street tough hardness and the right mix of empathy. Both she and her partner Antonio Dawson play things a bit under the radar.
Detectives Banks and Kim
The real tension in this episode 12 of “Chicago Justice” comes from the relationship between the two narcotics detectives, Banks and Kim, and the head gangbanger Jerome Creary. It seems that their long adversarial relationship has led the cops down the yellow brick road to corruption. Kim lives in a virtual palace paid for with the gang’s profits. Banks is a bit less ostentatious but still a crook.
The plot moves along at a lively pace with the suspect list always changing. It’s a little bit of street hustle 3-Card Monte mixed with child’s party game Pin-the-tail-on-the-Donkey. It’s Nagel who finds the vital connection between the dirty cops and the gang leader Jerome.
From there it’s to court and a surprise verdict. The Peter Stone character has on some occasions left me disliking him, and at other times cheering for him. This episode spawned yet a different feeling. I felt sorry for him, and this having basically to do with the verdict.
It seems that he and Anna Valdez presented one of their strongest cases yet, and d strong arguments for convicting the dirty cops. Yet the jury comes back with ‘not guilty’ verdicts on solid felony murder charges.
Some of that can be attributed to the police officer’s likable defense attorney William O’Boyle. He did a great job of discrediting the prosecution witnesses, all of whom had shady personal histories. But even if O’Boyle was good enough to talk the stripes off a zebra, the cop he was representing was clearly guilty. I would hope that “Chicago Justice” is a kind of justice that happens only in Chicago.
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Chicago Justice Fool Me Twice Season 1 Episode 12 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)
Ken Banks – Dylan Walsh (Nip/Tuck, Unforgettable, The Lake House, Congo, Longmire, Revenge, Blood Work)
Steve Kim – Tim Kang (The Mentalist, The Vampire Diaries, The Sopranos)
Eric Cates – Tom Guiry (Mystic River, The Sandlot, The Black Donnellys)
Attorney Fetzer – Austin Lysy (Garden State, Hitch, Arbitrage, Everbody’s Fine)
Jerome Creary – Brian Keys