Chicago Justice Tycoon Season 1 Episode 13 Recap – “Chicago Justice” may have been saving the best for last. The finale, “Tycoon,” was a lively drama with real life parallels. Crane collapses are not the rare events construction workers would like them to be. When a giant construction crane collapses in Chicago and crushes six floors of a multi-story building project, it kills the son-in-law of billionaire builder Frank Linden.
Chicago Justice Tycoon Season 1 Episode 13 Recap
Antonio and Nagel are called in to investigate. They soon find out that the crane collapse was no accident. A boom pin shattered. An arm of the crane crushed the building; the rest of the giant crane broke into six pieces. One of those six pieces landed on Evan Wheeler, the son-in-law of the builder and the husband of building contractor’s finance executive – Mrs. Sarah Wheeler.
First look goes to crane operator John Bensinger who becomes a suspect due to his past troubles with substance abuse. But that theory doesn’t last long when the fire marshal finds a faulty metal part amidst the wreckage. He tells Dawson and Nagel that the boom pin was doused with the refrigerant difluoroethane.
I don’t know how that fits into the plot exactly, but the fire chief tells the investigators that difluoroethane can freeze metal parts, making them brittle enough to break with bare hands. Difluoroethane is more often associated with car crashes or death due to inhalation. This is television drama, remember, so buy into it.
Bankruptcy Made Him Rich
But suspicion soon falls upon Frank Linden when Nagel uncovers information about the billionaire developer’s five bankruptcies. “In every case,” Nagel says, “he came out on top.” The actor Richard Schiff plays an excellent Frank Linden, a cagey, tough, blue collar guy who claws his way to the top of Chicago society after crushing anyone who gets in the way.
One of the twists in the episode is that Linden is a close friend of State’s Attorney Mark Jeffries (Carl Weathers). When Peter and Anna Valdez press the inquiry into the nature of Linden’s business dealings, Jeffries strongly hints that they should ease off. This smells like typical Chicago corruption dating back to the Mayor Daly years. Jeffries is no crook but he’s a strong contrast to boy scout Peter Stone. As a man of long experience, Jeffries is neither as idealistic nor naive as his 2nd in command.
The plot thickens as battle lines are drawn. On one side you have Frank Linden, his son Brett and daughter Sarah – all pressing for the arrest of the crane operator. On the other side you have Dawson and Nagel working hard to bring a case that Valdez and Stone can work with. Though he’s cozy with Linden, Jeffries comes down on the side of justice when he green lights the prosecutors to go after Linden.
Search Warrant Not Required
You can’t make an omelet without breaking some eggs, says an old proverb. The eggs in this case involve the U.S. Constitution and its prohibitions on illegal search and seizure. Dawson and Nagel want to look into the private financial dealings of Frank Linden but are denied a search warrant. Peter Stone learns of the detectives’ tendency to cut corners by hacking Linden’s computer network. Peter gives Dawson a stern warning about violating the law. That’s where the eggs get broken – Dawson gets his hacker friend to get the information he wants. Nagel drills down and finds the financial details that point to insurance fraud and possibly murder.
Peter Stone Goes to Bat
With enough information to take the case to court, Peter and Anna put Evan Wheeler’s widow on the stand. She provides the financial details that sink her father. The building project is financed with a $200 million loan. The interest payments on it are $700,000 per month. All well and good –except that the project is ten months behind schedule. This means that Frank Linden is $7 million dollars in the hole – unless he hires a saboteur to stage a phony crane accident which will net $570 million from the project insurance policy.
It’s a good circumstantial case but is it good enough for Peter to prosecute Linden for murder? Nagel and Valdez strengthen the prosecution’s case when they track down Jim Florence, the subcontractor Linden hired to stage the crane accident, and corrupt union boss Henry Tomczak.
The case ends in the courtroom with an impassioned performance by actor Philip Winchester as Peter Stone. Peter follows boss Mark Jeffries instructions to go light on Linden with a $500,000 fine and no jail time. This slap on the wrist is nothing for the villainous billionaire but the smile falls from his face when he realizes Peter has an act two – a murder charge against Brett, Sarah, and the big man himself. That clicking sound the Lindens hear at the end of their trial is the sound of handcuffs snapping onto their wrists.
Other episodes of Chicago Justice reviewed on TV Eskimo include:
1.1 – Fake
1.2 – Uncertainty Principle
1.3 – See Something
1.4 – Judge Not
1.5 – Friendly Fire
1.6 – Dead Meat
1.7 – Double Helix
1.8 – Lily’s Law
1.9 – Comma
1.10 – Drill
1.11 – AQD
1.12 – Fool Me Twice
Chicago Justice Tycoon Season 1 Episode 13 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)
Frank Linden – Richard Schiff (The West Wing, The Affair, Seven, Manhattan, Murder in the First, Rogue, Man of Steel)
Sarah Wheeler – Emma Duncan
Brett Linden – Zach Shaffer (Salt, Smash, Strangers with Candy)
Wallace Boden – Eamonn Walker (Unbreakable, The Messenger, Oz, Chicago P.D.)
Erin Lindsay – Sofia Bush (One Tree Hill, Chicago P.D., The Narrows)
Henry Tomczak – Michael Rebresh