Blue Bloods s08e03 Episode Script

The Enemy of My Enemy

1 MAN (on video): No! Aah! (goon laughing) Don't move.
Shh.
When your people do business in my territory, makes me think you don't respect me.
It was a mistake, I swear.
Maybe so but mistakes have consequences.
No, no! No! No, please! I'm begging you, no! No! Talk to the hand.
(screams) (sighs) Think I'll skip the ending this time.
I just had breakfast.
My point, exactly, Judge.
Allowing the jury to see this video would be grossly prejudicial.
I agree with the gross part.
Maybe your client should stop torturing the competition.
It is exceedingly graphic and disturbing, Counselor.
Well, they don't call her the Lioness for nothing.
Ms.
Chao is the most dangerous human trafficker in New York.
Allegedly.
She smuggles desperate immigrants into the country and then sells them into sex slavery.
We're all aware of the charges, Ms.
Reagan.
Which includes assault in the first degree, which this tape depicts in spades.
My client can not get a fair trial if this tape is admitted, Your Honor.
The authenticity of this tape is not in dispute, and its probative value is obvious.
I am concerned about the sensational nature of the video.
Thank you.
It speaks directly to the heinous nature of the alleged crime, Your Honor.
And while potentially prejudicial, its probative value is undeniable.
I'm gonna allow it into evidence.
Thank you, Your Honor.
Due respect, Your Honor, this is totally unfair.
I'm sure the one-handed gentleman in the video felt the same way.
FRANK: Excuse me.
Are you listening? I asked you to set up a press conference.
I heard.
I would have thought he'd be thrilled.
Seeing as you spend half your days trying to push him in there.
And normally, I would be.
Normally? I think we should take a beat.
Oh, I see what he's doing.
Who you got him on? One of the morning shows? GARRETT: No.
- Charlie Rose? Charlie Rose would be a great platform to roll this out.
No.
Not Charlie Rose.
Not anybody.
You're sitting on something.
The acting mayor, she opposes the plan.
Oh, come on, Garrett.
It's a gift to her.
Apparently, she doesn't see it that way.
In what way does she see it? She thinks the cost of retraining officers is prohibitive.
Oh, please.
GORMLEY: How the hell would she know? Dutton was a dog catcher till 15 minutes ago.
Public advocate, and she believes the program prioritizes targeting street crime And when's the last time somebody got mugged on the street by Bernie Madoff? She's missing the whole point.
We should cancel your morning and schedule a face-to-face I already sold that and she's not buying.
My client would like to discuss a plea in this matter.
Imagine my surprise.
Despite the judge's unfortunate ruling, we still feel we can prevail at trial.
Yeah.
Good luck with that.
That said, should a reasonable plea arrangement 25 to life, parole after 20.
I believe I said "reasonable"" We have your client on felony sex trafficking and compelling prostitution.
And don't forget the hand thing.
ERIN: Right.
The amputation video, that puts the jury in my pocket.
See, if Ms.
Chao is convicted on all charges, and the sentences run consecutively, Ms.
Chao will be an extremely old sex trafficker by the time she gets out.
12 years, parole after five.
25, take it or leave it.
I admire your strength.
My competitors try to take advantage of me because I'm a woman.
They think it makes me weak.
The female empowerment angle would be a lot more compelling if you weren't selling girls into sex slavery.
You know, many people have tried to take me down, Ms.
Reagan.
They've all lived to regret it if they lived at all.
It's a crime to threaten an officer of the court, Ms.
Chao.
Just a little sisterly advice.
Whoa, whoa, whoa.
Let's not get sidetracked.
We're talking about a deal.
Not anymore we're not.
The offer is officially rescinded.
I'll see you in court.
(indistinct police radio chatter) (siren chirps) (siren wails) Danny.
What happened? Well, seems the judge took a header off the roof.
(exhales) On his own? Don't know yet.
DANNY: Yeah, who knows? I mean, maybe it was an accident to suddenly fell.
It wasn't.
Chao Lin did this to force a mistrial, and I need you to prove it.
(sighs) Blue Bloods 8x03 The Enemy of My Enemy What can you tell us about how the judge came off this roof? Trajectory of the fall could indicate homicide, suicide or accidental fall.
Doesn't exactly narrow things down.
We got techs working the roof, hopefully they'll come up with something.
- All right, thanks for nothing.
- (sighs) Everything okay? Yeah.
I'm good.
I mean, with you and the boys.
You got a lot on your plate right now.
We're good.
If you ever need anything, I'm here.
I know that and thank you.
Really.
- Hmm.
(camera snapping) What the hell are you doing here? Erin asked me to ride shotgun.
(chuckling): No thanks, we got it covered.
Look, I'm the one that built the case against Chao Lin.
I know her operation and all the players.
Maybe he can help, Danny.
No.
I've worked with him before, he's a pain in the ass.
I think you're a pain in the ass, too.
But this is about finding out how the judge got dead.
Good.
Whatever.
(sighs) This should be fun.
DANNY: Just stay out of my way.
(sighs) Guy She is not getting away with killing a sitting judge.
Where are the cops in their investigation? No sign of foul play, but it's only been a few hours.
Something tells me Chao's lawyer isn't the patient type.
Already petitioned the chief judge to declare a mistrial.
And grant his client a new one with a new judge.
We have been chasing Chao for over four years.
She's already walked away from two previous prosecutions.
Judge Tessler's last ruling finally handed me the smoking gun I need to nail her.
And you think a new judge might reverse that ruling.
I'm not willing to take that chance.
You may not have a choice.
Unless Tessler's death can be linked to Chao and her people, it's a long shot to avoid a mistrial.
I agree.
Which is why we need to prove that Chao is responsible for Tessler's death.
So what's the game plan? Stall the chief judge until we have the evidence we need to prosecute Chao for murder.
Okay.
But this office relies on the goodwill of the chief judge.
Don't piss her off.
(door opens) BAKER: Sir.
She's here.
(sighs) Let's have her.
Please.
REGINA: Thanks.
Commissioner.
Madam Speaker.
Long time no talk.
(door closes) Please.
Oh, new furniture.
This is nice.
Ooh.
(chuckles) You can get busy on this couch.
I am busy.
Yes, you are.
Look, you always talk about enhanced police presence.
I'm now calling that "answered prayers.
" Since when? Since I saw the light.
The light being? Mayor Poole did his best to get along with you.
Not always.
- Well, not always, but more than anybody thought he would.
I drove him into early retirement.
But you're the last man standing.
I'm not sure what that means, Regina.
It means, if you're me looking at you, you're thinking to yourself, "Ooh, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em.
" Don't kid a kidder.
Frank, the plan is a good one.
I think it's good for the city.
In minority neighborhoods? As long as we can frame it that the beat cop is going to know your name and your kid's name, and That doesn't sell Mayor Dutton.
Well, when was the last time anybody stopped and frisked her? - Got it.
And I don't think we need her.
She's got great connections on all the luxury floors, where she lives, but if you want to get this passed, you need to come down to the ground floor, where the city council lives.
She's still the mayor.
She's the interim mayor, Frank.
And I have the votes you need to get this passed.
She'll just veto it.
She might, but then, we just might get all the votes we need to override that veto.
It's a really good plan, Frank, and I'm behind you all the way.
(sighs) (door closes) You say the judge came up here all the time? Especially in the warm weather.
Liked to work up here.
You see him the day he died? No.
I was working down in the basement all day.
Didn't know what happened till I heard the sirens outside.
Tessler have any enemies around here? Not unless you count his wife.
What? They didn't get along? She's a real piece of work.
Felt bad for the judge.
When those two went at it, the windows rattled.
All right, thanks for your time.
Sounds like we should talk to the wife again.
Oh.
You come up with that all by yourself, did you? Danny.
- I'm just trying to help, okay? - Look, I know the timing of the judge's death seems suspicious, but I don't see any signs of homicide here.
No evidence at the scene, no eyewitnesses, no surveillance videos.
And he was in a lousy marriage.
Plus, taking antidepressants.
You do the math.
Chao's people are smart.
Anybody could have pulled this off without leaving fingerprints.
I'm telling you, it's them.
Yeah, I think you're right.
Maybe they floated over in a blimp, lowered themselves down, threw the judge over the side of the building, shimmied back up the rope, and floated away into the sunset back to Chinatown, is that it? Keep running that mouth, you're gonna go off the side of the roof the same way the judge I'm standing right here! You got a big mouth, and you don't shut up! Come on! Hey! We have a case to work! Case of suicide.
He's had a rough few months.
Yeah, but he was a prick way before that.
(sighs) Sorry to interrupt.
Oh, trust me, this guy won't mind.
Drank himself to death.
Just look at this liver.
Oh, I'll pass.
Thanks.
You didn't have to come all the way down here, Erin.
I could have filled you in over the phone.
I was in the neighborhood.
Besides, it's been a while since I've been in the pit.
Well, it is glamorous.
How long till you put in your papers, Craig? I got seven months, 18 days, and oh, five hours.
Well, you'll be missed.
You're one of the best.
It's too bad about Judge Tessler.
He was a good man.
- Any updates on cause of death? - Well, there's no trauma outside of what you'd expect from the fall, and cops didn't find any evidence of foul play.
- Yet.
- Preliminary tests show that there is antidepressants in his system, which correlates for suicidal ideation.
But not definitively? You're not trying to push me towards a homicide ruling, are you? Absolutely not, but it is a high-profile case, sitting judge and all.
Lot of eyeballs on this one.
If I was seven months, 18 days and five hours away from my pension, I'd want to get this one right.
Ms.
Chao, Detective Reagan.
This is my partner, Detective Baez.
You sure you don't want your attorney present for this? I have nothing to hide.
DANNY: Nice break for you, the judge buying it the way he did.
Must have been a very troubled man.
We have records of all your phone calls and visits since you've been on the inside.
If you gave the order to whack the judge, we'll find out.
If you have everything you need, Detectives, why are you here? Well, we thought that we would help you help yourself.
See, if you did order the hit on the judge, well, that's life in prison without parole.
You could make that time easy on yourself, or you could make it hard on yourself.
Oh, I see.
So, if I confess, you'll get me a nice little cell out in the country with lace curtains and a pretty view? You're very sure of yourself.
But I wouldn't be too sure.
I was in custody when the judge dropped dead.
So to speak.
I'm afraid I can't help you.
Okay.
You said your name is Reagan? Yup.
Just like the D.
A.
What an upstanding family.
You must be so proud.
Well, this is one hell of a mess, Counselors.
Yes, ma'am.
I've read your motion for a new trial, Mr.
Skolnick.
It seemed the only option in light of the current disruption.
That disruption was one of my finest jurists and a dear friend for over 25 years.
It is a tragedy.
ERIN: Which your client had means and motive to cause.
There is zero evidence that this was a homicide, and the judge-- rest in peace-- was on antidepressants.
So am I, along with half the population of New York City.
My client is languishing in jail, Your Honor, and she has a right to a speedy trial.
The M.
E.
has classified Tessler's cause of death as undetermined pending police investigation.
- And that investigation is ongoing.
- Yes.
But Mr.
Skolnick's due process concerns have merit.
So here's the deal.
I'll need a couple of days to review the case.
When I'm done I'll rule on Mr.
Skolnick's motion whether or not a cause of death has been established.
Can I ask you something, boss? Not to be out of line Just ask it.
This is good news.
Thomas says she can get the votes behind a program that means a lot to you.
This is a legacy program.
There a question in there, Sid? Well, how good does news have to be for you for you to look like you got good news? That's a good question.
Wish I had a good answer.
GARRETT: Well, you called it.
How far along? She's hired staff, and has some ongoing discreet fund-raising.
This is? Regina Thomas.
May be running for mayor.
No maybe.
So what?! She still wants to back the plan, right? It's still the same good news.
That's exactly right, Sid.
That doesn't complicate it to you? Only if you're bucking for sainthood, but if you're trying to get your program funded, no.
Well, that's the difference between you and me.
That's the difference between you and everybody.
What's that mean? That none of the million people who'd benefit from this program would give a rat's ass how you got the money for it.
You could be right.
- Thank you.
But how could you leverage you being right? Still the best damn brisket sandwich in town.
Especially when you pick up the tab.
You're welcome.
And just what are you trying to buy with it? Community policing is very important to my boss.
Mine, too, but she thinks the new plan goes too far.
Look, this is still a new relationship, our bosses.
Let's at least try to keep this thing functional.
Couldn't agree more.
Would you pass the pickles? Mm.
If the mayor blinks so early in her term, she'll look weak.
Or prudent for accepting the guidance of her extremely popular and effective P.
C.
- Sorry.
Garrett, no can do.
The timing is wrong.
I have it from a very credible source that Speaker Thomas likes the P.
C.
's plan a lot.
Let me guess.
Regina invited Frank to a little veto-override party? I cannot confirm or deny.
She's an opportunist who would sell her own mother to get what she wants.
Which, in this case, is enhanced community policing.
Regina couldn't give a rat's ass about cops playing patty-cake with the locals.
She wants to be mayor.
And the P.
C.
wants this thing passed anyway, anyhow.
Even getting used to hand the acting mayor a public defeat? Eh, no.
I know him.
- I thought I did, too.
He doesn't care how this cake gets baked.
He just wants to serve it up.
I'm not kidding.
Hey, how'd it go with Tessler's wife? Well, the super was right about the judge's wife.
She's a battle-ax, but she's got a solid alibi, so that's that.
Well, Erin bought us a couple of days with the chief judge.
- Good.
Though I'm not sure what good it'll do.
We still got nothing says this was a homicide.
Are you guys throwing in the towel? That's not what she said.
But if we're gonna find out who killed the judge, we're gonna need an eyewitness to the crime.
Where the hell are we supposed to find one? My guess, amongst the many windows looking down at the judge's rooftop.
That's a lot of damn windows.
Well, unless you got a better idea, I suggest we round up some uniforms and get to knocking on doors-- that's if you can keep up.
- We've been at it for hours.
- Yeah.
And nobody's heard or seen a damn thing.
Erin wants to pin this on Chao, but you can't turn this into something it's not.
Excuse me, miss police.
You mind if we ask you a few questions? About the judge who died? Yeah, you know anything about that? Sorry, I didn't see anything.
Do you live here? Yeah.
Do you have a view out to the judge's rooftop? Yes.
I saw the judge sitting out there pretty often.
What about the day he died? Yeah, but I didn't see what happened.
He was just sitting out there reading papers, like always.
And you didn't see anyone else out there on the roof? No, just the judge and the building superintendent.
The super was out on the roof as well? Yeah, Joe Joe Wheeler? Yeah.
Nice guy.
Jump-started my car last winter.
DANNY: Uh-huh, that sounds like Joe.
Okay, well, uh, thank you for your time.
The roof's a long way from the basement.
Yeah, that's exactly what I was thinking.
Why'd you lie to us, Joe? I forgot.
You forgot? - I went up to the roof for a few minutes to check some wiring.
It was an honest mistake.
An honest mistake? No, forgetting your keys, that's an honest mistake.
Homicide is not.
I didn't kill Judge Tessler.
Well, we got an eyewitness says they saw you throw him off the roof.
I thought the neighbor said she didn't see what happened.
She did, but he doesn't know that.
(exhales) So, what? You're gonna come clean now, Joe? (crying quietly, sniffling) He was trying to get me fired.
The judge was trying to get you fired? Why? He said I was stealing petty cash from the building.
Were you? I was gonna pay it back.
My kid needed braces.
Why would you kill a guy over a few bucks? It was an accident.
I went up there to work it out with him; we got in an argument.
Oh.
Thought you went up there to fix some wires.
I guess I pushed him.
You guess? I swear, Detective, I didn't mean to kill him.
Yeah, I'm sure you didn't.
(sighs) (tires screeching) (gasps) FRANK: Come on, you should've told me.
Told you what? You're hiring campaign staff, you're raising money.
Just because I'm thinking about it doesn't mean I'm gonna run.
You bring home a steak, you fire up the grill, you're sure as hell having steak.
I'm offering you help as the speaker.
Along with an IOU.
What? You are backing my plan to pave your way to Gracie Mansion.
I am backing your plan 'cause it's a good plan.
Now, will my base think it's a good plan? Probably not.
They'll probably be sitting outside my office with pitchforks and torches.
- Oh, please.
Because the reality is, nobody in that neighborhood wants more cops in their business.
The smart ones would.
"The smart ones"? Come on, you know what I mean.
The smart ones are gone.
They're not there anymore, Frank.
The only ones left are the real ones, and they don't think of your cops as heroes.
Look, I I'm trying to help here, and you're trying to figure out my motivation.
You can do that till the cows come home.
I'm just asking you to be straight with me.
You want me to be straight with you? Yes, I do.
- Okay.
You're trying to do something good.
I'm trying to help.
You're trying to stay a choirboy.
So nothing is going to happen.
Now, ponder that, and when you make a decision about what you want to do, call me.
(door closes) DANNY: Come on, I'm just saying I've worked plenty of cases with you in the past, but this is the first time you hung your investigator around my neck.
I thought he could help.
Help with what? The added benefit of an hourly update.
- Exactly.
- HENRY: Come on, guys.
She thought her defendant had killed a sitting judge.
I'd want all hands on deck, too.
Thank you, Pop.
Especially when you're dealing with a monster like her.
JAMIE: Whoa, whoa, whoa.
How could she be a monster if she hasn't been convicted of a monstrous crime? FRANK: Right.
Which she hasn't yet, right? Walks like a duck "Alleged monster," okay? Okay.
Okay, but how do you make that call on yourself? What call? Whether some personal investment is interfering with following protocol.
I didn't cross a line, if that's what you're saying.
I hear things-- you went to the M.
E.
to discuss the cause of death.
I was checking in on the status of a case.
DANNY: Checking in on or leaning on? Checking in.
Right.
What's going on here, an inquisition? Has no one at this table leaned in hard on something that mattered to them? There is a difference, and I think everyone here knows that.
Yeah, including me.
But sometimes the ends justify the means? Don't look so surprised.
I'm not surprised-- I'm sure there's been a time where you had to make the end justify the means.
What about you, Jamie? Let's just say some things I regretted at the time, but none of it to this day.
Wow.
Once a lawyer, always a lawyer.
Yeah? And how about you, Gramps? What he said.
Danny? I'll take the Fifth.
NICKY: I could justify just about any means to put an end to income inequality.
How fitting it is that you are now sitting on my left.
ERIN: So, this started with me.
How about you? If there was a probability that doing the so-called "right thing" might jeopardize the safety of the public or my officers, I think I could come around to justifying the means to the end.
At any cost to you? I don't think you can make that measurement until you come right up against it.
(footsteps approaching) Hey.
I need to say something, but I need you to pay attention, because you may never hear it again.
Okay.
I was wrong.
Wow.
You know, I haven't heard you utter those words since I was nine years old, when you stole my baseball cards and sold 'em behind my back.
I really needed a new Walkman.
Yeah.
Right.
I took a statement from a girl who had been sold into prostitution by Chao when she was 13.
Thirteen.
And she, like hundreds of other girls like her, had their lives destroyed.
And Chao should rot in hell.
Look, some perps, they get under your skin.
Especially the bad ones.
I was sure that Chao had done it.
Don't beat yourself up.
Tessler dying exactly when it's most convenient to Chao, who has no issue threatening public officials.
Chao threatened Judge Tessler? No, she threatened me.
What are you talking about? (sighs) The first time was at a plea conference.
The second time was the other night.
So you were threatened more than once-- is that what you're telling me? What happened? They followed me.
Left Chao's calling card on my windshield.
And you didn't think to tell me? They're just trying to scare me off the case, Danny.
Did you at least tell the court officer in your building? No, you didn't, because you didn't want to be removed from the case.
When did this happen? Thursday night.
Thursday night? Thursday night is when we brought Wheeler in for questioning.
And Chao's people had to know about that.
So? So why would they risk threatening you if Wheeler already confessed and Chao was in the clear? Because they didn't know what Wheeler had told you.
Yeah, because they had something to hide about the judge's death.
The ruling on the motion for mistrial is being handed down tomorrow morning.
Well, you better stall it, because this isn't over yet.
You got to try one of these, boss.
They put bacon in the blanket.
Be quicker sticking your gun in your mouth.
(chuckles) - You get the ones with the bacon? (mouth full): What do you think? Miller floated a deal from the mayor.
And it floats? You agree to back away from community policing.
If/when Dutton wins a special election, you stay on as P.
C.
If you shoot your puppy, then you can still live in the house.
Kinda.
That's a deal? Speaker Thomas is our friend in this.
And, no, I never thought I'd say that.
Dutton knows the speaker supports? - Yes.
- And she still throws this at us? Yes.
If anything, Thomas on your side made the mayor stand firmer.
So it's Thomas or bust.
Looks that way.
Got to hold your nose.
Maybe I'd better have one of those.
DANNY: Why was Chao's gang so worried about what you were gonna tell us, Joe? I have no idea.
- Really? So you admit you know about Chao Lin? No, I mean, I read the papers.
Huh.
Yeah, well, you know what I read? I read people.
And I find it really interesting that you had no criminal record, yet suddenly your job is threatened, and you flip and throw a guy off a roof.
I told you, it was an accident.
You told us.
You know, on our job, we work with some really bad people.
Real hard cases who like to hurt people for no reason and don't give a damn about it when they do.
But it's funny, I don't think that's the type of guy that you are.
We need to know what really happened, Joe.
Look, you guys don't understand.
I've got a family.
Oh, they got to you, is that it? They knew you had access to the building and to the judge, so what happened? They offer to pay you, or did they threaten you? (exhales) They threaten you and your family, Joe? Is that it? That's it.
They threatened you.
Yeah.
- (shuddering) These guys are animals.
They will kill my wife and my kids.
We can help you, but you got to work with us.
And then we'll work with the D.
A.
and get you a deal.
This can turn out okay for you.
You don't know these people.
I am doing what I have to do, and I have got nothing else to say.
We just need a little more time, Your Honor.
The People are stalling, Judge.
I was very clear on the timetable here, Counselor.
I know.
But we've been advised by the police.
They have a new lead in this case.
Care to share with the rest of us? So you can share it with your homicidal client? Not likely.
We just need one more day before you rule on this mistrial, Your Honor.
You've got two hours.
DANNY: Two hours? That's it? That's cutting it pretty close, don't you think? (sighs) Okay.
Fine.
Yeah, I got it.
Judge gave Erin two hours.
Yeah.
I put that together.
This Jaw Long, you you sure he's the right guy to go see? He's Chao's number two.
He's been running the gang since Chao got pinched.
Good.
Look, I know I've been a little bit of a hard-ass You've been a total hump.
That's what you've been.
I'm just not used to having a babysitter, okay? Yeah, well, you've been acting like you need one.
(sighs) Look, uh, me riding shotgun wasn't my call.
Talk to your sister.
Yeah, that's easier said than done.
Tell me about it.
Thanks for meeting us.
I always cooperate with law enforcement.
DANNY: Good.
We're on the clock, so let's cut to the chase.
We know your guys muscled Joe Wheeler into killing the judge.
If you know that, you should arrest me.
Wheeler's too scared to rat you out.
Smart guy.
DANNY: Speaking of smart, we understand you're getting tired of playing second fiddle to Chao Lin, seeing as you're the real brains of the operation here.
Chao goes away, makes your promotion permanent.
You've been trying to put the Lioness in a cage for years.
She's too smart for you.
Or maybe she's just too smart for you.
After all, she's still the boss and you're not.
But you guarantee the safety of Joe Wheeler and his family if he testifies against Chao Lin, then she goes bye-bye and now you're the boss.
And what do you think will happen to me if I help you take down Chao? No one would ever know.
You would know.
And like Chao always says, never trust a cop.
Look, we're running out of time here.
And I'm not making a deal with you guys.
Why are you so loyal to Chao anyway? Remember what happened to Mr.
Yi? Who's Mr.
Yi? That was Chao's last number two guy.
They found his head on the West Side Highway.
I remember that.
Poor Mr.
Yi.
Because he was being disloyal, like you're asking me to be.
DANNY: I'm sure Chao Lin would find you even talking to us right now to be disloyal.
But then again, you're not exactly a man of principle, are you? After all, you turn young girls into hookers for a living.
And cops lie for a living.
Some.
If I let Wheeler testify, how do I know you won't come after me for having a judge killed? I can tell you for a fact that the D.
A.
will not come after you for the judge.
And I promise you this cop does not lie.
This is your shot to take over.
DANNY: That is, if you have the brains and the balls to take it.
MONICA: You did everything you could, Erin.
Too bad it wasn't enough.
Under the circumstances, it was a stretch to deny Chao a mistrial.
The circumstances are exactly why she shouldn't have gotten one.
Look, the facts haven't changed.
There's no reason she won't be convicted in the new trial.
All the key rulings went our way the last time.
With a new judge, it's a crapshoot.
With a high-profile defendant, it's always a crapshoot.
If I have to work 24/7, this defendant is not walking away.
Hopefully not.
But I'm afraid you won't be the prosecutor.
What are you talking about? I know you were threatened by Chao's people, Erin.
You should have come to me.
I didn't want to compromise the case.
Luckily, you didn't.
(sighs) You ratted me out to Monica.
I did? That would be me.
And you should've reported it yourself.
Yup.
He's right.
Well, it doesn't matter, anyway.
She took me off the case.
Sorry to hear that.
A new prosecutor starting from scratch against a shark like Skolnick DANNY: That's a raw deal, sis.
But on the flip side, now you get to focus your time and energy on prosecuting Chao Lin for the murder of Judge Tessler.
What the hell is this? Statement from Joe Wheeler.
DANNY: Yep.
He admitted that Chao's crew threatened to kill his family if he didn't whack the judge.
ABETEMARCO: And the thugs who muscled Wheeler will testify that Chao gave the order.
Murder in the first, aka life without parole.
This is incredible.
How did you guys pull this off? BOTH: You don't want to know.
Okay.
Looks like I'm buying drinks.
Sounds good to me.
DANNY: You two go ahead, uh, I got to make a stop first.
(Danny clears throat) Hey, Danny.
Thanks.
You sold me out, you son of a bitch.
We had a deal.
Yeah, and I honored the deal.
I promised you you wouldn't be implicated in the death of Judge Tessler, and you weren't.
It's not why you're here.
What the hell is this? - Oh, that.
Yeah, well, that's because you're under arrest for the attempted murder of the ADA in your boss' case.
You got to be kidding me.
No.
In fact, we got you cold.
Here.
Ah, that doesn't prove a damn thing.
Now, just keep looking.
Go ahead.
See, that is the same vehicle and license plate 40 seconds later.
Oh, and that is you.
Which proves a lot.
We weren't trying to kill her.
Okay? We were sending a message.
Right, I get it, but something tells me her fellow prosecutors aren't gonna see it that way.
Hey, you set me up! Hey! That ADA is my sister.
And when it comes to family, sorry.
All deals are off.
I am not turning you down.
I am simply passing on the ways and means we discussed.
What ways and means? I offered you help to get money for your program.
Yeah, and I appreciate that.
I do.
You remember civics class back in the day? Yeah.
The three branches of government.
- Yeah.
- Okay.
In this city, I'm judicial.
You're legislative.
She's executive.
Are you actually giving me a civics lesson right now? Regina, we stood witness when she was sworn in.
That means you and I agreed to uphold the duties of our offices under her administration.
That's what I'm gonna do.
I am going back to City Hall to see the mayor to make one more push.
It would be helpful if you came with me.
Why would I do that? Because one day you may well be mayor and you sure as hell are gonna want people to respect your office.
Like karma? I don't believe in karma.
I'm Catholic.
You coming? No, Frank.
(sighs) Enjoy the furniture.