The Sullivans is an American police procedural and legal drama television series, adapted as a spin-off of Hartman.
The series premiered on NBC in September 2029.
Set in Denver, Colorado, the series follows the Irish-American Sullivan family, headed by of Denver PD detective Drake Sullivan and his wife, Executive Assistant District Attorney Katherine Sullivan. The series' focuses primarily on the two as they navigate their jobs and personal lives, with their children Finn and Mary, and Drake's father Ryan.
Drake works for Family Justice Unit (FJU), an elite police unit that investigates crimes involving families, including but not limited to domestic violence, rape, murder, kidnapping and sexual abuse. Drake works with an team of elite detectives, in the Denver P.D., who all report to their ranking C.O., to investigate the crimes, collect evidence, interview witnesses and then, when the evidence points to a suspect or suspects, place the suspect(s) under arrest. The matter is then taken over by Katherine and the prosecutors and investigators of the Denver District Attorney's office. They discuss deals, prepare the witnesses and evidence and conduct the people's case in the trial.
Both teams work with the Medical Examiners Office, Crime Lab and psychiatrists from both the police department and DA's office.
Denver PD (Family Justice Unit)
- Chris Pratt as Detective Drake Sullivan, a gritty 13-year (at the start of the series) DPD veteran and former Force Reconnaissance Marine. He is slightly hardened due to his combat experiences oversees, but remains a caring and dedicated man and figure to his colleagues and family. He has a soft spot for children and, due to his own experience, the wrongly accused.
- Nicholas Gonzalez as Detective Miguel Ruiz, a 13-year (at the start of the series) veteran on the force and Drake's partner. He is noted by his colleagues to be great at his job, but horrible at his personal life due to two failed marriages and a streak of womanizing afterwards, which he attributes to his parents' failings, and having been bounced around his family for a long period. Despite this, he is a dedicated father to his son Angel (from his first marriage) and his daughters Martika and Lupé (from his second marriage).
- Corey Hawkins as Detective Jackson Holmes, a 9-year (at the start of the series) veteran and former Special Forces Army Ranger. Growing up in a military family, he appreciates the privilege to serve, and hates those who try to pose as military veterans and steal valor; as such, he and Drake have a close friendship. He is married to Kim, an ICU nurse, and the two have their first child, Franklin James, in the fifth episode.
- Teri Reeves as Detective Andrea Donnell, an 8-year (at the start of the series) veteran from a prominent police family. Having grown up as the youngest child and only daughter of four children, she has often had to prove herself to be just as capable as men are in investigating and taking down suspects. She is divorced with two daughters, Danielle and Piper.
- Annie Wersching as Sergeant Nicole Richter, a 15-year (at the start of the series) veteran and sergeant previously from an undercover unit who is transferred to FJU to replace the late Landon Kruger. She is dedicated to her job and is divorced with a teenage son named Brian. She also a history of using opioids due to a gunshot wound she received in the line of duty and has been in-and-out of rehab several times for it.
- Joe Alder as Officer Kyle Francis, a police officer who works as a tech analyst for the FJU. A 4-year (at the start of the series) veteran, he operates as the unit's expert on computers and surveillance. Starting in the second season, he begins to take on more work in the field as a result of the events of the the first season finale, and is partnered with Richter. (season 2–present; recurring season 1)
- Kelly Hu as Lieutenant Hannah Wie, a seasoned investigator who was formerly the C.O. of the Denver Police's Vice Unit until her tenure there came to an abrupt end when over a dozen officers under her command were caught up in a corruption scandal. Winder selected her to be his new second-in-command in the FJU. She is widowed with a teenage daughter, and has also recently been raising her younger sister's two young children due to her younger sister being in an abusive relationship. (season 2–present; recurring season 1)
- Keith David as Captain Eugene Winder, a 22-year (at the start of the series) DPD veteran and commanding officer of the FJU. A slightly gruff but loyal officer, he is stern but supportive of his subordinates and will do whatever he feels is needed to get justice. He was the investigating detective on Drake's case when he was framed for murder and convinced him to join the DPD afterward. He has been happily married for over 20 years and has two adult sons, Eugene Jr. and Anthony. He is also revealed to have served on the NYPD for 17 years before moving to Denver.
- Bryce Dallas Howard as Executive Assistant District Attorney Katherine Sullivan, Drake's wife, a 15-year (at the start of the series) veteran ADA who has been newly promoted to Executive ADA due to a near perfect conviction record. She and her brother Joey witnessed the murders of their parents and two older siblings by a mob hitman, after their father, an NYPD detective was about to give damning testimony against a New York mob boss. She and Joey managed to hide from the danger, and were raised by relatives, but became estranged from each other later in life due to her wanting the hitman caught and him wanting to move on. Katherine is known to be steadfast & uncompromising against those who commit unspeakable acts against families & children, but is compassionate toward victims of domestic violence, child abuse & rape and loves her family.
- John Francis Daley as Assistant District Attorney Trent Doyle, Katherine's second chair. A prosecutor for four years (at the start of the series), he is known to be smart, but brash and is a competitive ADA. Doyle particularly comes down on those who commit hate crimes, especially against the LGBTQ+ community. He is openly gay and his boyfriend, Jake Montgomery, is a construction foreman; the two marry halfway through the second season.
- Jeremy Ratchford as Investigator Mario Nazario, a former Denver homicide detective who now works as a DA Investigator, who left the force due to health reasons brought on his hard-living habits (his years of drinking, smoking and some poor dieting). He often serves as a mentor towards other investigators. He is a widower with two sons.
- Sheila Vand as Investigator Hessa Cohen, a third generation Iranian-American DA Investigator who was previously a FBI agent, until she was fired from the bureau for brutally interrogating and beating information a terror suspect in custody who had planned to bomb 16th Street Mall to stop the attack. Katherine subsequently helped her get a job as a DA Investigator and she becomes Nazario's partner. Her older brother is a FBI agent.
- Scott Glenn as District Attorney Andrew Bishop, a conservative district attorney who was an ADA for over 30 years before he was elected DA. He is Katherine's mentor and helped her clear Drake's name when he was framed for murder. He was married to his wife Stacy for 45 years until her death in the second season, and has five children (two sons and three daughters) and eight grandchildren. Due to his conservative views, he was estranged from one of his daughters for several years after she came out as a lesbian, but has since reconciled with her.
- Jason Maybaum as Finn Sullivan, Drake and Katherine's son, who is 10-years-old at the start of the series. He is an insightful and intelligent boy who enjoys sports and appears to have a particular knack for science.
- Spencer Moss as Mary Sullivan, Drake and Katherine's daughter, who is 8-years-old at the start of the series. She is a typical innocent child who loves swimming and dancing (especially ballet), but can sometimes be wise beyond her years as well.
- Clancy Brown as Ryan Sullivan, a retired criminal court judge with a prominent career and the father of Drake, Amanda and Lydia. Drake, Katherine and their children live in his house and he watches over Finn & Mary while their parents work. He also provides Drake and Katherine some insight and wisdom on cases they work on.
- Elaine Cassidy as Lydia Graves, Drake's younger sister and the youngest daughter of Ryan. She works as a Chicago P.D. dispatcher. She is married to Police Sergeant Owen Graves and they have four children: Christine, Matthius, Jeffery, and Robin.
- David Ramsey as Owen Graves, Lydia's husband who is a former Navy SEAL and now Chicago police sergeant. They have four children.
- Emily Deschanel as Amanda Whitman, Drake's late older sister and a prominent defense attorney who successfully defended her brother in his murder trial. She was well on her way to becoming a judge like her father when she was unexpectedly killed in a car accident six years prior to the series, leaving behind her husband Nathan, and their two sons Wesley and Lucas. She appears in flashbacks throughout the series.
- Sebastian Arcelus as Nathan Whitman, Amanda's widower and father of their two sons. He is an entrepreneur and owns a strip mall.
- Edie Falco as Rachel Sullivan, Ryan's wife, and Drake, Amanda, and Lydia's mother who died of cancer four years prior to the series. She appears in flashbacks throughout the series.
- David Gallagher as Joey Ashford, Katherine's younger brother and sole surviving sibling. An accomplished crime fiction writer residing in his hometown of New York City, he faced the trauma of witnessing the murders of his parents and two other older siblings by a mob hitman after their NYPD detective father agreed to testify against a mob boss. This has lead to him and Katherine being estranged due to her wanting to find and bring the hitman to justice and him wanting to just forget and move on, despite the trauma's effects on his psyche. He also has a girlfriend, but due to his trauma, has various relationship issues with her. At the end of the first season, after being kidnapped and then rescued from his family's killer by Drake, who ends up killing the man, he finally decides to reconnect with his family and get help for his issues.
- Kellita Smith as M.E. Robinetta Cooke, the local M.E. who assists the FJU on cases involving death.
- Tahj Mowry as Forensic Specialist C.J. Winston, the forensics specialist who is the younger brother of Detective Cleo Winston of Law & Order: New Orleans and District Attorney Cara Winston of Hartman.
- Graham Greene as District Commander Dan "Red Fox" Cutter, a senior commanding officer with 32 years on the job. He often helps the FJU sort out the departmental politics of their cases. He retires at the start of the second season to take a job with the FBI. (season 1; guest season 2)
- Ruben Santiago-Hudson as Judge Adam Wellington, a sitting criminal court judge and friend of Ryan who occasionally presides over Katherine's cases.
- Peter Onorati as Judge David Catalano, a sitting criminal court judge and another friend of Ryan who occasionally presides over Katherine's cases.
- Anna Diop as Kim Quincy-Holmes, an ICU nurse and Jackson's wife. They have their first child, Franklin James, in the fifth episode.
- Warren Christie as Sergeant Landon Kruger, the late sergeant of the FJU who was killed in the backdoor pilot. He appears in flashbacks throughout the series.
- Judy Greer as Defense Attorney Emily Thornton, a known defense lawyer who has been friends with Katherine since law school.
- Odette Annable as Psychologist Dr. Kendall Fleiss, a forensics psychologist and criminal profiler who previously worked for Department of Homeland Security, helping get into the minds of terrorists and sleeper agents, before deciding to take a job slightly more toned down for her family's sake. She is married and has five children.
- Tamala Jones as Celia Bennett, a social worker who assists the FJU on their cases.
- Michael Dorman as Wayne Prescott, a troubled man born with a history of schizophrenia due to an emotional breakdown after the murder of his parents when he was a child.
- Joel McHale as Chris Garrett, a public defender and Donnell's ex-husband. They have two daughters, Danielle and Piper. (season 2; guest season 1)
- Kevin Connolly as Lieutenant Joseph Donnell, Donnell's older brother and a SWAT negotiator. (season 2; guest season 1)
- Ashley Thomas as Terrell Holmes, Det. Holmes older brother and a former Army Specialist who now works as a legitimate arms dealer and a CI for the Vice Unit. (season 2)
- Danny Glover as Frank Holmes, a retired Army Colonel with a decorated military career and the father of Det. Holmes. (season 2)
- Joseph Sikora as Sergeant Michael Donnell, Donnell's older brother and a police patrol sergeant. (season 2)
- Kelly Marie Tran as Lisa Wie-Russo, Lt. Wie's younger sister, who is in an abusive relationship which she finds difficult to escape from, especially after learning that's she's pregnant with her third child. (season 2)
- Allison Janney as District Commander Julia Taggert, Cutter's replacement as District Commander following his retirement. She is gradually more by-the-book than him, but eventually realizes the leeway the FJU needs to solve it's cases. (season 2)
- Afton Williamson as Vice Sergeant Alicia Pearce, superior officer of the Denver P.D.'s Vice Unit who works with the FJU on the case of a sex trafficking ring. (season 2)
- Tate Ellington as Vice Detective Taylor Kellerson, detective of the Denver P.D.'s Vice Unit who works with the FJU on the case of a sex trafficking ring. (season 2)
- Kirk Acevedo as Vice Detective Ramon Rivas, detective of the Denver P.D.'s Vice Unit who works with the FJU on the case of a sex trafficking ring. (season 2)
- William "Big Sleeps" Stewart as Investigator Lance Quelling, a former Technical Sergeant and pararescueman in the US Air Force, former Denver P.D. officer, and new D.A. investigator who becomes Cohen's temporary partner after Nazario deals with a health crisis. (season 2)
- Neal McDonough as Executive Assistant District Attorney Jeremy Peake, a EADA and former JAG lawyer whom Bishop appoints as a temporary replacement while he takes time off following his wife's death. (season 2)
Season 2 News:
- Will consist of 22 episodes.
- Will premiere alongside new series Vargas & Shane in early December.
- Joe Adler and Kelly Hu will be promoted to regulars with this season.
- More of the other main characters' families will get some focus this season:
- Donnell's relationships with her ex-husband Chris Garrett (Joel McHale), her older brothers Joe (Kevin Connelly), Mikey (Joseph Sikora), and Connor (Stephen Amell) and their families, and her parents Chief of Detectives Burton (David Morse) and former police officer mother Maggie (Rene Russo) will be explored.
- Skyler Gisondo, Peyton Meyer, Judah Lewis and Oona Laurence to plays a younger versions of The Donnell slibings (Joseph, Mikey, Connor and Andrea) in flashback scenes.
- Holmes' adjusting to fatherhood, his relationships with his wife Kim, his parents Frank (Danny Glover) and Laura (Darlene Love), his brothers Terrell (Ashley Thomas) and Peter (Algee Smith), sister Jennifer (Camille Winbush) and his niece and nephews, will be looked at as well.
- Wie's family and the abuse situation with her sister (who will be pregnant with her third child) will be brought to light.
- Ruiz's relationships with his children, exes, siblings and parents, will be looked at, especially near the end of the season.
- Richter's son Brian will come out as gay, and will have to deal with the aftermath. Doyle will become a mentor for him.
- Doyle and Jake will pay for a surrogate to have their baby, using Doyle's sperm, and will marry at the midpoint of the season.
- Donnell's relationships with her ex-husband Chris Garrett (Joel McHale), her older brothers Joe (Kevin Connelly), Mikey (Joseph Sikora), and Connor (Stephen Amell) and their families, and her parents Chief of Detectives Burton (David Morse) and former police officer mother Maggie (Rene Russo) will be explored.
- Multiple characters will start to undergo life changes throughout the season.
- Episode 10 will be a Christmas episode.
- Detectives from Denver's Vice Unit will work with the FJU throughout the season in regards to the season-long case.
- Afton Williamson has a recurring role as Vice Sergeant Alicia Pearce, superior officer of the Denver P.D.'s Vice Unit.
- Tate Ellington and Kirk Acevedo will have recurring roles as Vice Detectives Taylor Kellerson and Ramon Rivas.
- Allison Janney will appear in a recurring role as a new District Commander.
- Kiefer Sutherland will appear in a special guest starring role as a man who had a past connection to Richter. He will appear in episode 5.
- Molly Quinn will appear in a guest role as Francis's twin sister, Kira Francis, a doctor. She'll appeared in episode 11.
- Mike Farrell will appear in a guest role in episode 16.
- Cailee Spaeny will play a young woman who become friends with Mary throughout the season. She will struggle to control her personal life because her "adopted" father being overprotective and manipulating and Mary will be caught in crossfire.
- Dylan Walsh will plays the guardian of Spaeny's character and has a connection with a main character's family. He will plays a huge role throughout the season as his true identity will be revealed.
- Caitlin Carmichael to plays a mysterious teenage girl named Sophie in midway of the season. She will have a secret connection to one of the main characters.
- One main character's dark secret will be revealed.
Season 1 (2029-30)
#1 - "Pilot"
Drake and the Family Justice Unit investigate the brutal beating of Holly Ross, a mother of two, and suspect that her husband Nick is responsible for it. During the case, the squad brings in Sergeant Nicole Richter, a former undercover officer, who is met with a lukewarm reception because of her history of opioid addiction stemming from an injury in the line of duty, and them still missing the late Landon Kruger.
Later, after Nick has Holly discharged from the hospital, Drake, Ruiz and Richter are questioning neighbors when the house is suddenly set ablaze with Holly and her two children inside. Seeing everything locked, Richter uses a shotgun to blow the door's hinges so the police can get inside. Finding the family in the basement and rescuing them, the detectives also see chains and collars attached to the wall, realizing the full extent of Nick abusing the family. As the family is treated at the hospital, a nurse friend of Holmes' wife Kim, a nurse who is on maternity leave, reveals the detectives that Holly has been badly abused for years and that she and Kim have been trying to help her leave her husband. Holly tells to Drake, Katherine and Winder that she set the house on fire because Nick has been abusing her & her children keeping them locked in the house for days, sometimes weeks at a time, and without food occasionally, as punishment for petty offenses (talking back, failing grades, sneaking sweets, etc.). Ruiz and Holmes question Holly's son and oldest child Joe, while Andrea and Richter question her daughter and youngest child Anne. The children confirm that the family plotted together to escape by torching the house after Anne nearly died from starvation. Winder orders officers to guard the family and finds a place in a hotel. Drake and the Family Justice Unit then arrest Nick.
Katherine and Doyle, who recently has returned following his recovery from his gunshot wound, try to remand Nick, but he was out on $100,000 bail, courtesy of his father. When Katherine finds out that Nick has found Holly and her children at their hotel she and Doyle have DA Investigators Mario Nazario and Hessa Cohen come with them. Seeing Nick and his equally abusive father, Jerry trying to intimidate Holly and his children into recanting, Katherine and Doyle convince them to testify against Nick. Before Nick can attack Katherine, she elbow him in the face and Cohen knocks him down. Cohen and Nazario arrest Nick and Jerry and the judge rescinds Nick's bail and remands him while Jerry is placed on house arrest. Following the advice of Bishop and Ryan, Katherine has Holly testify on how Nick abused her and that Jerry had done the same to him and his mother when he was young, encouraging him to try to do the same to Joe and Anne. Joe testify and reveals how Nick abused him and his sister and threatened to starve them to death if they have failing grades. After Katherine's powerful closing argument, Nick is convicted and sentenced to prison and Jerry was forbidden from having any sort of contact with Holly or her children again. Holly and her children then make plan to move to Oregon where her family lives to start fresh.
At home, Drake, Katherine and Ryan have a mellow time with Finn and Mary. At the end, Drake and Katherine later go over files on the cold case murder of Katherine's parents and two older siblings.
#2 - "Custody Battle"
Renowned surgeon William Cosgrove dies in a tragic car accident caused by a teen who was texting while driving. As the case progresses, the FJU is forced to get involved when his wife Rene (Lake Bell) is falsely accused of abusing his three children by his parents, who want custody of them despite her being only the biological parent of the youngest, and the legal guardian of the older two. Suspecting Rene is being falsely accused after seeing how much the children love her, Drake convinces Katherine's friend, defense lawyer Emily Thornton, to represent her. The case sparks a debate on whether step-parents should have custody of children who are not biologically theirs. With encouragement from Mary, whose friend is being raised by a stepmother, who was named legal guardian by her father before his death, and Finn, who says that children should be raised by anyone who unconditionally loves a child since they came into their lives, Drake, the FJU, Katherine and the DA's office investigate the allegations against Rene and work to clear her name.
With help from social worker Celia Bennett, they discover evidence and multiple witnesses that clear Rene of criminal allegations. After declaring her in-laws that she will be denying all access to their grandchildren (both her stepchildren and her own child) for at least the forseeable future, Rene asks Drake why did he was driven to help clear her name. He reveals to her that, before he was a cop, he was once framed for the murder of a ex-girlfriend, but was eventually cleared thanks to Katherine, Winder, Ryan, his late sister Amanda and others proving his innocence. After Rene thanks Drake, Katherine and Thornton for exonerating her, Drake goes to a bar where Ryan meet up with him. Drake reveals to his father that he saw what happened to Rene as parallel to what he went through when he was set up, and that was how he knew that she was innocent. The sympathetic Ryan takes Drake home to Katherine and the kids.
#3 - "Bitter Splits"
Katherine is surprised when her paternal uncle, Henry Ashford (Lance Henriksen), a former sheriff in a New York county who raised her and her younger brother Joey after most of their family was murdered, visits her and her family. After spending time with the family, Henry reveals to Katherine, Drake and Ryan that he is not in best of health and says that it was be his last visit to her home because of it. He also reveals that he has come to Denver because Joey has been further isolating himself from the rest of the family due to of the negative psychological impact stemming from the murder of most of his and Katherine's family, and that he only comes out of his isolation when it comes to his novels. Katherine informs to her uncle that she hasn't spoken to or seen Joey in six years, and he made it clear that he doesn't want to see her.
Meanwhile, Kruger's widow Amy, a divorce attorney who has recently returned to work, finds the bodies of her clients and her teenage daughter murdered at their home. The FJU investigates the double homicide. They initially suspect the soon-to-be ex-husband for the crime, but M.E. Robinetta Cooke, who is Richter's NA sponsor, determines that they were murdered the night before and that the wife was raped with a foreign object. Forensics Specialist C.J. Winston finds that the weapon used to kill both victims was likely a tomahawk axe because of the way the killer struck his victims. While investigating, Holmes and Francis discover a similar crime that happened six months ago and was investigated by another unit. They discovered both sets of victims were in the process of divorce and had teenage daughters and were killed with the same weapon. Henry, who visits the unit, says that the killer is likely somewhere who knew where the clients lived because he had access, leading the detectives believe someone from the law office Amy works at is the killer.
Winder sends Drake and Andrea to go undercover as a divorcing couple with a teenage daughter and Amy pretends to be Andrea's attorney. Ruiz, Holmes, and Richter investigate the firm, with Doyle getting them a warrant to search the files. Discovering Amy's law clerk had access to both her murdered clients, they suspect him of the murders. While in the apartment safe house, the killer, masked, sneaks into the building. When the killer came to Andrea and a dummy watching TV, the police and the FJU burst it in and Andrea wrestled him down. They also find the tomahawk axe used in the killings. The killer is indeed Amy's law clerk, who reveals that he was angry for the pain he went through when his wife divorced him and took primary custody of their daughter.
As Henry is about to leave, he tells Katherine that he has included both her and Joey in his will along with his own two children for when he passes on. Henry says that he's not asking her to give up the search for the hitman responsible, but also that there's no guarantee that she'll find him. He also says that as much as he wanted to find the man who killed her family, it happened long ago and reminds her that she has a family now. Katherine acknowledges her uncle's words before he leaves to return home.
#4 - "Behind You"
The FJU investigate the shooting death of a man in his garage, but they soon discover that the victim is a former teacher who was jailed for raping two of his students and his former sister-in-law over 20 years prior and had been recently freed from jail three years prior. The next day, after two more men are found dead in a nearby river, Drake and Katherine discover a big connection: the three victims knew each other, used to be teachers and were jailed on the same charges. Drake and Katherine travel to Omaha along with Ruiz, Holmes, Nazario and Richter where they learn the sickening truth: an abusive sex cult in the local high school that was active for over four years; the cult sexually abused seventeen students over those years. Four of those students were later murdered, two more eventually took their own lives, and three female students became pregnant as the result of the cult.
After learning the truth, Drake and Katherine become horrified when the eleven surviving victims lay siege on the Omaha police station, taking Ruiz, Holmes, Nazario and Richter and three Omaha police officers hostage. The victims reveals that they want to find the cult's ringleader, who was never identified or caught. Drake and Katherine must work with the Nebraska state police to save their colleagues and find the cult's ringleader before anyone else gets hurt.
As Katherine and Nebraska State Police negotiator Sergeant Victor Melendez (Adam Rodriguez) handle the negotiations, Drake, with help from State Police Lieutenant Wayne Smith (Michael Boatman) and Omaha Detective Sergeant Nadine Gregor (Yancy Butler), confronts a suspect to identify the ringleader while Andrea and Cohen arrive to help. With Drake and Cohen using a bluff to threaten the suspect, the man admits that he kept the ringleader's name as an insurance policy on a hidden laptop. The laptop identifies Omaha City Councilman William Larson (Victor Slezak) as the ringleader of the sex cult. As Drake returns to the scene while the others work to arrest Larson, the suspects start to unravel due to stress. Katherine buys time by coming to the police station to speak to them, revealing some leads they found. As Katherine tries to persuade the cult victims to surrender peacefully, the lead gunman, who was severely traumatized by what he went through, loses patience and point his gun at Katherine. Drake sees the lead gunman threatening his wife as Smith orders the breach. Drake snipes the lead gunman as Katherine ducks to cover. Andrea, Cohen, Melendez, Gregor and others breach the station, taking out four armed suspects. Holmes and Nazario disarmed two others suspects and Ruiz, Richter and one officer guard the hostages while Cohen locates Katherine. The other armed suspects surrender, ending the siege.
As Drake and Katherine embrace in relief and their colleagues regroup, Drake informs her that Larson committed suicide at his house. Gregor, Smith, and Melendez thank the FJU and Katherine for their help as Drake, Katherine and all of their colleagues return home after their hallowing ordeal.
#5 - "Modern Hate"
The FJU investigates the double rape and murder of a gay couple following a night out. Doyle becomes overly invested in the investigation because of his sexuality and personal experiences. When more LGBTQ+ couples are attacked in the following days and a third victim dies, Doyle suggests that drastic measures need to be taken to stop this man. Despite warning from Drake, Katherine and Bishop, Doyle decides to puts himself out as bait to lure the killers out. As the fear for Doyle's safety grows, Bishop admits his awkward relationship with Doyle to Katherine and Nazario since he was once estranged from his middle daughter for three years when she came out as a lesbian, and he almost hit her in one of their arguments because of his conservative views, but stopped at the last second. He and his daughter have since reconciled afterwards.
Meanwhile, Holmes gets a call from his wife's best friend who tells him that Kim's water has broke, but they are stuck in the light rail train. Getting permission from Winder, Holmes goes with Andrea to help his wife, and working with transit authority are able to get her out of the train and to the hospital.
At the end, Doyle participates in a sting operation, and is able to lure him out. Drake, Winder, Ruiz, Richter, Katherine and Cohen rescue Doyle from the killer, who is revealed to be a self-hating gay man who was disowned and disavowed by everyone that he knew for his sexuality. Drake and Ruiz arrest the killer after stopping him from killing himself. Later, Drake, Katherine, and Doyle arrive at the hospital where they and their other colleagues congratulate Holmes and Kim on the birth of their son, Franklin James.
#6 - "Bones"
Drake, Ruiz and Andrea investigate the discovery of human remains at a school playground but things turn sinister when the bones identity as a toddler. With the help from M.E. Cooke, C.J. and Ryan, Drake and Katherine discover a old case from 17 years ago involved a well-renowned family, which could be the link to the dead child.
Meanwhile, Holmes take a few days off to help Kim out with Franklin, but struggles with being a new parent, leading Winder to provide him with advice on being the parent of a newborn. Also, Richter tries to regain custody of her teenage son Brian, and Cohen learns that Nazario has recently had a health checkup at the doctor.
#7 - "Grief"
Drake and his family are celebrating the birthday of his late older sister Amanda. They are visited by her husband, Nathan Whitman and their two sons, Wesley and Lucas. Drake's Chicago Police dispatcher younger sister Lydia Graves, her Chicago Police sergeant husband Owen and their four children also visit. Ryan still remembers how he was the last person to speak to his oldest daughter on the phone when Amanda died. In a flashback scene, after her phone call to Ryan, Amanda was killed in a car accident along with four others caused by a drunk driver, and it is revealed that she was eyeing to run for election as a judge before she died. Drake remembered how he and the rest of the family, including his late mother Rachel, mourned her death.
Meanwhile, a middle-class family is attacked in their home; most of the family is killed and one young boy is left in critical condition. Drake and the FJU work to investigate the brutal murders while trying to help grieving mother Libby Wells (Jennifer Love Hewitt), who was working as an air traffic controller in Denver International Airport at the time of the crime happened, how to deal with her horrific losses and be there for her comatose son Alex. With help from forensics psychologist and criminal profiler Dr. Kendall Fleiss (Odette Annable), who used to work for Homeland Security and has recently joined the team as a consultant for Denver PD, the FJU comes to think the crime is the work of four people.
As Libby's parents arrive to support her, the FJU learns that her husband Ralph was an ex-convict who did time for armed robbery of a casino with four others when it went wrong and that he did the robbery to ensure that Libby got her degree. Bishop, who prosecuted the case, reveals that Ralph pleaded out after testifying against his accomplices for a shorter sentence, and the unit learns that all of them were paroled after serving their longer sentences.
After learning about the nature of the crime, Libby tells her parents to stay with Alex while she returns to her hotel room. They arrest two of the men involved in the previous robbery, but they refuse to cooperate. Discovering clues of where the other two are hiding, the FJU and the police, as well as Dr. Fleiss arrive at the hideout just as one of them is about to leave and Holmes tackles him down. But once they burst in, they find Libby holding the leader at gunpoint after finding evidence of the gang's hideout before the police did at her home. As Drake, Richter and Dr. Fleiss try to talk Libby out of killing the leader, they inform Libby that Alex has emerged from his coma. After some thought, Libby hands her gun to Richter as Drake and the others arrest the leader. Drake arrives at the hospital with Libby, and Katherine assures her that the men responsible for murdering most of her family will be prosecuted. As Libby reunites with the now-awake Alex, Katherine is relieved that the case is finally put to rest as it hit close to home for her.
During the case, Andrea reveals to Holmes that that her favorite crime novelist, J.T. Asher, is coming to Denver for a book-signing of his latest novel, which Drake overhears. During a family outing with the rest of the family at a restaurant, Drake reveals to Katherine alone that her brother Joey is coming to Denver for book-signing under his novel alias, which unsettles her because of their bitter estrangement and his severe trauma over their family's murder. At the end, Katherine and Drake come to Joey's book-signing, which surprises Joey, but he remains focus on his book-signing.
#8 - "Unusual Suspects - Part 1"
Drake and his team investigate the violent assault of Elaine Prescott, a former nurse, at her house. While attempting to find the attacker, Drake finds himself slowly becoming care of the nurse's adopted son and a main suspect, Wayne Prescott, a schizophrenic man, during the investigation. Tension rises in the unit over the case as the detectives argue over Wayne's safety and the case while Wayne gets an interest on Richter. But when Wayne makes a pass on Richter, she attacks Wayne causing him to break down and accuse her of trying to set him up in front of her horrified colleague. Winder has Dr. Fleiss evaluate Wayne in the interrogation room, and she determines that, despite his schizophrenia, Wayne didn't attack his adopted mother.
Meanwhile, Joey comes to the DA's office and asks Katherine why she & Drake came to his book-signing. Katherine only tells him that she heard that he was coming to Denver and was checking in on him. Joey says that he knows that their uncle Henry visited her and she reveals that he was just just telling her about everything that's been going on. Joey tells his sister to not check in on him in a future. Later, Joey's book editor girlfriend Sarah Foxworth, visits Katherine at the DA's office. She tells her that she and Joey have been having problems since he won't share his past with her and mentioned that he never told her he had a sister or anything about his family. Katherine says that it's not her place to reveal his past and they have been estranged for years. Sarah told her that she knows that Joey is having problems and is refusing to seek help. Katherine reluctantly hints her that it has to do with a childhood tragedy that she and Joey had survived.
At the end, Dr. Fleiss gets Wayne a temporary place in an institution. While at the hospital, Elaine gets confronted by a mysterious man about Wayne. When Elaine refuses to tell the man Wayne's whereabouts, the man smothers her to death with a pillow before walking away.
#9 - "Unusual Suspects - Part 2"
Drake, Katherine and the FJU learn that Elaine has died from her "injuries", but grow suspicious over the situation after a mysterious message is published on website about Wayne. Drake, Katherine, Ruiz and Cohen decide to take a look at Elaine's house before making a shocking discovery about Wayne. Ruiz finds a diary in under Wayne's bed and, as they go over it, Drake sees some numbers he thought he recognized. When he shows them to Katherine, she is shocked to see the numbers, recognizing one set as her father's NYPD badge number, and other as a date: the exact date of her family's murder. Both Drake and Katherine realized that Wayne may know something about her family's murder. Cohen decides that she will call her brother, a FBI agent himself, and see if he can find anything on Wayne.
The next day, while Finn and Mary are at school, before Drake and Katherine leave to question Wayne, Joey confronts Katherine at her home with Drake and Ryan for revealing their trauma to Sarah. Katherine defends that keeping his past a secret won't help anything, especially not his relationship. Joey sternly tells her that she had no business telling his girlfriend about their past. Drake tells Joey that Katherine only give Sarah a hint and didn't tell her what exactly happened. Joey bitterly snaps that he just wants to forget about that day and move on with his life. Katherine rebukes this, tell him that just trying to put the incident behind him and forget it isn't helping him psychologically and she knows that he has been refusing to let her and anyone in their family help him. Joey tells her that it's because that she and rest of their family only remind him of that tragic day and what they lost. Katherine insists that that's why she's been intent on finding the hitman who killed their family, feeling that it would bring them closure, and tells her brother that opening up about the murders to those close to her, helped her get on with her life. Joey sternly states that he doesn't want help from anyone because he doesn't want to remember anything about what happened. Drake defends Katherine, telling Joey that she has a good life, and is a great mother and one of the best prosecutors in Colorado who has put a lot of evil people away. When Joey still refuses to listen and calls Katherine a "blind, foolish b***h", Ryan, fed up with his behavior towards her and Drake, orders Joey to leave the premises or he will have some friends of his in New York have him institutionalized. Joey tries to rebuke him, but Ryan tells him that he maybe retired, but he still has many connections and that he loves Katherine like a daughter and will defend her honor, even from her own brother. Joey bitterly tells Ryan that he only cares so much about his sister because he's using her to replace his late daughter Amanda. Upon hearing this, Ryan angrily grabs Joey and slams him into a wall before Drake stops him. Ryan once again orders Joey to leave and to not return until he adjusts his attitude. Joey leaves the property, as Drake and Ryan help to comfort the shaken Katherine.
Meanwhile, Richter grows suspicious over Wayne's behavior after the police left concern over his secret. Richter follows Wayne to a nearby chapel where she overhears him talking about his life. As she starts to leave, Wayne sees and confronts Richter, who decides to open up to Wayne about her past and failed marriage.
At the end, Richter escorts Wayne back to the institution, but the two are confronted by a mysterious man who violently attacks Wayne and Richter before Wayne overpowers and beat him to within an inch of his life. Wayne breaks down in Richter's arms as Drake and Katherine arrive and are horrified what has Wayne done...
#10 - "Unusual Suspects - Part 3"
Tensions rise between the team after Wayne's violent attack on a mysterious person, but Katherine and Richter clash over Wayne's true intentions before Cohen comes to them and reveals some new information that she has dug up: Wayne was born as Wayne Curry and his father, Sam Curry, worked as an analyst with the NYPD. Wayne recognizes Katherine and drops a huge bombshell which change everything.
Wayne reveals that he knows Katherine as the daughter of NYPD detective Gordon Ashford. Wayne confirms to her, Drake, Richter, Winder, Cohen and Dr. Fleiss that his father was an analyst with the NYPD and that when he was seven, his parents were murdered by a man he saw on the video Katherine's father had taken. After the murders, he suffered a emotional breakdown from the trauma and was later adopted by Elaine. Prior to the murders, Wayne overheard his father speaking to Gordon Ashford and that he helped analyze the video her father took, which Wayne secretly watched without anyone noticing: it was of the mob boss Gordon was going to testify against and one of her father's corrupt colleagues murdering an informant. Gordon instructed Sam not to tell anyone on the force until his go ahead. When he heard about the murder of most of Katherine's family and several of her father's police colleagues at her home, Wayne saw where his father hid the video, so no one would find it. He also reveals that the video caught the hitman who killed her family with the mob boss and his people. He reveals the man responsible for the murder of Katherine's family is an assassin known as "The White Tiger": a man who is known to kill his targets and their families with no compunction or hesitation, and has ties used by every crime boss in the world. Wayne reveals that he saw the same man he saw murder his own parents. The FJU then learn that the man whom Wayne had killed in defense of both himself and Richter was one of The White Tiger's associates sent to kill him, and realize that Wayne must've seen The White Tiger and the same man who killed Elaine.
Before Wayne can revealed where he hid the video, the detectives are attacked by four gunmen in the institution. As Winder calls for backup, Drake, Richter and Cohen fire back the gunmen as Katherine and Dr. Fleiss stay with Wayne. While moving from cover to cover, Drake kills two of the hitmen while Richter kills the third one. Then a sniper shoots Wayne in the chest. As they move, the mortally wounded Wayne to the medical unit of the institution. Cohen kills the last gunman, but the unseen sniper escapes as the rest of FJU, police backup and ambulance arrived.
Later, at the hospital, Drake and Richter ask Wayne who the White Tiger is and where the video is. Wayne can only say that he doesn't know the White Tiger's real identity and that the video is well hidden. Before he can reveal more, Wayne flatlines. Despite best efforts from the nurses, Dr. Fleiss reveals to Drake, Richter, Katherine and the rest of the team that Wayne has died from his injuries.
#11 - "My Way or Highway"
Shaken by the revelation of a partial identity of her family's murder and her bitter confrontation with Joey, Katherine speaks to Dr. Fleiss about her childhood, her brother's problems and how she has been seeking the hitman responsible. Drake is also worried about how the recent revelations will affect this, mainly due his worry over his wife.
Meanwhile, a local industrialist is found murdered and his wife missing. The FJU investigates and comes to the belief that the wife was abducted by a renowned serial killer known as “The Highway Killer” who kills his victims' families before abducting the women and then raping, torturing and murdering them. Winder brings in Lieutenant Hannah Wie (Kelly Hu), a seasoned investigator and former C.O. of the Denver Vice Unit whose tenure came to abrupt end when most of her officers were caught in a corruption scandal. Her reception by the others isn't the best because of the scandal, but Winder vouches that Wie will be a great addition to the team.
C.J. finds some stray blood that doesn't match either of the victims, and realizes that it's likely from the kidnapper. Then the woman was found dead at the bottom of a highway overpass. With recommendation from District Commander Dan "Red Fox" Cutter (Graham Greene), the FBI is contacted and a team of agents soon arrives, including Lisa Zhao (Maggie Q), who has been trailing "The Highway Killer" since a friend of hers ended up as one of the victims. She and her partner Ben Baker inform to the FJU that they believe the killer is Hispanic in his upper-30s; they reveal that one victim managed to escape and saw that his eyes and skin were brown, though she wasn't able to get the full description of him. After a firefighter is found murdered and his pregnant wife abducted next, a eyewitness's camera reveals the van the killer used and the plates of it. Wie discovers where the van is and the joint FJU/FBI task force raided the hideout, arresting the killer and rescuing the victim.
As Katherine and Doyle prosecute the killer for the Denver murders, Drake and Cohen, whom Zhao recognizes as a former FBI agent who was fired for torturing a terror suspect, ask if she knows anything about the White Tiger. Zhao tells them that the White Tiger is one of the most wanted assassins in the world and has been responsible for over four dozen known hits, maybe more, on whistleblowers of the mob, troubleshooters against corrupt big businesses, and their families, all within the last 30 years. Drake informs Zhao that the White Tiger is responsible for the murder of most of Katherine's family when she was 10, and that she has been looking for him. Zhao advises Drake and Cohen to trend lightly with the White Tiger. Meanwhile, the Highway Killer is found guilty and is taken by the FBI to be tried for murders in other states. After the FJU thanks Zhao and the FBI, Bishop tells Katherine to be careful when seeking justice for her family now they know that they have ventured likely in dangerous territory.
At the end, Drake, Katherine, Mary, and Ryan attend one of Finn's science fairs, where he wins third place. At home, after spending time with Finn and Mary, Katherine tells Drake that she has realize how much her family means to her and she now fears that the White Tiger will try to come after them. Drake swears to her that they will find the White Tiger before he can get to them as he embraces his wife. Then, Drake answers his phone and tells a mystery person to not let someone out of their sight until it is safe...
#12 - "Wild Things"
The FJU investigate a series of sexual abuse allegations against a church pastor, but Holmes and Donnell smell the rats in the case when many of the victim's stories don't added up. When Holmes and Donnell spy on the pastor, they are horrified to discover the church's head usher is in a relationship with two of the victims and that they have all been gaslighting the pastor for discontinuing the church's longtime conversion therapy program, which didn't sit well with many long-time members.
At the same time, Katherine and Richter want to go to Wayne's funeral, but Drake warns them off from going. Also, Ryan admits to Bishop and Nazario that he feels restless about his retirement. Bishop suggests that he should take a part time job as a legal consultant to satisfy his wish to do more to help, while still allowing him to watch over his grandchildren when they aren't in school.
Meanwhile, the detectives set up a sting with Drake and Donnell going undercover as hired fixers to plant false evidence on the pastor. Catching them in the act, the head usher and many of the pastor's "victims" are arrested. At trial, Katherine tears down the defense's argument, by tricking the head usher and multiple "victims" into revealing their homophobia on the witness stand, leading to a quick conviction of them.
At the end, Katherine and Richter go to the morgue to see Wayne's coffin, but are confused to find a family and that nobody in the morgue has ever even heard of Wayne Prescott. Drake comes in and reveals to Katherine and Richter that Wayne is alive, but in a coma and kept hidden for his own safety, out of concern that the White Tiger might finish the job. He reveals that both Cohen and Dr. Fleiss know about it. Although the news upsets both Katherine and Richter, Katherine understands Drake's motivation to protect his family, as well as keep the only one who knows where the video is alive. Drake takes Katherine and Richter to the safe house outside of the city where Dr. Fleiss and several nurses are caring for the comatose Wayne. While Katherine and Richter stay with Wayne, Drake and Dr. Fleiss argue over the situation, with the latter noting that they are risking their in their careers but Drake refuses to give up on Wayne...
#13 - "Shreds of Innocence (1)"
After making a horrifying discovery at video game store, the FJU teams up with Chloe Hartman and her three colleagues to tracks down the operation of a child sex slave ring.
- Crossover with Hartman, part 2 is Hartman Season 12 episode "Shards of Guilt".
#14 - "The Denver Six"
Drake and his team investigate the brutal beating and rape of a white school teacher. The police officers point the blame on a group of black teenagers known to hang around the school, but the kids' parents accuse the police of being racist and covering up the truth behind the attacks. As the situation becomes violent, Drake, Katherine and their colleagues work together to find out the truth before things get too out of hand.
Meanwhile, Winder, his wife Jane (Khandi Alexander) and his younger son Anthony attend the medical school graduation of his older son Eugene Jr., who will now start his residency at Denver Health Medical Center. Anthony tells his parents that once he graduates from college, which is a couple of months away, he plans to go to Quantico and join the FBI as an agent, which Winder and Jane ultimately opt to support.
Also, Doyle's boyfriend, construction foreman Jake Montgomery, is introduced as he visits Doyle in the D.A.'s office. And finally, Finn and Mary are being bullied by several kids at school. Ryan discovers the reasons behind the bullying had something to do with a previous case their parents worked on and agrees to keep it hidden from Drake and Katherine while also planning to put a stop to it.
#15 - "Past"
On their 12th anniversary, Drake and Katherine tell their family and colleagues on how they first met, how Drake was inspired to became a cop and how Drake & Katherine became the couple they are today.
- This is mostly a flashback episode.
- 60 minutes special.
#16 - "Not What It Seems"
The brutal rape of a teenage girl, apparently by her stepfather, is caught on her family's surveillance camera in their living room. Although it seems like an open-and-shut case, the daughter staunchly and angrily denies that her stepfather was her rapist despite the evidence, insisting that the footage is altered or fake. When it becomes clear that she will not cooperate with the investigation, which might lead to either an acquittal or dismissal, the FJU scrambles to find a way to convict her stepfather without her testimony, including trying to find other potential victims. In doing so, they make a discovery that appears to imply that the daughter may be telling the truth.
Upon investigating, Ruiz, Francis and C.J. discover the footage was indeed digitally altered and made to look like the stepfather was the rapist. Later, the stepfather is found murdered. But the FJU discover that he found the person who altered the surveillance video: the daughter's former boyfriend who she broke up with after the stepfather discovered he was a registered sex offender, whom Nazario previously arrested on the charge of date rape back in his police days, but was never convicted. As revenge, he raped the daughter and hired a hacker to alter the footage to implicate the stepfather. When the stepfather figured out that he was behind everything, the boyfriend killed him to silence him. Drake and Ruiz arrest the hacker as Holmes, Donnell and Nazario arrested the former boyfriend. Later, Katherine and Doyle were able to convict them both on trial on charges of rape, murder, accessory, evidence tampering, and obstruction.
At the same time, Drake and Katherine are horrified to discover that Finn and Mary have been bullied and that Ryan kept it from them. Drake and Ryan argue over how to handle the situation while Katherine attempts to confront the school and the parents of the kids who bullied Finn and Mary.
At the end, Drake, Katherine and Richter arrive at a safe house to check on Wayne. Katherine worries over never finding the White Tiger if Wayne doesn't wake up, but Drake re-assures her that they'll get him one way or another. Richter then confesses her true feelings to Wayne and then a comatose Wayne squeezes Richter's hand as Drake and Katherine look on.
#17 - "Fame"
When the son of Hollywood female action hero and former stuntwoman Rachel Curtis (Gina Carano) is abducted and her screenwriter husband Tucker Wallis is murdered in the Denver Zoo while filming a scene there, one of the witnesses turns out to be Andrea's oldest daughter Danielle, who was visiting the set in the zoo with her father, Donnell's ex-husband Chris Garrett (guest star Joel McHale). Winder has Drake, Ruiz and Wie investigate the murder while Richter and Holmes speak to Danielle with Andrea present as a parent. After a short while, Danielle revealed that she saw three men put the boy in a blue van and there was someone driving them, making a total of four men involved. Curtis's father Doug Curtis (guest star Michael Ironside), a former Delta Force soldier and now stunt coordinator, joins in the investigation. Cohen is also brought in to consult the police and Curtis with her experience on handling kidnappings.
Soon, the FBI is called in, led by FBI Special-Agent-in-Charge Peter Balford (Mekhi Phifer), who was Cohen's former boss and superior until her dismissal from the FBI. He clashes with her due to their prior history and it's revealed that that he turned her into the review board because of what she did to the terror suspect. Then they got a call from the kidnappers, demanding Curtis to deliver $5 million in unmarked bills in 12 hours or they will kill her son and stream it live for the world to see. C.J. comes to Drake, Ruiz and Wie, saying that one of the kidnapper's boots had shavings that are used in zoos, leading to believe one of the kidnappers works in the zoo. Seeing the training on several of the kidnappers, Cohen notices Doug's demeanor as he leaves the hotel and notifies Winder about it. Following Doug, Cohen finds him confronting a man in an alley and she calls Drake over to the scene. Then another man comes out and they attack Doug, leading Cohen to take action. The two men spot her and ran out, leading Cohen on a foot chase. The two men are soon apprehended by Drake, Ruiz and Wie. Cohen demands answers from Doug and he reveals that he recognized the training of one of the kidnappers as that of Harvey Donaldson (guest star Jackson Rathbone), a former Delta Force soldier-turned-paparazzo since he had once trained the man; Doug further reveals that he got Donaldson fired and blacklisted years before for taking pictures of his grandson as a baby without permission.
With the FBI and FJU joining forces, they interrogate the captured kidnappers with Curtis watching from the observation room. Katherine, who is a fan of Rachel Curtis, demands that they cooperate or they will face accessories to any harm that befalls the child, on top of the kidnapping charges. The two men reveal where the child was taken and warn that Donaldson and the others might move him to another location. Balford suggests they check the initial location first, but Cohen, noticing something is off, suspect that they might be moving to the secondary location right now and Donnell thinks that they should split up to search the two different hideouts. With some reluctance, Balford agrees to do so. One team breaches the hideout and find that they've already moved, while the other breached and find the boy with three other kidnappers. As Ruiz shoots and kills the third guy and Drake and Balford take the fourth kidnapper in custody, Andrea spots Donaldson holding the boy and pursues him. While Donaldson holds the boy hostage, Donnell works on negotiating with him. While Curtis, having heard about the situation, sneaks up behind her son's kidnapper, Andrea distracted him. Then Curtis attacks Donaldson from behind and knocks him down using her fighting skills, while Donnell gets her son to safety. As the fight continues, Donaldson eventually draws on a gun at Curtis, but Donnell shoots him dead before backup arrives on the scene. Curtis tells Donnell that she will sign autographs to her and her unit as a token of gratitude. Later at home, Katherine watches a movie with Curtis as a star on it with her family. Katherine tells Drake that as a child, she initially dreamed of becoming an actress, but after her family was murdered, all that changed. She then thought about joining the military, but her uncle Henry's oldest son was killed in Iraq, and she couldn't bear to put her remaining family though any further heartache. She goes on to explain that she was inspired to become a prosecutor by the mother of one of her childhood friends, who was an ADA with an outstanding conviction record.
Meanwhile, Andrea helps her daughters Danielle and Piper with the trauma of witnessing a crime, Winder noticed Ruiz hanging around a certain woman in the station and has a talk with him about bringing his womanizing ways to work with him, and Richter's custody hearing of Brian reaches its peak.
#18 - "911"
While Drake and Katherine make a pit stop to visit their friend, 911 operator Melanie Reynolds. who return to work after having her third baby, Reynolds receives a call from a young teenage girl name Megan Mulligan, who has been taken hostage at her home and is tied up in her room, but was able to call 911 in her hidden cell phone. Reynolds patches the call to Drake's phone and he and Katherine headed to the house. While Drake speaks to Megan, Katherine calls Winder and he orders his team to the house ASAP. The fearful and scared Megan tells Drake and Katherine that she, her mother and three siblings were abused by their father, who has PTSD due to his time in the Army and is working as a drug runner, and they were trying to secretly leave him and turn him in to the police due to his refusal to stop smuggling and get help, but he caught them and, in a fit of rage, called his friends, other veterans also working as drug runners. Then her father and his friends violently attacked her mother and tied her and her siblings up in their separate rooms. Drake and Katherine arrive first and stood by as they assure Megan that they will do what they can to save her and her family as other police units, including the FJU and SWAT, arrived shortly afterwards.
As Winder sends Drake and Holmes to provide sniping position, he has Ruiz, Andrea, Richter and Wie to join SWAT in case they breach. As Andrea's brother, SWAT negotiator Joseph "Joe" Donnell (Kevin Connolly), tries to get a handle on the situation, one of the criminals starts to get out of control and attack the mother in an attempt to rape her when the father is out of the room. The mother fights back causing the man to beat her even more viciously than before. Hearing the commotion, the father rushes in and attacks the man, forcing the SWAT to order the breach. Holmes shoots one criminal dead while Drake takes out a second one. Then the other FJU detectives and SWAT officers breach, killing one more criminal and arresting three others, including the father. Though Megan and her two siblings are saved, the mother sadly dies on the scene from her injuries. Drake, outraged, confronts the father in interrogation, forcing Ruiz and Holmes to pull him out. Ruiz, Holmes, Winder, Wie, Katherine and Doyle are able to successfully get confessions out of the suspects, with Winder appealing to Mr. Mulligan to do the right thing for the sake of his children. Mulligan tearfully admits that he just wanted to keep his family together, and he never meant for anyone to be hurt. Megan and her siblings meet Drake and Katherine for the first time in person as Bennett watches them and Megan profoundly thanks them for coming to save them. Drake says that they are just sorry that they couldn't do more to save their mother. Then the children's maternal uncle and aunt arrive to claim them.
After the case is over, Wie confides in Winder that her younger sister is in an abusive relationship. She also mentioned that she has custody of her niece and nephew because their mother couldn't seem to leave her husband despite all attempts by her and the rest of their family to get her out. Winder sympathizes that if the abuse does get worse, she should come to him or anyone in the unit.
At the end, Dr. Fliess calls Drake, informing him that Wayne has just come out of his coma. He tells Katherine, Cohen, and Richter about it. As they arrive at the safe house, they are relived to see him awake, especially Richter. When Drake and Katherine ask where the video was, Wayne tells them that his father hid the video in the subway tunnels near a station close to where he and his family used to live and tells them the exact location. Katherine then makes a call to someone she knows to help the Sullivans get the video.
#19 - "New Light"
The day after Wayne told them where the video is at, Katherine's contact, retired New York police lieutenant Darren Kessler (James Morrison), one of her father's fellow colleagues, calls and tells her that he is gonna burn the video from VHS to DVD and make a copy of it on a portable hard drive, then deliver it to her once he flies out to Denver.
Meanwhile, the FJU investigates allegations of abuse of two children by their alcoholic father and mother who does nothing about it. This hits Ruiz close to him as he and his siblings came from a dysfunctional family. Thanks to Drake, Ruiz and Andrea, they manage to get the children to open up about the abuse. With that, the FJU raids the home, but finds the father is not there. Ruiz and Wie berate the mother for not doing anything to protect her kids from their father. Ruiz and Holmes track the father to the bar and, after a brief shuffle, arrested him. While Ruiz, Holmes and Dr. Fleiss interviewing the parents and the others, including Drake and Katherine, watch from observation, the father eventually confesses to the abuse, and Dr. Fleiss notes that the mother herself has been abused and is suffering from severe depression. Bennett informs everyone that the children will be placed with relatives. Ruiz then tells her, Katherine, Doyle and Fleiss that he knows how the children feel: As a pre-teen, he and his three younger siblings had been bounced from one relative to another because of their father's on-and-off abuse and their mother's bipolar depression until their father abandoned the family and their mother's depression got so bad that she couldn't take care of them anymore. At time, he and his siblings were separated in different places until he reconnected with them and their mother, but hasn't seen or spoken to his father since he left and has refused to in spite of prior attempts by him to reconnect. Bennett says that she will try to make sure the two kids don't have to endure what he and his siblings went through. After the tough case, Ruiz calls his mother to keep in touch and then Doyle's boyfriend arrives to pick him up and he announces their engagement to Katherine.
Dr. Fleiss updates Drake, Katherine and Richter that Wayne is still resting after he came out of his coma. The Sullivans go to the D.A office to meet up with Cohen before going to the safe house, Kessler arrives unexpectedly in the building. As Kessler gives the hard drive and DVD to Katherine, he warns her and Drake that he saw the video. He said that one of their trusted former police colleagues was the corrupt colleague her father saw and the one who ratted out the informant to the mob boss. He also said to them that he recognized the man who killed most of her family, the White Tiger, as he once worked for the FBI Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) and her father witnessed the White Tiger kill the informant on the mob boss's orders. Before he can give any names, Kessler is shot through the heart and killed by the White Tiger using the sniper. Figuring where the shot came from across the street, Drake ducked Katherine down and the two run to avoid gunfire. Nazario gets them to safety while Cohen fires at the sniper. As backup responds, the White Tiger escapes. Katherine informs Cohen and Bishop what happened. M.E. Cooke later informs them that the bullets used in the shooting are mostly common used for MS sniper rifles which are often used in military and law enforcement.
Gathering Ryan, Finn and Mary at an restaurant, Ryan tells his son and daughter-in-law that they need to find a safe place for the family to hide. After getting a drink, Drake accidentally bumps into a man (Thomas Haden Church), who shrugs it off and leaves the restaurant. As Drake returns to his table, a waitress notices some strange lights below the bar table. Drake looks at it and saw the bomb set on the timer. Drake, Katherine and Ryan evacuate Finn, Mary and everyone else out of the restaurant before the bomb explodes. As the family holds each other in relief, the man Drake bumped into watched and says himself, “This isn't over.” before walking away...
#20 - "It All Comes Together"
Following the restaurant bombing , Winder and the rest of the FJU arrive on scene. With Finn and Mary put in protection inside the FJU squad room, Drake delivers the tape and hard drive to the squad.
Drake, Katherine, Richter, Cohen and Dr. Fleiss come clean to their colleagues and the DA's office about Wayne's secret survival, and how they kept him hidden so the White Tiger wouldn't find him, and how Wayne told them where he hid the incriminating video. Although not pleased about being kept in the dark about Wayne's survival, they agree to find the White Tiger so that he won't get to the Sullivan family and Wayne again. Commander Cutter informs Drake and Richter that their careers could be called into question for keeping Wayne's survival a secret and Bishop tells Katherine that he is disappointed in her not telling him about as well, but also understands that she wanted justice for her family's murders. As everyone gets ready to watch the video, Francis plays it on the computer.
It shows Katherine's father, Gordon Ashford, spying on mob boss Richie Altieri with the camera inside the abandoned industrial complex Altieri and four of his crew were holding a CI informant at gunpoint after being sold out by one of Gordon's colleagues, Alan Singleton (Rick Rossovich), whom Katherine recognize and is shocked to see him as corrupt, as she once saw as an uncle. As the video continues, the White Tiger shows up and chats with Altieri & Singleton. He then executes the informant under Altieri's orders. Then the assassin turns his face to the camera, at which Drake recognized him as the man he bumped into at the restaurant before the explosion, despite being younger in the footage. Katherine painfully tells everyone what she saw the night that most of her family was murdered: she saw her older siblings Doug and Barbara, along with a few of her father's colleagues, be shot to death with a fully automatic rifle, and Joey saw their parents Gordon and Elizabeth be executed in cold blood, all by the hand of the White Tiger; she and Joey managed to escape their old home and into the subway to hide from the White Tiger.
Winder has Francis run facial recognition on the FBI database, and Francis soon discovers the identity of the White Tiger: Richard Coleman, formerly Delta Force and FBI HRT, where he served as a sniper and bomb expert. He was still in the FBI HRT when Katherine's family was murdered and resigned from the FBI two years afterwards after he was apparently scapegoated on some petty charge. After that, Coleman disappeared and went off grid. Knowing who the White Tiger is now, Winder has Andrea send the video to the FBI. Drake calls his brother-in-law Owen Graves to get Lydia and their children to Denver to guard them while Katherine calls Amanda's widower Nathan to get himself and his children to a safe location. After taking the screencap of Coleman, Richter and Dr. Fleiss head to the safe house to get Wayne. Ryan says that he, Finn and Mary should go to the home of his friend, Judge Adam Wellington (Ruben Santiago-Hudson), where they will be safe. Winder sends Holmes and Andrea to Judge Wellington's to guard them. Drake will have Owen guard them also in that house. Wie and Francis find that Coleman was in a private airport a hour ago and took off on a plane, which Coleman determines is heading for New York. Realizing that Joey is in danger, Katherine calls another of her father's old colleagues and asks him to take Joey and his girlfriend Sarah into protective custody, while, she, Drake, Ruiz and Cohen come to New York to fetch them.
At the end, Richter visits Wayne where they share a moment as Richter promise him that everything will be alright before sharing a kiss with Wayne and in a private jet, Coleman calls some associates to meet him in the airport and to bring the people in the picture alive. The pictures he sent are revealed to be Joey and his girlfriend Sarah, and he is shown to have pictures of all of the Sullivans as he hangs up the phone as the plane is heading for New York...
#21 - "Face to Face - Part 1"
As Drake, Katherine, Ruiz and Cohen arrive at New York's JFK Airport, they are met by NYPD Deputy Chief Lauren Williams (Alfre Woodard), another old colleague of Katherine's father. Williams somberly tells Katherine that Coleman and his gang got to Joey and his girlfriend before the police could take them into protective custody. She also inform them that the NYPD knows about Kessler's death and about Coleman's identity as the White Tiger. She also reveals that Alan Singleton died of a heart attack five years before. Katherine states that she managed to call her uncle Henry to get him and his two children to a safe place earlier.
At the crime scene of Joey's apartment, Drake, Katherine and the others meet NYPD Detectives Damian Paterson (Jonathan LaPaglia) and Cindy Mesmer (Robin Tunney). They told them that through eyewitnesses, forensics and surveillance cameras that they were abducted by four masked intruders, while one other person stayed in the van in the parking garage. One of them was disguised as a food delivery man to deliver food to Joey. Them the intruders burst into the apartment, attacked Joey and Sarah in their apartment and dragged them out to the van. One eyewitness in the parking garage reveals that one of the intruders was a woman. Both Paterson and Mesmer are aware of Coleman's identity and Kessler's murder. Soon, however, Captain Norman Farmer (Conor O'Farrell), another old friend of Katherine's father, arrives on the scene. Farmer, who was friends with Kessler, is angry over his death and wants answers about it. After learning the circumstances of his death, Farmer, upset that Kessler was killed after retirement, feels that his murder should never have happened just for doing a favor for the daughter of an old friend. Drake and Cohen defend that they discovered who the White Tiger was through Kessler. Farmer calms down and tells his subordinates to get the Sullivans and their friends whatever they need, because no one kills their own, past or present, and gets away with it.
Meanwhile, at a private airport, Coleman's five associates bring the captive Joey and Sarah onboard and they head for Denver. Coleman calls four more of his associates in Denver to meet him at the rendezvous point. While Ruiz fills in Winder, Drake calls Ryan and told them what had happened in New York. He told his father that there's a good chance the Coleman might come after the rest of their family soon. Afterwards, Lydia, Owen and their children arrived at Ryan's house. With Owen, Holmes, Donnell, Nazario, Francis and two undercover cops Wellington brought in for extra security, Wellington assures Ryan and the others that they will be safe until Coleman is caught. As Mary becomes worried about what's going on, Finn assures her that their family and their parents' colleagues will protect them. Holmes gets his older brother to watch Kim and Franklin, while Andrea's family guards her daughters. Ruiz's children and their mothers are taken to a safe location. Richter brings her son Brian to the station and plans to put Wayne in the hospital with officers guarding him there. Winder sends his family to relatives out of state while Nazario has his two sons stay with a friend. Wie also brings her daughter and her sister's kids in the station and puts the station on alert. Commander Cutter told Winder that the FBI's Denver Office and Denver PD are on alert for Coleman.
Back in New York, Paterson and Mesmer discover via traffic camera footage that Joey and Sarah kidnappers were caught driving in the Lincoln Tunnel towards New Jersey about a hour prior and was spotted again on the highway. After studying the map, Ruiz, Cohen and Paterson discover a private airfield not far from where the van was spotted. Drake and Katherine realize in horror that Coleman is coming for the rest of their family and have to rush back to Denver ASAP. With Williams's approval, the reluctant Farmer has Paterson and Mesmer go with them to Denver, while Williams calls the police commissioner to get them an emergency flight back to Denver. Then Drake receives a video call; it's Coleman, who shows the kidnapped Joey and Sarah to Katherine, Drake and others present. Coleman taunts to Katherine that she should have just given up the search for him and moved on after her family's murder, and now she will pay for her meddling with the lives of everyone she loves. Coleman says that now that everyone in the world now knows who he is, they and their family will pay for with their lives. He told them this all started because of Wayne (still unaware of his survival) and now he will come for their families, starting with their children, and their deaths will be on their head. Drake vows to kill Coleman if he touches any of their family, especially their children, Coleman smugly tells him to bring it on before disconnecting the call. Upon getting their flight, the Sullivans, their colleagues, and the NYPD detectives rush to catch it.
As this happens, Coleman's plane lands in a private airfield outside Denver and Coleman and his associates bring Joey and Sarah to one of the vehicles. Then the group leaves the airport...
#22 - "Face to Face - Part 2"
After being warned that Coleman is coming to Denver, Winder and Commander Cutter put the city on high alert for Coleman and his group. Coleman, his main associate O'Malley (Jonathan Scarfe), lone female associate Benitez (Roselyn Sanchez) and other associates arrive with Joey & Sarah and meet up with other hitmen. Coleman instructs them to kill everyone in the Sullivan family and anyone else who gets in their way. While on their way to Denver, Katherine, worried about her children, fears that because of her wanting to find her family's killer, she brought all this hell down on everyone close to her. But Drake and Cohen assure her that it's not her fault. Ruiz finishes a call and tells them that the plane Coleman was on has landed about 30 minutes ago. At Wellington's home, the judge tells Ryan that everyone is ready in case an attack happens at his house and the two ready their shotguns.
Hours later, Coleman and his crew search around the city for the Sullivan family with no luck. O'Malley discovers that Wayne is alive and at the hospital. He sends three men to get Wayne while the others continues the search for the Sullivans. As soon as Drake, Katherine and the others arrive in Denver, they catch helicopters to get the rest of their family. At the hospital, three of Coleman's disguise themselves as nurses. As Richter watches over Wayne, Winder arrives to be alongside her. Then the three men attack the hospital, killing several security guards. As they draw near Wayne's room, Winder kills one of them. The remain two assassins then shoot the cops guarding Wayne, before Richter kills another one of them. As the remaining hitman fires into Wayne's hospital room, he finds that it is empty and Richter fights him. When the hitman gains in upper hand, Wayne, who is hiding in a different room, tries to attack him from behind, but is soon knocked down. Before the hitman can kill him, Wie arrives and wounds the last hitman. After Wie recovers the lead hitman's cell phone, they discover a text stating that they've located that they found the address to Judge Wellington's home. Wie warns Holmes and Winder warns Drake. Drake, Katherine and the others quickly rush to the judge's house.
As everyone prepares for an attack, Coleman and his group arrive and shut down the power to the house, at which Francis alerts the others that they are here. Then the assassins attack the home. Coleman wounds one of the undercover cops while O'Malley wounds the other. Holmes and Andrea take out two of the attackers. As Owen gets his family, Finn and Mary to safety in another room, Ryan and Judge Wellington simultaneously killed one gunman with their shotguns. Lydia distracts one gunman, as Owen takes him out. Andrea then fights with Benitez and wounds her. Holmes and Nazario manage to kill a couple of other gunmen. But Coleman wounds Nazario in the shoulder. As Coleman, O'Malley and his remaining associates close in on the rest of the Sullivan family, one gunman is shot from behind by Drake, who arrives with Katherine. Reinforcements, led by Ruiz, Cohen, Winder, Richter, Wie, Paterson and Mesmer, arrive with SWAT.
As Coleman, O'Malley and his remaining people try to get away, Drake, along with others, pursue them. O'Malley is shot dead by Drake while the remaining assassins are either killed or surrender to the other cops. Before Coleman can escape, Katherine shoots him in the leg with her handgun and angrily demands to know where Joey and Sarah are. Coleman smugly says that they will die if he dies. She angrily lambasts him for destroying her life by killing most of her family when she was ten, and now having the gall came after her own family. Coleman taunted her that had she just let it all go and moved on, this wouldn't have happened, and that one way or another, she will lose another family member today. Drake tells Katherine that killing Coleman out of vengeance will destroy her and convinces her to let the system punish him for his crimes. After Katherine decides to let him be arrested instead, however, Coleman tries to shoot her again with a hidden gun, but Drake and Paterson shot him dead. This, however, anguishes Katherine since Joey and his girlfriend are still missing. After awhile in interrogation with the surviving assassins, Cohen, Doyle and Mesmer convince Benitez to cooperate and she reveals where Joey and Sarah are at. When they arrived, they find the two inside a water tank full of water, rescuing them before they could drown. Later, Drake and Katherine joyfully reunite with Finn and Mary, glad that their nightmare is over.
The surviving assassins accept plea bargains to go to prison for life. Later, the Sullivans attend Kessler's funeral in New York, with Joey, Williams, Farmer, Paterson and Mesmer present, along with many officers in the NYPD. Henry comes to see Katherine and comforts her and Joey, saying that they finally got closure now. Joey apologizes to Katherine and Henry for the way he had acted in the past due to the trauma, and expresses his wish to reconnect with his family, which they accept.
Shortly afterwards, Katherine and Joey pay their final respects to their parents and older siblings with Henry and his children also paying their respects. As they leave the cemetery, Drake tells Katherine and Ryan that Wayne has now checked himself into the hospital for treatment for his schizophrenia with Richter and Dr. Fleiss visiting him and that Nazario will be back on duty in a couple of months. He also informs them that Francis is planning to work in the field more. The two also decide to take a short leave of absence from their jobs to spend more time with their children and help them get through the aftermath of everything.
Season 2 (2030-31)
#1 - "In The Dark"
Four months after the events of last season's finale, Drake and Katherine return to work. On Drake's first day back, the FJU works to investigate the rapes of two high school students name Angela Petrie and Vicki Young. Being his first case in the field, Francis is partnered with Richter. Wie, Holmes and Andrea question the victims and they admit that they met with some boys whom they first met online at a multiplayer online video game. Francis and C.J. do research and discover the victims played an online game with a certain video game guild group that is secretly a front for a group of incels. Ruiz's son Angel, who plays the game, helps the FJU on the case with his knowledge of the game with C.J. playing as a new user. They soon find an avatar who sends a message from the guild to a site and later finds it is a dark web site. With psychological help from Dr. Fleiss, the FJU checks out the site and discovers a code of a planned attack. Commander Cutter tells the FJU to find the suspects before a deadly attack happens.
After Katherine files a subpoena against the company that made the game, the detectives learn the identity of the people who raped Angela and Vicki. While Drake and Ruiz catch one suspect, Richter and Francis pursue the second suspect, who then holds a woman hostage. With Richter distracting him, Francis shoots the suspect in the leg, causing him to let the woman go as Richter tackles him down. At the trial of the two suspects, Katherine has Doyle, Nazario and Cohen help the FJU decipher the code. They discover that the two suspects and another one had planned a massacre, the location of which Doyle recognizes. While in the location, Holmes spots the third suspect with his sniper with Wie not too far from the him. As the suspect prepares to fire his assault rifle, Holmes fires his sniper rifle and destroyed the firing pin of the gun. Then Wie knocks him down as the police took the suspect in custody. The three suspects are eventually convicted of their crimes.
During the case, Ruiz plans to attend Angel's basketball game with his two daughters, Martika and Lupé. After a moment of consideration, he brings his new girlfriend, astronaut Erica Munoz as well, so she can meet his children. Later, Wie's abused sister Lisa (Kelly Marie Tran) shows up, four months pregnant, and begging her to see her children.
And finally at the end, Drake, Katherine and Ryan take Finn and Mary to the movies.
#2 - "Lost"
The FJU is assigned to investigate the deaths of a family burned alive when their house was set ablaze. With help from arson investigator Ed Robinson (Charles Parnell), they learned that at least four people who committed the arson. Robinson discovers that someone tried to save the family when the front door was kicked open from the outside and used the fire extinguisher, but wasn't able to save them in time. Later, the Denver Police Vice Unit, led by Sergeant Alicia Pearce (Alton Williamson) and Detectives Taylor Kellerson (Tate Ellington) and Ramon Rivas (Kirk Acevedo), reveals to the The FJU that the patriarch of the family is a former Army intelligence officer who was helping them find multiple girls who vanished without a trace.
Meanwhile, Ryan takes Finn and Mary to a cafe after school. When Ryan and Finn leave to go to the men's room, a couple of bullies from the kids' school confront Mary. Suddenly a young waitress named Audrey (Caliee Spaeny) defends Mary and ordered the bullies to leave. The next day, Mary sees up with Audrey in the park where they talk a little about their personal lives. They are soon interrupted, however, by Audrey's furious 'father' (Dylan Walsh) who drags Audrey into his car, before scolding Mary for talking to strangers.
Holmes visits his older brother Terrell (Ashley Thomas), a legitimate gun dealer and informant for Vice Unit, who reveals to him that he saw one of the abducted girls down the street, that led to Vice rescuing that girl and discovering the same men took the other girls. Terrell also tells his brother that there was an older man who came to him the day before, stating that he is searching for one of the girls. After getting Terrell's description of the man and the surveillance cameras, Wie is shocked to find that is Captain Colton Renko (special guest star Chuck Norris), a retired Texas Ranger and former NOPD captain, who was her martial-arts teacher. The FJU and Vice learned that Renko had AWOL from Texas two weeks before.
Based on the descriptions from Terrell, they learn the identity of one of the perpetrators, who works at an antiques store. Winder sends Drake, Ruiz, Holmes and Donnell over to the store while he notifies the others to meet them. When they arrive, they see Renko interrogating two suspects at the store. When they interrupt him, Renko, mistaking them for the criminals' friends, fights them with relative ease, despite getting hits from Andrea and Drake. Then Richter, Francis, Kellerson and Rivas arrived and pointed their guns at Renko. Holmes punches him down in retaliation while they took him and the two suspects in custody. After the detectives are patched up, Winder, Drake, Katherine and Wie confront Renko in interrogation. Renko apologizes for his actions and reveals that his granddaughter Diana was kidnapped in Dallas by an international human trafficking ring, along with others, and he tracked her to Denver. He reveals to that the ring is underground, has connections and shows them what leads he found. With help from Renko, the FJU and Vice raid the location where they find several girls, including Diana. Katherine and Doyle successfully prosecute the perpetrators, who refuse to cooperate with them about the ring.
With no charges filed against him, Renko advises Wie how to deal with her sister's abuse before returning to Dallas with Diana. The FJU and Vice agree to share things with them about the ring in the future.
At the end, Mary sees Audrey outside of her school as she was checking in on her before heading out to work.
#3 - "Accident, Suicide or Murder?"
The FJU investigate a young but high-profile TV star's death after she is found in her apartment, having seemingly overdosed. However, they find that her death could have been an accident, a suicide or a murder after learning about the victim's tumultuous personal life; she was fired from her long-running job hours before her death, was having affairs with both her boss and her sister's husband, had multiple arrests for assault, and had a history of drug abuse. At the same time, the FJU learns that Commander Cutter will retire from Denver PD to take on a new career as a FBI administrator.
As the investigation continues, Drake and Ruiz realize that the girl was murdered; she was dominantly left-handed, but the fatal shot was administered via her left arm. They also find that a mysterious man had been following her in the days before her death, and that he was seen lurking outside the front of her apartment hours beforehand. After the FJU tracks down and arrests the man, he admits in interrogation to killing her on behalf of her manager, who wanted to collect on a lucrative life insurance policy on her. Ritcher and Francis arrest the manager at his office for first-degree murder.
In court, Katherine and Doyle face off-against the manager's team of lawyers, one of whom is Emily. The defense uses every piece of dirt available on the star to smear her credibility and make the jury believe that she was murdered by someone else with no connection to her manager. However, Cohen and Nazario discover deleted emails between the manager and several others showing how much he hated managing her career and cleaning up her mess, expressing she'd only be worth anything once she was dead. Upon being confronted and badgered in court with the emails, the manager breaks down on the witness stand and confirms his hatred of her, sealing his fate with the jury who convicts him on capital murder.
Meanwhile, Katherine and Cohen work with Pearce on the sex trafficking case, attempting to find any clue of their main ringleader or missing girls, but face a setback when Terrell drops a bombshell: he found the body of one of the abducted girls who had purchased a gun from him for self-defense shortly before and who was willing to name the ringleader. M.E. Cooke confirms that the victim was shot to death before she could draw for the gun and no shell casings are found at the scene. Cohen suspects that whoever killed the girl had to be a professional.
Also, Finn and Mary encounter Audrey as they walk home from school. Audrey apologizes and tells Mary about her "father", Mr. Evans. She explains to Mary that Evans adopted her after her parents was killed and had become overprotective throughout her life. He wants Audrey to have a normal life but can cross the line sometimes. Mary understands and tells Audrey so before she leaves, but Finn is suspicious and tries to warns Mary to stay away from Audrey but Mary refuses to listen to her brother.
At the end, the squad throws a farewell party to Cutter. As Drake, Katherine and their colleagues celebrate Cutter's career, Mr. Evans sneakily arrives at the party and observes the shadows, spying somebody before leaving unnoticed...
#4 - "Save Our Children!"
The FJU is introduced to Cutter's replacement, Commander Julia Taggart (Allison Janney), the new district commander who is stoic and by-the-book. Later, a school bus with full of children is hijacked by four criminals who kill the bus driver. The FJU was called in by the FBI to assist finding the kidnapped children and apprehend the hijackers.
During an intense search, Holmes and Donnell spot the bus and pursue it as Donnell called for backup. They drove it to an abandoned apartment building, where the leader of the hijackers warns the police not to breach the apartment building. Donnell asks who is he and only calmly replied that he is the mastermind who took over the bus and orders the police to stand down. Then, the squad of police, SWAT, FBI, firetrucks and ambulances converge the apartment complex. The FBI agent in charge Mark Franklin (Dean Norris) and Denver Police Commissioner George Smith (Dennis Haysbert) agree to ensure cooperation of their personnel. The leader of the hijackers demands that several parents pay their ransom, which several parents have a large sum of money.
As Andrea's brother, Joseph and FBI negotiator Lou Pugliese (Eddie Cahill) negotiate with the criminals at the FBI Mobile Command Center, Taggart instructs Winder to make sure he and the FJU to make sure they preserve the safety of the kidnapped children. Winder has Drake and Holmes provide sniper watch, as Katherine, Doyle, Cohen and Dr. Fleiss arrive on the scene to help. Franklin is less than thrilled to see Cohen because of her actions that led to her dismissal from the FBI. With all the windows blinds closed, they are forced to move in blind. Thanks to the engineer who provided the layout of the apartment complex and Dr. Fleiss's assessment on the criminals, Andrea constructs a plan to deliver some of the money herself to distract the criminals while Winder has Drake, Ruiz, Richter and Wie go with some FBI HRT agents and SWAT in the sewers to get in from the parking lot. With Holmes and several FBI sharpshooters providing sniper coverage, Andrea takes the bags of money and the criminals lead her inside. As Andrea distracts the criminals, Drake, the FJU, the HRT and SWAT enter the complex. FBI agent Rick Tan (Daniel Henney) has Cohen join him and other HRT agents in the perimeter. As Ruiz, Wie and others find where the children are being held, Donnell is taken to in the top floor where the criminals are use as a command center as Drake, Richter and two HRT agents take down three criminals. With a plan to let their guard own, Katherine calls the criminals and distracts them, saying to the leader that they will receive the death penalties if any of the children are harmed. When the leader threatens the children, Katherine further warns that any harm comes to them, she will enjoy prosecuting him personally as Drake and the others arrive nearby. With Franklin's approval, Holmes and FBI sharpshooters shoot above the floor, taking out several of the criminals. Then Ruiz kils the criminal guarding the kidnapped children. Drake, Richter and the HRT team raid the floor as Donnell breaks free. Cohen, Tan and others kill or wound the other criminals on the lower floors. As Drake, Donnell and Richter surround the leader, he attempts suicide, but Drake shoots him in the shoulder and Donnell arrests him, finally ending the operation.
As the children are reunited with their families and the surviving criminals are arrested, Katherine angrily tell the leader that she meant what she said about prosecuting him. Bishop and Commissioner Smith announce to the press to congratulate the FJU, the FBI HRT, SWAT and the D.A. Office for their corporation to rescue the kidnapped children. Taggart told Winder that she maybe more by-the-book then Cutter was, but says that she wants what's right for the FJU. Winder says that his squad knows how to provide results.
At the end, the FJU comes home to their families as Holmes comes home to Kim and their infant son Franklin, Andrea watches a movie at home with her daughters, Richter eats at a restaurant with Brian, Wie spends time with her daughter and her sister's kids, playing a game, Ruiz and his girlfriend Erica play basketball with Angel as Martika and Lupé watched and finally, Drake and Katherine come to Finn and Mary as Ryan told them that they are glad that they rescued those children. Then Katherine reads a story to Finn and Mary with Drake and Ryan nearby.
#5 - "Therapeutic End"
When therapist Max Benedict, his wife and their teenage son were murdered, The FJU works to investigate the murders. Investigating the patients, Drake and Ruiz speak to Norman Knight (special guest star Kiefer Sutherland), a hospital administrator and Benedict's colleague and friend. Knight points out a patient, a gang member who wanted out. Along the way, as they question the gang member, who reveals that Benedict and Knight have been trying to help him put his gang life behind him, Richter remembers Knight's name and asks Drake and Ruiz if they spoke to him, which they confirmed. Richter revealed that she previously arrested Knight for the accidental killing of a young man when he suffered a schizophrenic episode while off meds, and he is now an advocate for better mental health care since after his release.
Soon, circumstantial evidence points to Knight and the fact he disappeared afterwards doesn't help. After the detectives find Knight and arrested him, he remembers Richter when she confront him in interrogation. He tells her that Benedict helped him get him back on his feet after his release and helped him become what he is now. He also revealed that he's been an advocate for better mental health care. Richter says he remembers him and what he did to that man he killed when he was off meds. Knight tells her that he regrets going off his meds and killing that man, and reveals that he remembers her too and that he knows about her being shot in the line of duty and getting hooked on opioids. Richter asked where was he when the murders happened. He tells her that was at home alone, watching ice hockey, but with no one to confirm it, and several witnesses testifying to seeing them
With no solid alibi, Katherine and Doyle are forced to prosecute Knight in court. Then Francis and C.J. come to Richter and Winder, revealing that they have found something on a hard drive hidden in Benedict's office. It's then revealed that Benedict had discovered that a new anti-depression drug in development caused damage to the liver in testing and that someone has been trying to keep this hidden to get it approved by the FDA, and that he had a recording of his findings meant for Knight to see, making the FJU realized that Knight was likely set up. Katherine says that they need more proof than what they got to establish his innocence. Drake, Richter, Ruiz and Holmes further investigate the drug and discovers that Dr. Jack Sheppard, leader of the drug's development, had invested a lot of money into the development, and stands either to make a fortune if it goes to market or lose everything if it's banned; Sheppard is scheduled to speak at a pharmaceutical conference about the drug. With a warrant, they discover that Sheppard had swtiched the liver samples to covered up the drug's side effects and protect his investment. After clearing Knight, Katherine and Doyle issue another warrant for Sheppard's files. They discovered that Sheppard ordered the hospital's head of security, Simon Morris to kill Benedict and his family and frame Knight. The FJU arrests Morris and later find Knight at the conference holding Sheppard at gunpoint. Sheppard eventually confesses that Benedict was going to blow the whistle on the drug's side effects and Sheppard's coverup and was planning to infomr Knight about it. Richter convinces Knight to let them arrest Sheppard so he face justice. Knight puts down his gun and starts to walk away, but Sheppard steals an officer's gun as he is being arrested and tries to shoot Knight. But Richter pushes him down and Drake, Holmes and other cops shoot Sheppard dead.
Meanwhile, Katherine, Andrea and Cohen left worried about Wie's behavior as she struggles to cope over her sister's abuse situation. As Katherine and Cohen's plan to help Wie, Andrea steps in and comforts Wie before revealing that she was in an abusive relationship herself when she was younger. She explains that she got too close to someone with when she felt overshadowed by her father and older brothers, not seeing his true nature until she was so deep in the relationship. She regrets what happened to her, but she was scared to report him or tell her family about what happened because she was afraid that they might use their police powers to retaliate, and he threatened that if that happened, he'd do everything to ruining their careers, lives, and family name. Andrea admits that she struggled to find her way out for over a year until took classes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, eventually becoming a black belt, and was able to fight him off and leave him. Donnell encourage Wie not to make the same mistake as she did and to take action before her sister is in too deep.
Also, Doyle and Bishop become worried about Nazario after witness him act even more sluggish than usual while interviewing a witness during Knight's trial.
At the end, Richter's son Brian visits his mother and reveals a shocking secret to her that he is gay. Despite thinking his mother will reject him, Richter praises Brian and promises him that she will support him as the two hug.
#6 - "Frat Pack"
The FJU deals with the case of a college co-ed name Rebecca Washington who survives being gang-raped and then set on fire, but when the investigation leads back to a prominent fraternity, the unit and the D.A. team are forced to deal with closed ranks among the frat brothers and the college while trying to get justice. With help from Wayne, who is released from the mental hospital after responding well to treatment, with his computer skills, they discover that the fraternity was established six years before and the data analytics reveal that the level of rape against co-eds has increased slightly after the fraternity was created, which seems to indicate that the place is a hellmouth for such crimes. Winder goes to a female friend of his son Eugene Jr., Melissa Sommers, who reveals that a friend of hers was violently gang-raped and later killed herself. She suspects that it was members of the fraternity who did it because her ex-boyfriend, who was part of said fraternity, had a thing for her friend. Drake and Ruiz follow one suspect to five other members of the fraternity in a college dorm. As other FJU detectives arrive, they catch that the boys in the act of raping another girl. The FJU intervenes and arrests the six fraternity members. As Katherine and Doyle prosecute the offenders, who are defended by powerful defense lawyer Scott Aiello (Sam Jaeger), who uses underhand tactics at trial, Nazario and Cohen discover that the head of the fraternity was once investigate for rape in the past, but was never convicted and the college did nothing to deny him building the fraternity; even more, it's discovered that with several other victims coming forward, the college had received reports of sexual assault and rape by fraternity members, but never took action on them, and the victims were left to be slut-shamed and ostracized. Disgusted, Katherine files subpoenas against the college and the fraternity and she and Doyle convince the six members to testify against the fraternity for shorter sentences and be registered as sex offenders when they are released from jail, which they agree to. After the six brothers' testimony, the fraternity is shut down and the college is put under inquiry.
Meanwhile, the FJU and Vice Squad continue to make progress on the trafficking ring after pursuing a high ranking member. Pearce told Drake and Winder that they are staking him out, hoping to know more about the human trafficking ring. Also, after exploring their options for parenthood, Doyle and Jake hire a surrogate to carry their child. Also, Richter refers Brian to Doyle to help guide him in lief in the gay community.
At the end, after finally convincing Lisa to report her abuse to the police, Wie left shocked to see Lisa's husband Jason Russo (guest star Brian Hallisay) shows up on her doorstep, wanting his family back. Wie refuses to do so and orders him to leave her property or she will arrest him.
#7 - "Untouchable - Part 1"
Drake, Katherine, Ryan, Finn and Mary visit Yellowstone National Park and Grand Tetons National Park for Veteran's Day weekend, enjoying the scenery of both parks, the outdoors and fishing in the Grand Tetons. As Drake and Katherine enjoy their time alone, Ryan helps Finn and Mary buy some gifts of their trip for their friends.
Back in Denver, Lisa tells Wie that Jason keeps calling her, insisting that he has changed. With Winder and Donnell backing her, Wie confronts Jason and told him to stay away from her sister Lisa and their children, Abigail and Ray. Jason refuses to do so and says that he knows about the corruption in Wie's former squad. Winder remarks that that case was closed long ago and Wie was cleared in it, and warns Jason if he makes any contact with Lisa and their children, he will have him arrested for harassment and move Wie's family someplace where he won't find them. Andrea remarks that one way or another, Jason will never be allowed to abuse his family again.
Holmes and Kim's son Franklin says his first words. Ruiz's girlfriend Erica tells him that she has to go to Houston for training to being in the International Space Station. Doyle gives Brian some advice what may happen when he tells his father Joe about his sexuality, with Richter nearby. Richter and Francis help Wayne get a job as a tech and surveillance expert for the FJU as part of his release. Cohen expresses concern to Bishop about Nazario's current state when she noticed something off with him.
On their way back home, the Sullivan family makes a pit stop to a gas station to get gas and some snacks. Suddenly, a teenage boy, holding his badly injured younger sister, rushes to their car, screaming for help. Upon seeing the boy, Justin Fitzgerald, holding his younger sister, Brooke, who had been shot in the stomach, Drake and Katherine takes them inside the gas station as Ryan calls for help. With help from Ryan, Finn, Mary and the gas station attendant, Drake and Katherine try and stabilize Brooke. Justin reveals that their father murdered their mother when she decided to leave him after being abused by him. He revealed that their father's name is John Fitzgerald (Mackenzie Astin), the billionaire CEO of an oil company that he inherited from his father. Ryan informs them that Fitzgerald and his company was previously investigated for distributing kickbacks to safety inspectors and several oil fracking disasters on his company's watch. Justin reveals that their father and his henchmen are looking for him and Brooke after they escaped. Then Finn spots several armed men coming to the station and realizes they're Fitzgerald's men. The gas attendant helps the family and the Fitzgerald children to go around back. As they make it to their vehicle and escape from Fitzgerald's men, Colorado State Police arrive en route on the highway and call in for the helicopter to transport Brooke to a hospital.
At the hospital, Brooke is taken to surgery. The FJU detectives arrive later after hearing about what happened. Justin, obviously traumatized by his mother's murder and his sister's injuries, reveals to Drake, Katherine and the FJU that he overheard his parents arguing about someone his father had killed and buried and his father attacked his mother Renee, like did before. He also abused him and Brooke. Then when he discovered his family were leaving him, Fitzgerald and his men chased them down opened fire on their car while they drove; Renee was hit in the head and died instantly, while Brooke was hit by a stray bullet. They managed to get to a cargo train to escape and ran to the gas station to try to get help. With Renee's car and body nowhere to be found, Drake and Katherine suspected that Fitzgerald had them both disposed of somewhere no one could find them. Ryan warns them that Fitzgerald is well-connected and is considered untouchable because of his wealth. Taggart tells the FJU to tread lightly when it comes to Fitzgerald because he will use all legal maneuvers and whatever drastic measures he can use to try to get off from punishment and get custody of his children. Then she speaks to Winder in private that Internal Affairs wants to speak to Wie due to Jason filing a complaint against her for her confrontation.
Later, two of Fitzgerald's men are seen waiting outside the hospital.
#8 - "Untouchable - Part 2"
With Brooke still in surgery and under protective custody, Drake, Katherine and the others bring Justin to the FJU to keep him save from his father. Justin informs Drake and Katherine that he has an aunt named Robin (Kathryn Hahn), who left the family after his father disowned after inheriting his grandfather's business and cut all financial ties with her. They are then visited by FBI Agents Derek Hamilton (Leonard Roberts) and Gina Webb (Kim Raver), who revealed they have been previously investigating Fitzgerald and his company for kickbacks, bribery, and other things. Hamilton tells them that Renee contacted them after they interviewed her; she previously refused to answer their questions initially despite overall signs of abuse. But this time, she said that she was ready to leave her husband and testify against him. Drake angrily berates them for not doing anything more that could be prevented Renee's death and Brooke's grave injury, but Katherine and Winder calm him down. Knowing that Fitzgerald will go to extreme lengths to get away with his crimes and regain custody of his children, Katherine sternly tells the agents the FJU and D.A.'s office will work with them on the case and they will share information with them from there on out.
Winder informs Wie that Jason has filed a complaint against her and Internal Affairs wants a talk with her. Internal Affairs Detectives Les Gomez (Nestor Serrano) and Marvin Tuttle (Domenick Lombardozzi) interview Wie about the complaint; Gomez was the one who shut down Wie's old unit due to corruption by most of her subordinates. Though she defends her actions by revealing that Jason has been abusing her sister and harassing her, Gomez expresses a negative opinion of Wie, ostensibly because of her past. Although Tuttle sympathizes with Wie over the situation regarding Lisa, he tells her that she is getting too personally involved because what's going on with her family.
Cohen comes over to the FJU squad room after spying on Fitzgerald and revealing that one of his law advisors is Milo Stetler, which unsettles Katherine and Drake, since the former ADA has a vendetta against them for his disbarment and public disgrace. It was revealed that Stetler was hired by Fitzgerald as one of his law advisors three years before. As expected, Fitzgerald files multiple lawsuits against Denver PD and others for multiple complaints, and goes to the FJU with his high-powered lawyer Jimmy Davidson and Stetler to try to see Justin. Katherine confronts Fitzgerald, saying that he will never be allowed to see either Justin or Brooke anymore. Fitzgerald tells her it's not over, but Winder, Commander Taggart and Bishop counter that his frivolous lawsuits will not help him get custody of his children because he is under investigation for his wife's murder, and Katherine asks Stetler what his motivations behind this are. Stetler grudgingly informs her that since she got him disbarred and sent to jail, he can't even go into politics anymore, so he may has well provide guidance in law to the rich. Bishop counters that Stetler won't getting his revenge anytime soon. After the confrontation, Holmes calls Winder, saying that Brooke came out of surgery and is in stable condition. Then, Robin arrives and speaks to Drake, Katherine, Winder, Richter, Commander Taggart and agents Hamilton and Webb. After reuniting with Justin, Robin reveals that her brother has been greedy and cruel since his teenage years, which their father did not raise him to be. She revealed that her father planned to give her his entire fortune when he died because he deemed John unfit to have it. She suspects that her brother might have murdered her terminally ill father, but there wasn't any proof about it. After taking their father's fortune by using a phony will, he cut Robin from the family business and disowned her. Since then, she has works as a school teacher and is married with two children. Katherine says that they need to get Justin to a safe house. She and Cohen go decided to watch over Justin with plainclothes officers.
With the subpoena granted by Judge Wellington, Doyle has the body of Fitzgerald's father exhumed. After running tests, Cooke, C.J. and the FBI discover that the father actually died of suffocation by a pillow. After learning of this, an arrest warrant is issued. Holmes, Donnell, Hamilton, Webb and other officers guard the recovering Brooke in the hospital as Robin arrives to be with her niece. With the truth out, Fitzgerald decides to leave the country, but wants to take his children as well. As he and other men discover out where Justin is, four of his men enter the hospital disguised as cops to get Brooke. When Webb notices them and realizes they aren't whom they appeared to be, she alerts Hamilton and the others. As the fake officers arrive, claiming that they will take watch, Holmes, Donnell, Hamilton, Webb and the other officers take them down after a brief fight, and take them in custody as Drake, Ruiz, and the others arrive. Ruiz finds that Fitzgerald is heading to the safe house; Drake realizes that Katherine is there with Justin.
As Katherine, Cohen and two officers watch Justin, Fitzgerald and two of his men arrive. As Drake alerts Katherine to this, she hides Justin in a crawlspace as Fitzgerald and his men kill the two officers and knock out Cohen. As Katherine hides the phone for Drake to listen to what's going on, Fitzgerald demands his son's location, which Katherine refuses as one of his men ties her up. Fitzgerald says that she and her husband destroyed his life by keeping his children away from him. Katherine tells him that they know he murdered his own father; Fitzgerald claims that it was his own fault for deciding give his entire fortune to his sister and leave him with nothing. Then he reveals that his wife was going to testify against him, and he killed her to prevent her from doing so and taking their children from him. He also reveals that he knows about her family, at which Katherine and Drake realize that Stetler must've told him about their children. As Cohen regains consciousness, Fitzgerald demands where Justin is, threatening to come for Finn and Mary if she doesn't tell him. Then Cohen attacks the man next to her and subdues him. As the bound Katherine knees Fitzgerald in the balls, kicks him away from her and runs, Cohen faces the second henchman as Fitzgerald pursued Katherine. Katherine finds a steak knife, cuts herself free and, as Fitzgerald approaches her, she quickly stabs him in the shoulder and fights with him. As she knocks him down, Fitzgerald tried to reach for his pistol, but Drake arrives and kicks him out cold. As the FBI agents arrest Fitzgerald and his men, Katherine lets Justin out of the crawlspace; she and Drake become relieved that Fitzgerald has been arrest. Later, as Stetler is being detained for questioning, Katherine punches him in the face, followed by Drake for revealing their children to Fitzgerald. They then reveal to him that they got all of Fitzgerald's men before they could touch their family, thanks to the evidence found at Fitzgerald's manor.
Later, Drake and Katherine take Justin to see Brooke, who has finally woken up, and meet up with Robin, who is taking them in to live with her and her family. Justin embraces Katherine and Drake, thanking them for saving him and Brooke from their father. Katherine informs Robin that several of Fitzgerald's men flipped on him and led police to where they'd buried Renee's body; as a result, Fitzgerald has opted to plead guilty to all charges to avoid the death penalty. Also, since her brother has confessed to murdering both his wife and their father, his access to his family fortune is now null and void and it will be now taken over by her. Robin tells them that she's going to sell the oil company, as she did not want to be part of that business and she will use the family fortune company resources to achieve her personal dream: to start a foundation for education for the underprivileged.
At the end, Drake and Katherine return home, much to the relief of Finn and Mary, who tell them that they will now be giving the gifts they got from their trip to their friends now. As Mary gives the final gift from her trip to Audrey, she notices that Mr. Evans was with a younger woman from the window and was suspicious about it. She spies on them from the window and sees that they were about to have sex, which unsettles her as she left the scene.
#9 - "Seeing Double"
A 15-year-old boy is arrested for raping a girl who he had a crush on, but is later released on bail. Shortly afterward, the boy is found brutally stabbed to death in a dumpster. Suspicions are immediately raised towards the family of the girl, but they all have airtight alibis. Eventually, evidence leads to the most shocking of suspects: His own mother.
After being brought in, she readily and freely admits to killing her son, saying that she herself was raped when she was a teenager and that what her son did brought back horrible memories; however, it is soon discovered that the girl accidentally misidentified him as her assailant, meaning that his mother murdered him for nothing. The FJU set out to find the actual rapist. It's later revealed that the boy has a cousin who is the same age as him, and DNA results from the girl's rape kit confirm him as the rapist. When questioned over why he had done it, the cousin, who bears a striking resemblance to the boy, admits to being envious of the boy's seemingly perfect life: grades, reputation, crush, especially in comparison to his own. In his resentment, he decided to frame his cousin for rape to ruin him out of jealously, never expecting that his aunt would kill him as a result of his actions. The FJU arrests the cousin for rape and accessory to murder, and Katherine pleads out the boy's mother to manslaughter charges at the minimum sentence.
Meanwhile, after seeing Mary giving her gift to Audrey before school, Ryan tells Drake and Katherine about Mary's new friendship which leaves them concerned and with a mixed opinion about Audrey, but they decide to invite Audrey to dinner to learn about her. When Audrey arrives for a dinner, Mary and Finn are shocked to learn their parents and grandfather invite her. During family dinner, Drake, Katherine and Ryan inquire to Audrey over her personal life. Audrey admits that she doesn't have any friends because of her adopted father being overprotective, but when Katherine ask Audrey about her biological parents, Audrey reveals Mr. Evans refuses to tell her or open up about her parents for any reason. After Audrey leaves, Drake, Katherine and Ryan ask Mary about Audrey's adopted father, but Mary quickly brushes their worries without telling them the full truth.
Also, Brian talks with Doyle about how he deals with his sexuality. When Brian asks Doyle about marriage, Doyle admits he's having doubts about marriage and is worried that he might mess things up, not knowing Jake overheard him. Later, with Richter present, Brian reveals his sexuality to his father, Joe Harper, who reacts with anger and pushes him into a wall, at which Richter steps in to break it up and her ex-husband pushed her off him. As Joe continues to chastise Brian, Richter slaps Joe in the face and berates him that she has accepted who their son is when he told her. Joe then orders them to leave and to stay away from him.
At the end, after finishing the case, Doyle left shocked to see Jake with a huge gift before asking Doyle to marry him 'again' which Doyle agree. At home, Katherine asks Drake on finding out about Audrey's biological parents; he tries to talks Katherine out of it, but she is determined vows to find Audrey's true identity. Then, Mr. Evans snoops in around somebody's house before quickly tidying up and leaving as Andrea and her daughters turn up. Evans takes a photo of Andrea on his phone and then disappears into the shadows...
#10 - "Wreck The Halls"
Less than three weeks before Christmas, the Sullivans and their colleagues' make their plans for the holidays, but are forced to put them on hold when a gang of spree rapists dressed as Santa attacking five women at a Christmas house party, leaving one of them in a coma. As they interview the victims, they learn that the gang consists of five men. Then another attack happens when they hit three more woman at a college party. George (Frank John Hughes) and Heather Van Sant (Paige Turco), the parents of the comatose victim, Felicia Van Sant, arrive at the hospital. They told Drake and Ruiz that they have been estranged from Felicia for two years since an argument over her boyfriend. Holmes and Donnell speak to an victim who fought back against one attacker and revealed that she stabbed one of them in his left arm and showed them his blood on her shirt. Running the DNA sample, the detectives identify one of the spree rapists. From the descriptions of the victims, they learn they are searching for three Caucasian males (including the one the victim stabbed), one African-American and one Asian-American. Wie discovered a lead that that the rapist stabbed was in a seminar along with several others. Then, four more women are attacked at another Christmas party. After Drake, Ruiz, Holmes and Donnell stake out the seminar, they see the five men, including one with the bandaged left arm dressed up like Santa Claus. Calling the others, they see them enter another Christmas party. Before the men can attack any of the women, the FJU moves in and arrests the five suspects. While Katherine and Doyle prosecute the offenders, Nazario and Cohen learn that the man who lead the seminar was a convicted rapist and discovered that he encouraged some other men to do things he did, as a way of getting laid without having to take "no" for an answer. Katherine convinces Judge David Catalano (Peter Onorati), another friend of Ryan's, to shut down the seminar because the man has been the attendants to rape women the way he does, which he agrees because of the evidence presented about the seminar. The spree rapists plead guilty in exchange for testifying against the seminar and it's leader. Felicia wakes up from her coma, much to the relief of George and Heather, who told her that they got the men who attacked her.
Meanwhile, Doyle and Jake decide to hold their wedding on Christmas Eve and invite all who could attend with help from others with help from Bishop, Ryan and Brian. After the case is wrapped, the wedding occurs at the local community center with their families, some friends, Katherine, Brian, Richter, and Melissa (the surrogate carrying their child) present, and their other colleagues sending video messages. At Wie's home, Jason makes a desperate appeal and promise to a second trimester Lisa to get help and change, moving her to decide to return to him to give him one last chance to repair their family, much to Wie's deep concern.
With the detective's families arriving for Christmas; Holmes and his family: his retired Army Colonel father Frank (Danny Glover), mother Laura (Darlene Love), Terrell and his two sons, Army CID agent younger sister Jennifer Carter (Camille Winbush) and her daughter, welcome home the youngest child, Peter (Algee Smith), who returns home from a tour of duty in Iraq. Frank and Laura spend time with Holmes' wife Kim and their grandson Franklin. Richter invites Wayne, her parents and some cousins over, hoping to fill in for the absence of Joe, who is still struggling to accept Brian's sexuality. Brian remains upset over his father rejecting him over his sexuality, at which Richter comforts her son and they spend a mellow Christmas time with other family members. Andrea and her family: Chief of Police Investigations father Burton (David Morse), former police officer mother Maggie (Rene Russo), older brothers Joseph, Mikey (Joseph Sikora), Connor (Stephen Amell) and their families, all spend Christmas at the Donnell family home with several friends. Also, Andrea's ex-husband Chris turn up at the party, surprising Danielle and Piper with lots of gifts. Later, as Andrea enjoys Christmas with her daughters, Burton sees his old friend, Robert Evans, attending the party. Andrea, who seems a little shocked to see Evans in the party, nevertheless greets Evans and walks away. As Burton asks what's going on with her, Andrea only states that she didn't expects Evans to come to the party, which Burton acknowledges. Bishop and his wife visit, their daughter Emily and her wife and children family for Christmas, Nazario has one of his son's bring his family over, Ruiz spends Christmas with his children, mother and siblings, Winder spends Christmas with his wife and sons, and Cohen and Francis spend Christmas with their parents and siblings.
The Sullivan family has Christmas with Amanda's widow Nathan and their sons, as well as Lydia, Owen and their children. Katherine gets a lovely necklace from Drake, while she gives him an expensive watch with their names on it. Finn gets a new air hockey table and Mary has a new Barbie dollhouse, and both get a Siberian Husky puppy whom they name Cody, as they spend time with their cousins. At dinner, Ryan makes a speech about family on Christmas. Later at night, Katherine tells Drake that she is still trying to find out more about Audrey's parents. Although Mary doesn't mention Audrey's "father" having sex with another woman, she does admit to her parents and grandfather that Mr. Evans was stern with Audrey when she met with her in the park and told Mary that she shouldn't talk to strangers. Drake and Katherine told Mary that Audrey might not be a bad person since she defended her from the bullies in the cafe, but she still has some secrets and that Mary should be careful with her. Ryan believes that Audrey's guardian could be very controlling, as Mary apologizes for the secrets she has been keeping while the Sullivan family enjoy the rest of the night of holiday cheer.
- Christmas episode
#11 - "Driving While Black"
Just after the start of the new year on a snowy night, the FJU are called in on the case of a pair of African-American serial rapists who put all of Denver PD on high alert after they attacked seven women in four nights, including two African-American women. While Drake, Winder, Ruiz, Holmes and Katherine talk about the case, Winder's wife Jane visits her husband and others. Francis says that he needs a ride home after finding that his car battery has died because of the cold temperature outside, and since Richter and Brian are at a basketball game and his sister Kira (Molly Quinn), a doctor, is busy with a mass causality. Holmes offered to take him home. As Holmes and Francis head out, Holmes calls Terrell, who is out shopping with their brother Peter, his two sons, Khalil and Jamaal, and their sister Jennifer's daughter Iesha. Terrell says that he has to concentrate on his driving because of icy roads. Jackson says that to be careful out there because there's a manhunt for two African-American rapists and there's a good chance they might get pulled over. After Terrell ends the call, a police car pulls them over. Two officers, Sergeant Charlie Oxley and rookie Paul Redden, come over, and Terrell and Peter cooperate with them as best as they can. Despite this, Oxley, who is bigoted, forces them to get out of the car and frisks them, while making several racist statements and accusing them of being the rapists. At this, Khalil exits the car and films the scene on his smart phone, despite Redden's orders to get back in the car. When Redden sees a gun, which Terrell has a permit for, Oxley calls for backup. As backup arrives, Redden fails to notice Jamaal and Iesha, who are sleeping in the back seat, until they wake up thanks to the commotion and sit up. Upon seeing them do so, Redden erroneously assumes an ambush is going to happen and draws and points his gun at the children, but Terrell grabs and diverts the gun away from them, leading to a scuffle, during which backup officer Bruce Sheppard puts Peter in an illegal chokehold and Terrell is cuffed by Oxley and Redden. At that moment, Holmes and Francis, drive by and see what's going on. Holmes and Francis stop, identify themselves and defuse the situation, but Terrell and Peter are still arrested and the kids are left shaken up by what they witnessed.
Later, the footage of the arrests is uploaded online and goes viral, leading to public outcry. The FJU detectives, still searching for the rapists, are caught in the middle of the controversy. Terrell and Peter, are soon bailed out by Drake and Pearce, thanks to Holmes calling them, and are taken to the hospital for oversight of their injuries; both of them are worried about Khalil, Jamaal and Iesha, and over how their wrongful arrests would affect their lives. Kira, Kim, and Winder' son, Eugene Jr., all treated Terrell and Peter. Oxley and Sheppard then arrive try to try and talk to Holmes the hospital, but the irate Drake and Francis stand up to them and force them to leave. Holmes then tells Drake, Andrea, Francis and Winder that he has discovered, with C.J.'s help, that the two racist officers who confronted his brothers have multiple complaints and misconduct violations, but Redden, being a rookie, is clean. He also reveals that they are under the direct command of Andrea's brother, Sergeant Michael "Mikey" Donnell, which shocks Andrea. Later, Terrell and Peter confront Andrea in the FJU; she apologizes for the incident, but defends that what happened to them was beyond her control, as she has no standing over how her brother supervises. As their confrontation with Andrea really gets heated, Drake and Holmes hold Terrell back and Ruiz and Wie hold Peter. Holmes stands up for Andrea against his brothers, agreeing that she had nothing to do with what happened, and Winder tells them that they will make sure the officers responsible for their wrongful arrests pay, one way or another. Later, in the lobby of the Internal Affairs Bureau, Frank, Laura and Jennifer confront Burton, Maggie, and Mikey over the latter's apparent failed supervision of the officers who racially profiled Terrell and Peter and the fact that the Holmes children witnessed what happened to them, until Winder and Taggart step in and stop the argument. Frank, upon noticing Oxley, confronts him over the arrests. When Oxley makes a racially insensitive statement, Frank punches him in the face and knocks him down. Oxley tries to press assault on an officer charges on Frank, but Taggart refuses to have Frank arrested since Oxley is under investigation for his actions against Holmes' family. Commissioner Smith and Bishop make an public announcement that the officers who committed the police brutality will face both a departmental review and a grand jury hearing. As Katherine prepares for the hearing, Oxley and Sheppard try to use their connections and friends in the department to sway the case in their favor, such as intimidating the Holmes family to drop the charges, and putting pressure on Katherine to throw the hearing, but to no avail.
Meanwhile, Drake, Ruiz and Richter discover who the two real rapists are and, after following them, catch them trying to rape another woman. When the rapists run, and the detectives try to chase them down, many nearby officers who support Sheppard and Oxley ignore their call for backup. However, a pair of officers who don't support the racist officers help to corner and arrest the rapists. After the victims identify them, Drake, Wie and Doyle managed to get the rapists to plead guilty of the crimes. Meanwhile, Officer Redden, feeling remorse for his actions, meet up with the Holmes family and sincerely apologizes to them for his part in the wrongful arrests. Seeing Redden's guilt, everyone in the family, including Terrell, Peter, Khalil, Jamaal and Iesha, forgives him and encourages him to learn from his mistakes, be smarter and do better in the future. Then, the Holmes family and the Donnell family meet up, and after an initially rough meeting with Holmes and Andrea as moderators, they come to a understanding and settle their dispute.
At the grand jury hearing, with Judge Michelle Craig (Sherry Stringfield) presiding, Redden testifies against Oxley and Sheppard, as does Holmes, Francis, Terrell, Peter and Khalil. Katherine grills Oxley and Sheppard into confessing that they made a mistake in racially profiling and arresting the wrong men, which impresses the entire Holmes family. Ultimately, the majority of the grand jury votes not to press criminal charges against the officers, but Commissioner Smith has the officers meet him in his office afterwards. With Katherine, Bishop, Taggart and Tuttle also present, Smith calls Oxley and Sheppard a disgrace to the police uniform and badge; he then fires Sheppard for breach of DPD protocol and excessive force for using an illegal chokehold, suspends Oxley for three months without pay for his racist statements and tells him that once back from said suspension, he will be demoted to indefinite desk duty and reassigned to the worst police district in Denver afterwards. He also suspends the officers who supported Sheppard and Oxley in their attempt to sway the case in their favor by intimidating the prosecution and the Holmes family, and ignoring the FJU's requests for backup. Redden admits his mistakes to Smith and offers his resignation, but Smith says that he still has a chance to prove himself to be a good cop and he has assigned him to another training officer, a black woman (who turns out to be one of the officers who helped the FJU catch the rapists), which Redden proudly accepts. Mikey then accepts responsibility for his failure to supervise his men, and warns against any officers who might try to retaliate against Redden, Holmes, and Francis for breaking the blue wall by testifying against Sheppard and Oxley, saying that anyone who does will have to deal with him personally.
At the end, the Holmes family hangs out with the Sullivans at their house, feeling relieved that the situation has finally been dealt with. As Finn teaches Khalil and Jameel how to play air hockey with Ryan helping them, Mary and Iesha play with Cody with Jennifer watching them, and Holmes, Kim and baby Franklin hang out with Laura. Frank thanks Drake and Katherine that he is thankful to them for ensuring that the officers were held accountable for their actions, and tells them the department will compensate them for what happened. Drake and Katherine respond that they hope more peaceful racial harmony will continue. Terrell and Peter then thank Drake and Katherine for all they done for them. Then, Drake, Frank, Holmes, Terrell and Peter talk about their military experiences as Katherine goes to spend time with Mary and Iesha alongside Jennifer.
#12 - "What's Our Dysfunction?"
Three young children go missing and the FJU is called in to investigate. They initially suspect their parents Martin and Patricia Stanton, as they are going through a nasty divorce and a vicious custody battle over the kids. Soon, however, the kidnapper is revealed to be the children's much-older sister Rachel who took them out of concern for their well-being after discovering that her parents were trying to turn the kids against the other by making false abuse and molestation allegations. Bennett, who has been working with the family over the custody issue, reveals to the FJU and Katherine that the bitter custody battle and the allegations that the parents have been making to each other have taken their toll on those children.
As Katherine and Doyle speak to Bishop about the case, he advises them that the children, should be placed in Child Protective Services when found until further notice. Shortly afterwards, Bishop gets a call that his wife Stacy suffered a massive stroke while visiting their oldest son son, Craig and has been hospitalized. As Bishop goes to the hospital to be with his family, EADA Jeremy Peake (Neal McDonough), a former Army JAG lawyer and a former soldier who was wounded in combat, becomes acting DA. After being filled in on the case, Peake told Katherine to have the FJU find Rachel and her siblings and put the three younger kids in Child Protective Services until proper arrangements can be made with Rachel. Nazario reveals that social services and the police have responded to domestic disputes at the Stantons' residence in the past by neighbors and one of the responding officers knows where Rachel lives. As Katherine calls Drake, Nazario goes to his office, where he injects himself with something.
The police track Rachel down, only to find her barricaded in her home with the kids and she makes it clear that she will not come out with her siblings unless she is granted custody. Drake, Ruiz and Bennett negotiate with Rachel. Rachel told them that their father is a controlling and somewhat abusive man and their mother is a narcissistic gold digger, which is why they were trying to make her younger siblings turn against each parent, and there is no one else to take care of them. Rachel insists that she is only one who can take care of them, refusing to let them go into foster care. Katherine, Cohen and Peake arrive to help. Following Peake and Bennett's advice, Katherine talks to Rachel that she knows everything their parents have done, and they will make sure that her siblings will not return to their parents until their divorce is settled. Once the situation is resolved peacefully and Rachel and her siblings come out, Katherine told her that she probably will be placed on probation, but likely won't face any other punishment for her drastic actions. Later, Drake, Katherine, Bennett and Peake explain to Martin and Patricia that their three younger children will likely be placed in Rachel's custody and that they will face child abuse and neglect charges for their actions.
At the end, Drake and Katherine visit the hospital where Bishop's wife is at. After seeing all of Bishop's children present in the waiting room, Bishop comes to the Sullivans and sadly reveals that Stacy is brain-dead. While his children say goodbye to their mother, he told the sympathetic Katherine to have Peake take over as acting D.A. while he takes a leave of absence to grieve. As Bishop says goodbye to his wife, the doctors pulls the plug on Stacy and she takes her last breath with the grieving, but stoic Bishop at her side.
#13 - "Shoot the Whales"
The FJU investigates a bus shooting which left three businessmen dead. It's soon discovered that the businessmen were big-paying johns in a prostitution service that appears to be connected to the joint FJU-Vice human trafficking case. However, both units are thrown for a loop when the investigation is suddenly taken over by the Major Crimes Division, whose head is revealed to be Lieutenant Robert Evans, states that one of the businessmen was investigated by them on a murder of his wife five years before and was never charged.
Taggart states that Evans has a questionable background for being a little rough with suspects at times, but there is no red flag on his record. Then, Wayne reveals to Drake, Andrea, Richter and Ruiz that he did a check on the three businessmen and one of them owned a second apartment, which he stayed at, and the second murdered businessman was involved with one of the girls they rescued from the ring months before. As tension rises between the three units over jurisdiction of the case, Drake and Andrea decide to go behind Major Crimes' back over the investigation of the bus shooting. Winder tells them to tread lightly and that he did not give them permission if they are caught to avoid getting in trouble. As they followed leads, Drake and Andrea discover from information from the businessmen's computer that they were involved with some missing girls in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Los Angeles, Detroit and Chicago. But suddenly, several hitmen fire at them, trying to destroy the evidence. As they attempts to call for backup, Drake and Andrea return fire at them to keep them at bay and Drake quickly kills one of them. As they run the house while being pursued, two patrol officers arrive and provide covering fire, but one of them is shot dead and the other is wounded. As Andrea shoots another one of the hitmen dead, Drake carries the wounded officer to safety. As they went for cover at the Denver Aquarium, Andrea informs dispatch where they are at. Drake and Andrea fire at the hitmen until they start running low on ammo. As Drake distracts the hitmen while Andrea tends to the wounded officer, Holmes, Wie, Pearce, Rivas and other officers arrive and shoot down most of the hitman, leaving two still there. As Drake fights the first henchman and managed to toss him into the shark enclosure which he was mauled by a shark, the second hitman, whose brother was killed by Drake during the shootout aims his rifle at Drake, but is shot dead by Evans. Drake begrudgingly thanks him and Evans apologizes to him, admitting that he was out of line before and he may have a checkered background, but it doesn't mean he's a bad cop.
As the wounded officer and three wounded hitmen, including the one mauled by the shark, are taken to the hospital, Ruiz, Richter, Francis and Kellerson make a huge discovery of their own, finding eight abducted girls in the basement of one of the victims' homes; Richter informs Winder about the find. As the girls are taken to the hospital for treatment, they tell to the FJU, Vice and Major Crimes detectives that some of the girls they saved were from out of state. Evans tries to speak to Andrea, but she icily tells him that they have a job to do and walks away from him.
Meanwhile, Katherine visits Bishop at his home and they talk about how to cope with their respective tragedies. Katherine continues to investigate Audrey's past as she adjusts to Peake's leadership, Holmes learns Peter will likely redeploy as he and his family have a talk with him about it, and Wie remains concerned over Lisa's choice to reconcile with Jason.
At the end, Katherine goes to check on Drake and feels relieved that he survived the shootout. Ryan brings in Finn and Mary to see their father. Evans sees Mary from the distance and walks away quietly with his Major Crimes subordinates to avoid being seen by her.
#14 - "Gone To Pieces - Part 1"
The FJU investigates the murder of automobile executive Ralph Stiles, his wife and four children their large home. The family Is found bound, gagged and shot execution style. They learn the family was in a feud with another family, headed by former fellow executive and now rival Mark Audette, over the oldest daughter Carla falling in love with the Audette's family's oldest son William. Francis feels sickened by the brutality of the murders and Richter gives him some advice on how to deal with it. Drake and Ruiz investigate the Audette family and discover that they were in debt over a failed partnership deal with Stiles' company. With Holmes and Andrea tailing Audette and see him meeting up with two men in the alley. After taking pictures of them, the detectives are identified as hired hitmen. With the rest of the FJU arriving, they arrest Audette and the two hitmen.
Katherine and Doyle prosecute the three while Audette is represented by Jerry Bell (Mark Valley), an unscrupulous lawyer who uses underhanded tactics. Nazario and Cohen find evidence of Audette paying off the hitmen. Peake advise Katherine to try to get the hitmen to testify against Audette, which they do.
During the case, Ruiz is visited by his mother Anna and his younger siblings, Lucia, Santiago, Victoria and Lucia's husband, Andres Ochoa. They revealed to him that their father Ramon died in a car accident while driving under the influence, killing himself and a couple in another vehicle. Also, Wie remains anxious for word over the situation of Lisa returning to Jason.
While working on the Audette case, Katherine continues to go over information about Audrey and discovers that she didn't exist until she started working in the café. Then Doyle comes to her office to tell her that the jury is back in the Audette trial. Katherine copies the info of Audrey to her computer and then backs them up to a USB drive that she pockets, and goes with Doyle. As Katherine and Doyle board to the elevator to get to court, a mysterious man (Jake Busey) enters the D.A. office shortly from another elevator. In court, Audette was found guilty of all counts, and is given six life sentences with no chance of parole.
At the end, the man looks at Katherine's office and calls someone, telling them that Katherine is absent, but that he found the files of Audrey. Then, he deletes the files of Audrey from her computer. As she is walking in the D.A. room, Cohen saw Nazario inject himself with something. When she confronts him over it, Nazario tells her and she convinces him to tell Katherine. When Cohen and Nazario arrive at the office, they run into the man who attacks them. Then, he set Katherine's office ablaze with Nazario and Cohen trapped inside...
- Bishop doesn't appear in this episode.
#15 - "Gone To Pieces - Part 2"
After surviving the attempt on their lives, Katherine, Peake and their colleagues deal with the aftermath. Drake makes it personal to find the man who targeted Katherine. Meanwhile, Wie gets what appears to be a positive update from Lisa about her and Jason while one of their own ponders their future and a dark secret is revealed.
#16 - ""
#17 - "Blues Day"
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