Vargas & Shane is an American police procedural and legal drama television series, adapted as a spin-off of Hartman.
The series will premiered on NBC in September 2030.
Set in Los Angeles, California, the series follows LAPD detective Ariel Vargas and Deputy District Attorney Morgan Shane as they and several colleagues leave the Major Case Squad and the D.A's office to join the Joint Anti-Crime Task Force (JACTF), an elite task force comprised of local, state and federal law enforcement officials in California. The series also follows the personal lives of Vargas and Shane, and to a lesser extent, their colleagues.
The team works with all outlets of law enforcement in California, as well as the D.A.'s office, Medical Examiner's Office, Crime Lab and psychiatrists from both law enforcement and the D.A.'s office.
Joint Anti-Crime Task Force (JACTF)
- Victoria Justice as LAPD Detective Ariel Vargas, a young detective, who is now looking to make her own name after dealing with years of sexual abuse by her stepfather. She is dating LAPD officer Jamie Delgado and raising her half-sister Angela. In first season, Vargas learns more about her father and his family's life and meeting her lost-long family members including her half-sister, Miranda Aldridge who is also a detective.
- Wentworth Miller as LAPD Detective Mike Ramsay, a seasoned detective, former Army Ranger, and product of the foster care system, who after discovering his family, and starting one of his own, is looking forwards to the next chapter in his life. He is married to former detective Beth Greico and the pair have adoptive son Levi and biological son Matthius.
- Jamie Bamber as DA Investigator Richie Lowry, a D.A.'s investigator, whom after dealing with a rough patch with his husband over the latter's secrets, is looking to rebuild his marriage.
- Rose McGowan as FBI Special Agent Camille Etheridge, a seasoned FBI agent and Vargas' partner. Having been a victim of sexual abuse herself, she get along with Vargas and Shane relatively well. She also operates as the team's expert on interrogations and serial killers. She is twice divorced and has a daughter.
- Boris Kodjoe as ATF Special Agent Jerome Chapel, an ATF agent who is partnered with Ramsay. Formerly a Navy SEAL, he works as the team's weapons and special tactics expert. He is married with three children.
- Clayne Crawford as ICE Special Agent Owen Scott, a Texas-born ICE agent and former Coast Guard DSF operator who moved to California after being disgusted at how illegal immigrants are treated. He often operates as the team's immigration expert and chief negotiator when the occasion calls for it. He is married with a young son and a daughter born late in the first season.
- Katrina Law as DEA Special Agent Alexis Lee, a DEA agent who is primarily Lowry's partner in the field. Having lost both her parents and one of her sisters to drugs, she is on a mission to put the authorities and government on the winning side of the war on drugs, operating as the task force's expert on drugs and cartels. She is married and has recently had a son.
- Danny Pino as CHP Officer Luis Cisneros (season 1; guest season 2), a CHP officer and Scott's field partner. Although an Army veteran, he does not like to speak about his time in the service. He operates as the team's expert on missing persons and street racing. He is married but separated from his wife and the pair have two children. He was killed at the beginning of the second season premiere after being badly injured in an explosion caused by Bridger Fontana.
- Troy Winbush as CHP Sergeant Aaron Hobbs (season 2–present; recurring season 1) Luis's colleague who helps the task force on several cases, and later joins the JACTF in his place following his death.
- Elizabeth Gillies as Deputy District Attorney Morgan Shane, a tough young DDA, who is close friends with Ariel Vargas and is also looking to make her own name after dealing with the rape by family friend Gordon Fontana. She has a son Jonathan, who is a product of the rape. She is also dating LAPD officer Joel Finn.
- Richard Schiff as US Attorney Neil Crown (seasons 1–2), the head of oversight for the task force and their government liaison. He is a jaded ex-prosecutor who sees the task force as the best chance of cleaning up crime in California. He is widowed with three children and five grandchildren. He retires early in the second season after recent events (the Bridger Fontana conflict, and the loss of Cisneros) weigh down on him too much.
- Sophia Bush as CBI Special Agent Faith Scalieri (season 2–present), a a by-the-book CBI agent sent as a new member of the task force's Oversight in the aftermath of the Bridger Fontana conflict. She often clashes with the task force over their methods, but does appreciate the job they do. She is currently single and childless.
- Bryan Cranston as US Attorney Norman Devlin (season 2–present; recurring season 1), a fellow prosecutor and old friend of Crown's whom he later chooses to replace him following his retirement in the second season. He is more radical and outspoken than Crown, but is willing to toe the line when needed. He is separated from his wife and has three children.
- Daniel Radcliffe as Percy Novak, Lowry's husband who attempts to rebuilding his marriage after his secret past was revealed.
- Beau Garrett as Beth Greico, Ramsay's wife, a former detective and the mother of their two sons; adopted son Levi and biological son Matthius.
- Joel Courtney as Detective Jack Hartman, a MCS detective.
- Brenda Song as Detective Sunny Ng, a MCS detective.
- Taraji P. Henson as Lieutenant Dedrie Joseph (season 1), LAPD lieutenant and second-in-command of MCS.
- Sterling Jerins as Chelsea Morris, Etheridge's daughter who Jonathan has a crush on.
- Ebonee Noel as Analyst Cherie Riley, an ATF analyst assigned to the task force.
- Lucy Hale as Analyst Astrid Warren, a DEA analyst assigned to the task force.
- Jeff Ward as Analyst Benji Fox, an ICE analyst assigned to the task force.
- Scott Grimes as SDPD CSI Will Shaw, a forensic technician with the San Diego PD assigned to the task force.
- Yara Martinez as M.E. Suzette Costas, an FBI coroner who works with the task force in cases involving death.
- Jessica Chastain as Captain Chloe Hartman (season 2), the C.O. of the MCS and former superior of Vargas and Ramsay.
- Jason Bateman as Patrick Morris (season 2), Etheridge's estranged ex-husband and Chelsea's father.
- LaKeith Stanfield as Ronnie Chapel (season 2), Chapel's younger brother.
- Krysten Ritter as D.D.A. Rachel Hunsacker (season 2), a lawyer from Las Vegas.
- Stark Sands as Detective Cole Larson (season 2), a LAPD detective who is Vargas' old partner and Norman Devlin's estranged son.
- Sadie Sink as Gabrielle McConnell (season 2), a trouble teenager girl who was sexually abused by her father.
- Mila Brener as Angela Fontana, Ellis and Gordon's daughter and Vargas and Jonathan's half-sister.
- Sebastian Sozzi as Officer Jamie Delgado, LAPD officer and Ariel's boyfriend.
- Geena Davis as Ellis Henderson, Vargas and Angela's mother and a former DA who keeps contact with her daughters.
- Raquel Welch as Cara Vargas, Diego's father and Vargas' long-absent grandma.
- Summer Glau as Detective Miranda Aldridge, a detective from Gainesville and Vargas' lost-long sister.
- David Boreanaz as Sheriff Lance Martinez, a sheriff from Gainesville and Vargas' uncle.
- Charisma Carpenter as Rebecca Lanning (season 1; guest season 2), a reporter and Vargas' aunt.
- Emmanuelle Chriqui as Sergeant Sandra Martinez, a sergeant from Gainesville and Vargas' aunt.
- Cary Elwes as Ian Weber (season 1; guest season 2), a teacher from Gainesville, Rebecca's husband and the father of their son, Mackenzie "Mac".
- Luke Bracey as Mac Lanning, Rebecca and Ian's son and a businessman/lawyer.
- Anthony Starr as Dr. Howard Aldridge, Miranda's husband and a doctor
- Isabelle Huppert as Victoria Block, Miranda's mother, Diego's ex-girlfriend and a lawyer.
- Amy Acker as Amelia Martinez, Lance's wife and the mother of their four children.
- David Zayas as Diego Vargas (season 2; guest season 1), Ariel's supposedly-deceased father who is revealed to be alive and is a CIA contractor.
- Jackson Robert Scott as Leo (season 2), an intelligent, but autistic teenager who is Diego's son and Vargas and Aldridge's half-brother.
- Octavian Kaul as Jonathan Shane, Shane's son who is a product of the rape by Gordon Fontana and Angela's half-brother.
- Nicole Maines as Emily Shane, Shane's transgender younger sister (born as Ben).
- Warren Kole as Officer Joel Finn, LAPD officer and Morgan's boyfriend.
Season 2 News:
- Season 2 has been confirmed before season 1 finale and the season will consist of 23 episodes.
- Will premiere alongside alongside the season 3 premiere of The Sullivans in early/mid April.
- The series will kick off from season 1 finale's cliffhanger, which see one regular character die as a result.
- A recurring character will be upgraded to regular status to replace them.
- Shane will be put in danger in the season premiere.
- Vargas will face the fury of a grieving family member which results her getting shot as a revenge at the end of episode 8. In the aftermath, the JACTF will struggle to investigate the shooting and also the team will be divide over to charge the person of attempts murder.
- Lexi Rabe, Isabelle Franca and Rowan Blanchard to plays young visions of Vargas (age 5, 13 and 20) on episode 9. In aftermath of the shooting, Vargas will relived her life (from child to young adult) while being in limbo between life and death.
- Ben Mendelsohn return to play Gordon Fontana for one episode. He will appear as a hallucination to Vargas. He attempts to manipulate her into joining him in afterlife.
- Miriam Spumpkin to plays 5 years old Angela in one of the flashback scene.
- The show producer reveals a big twist will occur at the end of season premiere, which will leave the audience stunned and one character and their loved ones demand answers.
- Joan Allen will portray an undisclosed role in season premiere. Her character gets caught in the situation involving Vargas and her family.
- Richard Schiff will leave the cast after the first six episodes; Bryan Cranston will then join as a regular, reprising his role of Norman Devlin, who takes over as the task force's new head of Oversight.
- Sophia Bush will join the cast as a new regular, a CBI Agent who joins the JACTF's Oversight. She will make her first appearance in episode 4.
- Jessica Chastain will reprise her role as Captain Chloe Hartman for ten episodes (including first two episodes) as she and the MCS help the JACTF to deal the situation after tragedy strikes. Chastain originally refused to appear in the first season due to wanting the spin-off to find it's own footing, but following a meeting with the producers, she agreed to appear in the second season.
- Mike Vogel and Alan Powell will return for several more guest appearances.
- The relationship between Vargas and Delgado will hit a new milestone.
- LaKeith Stanfield will plays Chapel's troubled younger brother, Ronnie for six episodes. He will struggle to move on from his divorce and maintain his bar, which will lead to him making an uneasy deal that has major consequences for several characters. He will make his first appearance in episode 13.
- Jonathan and Angela will be involved in the scandal this season when they are accused of distributing revenge p*rn after a video they film mysteriously ends up online.
- Jason Bateman will play Patrick Morris, Etheridge's estranged ex-husband and the father of Chelsea. He also has a history with somebody close to the JACTF. He will start a feud with Chelsea's friend Jonathan, which triggers a revenge attempt which goes horribly wrong for him and Angela.
- The true culprit will be revealed at season finale.
- Krysten Ritter to plays a DDA from Las Vegas for eight episodes. She will clash with Shane and Norman Devlin over their difficulties on a case. She will make her first appearance in episode 7.
- There will be a mid-season crossover with the spin-off series, The Sullivans.
- Jackson Robert Scott will portray an undisclosed role in near-half of the season. He will make his first appearance in episode 10.
- There will be a global trip for some of JACTF members who travel to Berlin and volunteers to help Captain Hartman out on a case in two-part episode.
- Matthias Schweighöfer, Diane Kruger, Christoph Waltz, Samara Weaving, Letitia Wright, Alexandra Maria Lara, Helena Zengel, Henry Cavill, Juila Stiles and David Thewlis to guest stars in the episodes.
- Schweighöfer, Kruger, Waltz, Weaving, Wright and Lara to plays characters who works in a police agency.
- Zengel to plays a young girl who is a person of interest of the main case. Her character will play the huge part when she is accused of murdering a couple in hotel room during a trip to Berlin with parents.
- Cavill and Stiles to play the American parents of Zengel's character. They has a history with Hartman since they was teenager.
- Thewlis to play a school professor who gets involved in the case.
- Matthias Schweighöfer, Diane Kruger, Christoph Waltz, Samara Weaving, Letitia Wright, Alexandra Maria Lara, Helena Zengel, Henry Cavill, Juila Stiles and David Thewlis to guest stars in the episodes.
- A male character will be a victim of a brutal assault.
- Stark Sands to plays a detective and Vargas' old partner for seven episodes. He will teams up with JACTF to investigate a random attacks of men around Los Angeles. He will plays a huge part of another investigation when male character assaulted by a unknown person. Also, he will share a tough reunion with his father, Norman Devlin.
- Willa Fitzgerald and T.R. Knight will reprise their role from Hartman, Nancy Moreland and Taylor Lucas for one episode. They will drops a unexpected bombshell to Ramsay and Hartman.
- A female character will discover that she is pregnant at near-end of the season.
- The back half of the season will contain a storyline that shows Camille confronting her cousin who sexually abused her as a child and his parents (her maternal uncle and aunt) who helped cover up the abuse.
- Sadie Sink will recur as a trouble teenager girl who was sexually abused by her father. She was originally plan to be appear for one episode but the show producers decided to have the role to be recurring after Sink' performance was strongly praised.
- Julianne Moore to return to play Edith Shane for last 4 episodes. She will turn up at Los Angeles at a bad time as Shane is dealing a crisis involving her son.
- Michelle Monaghan will plays Charlotte, Shane and Emily's older sister for 4 episodes. She will get caught in Shane's situation after arriving in Los Angeles with their mother unannounced. There will be sibling tension between Shane and Charlotte as they argue over Jonathan and their past.
Backdoor Pilot (2030)
#Hartman: Season 12 Episode 19 - "A New Opportunity - Part 1"
With Hartman lingering over whether or not to give up her captaincy, the MCS comes in on the case the double homicide of a federal prosecutor and his mother. However, while chasing a lead, Ramsay, Vargas, Street and Boscorelli unexpectedly run into members of the Joint Anti-Crime Task Force (JACTF), a task force comprised of local, state, and federal law enforcement in California, whose members include FBI Special Agent Camille Etheridge, ATF Special Agent Jerome Chapel, ICE Special Agent Owen Scott, DEA Special Agent Alexis Lee and LAPD Detectives Kenneth Mackey and Jillian Rudd; the task force reveals that the murders are connected to the case of infamous gun-runner Yance Butler, whom the prosecutor was making a major case against.
After some back-and-forth banter, Hartman agrees to loan out Ramsay and Vargas to assist with the task force, and Shane and Lowry soon join them after Chess gets wind of everything. Eventually, the task force leads back to a nightclub owned by Butler that doubles as a safehouse, and conducts a raid. However, the club turns out to be a trap, and an explosion tears though the building, leaving the fates of everyone unknown...
#Hartman: Season 12 Episode 20 - "A New Opportunity - Part 2"
As Hartman and the rest of the MCS converge on the nightclub with backup, firefighters and paramedics in tow, it's revealed that Ramsay, Vargas, Lowry, and most of the JACTF have survived. However, Mackey and four other federal agents assisting them as backup are dead. As the task force mourns their fallen members, Etheridge suggests that they finish what they started and nail Butler for not only his gun -running, but the deaths of Mackey and the agents as well. After putting the squeeze on several associates of Butler's, they decide to hit him where it will hurt the most.
Learning that Butler's aunt is sitting on multiple illegal guns and that his ex-girlfriend and mother of his three children is sitting on top of a large shipment of illegal ammunition (both unknowingly), the MCS and JACTF arrest them and several more of his relatives, hoping to use this to lure him out of hiding. Sure enough, it works and after a shootout and chase, both teams apprehend Butler. Eventually, Butler agrees to a deal with the federal government: his family is left alone and he avoids the death penalty as long as he confesses to all of his crimes, including the murders of the prosecutor and his mother, which Butler had ordered.
Later, Rudd resigns from the JACTF and decides to return to Robbery/Homicide, affected by Mackey's death and wanting to remain close to her family. Vargas, Ramsay, Shane and Lowry are then offered spots on the task force, which they decide to think over before deciding.
At the end, McCall finally answers calls from I.A.D. and the unknown number, setting up a meeting with both of them...
Season 1 (2030-31)
#1 - "New Beginning"
The JACTF are assigned to a case when over a hundred weapons are stolen from police impound lots in San Diego during a sting. Suspecting some corrupt San Diego cops are planning to sell the weapons to highest bidders, Vargas and Ramsay go undercover in San Diego PD as new transfers from LAPD, while the rest of the team tracks the source of the thefts. With Chapel's knowledge of weapons, Vargas and Ramsay discover that Captain Jack Wiley and several of his officers are responsible for the theft of weapons. With help from San Diego CSI Will Shaw, Etheridge, Scott, Lee and Cisneros find out the abandoned hangar will be used to sell weapons to the highest bidder. With a warrant brought by Shane, the JACTF, the San Diego SWAT team and Internal Affairs raid the hangar, resulting in a shootout that leaves three corrupt cops and several armed bidders dead. Captain Wiley, other corrupt cops and other bidders are arrested.
Shane, with oversight from US Attorney Neil Crown, prosecutes the corrupt officers. During the trial, they discover that Wiley is trying to get a shorter sentence by ratting out other corrupt cops on the take. With help from Shaw and analysts Cherie Riley and Benji Fox, they find out the names of other corrupt San Diego cops that were involved in the weapons theft and the JACTF arrests them. Shane manages to successfully convict the corrupt cops. Crown and Chapel offer Shaw a spot on the JACTF for his help on the case and he accepts.
Meanwhile, Vargas continues to adjust with Angela living with her as she and Shane try to press forward following Fontana's death. After learning that Vargas called Gordon just before his death, a suspicious Shane suspects that Vargas had something to do with Evan Hamilton killing Fontana, but chose not to disclose her suspicions because of their close friendship and what Gordon had done to them. Etheridge, Chapel, Scott, and Cisneros all have troubles regarding their respective children.
#2 - "Unforgettable"
In Oakland, prominent surgeon Michelle Denton is found brutally murdered. The JACTF is called in to find the killer and discovers that the victim was abducted just after her son's 11th birthday party. FBI coroner Suzette Costas finds that the victim's feet were burned and her home was racked before she died by strangulation. Then another victim, airport CEO Nancy Yaeger, is found murdered; she is shown to have bee shocked repeatedly with a taser whipped. Etheridge does a profile on the killer and believes the killer resents high-powered women because, to him, they are an insult to the livelihood of men. She, Vargas and Scott investigate any connections to the victims. Lowry and Lee see on the surveillance cameras a man following the second victim. His face isn't visible, but they notice a scar on his right that resembles a old slash wound.
Then a third victim, Zoey Kent, the director of a pharmaceutical company, is found dead; Costas finds that she was likely waterboarded and then stabbed to death. Etheridge further profiles the killer as a malignant narcissist with a powerful case of misogyny. With that profile, she, Vargas, Scott, Cisneros and DEA analyst Astrid Warren discover the identity of the killer as Hank Calhoun, who works as a traffic specialist monitor traffic lights. While investigating his home, the JACTF finds that he was turned down a high-ranking position multiple times by his female boss and feels that women are ruining men's power to the world. As Ramsay and Chapel check out his workplace and find the next victim of whom Calhoun will likely strike next. As Calhoun is abducting Lara Taylor, a promising, high-powered young lawyer, Vargas and Etheridge save Lara and fight with Calhoun, berating him for killing high-profiled women. Calhoun states that women are stealing men's power to the world and that he had to protect that power for the men as he is arrested.
Meanwhile, Lee talks to Etheridge about how to deal with being a new working mother. Also, Angela and Jonathan reveals Vargas their family trees poster, but when they ask Vargas about her father's family residents, Vargas tells a small lie.
At the end, Shane visits Vargas' home, telling her that Calhoun killed himself in his cell. Then, Vargas reveals to Shane about her plans to find out her father's side of the family. Shane gives her support about it, but advises her to not let it interfere with her work with the JACTF.
#3 - "Careful What You Wish For"
The JACTF finds themselves involved in a public storm after young news reporter Bridget McCoy shot and kills a young businessman and his three friends/colleagues on live television. First, the team becomes unsure about the investigation before learning the shocking truth; Bridget's younger sister Lori was gang-raped by the victims six months before; she took her own life two weeks prior to the murders after the police refused to charge her assailants, supposedly due lack of evidence. Angered, Bridget took revenge and executed her sister's rapists as retaliation. Even more, it's revealed that Lori was six months pregnant at the time of her death. Vargas, taking the case personally, vows to expose the truth, but the victims' family threatens to sue the city if Bridget doesn't goes down for murder.
As Shane, although sympathetic to Bridget, is forced to prosecute her, Vargas secretly calls powerful defense lawyer Frank Anderson (Russell Hornsby), who previously handled Angela's vandalism case, to defend Bridget, with Shane's secret blessing. Meanwhile, Vargas, Ramsey, Etheridge and Scott investigate the victims and discover the victims secretly kept items from Lori and other past victims. After the victims' crimes are publicly exposed, the judge is forced to declare a mistrial, and the D.A.'s office opts not to retry the case, leaving Bridget a free woman, though at the cost of her television career and her being forced to move away to start over. The victims' families vow to make it their mission to ruin the careers of the JACTF personnel, but then the JACTF arrest the lead businessman's wealthy father for perjury and obstruction of justice when they discover that he knew about his son's crimes and helped to cover them up.
#4 - "The Attic"
The JACTF investigates the brutal murder of a doctor and his wife which leads a huge discovery in the victim's attic where Vargas and Etheridge find a young boy name Peter. The JACTF learns Peter is a son of a dangerous criminal name Dave Bronson, and the victims took him in after his mother disappeared after left her son with the couple after her to protect him; two weeks later, her body was found in a park. Ramsay and Chapel go undercover in the underworld to flush out the Bronson, but later make a shocking discovery about the criminal and the truth about why he wanted his son back so bad.
Ramsay and Chapel find out that Bronson and his gang want a cache of diamonds they stole in an armored truck robbery. Marcy, Bronson's wife and Peter's mother, discovered and stole the diamonds from him while making preparations to leave him and Peter saw where she hid them; Marcy refused to tell him where she hid the diamonds and Peter and was murdered for both this and because she was going to turn her husband in after leaving him. Vargas and Etheridge are able to persuade Peter to tell them where his mother hid the diamonds. One of Bronson's accomplice spots Peter with the cops and follows them. Cisneros notices that they are being tailed and informs the others; Chapel has a plan to bait them out. As they arrive where the diamonds are hidden, Bronson and his accomplices arrive. As the criminals have Etheridge at gunpoint and try to get the diamonds, Bronson spots Peter near a tree and demanding him to come to him. But Vargas points her weapon at him. Then Chapel shoots the gunman holding Etheridge and she takes him down as Ramsay, Scott, Lee and Cisneros arrest the other criminals. Following Crown's advice, Shane is able to convince Peter to testify against his father. With that, Bronson and his gang are convicted at trial.
Meanwhile, Shane rushes to help a homeless woman (Nicole Maines) after she is robbed. Shane took the woman in but becomes unnerved when she finds a old photo of Shane and her younger brother, Ben inside of the woman's bag. When Shane confronts the woman, she reveals herself to Shane as her brother Ben, who is now going by Emily.
Also, Jonathan takes a shine to Etheridge's daughter Chelsea, much to their mothers' surprise.
#5 - "Cooking Up Trouble"
The JACTF investigates a bombing of a house in Los Angeles that killed 14 people. They discover in the basement that the house was used as a secret drug lab for crystal meth. The identities of the victims reveals them to be members of a Mexican drug cartel run by Ricardo Villalobos. Soon after, MCS Lieutenant Dedrie Joseph and Detectives Jack Hartman and Sunny Ng arrive on scene. With Lee's knowledge of drug cartels, she knows that the Villalobos cartel won't take it very well. Then, sure enough, a massacre of a Mexican restaurant occurs the following day, where the victims are identified as members of a rival drug cartel run by Hector Marquez. The JACTF realizes they have been in a major drug war between rival cartels. Lee tells the JACTF personnel and the MCS detectives that the drug war will have collateral damage of innocent people if it continues. Crown told the JACTF and the MCS to find and stop the warring cartels before things get way out of control.
After finding a lead at one of the Marquez hangouts, Chapel sends Vargas, Lee and Cisneros undercover as potential drug buyers with Ramsay and Lowry watching them. Etheridge and Scott question Villalobos, who is less than cooperative, as they expected. With the recording of the conversation, Warren's analysis of Villalobos' behavior reveals that he is hiding something. Shaw informs Etheridge, Chapel, Scott, Jack, Ng and Crown that the explosives used on the house were either triggered by a cell phone. A drive-by shooting then occurs, leaving six Villalobos cartel members dead and two Marquez cartel members dead, as well as the wounding of eleven civilians. Shane, Etheridge, Scott, Jack and Ng question two wounded Villalobos cartel members. They eventually reveal that Marquez was formerly with Villalobos' cartel as his right hand, until they had a falling out and Marquez left and created his own cartel; he's trying to move on Villalobos' territory both in the US and Mexico.
As Vargas, Lee and Cisneros discover where Marquez will strike next at Villalobos during a sting operation, Vargas calls Etheridge to give the location. But a henchman catches her and brought her to Marquez. Knowing that Lee and Cisneros would in danger with their cover blown, Ramsay and Lowry help them confront the cartel. Joseph, Jack and Ng then arrive with police backup nearby as Vargas disarms and holds Marquez. At the same time, Etheridge, Chapel, Scott and other LAPD officers and DEA agents breach Villalobos' mansion, arresting the cartel leader and several other dealers, with many of the cartel members being killed in the process.
Meanwhile, Vargas works to find more leads of her father's family while Shane struggles with her recent discovery of Ben/Emily's secrets. As Shane open up to Vargas about her sibling, she told Shane to whatever she decides what to do with Emily, make sure she gives herself more time.
#6 - "My Way Or Highway"
The JACTF investigates the site of a deadly semi crash that resulted in the death of the semi's driver and multiple injuries. Costas discovers that the trucker had OD'ed on a very bad batch of cocaine. Working with the CHP and Cisneros' old friend Sergeant Aaron Hobbs (Troy Winbush), the JACTF learns that there have several drug-related truck crashes throughout California over the past two months, with the drivers OD'ing on batches of the same bad cocaine. Using Cisneros and Lee's knowledge, they learn that the source of the drug is local. Following the route of the trucks, Lowry, Cisneros and Hobbs learn that they've all made pit stops at the same truck stop before the crashes. While Lowry and Lee continue to investigate leads in the case, Cisneros and Ramsay go undercover as truckers and Scott as a new cook in a restaurant at the truck stop. Vargas, Etheridge and Chapel stake out from a nearby hotel with Hobbs and the CHP as backup. Shane and Crown visit Vargas and the others at the hotel to discuss the case. As Crown speaks with Chapel and Hobbs about it, Vargas, Shane and Etheridge kept an eye on the area and discuss their shared experiences of when they were sexually assaulted in the past. Then Lee calls Etheridge that she and Lowry are on the scene of another truck crash in which the driver OD'ed on the bad cocaine and went off road in the cliffside highway. They also revealed that all the truckers have known each other and have their own passwords and nicknames to how they purchase their drugs.
The next morning, Ramsay and Cisneros arrive at the truck stop with Lowry and Lee joining the others in the hotel to stakeout. As they arrived, Scott sees someone in the restaurant holding a bag and informs Etheridge. Hobbs spots the same man heading into the gas station. Ramsay said that one of the truckers refer to the stop with it's nickname. Then one of the gas attendants shows Ramsay and Cisneros to the secret basement of the drug lab where the secret cocaine plant is at. Knowing they've found the source of the drug, Etheridge orders a breach. The JACTF, along with Hobbs and the CHP, raid the drug lab. As Ramsay arrests the lead gas attendant, Vargas, Scott, Cisneros and the CHP pursue the other escaped dealers. A K9 dog takes down the ringleader as Vargas and the others arrest the remaining dealers.
At the end, Vargas manages to close in on the location of her paternal grandmother. Then, she receives a call that Fontana's death is being investigated by an independent agency...
#7 - "New Dogs, Old Tricks - Part 1"
The JACTF digs into an old FBI case of Etheridge's involving a bank robbery crew when a new crew appears to have picked up their MO. Etheridge reveals that the crew she and the FBI collared committed 16 bank robberies with automatic weapons and it was led by former a Delta Force soldier, who was killed in a shootout with the FBI after they found their hideout; two more members also died in the shootout and the remaining three were arrested. Chapel researches the case and says that the new crew is also using similar weapons to that of the old crew. Ramsay observes the video footage of the robbery and suspects that at least one member of the crew has military training, with the way he signals the others. After another robbery occurs, Riley finds that the weapons used in the robbery were brought in a illegal gun sale just weeks before. They later find the vehicle used in the robbery, a stolen pick-up truck, was found abandoned and torched after the robbery, just like in the originals. Vargas learns from a witness that one person stayed in the vehicle, and spoke English with a Hispanic accent to the crew and called one person "Resbalosa", which Vargas knows is Spanish for Slick.
Scott runs the profile for a person call Resbalosa through the databases and finds an ex-convict name Julio Alvarez, a former armored truck driver who does time for vehicular manslaughter. As the JACTF trails Alvarez to an restaurant with the rest of the crew and their families are present, they stake out the place via a nearby roof. As the suspects come out, Ramsay and Cisneros recognize two of them as Benjamin Hauer and Frederick Thomas, both ex-convicts. Ramsay reveals that Thomas served in his old unit in the Army after he was discharged, but the two never met. Lowry reports to everyone that Alvarez was seen checking out a bank not too long prior and believes it will be the crew's next score. When no one can recognize the other three men, both Etheridge and Chapel tells their colleagues to find out. As they inform Shane and Crown, Crown tells them that with a clever crew, they are bound not to make all kinds of mistakes and told them to find out when the next robbery will occur.
At the same time, Vargas struggle to deal the case while wrestling over whether or not to visit her grandmother's neighborhood. Then, Vargas gets questioned by a private detective name Kyle Lenhart (Nick Zano) about Fontana's death. Vargas proclaims her innocence and tells the detective that Fontana was a dangerous man who ruined many women's lives and left their loved one to clean up his mess. After the interview ends and Vargas leaves, Lenhart is revealed to be dodgy after making a phone call to unknown person as Lenhart promise them that he will sort out Vargas.
At the end, as Vargas drives back into the task force's HQ, she loses control of her car before discovering that her brakes have been cut with a gas leaking out on the road. Then, a horrified Vargas sees that she's heading straight for a gas station. With no other options, she jumps out of her car just as it crashes into the station engulfing both into a fireball, much to her horror...
#8 - "New Dogs, Old Tricks - Part 2"
After surviving the accident from her sabotaged car, Vargas notifies Shane about it. Henderson arrives in Los Angeles and comforts her shaken daughter after learning about what happened. During debrief back at HQ, she reveals to Shane, Henderson, Crown, Etheridge and Chapel about meeting Lenhart. Cisneros reveals that someone did cut her brakes and the gas tank was sabotaged at well, revealing the cause of the leak. Crown tells Etheridge to have Cisneros and Scott investigate the crash while the rest of the JACTF continue with the investigation of the robberies. He informs Vargas that she will have to face an inquiry over Fontana's death since the prison phone records she called him just minutes before Evan Hamilton killed him. Then Lee comes in and tells Etheridge and the others that there was another robbery and this time, three people have been killed. Crown instructs Etheridge to keep him apprised while he and Shane speak to Vargas.
Meanwhile, Alison Hamilton visits Vargas, confronting her over whether or not she had her brother kill Fontana. Henderson quickly defends Vargas to Alison, explaining that she didn't know Evan was even in same prison as Fontana, but Alison tells Vargas and Henderson that Evan says Vargas ordered him to kill Fontana which Vargas strongly denies of any involvement, while also reminding Alison that Fontana was a monster who sexually abused them and so many others for years.
At the scene of the robbery, Lowry discovers that one victim was an off-duty cop who was killed trying to stop the robbers, and the other two were bystanders who tried to help the cop; all were killed for their trouble. The task force then discover that one of the robbers was shot in the forearm and Chapel tells Shaw to get a blood sample analyzed for DNA. Ramsay gets a call from LAPD, telling his colleagues that the vehicle the robbers used was abandoned and torched several blocks away. As Ramsey, Lowry and Lee check the area, Etheridge tells Chapel that she doubts that Vargas would have Fontana killed, despite the circumstances. Although Chapel sympathizes with what Vargas, Shane, and Fontana's other victims, went through, but stated that Vargas had it in for him for a long time before he was finally incarcerated and especially after he tried getting visitation rights to his children from each victims.
As Vargas faces the inquiry in Fontana's death, Shane checks the visitation logs and found out that Vargas' name on the visitation logs, but noticed that the writing style isn't that of how Vargas usually writes. She confronts Evan about accusing Vargas of ordering him to kill Fontana, and reveals that someone forged Vargas' name, which means she never met him and that she never even called him. Evan stands by what he said, but Shane can see that he is lying and warned that if anything happens to Vargas's future, she will go after him herself.
Meanwhile, after running blood analysis, the JACTF discover that blood is A-Negative, which doesn't match Alvarez, Hauer or Thomas. As they ran the blood though Department of Corrections, it's revealed to be that of Kurt Jenkins, who was present at the restaurant and was a former Marine. They realize that he is the ringleader behind the robberies. Then another robbery occurs. Going over the case file of the old crew, Etheridge figures out when the next robbery will be. An informant of Lowry's reveals where the crew will strike next and the JACTF stake out the bank. After five hours, they see the robbery crew arriving and move in. As Lowry and Lee detain Alvarez, Etheridge, Ramsay, Chapel and other officers detained the other robbers.
Later, with help from Delgado and Finn, Shane discovers the person who forged Vargas's name on the prison logs: Fontana's former victim Nicole Hoffman, whose life was ruined by Fontana and was ostracized by everyone around her due to them blaming her for his abuse. She admits to getting Evan to kill Fontana for destroying her life, forged Vargas's signature to frame her out of jealousy of Vargas managing to get her life back on track unlike her, and paid Evan off from her trust fund to stay quiet. Shane has Finn and Delgado arrest Hoffman for murder for hire.
At the end, Vargas, Henderson and Shane celebrate after the inquiry rules out Vargas being involved in Fontana's death and the three women promise to move on from the past, not knowing somebody is spying on them from the shadows...
#9 - "Stolen Lullaby"
As Vargas goes on leave to deal with the aftermath of the car accident and the inquiry of Fontana's death, she goes over her files to find her grandmother. After checking in on Angela and heading back to her room to join Delgado, she sees two masked men break into her neighbors' home and saw them brutally murdered the couple that live there. She and Delgado rush to the scene with their weapons while she calls for help. As the two look around the house, they find that the intruders managed to slip out and get away. They also find an empty baby crib and realize that a baby is missing. As the JACTF is alerted, Vargas tells them that she didn't know the neighbors, Ismael and Lena Nunez, that well and tells them what she witness. They soon discover that the Nunez couple are illegal immigrants and their son Manuel was born in the U.S. With Scott's knowledge of immigration, they discover that Ismael was trying to get a work visa so he and and his family can live the U.S. after fleeing from being oppressed in Mexico.
Vargas decides to return to the work to help find the missing Manuel and his parents' killer, but Shane, Delgado, Henderson and the rest of JACTF share their concerns about Vargas after the car wreck and the inquiry into Fontana's death. The JACTF learn that Ismael was a participant in underground fight clubs to gain money to get a work visa and support his family. Vargas and Scott believe the murder may have something to do with it. Scott contacts a friend in the FBI with knowledge of underground fight clubs, who reveals that that the fight club that Ismael was in is believed to be linked to five other deaths, but they have no evidence to prove it. With plans from Chapel, Ramsay goes undercover in the fight club, despite his wife Beth's concerns about it. As Ramsay participates in the fight, he learns the man sponsoring it is Michael Jeremy Roark, a wealthy sportsman. After finding a former participant in the fight club, Vargas, Etheridge and Scott learn that Roark had the Nunezes murdered because they planned to blow the whistle on him over the deaths in the club, and he kidnapped baby Manuel to illegally put him up for adoption in an agency he owns. With that knowledge, they raid the fight club. After a long interrogation by Vargas and Etheridge demanding to know where Manuel is, Roark eventually reveals the baby was and the task force finds him in an location where babies are illegally placed for adoption. With Social Services dealing with the adoption agency and the fight club shut down, Shane tells Vargas that Child Services has located Lena's sister who is living in the states under Green Card status and Manuel will be taken in by her and her husband. Vargas assures Shane that she is fine, and that she's just had a lot on her mind about what happened and about searching for her father's bloodlines.
Later, Scott and Cisneros revealed to Vargas that Lenhart is a former Fresno police detective who was dismissed for multiple misconduct charges and became a private eye afterwards.
Meanwhile, Beth and Percy help keep and eyes on Angela under Henderson's orders, but they finds themselves in a situation when Angela disappears. It later turns out Angela was visiting Alison Hamilton about Evan killing her father over what he did to her. After the case, Vargas speaks to Angela and Alison. Alison reveals that Evan was imprisoned for a robbery that went wrong and resulted in someone's death. She told them that she knew Evan killed Fontana to avenge what he did to her, but she never thought he would accept a bribe from someone like Nicole Hoffman. Vargas questions Evan in prison for the first time, and he admits that he took Nicole's payout in order to have something to rebuild his life upon his release.
At the end, a mystery person sneaks into Vargas's house and went to Vargas and Angela's rooms, leaving them each a gift before leaving without anybody seeing...
#10 - "First Plague of Christmas"
A week before Christmas, Vargas finally tracks down her grandmother, Cara Vargas and is planning to meet her when she gets a call from Etheridge that there's been a major incident in the United Nations meeting in Los Angeles. As Vargas arrives on the scene, Chapel fills her in that there's been a poisoning of multiple people, including a Chinese ambassador, of an unknown substance. Once the scene was secured, the JACTF are forced to work with the FBI and Homeland Security to investigate the scene. Shaw and Costas discover the victims were poisoned by weaponized tuberculosis, forcing them to call a HAZMAT team in. The head of security for the Chinese ambassador Wang (François Chau) demands to know if his ambassador was the target. Etheridge, Crown, FBI Agent-in-charge William Housley (Gabriel Mann) and Homeland Security Agent-in-Charge Norman Wilson (Richard Brooks) assure him that they are trying to find out if the Chinese Ambassador was targeted. At HQ, Warren reveals that she has find a video from the people who committed the attack.
The video shows domestic terrorists who feel that America is selling out the country and it's people to foreign countries. They say the first attack was just an warning and that there will be more attacks in other cities. They demand that every member of the House and the Senate be disavowed and removed and the two major political parties be changed, or they will commit more attacks in many major cities before Christmas. The JACTF works with the FBI and Homeland Security to find the terrorists as the FBI puts every field office in the country on high alert. Shane and Crown instruct the JACTF to help the FBI and Homeland Security with all they need. Etheridge believes that the leader of main terrorist cell is someone in California, judging by the time they released the weaponized tuberculosis. As the agencies look at the surveillance footage from the building, they notice that the terrorists hid their faces in plain view, but Vargas spots a reflection that shows the face of one of them in a mirror. They identified the man as Byron Rhodes, an anti-government radical. Wilson tells everyone to find leads on Rhodes. They discover that Rhodes is likely affiliated with Jerry Malek (Matt Battaglia), a former CIA operative who was betrayed on a mission and disavowed by the government. Wang says that his country knows Malek too and revealed that Malek went on a rogue mission to assassinate one of their high-ranking generals in revenge for the capture and execution of his girlfriend, who was involved in a bombing of a Chinese building in New York that was supposed to be empty, but some American civilians and Chinese nationals were killed and the CIA handed her over to them. They later executed her in a Chinese prison and Malek tried to assassinate the general as revenge, but the CIA disavowed him by warning the Chinese government, at which they captured imprisoned him for a year until he escaped and disappeared. Etheridge believes that with this perceived betrayal by the U.S. government, Malek would seek revenge for both him and his girlfriend.
After following more leads, they learn that there is an abandoned industrial complex where Rhodes was seen, along with a few others that are listed as radicals. Altogether, the JACTF, the FBI, Homeland Security, LAPD SWAT and HAZMET raid the complex and detain most of the domestic terrorists, and Vargas and Etheridge capture Rhodes while Chapel, Ramsay and the FBI capture Malek. They find a computer that lists targeted locations. With that information, they put the word out to the other cities, and the terrorists heading for those targets are arrested by the FBI, ending the threat. The FBI and Homeland Security say that they will keep the weaponized tuberculosis from being used by anyone anymore and thanks all the local authorities for the help.
After the stressful case, the JACTF goes to Crown's house for a Christmas party, before heading home to spend the holiday time with their families. At home, Angela shows Vargas the mysterious gifts she found. The two are left curious about who left them, but Vargas allows Angela to keep the gifts until she finds out more. However, Vargas takes a look at the notes and becomes mystified their handwriting.
At the end, Vargas finally tracks down her grandmother Cara in old apartment. Vargas left shocked to see Cara in the wheelchair and learns that Cara has stuffing with multiple sclerosis (MS) for years before asks Cara about her father's past and their family. Cara explains that their family immigrated from Mexico when her father was a child. She and her husband send their children to stay with their aunt and uncle while they work with a rich, powerful man to earn our immigrant rights in America. Years later, her father became a CBI Agent and later met her mother, but kept his professional and personal lives separate. When Vargas asks Cara about how to find her other family members, Cara shows Vargas a picture and map of a town named Gainesville...
- Christmas episode
#11 - "ICE, ICE, Baby"
The JACTF is assigned to investigate when seven illegal immigrants are found dead in different areas all over Los Angeles, all murdered in different ways. They team up again with Jack and Ng as well as Detectives Michael Brooks and Thora Price. Scott believes that they were murdered just for being illegal immigrants, while Vargas and Lee speculate that more than one person could be involved. With Scott's knowledge of ICE, the JACTF speaks to the agents who worked with the murdered immigrants, which doesn't turn up much connection to the murder victims since the agents are less than cooperative.
While pursuing more leads, Scott reveals to Cisneros and Etheridge that he moved to California after he witnessed several of his fellow ICE agents badly neglecting and mistreating some of the illegal immigrants they arrested, and that he's married to a Latina-American woman. Etheridge points out that that Scott and his wife Maritza have a son, with Scott adding that she is also carrying their second child which is due in two months. Shane files a subpoena to ensure ICE's cooperation. They discovered that one agent is highly bigoted towards illegal immigrants, but has an alibi for most of the murders. Soon after, two more illegal immigrants are then found murdered. But upon investigating, they discover another ICE agent has had access to all the murdered immigrants. When Vargas and Etheridge go to question him, he fled away, leading to a foot chase until the ICE agent is picked by someone in the van. After the men, the four men, including the rogue ICE agent, take over the immigration office. As Scott negotiates with the gunmen over the situation, Chapel has Vargas, Ramsay, Lowry and Lee assist the MCS and LAPD SWAT. Following Scott's suggestion, the Joint MCS/JACTF team quietly infiltrates the building. Two of the men are willing to surrender, but the other two refused to do so. Things escalate as the two then shot and killed the two accomplices wanting to surrender, the authorities initiate breach and arrested the two remaining criminals. Shane prosecutes the offenders and the suspects are eventually convicted and given life imprisonment.
Meanwhile, Vargas prepares to go meet her other relatives in Gainesville, but Henderson left concerned about Vargas going to Gainesville on her own, worrying that her past could haunted her through the journey, or somebody will try to kill her like the car accident. Shane and Delgado, however, assure her that Vargas will be fine. However, Henderson then meets with Angela and they come up with a plan.
At the end, Vargas takes Angela to their mother but Henderson distracted Vargas by revealing her father's old things while Angela hides herself in the trunk, not knowing somebody in dark disguise was watching her. They attempts to open the trunk but run off when Vargas approaches the car and gets in. As she drives off, Lenhart meets up with the mystery person as he arrives in Lenhart's car, promising them that they will get their chance soon before driving the same directions...
#12 - "Gainesville"
Vargas travels to Gainesville to meeting her long-lost family members, but the visit takes a unusual turn when she stumbles onto a conspiracy that puts her and Angela's lives in jeopardy.
- 60 minutes special.
#13 - "Affirmative Reaction"
As Vargas returns, she told the JACTF about what happened in Gainesville. Crown told them to investigate Lenhart's connection when they can as they got another case where African-American former NFL player and now bar owner Darryl Hooper (Donald Faison) hunted down and killed three white supremacist criminals who murdered his wife and raped his oldest daughter while robbing his establishment. As the JACTF comes to arrest Hooper, he surrenders peacefully while he had his parents watched his children. Shane is sympathetic with Hooper, but is forced to prosecute him for the killings, while the JACTF leads the hunt for the other white supremacist members who have targeted the man and his family.
While the JACTF continues with the manhunt, Shane tries to get Hooper to plead out, but Hooper and his lawyer, Brett Newman (Eddie McClintock) refuse to do so. As the trial starts, race riots occur as expected, with the National Guard being called in. Vargas and Etheridge soon discovers the victims' association with some of the white supremacists. As Cisneros gets info from Hobbs about where the group hangs out, Ramsay, Lowry, Lee and Shaw stake out the area. They then follow the men with Vargas, Etheridge, Chapel, Scott and Cisneros joining them. They overhear their plans to bomb the courtroom to kill Hooper and bomb the house where his family is at. The JACTF, along with CHP, then raid the hideout, arresting most of the supremacists and killing or wounding the rest.
As Shane speaks to Hooper and Newman, they admits that they know what Gordon Fontana did to her. Shane reveals to Hooper and Newman that her good African-American friend in law school was murdered because of her race, and her two killers weren't found until two years later; one died in a shootout the police and the other one was arrested, convicted, and later killed in prison. Hooper told her that while he understands some of what she went through because of what happened to his daughter by the attackers and that she has to do her job, he re-affirms that he can't spend time in prison because of his children and because the black community need him to ensure racial harmony since he owns an non-profit organization that promotes unity for every race. After the jury in the case is deadlocked, the judge declares a mistrial, and the D.A. office opts not to retry the case, much to the elation of Hooper as well as Shane herself. Hooper tells her that no matter how different people look, you can to trust the soul of the person by their actions, not by their looks. After hearing that, Shane visits Emily and talks with her.
Meanwhile, Chapel is visited by his brother Ronald, who reveals that his ex-wife is trying to get full custody of his children. Lee spends time with her infant son Andrew. And Vargas and Delgado talk about the mysterious gifts that were brought to her and Angela and wonder what they mean.
#14 - "Semper Fortis"
The JACTF works with NCIS Special Agent Danny Burnett (guest star Mike Vogel), a former SEAL teammate of Chapel's, when another teammate of theirs, Gregory Weiss (guest star Trevor Donovan), goes rogue on a solo manhunt. As Chapel and Burnett visit Weiss's wife, she revealed that Weiss is looking for their 10-year-old daughter Katie, who has been kidnapped and he disappeared to find her. Later, the JACTF and NCIS team believe that she might have been taken by a pedophile ring.
When one of Weiss's confrontations leads to the death of several of the kidnappers in a cabin with a bunker nearby, Chapel and Burnett are thrust into the middle of doing their jobs and their loyalty to their old friend. Vargas and Etheridge express concern to Shane and Crown about Chapel and Burnett being a SEAL teammate of Weiss, but Scott and Ramsay, being a Coast Guardsman and Army Corporal, vouch that any teammate in the military are like family and Chapel and Burnett will be able to multitask by doing their job while trying to stay loyal to their friend. When Weiss is spotted via traffic cameras, Chapel and Burnett go alone and find Weiss brutally interrogating a suspect. Shocked to see his former teammates, Weiss tells them that the men he killed took Katie and they have her stashed somewhere, ready to sell her to the highest bidder. As Chapel and Burnett question Weiss about everything that happened, Shane, Etheridge and Scott interrogate the suspect. After the suspect reveals that some of the girls, including Katie, are at an abandoned hotel where the auction of the girls take place, Vargas is familiar about that hotel. The joint JACTF/NCIS team arrives in the hotel. After a tough gun battle, Chapel and Burnett kill the ringleader in self-defense and rescue several kidnapped girls, including Katie. After reuniting her with her father, Weiss thanks his former SEAL teammates for finding her. Chapel and Burnett told Weiss that they understand why he went rogue, that they would've done the same for their children, and that they'll always have each others backs for life.
During the case, Chapel speaks to Burnett about his brother's issues with his divorce and custody hearings. Burnett says that he was divorced from his wife due to his commitment of his job and he barely sees his children because of it. Meanwhile, Crown is unexpectedly called to Washington D.C. by his US attorney colleague, Norman Devlin (guest star Bryan Cranston).
At the end, Vargas confides in Shane about her encounter with Lenhart in Gainesville. Shane states that whatever riddles Lenhart gave her, Vargas should come to her if she find something new about them.
#15 - "D.C. Knows Best - Part 1
Crown arrives in Washington and is met by Devlin, who drives him to the Robert F. Kennedy Building. Several officials question Crown about the JACTF's old cases, particularly one from several years prior: the case of Javier "The Razor Blade" Campos, a seemingly deceased drug lord known for his brutality and near perfectly pure cocaine. Crown informs them that Campos was selling off a deadly batch of cocaine that killed over 30 people and had violently tortured and murdered undercover FBI agent Melissa Long, who worked with JACTF when her cover was blown. He also tells them that Campos' cartel has also killed three other undercover law enforcement officials and he believes that there was a mole helping Campos. During a raid of his compound in San Diego, he apparently blew himself up. Devlin reveals that there are rumors and some circumstantial evidence that Campos might have survived the explosion.
Upon learning that Campos might still be alive, Etheridge is unsettled by it since Long was friends with her. Vargas remembers that Chloe Hartman and the MCS once pursued Campos on an unrelated crime which helped the JACTF linked him to the murder of Long. The JACTF teams up with DHS agent Burt Adrian and former member Det. Jillian Rudd, who worked the case with her late partner Kenneth Mackey, to find the truth.
While following possible leads, they spot Campos's right hand man name Ernesto Rivas, who is rumored to have taken over the cartel from Campos after his supposed death. Rudd states that Rivas is loyal to Campos down to the bone. Etheridge and Chapel decide to send Lowry and Lee to the bar where Rivas frequents and Shane advises them to keep their distance if they see Campos. At the bar, they spot Rivas and other drug dealers.
After trailing Rivas to a isolated restaurant on the highway, they stand by and then they spotted Campos. After Lowry take the picture of Campos and sends it to Chapel, the dealers spot and make him and Lee. Rivas and others capture them, though not before Lee sends out a distress signal. At the JACTF goes over the photo of Campos, Rudd confirms that it is him after tall. Then, as the team receives the distress alert, a text comes in on Vargas's phone, to answer his next call. As the phone rang, Etheridge nods at Vargas, giving her permission to answer. Campos reveals that his men have Lowry and Lee and warns her and the JACTF to stay out of his way as he makes a very large delivery and leaves the country to somewhere no extradition treaty, or he will kill Lowry & Lee and stream their deaths live for the world to see. After Campos hangs up, the trace reveals that they are in a moving vehicle, which the captive Lowry and Lee are at.
#16 - "D.C. Knows Best - Part 2"
After learning about Campos being confirmed alive and Lowry and Lee's capture, Crown updates the D.C. officials. The officials want to go all out against Campos' cartel, but Crown warns them that Lowry and Lee will be killed if they do that. Devlin understands the situation, but the officials don't want Campos to to vanish forever and, unless the JACTF can come up with something to get to him and the cartel, they have no choice. Crown offers full corporation for all available California law enforcement officials to assist the JACTF and Devlin and the other officials grants it. They told Crown that they got 12 hours to find Campos or they will taken over and go all out on him.
As the JACTF hype up the search for Campos and their captured colleagues, they are joined by Hobbs and the CHP, Lieutenant Joseph, Jack, Ng and other LAPD personnel, more of Adrian's DHS colleagues, FBI Special Agent Wesley Wayne (Alan Powell), his partner Keith Mitchem (Kevin Rankin) and other FBI agents, CBI and such. Shane instructs everyone to work together and not to clash over jurisdiction. With their combined efforts, they began to track Campos and closed all California borders, airports, trains, buses and such.
As Campos and the others arrive at an isolated house located in the Sierra Mountains, they bring the captive Lowry and Lee out. They placed them in separate cells, where they are subjected to torture to reveal information about what they know and how to escape. With hours of searching, Vargas and Etheridge work with the FBI and DHS on tracking down Campos, Chapel and Scott work with others to find the drug shipment. Cisneros works with CHP on tracking the vehicle. Vargas, Ramsay and Rudd work with Joseph, Jack and Ng. Later, Beth comes in to help as she had knowledge of Campos before he faked his death after getting a call from Hartman. Lee's husband, Nolan Caruso, arrives as well and asks about his wife. Shane assures him that they have California's finest looking for her and Lowry. After discovering that Campos's call came north of the restaurant, they learn that he was in a semi-truck and probably is where Lowry and Lee are at. The tracked the truck as far as the Sierra Mountains. Knowing that choppers will tip off Campos and provoke him into killing Lowry and Lee, Rudd suggests that they get help from the Forest Rangers to track them down. Beth agrees, noting that Campos can be very paranoid at times like this.
With less than 2 hours for the deadline, Chapel and Scott find four dealers working for Campos and they and other officials detain them. After interrogation, they discovered the drugs are being delivered in eight pickup trucks and will be delivered out near a lake and that Rivas will be there. With that knowledge, Vargas, Ramsay, Beth, Etheridge, Cisneros, Rudd, the MCS, the FBI, the CHP, the DHS and the CBI raided the drug shipment and Vargas wounded Rivas. Etheridge, Adrian and Wayne interrogated Rivas inside the mobile command center. With help from forest rangers on finding the house Campos is hiding, they posed as drug delivers. Campos plans to leave via semi-truck and escape the country by a freighter in Oregon and intends to kill Lowry and Lee anyway. As the authorities arrive at the house, several of them, including Vargas, Ramsay, Cisneros, Rudd, Hobbs, Jack and Ng, take the back while others, including Etheridge, Chapel, Scott, Beth, Joseph, Wayne and Adrian, prepare to hit the other sides of the house. As the undercover officers deliver the large batch of cocaine, the dealers suddenly shoot them dead and the authorities are force to raid the house early. Several of Campos's men are killed. Chapel and Cisneros find Lowry and Lee alive. As Campos tries to get away, Vargas then catches and fights him in the forest. After Vargas receives a slash wound on her right forearm, Campos intends to shoot her, but Ramsay, Etheridge, Rudd, Wayne, Beth and others cornered him as Vargas gets up and points her pistol at him. Campos refuses to surrender and points his weapon at Vargas in an suicide-by-cop attempt, at which Rudd wounds him to prevent that. After Beth kicks the pistol away from Campos and kicks him down to the ground, Ramsay and Wayne take him in custody.
Crown tells Devlin and the others the news of Campos's capture. Devlin and the officials say that they want Campos delivered to them to face trial and Crown grants that. As Vargas, Lowry and Lee are treated in the hospital, Shane told Lowry and Lee, who both have sustained bad injuries from their torture, to see a shrink first before returning to work. As their families reunite with them, Chapel comes to Vargas, Shane and Etheridge, telling that he has found who Campos's mole was and it is revealed to be Mitchem, who was in financial ruin and joined the cartel to make some extra money and has been detained. Shane tells the others about Campos being transferred to the Department of Justice for trial.
As Crown heads back home, Ramsay spends time with Beth and their children. She admits to her husband that she does miss being a cop. Ramsay suggest that she return to the force, but Beth says that raising Levi and Matthius is something that makes her life happy. Vargas leaves the hospital after getting patched up and Shane and Delgado met up with her. Vargas tells them that she is planning to visit her grandmother soon for more answers about the discoveries she made in Gainesville. Delgado and Shane warn her to be careful because of everything that happened in Gainesville, which Vargas acknowledges that she will as they leave the hospital.
#17 - "Return to Sender"
When an DOD official and his wife are shot out of nowhere at an outdoor restaurant, the JACTF is assigned to the scene. Ramsay believes that the shooting was done by a sniper, which Costas confirms. Then a Senator and several of his staff are sniped while he is making a speech. Then a JAG lawyer is sniped while getting into her car. As the task force tracks a serial sniper, Vargas and Ramsay discover that the victims have previous connections to Cisneros' past. After learning it, Cisneros reveals that his fellow Army soldier and sniper name John Andino (Jason Wiles) had murdered an American civilian while in an operation in Afghanistan, then tried to make it look like he was killed by insurgents. It was revealed that the man was a psychologist brought in to evaluate the men in Cisneros' unit, who was planning to testify against Andino for being mentally unstable due to stress in combat, which would've hindered or even ended Andino's career. Cisneros and others in his unit saw through the coverup though, and turned him in to the US Government. As a result, Andino was dishonorably discharged, but escaped prison and vanished before the verdict. The people that were murdered were involved in his court martial. Knowing who the targets are, the JACTF arrives to protect the judge who presided Andino's court martial. But before he can be escorted to safety, a sniper's bullet went through the window and shot the judge in the head. Knowing Andino's tactics, Cisneros tracks him down with Vargas, Ramsay and Chapel following him. Cisneros finds Andino, but he refuse to go quietly and aims his weapon at him. Cisneros and Ramsay shoots him dead.
Meanwhile, while working on the case at the same time, Vargas visits her grandmother and confront her for more answers but Cara refuses to tell Vargas anything. As a result, a furious Vargas search her grandmother's room where she is left horrified what she discovers. Then, Vargas learn that she might have a guardian angel as Cara decides to open up about the full story.
Also, Lowry and Lee see a psychologist following their capture and torture. Lee admits that she has nightmares about her ordeal and her consolation is holding her infant son at night. Meanwhile, Shane re-introduces Emily to their parents Glenn (Willem Dafoe) and Edith (Julianne Moore) as her true self. The news that Ben underwent transgender surgery and became Emily shocks them. Glenn lambasts Emily over the change. Shane tells her father that she was also shocked and angered by it too at first when she found the picture of the family with Emily, and Emily revealed the secret to her, but says that she is learning to accept it. Glenn nonetheless tells Emily to stay away from the family as he leaves in fury. Edith, who doesn't want to talk to Emily yet, says to Morgan that she's going to have to inform Charlotte and Keanu about Ben becoming Emily before leaving with Glenn.
At the end, Weber spies Vargas and her colleague in the police station from his car. Then, a mystery woman who reveals to be Rebecca appears in Weber's car and share a moment with him. It revealed that Weber are Rebecca's secret spouses and that he is Mac's father. As Weber and Rebecca talk about their plan to kill Vargas, Rebecca asks Weber about their mystery helper. Weber tells Rebecca that he will be ready for vengeance... soon.
#18 - "Everything to Lose"
Under political pressure, Shane prosecutes a young man name Byron Miller on trial for killing a billionaire's daughter and a friend when suddenly Byron's father Sterling takes matters into his hands, grabbed the bailiff's gun and takes the courtroom hostage, including Shane and members of the jury. The LAPD and JACTF arrive in the courthouse. After SWAT commander and negotiator Lieutenant Kevin Adams (Gabriel Macht) fills Etheridge and the others about the situation, Scott handles the negotiations. Sterling tells Scott that they've got 24 hours to prove his son's innocence or he will start killing hostages. Lowry and Lee, who have returned to active duty, arrive as Vargas and the others conduct their own investigation. While investigating, Vargas and Ramsay discover that Byron wasn't in the building where the daughter was murdered. Byron reveals to Scott that he was seeing the daughter and the night of the murder, she called him about something urgent, but was then murdered before she can tell him something, which is why he came to the building and the cops arrested him because he was the last person to speak to her.
While working on a case, Vargas continues to investigate more about her family following her grandma's confession. Then, when Vargas asks her mother why she and her dad divorced, Henderson tell Vargas that Cara had another family with her captor, having developed Stockholm syndrome during her captivity. Diego ordered the hit on his stepfather but when he learned the truth, he disowned his mother for "betraying their family" and went off the rail, damaging his marriage. Henderson admits to Vargas that she didn't tell her the truth because she was protecting her father's image in their daughter's eyes.
Later, the situation becomes tense as Sterling starts losing patience. Shane tries to calm him down, but says he's a father trying to save his son. Shane says that she has a son too, a product of a rape by Gordon Fontana, which surprises Sterling as he remembers the news about him. Adams, concerned that Sterling will start shooting hostages at the deadline, plans a breach, but Scott tells him to hold off while trying to assure him that his team is working as fast as they can. Vargas, Ramsay, Etheridge, Chapel, and Shaw discover that the daughter had hidden an USB drive in her office. Warren downloads the data and it's revealed that the billionaire had been secretly smuggling COVID samples to allow Russia to weaponize as his recent building of skyscraper had bankrupted him and causing the construction to be aborted. She threatened to exposed his actions to the authorities and he confronted her to stop her, but during the confrontation, the billionaire accidentally shoved her down the flight of stairs, which killed her. As Scott calls Sterling and Shane about it, he tries to tell Adams and SWAT to wait since they might have a peaceful resolution. Lee and Lowry rush to the scene and prevent the SWAT team from breaching as the other JACTF personnel arrive with the evidence. After the situation was resolved, Vargas, Chapel, Lee and Lowry arrest the billionaire for treason and manslaughter of his own daughter.
Meanwhile, the custody battle of Chapel's brother's children reaches it's decision, with Ronald getting joint custody. After the situation ends over, Scott gets a call that his wife Maritza is about to give birth. As Scott arrives, Maritza gives birth to a daughter, whom they name Dayana or "Daya" for short.
At the end, Cara is shocked to find Rebecca in her apartment but is then horrified when Weber appears behind Rebecca, greeting his mother-in-law...
#19 - "At The Movies"
The JACTF goes into overdrive when they investigate a mass shooting in a San Francisco cinema that leaves 18 people dead and over 30 others injured. Chapel believes that there are at least three shooters since they used automatic rifles and shotguns. Costas and Shaw confirm Chapel's theory based on the bullets and shotgun pellets used in the scene and the surveillance cameras on the parking lot. Ramsay and Cisneros track the weapons to an illegal arms deal in San Francisco. With help from SFPD Inspector Corrine James (Ilfenesh Hadera) and others, the JACTF raid the arms deal and confronted the man who sold the weapons to the perpetrators who did the shooting. With that, the suspects in the shooting are identified as mentally-ill teenagers who disappeared after they escaped from a mental facility. James reveals that one of them had a dairy that alleged his intentions to commit several massacres. With a warrant provided by Shane, the JACTF raid second suspect's home and find an encrypted portable hard drive.
After hours of cracking it, Riley and Shaw crack the encryption and discover that their next target is an amusement park. While undercover at the amusement park, Vargas spots one of the suspects getting out their car. As Vargas, Lowry and Lee came to the first guy, the second guy fires at them. As Vargas tackles the first suspect with Lowry and Lee pointing weapons at him, the second guy drives out of the scene. Cisneros and Scott chase the other suspect in a car chase with other available JACTF members, James and SFPD joining in pursuit. Cisneros cuts off the suspects' car, and the second shooter runs out on foot with Cisneros and Scott giving chase. As the second suspect turns a corner, Ramsay knocks him down as he and Chapel apprehend him. Etheridge, James and others find more weapons in the trunk of the suspects' car.
During the case, Vargas gets distracted due to somebody posting personal matters of Vargas and her father's family online. Crown and Chapel thinks she should be removed from the case. But Shane, Ramsay and Etheridge defend Vargas while Lowry, Lee, Scott and Cisneros remain neutral about Vargas's situation. Delgado conducts an investigation of who leaked Vargas's father's family life online. Vargas suspects it had to be Lenhart. Meanwhile, Etheridge's daughter Chelsea is mildly injured in a soccer game, Scott and Maritza continue to bonds with Daya, Lowry's marriage to Percy is deteriorating again because of the events of his captivity and Lee & Nolan spend a mellow evening with their infant son Andrew.
At the end, Vargas is visited by Aldridge and Martinez when they confront her about the leak information about their family. She suspects Lenhart but Aldridge tells Vargas that Lenhart was found dead a couple weeks prior. Then, a shocked Weber and Rebecca watch Aldridge drag a furious and handcuffed Vargas into her car before driving off. As they argue about the plan, Weber warns Rebecca that their accomplice won't be happy about learning about Vargas' arrest. Later, it was revealed that Vargas, Aldridge and Martinez faked the 'arrest' as they talked about finding the person who is targeting their family but they left worried about the situation...
#20 - "Retire or Die"
While dealing Vargas' mysterious absence and Cisneros dealing with a family emergency after his son gets into a bike accident and is hospitalized, Etheridge and Ramsey work with Detective Jane Peterson (Olga Kurylenko) to investigate the stabbing of a retired FBI agent but they struggle to lead any leads. As the investigation continues, the agent's wife reveals that he and his family were in financial debt because of a failed attempt to open a security firm. But the investigation takes a dark turn when Etheridge and Finn make the shocking discovery that the agent had tried to make a deal with the mob in order to get some extra cash. Etheridge and Chapel learn that the mob had forced the agent to try to get names of every undercover agent in the mob in exchange for the lives of his family and the money he needed. With a warrant issued by Shane, Ramsay, Lowry, Lee and Scott put surveillance on several mob enforcers and follow him. They see and get audio evidence of the mob boss meeting with and paying the hitman for killing the agent. As Etheridge and Chapel joined the, the JACTF move in and arrested the mob boss and his associates. The hitman is shot dead by Chapel when he refuses to surrender.
At the same time, the JACTF is confused when somebody posts an article of Vargas' "arrest", but when the LAPD confirms that Vargas hasn't been booked for anything, Henderson and Angela go to Shane for answers about what happened to Vargas. Shane strongly denies knowing anything, but thinks Vargas might be in serious trouble. Crown tells Shane to to find Vargas and she has Finn help her.
Meanwhile, Vargas finds herself in different situation when she tries to help Aldridge, Martinez and their family after their personal lives are publicly exposed online, things turn sinister when Vargas discovers Rebecca's betrayal and her involvement with Weber. But, another bombshell is dropped when it's revealed that Bridger Fontana, having escaped from prison, is the one behind the conspiracy...
At the end, Aldridge calls Henderson to warn her about Bridger, before explaining everything. Then, Rebecca and Weber meets up with Bridger in a old warehouse where Bridger asks them about his surprise for Vargas. Rebecca promises Bridger that Vargas will gets the shock of her life, and that her brother Diego will pay this way for this. Unknown to them, someone is listening in on them from the shadows...
#21 - "Cold Front (1)"
The masterminds behind the conspiracy against Vargas are uncovered and the JACTF scramble to protect her, putting several members' lives at risk while an unexpected return puts everything into full prospective for Vargas.
Season 2 (2031-32)
#1 - "Out of the Dark (2)"
The aftermath of Vargas' house exploding finds both her and Shane confirming a shocking betrayal and falling into new dangers, the JACTF dealing with the loss of one of their own and the unexpected returns of two key individuals who have been long thought to be dead.
- Final appearance of Danny Pino (Luis Cisneros).
#2 - "The Last Stand (3)"
Putting everything on the line, Vargas, Shane and the JACTF pull out all the stops to bring Bridger, Rebecca and Weber to justice once and for all. Also, the truth behind two mystery returns are revealed in full.
- Troy Winbush (Aaron Hobbs) is upgraded to series regular.
#3 - "The Show Must Go On"
Three months after the final conflict with Bridger and the Lannings, the JACTF is doing their best to carry on. As the team starts their day, Chapel and Ramsay talk about the recent sex trafficking ring trials in D.C. and the verdict of Jason Russo's trial. Most of the team then get involved in the conversation as Scott and Etheridge argue over the safety of women and children until Shane orders them to stop. Later, Vargas and Etheridge come across an abandoned van found near the highway. They open the doors and discover a big crate with blood leaking from the bottom. They open the box, which reveals the naked body of a unconscious teenage girl. Etheridge recognizes the girl as Gabrielle McConnell (Sadie Sink), a circus' acrobat. As Vargas and Etheridge helps Gabrielle out, they are shocked to see two more girls, both dead, inside of the box. Etheridge tells Vargas that the girls are Gabrielle's friends and also circus' acrobats. As the police and paramedics arrive, Vargas asks Etheridge who explains how did she knew Gabrielle and her two dead friends, Riley Harrison and Maisie Jones; she meet them four years ago during another case involving the circus in which some members were involved in a theft ring. Etheridge describes themselves as three sweet, kind girls and vows to find the person who hurt them. As Etheridge heads to the hospital, M.E. Costas reveals the victims were beaten and raped before they were killed. While contemplating the motive, Vargas, Ramsay, Chapel and Costas got spooked when they hear crying coming from another box in the van. Upon opening it, they discover a baby boy no older than a few days. Meanwhile, Etheridge arrives at the hospital as Lee and Scott tries to comfort Gabrielle's distraught mother Marie and her two worrying siblings. Etheridge calms Marie down and questions her about the girls. Afterwards, Vargas arrives and tells Etheridge about the baby boy they found. Etheridge is shocked as they watched the doctors examine the baby.
Later, Crown, Lowry and Shane question Vargas and Etheridge over their discovery of the girls. As Vargas and Etheridge explain their story, a doctor reveals the baby's condition is weak but stable. Then, Ramsay and Chapel reveal that they've tracked down Riley's parents but cannot find Maisie's. Crown decides to send Etheridge and Ramsay to question Riley's parents while Vargas and Chapel to question Gabrielle when she wakes. When she does later, Vargas, Chapel and Marie try to comfort her as she breaks down up learning her friends' fates. They then try to question her, but are interrupted by the arrival of Gabrielle's father and circus' showman Felix, who tells them that his daughter is not fit to answer any questions. As Vargas and Chapel start to leave, the latter asks Gabrielle how to find Maisie's parents, but Gabrielle tells her that Maisie's biological parents died 15 years ago and that she was adopted by a rich family. Costas, having finished the autopsies on Riley and Maisie, reveals that the baby is Maisie's. Vargas informs Shane and Lowry and asks them to track down Maisie's adopted parents. Etheridge and Ramsay arrive at a apartment where they tells Riley's parents about their daughter's death. Riley's parents break down over the news, but the father lashes out in anger and blames Maisie for Riley's death, describing Maisie as a evil girl who got Riley and Gabrielle involved in criminal stuff. Vargas, Chapel, Etheridge and Ramsay all meet up outside of the hospital where they share their opinions and discoveries with each other, but Vargas believes something is not right.
The next day, Vargas and Ramsay arrive at the circus to question the performers and Felix, but are confused to see Gabrielle in her father's office. When Vargas and Ramsay ask Felix about Maisie, her reveals that she has had a troubled life after losing her parents to car accident and a history of trouble with the law. Felix admits he made Gabrielle and Riley become friends with Maisie because he felt sorry for her. But when Vargas asks about Maisie's pregnancy, he claims that he didn't know anything about it. He then takes Vargas and Ramsay to the locker room, but when he opens Maisie's locker for them, they discover everything has been cleared out. Vargas, Ramsay and Felix rush outside to find Gabrielle attempting to get rid of Maisie's stuff, and Vargas stops her. She questions Gabrielle for trying to dispose Maisie's stuff. Gabrielle defends Maisie and explains that she was trying to protect Maisie's legacy but then accidentally mentions something about a 'special' group. Gabrielle takes Vargas and Ramsay to the group outside of the circus, revealing that they are an a eco-radical group. As she explains that Maisie was protesting the conditions of the circus animals, the group's leader and members deny any involvement. When Vargas asks about Maisie' pregnancy, the leader refused to answer and warns her about Felix, explaining that he saw Felix threatens Maisie two days before the murders. As Vargas attempts to get some answers, Felix orders her and Ramsay to leave. Meanwhile, Shane and Lowry track down Maisie's adopted parents. They notify them about Maisie's death and the baby. However, Shane and Lowry are shocked over the parents' reaction when the mother tells them that she is happy that Maisie is dead, revealing her to have been an impossible child since she had adopted. As Shane asks the parents about Maisie's baby, the parents tell her that they want nothing to do with the baby and attempts to pay Shane to have custody of her. Shane rejects the offer in disgues and furiously walks away. Later, Vargas, Shane, Ramsay and Lowry meet up in a cafe and reveal their discoveries; Shane reveals her anger over Maisie's adopted parents. Vargas tries to comfort Shane, but two detectives then arrive to question her. Vargas arrives at the police station where the detectives question her about her father, Diego. She denies of seeing her father, giving the explanation that Diego died in car accident years ago. However, one of the detectives tells her that Diego was spotted outside of town a week prior, but Vargas still strongly denies any involvement. After being questioned, Vargas arrived at her mother's house and confronts her, accusing her of calling the detectives over Diego. Henderson defends her decisions, explaining that she wants Diego to come home, that she still love him and wants to help him out. However, Vargas believes that her mother wants to punish her father for leaving them.
Meanwhile, Scott apologizes to Etheridge about their argument, opening up about his fears if anything bad happened to his wife and children. Then, Hobbs arrives and reveals CCTV footage which sees the group's leader Marcus Nightingale following Gabrielle before the attack. As the team was plans to set off, Felix arrives at the station and reveals important information about Marcus. Felix informs them that Marcus stalked Gabrielle for months and grooming Maisie into having a relationship. Also, he tells the team that Gabrielle refused to reveal her attacker's identity and he believes that she is protecting Marcus. Later, the JACTF arrive at the church where they arrest Marcus for rape and murder while the police search Marcus' house. Marcus proclaims his innocence, but Vargas and Ramsay tell him there is strong evidence against him, revealing photos of the girls and also he was seen stalking Gabrielle hours before the attacks. Marcus admits to stalking Gabrielle, but strongly denied of raping her or murdering her friends. Nonetheless, the JACTF decides to charge him. Later, some members of the JACTF heads out to a special tour of the circus along with their families, but Vargas stays behind to sort out the case. While further examining the evidence, she finds more photos of Felix with a black-hair wig Gabrielle near a hotel. When Vargas questions Marcus in his cell, he reveals confesses that Felix was the true predator, having been sexually abusing Gabrielle since she was a child. Gabrielle got trouble in the law a lot as a result of lashing out from the abuse, but Maisie took the blame for her to protect her. Maisie also knew about Gabrielle's abuse and seduced her dad into having a relationship for a year to protect Gabrielle. However, 2 days before the murders, Felix discovered out that Maisie was 7 and a half months pregnant with his child and threatened to kill her and the child. Maisie, Riley and Gabrielle decided to run away from home, but their plan backfired when Felix found out and went after them. Marcus breaks down and blame himself for failing to protect the girls but Vargas promise Marcus that Felix pay for his actions. As she leaves the station, Vargas calls a mysterious person for help.
Later, Vargas arrives at the circus, sneaking into back of the tent to find Felix. Then, Vargas goes to Gabrielle's dressing room to asks her about her father, but comes across Felix zipping up his pants and Gabrielle sobbing. As Gabrielle begs Vargas to leave, she attempts to call her colleagues but is attacked by a bodyguard who brutally beats her up. Later, Felix and his men bring Vargas who is dressed as a clown out for a special stunt with Gabrielle, and Felix threatens Gabrielle that he will kill Vargas if she messes up the act. As they gets ready, Gabrielle comforts Vargas and tells her about her father's abuse on her and reveals the reason why Maisie took the blame because she was worried that Felix would do something worse to her if he found that she was acting out. As the audience watches Felix drags a cage with Vargas and Gabrielle inside from top height, a young boy calls Shane's attention and tells her that somebody wants to talk her backstage. Shane goes backstage where she shockingly finds Diego, who tells her that Vargas is in trouble, telling the whole story. Shane reports back to her colleagues, telling them that they have got wrong man, and that Felix is the true rapist and murderer, which horrifies them. Felix sets fire on the cage and releases a tiger. As the JACTF attempts to rescue Vargas and Gabrielle, the former comfort the scared latter and they work together to escape the cage. Felix draws his gun and attempts to shoot Vargas who is about to be attacked by the tiger, Gabrielle grabs the microphone and exposes to the audience that her dad is really trying to kill the detective and it is no longer and act before confessing about her father's sexual abuse, and him murdering Riley and Maisie and getting the latter pregnant. Outraged Felix shoots Gabrielle in the legs, and turns to shoot Vargas, but Ramsay punches him out before arresting him, while Chapel and Lowry distract the tiger away from Vargas. Later, at the hospital, with Shane and her mother by her side, Gabrielle tells Riley and Maisie's parents about her abuse and the truth about Maisie. At first they are furious at Gabrielle, but come to understand the reasons and realize it wasn't Gabrielle's fault. Then, Maisie's adopted parents announced they will adopt Maisie's baby boy. At the police station, Felix smugly refuses to answer Vargas and Etheridge's questions but the former snaps angrily at Felix for his actions. Felix arrogantly mocks Vargas, which results in a furious Etheridge punching him in the nose. As he is taken to his cell, Felix claims to Crown and Henderson that Etheridge assaulted him, but they brush him off. Vargas later meets with Marcus, and apologizes; he forgives her and thanks her for clearing his name.
At the end, Vargas and Henderson meet at a diner. Henderson asks her daughter why she called her father. Vargas tells her mother that she was worried her plan might backfire so she decided to get her 'guardian angel' as a backup plan. Henderson warns of the consequences if the truth come out, but Vargas promises that she will make sure Diego stays away unless she needs him. Mother and daughter reconcile as Diego watches from shadows.
#4 - "North of Honor"
When a shooting at a restaurant occurred where three people were killed and seven wounded, the JACTF responds and the shooter is identified as former Marine Simon Riggs, who returned from Iraq three weeks before. Riggs soon does another shooting at an insurance company, where three more are killed and four more injured, leaving Chapel to call NCIS Special Agent Danny Burnett to help track the rogue Marine down. During the case, Shane and Crown introduces CBI Agent Faith Scalieri, who will be assisting Oversight. As Chapel and Burnett speak to Riggs' wife Beverly, she revealed that her husband has severe PTSD and revealed that he has been part of a clinical trial of a new anti-depressant that is supposed to be helping veterans deal with it. Following Scalieri's advice, Vargas, Etheridge, Scott, Hobbs and Warren investigate the drug and, following Shane getting a subpoena, discovered that some of the veterans who took the drug have had psychotic breaks, likely due to the drug's side effects. Vargas, Ramsay, Chapel and Burnett visit Hartman, who previously investigated a similar case involving a Delta Force soldier who took the drug and committed spousal abuse on his wife. Hartman tells them that the soldier admitted that the drug made him worse instead of better over time and they investigate the pharmaceutical company, but the CEO's representative denies any wrongdoing. Then, Riggs appears shooting up the main building of the company.
As JACTF, MCS and NCIS, as well as Scalieri, arrived, they entered the building, seeing several injured people. They then find Riggs in the CEO's office, holding him at gunpoint. Chapel and Burnett enter, as Riggs reveals that the drug made his PTSD even worse due to it's side effects and, to the point that he almost killed a man in a bar fight and even contemplated suicide several times. He eventually discovered what the drug did to the other veterans, but the company covered it up, and when he attempted to go public, they sent hitmen to silence him, but he turned the tables and killed them instead. The people he killed in the restaurant and the insurance company building were many of the company's greedy board members who were involved in the development of the drug and the clinical trial. Chapel and Burnett assure him that they will investigate the drug themselves and Riggs hands them the evidence he has gathered to them before surrendering peacefully as Chapel, Burnett, Lee and Scalieri arrest the CEO for reckless endangerment.
Shane prosecutes the CEO of the company. Despite the defense lawyers' underhanded tactics, the CEO is found guilty and the company was held accountable. Vargas told Shane and the others that the drug is off the market and the company will settle to the veterans and their families. Riggs has been sentenced to a psychiatric facility for treatment for his PSTD. Vargas receives a visit from Cisneros' family as they gathered his final belongings. While some of them understand what happened to Cisneros wasn't her fault, Cisneros' younger sister Carmen angrily blames her for her brother's death, but Vargas defended herself and Lee stood up for her to Carmen. The family then left, but Carmen glares at Vargas.
During the case, Lowry seems distracted during the case. Eventually, he reveals to Shane that Percy left him because of the risks of him working for JACTF and what he went through after being almost killed. As he explains the situation, Lowry tells Shane that Percy wants a break from their marriage, but convinced that his husband will not take him back. Scalieri and Lee speak to Lowry about his marital problems. Vargas tells Delgado about her father being alive and that he was her guardian angel. Delgado, realizing that it was Diego who saved her, Shane and the others from Bridger and the Lannings, thanks Vargas for telling him the truth and that he won't tell anyone else about it.
Also, Crown, still reeling from recent events, is contemplating retirement as he speaks to his wife Debbie about how all the recent events have taken a toll on him. Then, he calls Norman Devlin and informs him about everything and gives him some advice about the meaning of life.
- First appearance of Sophia Bush (Faith Scalieri).
#5 - "Birthday Shock"
At Chelsea's birthday party, she suddenly finds her grand-uncle Jack Etheridge murdered and her mom near it holding a gun with a napkin. As the JACTF arrives, Etheridge says that she found her uncle shortly before Chelsea came in and saw the scene, and picked up the gun she found on the floor near his body. Costas says that the bullet that killed Etheridge's uncle matched the one she had in her hand. Soon, Etheridge is placed under arrest due to the circumstantial evidence against her. Scalieri instructs everyone to work on the case and not to let their personal feelings over Etheridge interfere with their jobs. Vargas and Shane decide to investigate Etheridge's past as they hope to clear her. They soon remember that Etheridge confided in them she was sexually assaulted by a relative. After going over the case files of the crime, Vargas and Shane end up relieving their memories of Gordon raping them. Shane admits that to Vargas that she wanted to end her own life so many times because of the trauma of the abuse, but she couldn't leave Jonathan alone, further stating that the abuse inspired her to become a prosecutor to get sex offenders off the street. She also stated her mother Edith still accepted Jonathan even after discovering what Gordon did to her and her father Glenn initially had some trouble after learning of Gordon's betrayal and Jonathan being the product of rape, but eventually came to accept Jonathan as his grandson. Vargas admits that she wanted to kill Gordon many times, but couldn't do so because of her mother and Angela and that she moved away from her family to start fresh and became a cop, until he found her and forced him to resume his abuse of her under the threat of making Angela his new victim. They discovered a clue that the man accused of sexually abusing her was her cousin Kyle and his parents covered it up. They then realize that Jack must've was murdered in part because her knew about the abuse.
Meanwhile, Chelsea, who doesn't believe that her mother killed her grand-uncle, is shocked that her father, Etheridge's ex-husband Patrick Morris, has arrived. When she asks what he's doing here, he says that he came to surprise his daughter on her birthday, but is surprised to learn that her mother has been arrested on suspicion of murder. Later, Emily and Jonathan arrive to check on Chelsea where they meets Patrick for first time but Jonathan gets suspicious when he catches Emily lie to Patrick about her identity. After Patrick leave, Jonathan confront Emily who admits that she knew Patrick when she was teenager as Ben and confessed that she got involved in gambling business with Patrick but months later, she sets him up to the police after Patrick gets too serious.
Vargas and Shane speak to Chapel and Scalieri about their findings. Chapel says that even if their right, they need more proof than that to officially clear Etheridge, which Scalieri concurs. Vargas and Scalieri then question Etheridge, who reveals that Jack told her at Chelsea's birthday part that he was going to turn in Kyle for a new, recent incident of rape he discovered and his brother & sister-in-law for covering up what Kyle did to Etheridge. Realizing that Etheridge was indeed set up, they release her. Shane then informs Etheridge that her ex-husband is back in town, which unsettles her. With a plan from Vargas and Chapel, Etheridge comes to the residence of Kyle and his parents, Floyd and Alexandria, who are all shocked to see her. She confronts them that Jack was going to turn them all in for what Kyle did to her and another girl that he raped, and his parents covered up again by buying the victim's silence. Kyle says that they don't have evidence against them. Eventually, Kyle, Floyd and Alexandria made full admittance that Jack was going to turn them in, which they feared would put them all in jail, so Kyle killed him and left the gun at the scene due to it being unregistered, which the JACTF gets in recording. The task force then breaches the manor, Vargas quickly apprehends and arrests Alexandria, while Lowry and Hobbs catch Floyd. As Kyle tries to escape, Etheridge cuts him off, lambasting her cousin for sexually assaulting her and suspects he has done the same to other girls. Kyle tries to fight, but Etheridge takes him down in hand-to-hand combat just before Chapel and Ramsay arrive and take him into custody.
After the case, Crown informs Shane and Scalieri that he has decided to retire and someone will replace him soon.
#6 - "The Ballerina"
The JACTF are called to a ballet studio where they find the body of Eugene Bracco, a bodyguard connected to New York-based Gambrione Crime Family is found brutally stabbed to death. Upon searching the body, Vargas gets suspicious when she pulls out a photo of a young man and a young girl from the victim's hand. Immediately figuring that the Gambriones will send someone to track their man down, Crown orders that the couple in the picture be found and put into protective custody immediately. After questioning the other dancers, Ramsay and Chapal learn that the girl in the picture is fellow ballerina Julia Braddick, and the man is her boyfriend, entrepreneur Dante Silver and that Bracco was Silver's bodyguard. Wondering what Silver's connection to the Gambriones is, Vargas and Etheridge find themselves approached by the head of the crime family himself Sal Gambrione, who reveals to them that Dante is his youngest son, who took his mother's maiden name and moved to the West Coast to distance himself from his family; Sal implores the two to find his son no matter what, revealing that Dante was the favorite child of his late wife.
Later, Vargas and Etheridge arrive at Dante and Julia's house but find the place has been ransacked. A search for clues turns up several threatening messages on Julia's email. Now suspecting foul play, the two are forced to up the ante and dig into Dante's business dealings. They and the rest of the task force then interview all of Dante's clients and associates, but can't seem to find any one with a motive to do him or Julia harm. Shortly afterwards, the case takes heartbreaking turn when Julia is found dead in a hotel room, having supposedly hung herself. However, upon completing autopsy, Costas reveals that she was actually murdered and the suicide was staged, sending the task force on the frantic search for Dante while uncertain to label him as a victim or a suspect.
During this time, Crown reveals to the task force that he has decided to retire and that this will be his last case with them; the team is shocked but wishes him the best. Also, in her spare time, Etheridge talks to her family in the aftermath of her uncle Jack's murder and her cousins' arrests, with them agreeing to take things one day at a time.
After a thorough re-combing of suspects, Lowry and Lee discover that one of Daniel's clients, club owner Justin Patrice had lied about his alibi; further investigation uncovers that in the days following Dante's disappearance, Justin cashed a $100,000 check supposedly made out to him from Dante, and that Justin is dating one of Julia's rivals, Bethany Meeks, who has just been promoted to her place in an upcoming ballet production. When questioned, Bethany reveals that Dante had been bankrolling Justin's nightclub "Neon Solid", but had decided to pull out due to the club hemorrhaging too much money in several months, and Justin had begged Dante for more money and more time. She also reveals that she was upset about losing out on another role to Julia and vented her frustrations to Justin, who told her on the day of Eugene's murder and Dante and Julia's disappearances that all of their troubles would be over that day. From there, they conclude that Justin after a last attempt to reason with Dante over money, murdered Eugene, abducted Dante and Julia at gunpoint, forced the former to write endorse a last check, killed Julia and staged her suicide and has possibly killed Dante as well. Tracking him to another one of his properties on a tip from Bethany, the task force arrests Justin, but he refuses to tell them where Dante is. However, the search of the property brings them to a pit of freshly poured cement; the task force digs through it and discovers Dante's body, him having been shot execution-style. When interrogated, Justin smugly tries to claim self-defense, believing that other than his girlfriend's word, they'll never nail him for any of it. However, Vargas and Shane reveal Dante and Eugene's connections to the Gambrione Crime Family, which means he's on the hook for murdering both a made man and the child of a made man. Justin refuses to believe them, until Vargas and Scalieri take him to meet Sal Gambrione and his enforcers who then brag about how they're going to make him suffer for what he's done. Scared out of his wits, Justin confesses and agrees to plead guilty and take the max sentence for all three murders, knowing that the Gambriones will kill him and worse if they ever get to him. Sal sends his thanks to the JACTF before returning to New York.
At the end, the JACTF celebrates Crown's retirement, with him announcing that his old friend Norman Devlin will be taking over from him, with the entire task force wishing him well.
- Final appearance of Richard Schiff (Neil Crown).
#7 - "American Nightmare"
The JACTF welcomes Devlin as he arrives to take Crown's old position. Meanwhile, the task force is called in when a fire at a warehouse uncovers a sweatshop using immigrants as slave labor. Shaw finds the warehouse's breakers switches were taped to prevent safety shut-off and it overloaded, causing a massive electrical short. He and Riley also discover evidence that reveals that the sweatshop owner is also involved in a baby-selling ring, stealing the newborns of the workers and illegally brokering them under the guise of a false charity. Vargas and Chapel interrogate the manager of the sweatshop, but he refused to rat out his employers. While going over evidence, the JACTF starts to suspect a well-known entrepreneur and business owner name Roger Godfrey of the crimes. Devlin and Scalieri says that Godfrey is a billionaire and that he will use any legal means to avoid justice. They send Ramsay, Lee and Hobbs undercover at his office building and have Vargas, Etheridge and Scott do a follow up question to defer suspicion of the undercover operation. Vargas, Etheridge and Scott question Godfrey, who feigns shock about the sweatshop fire and the baby selling ring, as expected. Then Shane and Devlin receive a visit from Las Vegas D.D.A. Rachel Hunsacker (Krysten Ritter), who reveals to them that Godfrey has been under investigation in Vegas for murder of his wife, but they found no evidence to arrest him for it, even though a lot of people know he did it.
During the case, Vargas follows Diego after spotting him near the street. She tails him to a cemetery graveyard where she sees him about to burn Gordon's grave with gasoline but quickly stops him. Diego breaks down in tears and then apologizes to his daughter for not being there when she need him the most. Then, Henderson arrives at the cemetery, confronting the two but Vargas strongly defends herself and her father. Henderson tries to attacks Diego but Vargas stop her before ordering Diego to leave.
Meanwhile, after following Chapel and Scalieri's advice, Ramsay, Lee and Hobbs check out Godfrey's computer and, with Riley's help, they discover evidence of him owning the sweatshop and the names of smuggled babies. Afterwards, Godfrey and many others are arrested and many babies were found and returned to their. Shane prosecutes Godfrey of the crime. Devlin and Hunsacker clash when the latter wants Godfrey delivered to Las Vegas so he can face justice for his wife's murder, but Devlin says that his people are working on finding evidence to that. Sure enough, Ramsay, Chapel and Lowry discover a witness who lied about Godfrey's alibi and, after interrogation, he confessed that Godfrey did kill his wife and he paid him off to keep quiet. Later, Godfrey is convicted of the crimes.
Also, Scalieri works closely with Shaw about an unrelated cold case of the disappearance one of Scalieri's former boyfriends, but they make a shocking discovery that turns the foundation of the case.
At the end, Vargas and Shane spend time with their boyfriend, while Jonathan, Angela and Emily watching a film in a theater. Later, as they leave the theater, they are horrified to find Vargas' car vandalized with the word "cop killer" painted in pig blood on the car.
- Bryan Cranston (Norman Devlin) is upgraded to series regular.
#8 - "In Limbo - Part 1"
The JACTF investigates the deaths of two local politicians in a bathroom at a charity event, but when it's revealed that both had died of drug overdoses, the team gets suspicious of their private lives. Meanwhile, Vargas, feeling guilty, tries to reach out to Cisneros' family, but her plan backfires with serious consequences.
#9 - "In Limbo - Part 2"
As Vargas is hospitalized after being shot, she ends up encountering old friends and foes alike in her unconscious mind, while her family and friends send prayers for her and the task force debates on how to deal with her shooter, who is one of the last people they ever expected.
#10 - "The Closer Network"
As Vargas recovers from her shooting at home, the rest of the JACTF team responds to the violent murder of a acquitted child molester who got off on technicality. Meanwhile, FBI Special Agent Wesley Wayne arrives on scene and informs Etheridge and others that they are tracking a serial vigilante with habit of killing criminals who get off on technicalities or lack of evidence all over the US. Wayne says that the killer is very clever because there are no repeatable patterns or identifiable methods, the killer always uses different weapons, and the murders occur in different cities and different locations at different times. As they investigate the scene and the other crime scenes, they find a suspect, whom Lowry and Lee manage to detain. The killer refuses cooperate, but Riley and Fox discover some heavily encrypted files on his computer that suggests that he wasn't acting alone. Wayne has his tech guys help decrypt the files. After hours of decrypting, the JACTF and the FBI are shocked to discover that they are actually dealing with a whole network of vigilante killers that stretches all across the U.S.. Devlin tells the JACTF and FBI to identify the vigilantes and shut down the network.
During the case, Shane visits Vargas at home with Delgado and Angela present. Being filled in on the case, Vargas expresses wishes to work on the case. Delgado tells her it's for the best since she is recovering from her near-fatal shooting. Vargas later tells Shane about her visions while in the coma; Shane believes she had a near-death experience because she has dealt with a few past victims who've had that experience. As Delgado gets a call, Vargas tells Shane that she had a vision from someone she doesn't know who encouraged her to move forward. Delgado comes over and tells Vargas, with Shane present, that Aldridge who called, to tell her says that Bridger's adoptive father Ralph just killed himself in prison and that she has found something more about Diego's personal life. Vargas asked what it is, and Delgado says that Aldridge will tell her about it when she arrives.
Later, Vargas sneaks out to go shopping, but collapses from the pain outside. Then, a 12-year-old boy (Jackson Robert Scott) comes and helps her up. Vargas asks the boy a favor to go shopping for her which he agrees to do. When he returns with her groceries, Vargas pays the boy, but he then gets nosy over Vargas' personal life. As Vargas tells the boy to mind his own business, Henderson confronts her daughter for being outside before dragging her inside home.
Suddenly, upon learning of the vigilante network, Rachel Hunsacker arrives, revealing one of her defendants was murdered in Las Vegas after getting off due to lack of evidence three years before. She tells Shane, Scalieri, Wayne and Devlin that she suspected it has to be the husband of the woman the defendant killed to be the vigilante responsible, but there was no evidence to prove that and the husband now lives in Anaheim. With that intel, Etheridge sends Hobbs, Scott and Warren to stake out on him. Once the man leaves his home and they get a warrant, Scott, Hobbs and Warren find a heavily encrypted computer, but Warren manages to decrypt it. They discover the list of vigilantes in the network, consisting of cops, judges, prosecutors and relatives of victims and sends it to the JACTF before leaving the house. Then the joint JACTF/FBI/ATF and local police nationwide raid multiple locations and arrest the members of the vigilante network.
Meanwhile, Shaw shows Scalieri that Malcolm Olsen has used his credit card to buy camping gear, duct tape, first aid kit and some other stuff. Scalieri suspects that Malcolm is up to something.
At the end, Vargas and Delgado speak to each other. Delgado confessed that when she was shot, he couldn't stop worrying about her and is happy she made it. Vargas acknowledges that their jobs are high-risk, but she is doing better now and that she will try to be more careful when she returns to work. They admit that they are in love with each other. As Vargas and Delgado share a gentle kiss, Aldridge arrives and reveals that Diego has a son from another relationship while working in the CIA, an intelligent, but autistic teenager name Leo. Vargas left shocked to see the photo of Leo as she realizes that he is the boy who she met outside of her house and sent to go shopping for her.
#11 - "Offenders Non Grata"
The JACTF investigate a series of murders around a homeless shelter, but things turn complicated when they find that all of victims are registered sex offenders. Even more so, Vargas, who is working from a desk on this case, discovers that Gabrielle McConnell (from "The Show Must Go On") is living at the shelter, and soon becomes the prime suspect. Meanwhile, Ramsay and Hartman get a shock when Nancy and Taylor drop a bombshell. Also, Patrick intervenes in Jonathan and Chelsea's budding relationship, before learning a huge secret about Jonathan's aunt Emily.
#12 - " (1)"
The JACTF are investigate the death of a local bank president after he is mysteriously found at bottom of a monument in Utah, Colorado, but they unexpectedly team up with the FJU after it revealed that the victim used to work for mafia-connected businessman Alexander "Alec" Karpov.
- Crossover with The Sullivans
#13 - "Heavy Burdens"
The JACTF teams up with Vargas' ex-partner Detective Cole Larson to investigate two separate assaults on high-ranking city officials, but as the task forces struggles to piece the evidence together, Vargas makes two discoveries about her old friend. Meanwhile, Patrick blackmails Emily over their past and Shane clashes with Gabrielle's mother. Also, Lowry takes a day off to spend time with Percy and his children.
#14 - "Nun Of Your Business"
The JACTF investigate when a young nun goes into hiding after being implicated in the murders of a church's bishop and a visiting diplomat during a church service, but things turn serious when a series of sex allegations are made against the victims, which leads to the uncovering of a sex cult within the church. Meanwhile, Lowry's colleagues gets worried when Percy reports Lowry's disappearance, and Angela gets caught in middle of Patrick and Jonathan's feud.
#15 - ""
As the news about what happened to Lowry sends shockwave, the JACTF demands to find the person responsible but as tension rise, Larson drops a bombshell which results a huge backlash for the detective. Meanwhile, Chapel gets suspicious over his brother's behaviour after a worrying call from Ronnie's ex-wife. Also, Patrick's feelings for Emily grows as they plans a casino scam but Jonathan attempts to ruin their plan.
#16 - "Trip to Berlin - Part 1"
#17 - "Trip to Berlin - Part 2"
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