Vargas & Shane is an American police procedural and legal drama television series, adapted as a spin-off of Hartman.
The series has 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 engaged to 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. She finds out that her father who were believed to be killed in car accident revealed to be alive. Also, she learns that she has a younger half-brother named Leo who currently taking care of him while their father is in prison.
- 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. In second season, Ramsay learns that he is going to be a father and uncle when Beth and his half-sister Nancy is expected a baby.
- 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. In the second season, his life is changed forever when he becomes a victim of a brutal assault by Patrick Morris and then months later, his husband Percy is murdered by Juliet Greico, who had been targeting the relatives of Gordon Fontana.
- 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), a CHP sergeant and 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 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 dating her boss' son and a detective, Cole Larsen.
- 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 has four children; a son and daughter named Cole and Thora from previous relationship with Juliet Greico and two children named Macey and John Paul from his wife who is currently separated.
- Daniel Radcliffe as Percy Novak (seasons 1–2), Lowry's husband who attempts to rebuilding his marriage after his secret past was revealed. At near end of the second season, he is murdered by Juliet Greico after his plan to confront her over her involvement on his husband's attack went wrong.
- 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 and Captain Hartman's son.
- Brenda Song as Detective Sunny Ng, a MCS detective.
- Taraji P. Henson as Lieutenant Dedrie Joseph (season 1; guest season 2), 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 2-3), the C.O. of the MCS and former superior of Vargas and Ramsay.
- Tracy Spiridakos as Detective Thora Price (season 2-present), a MCS detective and Beth's cousin. At season 2 finale, it's revealed that Norman Devlin is her father and his son Cole Larsen is her twin brother.
- Erik King as Sergeant Oakland Everett (season 2-present), a MCS sergeant
- Sadie Sink as Gabrielle McConnell (season 2–present), a trouble teenager girl who Shane allowed her to stay after months of being homeless. She has a trouble history after being sexually abused by her father since she was a child.
- Jason Bateman as Patrick Morris (seasons 2–3), Etheridge's estranged ex-husband and Chelsea's father.
- LaKeith Stanfield as Ronnie Chapel (season 2–present), Chapel's younger brother.
- Krysten Ritter as D.D.A. Rachel Hunsacker (season 2–present), a lawyer from Las Vegas. She is divorced with two children but she reminds friends with her ex-husband Cole Larsen despite their disagreement in the past.
- Stark Sands as Detective Cole Larsen (season 2–present), a LAPD detective who is Vargas' old partner, Norman Devlin's estranged son, Hunsacker's ex-husband and father of their two children. He is currently dating Faith Scalieri.
- Mike Vogel as NCIS Special Agent Danny Burnett (season 3; guest seasons 1–2) an NCIS agent and former SEAL teammate of Chapel's, who often helps the task force on cases involving the Navy or Marine Corps.
- Domhnall Gleeson as Felix McConnell (season 3; guest season 2), Gabrielle's abusive father and a former circus showman.
- William Forsythe as FBI Special Agent Bruce Korzak (season 3), a seasoned FBI agent and Etheridge's former mentor
- Jennifer Love Hewitt as FBI Special Agent Carly Reese (season 3), a relatively-new FBI agent and Kovak's latest protege.
- Michael Kelly as Deputy US Marshal John Jennings (season 3)
- Patrick Wilson as Detective Thomas Scalieri (season 3), Scalieri's older brother and a LAPD detective.
- Pierce Brosnan as Hugh Dineen (season 3), a Irish contract explosive expert and Felix's uncle who seeks revenge against Diego.
- 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 2-3), 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–present; guest season 1), Ariel's supposedly-deceased father who is revealed to be alive and is a CIA contractor.
- Jackson Robert Scott as Leo Avers (season 2–present), 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.
- Julianne Moore as Edith Shane, Charlotte, Shane and Emily's mother.
- Michelle Monaghan as Charlotte Shane (season 2–present), Shane and Emily's older sister.
- Willem Dafoe as Glenn Shane (season 3; guest season 1), Shane, Charlotte and Emily's father.
Season 3 News:
- The producers has confirmed Vargas & Shane and sister series The Sullivans have each been renewed for another season.
- The season will consist of 24 episodes and premiere in late October.
- Season premiere will see the JACTF and MCS will travel to New Orleans to track down Dennis Quaid's character who sets out to find his son.
- Some of the cast of the ended Law & Order: New Orleans will return along with some new cast members five years of the series end.
- Brendan Fraser, Isaiah Washington, Rebecca Romijn, Zac Efron, Marco Sanchez, Jazz Raycole and Aya Sumika will reprise their roles. Also, Jimmy Smits will cameo in his old role as well.
- New cast are Mireille Enos, Lucas Black, Brandon Jay McLaren, Úrsula Corberó and James Marsters.
- Black will play Christian LeBeau, a new detective and native resident to the Big Easy with an classic country attitude.
- Corbero will play Paloma Santiago, a newly-promoted detective and immigrant from Mexico with a hidden past.
- McLaren will play Oscar Russell, a new sergeant brought in as an undercover expert.
- Marsters will play Jason Darby, a new A.D.A. filling in for McCorrea while he's on vacation.
- Enos plays Julie Peterson, a new D.A. investigator and ex-state trooper.
- Jessica Chastain has confirmed that the third season premiere will be her last appearance for the foreseeable future.
- Willa Fitzgerald and T.R. Knight will return for three episodes (including season premiere) which will see Nancy giving birth to her and Taylor's child while getting involved in a dangerous situation during a trip to New Orleans with two characters becoming unexpected helpers.
- Claire Danes will guest-star in the episode to play the mother of Quaid's character's son.
- Michael Kelly will play a Deputy U.S. Marshal who will appear near the end of the season premiere and will recur throughout five subsequent episodes.
- The episode will be 60 minutes special.
- Some of the cast of the ended Law & Order: New Orleans will return along with some new cast members five years of the series end.
- Michelle Monaghan's role will become recurring when the show explores the character's relationship with her sisters following the events of last season.
- The show also confirmed a bipolar disorder storyline for Charlotte, who will develop paranoia and hallucinations after getting rid of her medication.
- Charlotte, Shane and Emily's parents Glenn and Edith will plays a huge role in the storyline as they and Shane become worried for Charlotte's wellbeing and safety.
- Florence Pugh to plays Charlotte's hallucinated "friend" for six episodes. Flashback scenes will reveals the truth behind Charlotte's connection with Pugh's character
- Esme Creed-Miles to plays a younger version of Charlotte (age 18-19) in flashback scenes for four episodes. It will explore Charlotte's early days when she was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
- Asher Angel and Mckenna Grace plays young versions of Keanu (age 15) and Morgan (age 12) during flashback scenes. A baby Ben/Emily will also appear in the scene.
- In episode 10, Shane and her family travel to Alaska for Keanu's birthday but a bombshell from the birthday man could cause tension between his family.
- Adam Brody will guest star as Shane's brother Keanu.
- Kat Dennings will guest star as Keanu's wife and the mother of his three children.
- Luke Evans to plays Charlotte's ex-husband for five episodes (including episode 10). Charlotte will share a tense reunion with her ex during Keanu's birthday party.
- Lin Shaye to plays as Edith's mother and Charlotte, Keanu, Morgan and Emily's grandmother for two episodes (including episode 10). She will make a unannounced arrival to Keanu's birthday party.
- A season-long arc will involved a defense contractor suspected in selling arms to the black market.
- Mike Vogel will recur as NCIS Special Agent Danny Burnett during this season to help in the investigation due to the contractor having ties to the military including the Navy and Marine Corps.
- William Forsythe and Jennifer Love Hewitt will recur as a pair of FBI Agents assigned to assist in the case; Forsythe will portray Etheridge's old mentor, while Love Hewitt will portray his newest protegé.
- Diego Vargas' past will be visited as his loved ones plan to fight for appeal of his sentence⁷.
- Charisma Carpenter will return for four episodes as Rebecca attempts to cause more troubles for her family while currently in prison.
- Pierce Brosnan will play a vengeful man who targets the family over Diego for eight episodes. He will plays a huge part in one other storyline.
- Shane and Finn will make plans to foster Gabrielle throughout the season.
- A main character will goes down a dark path after losing their loved one the previous season.
- Domhnall Gleeson will returns as Gabrielle's abusive father Felix McConnell which sees Felix attempts to get in contact with his daughter and will makes an enemy with a inmate, Diego Vargas.
- Mandy Patinkin and Kathleen Turner will play Jamie Delgado's parents and Theo Rossi and Leighton Messter will play Delgado's siblings. They will turn up in Los Angeles to meet Delgado's fiancée Vargas. They will appear in episode 10.
- In a two-parter, the JACTF find themselves in a "tight situation" while investigating a crime during a huge thunderstorm.
- A main character's life will hangs in balance when being struck by lightning. Their colleagues will makes a risky move as they fight to save them.
- Beth will give birth in the second part of a two-parter episode.
- Jennifer Grey to plays Henderson's younger sister and Vargas and Angela's aunt, Diane for six episodes. She gets involved in Vargas and Delgado's wedding plan.
- Patrick Wilson to plays Scalieri's older brother Thomas, an LAPD detective for eight episodes. His controversial actions will cause some conflict within the JACTF. Also, he has a complicated relationship with his sister because he is jealous of her, believing that she is "dark sheep" in his family.
- Jason Bateman will return for one episode which sees Emily and Lowry visit him in prison.
- Alex Kingston, David Oyelowo and Richard Armitage will have guest star in one episode as British police officers who assist JACTF at California for one case. They will appear in episode 11.
- David Thewlis will return to play Professor James Griffin for one episode where he teams up with JACTF to investigate the murder of goth couple.
- Andie MacDowell to plays Devlin's wife Sherri for four episode where the character will clash with her soon to be ex-husband over their divorce process.
- Chapel and Hobbs will experience racial profiling in one episode when LAPD officers roust them while they are undercover and nearly ruin an operation to capture a long-time federal fugitive. This will occur in episode 12.
- Ed Harris to guest star as Finn's father and a retired police lieutenant for one episode when JACTF investigate his old case.
- Freya Allan to guest star as Hunsacker's troubled niece Susie for three episodes. Hunsacker and Shane will finds themselves getting caught up in Susie's criminal world.
- Rose McGowan has announced that this season will be her last as a regular.
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 its 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 its 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 cover-up though, and turned him into 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 its 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) as a regular.
#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 Fontana 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 (Domhnall Gleeson), 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, Marcus Nightingale 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 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 got knocked out by a bodyguard. 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 18th 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 set him up to be arrested 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 party 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 takes 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"
As Vargas returns to work, albeit on desk duty, the JACTF investigates the murder of a homeless man in a shelter but Ramsay recognizes the victim as a former sex offender. The next day, the task force teams up with Chloe Hartman and the MCS when two more men are found dead in the same shelter and they uncovered to be registered sex offenders from different cases. At the same time, Vargas struggles to work from her desk while still feel reeling about Leo's discovery. As she looks at a photo of homeless shelter, she recognizes a girl in it as Gabrielle McConnell. She goes to the shelter and track downs Gabrielle eventually finding her having an argument with a woman. Vargas confronts Gabrielle about the murders; Gabrielle denies of killing the men but Vargas asks her why she at homeless shelter. Gabrielle quickly shoves Vargas away and runs into the street where she gets arrested by the JACTF for suspicion of murder.
At HQ, Gabrielle defends her innocence as Hartman and Scalieri interrogate her, but Vargas strongly defends Gabrielle, reminding Hartman and Scalieri about Gabrielle's abuse by her father. Meanwhile, Shane and Lowry try to track Gabrielle's mother but a neighbor told them that Gabrielle's mother and siblings have moved away. Gabrielle tells Vargas that her mother kicked her out of the house because she and Gabrielle blamed each other for the latter's abuse and destroying the family's reputation, and she and her friends have cut ties with each other over her father. Though Gabrielle promises that she haven't gone back to her old self, Vargas warns her about the seriousness of the case.
During the case, Nancy and Taylor visit Hartman and Ramsay at work, and tell the two that they having a baby. Also, a jealous Patrick returns as he intervenes in Jonathan and Chelsea's budding relationship. Jonathan gets annoyed when Etheridge convince him to take a break from spending time with Chelsea. Later, Patrick visits Shane at her office to talk about Jonathan and Chelsea but gets nowhere. Then, as Patrick was about to leave, he sees a photo of Shane and her sister, Emily. Shane unknowingly reveals to a shocked Patrick that Emily used to be male and named Ben. Meanwhile, Vargas visits her father in prison and confronts him about Leo. Diego opens up about his relationship with Leo's mother and his heartbreak when she passed away back when Leo was very young and admits to the struggle of raising a child on his own. He then tells Vargas that he named her as Leo's guardian, but she, overwhelmed, leaves without speaking to him further. Later, as Vargas drives to work, she is shocked to see Gabrielle hop in the back seat. She tries to convince Vargas about her innocence, but Vargas berates her for refusing to cooperate. Then, a mysterious driver runs Vargas off the road, sending the car crashing into a fence. The two women then get out, just as a gunman emerges from the other car and starts shooting. Vargas returns fire and runs with Gabrielle in tow.
Hiding from the gunman, Vargas calls Devlin on her cell phone, but is left surprised to hear Leo's voice, having dialed her father's phone by mistake. Knowing that she doesn't have any time to call anyone else, Vargas orders Leo to pass a message, gets somebody to pick her and Gabrielle up. As they wait for somebody, Vargas opens up to Gabrielle about her personal life and family as she admits her struggle of running from her past until she finally got the chance to face it. Then, the two notice Shane's car and run towards it; they are greeted by Shane and Leo, who is in the back seat. As they get in and Shane drives away, Vargas and Gabrielle bond with Leo, who opens up about his personal life. But when Leo calls Vargas crazy like "the crazy woman from homeless shelter", Shane stops the car and confronts Leo about the woman. Leo admits that he saw a woman went to a homeless shelter and then he heard a man screaming. Leo describes the woman, has a brown hair, blue eyes and drive a black car.
As Vargas alerts the JACTF and MCS, Shane drives to the shelter where they spot a black car and follow it. The two are then shocked to see the black car stopped near the town hall along with the same car who ran Vargas off the road. A woman step out of the car, revealing herself as a homeless volunteer who Gabrielle quickly reveals the one she had an argument before her arrest. As Vargas heads to the town hall, Shane sends a photo of the mystery woman to her colleagues; Ramsay reveals the woman as Mary Pearson, the victim of a sexual assault. At town hall, Vargas walks into a meeting where restaurant owner Charles Barnes leads a conversation. As he shares his suggestion about getting rid of sex offenders in the street, Vargas realizes from the group's reactions that they are all a vigilante group. As Vargas tries to leave, Mary and the gunman appear and lock her inside as Barnes and his group hold Vargas hostage. They reveal to Vargas that their children were victims of abuse and sexual assault years ago and have vowed to kill the men responsible, feeling they don't have the right to live for what they've done. Vargas tries to reason with the group, citing that the offenders have served their time for their crimes, but Barnes tells Vargas that it's not enough anymore before slapping Vargas to the floor.
The JACTF and the MCS arrive at the scene where Mary and the gunman engage in a gun fight at them. Barnes runs, taking Vargas with him as hostage. Shane follows him along with Chapel and Lee. Barnes opens fire, but misses. The three chase Barnes, who drags Vargas into a theatre where a special event is held for homelessness. Vargas fights back and breaks free from Barnes who chases her backstage. She accidentally clicked a switch which revealed her to a stage in front of audience. Barnes catches up to her and holds her at gunpoint. She tries to convince him into slowing his weapon but he refuses, insulting the lives of the homelessness and the government's punishment on sex-offenders. As he is about to shoot Vargas, Shane hits him with a fire extinguisher. The two struggle until Gabrielle drive through the stage's back wall, hitting Barnes and knocking him out. A horrified Vargas and Shane rush to Gabrielle and Leo's side to find them unharmed; however, the two women are furious at the damages.
As they was visiting Gabrielle and Leo at the hospital, Vargas and Shane reunite with their colleagues and MCS who revealed that Mary, some of the gunmen and the group members have been caught while giving them a update about Barnes' injuries. Then, the theater director arrives at the hospital, and furiously confronts Vargas and Shane for 'destroying' his theatre, using some sexist language. However, Chapel and Scalieri shut him down, citing that they had helped take down a murderous vigilante, using the town hall as his headquarters, and threaten to investigate him for any role he played in the group, causing him to back off and leave.
At the end, Vargas visits her father again and tells him that Leo is doing fine and that she will be his guardian, a fact that leaves him elated.
#12 - "Rollin' City (1)"
The JACTF are sent to investigate the deaths of a bank president and a Denver-based paralegal after they are found dead at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, but they unexpectedly team up with Denver's FJU after it revealed that both victims have connections to mafia-connected businessman Alexander "Alec" Karpov.
- Crossover with The Sullivans
#13 - "Heavy Burdens"
The JACTF works the case of two brutal assaults on high-ranking city officials in as many days. Vargas then sees her old LAPD partner, Detective Cole Larsen (Stark Sands), at one of the crime scenes. Scott believes that whoever committed the assaults waited for the right moment to strike and likely stalked the victims beforehand. As the JACTF and LAPD investigate, Chapel comes face to face with his brother, Ronnie who reveals that the two city officials were proponents of a controversial city health budget bill, which some of the JACTF are opponents of and others are indifferent towards but Etheridge gets suspicious of how Ronnie knows the bill because of his daily job. Ronnie brushes it off as him just being nosey. As they investigate further, the JACTF thinks someone is attacking those officials because of the bill. Vargas believes that another city official she knows is a proponent for the bill might be targeted next.
As they continue to investigates, Larsen meets Devlin and they are both shocked to see each other. As Devlin tries to talk to Larsen, he coldly walks away. But Vargas notices and confronts Larsen about it. Knowing that Vargas had some secrets in the past, he reveals to her that Devlin is his father. The two have been estranged from for a long time and Larsen knows he's in charge of JACTF. He revealed that he knew about through his ex-wife, Rachel Hunsacker; Vargas was surprised that Larsen and Hunsacker used to be married. Larsen says that they are divorced and they have two children who live with her in Las Vegas. She asked if Devlin knew about his grandchildren and Larsen said he never even knew he was married, let alone a father. Scalieri overhears them and she informs Devlin about it later on. He was utterly shocked by the revelation that his son was married to DDA Hunsacker and has two grandchildren from the marriage.
With plans from Chapel and Scott, the JACTF and LAPD follow another city official. Soon they witness the politician being attacked by two people and they arrest the attackers, who turn out a couple who believes the health budget bill will further eliminate health care and cost the couple's sick son's life. Shane and Devlin investigate the bill and found many things on it highly invasive, eliminates health care for the poor and the statistics on it don't match up, leading them to believe the bill is a total scam by the three city officials.
During the case, Shane opens up to Vargas about Gabrielle staying in her home and how it has impacted her and Finn's relationship. As Shane shares her plan to tracks down Gabrielle's mother, Vargas reveals the location where Marie is staying. Later, Shane goes to Torrance as she finds Gabrielle's mother and her siblings staying in an apartment. Shane attempts to convince Marie to take Gabrielle back but Marie refuses and blames Gabrielle for "destroying" the family. Shane strongly defends Gabrielle as she reminds Marie her daughter's abuse. However, when Marie badmouths rape victims, Shane furiously punches her and threatens Marie to stay away from Gabrielle.
Meanwhile, Patrick bumps into Emily in the train station. Emily unknowingly flirts with Patrick until he tells he that he know who she really is. Emily tries to explain herself, but Patrick blames Emily for ruining his career and demands her to pay up or he threatens to expose the truth. Also, Lowry arrived at the countryside where he surprises Percy and their children. Lowry and Percy rekindle their love. Then, Lowry notice Percy acting suspicious and asks him if he's been seeing another man, but Percy tells Lowry that somebody has been threatening him as he shows his husband threatening letters and a old photo of his biological family. Percy admits to Lowry that he is embarrassed of being a Fontana. As he leave, Lowry tells Percy that he is not evil like his father, his adopted brother or his uncle, as he promise to protect their family.
After the case, Shane comforts to Vargas about what happened with Marie and decided to let Gabrielle stay, but worries over how will Finn reacts. Scalieri confronts Larsen about rejecting his father, but Larsen defends himself and warns Scalieri to stay out of their business. But as Larsen and Scalieri continue to argue, Larsen unexpectedly kisses Scalieri, who furiously slaps him.
At the end, as Lowry drives back to Los Angeles, he notices a black car following him. He attempts to evade the driver by driving away, but he accidentally crashes into a lamp post. He escapes unharmed, but a mysterious person chases him into a forest and pushes him down into the hill, injured his leg. Lowry tries to escape and attempts to call for help but gets knocked out...
#14 - "Nun Of Your Business"
The JACTF is sent to investigate a double homicide at a church where the church's bishop and a visiting diplomat were murdered during church services. Costas confirms that both victims received multiple stab wounds by a blade with a wooden shaft. As they investigate the crime, everyone wonders where Lowry is, but decided to focus on the case. Vargas and Scott discover that a young nun, Sister Leslie, was in the church at the time of the murders, but disappeared shortly afterwards. Fingerprints on the murder weapon matches Sister Leslie's, which implicates her and an APB is sent out on her. Etheridge has Riley checks the victims' background and found that each of them has a series of sex allegations made against them. After revealing her findings, Scalieri tells everyone to thread lightly when it comes to the church. Vargas, Ramsay and Chapel search the church campus and a woman comes out in a trance. As Vargas, Chapel and Ramsay talk with her, she subtly reveals that she and the others are being sexually abused inside the church, leading everyone to discover a sex cult within the church. Fox discovers that Sister Leslie has a mother living in Santa Barbara and Vargas and Etheridge go there. There they spot Sister Leslie, trying to flee, but Vargas stops her and she & Etheridge calm her down. After being brought for questioning, Sister Leslie reveals that she saw a fellow nun about to be sexually abused by the bishop and the diplomat, like she was by them and others from both outside and inside the church. So she grabbed the blade and killed both of them before running out. With others coming forwards, all the members of the cult are arrested. Shane prosecutes the offenders and all of them are convicted, while Sister Leslie is acquitted, but is also removed from the church.
During the case, Lee came to Scalieri and Devlin and informs them that Percy called her, saying that he hasn't seen Lowry since they made amends and he is getting worried. With Devlin's approval, Scalieri sends Lee and Hobbs to find Lowry.
Meanwhile, Jonathan confronts Patrick about his threats towards his aunt Emily. Patrick warns him that Emily is not who he think she is, but he brushes this off and orders him to stay away from her if he knows what's good for him. Later, Patrick bumps into Angela in the street where he flirting with her. Patrick invited Angela to his apartment where he attempts to seduce her but a furious Jonathan arrive and punched Patrick. Angela left horrified of Patrick's plan as Patrick badmouths the siblings' father. Jonathan tries to attack Patrick until Emily arrived and stops her nephew. As Emily drags Jonathan and Angela into her car, Emily gives Patrick most of the money that she owns before orders Patrick to stay away from Jonathan.
At the end, after a long search, Lee and Hobbs later finds Lowry's crashed car, but no sign of him. As they search for him the forest, Hobbs finds the bloodied and unconscious Lowry on the tree near the river. As Hobbs calls it in, Lee tends to Lowry as she calls Etheridge to notify her of what happened...
#15 - "Bad to the Bones"
As Lowry is rushed to the hospital, the shocked JACTF members arrive on the scene. Lee and Hobbs tell Shane, Etheridge, Chapel and Scalieri what they saw when they found him as Vargas and Ramsay check the crime scene out. They learn that someone followed him and chased him down. Ramsay tells everyone that Lee told them that Percy called him after he and Lowry made amends, while Vargas wondered where Lowry and Percy were at before Lowry's attack. Surgeon Dr. Edward Foster (Scott Klace) comes out and reveals that Lowry has sustained two broken ribs, a severe concussion, a skull fracture, a swollen right eye and a dislocated left leg. He believes that even he wakes up, Lowry probably will have some memory loss. As Lee argues loudly with Scalieri about how to find Lowry's attacker, Devlin and Etheridge stop them, reminding them that arguing will not find Lowry's attacker. Then, the JACTF are shocked to meet Lowry's parents Palmer and Bree (Timothy Dalton and Glenn Close) who arrived at the hospital.
Using the tracking system on Lowry's car, Vargas and Ramsay drive to the countryside cabin where Lowry and Percy were at. Seeing that no one was there, they check out the place. Ramsay finds some threatening letters directed at Percy. As they read the letters and find a old photo of Percy's biological family. Vargas realizes Lowry's attack has to be related to the Fontana family. They called Shane's phone and tells her & everyone else that Percy is missing, along with their three children and that they found the letters and a photo of Percy's biological family. Then Larsen arrives and reveals a bombshell he has discovered about Lowry's attack. Shane asks if it had something to do with Percy's familial connection to the Fontana family and Larsen confirms it but he explains that he has been haunting a serial attacker who has been targeting and attacking men around Los Angeles for 4 years but the person haven't be caught.
Meanwhile, Chapel gets a call from Ronnie's ex-wife June, saying that Ronnie has been behaving erratically and is worried about him, stating that she currently doesn't want their children near him because of it. Chapel confronts Ronnie about his behavior and he revealed that he is in debt with a loan shark and is trying to prevent his bar from being closed. At the same time, Vargas, Shane and Larsen tracks Percy who angrily confronts his neighbour with a shotgun but the neighbour strongly denied of attacking Lowry or threatening Percy but strongly blame Percy's family for her daughter's rape in the hand of his uncle Gordon. Shane quickly talks Percy around as Vargas take the shotgun off. Then, a gunfire hits at the street, nearly hits Vargas, Shane, Percy and Larsen.
Also, the conflict between Jonathan and Patrick escalates. As a result, Jonathan visits Angela and they team up with a revenge plan against Patrick. Later, the two follow Patrick to Ronnie's bar where Patrick plays a legal poker game. Jonathan tells one of the players that Patrick is cheating which results a fight as Angela calls the police. As police officers arrived at the scene, most of the customers rush out of the scene while Jonathan steals Patrick's winnings and Ronnie ends up getting arrested while trying to break up the fight. Later, Jonathan and Angela follows a beaten up Patrick to a mysterious woman's house. Minutes later, Jonathan films Patrick having sex with the woman in a dark bedroom.
Later, Percy finally arrives at the hospital, but Palmer furiously blames Percy for Lowry's condition. As Percy and Palmer continue to argue, Bree orders them to stop them for Lowry's sake. The three sits by Lowry's hospital bedside as he reminds in the coma.
At the end, Vargas and Delgado go on a date, Shane and Finn speak with Gabrielle about her living situation, Chapel tries to support Ronnie following his arrest and Scalieri works with Shaw on finding out more on Fred and Malcolm Olsen. Also, Jonathan and Angela discuss about their recent action as Jonathan vows to destroy Patrick's life but Angela is worried about consequences as she reminds him about Patrick's mystery woman. However, Jonathan tells Angela that the woman will regret getting involved with him.
#16 - "Tick-Tock"
When nine-year-old Sondra Hoch is apparently kidnapped and held for ransom, the JACTF investigates. As they question Sondra's parents, Ray and Mary-Louise, Vargas and Etheridge investigate the scene of the apparent kidnapping. Then, after the task force explores and goes through the usual suspects, the parents of one of Sondra's friends arrives to pick up their daughter. When questioned, they tell Vargas and Etheridge that Sondra is actually staying with them. The shocked Vargas and Etheridge go to their house and it is confirmed that Sondra is with her friend and her family. Suspecting something is off, Chapel has Riley checked the family's financial records and discovers that the Hoch family is in debt due to Ray's attempt to built a large apartment complex; the construction has fallen behind schedule due to multiple delays, which have left Ray on the brink of bankruptcy and the complex currently unfinished.
Chapel sends Scott and Hobbs to follow Ray. As they trail him to Los Angeles River under the bridge, they see him meeting with two people, his lawyer and his insurance man, to collect kidnap/ransom insurance money if he gets what he wants. Realizing that Ray faked his daughter's kidnapping to collect the insurance money with his lawyer and insurance rep involved, Scott and Hobbs notify Chapel. Then the other JACTF personnel arrive and arrest Ray and his conspirators. Horrified by her husband's actions and lies, Mary-Louise tells him she is divorcing him and will ensure that he never sees Sondra again.
At the same time, Patrick arrives at the station to confront Chapel and accuses Ronnie of stealing from him. Chapel tries to defended Ronnie, but Patrick tells Chapel this isn't the first time that has Ronnie ripped off his customers. Percy shares a update to Shane, Devlin and Scalieri about Lowry's current condition, but Shane and Devlin get suspicious about Scalieri's behavior. Later, Shane decides to follow Scalieri when she sneaks out.
Meanwhile, as Jonathan edits the video, Emily reveals Jonathan that she has gone to buy a new house. As she show photos of the new house, Jonathan is horrified as he remembers the same house that he and Angela saw Patrick in. Then, Emily reveals that her new boyfriend helps her to get the house, leaving Jonathan a bit suspicious over the boyfriend's identity. Later, Jonathan and Angela argue over the next plan and Emily's new "boyfriend" when they spot Emily meeting somebody in their car. They track down Emily in the hotel and are horrified to see Emily getting cozy with Patrick. As Jonathan and Angela start reeling over the discovery, a flashback reveals it was Emily who slept with Patrick on the night when Jonathan filmed them. Jonathan tells Angela that their plan is over, explaining that he don't wants to ruin his aunt's life, which Angela strongly agree. Later, Jonathan deletes the video of Patrick and Emily off his computer.
Meanwhile, Shane tracks Scalieri outside of town where she saw Scalieri confronts Malcolm Olsen. Malcolm strongly defends his innocence but Scalieri refuses to believe him, reminding him the pain he brought to his victim's family and Cooper's family. Malcolm remains defiant as Scalieri threatens him with her gun, but Shane steps in and orders Scalieri to stop. Scalieri reminds Shane what Malcolm did to her friend's brother. Then Fred showed up with his own gun and orders Scalieri to let go of his son and drop her gun. As Fred and Malcolm force Shane and Scalieri to the cabin at gunpoint, Fred reveals that he killed Cooper when he discovered pornographic pictures of young boys, the same age of Scalieri's friend's brother, in Olson's car. As they are about to kill them, making it look like murder-suicide in the process, they heard a bear growl. Scalieri picks up the shovel and hits Fred in the face as Shane pushes a chair at Malcolm. During the fight, a grizzly bear breaches the cabin's door. As Shane and Scalieri run, the bear attacks Fred and mauls him to death. Before Malcolm can escape, the bear attacks him and he loses Scalieri's gun, which she takes back. As Shane and Scalieri run back to their cars and got away, the bear roars at them and leaves the scene.
At the end, Shane and Scalieri get checked over in the hospital, where they learn Malcolm has been found still alive but in serious condition. A furious Scalieri breaks down over Malcolm's condition, but Larsen comfort her before they share a kiss. Meanwhile, Vargas and Shane visits Lowry's hospital bedroom, where his father Palmer opens up about his failure at being a parent to Lowry before vowing to finds the person who puts his son in a coma.
Also, at Shane's house, Jonathan and Angela spend time with Gabrielle, Chelsea and Leo, watching a horror film, not knowing that somebody is watching them.
#17 - "Trip to Berlin - Part 1"
The JACTF and MCS travels to Berlin and teams up with police agency to investigate the murder of a young American couple with a 12 year old girl as a person of interest, but the teams become divided over the situation.
#18 - "Trip to Berlin - Part 2"
After suffering a huge setback in the case, Vargas secretly teams up with a familiar source, but they find themselves in danger when they make a discovery which could change everything.
#19 - "An Eye for an Eye"
One late evening, Hobbs shares a sexual conversation with an adult star during a live cam session. As they flirt with each other, a stranger appears out of the shadows and violently attacks the woman as Hobbs watches in horror. Then, the stranger smashes the woman's head into the wall, knocking her out. Hobbs quickly rushes to the woman's apartment, which is on the floor below his, where he tries to save her, but she dies just as emergency service arrive. As Hobbs' colleagues arrive, he tells them that he saw the door open and heard her inside, but Vargas and Etheridge get suspicious as they notice his strange choice of clothes. Later, the two look at the victim's computer where they find a strange user in her account. As they have their analysts to track the user, they discover the address is Hobbs'. They question Hobbs again, who admits that he saw the woman getting killed, but then confessed that he has been secretly meet women on live cam, and that this one happened to be his downstairs neighbor; he then opens up about his failed marriage and his trouble with relationships since then.
Later, Hobbs' ex-wife, Grace (Gabrielle Union) arrives at the station and furiously confronts him, showing an website article which details Hobbs' "relationship" with the victim. Hobbs denies of having a relationship with the woman, explaining that nothing happened between them but Grace refuses to believe him, ordering him to stay away from their son. Later, after Scott and Lee find an another article about Hobbs and his personal life, the latter breaks down and begs the JACTF to help him clear himself.
At the same time, Vargas takes a look at the same website, but gets suspicious when she hears Jonathan's voice in one of the video that she looks at. When she shows the video to Shane, her friend tries to brush off Vargas' worries, reasoning her that somebody made the video, but they are shocked to see Jonathan's name in the video. The two quickly report the video and get it removed from the website. Shane begs Vargas not to tell anyone about Jonathan's video, but Vargas isn't so sure.
Meanwhile, the JACTF visit Lowry, who has woken up from his coma. Later, Scalieri and Larsen tries to question him about his attack, but Lowry gets upset as he struggles to remember. Palmer argue with Scalieri and Larsen, but Lowry stands up to his father and vows to remember who was responsible.
Also, Devlin finds himself dealing with work and being a grandfather at the same time when he looks after his grandchildren, Keith and Claire. When, Keith and Claire ask him when they will meet their grandmother, Devlin quickly changes the subject as he struggles with his feelings over his failed marriages.
Later, the JACTF sets up Hobbs on a 'date' at a theme park as a plan to trap the killer. As the person arrives, Hobbs and his colleagues are shocked and horrified to see Hobbs' "date" is a 16 years old teenage. Even worse, Hobbs recognizes him as the son of one of his neighbors, Jordan. Despite his fears, Hobbs plays along until the boy confesses his feelings to Hobbs. He rejects Jordan and tries explains the situation, but Jordan accused Hobbs of being a pervert and threatens to hurt the people that he loves and pulls a gun, forcing Hobbs walk through the park. Then, Jordan sees Vargas and Etheridge arriving and attempts to shoot them, but Hobbs pushes him out of the way. Jordan runs, and Hobbs chases him into the water ride enclosure where they fight before Jordan is knocked into the water. Hobbs rescues the panicked Jordan (who can't swim) before dragging both of them to safety where the JACTF arrest Jordan for murder and stalking.
As the team finishes the case, the JACTF members all get a weird message on their phones. Upon checking them, they are mortified to see the video from, before being reposted on social media on Jonathan's account. As Shane tries to defend her son, the team gets an even nastier surprise when they see photos of Patrick and Emily in the video, exposing their relationship. Etheridge attacks Shane, confronting her about Jonathan's video and Patrick and Emily's relationship. As Shane and Etheridge argue over the video, an upset Emily calls her sister, confronting Shane about Jonathan's video of her and Patrick. Shane tries to defend her son, but Emily refuses to believe her sister before branding her own nephew as a "monster" like his dad. As Emily hangs up, she breaks down in silence and having a panic attack before rushing out of her house.
At the end, Vargas tracks down Jonathan in a shopping mall with Chelsea, Angela, and his friends, convince Jonathan to come home. There, he is horrified to see his video being posted on his social account. As Jonathan pleads with Vargas and Chelsea that he didn't post that video and insists that he deleted it, Patrick arrives and publicly confronts him over the video. Jonathan tries to defend himself, admitting that he did film the video and intended to post it, but thought better of it and deleted it. Recalling the prior burglary at the house, Chelsea then suggests that whoever stole his laptop, hacked it and his social media, recovered the video and posted it, but Patrick refused to believe this and accuses Jonathan of setting up the burglary. Then, Jack and Ng arrive and stop Patrick from attacking Jonathan before arrest the latter for revenge porn...
#20 - "Shades of Anger"
As Angela and Jonathan are questioned by MCS detectives, Vargas and Shane speak to Hartman, with Joseph, Everett, Jack and Price present, about what Jonathan told Vargas about the video. Although Hartman believes them, she states that she has to pursue the case since it was their video that was uploaded on the internet (making huge publicity) and it was originally Jonathan's idea to make the video and, even though he opted not to at the last second, it was still uploaded from his computer, despite Shane's argument in his defense. Hartman further states Angela & Jonathan's prior history doesn't work in their favor as well. Joseph suggests that they should have the squad's tech analyst Jasper Baron investigate the source of the upload and question Jonathan and the others about the vandalism and any suspicious activity, which could lead them to find who stole the laptop and uploaded the video. Jonathan tells the detectives that Angela has nothing with the video or wasn't there on the night when he filmed the video, denied of her involvement. Learning that Jonathan will face the charge than Angela, Vargas has already called lawyer Frank Anderson to represent Jonathan. When he arrives, he told Vargas and Shane that he will handle things, but probably will need some assistance because of the publicity of the case. Shane says she'll handle it as Henderson arrived. Hartman tells Vargas and Shane that she will handle the case and that she'll keep them up to date.
Then, Vargas gets a call from Chapel, informing her that Ronnie's loan shark has been shot dead during a night out. As Vargas arrives at the crime scene, she meets Ramsay and Chapel. As Costas determines that the loan shark was shot with a .9mm Beretta pistol, Chapel somberly admits that Ronnie owns the same type of gun, but Vargas and Ramsay assure that it's common model that anyone could own. Then some of the loan shark's goons arrive and demanded answers, but Ramsay and the other officers hold them back despite some resistance. After Shaw check with ballistics, the bullets on the body are found to not match Ronnie's pistol.
Meanwhile, Henderson comforts Angela after the detectives let her go as she explains that Jonathan told the police that she wasn't there when he filmed the video nor did she have any involvement of creating video. Despite being happy about being cleared, Angela admits her worry for Jonathan before confessing to her mother the truth. Henderson promises Angela that she will keep her name out and vows to get Jonathan out of the situation. At same time, Shane tries to find Emily but bumps into Patrick. She furiously confronts him for ruining her sister's life, but Patrick reminds Shane of her son's "actions" and vows to expose what kind of person Jonathan really is, at which she counters that she already knows what kind of person Patrick is and knows why it's why his marriage to Etheridge fell apart. As Shane and Patrick argue, they see a car arrive and Shane is shocked to see her mother Edith and sister Charlotte (Michelle Monaghan) exit it. Edith furiously confronts Shane over Jonathan's actions while demanding answers for Emily's whereabouts. Shane attempts to lie to her mother and sister about Emily, but Patrick told them that Emily runs away because of her nephew's video. Shane attempts to defend her son, but Charlotte brands Jonathan a "bully" like his dad. Edith, however, vouches that Jonathan is not like his father after having spent time with him and will hear Shane's side of the story once they find Emily. As Edith and Charlotte go to search for Emily, Patrick promise Shane that he will do anything to have Jonathan locked up in prison, while Shane counters that she will do anything to clear her son's name and, should he try anything, she'll ensure that Patrick is the one who ends up in jail himself for harassment among other things.
Chelsea stands up for Jonathan and Angela to her mother, informing her that Jonathan did delete the video after deciding not to at the last second, and whoever stole his laptop recovered the video and uploaded it. Scalieri, although displeased about Angela and Jonathan's actions, allows Vargas to continue with the case as long as she stays out of the shadows. Meanwhile, Scott and Lee discover the loan shark had a lot of enemies. Ronnie admits to his brother that the loan shark was visited by a disgruntled man who gave him some money. After getting the description, Riley and Warren match the description of gym owner Bruce Kennedy, who owed a lot money to the loan shark and cameras confirm it was around the time shortly after the time of the murder. Etheridge and Scalieri have Vargas, Ramsay, Chapel, Scott and Lee go find Kennedy. While en route, Vargas also stands up for Jonathan to Etheridge, saying that Jonathan admitted his mistake in making the video and that he had the good sense to delete it before someone else recovered and uploaded it, and it happened behind her and Shane's back. Etheridge says to Vargas that she is upset that her daughter would hang out with Jonathan, but understands the circumstances of the situation as they arrived at to Kennedy's gym. When they find him there, the loan shark's men arrive and engaged in the shootout in the gym. Kennedy tries to evade the police and the gunmen. After calling for backup, Vargas, Ramsay, Etheridge and Scott hold off the gunmen as Kennedy tries to escape until Chapel and Lee catch him. As the two gunmen are about to shoot Kennedy, Chapel shoots down one of them and both Vargas & Etheridge kill the second escaped gunman. Kennedy confesses that he killed the loan shark because he was going to ruin the business that he established to support his family. The JACTF detain Kennedy and the loan shark's surviving man.
Meanwhile, Henderson talks to MCS detectives about Jonathan, explaining that he was bullied by Patrick over his relationship with Chelsea. She attempts to convince the detectives to go easy on Jonathan, but accidentally confirmed about Angela's true whereabouts.
Also, Devlin gets jealous over Larsen's relationship with Scalieri after catching them spending a night together. As Scalieri tries to defends her relationship with Larsen, Devlin opens about being the one only parent in Larsen's life, explaining his mother abandoned him when he was a baby. He described her as "very complicated" during their relationship and having a troubled life. Devlin admits he attempted to track her down but he learned that her identity was a fake. He tells Scalieri that he never understood why she abandoned her son and him. Scalieri comforts Devlin and promises him that she won't hurt Larsen as she confesses her love for him.
At the end, Vargas speaks with Aldridge via phone call as they talk about more evidence of Ralph Fontana's death, but Vargas gets distracted when Leo tells her that Angela is acting weird. As Vargas tries to comfort a worried Angela over Jonathan, Henderson arrived and tells her daughters that she has sorted everything out. Then, police officers arrive and arrest Angela for revenge porn. As Angela expresses anger at her mother, Vargas tells her to not make things worse before furiously confronting her mother for doing so and landing Angela in huge trouble.
Also, Shane and Finn arrive at their house where Gabrielle tell them that the police is searching the house. Hartman tells Shane and Finn that there is new evidence against Jonathan and Angela, explaining about Patrick's missing money. As Shane tries to defend her son once again, she gets a phone call from Patrick who tells a horrified Shane that Emily is in the hospital after overdosing with drugs. Patrick threatens to ruin Jonathan's life, blaming Emily's overdose on him. As Shane struggles to finds her words, a detective walks out of Jonathan's room and reveals a huge bag of cash, found in his closet...
- Lowry doesn't appear in this episode.
#21 - "What's Done in the Dark"
With Chapel, Scott and Lee off to Denver with Hartman, Jack and Ng, the remaining JACTF members struggle to hold the front while Angela and Jonathan continue to be the big talking point. Etheridge and Shane continue to clash over their children and their case while Vargas refuses to talk to her mother. Then, a brick gets thrown into the window of their HQ and a man calls out Vargas' name. The JACFT go outside where a man (Dennis Quaid) confronts Vargas about his missing wife and son before accusing her of murder, but Vargas denies knowing anything. As the JACFT attempts to clam the situation, Scalieri and Larsen arrive and the man recognize the latter, but Larsen denies knowing him. Then, the man gets the public's attention as he identifies himself as Walter Quinn and reveals Vargas and Larsen had his wife Anna and son Joshua killed 10 years ago. The two detectives defend themselves and call Walter a liar, but he claims that he has proof of them taking bribes from his wife. Larsen tells him that his wife wanted to escape from him, but he refuses to believe this, and tries to attack him. Etheridge and Hobbs push Walter away from Larsen and cuff him, as I.A. detectives arrive and have Vargas and Larsen taken in for questioning over the matter.
While being questioned, Vargas gets confused as the detectives question her about Larsen's involvement in the "murder", revealing his DNA was on the burning car. Vargas defends her ex-partner but admits that Anna paid them to get her and her son out of the country, explaining her husband's abusive behavior. As she was set to leave, a confused Vargas asks the detective if Anna was really Walter's wife; she tells them that the woman never explained who her husband was except that he was rich, powerful, and well-connected. The detective confirms to Vargas that she was Walter's wife as he give her their wedding photo. Outside of station, Vargas meets up with Shane and Scalieri as she shares her confusion about Anna's relationship with the father of her son, explaining that Anna told her that she had been trapped in an abusive relationship for years. She became pregnant and decided to leave him for good, but Walter found them not long after she gave birth and demanded shared custody of their son. Months later, after an intense battle in court, he managed to win joint custody. Anna still refused to allow Walter anywhere near Joshua, but the judge threatened to sent her to prison and grant Walter full custody, after which Walter vowed that he'd ensure that Anna would never see her son again. She unexpectedly asks Vargas and Larsen, who had replied to many of her domestic violence calls as patrol officers and had kept in touch with her and paid them to get her and her son out of the country. Larsen was reluctant want to get involved any further, but Vargas, seeing the situation mirroring her abusive relationship with her stepfather, accepted the deal and drags her partner into helping. One night, Vargas and Larsen took Anna and Joshua to the airport, but found that police officers paid off by Walter, were at the airport. The two distracted the officers by creating the car explosion, while Anna slipped into the airport and boarded a private airplane with her son. Shane is left upset at Vargas' confession, reminding about her dad faking his death, but Vargas defends herself, explaining that Anna didn't have any choice and that they couldn't just let Walter keep abusing her, reminding her of their own abuse at Gordon's hands for years.
Vargas returns to JACTF HQ where her colleagues demand answers from her; Shane and Scalieri tell them the truth. Later, Larsen arrives at the HQ along with Hunsacker and tells the JACTF that he has been suspended due the ongoing investigation while Hansacker reveals that a witness identified him at the scene of car explosion. As Vargas tries to confront him, Larsen blames Vargas for getting involved with Anna's situation and warns Vargas that they both could lose their badges before storming off. Later, Vargas and Shane arrive in court along with Finn, Delgado, Gabrielle and Chelsea by their sides. Shane gets uncomfortable when she see Charlotte and Patrick attending as well and attempting to get Jonathan and Angela bail. Later, Angela is released on bail, but Jonathan's bail is set too high for his family to pay, out of concern that he will go after Patrick and new witness' statement.
Later, Charlotte tells Shane about Emily's condition before admitting Shane that she convinced Emily to make that statement, explaining that Emily knows what kind person Jonathan really is. As Shane slaps Charlotte across her face, Henderson arrives and calms her down. Henderson tries to talks to her daughters, but they still refuses to talk her. Outside of courtroom, Patrick questions Charlotte about Jonathan. Charlotte tells Patrick that Jonathan's father was monster who ruined Shane's life; she admits that she never understand why Shane kept Jonathan despite the fact he was conceived by rape. As they was walking to the hospital, Patrick gets a threatening message from a unknown person, talking about the lesson of consequences for being a "traitor" and mocking his relationship with Emily.
At the station, the task force confirms some of Vargas' suspicious correctly as Astrid and Shaw tell the JACTF that the wedding photo of Walter and Anna is fake and has been photoshopped, but some of members express confusion over this. Vargas and Etheridge travel outside of Beverly Hills where they track down Anna's parents, who open up about Anna's relationship with Walter. When Vargas asked Anna's parents about her marriage, they reveal that Anna never really married Walter, explaining that Walter and his men used a phony sob story after the disappearance, claimed that Anna blackmailed him into keeping "their marriage" secret from the public. When Etheridge asks about the judge from custody battle, Anna's mother tells her that the judge was involved in the scam and had been friends with Walter for years, and even played a part in sabotaging Anna's chances of custody of Joshua. As Vargas and Etheridge start to leave, Anna's mother warns them that Walter will probably come after them.
Later, Vargas returns to Los Angeles and reunites with Delgado, Leo and Angela to have dinner at a restaurant. Angela gets uncomfortable with of the customers watching her but Vargas convince Angela to ignore them. Then, Vargas sees Henderson arriving in the restaurant, but is horrified to see Walter as her date. While Delgado, Leo and Angela continue with their dinner, Vargas spies on Henderson and Walter on their date and overhears Henderson talking about her personal life to Walter. Then, as Walter attempts to manipulate Henderson into revealing her older daughter's personal life, Vargas gatecrashes Henderson and Walter's date. Henderson gets annoyed with Vargas, but Vargas tells her mother that she wants to know her new "boyfriend". Walter tries opens up about his personal life, but gets annoyed when Vargas questions about his love life and lashes out at her, questions her about her "relationship" with her stepfather. Henderson furiously punches Walter, defending her daughter. As Vargas and Angela attempt to calm their mother down, Larsen and Scalieri arrive at the restaurant. A furious Larsen gets involved in the argument as Walter confronts Larsen about his wife and son's whereabouts, but Vargas reveals that she knows Anna was never married to Walter and he staged his fake marriage after Anna disappeared with his son to protect his own reputation. As Walter furiously grabs Vargas to attack her, the MCS police arrived and arrest Walter. Walter furiously vows vengeance on Vargas and Larsen, threatening their lives and their loved ones before being dragged into a waiting patrol car.
The next day, Shane visits Gideon Chess as they talk about Jonathan's bail. Chess tells her that he knows somebody that can help, but warns Shane it could take days, explaining the current situation in the investigation. Meanwhile, Beth goes to the hospital for a doctor's appointment and decides to visits Lowry while she waits. As she notices tension between Palmer and Percy, Beth convinces them both take a break and let her looks after Lowry for a while, which they agree with. She then takes Lowry a tour around the hospital in a wheelchair. He then starts to have a panic attack, and as she tries to help him, Beth nearly collapses before calling a doctor help. Later, Vargas, Ramsay, Scalieri and Larsen arrive at the hospital at Lowry's hospital bedroom. He tells his colleagues that remember he see somebody standing when he was attacked, described their voice as that of a male. Then, Vargas and Larsen notice Scalieri's demeanor when she questions Lowry about attacker's behavior. They quickly force her out of the room and confront her; she expresses belief that Malcolm Olsen was the one who attacked Lowry, but Larsen tells her that Malcolm has alibi for that night. Scalieri then tries to convince Vargas and Larsen that Olsen could've send someone to attack Lowry on his behave, but Vargas tells her they found no evidence of such. Scalieri gets upset with the two detectives and storms off.
Meanwhile, Ramsay comforts his wife over her near-collapse but then Beth tells Ramsay that the reason why she went to the hospital because she believes that she is pregnant. Later, Vargas and Larsen discuss Scalieri's belief of Malcolm Olsen being Lowry's attacker, and their situation with Walter Quinn. Larsen apologizes to Vargas for his prior outburst and not protecting her in the past, but Vargas tells Larsen that he was a good friend and partner. Then, Shane arrives at the hospital where she attempts to visit Emily, but Vargas stops her. She breaks down and attempts to convince Vargas to let her speak Emily, but Vargas warns Shane that the consequences of this encounter could come off as harassing a witness. Then, Edith arrives and comforts a upset Shane. Shane attempts to convince Edith to let her speak with Emily, but Edith tells Shane that Emily is still traumatized over what happened, but is in good shape otherwise and persuades Shane to give her time. Then, as she starts to leave, Larsen gives Shane a paper with Hunsacker's number and convinces her to get another D.A. involved.
Later, Vargas and Larsen arrive at the HQ where Etheridge tells them that they arrested one of the people involved with Walter's scheme, but cannot find the judge. Devlin then questions them about Scalieri's whereabouts, but the two remark they haven't seen her since the hospital. Larsen calls her but is horrified to hear Walter's voice on the other end. Walter tells Larsen that he has Scalieri and wants his son or he will kills her. Meanwhile, Shane meets up with Hunsacker at a cafe, she attempts to convince Hunsacker to help her and Anderson with Jonathan and Angela's case, explaining that Jonathan's future is more under threat than Angela, but Hunsacker turns her down. As she is about to leave, Shane tells her that she knows her niece was one of Gordon's victims. A horrified Hunsacker lashes out, telling Shane that she and her father were left to pick up the pieces after her sister abandoned her pregnant daughter and explains that she and her father had to protect Susie's name from the public because they were terrified that Gordon would find out about the pregnancy and use his connections to get custody of the child; but she also tells Shane that she doesn't blame her for what happened to Susie as she herself has struggled to understand how Gordon played and ducked the system for years.
At the hospital, Ramsay and Beth celebrate when the doctor tells them that Beth is pregnant; Ramsay is excited, knowing he's going to be a father again and a uncle months apart. Percy gets Ramsay's attention when he shows Ramsay Lowry's composite sketch of his attacker. Meanwhile, Patrick attempts to visit Chelsea who is currently stays at Shane's house, but Gabrielle tells Patrick that his daughter doesn't wants to see him and orders him to leave. As he walks back to his car, two masked men ambush and drag Patrick into a nearby van before driving off. Later, Vargas calls Walter, telling him that the JACTF found his son before giving him the location. Walter celebrates the news with a terrified Scalieri in his car trunk.
Later, Walter travel to a museum with Scalieri at the gunpoint, were they meet up with Vargas and Larsen. They introduced Walter to his "son", who is Leo in disguise but Walter isn't convinced that the boy is really his son. However, Leo brushes Walter's worries as he opens up about his "personal life". As Vargas and Larsen attempt to allow Walter to have alone time with his "son", a person (Brad Dourif) who is revealed to be the judge of Anna and Joshua's custody case appears with a gun and convinces Vargas and Larsen to stay by holding them at gunpoint.
At in the JACTF's surveillance van, Delgado shares his concerns about the plan to Etheridge and Devlin, but they reassure him as Etheridge reveals the full details of Vargas and Larsen's plan. Meanwhile, Scalieri whispers her surprise to Vargas for using Leo as bait, but Vargas promises that she won't let her half-brother get hurt. As Walter and his friend, former judge Earl Boyd then decide to leave with Leo, he gets an idea and distracts Walter, by asking how did he know he was in Los Angeles. As Walter talks to him, Vargas kicks the gun out of Boyd's hand and Larsen tackles Walter down as the gun goes off. Other JACTF members hear the gunshot and they and Delgado rush into the museum. Leo runs for cover as Walter knocks down Larsen. Vargas tells Leo to run as she fights with Boyd, as Walter realizes that he's been duped. Walter escapes as Scalieri pursues him. Vargas knees Boyd in the nose, breaking it as Delgado and Etheridge arrive; the two arrest Boyd as Hobbs goes after Scalieri to pursue Walter. Scalieri loses sight of Walter in the museum as Hobbs comes alongside her.
As she drives back to the station, Shane gets a phone call from Hunsacker, who tells her that she is in. Meanwhile, Patrick arrives at the hospital to visits Emily. The two share a moment, but Emily becomes curious when she notices Patrick's strange behavior upon her touching him. When she removed Patrick's shirt, she is mortified to find bruises on his body. Patrick tells her that he got involved with wrong person, but he got out before things turn serious. As Emily tries to convince Patrick to report the attack to the police, he warns her that they will come for her if the police get involved, as he describes them as very "dangerous" to mess with.
At the end, it's revealed that Larsen did know Anna and Joshua's whereabouts as he burns postcards, letters and photos from them at his house before he calls Anna, telling her that Walter knows of his and Vargas's involvement in her and Joshua's disappearances and to not contact him or send him anything anymore, as it is no longer safe. The JACTF and MCS arrive at the hospital where Ramsay and Percy share Lowry's drawing of his attacker. The detectives discuss their plan to catch Lowry's attacker, not knowing somebody is watching them from the shadows...
- Chapel, Lee and Scott don't appear in this episode.
#22 - "Don't Stop Me Now (1)"
Shane, Hunsacker and Frank Anderson find themselves under pressure as the case against Jonathan and Angela goes to court. Meanwhile, the JACTF and MCS set up a trap to catch Lowry's attacker, but things backfires which leads a tragedy...
#23 - "In The Spider Web (2)"
As the JACTF and MCS are left reeling over tragedy, the full truth about recent events is revealed as Vargas and Larsen are forced to confront their respective demons while Jonathan and Angela's futures both hang in balance.
Season 3 (2032-33)
#1 - "The Big Easy"
While still dealing with the aftermath of last season's finale, the JACTF and MCS face a new crisis when Walter Quinn finds the location of his son in New Orleans.
- 60 minutes episode.
- Lowry doesn't appear in this episode.
#2 - "Meet Me Halfway"
Four months after the Walter Quinn showdown, things have returned relatively to normal for the members of the JACTF. As Vargas and Shane are having a girl's night out, they get a call that an undercover FBI agent has been murdered in a nightclub. As the JACTF go to investigate, they learn from Agents Korzak and Reese that he was undercover in a domestic terrorist organization and learned that said organization is planning a major attack in Los Angeles, but they don't know who or what the target is. U.S. Marshal John Jennings also arrives and reveals that one of the fugitives he is currently after, a bombmaker name Kevin Van Dine who escaped prison two months before, is possibly connected to the murder. The next day, the JACTF work with the FBI and U.S. Marshals to figure out and stop the terrorist plot. Shaw reveals that the bullet use to kill the agent is a 9mm. Korzak tells Etheridge that his agent was seen in a storage facility with the group, which was lead by the group's leader Frank Hamm, a radical anti-government sociopath.
As the teams raid the storage facility, they find the place abandoned. They soon find traces of nitroglycerin and some empty weapon crates in the area. Examining the crates. Ramsay, Chapel and Scott shockingly discover that the missing weapons are all automatic, military grade assault rifles, which unsettles everyone. As the JACTF and others wonder how the group has managed to get military-grade weapons, Scalieri and Devlin decide to have Scott and Hobbs investigate who delivered the weapons to the terrorists, while thee others continue to work to stop their plot. Looking at the traffic surveillance, Riley says that Van Dine was spotted in a union bank a day before. With a subpoena from Shane, she, Vargas and Ramsay go to the union bank and finds that the banker Van Dine dealt with, Natalie Pryor, has been reluctantly helping the terrorists keep something in the safety deposit box because they have her son Ethan captive, but doesn't know where they are keeping him. After Shane relays this to Etheridge, the JACTF searches for leads to find the boy. Warren finds out that Hamm, under an alias, owns an aqua store, currently under renovations. As the joint JACTF/FBI/U.S. Marshals team arrives in the store and raid it. They quickly subdue and arrest two terrorists there, and find and rescue Ethan as well. Vargas and Lee question Ethan, who reveals that the terrorists that they are planning some kind of bombing and mass shooting in one location. After going over the evidence, they learn the target is City Hall, where the city officials are meeting with police and fire officials are gathered in the public outside speech.
As the jointed team heads for the City Hall, the terrorists load some of their weapons and prepare to strike, when suddenly the task force arrives. Chapel searches the around and finds the bomb. He quickly warns the bomb squad, as the terrorists fire at the authorities, leading to public panic. As several terrorists and law enforcement officials were shot down on both sides, the other terrorists, including Hamm and Van Dine, retreat and headed to the subway station. As the shootout continues in the crowded station, Van Dine opens fired at Etheridge as Vargas and others pursued Hamm and other terrorists. As most people flee the station, Vargas pursues Hamm into the subway tunnels. Meanwhile, while taking fire by Van Dine, Etheridge shoots back and hits Van Dine, but the bullet passes through him and hits a civilian running him, shocking Etheridge. As the remaining terrorists are either captured or shot dead, Vargas spots Hamm and shoots him in the leg, subduing him. Etheridge tends to the wounded civilian, but the man succumbs to his wound, leaving Etheridge distraught over the fatal results of her accidental shooting as Korzak consoles her.
With the terrorist plot foiled, everyone in the JACTF and the FBI consoles Etheridge over the dead civilian, citing that it was a chaotic situation with the shootout and that the top brass knows that. Then Scott and Hobbs arrive and they found the weapons that the terrorists had were delivered by the private military company called Rockslider Global, which surprises everyone in the room. Chapel says that Rockslider has contracts in the U.S. Military and the CIA, which makes them very well connected and that the task force will need to tread lightly with them. Shane agrees, saying that going up against them will not be easy.
During the case, Lowry returns to work after a four-month leave of absence. But, clearly still in pain, takes out some of his anger out on several of his JACTF colleagues over Percy's death. His attitude grows worse when Devlin confines him to desk duty, correctly figuring that he's not ready to return to the field, and he spends much of his time looking over a photo of him, Percy, and their children. The end of the episode shows him drinking heavily from a bottle of whiskey.
At the end, Vargas and Shane consoles Etheridge over her accidental shooting. Vargas then returns home to her waiting fiancé, while Shane and Scalieri speak to Devlin about the situation with Etheridge.
#3 - "National Anthem"
Hunsacker meets up with Shane in a coffee shop where Shane asks about her new workplace. Hunsacker uneasily tells Shane that she caught her new boss with a male teenage prostitute the previous night, explaining that the boy was half-dressed. Later, Hunsacker confronted her boss, but he brushes it off, telling her that the boy was mentally ill. Then, she shows Shane a unused condom still wrapped in plastic, explaining that she found it it in her boss' bin. Later, Hunsacker and Shane go to a basketball game at Keith's school, but the former is horrified to recognize her boss in crowd. Shane warns Hunsacker that her evidence is only circumstantial and that other than that, it's only her word against his. When Shane asks Hunsacker about the boy's age, Hunsacker tells Shane that the boy looked very young and then is then shocked to see the same boy on the other basketball team.
As everyone gets ready for the national anthem, Hunsacker and Shane question the coach, and are shocked to learn that the boy is 17-years-old. The national anthem is sung but then an angry man interrupts it. He confronts city council Sean Wilkerson in court for sleeping with his teenage son, Oliver. When Sean denies this, the father furiously attacks him as school security arrives and drags the father out. As Hunsacker voices her concern, Shane warns Hunsacker about Sean as they noticed that he has seen Hunsacker. Later, several JACTF members arrive at the school, and Hunsacker reluctantly tells them the truth. Vargas and Scalieri asks Hunsacker why she was unsure earlier about the boy's appearance and age; she replies that she'd never seem him before and thought that he was bit older.
Wilkerson denies sleeping with Oliver, but Vargas reminds him that Hunsacker caught him half-dressed with Oliver. Wilkerson tells her that Oliver has a troubled history with drugs. Wilkerson tried to help Oliver out, but he ended up vomiting all over himself and Wilkerson, thus resulting in them undressing themselves to change clothes. At the hospital, Larsen and Scalieri question Oliver's father over his allegations against Sean; he tells them that he discover that Oliver was seeing someone after finding a dating app and profile on his phone. As he gets checked over by the doctor, Oliver denies sleeping with Wilkerson, but Ramsay asks Oliver about his "job". Oliver explains the full details of his job, saying that he needed the money.
During the case, Lowry overheard Vargas, Lee, and Ramsay talking about Ramsay's niece Phoenix. As he opens up about Phoenix's ordeal when she was born early, Lowry accuses Ramsay of being selfish for putting his sister and niece in the middle of the Quinn conflict. Ramsay furiously attacks Lowry, but Vargas and Lee stops the two as Devlin witnesses the fight. Meanwhile, Etheridge struggles over her guilt from the accidental shooting as she meets up with the FBI's top brass to in a hearing while Chapel speaks to his former SEAL teammate and current NCIS agent Danny Burnett for more information about Rockslider Global.
Later, Larsen reveals a list of teenage boys and girls who work in same place as Oliver and their ages. He tells Vargas that Wilkerson and his colleagues are pimping the teens as he shows her incriminating photos found on the workplace's website. Hunsacker returns into her office where she gets confronted by Wilkerson's men. She attempts to escape, but Wilkerson knocks her out. As the JACTF gets their warrant, Wilkerson calls Larsen, blackmailing him into giving him all the evidence the task force has, or he will kill Hunsacker. Larsen tells Vargas about Wilkerson's threats and kidnapping Hunsacker.
Later, Vargas, Larsen, Ramsay, Hobbs and Chapel arrive at a city council meeting to look for Wilkerson. They finally find him with a terrified Hunsacker by his side, but is confused to see Oliver in the crowd. Oliver then publicly confronts Wilkerson about their relationship. Wilkerson denies them having relationship, but Oliver show the video of him and Wilkerson to a horrified people. Then, a group of teenagers throws pig blood at Wilkerson and his men, branding them rapists and monster. Wilkerson furiously grabs Hunsacker at gunpoint, being chased by Oliver and other boys with Vargas and Larsen on their tail, looking for backup.
Wilkerson takes Hunsacker to the roof of City Hall, where he lashes out at her, blaming her for exposing his secret. She tries to talk him down and addresses his sexuality, but Wilkerson denies being gay and holds her at gunpoint. Vargas and Larsen arrive and confront Wilkerson, who demanded him to turn over all the incriminating photos for Hunsacker's safety. Larsen gives Wilkerson an envelope seemingly containing, but Vargas warns him it will be too late to save his career, explaining the police already have hard evidence against him and his men's actions. Wilkerson tells Larsen that will deny of everything and accuse the JACTF of deepfaking the photos and footage the video.
Then, Wilkerson threatens to throw Hunsacker off the roof, forcing Vargas and Larsen to put down their guns over their weapon. As Vargas and Larsen attempts to talk Wilkerson down, Vargas asks him if he ever did love Oliver. Wilkerson answers that Oliver is a special boy, explaining that he needed money for his family, but admits his true feelings for Oliver and that his "flings" with him were random. Then, a helicopter flies around the roof as Vargas reveals her microphone, telling Wilkerson that he just confesses his crimes live on national television. Horrified at his mistake, Wilkerson attempts to shoot Vargas but Hunsacker headbutts and groin-attacks him, allowing Larsen to move in and arrest him.
As he is taken away, Wilkerson confesses his love for Oliver, but is furiously rejected. Devlin and Shane arrive at the scene as Vargas and Larsen comfort Hunsacker. Shane reveals Hunsacker a job offer for her at JACTF, but Hunsacker tells Shane that she will need time to consider it.
At the end, Vargas takes Leo to visit their father in prison. Then, as Diego went to his cell, a small group of inmates corners Diego as Felix McConnell confronts him about Vargas. Diego claims Felix that Vargas is a friend but Felix shows Diego the newspaper of his arrest, revealing that he knows about their relationship as father and daughter. Felix and the inmates furiously attack Diego, but he uses his CIA training and manages to fight them off.
#4 - "Fear of Monsters"
The JACTF gets called into a break-in at a wealthy man's house, but Vargas is confused when she finds a familiar necklace under the bed. Then, Shane arrives at the scene, where Vargas informs her that she has found Charlotte's necklace. Emily then calls Shane to ask about Charlotte's whereabouts. Shane and Vargas track Charlotte to a graveyard where they find her burying stolen items. Vargas arrests Charlotte. As she takes Charlotte to her car, Charlotte asks Vargas about a girl which confuses Vargas and Shane. Charlotte tells them that a girl was in the house screaming and telling somebody to leave her alone. Then, somebody broke into the bedroom and stabs the girl couple of time. When Vargas asks Charlotte where she saw the murder, she tells Vargas that she saw it from under the bed.
As she investigates Charlotte's claims of the murder, Vargas left confused when Ramsay, Scott, Lee and Chapel share their own details of the investigation and break-in but can't find anything to corroborate to Charlotte's story. Later, Vargas and Shane go to Larsen's LAPD division to talk to him, but bump into another detective (Patrick Wilson). He tells Vargas and Shane that Larsen is on a case but agree to listen their worries. Shane tells the detective about Charlotte's claims of witness the murder and she shows him the composite sketch of the girl who Charlotte claims was killed. Also, Shane reveals her sister's disorder as Vargas asks for information of anybody who lived in or frequented the house where Charlotte broke in. The detective warns Vargas and Shane about the consequences if they gets involved in a "non-existent" case as he claims Charlotte may have hallucinated the whole thing. As they leave, Vargas asks the detective for his name. He reveals himself as Thomas "Tommy" Scalieri, which surprises Vargas and Shane.
Later, Vargas and Shane questions Charlotte, claiming they have no evidence of the murder happening, but Charlotte assures them that it did happen. The two are then confused when Shane's father and mother Edith and Glenn arrive and defend Charlotte. They tell Vargas that their family traveled to Los Angeles with another family years ago. Weeks later, a 7-year-old Charlotte witnessed a 15-year-old girl Beverley Lockett get stabbed to death, but her death was left unsolved. Shane says she never knew about that trip to Los Angeles but Glenn tells her that she was only months old when it happened. Charlotte informs Vargas and Shane that she saw someone who believed to be Beverley's killer hours before the break-in.
Vargas shares the discovery to her colleagues about Beverley's murder, but some of them gets concerned about how was the case handled. Devlin and Larsen get involved in the heated conversation about the situation of Beverley's murder investigation as Devlin refuses to let the JACTF get involved. Vargas reveals her conversation with Detective Thomas Scalieri, but Larsen left shocked to discover Vargas spoke to Thomas. He tolds Vargas that Thomas is Scalieri's brother as he explains that Thomas was transferred to his division months before and admits that he never told Scalieri about working with her brother. Then, Scalieri appears out of the shadows, confronting Larsen about Thomas and revealing that she overheard the whole conversation. Larsen tries to explain himself, but Scalieri furiously walks off.
Meanwhile, the FBI committee clears Etheridge in the criminal investigation of her accidental shooting, but the victim's family decides to file a civil suit against her and the Bureau. Later, Lowry visits the victim's family, trying to talk them out of filling a civil suit against Etheridge. He claims that she has a mental issue which contributed to Etheridge making a mistake, but the victim's mother argues with Lowry and kicks him out.
Vargas and Larsen arrive at LAPD station to speak to Thomas, but they walks into an argument between Thomas and Scalieri in the former's office. Thomas berates her for being the favorite in their family. Scalieri snaps backthat Thomas has been troublesome since they were growing up as she explains that he like to butt into her life because he is jealous. Vargas confronts Thomas as she claims that he knew about the drawing. Thomas admits that he knew Beverley Lockett was the person but the detectives close the case because no lack of edvience. Vargas and Larsen argue with Thomas as Vargas explains about Charlotte being witness of the murder. Then, Thomas catches Scalieri trying to take a file in his office, revealed to be Beverley Lockett's murder file. Vargas finds and plays a videotape of Charlotte's interview. Larsen recognizes the voice of the detective: Detective Stephen Davies. After an argument over doing what's right, Thomas says he doesn't know Davies' address but he know where Davies is now working.
Meanwhile, Shane travels with Charlotte and their parents to the same house where Beverley was killed. As they earned into the house, Charlotte relived her memories of Beverley's murder: Beverley kept a eye on Charlotte and Shane while Edith and Glenn took Keanu to the hospital. Beverley was distracted that night and Charlotte had to babysit her baby sister. Later, somebody broke in the house. Charlotte attempts to warns Beverley but the killer got to the bedroom, and started arguing with Beverley. Charlotte describes the man as a older, believe to knew Beverley. Beverley hid Charlotte under the bed as the man arrived at the bedroom. Charlotte overheard the argument but the man heard Shane's crying from the next room. Beverley stopped him from going to the room, and the man attacked Beverley, pushing her into the bed and stabbing her to death. Charlotte admitted that she wanting to help, but Beverley told Charlotte to not be a hero, hinting that she knew her fate. Shane asks Charlotte more details of the argument; Charlotte reveals the man wanted to see her parents because they owed him.
Later, Vargas calls Shane, sharing her discovery of the detective who investigated Beverley's murder. Vargas sends Shane the photo of Davies but when Charlotte sees it, she tells Vargas and Shane that Davies is the one who killed Beverley. Scalieri then finds a recording which reveals that Davies paid Charlotte off to say that Beverley was killed in a home invasion robbery and that she didn't see the murder.
The JACTF go to Chief Stein's party where they finds Davies; it's revealed that Davies has been working for Stein for years. As Davies gives a speech, Thomas stops Vargas and Larsen from approaching and publicly accusing him. Vargas and Larsen argue with Thomas over Davies while Larsen accuses Thomas of protecting a killer, but Thomas denies knowing the truth, reveaing that he never looked at the file, explaining that Davies didn't want him to see it. Then, Davies see Charlotte and Shane in the crowd, ordered bodyguard to get rid of them. Vargas quickly grabs Thomas's gun and shoots at fire alarm. Guests evacuated as Stein furiously confronts Thomas while Vargas and Larsen goes into busy crowds. They bump into Shane who tells them that Charlotte has disappeared. Chapel spots Charlotte following Davies and goes after her, but two bodyguards block his path and attempt to shoot him but Ramsay pops up and guns the bodyguards down. Vargas arrives at the scene where Chapel tells her that Charlotte is going to the balcony to find Davies.
Vargas, Shane, Larsen, Ramsay and the JACTF head to the balcony where Charlotte confronts Davies at gunpoint. Stein, Devlin, Thomas and other detectives arrived at the scene as the police chef ordered the JACTF to stand down. As the JACTF clashes with Stein and Thomas, Vargas informs the chief that Davies murdered Beverly Lockett and paid Charlotte off to lie about not witnessing the crime before playing the recording of Davies manipulating Charlotte. Davies denies murdering Beverly, but Larsen confronts him about his alibi the night of Beverly's murder. He then reveals Beverly's parents got involved in dodgy scams, and he came to the house to arrest them but he bumped into Beverly. He explains that he stabbed Beverly in self-defense when she attacked him but some people refused to believe it. Then, Edith and Glenn arrived at the scene, revealing Davies was involved with Beverly's parents in the scams and show their evidence to everybody. Exposed, Davies attempts to jump off the balcony, but Thomas shoots him in the leg. The JACTF arrests Davies as Thomas tells Vargas, Shane and Larsen that they are welcome for his help.
After the case finished, Henderson arrived at the station, telling Vargas that Diego has been attacked. As Vargas and Henderson drive to the prison, Devlin tries to speak to Larsen as he invites him and Scalieri for dinner but Larsen refuses, telling Devlin that he doesn't forgive him yet. Then, Etheridge furiously confronts Lowry, explaining that the victim's family has made a complaint against her. Lowry tries to explain himself, but Etheridge tells him to stay out of her business.
Later, Glenn visits Emily at her house where he apologizes to her for not accepting her and not supporting her during Jonathan and Angela situation. Then, Charlotte watching Glenn and Emily share a moment under the stairs. A woman (Florence Pugh) appears, asking Charlotte how her family reacted to her big secret.
At the end, Vargas and Henderson visits the prison's hospital wing to see Diego who is in rough shape but alive. The warden tells Vargas and Henderson that Diego involved in a fight with some inmates. He tells them that the leader of the inmates is in the wing as well. Vargas sees Felix being treated by nurse. He sees Vargas staring at him before mocking her as "cop clown" and vows to ruin Diego's life once he gets another chance.
#5 - "The Whistleblower"
At night, Ramsay and Chapel are in an alley, waiting for someone. Then that someone, Stephen Moon, arrives; it's revealed that works for Rockslider Global as a board member. The company is run by Colonel Wesley Drummond. Moon reveals to Ramsay and Chapel that Rockslider Global has been selling weapons on the black market worldwide and a vast array of connections to the U.S. Government, the military and various corporations. He reveals that all people who tried to stop or expose them have end up dead and they've always been sure to remove any and all evidence that incriminates them. He also reveals that they are the ones who sold those weapons to the terrorists attempting to attack the City Hall. Moon says that he'll reveal more in a couple of hours at a new location. Returning to the JACTF, Ramsay and Chapel inform Devlin, Vargas, Shane, Etheridge and Scalieri about the information. Devlin and Shane say that they need solid proof of these charges for an indictment. Etheridge asks why Moon contacted them and Chapel says that he and Ramsay are former military and Moon knew that they were involved in stopping the City Hall attack, to which Ramsay adds that Moon is scared of what will happened to him and his family if he reveals this to the public. As Ramsay and Chapel head out to meet with Moon again, Etheridge says to Vargas, Shane and Devlin that she' may have to testify at court in her civil trial the next day. Lee works with Hobbs since Scott is on vacation with his family. Ramsay and Chapel arrive to the new meeting spot, but Moon fails to show up. Ramsay calls Vargas and informs her that Moon is a no-show up and suspects that something has happened to him.
At the Pacific Ocean, Scott, along with his wife Maritza and their children Antonio and Dayana, are on the house boat a friend of his rented for them. On the second day of their trip, Scott is fishing while Maritza keeps an eye on their children. While settling down, they witness an explosion from a boat not far from them. After calling the Coast Guard, Scott headed to the scene while Maritza had her children stay in a room for their safety. When they arrive, they see a family, William Ward and his wife Allison and their children Max and Terri, in danger. The Ward children are already in the life-jackets and are off the boat, but the Ward parents are trapped inside with William trying to save Allison. With Scott, using his knowledge as a former Coast Guardsman, tosses the ring buoy to the children. As Maritza helps the children get on the boat, Scott jumped to the front of the boat and uses his fire extinguisher to get to the parents. Seeing that Allison has been burned, Scott is able to get her and William out of the boat and bring them to the houseboat. The Coast Guard soon arrives and takes care of the family as they airlift Allison to the hospital.
While this is happening, the JACTF continues to search for Moon. Vargas and Hobbs check out Moon's house and finds no sign of him or his family, but discover that the place has been trashed. After hours of searching, San Francisco Police find the bodies of Moon and his family in the beach. While Ramsay and Chapel are at the scene, Shaw comes to them and says that there were bullet holes in Moon's house, which were painted over to hide the crime.
Meanwhile, Korzak stands up for Etheridge in civil court and the judge decides dismissed the lawsuit, much to her relief. Also, Vargas informs Shane of her father's attack and suspects there is more to it upon revealing Felix's involvement. Shane advices her to tread lightly because of her father's CIA past. Lee is visited by Bree, who reveals that Lowry has been acting erratically since Percy's death and she & Palmer have been taking care of his children because their father's recent behavior. Bree is concerned that her son might be going on a downward spiral; Lee was shocked by this, but decides to keep it to herself until she finds out more.
At the end, Chapel stoically looks at the night view of Los Angeles, upset by the murders of Moon and his family, Scott and his family return to the dock in Los Angeles, Lee watches Lowry from afar, Etheridge goes home to Chelsea and Vargas is at home, going the files of Diego's attack.
#6 - "Dr. Death"
The JACTF get called into the hospital when Dr. Abby Lambert finds her patient dead in a bathroom but there was confusion about the victims when the police or doctors couldn't finds anything on him without any explanation of his death. Abby tells Vargas and Ramsay that the man was rushed to the hospital three days ago after being found unconscious and that he was acting suspicious hours before his death; she also found a bottle under his bed. The next day, the JACTF return to the hospital where three more patients are found dead in suspicious and separated circumstances.
Meanwhile, Lee, concerned about Lowry's behavior, checks out his house and finds empty liquor bottles hidden in various areas, realizing that he has been drinking heavily. Lowry denies that he has a problem but Lee warns him off. Later, Lowry arrives at work and gets involved in the case. He joins Ramsay and Lee to question one of the victim's family members in the interrogation room, but gets distracted as he struggles with his questions. Lowry then leaves the HQ to get some air, and later bumps into a teenager girl who tries to sell Lowry drugs, which he refuses. As he heads back into the HQ, the girl sneakily slips the drugs into Lowry's pocket without him knowing.
Later, in the office, Lowry gets himself a coffee. He finds the bag of drugs and then throws it out of the window. Then, as he and his colleagues discuss the case, the JACTF rushes outside where they see a crowd trying to help a group of unconscious teenagers. Lowry is horrified to see the same bag that he threw outside in one of teenagers' hands. Later, Costas tells the JACTF the "drugs" was actually mix of sugar, flour and dust but revealed they are poisoned. Lowry confessed the truth including about the girl who place the bag under his care. His colleagues left furious at Lowry as Devlin warns Lowry that his actions could cost a life. Then, Costas' assistant arrived and revealed the victims had died of brain failure which was caused by the dust on their eyes. As Lowry was placed on desk duty, Lee tells Chapel that she found empty liquor bottles hidden around Lowry's place.
During the case, Aldridge visits Vargas at the JACTF HQ, furious over their father's attack. Vargas defends herself as Aldridge announces that the family has appealed his sentence. Later, Aldridge and Vargas visit their dad in prison hospital. but they gets distracted when some prisoners start mocking Vargas, as Felix mocks her "circus talents" before winding Diego up about Vargas' "relationship" with her stepfather. Diego tries to attack Felix, but Aldridge and Vargas stop him. Diego tells his daughters that he doesn't want them or anyone else in his family to see him in prison. As Vargas and Aldridge leave, Felix tells them that they will never get their father out in prison and vows to make Diego's life hell.
Also, social worker George Yang goes to Shane's office where she talks to Shane about Gabrielle. George reveals that Marie has sign a permission sheet for Shane to foster Gabrielle, but she also needs Gabrielle's father's permission. Shane argues over this, reminding George of Felix's crimes. He tells her that Felix comes from a rich family, has his own rights for Gabrielle's custody and warns Shane that Felix and his lawyer will make things difficult.
Later, Hobbs shows his colleagues surveillance video of a teenage girl in one of the patient's room. Lowry quickly recognizes the girl as the one who slipped him the drugs. The JACTF travel to a warehouse to track down the girl but are shocked to finds a "drug" lab. The team catches the workers' attention and arrest many of them while others attempt to escape. Vargas and Ramsay track down Lowry's mystery girl, but find her dead in an upstairs bathroom. Then, an older man appears from shadow and holds Vargas and Ramsay at gunpoint. Vargas and Ramsay are shocked to see the man's appearance as Colin reveals his terminal illness. He blames the hospital for failing to cure his his brain cancer wants to punish them by killing their patients.
As Colin threatens to kill himself, Vargas and Ramsay try to talk him down as Ramsay opens up about Reyes' cancer ordeal and his suicide. Ramsay tells Colin that the hospital can help him, but he refuses to listen. Colin attempts to escape, but Etheridge shoots him. Vargas and Ramsay quickly order Etheridge and their colleagues to stand down as they revealed Colin's cancer.
As the case was over, Devlin shares the update from Abby that the teenagers have recovered from their "overdose" and Colin is currently in surgery, with the doctors planning to remove his tumor. Later, Devlin, Vargas, Shane, Ramsay, Etheridge, Chapel, Lee and Scalieri finally stage an intervention on Lowry for his heavy drinking. The irritiable Lowry tries to deny that he has a problem, but Shane reminds him of what he went through because of his drinking following the earthquake three years before. Lowry remains in denial, until Scott enters the room, bringing in Lowry's parents and children, the latter of whom read a letter detailing how he's changed since their "Papa Percy's" death and how they can't stand to lose their "Papa Richie" too. Touched by his children's pleas, Lowry finally breaks down and agrees to go to rehab for his alcoholism.
#7 - "Remember Me (1)"
The JACTF teams up with the MCS to tracks down a gang of criminals who left a police officer badly injured during a robbery, but things turn complicated when a shocking discovery connected to Hunsacker
- Lowry doesn't appear in this episode
#8 - "Remember Me Again (2)"
The JACTF and MCS face race against time to rescue Shane and Hunsacker after they are kidnapped. Meanwhile, Shane helps Hunsacker gets through to her troubled niece, Susie.
- Lowry doesn't appear in this episode.
#9 - "Deep Water"
The JACTF gets called into a public pool when Henry Banks, the teenage son of Congressman Kenneth Banks, is found dead, drowning but when they arrived, they see Detective Thomas Scalieri and his team have already started their own investigation. Vargas, Ramsay, Chapel and Lee attempt to investigate the scene, but Thomas tells them to leave. Ramsay and Chapel refused to listen and continue to attempt to get involved, but are rebuffed by Thomas' men. Vargas and Lee stops Ramsay and Chapel from going after Thomas as Vargas warns them that Thomas isn't the person that they should mess with. Later, Devlin calls a team meeting at JACTF HQ when the video of Ramsay and Chapel's anger against Thomas and his team goes viral. As the colleagues clash about the investigation, they turn to Scalieri when Scott confronts her about her brother. Scalieri admits that she doesn't trust Thomas due his nature in his work and personal life. She warns her colleagues that her brother will make things complicated if they gets involved of his investigation.
Later, Scalieri goes to her brother's division where she confronts Thomas over his behavior at her colleagues. Thomas defends himself as he explains that he caught the investigation first. Scalieri asks Thomas why he moved to the Robbery/Homicide Division; he admits that he didn't have any choice, explaining that he was in big trouble in his old unit. Then, Shane arrives with a federal subpoena with Korzak and Reese with her. As Shane handed Thomas the subpoena, Korzak and Reese told Thomas that he and his unit will cooperate with JACTF and any refusal to do so will lead the FBI taking over the case and removing the LAPD. Thomas agreed to let the JACTF to get involved in the investigation, but he maintains that he is the lead investigator the team. Shane and Korzak warn him that if the case is not solved the case in three days, the FBI will take over the case with JACTF assisting them and Reese says that they will be watching them as the three left the station.
The JACTF begin their investigation but they struggle to find leads or connect how Henry's death occurred due to lack of edvience. A suspicious Vargas and Shane believe Thomas and his team are sabotaging the investigation but can find no proof. However, Etheridge and Hobbs make a breakthrough when they discover Henry was involved in some unusual behavior and got mixed up with the wrong crowd. At the same time, Scalieri calls Thomas' old boss, Lieutenant Vincent Rose (Ralph Fiennes) for answers as to why Thomas was transferred out of the Warrants Unit; Rose tells her that the reason why Thomas was transferred to RHD because he brutally assaulted a suspect, almost paralysed him. Thomas escaped legal trouble when his colleagues defended, him but the suspect's family made a serious allegations against the police, threatening to report them to the media. Rose warns Scalieri that incident isn't the first time Thomas has been in trouble as he warns her to keep a eye on her brother. Later, Vargas, Ramsay and Etheridge visit the Henry's parents where they question them if their son was in trouble with the law, but Congressman Banks denies of any allegations.
The next morning, Charlotte arrives at the JACTF HQ where Shane and Devlin discuss the investigation. She tells her sister that Keanu has invited her and Emily to his birthday party, Charlotte lashed out over not being invited. Shane tries to talk to Charlotte but she walks out angrily. As the team is about to move out, Delgado arrives and informs Vargas that someone paid off Felix to attack Diego in prison and payment came from outside of the prison. Later, the JACTF travel to a apartment where they tracks down Henry's mystery user but when they arrive, they left shocked to see Henry's mother, Helena with an another man. She tells the team that Henry wasn't Congressman Banks' son and that he was conceived in an affair. The man, Andrew Bale, reveals himself as Henry's biological father as he explained that he contacted Henry last year. They bonded but Congressman Banks finds out and threatens Bale to stay away from Henry. Helena and Andrew inform the JACTF that Henry was protesting against the congressman over the new laws and they believe that the Congressman was responsible of Henry's death. Then, Chapel and Shane alerted their colleagues when they sees Thomas and his team arrived into the apartment. Vargas, Ramsay, Scalieri, Etheridge, Andrew and Helena sneaks out of the apartment but they was cornered by Thomas who arrest Andrew and Helena for murder. Vargas, Ramsay, Scalieri and Etheridge try to defend Andrew and Helena, explaining to Thomas that they are innocent but Thomas refuses to listen them.
Suddenly, the group find themselves being fired upon by two snipers. As the others take cover and return fire, Ramsay and Chapel are able to flank and kill both of them. Then, a third sniper appears from the shadow and shoot Andrew in the neck, killing him before aiming at Scalieri. Thomas quickly pushes his sister out of the way and takes the bullet in the shoulder. As her colleagues go after the shooter, Scalieri stays behind and helps her brother despite his refusal of her help. Scalieri remove the bullet as she her brother that she loves him despite their ongoing problems. Meanwhile, the sniper sneak into the Banks' residence where the congressman helds his birthday party. He tells Banks that the JACTF know his involvement of Henry's death. As Banks argues with his hitman, the JACTF arrive at the party, looking for Banks who sneaks out of the house with the help from his men. The hitman attempts to distract the JACTF with another shoot out, but he ends up getting wounded by Lee. As Banks flees into his backyard, he draws a gun, but Hobbs wounds him as he was about to fire a gun. The JACTF arrested Banks for Henry and Andrew's murders in front of his shocked guests.
Under interrogation from Shane, Etheridge and Scott, Banks confesses his actions. He describes Henry as a mistake whom he never should've tried to raise as his own, and he doesn't regret of him being killed. Shane snaps at Banks for his words, but Etheridge quickly calms her down. In the hospital, Vargas and Scalieri visit Thomas at his bedside. He apologizes for ignoring the warning and nearly messing up the investigation but remains frosty with his sister. Vargas persuades Thomas to thank Scalieri thank you for her heroic action but when he refuses, she calls on Larsen who squeezes Thomas' wounded shoulder until he finally does so.
At the end, Shane prepares to travel to Alaska for a family gathering, telling Devlin that Hunsacker will cover for her until she returns. As she leave the station, a mysterious person watch Shane before starting to follow her.
- Lowry doesn't appear in this episode.
#10 - "Family Blood"
Shane and her family arrived at Alaska where they meet Keanu. As Shane and Emily share a heartfelt reunion with their brother, Charlotte struggles to hide her anger. Shane confronts Keanu for not inviting Charlotte to his birthday party, but Keanu tells Shane that he did send Charlotte an invitation. Meanwhile, Jonathan and Gabrielle explore a shopping center. As they are about to set off, Gabrielle accidentally bump into a woman (Lin Shaye). Gabrielle tries to help the woman, but she tells Gabrielle that she is fine. As Jonathan and Gabrielle leave, the woman picks up a opened envelope and then went outside of the center where she spies on Shane and her family. She take a look at the envelope which is addressed to Charlotte. In Los Angeles, Vargas, Angela and Leo spends time with Henderson in the park. Leo questions Henderson about her personal life. Henderson tells Leo about her slibings, herself and her current work as an advocate for a sexual abuse support group.
Then, Henderson gets uncomfortable when Leo asks Henderson why she did quit being District Attorney. Henderson tries to avoid the question, but then an angry mother recognizes her and lashes out in her anger at Henderson for being married to a monster who raped young girls. Vargas ordered the mother to leave and then asks Angela to take Leo elsewhere. As Vargas tries to comfort her mother, Henderson tells her daughter that she spoke to the prison about Felix. She explains that Felix was transferred to the same prison as Diego, just two days before the attack. She share her worries as Vargas becomes convince that somebody organized Felix's transfer to get to Diego. At JACTF HQ, Ramsay, Chapel, Scott, Lee and Etheridge video call Lowry, who shares his current experience at rehab. They update on Lowry recent events during his absence, and Lee praises Lowry's recovery progress. Lowry tells his colleagues that he wants to return to work as soon as he finishes rehab, but Devlin tells him not to rush things. Scalieri informs Vargas that her brother is currently at home, recovering from his shoulder wound, but hints that Thomas could be out for weeks as she describes that though his injury is not too serious, he has come under investigation over his action on Henry Banks' murder investigation.
Later, the JACTF gets call to a bridge when a semi-truck blows up, killing a truck driver. As they investigating the fiery scene, Shaw informs Etheridge the explosion was caused by C-4 explosive planted under the trailer and triggered by a remote detonator. As he and Costas work to identify the victim, the JACTF work with Korzak and Reese to investigate the bombing. Meanwhile, as Vargas goes over the case at home, she and Delgado are visited by Delgado's family: his parents Sam (Mandy Patinkin) and Paige (Kathleen Turner) and siblings Sal (Theo Rossi) and Gwen (Leighton Messter). They all want to know about Delgado's fiancée. At Alaska, Shane and Keanu check out the Alaskan Wilderness with some cold, mountainous scenery. Keanu's wife Olivia (Kat Dennings) and their three children; Bruce, Nicholas, and Serena arrived to them, telling the others that they got the food for Christmas dinner.
At the Vargas house, Sam tells Vargas that he knows of her past with Gordon. Vargas opens up about her abuse and all the times that she tried to escape from Gordon but she couldn't, admitting that she didn't have a normal life until Gordon was locked up. Sam tells Vargas that she is perfect woman to marry her son. Meanwhile, in Henderson's house, Leo continues to questions Henderson, but she tells him to stay out of her business. Then, Leo asks Angela about her father, but Angela refuses to answer as she tells Leo that her father is nothing more than a bad memory. Leo sneaks into Henderson's study where he snoops around, but fails to find anything. He then research Henderson on her computer, make a breakthrough when he finds her ex-husband's name on one of website active before researching on Gordon. Leo plays a video where a reporter questions Gordon about his crimes in prison. Gordon denies raping anyone, describing most of them as innocent flings. When a reporter questions Gordon about his stepdaughter, Gordon lashes his anger towards the reporter, proclaiming his love for Vargas. Henderson and Angela enter the study where they finds Leo looking horrified. He confront Henderson for allowing her husband to rape his sister and attempts to attack her. Angela quickly stops Leo and takes him out of the room as Henderson angrily trashed her study and then breaks down in tears.
The next morning, as Vargas and Delgado set off to work, Henderson arrives at the house along with a furious Leo. As Leo angrily heads to his room, Henderson tells them that he tries to attacked her because he found out about Gordon. Vargas tries to defend Leo, but Henderson refuses to listen as she tells Vargas that Angela will staying with her until things calm down. Later, Vargas forcefully takes Leo to her workplace and joins the update briefing on the explosion. Chapel informs her that the driver was identified as Jose Gomez, a trucker and a former Army soldier who was discharged six years before. Then Ramsay comes and revealed that Gomez delivered military grade weapons to Rockslider Global. The JACTF knew that Rockslider may have something to do with Gomez's death, but Devlin and Hunsacker say that they need evidence to prove that. Hobbs says that they should check out Gomez's delivery charts to see the work he did for Rockslider in the past and Vargas replies that it probably won't help much since Rockslider would try to cover their tracks, but they should know how long he did deliveries to them in the past. As Etheridge conveys the order to Riley, Scott tells them that Gomez has no family. Chapel takes Ramsay and Scott to visit Drummond at Rockslider HQ at the Sierra Nevada Mountains. They question Drummond (Will Patton) and his second-in-command and head of security Major Greg Taylor (Rockmond Dunbar). Drummond and Taylor admit that they knew Gomez, but denied to having any grudge against him, as expected. With that, the three investigators the building.
At JACTF HQ, Vargas tells Leo that it wasn't Henderson's fault that Gordon raped her and so many other girls, but Leo asks why it took long time for Gordon to pay for his crimes. Vargas tells him that many rape victims often hide their shame, not telling the police, and it doesn't help when the rapists have enough money, power, and resources to cover their tracks like Gordon did, and that often, years later, one victim stands up to their demons and decides to tell the truth, and inspires others to stand up as well. Then Vargas gets a phone call from Shane, who share her current experiences in Alaska, but gets distracted by Vargas' reaction. Vargas tells Shane that she is having a teenager problem with Leo, as she hangs up her phone. In Alaska's hotel, Glenn and Edith arrive and greeted their children and grandchildren with presents. Then, Edith tells Charlotte that she got more surprises. Charlotte is shocked to see her ex-husband Daltonk Westley and her two daughters Kelly and Leanne. As Charlotte share a heartfelt reunion with her daughters, the woman from shopping center arrives and surprises the Shane family. With some of family members left horrified to recognise the woman, Shane asks her parents who the woman is. Then, Edith introduced the woman; Lily, her mother which shocks her children.
Later, Shane asks Edith about her mother. Edith tells Shane that she has a difficult relationship with her mother, describing as very complicated. Then, Glenn interrupted the conversation and confronts his wife for inviting her mother, but Edith denied of inviting her mother as she explains that she hasn't seen her for years. As they watched Charlotte bonding with their grandma, Keanu tells Emily that Lily was bad influence on Charlotte, revealing that she was very abusive. Keanu admits that he was the reason Lily went to prison, explaining that he wanted to protect his older sister, but things only got worse. At the JACTF HQ, Riley says that Gomez had delivered about two major shipments to Rockslider during the current year. Shaw arrives and reveals that he checked the scematics of the bomb. He discovered the compotents were delivered through dummy corporations and it was sent to an apartment building in Pacoima. Vargas and other JACTF members, along with the FBI, check the building and find no one there. Scott discovers that the bomb was assembled in an apartment bedroom. As an FBI forensics team investigates the scene, Korzak and Reese inform Etheridge that they will need to form a task force to investigate Rockslider Global when the time is right.
As Vargas returns home with Leo, she finds the Delgado family waiting for her. After learning about Leo, Paige reveals that she has a friend whose daughter is autistic and is very intelligent and good with computers, but lacks people skills because of her autism. Vargas states that Leo is very intelligent and his intelligence can prove useful in some ways, but he is also very nosy. Sal and Gwen tell Vargas that autistic teens can be handfuls. Sam says that they know about her past since his son told them, and how she & Shane were instrumental in bringing down Gordon. Vargas asks where Delgado is, and Gwen replied that he checking on the lead regarding her father's attack. Back in Alaska, Shane helps Keanu prepare dinner as they talk about Lily. Shane expresses her surprise about their grandmother, but Keanu warns Shane that Lily is a danger to Charlotte. Shane refuses to believe Keanu until he mentions Kate Maguire's name. As Shane share her confusion, Keanu tells Shane that Charlotte and Kate were more than friends, they was secret lovers. Months later, Charlotte was upset when her friend disappeared and she believed their grandmother was involved. Keanu explains that Charlotte secretly visited Lily in prison and when Lily found out about Charlotte and Kate's relationship, she reacts in disgust and vowed to take actions to end her granddaughter's relationship. Keanu tells Shane that he thinks Charlotte witnessed Kate's death as he explains that he saw Charlotte covered in blood on the day Kate disappeared.
Shane then asks Keanu why their grandmother went to prison. Keanu tells Shane that Lily hunted down and killed four men who gang-raped her when she was a teenager. She hides their bodies in the wood and was never caught until years later, Keanu recognize Lily when he saw her photo on news. Keanu admits that he was worried that Charlotte will become the same, so he reported their grandmother to the police. Shane asks him if their mother was conceived via the rape, Keanu responded as yes. As Vargas returns to JACTF HQ, Etheridge tells her that they have identified the bomber as Karl Sauer, ex-German Army soldier now contract hitman who is a expert in explosives who was living under an alias at the apartment and is wanted by Interpol. The JACTF tracks Sauer to a Christmas parade in downtown Los Angeles. Vargas, Ramsay and Etheridge chase after Sauer into a public street. Chapel and Scott attempt to cut him off in an alley. Vargas questions Sauer about his involvement; Sauer admits that he played a part in the bombing, but refuses to reveal who orders it. Vargas begs him to tell the truth as she promise him that JACTF will protect him, but Sauer tells Vargas that no one can protect him, before taking off again. Vargas and the others chase after Sauer, who runs into the road but is then hit and killed by a semi-truck.
As the JACTF return to HQ, Delgado calls Vargas, telling her to come to the prison. Later, Vargas and Delgado speak to the Captain of the guards, who reveals that Felix was interacting with a guard several times. The guard speaks with an Irish accent and only worked for two weeks on a temporary basis until he left, apparently for a job opening at the same time Felix was transferred to the prison where Diego is at. He also told Vargas and Delgado he found it odd about the guard's name, Frankie McGuire; Delgado notes that the name is the same as Brad Pitt's character from the film The Devil's Own, at which he and Vargas suspect that the guard is an imposter. As Vargas and Delgado take a look at Felix's file, the captain quickly recognizes the guard from a photo with a young Felix. Later, Vargas and Delgado question Felix about the guard's identity. Felix refuses to answer until Vargas shows Felix the photo of himself and the guard. Felix tells Vargas that she should ask her father, as he lashes his anger towards Diego. Vargas asks Felix why he hates Diego. Felix tells Vargas that Diego destroyed his family's life before treturning to his cell. Later, Vargas and Delgado visit Diego where they tell him about the guard; Diego was shocked when he recognizes him from the video.
Diego told Vargas and Delgado his name is Hugh Dineen, a Irish freelance bomber and reveals that Dineen is out for revenge on him when he was undercover back in his CIA days. Dineen, who was hired by a terrorist organization in the Middle East, was plotting to bomb a hotel in London that would have killed hundreds of people, including American citizens and it was where the joint U.S./British/French military officials were gathered for a world charity event taking place. Diego says that he foiled Dineen's bomb plot and he was arrested, but his men broke him out. Afterwards, the men who hired him killed Dineen's wife and children in retaliation for his failure, and he blames Diego for the death of his family. Then, when Vargas asks Diego about Felix's connection to Dineen, Diego tells her that Felix is Dineen's nephew.
Meanwhile, Shane and Keanu confronts Lily about Kate's disappearance in front of a shocked Charlotte and Edith. Lily defends herself, denying of any involvement, but accidentally drops a envelope of Charlotte's invitation. As other family members get invoved, Shane tries to ask Charlotte about Kate, but Charlotte refuses to answer, defending Lily. Shane tells Lily that she knows about happened to her; Lily breaks down, lashes out in anger towards Shane and Keanu, accusing them of being manipulative. Then, Shane and Keanu tells their mother that they know she was convinced in rape. Edith confronts her mother, who confesses the truth. When Edith asks Lily about her father, Lily tells her daughter that her father was a school teacher and he and his friends took advantage of her one stormy night at the school. Lily admits that she seduced her attackers before brutally murdering them and burying their bodies in the wood. A horrified Edith tells Lily to stay away from her family. Lily walks away angrily, but Charlotte follows her grandmorher out and tries to comfort her. Then, Lily whispers Charlotte's ear before leaving as a worried Shane watch on.
At the end, Vargas arrives at Henderson's house where she gifts her mother a brand new computer. Angela sees her sister and packs her things, but Vargas tells Angela that she will stay with her mother until things with Leo calm down, reminding Angela that Henderson is her mother too. In prison, Felix calls his uncle Dineen, warning him tht Vargas will come after him, but Dineen isn't bothered as he vows to make Diego pay for his family's deaths.
#11 - "Haunting Pursuit"
After Shane returns to Los Angeles, she tells Vargas teh revealations about Lily, her mother being a product of the rape, and Charlotte being around Lily. Shocked, Vargas informs Shane about Dineen, Felix being his nephew and them wanting revenge on Diege over their family, which stuns Shane also, considering the custody fight for Gabrielle has taken a stunning turn.
Meanwhile, at the dock, the bodies of three people are found in a freighter, murdered execution-style. As the JACTF investigates, they are met by three MI5 agents: Case Officers Madeline Blake (Alex Kingston) and Gary Wilkins (David Oyelowo) and former Case Officer-turned-analyst Ken Hunter (Richard Armitage). They reveal that the killings are linked to the fugitive they are pursuing, former British Army Lieutenant-turned-illicit dealer Edward Armstrong (Adam Sinclair). Armstrong has been selling drugs and arms to international drug organizations and terrorist group for money. During a raid ten months before, he killed Hunter's old partner and wounded him, which rendered him unable to do field work. MI5 believes he's in Los Angeles trying to purchase uncut heroin to smuggle into Great Britain and U.S. weapons to sell a Middle Eastern terrorist group. Devlin and Shane inform the MI5 agents that when they do capture Armstrong, he'll be extradited to Great Britain. As they acknowledge this, Blake tells Shane that they know all about her and Vargas, and admire him for leading the charge against Gordon. Scalieri reminds them that they have a job to do.
As the task force follows leads, Chapel visits a CI who reveals that his fellow gang members are meeting with the man matching Armstrong's description in a warehouse at 9 pm tonight. As the JACTF and MI5 agents, along with SWAT, reach the warehouse, they see Armstrong and his men and the gang members about to make a drug exchange. Once the drugs are bought and loaded in a van, the joint team starts to move in. But one of the guys spots the SWAT officers and alerts the others, leading to a shootout. Armstrong makes his getaway with the uncut heroin as the team arrests the majority of the gang members. After some interrogations which come up empty, Wilkins believes that Armstrong might try to get more deadly U.S.-made weapons for his clients and wonders where he would get them. Scott thinks of someone that might supply Armstrong with them. With Blake and Chapel's suggestions, the joint team arrive at a location where they see Armstrong meeting with arms dealer Mickey Costello. The team raids the meeting, catching everyone involved, with Ramsay and Lee capturing Costello. Before Armstrong can make getaway, Hunter corners him and lambasts him for killing his partner. Blake, Wilkins, Vargas and Etheridge manage to talk him out of killing Armstrong as they take him in custody. Shane had Armstrong extradited, pleasing Blake, Wilkins and Hunter. Vargas and Shane ask the former two what they know about Dineen and Felix. They told her that Dineen was former IRA until he became a contract bomber and was detained by an undercover CIA team for an attempted bombing of the London hotel, which Vargas reveals that her father was one of the CIA agents involved. Wilkins reveals that Felix's full name is Francis Liam McConnell and his mother Joanna is Dineen's sister. Joanna and Felix immigrated in the U.S. when he was three.
In prison, Diego tries to talk to Felix in the library, but he refuses to listen to reason. Diego apologizes to Felix for his aunt and cousins' death, but also defends himself as he denies having them killed. Felix snaps at Diego, calling him a useless father and reminding him about Vargas' ordeal with Gordon, but Diego quickly rebukes him, calling him Felix a predator who is just as bad, reminding him his crimes. The two furiously attack each other until a guard arrives and breaks them apart. Later, Vargas arrive at prison where Diego and Felix continue to argue after their fight in a different room. The warden warns her that something must be done about this. Vargas tries to convince the warden to transfer Diego to a different prison, but Felix tells Vargas that he will follow Diego wherever he goes. The warden promises Vargas that Diego will have extra guards for protection and will try to get him transferred to another prison, but that may take some time. As she leaves, Felix tells her that he promise to leave Diego if he can see Gabrielle, but Diego tells Vargas not to let it happen. Vargas leaves without giving an answer as Felix and Diego continue to clash.
Meanwhile, Burnett calls Chapel, telling him that the investigation of Moon and his family's murder has been transfered to another detective. As Chapel suggests talking to this detective, Burnett tells Chapel that they need to talk to somebody who is leader of the unit, who turns out to be Thomas. Later, Chapel and Burnett visits Thomas who is still recovering from his shoulder wound at home. They try to covince him to help return their case to them, but Thomas refuses to get involved and explains the case is nothing but unsolvable without him and that the bodies may have been found in San Francisco, but they were murdered in Los Angeles. Chapel becomes upset and accuses Thomas of being selfish, while Burnett tries to explain the situation but accidentally calls Thomas by his nickname Tommy. Thomas furiously snaps at the two before ordering them to leave. Chapel refuses and demands the Moon case back. Thomas tries to attack Chapel, but his daughter Summer (Shaylee Mansfield) enters and walks into the arugment. He calms Summer down, and Burnett questions Thomas about his "sign lanaguage" to Summer. Thomas tells Burnett that his daughter has been deaf since she was four. As Summer goes to her room, Thomas quickly tells Burnett and Chapel to get out of his house. As they leave, Chapel vows to get justice for Moon and his family on his terms, no matter what.
At Shane's office, Charlotte visits Shane where she defended her grandmother. Shane reminds her sister that their grandmother murdered her rapists and their mother was conceived in the rape. Charlotte rationalizes that Lily was defending herself, Shane snaps at her while going over the full details of Lily's crimes. Then, Charlotte snaps that Shane if what she was seduced into was sex, not rape. Shane furiously slaps her sister before ordering her to leave. As Charlotte leaves, the same woman, Kate comforts Charlotte about her argument with Shane. Charlotte continues to defend, Lily but "Kate" reminds Charlotte that Lily was responsible for tearing their relationship apart.
After Burnett tells her that Thomas' detective is taking over the case, Scalieri visits her brother at home to discuss the investigation of the Moon murders. Thomas tells Scalieri that he is not getting involved in his colleague's case, but Scalieri tells Thomas that the case belongs to Chapel. She reminds him that they are brother and sister and they need to look out for each other, but Thomas expresses anger and jealousy of his sister for always managing to do better in than him in almost every way: from when they were children, to even in their careers; he even reveals that she's in a happy relationship now, and his marriage has been on the rocks for some time. Scalieri, however, says that she always looked up to him as a child and he pushed her to do her best, and that she wishes she had children of her own like him. After a short pause, Thomas tells his sister that he will speak to his detective and get the case transferred back to Chapel and Burnett.
At the end, Diego sits alone in his cell with extra guard protection, Chapel and look more on Rockslider Global, and Vargas and Shane look at the view of Los Angeles from the latter's apartment window while sipping wine, thinking about recent events.
- Lowry doesn't appear in this episode.
#12 - "Black, White, and Gray"
At night, the JACTF, along with Marshal John Jennings and the other U.S. Marshals, conduct a sting operation to catch a wanted fugitive: hacker Lester Gordon who escaped from a prison bus accident three days prior. Lester was responsible for a hacking a federal bank and stealing $20 million in cryptocurrency. As Gordon meets with one of his estranged children at a mall, Chapel and Hobbs work undercover as bystanders in the area with others doing surveillance from other locations. Meanwhile, two LAPD officers, Officers Bob Weight and Phillip Bradley, approach and accost the two for “loitering”, even though there are multiple other people who are mostly hanging around the area as well. The two try to reason with officers without breaking cover, but the officers become increasingly belligerent. They then try to forcefully arrest the two, resulting in a struggle, and eventually end up pulling their weapons on them, forcing the task force to abandon the sting and rescue their colleagues. Etheridge furiously vouches for Chapel and Hobbs and overrules the racist officers, ordering the release of Chapel and Hobbs. But as this happens, Lester notices the commotion makes his getaway.
With Weight and Bradley placed on desk duty, Chapel and Hobbs are checked out and cleared by paramedics. Riley checks on the officers' records and reveals to the others that they have multiple complaints and citations for misconduct. Vargas, Shane and Ramsay remind the JACTF of what they went through when their former MCS colleague Olivia Street's family became victims of racial profiling. Lowry then arrives and approaches; having heard about what happened to Chapel and Hobbs, he asks if they're okay, to which they reply that they're very upset. Devlin tells Lowry he's not ready for field work and will be on desk duty working with the analysts, which Lowry accepts. Jennings breaks into the conversation, informing everyone that Lester has been spotted in Century City. Devlin tells Vargas, Ramsay, Scott and Lee to continue assisting the U.S. Marshals pursuing Lester while he, Shane, Etheridge and Scalieri handle the situation with Weight and Bradley. With help from Lowry, Warren and Fox, Vargas and the others search Century City. Eventually, Fox discovers that Lester has plans to digitally rob the Federal Reserve in San Francisco and Lowry & Warren discovers that the source of a major data stream is is coming from below Fox Plaza. Investigating below the building, they discover a hidden room in the basement. There they found Lester, using a large room in the sub-basement as a makeshift command center. Upon seeing the JACTF, Lester makes a run for it and Vargas pursues him. As she catches up with him, they engage in a brief fight until Jennings arrives and stops and arrests Lester.
Meanwhile, Shane gets call from Charlotte's boss who questions her about her sister's absence. Shane lies, telling Charlotte's boss that she hasn't been feeling well. She then calls Charlotte who tells her that she has taken a sick day. However, it's revealed that Charlotte is in a hotel room with her ex-husband Dalton; since Keanu's birthday party, the two reconnected their old relationship. As they make out on the bed, Charlotte is horrified to see Kate's bloodied ghost. Dalton comforts a upset Charlotte as she opens up about her relationship with Kate, admitting that she is bisexual. Dalton assures Charlotte that he doesn't hate her, and that he has never stopped loving her.
In June 2005, Charlotte celebrates her 19th birthday, but gets distracted. When her family questions her about her behaviour, Keanu reveals that Charlotte has a boyfriend but she denies that she's seeing anybody. Later, a 12-year-old Shane catches Charlotte off guard when she walks into Charlotte's conversation with Kate in her bedroom. She gets suspicious, but Charlotte and Kate brush her worries off. The next day, Charlotte and Kate walks to college. They flirted with each other as they enter their classes. Later, Charlotte and Kate sneak out of the dorms and go to Kate's house. As they enter her bedroom, they make out passionately.
During the case, many in the JACTF cope with the aftermath of the botched sting operation and wonder about their future relations with the LAPD, giving the department's numerous prior racial profiling scandals. Vargas and Ramsay assure the still-angry Chapel and Hobbs that while racism in the LAPD still lingers, they are more good officers in the department. Chief Stern informs them that Weight and Bradley are facing disciplinary action by IA and the higher-ups. Later, with testimonies from Chapel, Hobbs, other JACTF members and the U.S. Marshals present in the stakeout, Weight and Bradley given a recommendation for termination from the force; Stern subsequently suspends them pending said termination.
As Lowry works via desk duty, Devlin, as well as Ramsay and Lee, have reservations of him being ready to return to the field. Despite Lowry's successful help with pursuing Lester, Devlin and Scalieri remind him that he still has undergo tests, evaluations and such to prove that he is clean and ready to get back out there. Later, Burnett arrives to see Chapel outside of JACTF. He updates Chapel that they've got the investigation of Moon and his family's murders again thanks to Thomas, but Chapel isn't in the mood and snaps at Burnett. Then, he sees Weight driving by the station and decides to go after him and teach him a lesson. Burnett quickly rushs to the JACTF HQ and tells Chapel's colleagues that he is going after Weight.
Meanwhile, Shane visits Larsen at his workplace. She shares her suspicions about Charlotte and asks Larsen to follow her since her sister doesn't know him. Later, Larsen follows Charlotte to downtown Los Angeles where she spends time with Dalton and their daughters. Then, he gets suspicious when he sees Dalton kiss another woman outside of bar. As he calls Shane and gives her an update, Larsen gets even more confused when Charlotte flirts with the same woman as Dalton heads into the bar. He continues to follow Charlotte, Dalton and their daughters to Dalton's house, but Larsen sees the same woman there. He warns Shane about the woman as she enters the house. As Shane tells Larsen what to do next, he informs a shocked Shane that Charlotte and Dalton and the woman are all making out with each other at once, and then shows the footage on a video call. Larsen figures that the three could be in a polyamorous relationship, which leaves Shane concerned.
Meanwhile, Chapel arrives outside of a house where a party is held and sees Weight go inside. As he sneaks inside to find Weight, Burnett arrives and tries to look for Chapel or Weight in the crowd, but fails to find them. Then, Chapel went to upstairs where he sees Weight going to the bedroom with a teenager girl. Chapel breaks the door down and attacks a half-naked Weight before dragging him downstairs in front of horrified guests. Weight quickly fight back against Chapel and runs into the garden but Chapel catch him. Chapel punches Weight before dragging him to the pool where Chapel shoves Weight's head into the water. Chapel tells party guests what Weight and his partner did to him and Hobbs during undercover as branded Weight "bigoted". Weight badmouths Chapel's personality as he laugh at Chapel's face. Chapel furiously throws Weight into the pool and attempts to drown him. Burnett arrived at the garden and talks Chapel out from killing Weight. Chapel refused to listen to Burnett as he unleashed his anger at Weight. Vargas and Ramsay arrived and ordered Chapel to stop or they will arrested him. Chapel tells his colleagues that they wouldn't arrest him. Knowing they got no choice, Vargas and Ramsay grabs Chapel off Weight but the three all falls in the pool while Burnett chase after Weight. Vargas and Ramsay tries to fight Chapel off but he overpowered both of them.
While undercover to capture a long-time federal fugitive, Chapel and Hobbs become victims of racial profiling by LAPD officers. Meanwhile, Lowry returns to work, but his colleagues maintain reservations over him being ready to go back into the field. Also, Shane hires Larsen to spy on Charlotte as her behaviour sparks concerns.
#13 - "Hard Rain - Part 1"
The JACTF investigates a theft of high-priced diamonds and the killing of the diamond merger and his wife, but they get themselves in a bad situation when a heavy thunderstorm knocks out communications. Meanwhile, a member of the JACTF makes an error which results them getting struck by lightning.
#14 - "Hard Rain - Part 2"
Vargas and Shane face race against time to find the criminals who are hidden among the people in an isolated location in the Sierra Mountains. Meanwhile, one JACTF member risks their life to save a fallen colleague, and Beth goes into labor.
#15 - "Mind The Gap"
The JACTF finds themselves getting caught in another feud between Scalieri and her brother when Thomas' daughter Summer witnesses a murder in the subway. Then, the team makes a shocking discovery when they finds out about a old case which was investigate by Finn's father. Meanwhile, Ramsay and Beth struggled with their newborn baby's name.
#16 - "Stay Close"
Shane faces her own crisis after Charlotte and Gabrielle mysteriously disappear. As the case takes a dark turn, Vargas believes Felix is involved while Shane takes matters into her own hands. Meanwhile, Lee makes a huge discovery about Lowry and Scalieri vows to ends her feud with her brother. Also, Devlin gets some news of his own.
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Vargas travel to New York with Aldridge, Martinez and Sandra where they investigate Diego's CIA past and Dineen's background but their investigation caused into chaos. Meanwhile, Shane struggles to trust Charlotte following recent events. Also, Devlin makes a unexpected offer to Hunsacker and Henderson gets a shock when her sister Alison turns up at her doorstep.
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