Chicago Justice really brought a meaty story this week.
A dead body is found in a hotel room and despite looking like an obvious suicide, Dawson and Nagel rule it a murder. But who would want to kill an officer and keep his body in warm blood so he didn’t decompose, especially after the brutal death he suffered? Not to mention the dude only had a few weeks of life left after his stage 4 cancer diagnosis.
After they find a ton of cash stashed in his freezer, they question the most obvious person, his old partner, who denies knowing anything. The call logs say otherwise however and when they ask why he spoke with Ted Cody three times the day of his death, he reveals that he would oftentimes get meat at the local butcher for him. And we’re not just talking a few pounds, he means thousands of dollars in meat.
When Antonio hears Beckett Meats, he immediately knows there’s trouble. The owner, John Beckett, was arrested a few years ago for allegedly burning down his own barn for debt money and killing an employee in it.
Beckett is confident in his innocence, which only makes him look more guilty. Not to mention half of Chicago would love to see this man pay for what he did. They all know he did it but the jury acquitted him saying it could have been an electrical fire.
Stone is personally invested in the case because he has a friendly relationship with Gail, the late farmers widow. He believes that Beckett is guilty and wants her to get the justice she deserves, which goes back to what his father taught him – “if you don’t do something to ease someone’s pain, what good are you.”
The murder weapon, a knife, is turned in and the prints match Beckett’s 100%. Stone confidently arrests him but Beckett is able to weasel his way out again with his attorney filing a motion to remove the knife from evidence because it was tampered with. The police officer that found it said he got it 45 minutes after the garbage pickup. With the knife being held in his truck, anyone could have tampered with it.
With no proof, Jeferries tells Stone to paint a picture for the jury. What’s Beckett’s motive? Piece after piece he realizes that Cody was blackmailing Beckett to keep quiet about the fire. From there, they find financial records that link them to a woman who was on the jury and was bribed by Beckett’s yacht. She confesses to being paid to sway the jury’s vote in the trail.
Stone is then able to re-try Beckett in the murder of Paul Marcus. While on the witness stand, Beckett talks about how hard it was to run a farm with all the rules and regulations from the government. He admits that he didn’t start the fire, in fact, he tried to save the pigs, even describing how you save a pig and make it do what you want.
Without knowing it, he just confessed to killing Cody. Beckett inflicted the same type of injuries on Cody as he did on the pigs when he tried to wrangle them.
Beckett accepts the bargain – 35 years instead of life in prison although at this point, what does it matter? He’s as good as dead meat and Stone finally got what he wanted – justice.
Do you think Stone’s father will make an appearance? They’ve sure mentioned him multiple times as if they’re alluding to a guest appearance where he’s either proud of his son or doesn’t think he lives up to expectation.
Coffee Table News
The Fate of “Chicago Justice” Revealed – Will We Get a Second Season?
Then there were three.
After just one season, NBC has pulled the plug on Chicago Justice, the fourth show in Dick Wolf’s Chicago franchise.
Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D, and Chicago Med were all renewed earlier this month.
The news doesn’t come as much of a surprise considering that Justice was the newest and lowest-rated of the shows, however, it was rated higher than Taken and Shades of Blue, both of which have been renewed.
I guess NBC just has certain expectations for Wolf’s shows.
Personally, I enjoy all the Chicago shows, but could not get into Justice.
It lacked the spirit of Chicago and a charismatic cast – even Antonio couldn’t save it.
Which makes me wonder, what happens to his character since he left PD to pursue a role on Justice?
Coffee Table News
‘Chicago Fire,’ ‘Chicago P.D’ and ‘Chicago Med’ Renewed, ‘Chicago Justice’ On the Fence
NBC said yes to Chicago, specifically three major Chicago shows.
Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D and Chicago Med will all be returning for the 2017-18 season.
No decision has been made about the fourth and most recent addition to the franchise, Chicago Justice.
It isn’t surprising considering that out of the shows, Justice seems to have the lowest draw, starting out slow when it premiered in March during a three-show crossover.
Also not yet renewed is Wolf’s Law & Order: SVU, despite being the second-highest-rated drama on the network with over 10 million viewers weekly.
P.D is another top performer while Med’s ratings are solid, even after a move to Thursday night.
If Justice and SVU get the boot, Wolf won’t be too concerned as he’s adding yet another drama this year – Law & Order: True Crime — The Menendez Murders.
Dick Wolf. Unstoppable.
Chicago Justice – Drill (1×10)
This week’s Chicago Justice dealt with the most common problem on Chicago’s south side, shootings. More specifically, gang rivalries that lead to shootings.
As Stone summarized it, gangs are using social media to initiate bloody wars that are killing the city’s young black men.
It all starts when a man in an army uniform brings a gun to a gun buyback event being led by Dawson and Nagel. Gun buybacks are supposed to be painless and anonymous but when Nagel discovers blood on the gun, they have no choice but to arrest him. At first, he doesn’t want to say where he found the gun but soon admits it was under his nephew Andre’s pillow.
DNA from the gun returns shocking results – the blood belongs to a gang member named Damon Cafferty, who was being attacked by rival gang members when a stray bullet shot and killed Lara. Tragic but unfortunately, all too common in the streets of Chicago.
As luck would have it, Lara is being represented by the cities best; Stone and Valdez.
It’s tragic but unfortunately, all too common in the streets of Chicago, which is why Peter knows he has to do something about it, has to put away the bad guy, even if he has to stall the case with this newly presented evidence. Will it make a difference, Jefferies asks. Stone hopes so.
When the judge agrees to a 72-hour continuance, the defendant is released but becomes a victim of a drive-by from opposing gangs who think he’s a snitch. Thankfully, he’s not critically injured but it’s enough to scare anyone from talking, especially Andre and his nephew. They’re willing to confess to what really happened – Andre hid the gun for his cousin Keo – but they won’t testify in fear of getting silenced.
When Stone realizes all of the gang wars are initiated through socials, he calls for a hearing to block all of their phones. Jefferies disagrees with Stone’s extreme idea, explaining that it technically is racial profiling and a grounds for a lawsuit. But gun violence is also extreme in the city and the judge agrees, if the cell phones are causing the violence, they need to be shut down.
That’s when Stone decides to take a different approach. Without Andre’s testimony, they need to find a way to bring Keo in. He asks to continue Stackhouse’s trail in hopes of getting Keo to inadvertently confess to the crime and surprisingly it works. The 15-year-old proves that the gun belongs to him by removing the jammed magazine compartment without blinking an eye.
Stackhouse is cleared, Antonio gives him a ‘hook up’ card and Keo is arrested. Stone, Jefferies and Valdez are feeling good about their unconventional but justified victory until they get a dark call – Andre’s uncle had been killed, a retaliation by Keo’s people.
Even when someone wants to do the right thing, it ends up hurting them in the end. And the police, no matter how good their intentions, simply cannot save anyone who doesn’t want to be saved.
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