The third episode of APB Season 1 opens with Gideon Reeves (Justin Kirk) chatting it up with Dr. Sanjay Gupta about the finer points of privatized policing at a fancy party. Detective Murphy (Natalie Martinez) then swings by, in full uniform, with the news that her ex-husband will be heading a task force to come after the both of them and the rest of the 13th. Gideon is explaining that he won’t let any lawyers stop him from making the impossible possible when Detective Murphy gets a notification that her mentor was recently shot in a robbery attempt.
Gideon and Murphy quickly make chase, but are only quick enough for Murphy to see her fallen former mentor, Link Richards, being carted away. The rest of the 13th is able to capture one of the five suspects and bring him back to HQ. There, Murphy views her mentor’s final moments via the APB app’s video and she notices the robbers only took eight grand in merchandise without even going for the more expensive items in the safe. As Gideon does his best to unravel that mystery, Ada Hamilton (Caitlin Stasey) gives him a run down of the statistics of a young boy, Marshawn, in danger living with an abusive and criminal father. She asks Gideon to step in and do something due to statistics showing the child or someone else in the household will likely be hurt or killed soon, but Gideon explains statistics are not proof and he can’t do anything just yet.
Meanwhile, Captain Conrad (Ernie Hudson), Gideon, and Murphy attempt to make charges stick to the one suspect they have in custody with the little evidence they have. Gideon then continues to expand the arsenal of tech for APB Season 1 by retrofitting a feedback chair formerly used on pilots to be used on suspects at the 13th. Ada stops by Marshawn’s house only to find his father loudly yelling at his mother and Marshawn having lost faith in the APB app’s ability to keep him safe after their previous appearance on APB Season 1.
Murphy then conducts an interrogation of the suspect in her mentor’s murder while using the newly adjusted feedback chair. Gideon monitor’s the suspect’s reactions in real time and helps Murphy guide her questions so she can zero in on what will get the suspect to break. Although they get the suspect close to spilling some info, they fall short of an actual confession and quickly begin looking into the information and places they got from Murphy’s interrogation.
Gideon hopes to have Ada help him install video monitors in the interrogation room to trick the suspect into thinking they’re getting closer to actual evidence, but Ada is tailing Marshawn’s abusive father. She video chats a fellow hacker and asks him to “shut down” Marshawn’s father. Murphy returns to the interrogation room where she shows the suspect live feed of the investigation into the perp’s former haunts and hideouts. As the suspect’s vital signs spike and fall, Gideon and Murphy direct their testimony and the actions of the police to stoke the fires of the suspect’s nerves. They quickly play on the suspect’s fear of getting busted and trick him into making a deal with them.
He confesses and explains their target wasn’t the jewelry store where Murphy’s mentor was working at all, but rather an armored truck. Unfortunately for the police, the suspect doesn’t have all the information needed to catch the other perps. He does give up the address of their hideout and soon the 13th are in pursuit. Ada won’t be manning the controls of any drones during the chase, however, as she watches Marshawn’s father fail in his attempt to buy a pack of cigarettes after she froze his assets. She provokes him into hitting her and is pleased to hopefully get Marshawn’s father off the streets for a longer period than the last time he was picked up. Back at the 13th HQ, Marshawn’s mother confronts Ada about getting her husband arrested when Marshawn explains she was just
t quite a bomb making lab behind. Gideon calls in his new state-of-the-art crime scene investigators that produce results far faster than anything Murphy has ever seen before. Together, they deduce that where the suspects are likely to strike next and the 13th readies themselves to stop them. Murphy realizes the location they believe the suspects will be at isn’t the location of the armored truck heist, but rather their planned escape route.
The heist then goes down, suspects’ gun blazing and bomb in tow. Murphy is the only officer in the vicinity and does her best to stop the robbery, but is overpowered by the firepower of the perps. Ada then contacts her hacker friend to make an untraceable call that sets off the criminals’ bomb and saves Murphy and the guards from certain doom. The 13th then swoops in to clean things up while Ada is left wondering how she will be expected to repay her hacker acquaintance for his help this time.
The latest episode of APB Season 1 ends with Detective Murphy renewing her commitment to the 13th as well as Gideon’s APB program while Ada watches the explosion she was responsible for causing. Gideon looks on and one wonders where the line will be drawn going forward for their police work. Will the ends always justify the means or has Ada crossed the line into being a full blown vigilante? Only the rest of APB Season 1 has those answers as the hi-tech war on Chicago crime rages on.
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