The latest episode of APB Season 1 opens with a local tough named Vinny and his muscle showing up to shake down the father of Gideon Reeves at an OTB in the Windy City. The elder Mr. Reeves does his best to talk his way out of a situation he’s gotten himself in through gambling, but eventually uses a well-placed trashcan to the head of one of Vinny’s goons to get away for the moment. Meanwhile, at the 13th District HQ, Gideon (Justin Kirk) is busy testing some of his newest tech when he’s interrupted by Captain Ned Conrad (Ernie Hudson) with the news that Gideon’s father has stopped by.
Gideon’s dad tells Detective Theresa Murphy (Natalie Martinez) that while he’s been involved with gambling, he had no idea he was working for a criminal: Leo Moretti. He appeals to his son and Detective Murphy to help him wear a wire to bust his criminal boss. Gideon is very skeptical of his dad’s true intentions, but Murphy feels that the prospect of capturing Moretti is too good to pass up since no other criminal informants are willing to go undercover with him. After a little convincing, Gideon cautiously agrees to let his father help.
Out on the streets, Goss (Tamberla Perry) and Brandt (Taylor Handley) are on patrol when they get a notification about a woman with a bat. They arrive on scene to find a woman shouting that a man stole her car along with two others. Brandt and Goss diffuse the situation and give the woman a ride to work, but she remains steadfast that her new neighbor is a car thief. Brandt and Goss then go to the suspect’s house in hopes of finding him and make chase, but the perp loses them after boosting yet another vehicle.
Back at the precinct, Brandt endures the mockery of his fellow officers for losing the car thief earlier, but redoubles his efforts to find the perp. They are then notified of a sighting of the perp and a car chase ensues. They box the suspect in only to find out he is a school aged boy with developmental disabilities. Goss offers him the chance to sit in their squad car and he explains that he was merely stealing cars others didn’t properly take care of in order to add them to his collection. When the kid refuses to show them to his collection, Brandt offers him the opportunity to drive there and the kid agrees.
As Murphy and Reeves try to work out Gideon’s father’s undercover operation, Gideon becomes suspicious when his father asks for $25,000 to trap Moretti. He agrees to go forward, but then must devise a minuscule and durable device to track his father’s movements to keep him safe during the sting. After outfitting a watch to replace the “lucky” one Gideon’s father usually wears, Gideon’s dad is off to visit Moretti at a seedy club. He sweet talks the gangster into thinking he’s got buyers for his stolen diamonds. The two then make a deal to exchange the diamonds for $500,000 the next day.
Murphy is worried for Gideon’s father’s safety going forward, but Gideon doesn’t trust his father after years of being scammed by the man. She tells him that CI work is very dangerous and advises him to speak with his father and work things out between them. Captain Conrad later agrees with this sentiment as Gideon and he discuss the operation and keeping Gideon’s father and five-hundred grand safe. Shortly thereafter, Gideon realizes his father has already absconded from the station with the five-hundred thousand in tow.
Everyone is impressed with the ingenuity of Gideon’s father as he managed to make it out of a locked cell and GPS devices and Gideon thinks his father has merely ripped him off again. Detective Murphy believes that Gideon’s dad is using this as his shot and redemption and may still be trying to pull off the undercover op. Gideon then attempts to track down Moretti by using a fleet of drones, Gideon’s go-to tech for much of APB Season 1, in order to find his father.
After the car thieving kid agrees to Brandt and Goss’ deal, he shows them to his “collection” of cars. The boy’s mother comes in and is shocked by the revelation that her son has been stealing the vehicles. She is fearful of her son’s future and appeals to Goss and Brandt to let him go. He explains to Goss that there is no car he can’t steal and she wonders aloud to Brandt if the boy’s skills might be valuable in a car theft class they teach and as a mechanic. The boy, Luke, then comes on board with the APB for 36-months of working after school in yet another instance of the police showing mercy on APB Season 1.
Gideon deploys his battalion of drones to follow the many cars Moretti uses to confuse the police. Gideon personally controls all of the drones as the rest of the 13th looks on and follows the cars on screen. As the chase begins to falter due to the devices following four separate cars, Murphy narrows it down to one car based on the nervousness of the driver. Her instincts turn out to be right and the crew at the 13th has a location on the deal between Moretti and Gideon’s father.
They watch from afar as Gideon’s father holds the deal in an old zoo Gideon claims his father knows well since he used to always sneak him in there as a child. Gideon’s dad then attempts to talk Moretti into accepting $400,000 instead of the $500,000. He warns Moretti that upsetting his diamond buyers may get messy and Moretti begrudgingly accepts the offer. Detective Murphy and the 13th then move in and capture Moretti and his goons. Gideon’s father has disappeared in the commotion, however.
Later, Murphy offers her sympathies to Gideon who was again duped by his father. They stop by Gideon’s childhood home where Gideon shares with Murphy the fact that his mom passed away when he was in high school. She left him money to attend college, but his father gambled it away and Gideon paid his own way through MIT after building and selling a rocket. Gideon’s father then calls him from a tropical island and tells Gideon he is proud of him and what he has become in spite of his fathering. He goes on to tell Gideon he loves him before tossing his phone away and vanishing as the latest episode of APB Season 1 comes to a close.
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