The latest epissode of APB Season 1 opens with Gideon Reeves (Justin Kirk) welcoming the attendees of the Windy City Tech Summit via hologram. He explains to the crowd that he is dedicated to changing the world and the way people look at things before bringing out the chairman of the board of his company, Lauren Fitch (Kim Raver), who makes her first appearance on APB Season 1. There is a flirtation between the two and it is revealed they’ve known one another since college. Lauren tells Gideon that he is losing copious amounts of money with his project at the 13th District and they need the Windy City Tech Summit to go off without a hitch if the company is going to survive.
Back at the 13th, Captain Ned Conrad (Ernie Hudson) briefs his officers before giving Det. Theresa Murphy (Natalie Martinez) a murder file to investigate with the help of Ada (Caitlin Stasey). Ada is hesitant to go to the scene since she feels she doesn’t look, dress, or act like a cop and she is soon unnerved by the sight of the crime scene. Meanwhile, Brandt (Taylor Handley) and Goss (Tamberla Perry) are out on patrol discussing the pros and cons of the tech we’ve seen thus far on APB Season 1-namely the omnipresent drones-when they get a notification about a student that may be suicidal. They arrive and find only the words “I’m sorry” scrawled in a notebook, but no sign of the student.
Ada does her best to hack into the murder victim’s computer and e-mail accounts and finds that the man was selling an all-access wristband to Gideon’s convention when he was likely robbed and murdered. At the Tech Summit, Lauren continues to pressure Gideon into taking on new ventures to establish new revenue streams for the company she sees as failing. Ada and Murphy then arrive at the Summit with the news that someone is planning on killing Gideon Reeves.
Gideon takes the threat in stride, but Captain Conrad and Detective Murphy are far more serious about it. Lauren goes back to the 13th with Gideon and questions him about the amount of tech used in the HQ that she never received property requests for. In the interrogation room, Murphy and Ada question an “online ticket broker” who facilitated the sale of the Tech Summit wristband that led to the murder earlier in the day. The broker explains that he has no idea who was who online, but the man who tried to buy the ticket was often posting about Gideon Reeves stealing ideas from his mind and so on. The broker then offers to get Murphy a copy of the wristband that was stolen so that they could track down the killer.
Goss and Brandt then investigate the missing suicidal student, Evan, by going to speak with his parents. While the boy’s father stonewalls them, his mother gives them the name of a friend of the boy’s where he may be staying: Jackson Barrett. They go to Jackson’s house looking for Evan and Goss realizes that Jackson is Evan’s boyfriend. Goss tells Jackson she understands their situation since it took a long time for her to introduce her first girlfriend to her family as well. Jackson explains that he is not “out” yet with his sexuality and that is why he has been so secretive with regards to his relationship with Evan. He gives Goss the info on a secret Uber account he and Evan used and Goss and Brandt head off to track Evan down.
Gideon and Co. then attempt to find his potential killer by tracking the use of the stolen wristband. Unfortunately for them, the man used his own tech to disguise himself from all security cameras when scanning into the conference. They realize that they must scan everyone’s wristband in order to find the killer, but Murphy tells Gideon they don’t have the manpower to do so. Gideon explains he is going to do some of his patented APB Season 1 engineering to the cameras in the rooms so that they scan every wristband at once while everyone is distracted by his speech.
While Gideon gets to work on that, Lauren and Murphy spar over Gideon’s intentions with the 13th versus other business prospects. Lauren implies that Gideon’s interest in the 13th may be fleeting and Murphy is riled by the thought. Gideon then gets his cameras rolling and scanning all wristbands and finds someone in an orange hoodie he believes to be the potential killer. The suspect runs off and Murphy gives chase, cornering the suspect in a stairwell and realizing the suspect is a woman.
Murphy discovers the woman was just trying to score some free swag with the upgraded wristband the killer ditched. As Gideon watches the events unfold from the precinct (“Bones” style according to Reeves himself), Lauren does her best to distract him with what she believes to be his actual business and dismisses his ability to help the police. They then realize the killer has killed a security guard and is likely still on the premises with a weapon ready to murder Gideon. Lauren then realizes they have the technology on hand to scan the entire crowd for weapons during Gideon’s keynote address.
Goss and Brandt then find Evan on a rooftop threatening to jump. Goss attempts to talk the boy down and tells Brandt to call the boy’s father. Goss explains that is the person the boy needs to speak with most and Brandt tells the boy’s father to “man up” and deal with who the boy loves since he is in danger of losing him. Evan won’t let Brandt or Goss approach with the phone, however, and Brandt then has another idea to handle the situation. Since it wouldn’t be an episode APB Season 1 without an appearance by its hero a Drone, Brandt has a drone fly up an iPad so Evan can FaceTime with his mother and father. They plead with their son to come home and he does.
Gideon installs the portable weapons scanner in the rafters of his conference and then readies himself by putting on Murphy’s bulletproof vest. At first he balks at the idea of her not wearing it, but she explains she won’t be the one on the business end of a gun. Gideon then steps out onto the stage in front of an enormous crowd of “Gideonites.” Gideon gives his speech on the topic of “risk” as Ada and Lauren run their weapons scans and find the killer in the crowd with a gun. The man does manage to fire off a shot, which is absorbed by Gideon’s bulletproof vest, before he is immediately subdued. Gideon then rallies the crowd in a cheer for the men and women of the 13th District for saving his life.
Back at 13th HQ, Brandt and Goss are doing paperwork when Goss asks Brandt if he’d like to talk. There is a moment when Brandt is about to say he never knew Goss was a lesbian, but he chooses to invite her out for a bite to eat before broaching the subject in a friendlier way. Murphy then approaches Gideon about the other projects Lauren told her he abandoned in the past. He explains that he’s always chased the biggest problem to solve throughout his life and he has found the hardest challenge of his life in the 13th. He assures Murphy he isn’t going anywhere and after being pressed on his relationship with Lauren, he only tells Murphy it is complicated.
Cut to Gideon’s bedroom where he and Lauren are sharing a tryst and their thoughts with one another. Lauren tells Gideon that the attempt on his life only showed how useful Reeves tech truly is along with the viability of what he’s done with the 13th. Lauren goes on to tell Gideon that his idea for privatizing policing is genius and the latest episode of APB Season 1 closes with Gideon pondering what the future will be for his APB program and if it will end up being what he had hoped for.
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