The latest episode of APB Season 1 opens with a familiar home security commercial. While the commercial seems real, it is actually for Reeves Security and, more specifically, a nationalized version of the APB app called APB Prime. Gideon (Justin Kirk) and Lauren (Kim Raver) then discuss the pros and cons of moving Reeves Industries further into the private security sector. The two are then interrupted by Captain Conrad (Ernie Hudson) who needs Gideon at a crime scene.
Detective Theresa Murphy (Natalie Martinez) and Captain Conrad explain to Gideon that a gang war has set off a series of fires in the 13th Precinct. They ask Gideon to speak with the Mayor about investigating and stopping the gang war and he agrees, but not before heading in to grab a sample from the crime scene. Gideon explains that if he can discern the accelerant he can program the police cars set up with APB Season 1 tech to find and locate the chemical.
Goss (Tamberla Perry) and Brandt (Taylor Handley) then take a witness statement from an individual who said he was assaulted at a club the night before by a bouncer. The man is quite frustrated by Brandt’s lack of interest in his case and Brandt explains to Goss he both knows the bouncer and thinks they have better things to do than investigate the man’s claims. Goss nevertheless pushes forward on the investigation.
Gideon calibrates the police cruisers to detect the accelerant and they find a possible arsonist in Canaryville. They find only a nail salon and a few other innocents, however. Then, Detective Murphy gets a reading on her cruiser and she checks things out. She finds a tag from one of the gangs used in the fire wars and realizes the building itself is on fire. Murphy then races through the building pounding on doors and telling everyone to evacuate. When she is almost overcome by fire, Gideon and Ava (Caitlin Stasey) use the advanced APB Season 1 tech of Murphy’s bodycam to see through the smoke and flames to a way out of the building. Once outside, Murphy finds a young woman from Honduras who has been displaced by the fire and invites her to stay with her.
Goss and Brandt then head to The Cellar Door, the bar where the assault victim claimed he was attacked by the bouncer, Brandt’s friend Vic. Vic claims the man got rowdy on the dance floor, was attacked by a woman’s boyfriend, and then Vic merely tossed him out. Goss and Brandt then attempt to check the security footage, although Vic tells them it likely won’t show anything.
Back at Murphy’s, Theresa is sharing her clothes with the young woman from Honduras and it seem she may suspect the woman knows more about the arson than she lets on. At the 13th HQ, Gideon discusses branching out into private security with Ada. Ada tells Gideon he sounds like Lauren with all the talk of privatized policing and believes if he moves forward with expanding the APB program, it could turn the nation into a police state. Murphy then shows up with a theory that perhaps it isn’t the gangs behind the arson war after all.
Murphy and Gideon then head off to have dinner with Andre, the gang leader, to talk about who has been starting the fires. Andre explains arsons aren’t the way they usually do things, but he has to respond to protect his people. Murphy pleads with him to wait a day to retaliate since she believes the fires were not gang related and Andre agrees. Gideon then gets help from Pete (Abraham Benrubi) to recreate the fire from Theresa’s bodycam in an immersive 360 environment. Theresa then realizes the fire came through the heating ducts in the apartment and was almost certainly not started by the warring street gangs of APB Season 1.
At The Cellar Door, Vic asks Brandt to help him get a spot on the police department when he finds out Goss has a friend in the personnel department. Goss ignores Brandt’s call, however, as she installs a small camera pointing at the alley door where Vic claims there is no camera coverage. Brandt then goes to Captain Conrad for help in getting Vic hired, but Captain Conrad says he won’t move forward while Vic is under continued investigation by Goss. Brandt is irked at first, but Goss simply asks him to trust his partner and if Vic doesn’t have anything to hide, her hidden camera won’t reveal anything. Later, Goss and Brandt watch from a distance as Vic bounces patrons from his bar. Brandt is ready to call it a night when a customer gives Vic lip and Vic brutally attacks him. Goss and Brandt then rush over to stop and arrest Vic.
Theresa and Gideon then track down an HVAC company that has had access to every building where the arsons took place. The owner balks at giving Gideon employee information, so Gideon buys the entire business for a half a million dollars. Murphy then digs through the files while Gideon looks on until she finds the name of a Duke Johnson who was a supervisor at the buildings that burned. As they track down Duke, Gideon discusses privatized policing with Murphy. She tells him that the people who need help the most are the ones that can’t pay for it. Gideon explains he has shareholders to answer to and Murphy tells him she herself is a shareholder and while she wants him to make money, she doesn’t want him to do it by selling badges.
Gideon and Theresa then roll up on Duke Johnson who is loudly listening to ultra-conservative radio before he attacks Gideon. He and Theresa then scuffle, but Johnson makes his getaway after injuring Murphy’s foot. Gideon realizes that the man left his phone behind, however. Ada and Gideon are able to deduce from the phone’s location history that Duke is likely in an old warehouse.
Murphy and some of her fellow police arrive at the warehouse Duke Johnson has been staying in to find racist propaganda all over as well as arson materials. Duke attempts to trap Murphy in a blaze before making his getaway, but the man is quickly captured. As Murphy is trapped in the fiery warehouse, Gideon calls into action the true hero of APB Season 1: the drone. Gideon explains that this isn’t just any ordinary drone, this is the TK421: a drone that uses concussive charges to extinguish flames. Gideon uses his expert drone-piloting skills to maneuver the drone into the burning warehouse and blasts an exit route for Murphy who makes her escape.
In the holding cell at the 13th, Vic explains to Brandt that he blacks out when people come at him. Brandt tells his friend he’ll talk to the prosecutor about his service record and to see if they can get Vic some real help. Brandt then apologizes to Goss for not listening to her and the two continue to bond.
Back at Murphy’s, her young house guest watches the news detail the 13th’s capture of the arsonist who was stoking the fires of a gang war. She tells Murphy she too may wish to be a police officer one day before Murphy heads out to watch Gideon’s speech to his shareholders. Gideon announces Reeves Industries will be rolling out APB Prime to the thunderous applause of his shareholders. Theresa walks in and takes her seat as he begins to detail their subscription or pay-as-you-go options for the app, he falls apart and explains he won’t be moving forward with the app. He then details the actual crime statistics in Chicago and tells the crowd that all that matters to him is getting those numbers down, not making more money at the moment and the latest episode of APB Season 1 draws to a close.
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