Burgess and her new partner respond to a call at a house. When they get there they go inside and find two dogs and bloody footprints right away. Further inside there is a woman’s body. No ID and the house belongs to a former ballplayer by the name of Jake McCoy (Billy Burke). In his home office, Antonio finds a picture of McCoy and Olinsky.
Back at the district there is a boutique of daisies on Erin’s desk, her favorite. She thanks Halstead but he knows nothing about them. The card is blank. The rest of the team joins them to go over the case. The victim died of blunt force trauma. McCoy has no violent past so robbery gone wrong seems to be the most likely cause. They all go to find leads for that MO.
Olinsky and Antonio go to see a guy named Freddy Mays (Matt McTighe) because he was the one that brought the girls around. They try to see if he is a likely suspect and he denies involvement. Mays also asks Olinsky to look out for McCoy.
At the district Platt gives Burgess and Mike Sorensen (Kevin Kane) an assignment. Investigate a sandwich robbery at a deli, and then get her lunch. Burgess protests but Sorensen is game so they head out.
Olinsky and Antonio are in Voight’s office talking about a car accident McCoy had earlier in the year. Alcohol had been present but not responsible. Olinsky covered it up. As he justifies his actions to Voight, his phone rings. It’s McCoy.
The team has surveillance on a conversation between Olinsky and McCoy. It’s at a little league field. McCoy says he didn’t kill the girl. He pulls a gun and seems to be about to kill himself. The team moves in and stops him.
McCoy is taken into custody but he won’t talk except to Olinsky. Halstead thinks there is a conflict but Voight says that until he sees it, he’s going to allow this because of their connection. He talks about his volunteer work and how much his life has changed since his accident. He says it wasn’t him. It was probably her pimp. She was scared of him. He has an alibi. His daughter.
Halstead and Erin go talk to the daughter Marley about him staying there. She says that he stopped on the way back from his hunting trip. She originally lies about what time he arrived but eventually admits it was closer to 1:15 a.m.
Burgess and Sorenson follow up at the deli and find out that it is a repeat offender and what do you know? She’s lurking across the street. They go to talk to her but she flees. They give chase and Sorenson gets hit in the face and Burgess has to taze the suspect.
Based on the time frame his daughter provided, McCoy has no alibi. No headway has been made on tracking down her pimp either. Erin gets a call. She answers but no one is there. It’s from Easton, Kansas which ironically enough is the same town the flowers came from, according to Halstead.
Commander Crowley comes by the unit to pull Olinsky from the case. He’s not pleased. The get a lead on the pimp. Ruzek and Atwater head out. They get there and find all sorts of McCoy memorabilia as well as his laptop. The man claims to be a garbage picker.
Back that the district the unit looks at the laptop, a file called lost girls to be exact. It is videos of McCoy interviewing underage girls. They bring the laptop into interrogation and ask what its all about. He tells Voight that he wanted to use the videos as an intervention tool to reunite these girls with their families. His lawyer calls the interview to a close but Voight still has 12 hours to charge him so he’s back to lockup.
Burgess brings the sandwich suspect into the district but pulls her into an empty room. The suspect is a cop and Burgess wants to know what she’s up to. The suspect doesn’t say.
The ID another of the girls from the videos. They go to the hotel she’s known to work out of. She tells Halstead and Erin about the pimp and how the first victim really believed McCoy was going to help her get out. She helps them set a trap for the pimp.
Olinsky is at the district watching the videos.
The trap is set and the pimp falls for it. Voight and the rest of the team move in and make the arrest. Antonio and Voight ate talking to the pimp downstairs. He claims that the all star ring he had in his car was a gift from the victim. He admits to running prostitutes but says the victim was alive the last time he saw her.
Burgess wants to do something to help the sandwich lady. She’s a former St. Louis cop who saw some bad stuff and was never the same. Platt feels for her but she has to spend a night in lockup. Sorenson is annoyed by Burgess.
Olinsky follows up with the daughter and finds out that McCoy called Mays so he goes back to his place to talk. Turns out Mays doesn’t want to. He wants to threaten Olinsky instead, but that doesn’t work. Olinsky fights back and Mays cracks.
Olinsky brings him in but the commander is there. She’s giving him about 45 minutes before she comes back for his badge. He then goes in to talk to McCoy. He tells him that he can help if he hears the whole story. McCoy admits that she was robbing him so he pushed her. She hit her head and blood poured out. He knew she was dead so he fled. It was an accident. He asks Olinsky what to say to make this right.
The DA comes by to explain what they are taking McCoy to trial for. Olinsky is beating himself up about helping with the earlier accident. If hadn’t, the victim would still be alive.
Halstead has tracked down the source of the calls/flowers. The town nut in the small town outside Leavenworth. She comments that her father did a stint there.
Burgess gets locked up to spend the night in the cell with the sandwich suspect.
Olinsky watches McCoy’s interviews with the victim.
I don’t know why but I’m a fan of Billy Burke. He is above and beyond the best part of the CBS summer show Zoo. He was believable as the washed up former ballplayer/addict trying to help people. The fact that he had ties to Olinsky really dominated the episode, to the point that there were no really compelling minor stories. Overall this wasn’t bad. The Erin stuff isn’t the town nut though. It’s probably Bunny coming back…. again.
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