FBI Episode 11
Episode 11: Identity Crisis
Our episode begins as a mother-daughter pairing exit a court house. The mother says she’s hungry and the daughter finds amusement in this. The mother, a federal judge, has just put a 24-year-old man away for life. She explains, “I sentenced a 24-year-old hitman to life in prison. He killed a rival gangster and his 10-year-old daughter” and asks if she wants Chinese food. The conversation shifts to something that happened the night previous, but we never find out what. The mother and daughter are gunned down just a block from the restaurant.
My immediate thought is that someone linked to the hitman took them down. However, that would be the obvious answer and in the TV world, the obvious answer is never the right one. The ominous conversation and weird quotes from the mother “sometimes bad things happen to good people” (for example) makes me think this may be linked to the daughter. But, we’re only a few minutes in, so there’s plenty of episode left to figure it out!
This is Personal
As we cut back into our episode, Agents Bell and Zidan are on the scene. They look over the bodies and notice nothing was taken; the Gucci purse is still on the mother’s arm; the Rolex watch still on the daughter’s wrist. This was not about money.
In the JOC, Mosier and Valentine discuss the murder of Leslie Chapman and her daughter. Mosier makes it clear: this is personal for her. She and Leslie have been friends for a long time and she wants to make sure whoever did this pays. The urgency is clear. The acting, not so much. More on that later.
Bell, Zidan and Mosier go and speak to Chapman’s husband. They are worried he might be next. He doesn’t seem afraid and tells them he’d like to see the coward try. Then, Bell and Zidan start to ask questions. Were there any threats? He says nothing he can remember but threats didn’t bother her. The daughter? She quit her job at Goldman Sachs a few months back to switch to a career more fulfilling.
Coming up empty, Bell and Zidan go to speak with Leslie’s secretary who admits she and Mrs. Chapman weren’t that close. The only thing she can remember of any suspicion was a phone call she received yesterday afternoon, to which she got up and left the office. Maggie reaches out to Kristen to pull phone and rideshare records.
What Happens in the Club…
This leads them to a club. The people inside are less than helpful, the two employees claiming they don’t know either woman. There isn’t video for them to look at because this is a high-end club where celebrities frequent. At least that is their excuse. These guys are shady. With a capital S. OA questions a waitress and she doesn’t even look at the pictures. He reaches out to touch her for a second look and she flips around and dumps water into his face. Shocked, he arrests her.
Maggie and OA escort her to the car, where Maggie uncuffs her. She asks her how she’s been. OA seems confused and Maggie reveals that the waitress, Gina, is one of them. She’s with the FBI and undercover. Maggie and Gina worked an undercover case together years ago and were in the same class at Quantico.
Gina reveals she’s working undercover at the club and investigating the owners: Jack Rossi and Ray Acosta; they are some of the biggest cocaine traffickers in the Northeast. They let Gina go back to the club, so her cover isn’t blown. Meanwhile, back at the JOC, Valentine discusses motives now that we know that one of the owners has relation to the Sinaloa cartel. However, Kristen is not able to find any connection to the Judge’s cases.
Ballistics and the lab give them better leads. Another tech reveals cryptic texts sent to a burner phone from the daughter and the lab finds trace amounts of DNA on her body. Aha! So, this is connected to the daughter somehow. Maybe? Let it also be known: the police can track everything. Better watch what you’re texting, folks.
The DNA belongs to one of the club owners, Jack Rossi. He claims they had sex the day previous and says that he was at the club all day, so he couldn’t have done it but then asks for a lawyer when questioned.
Kristen uses surveillance footage from outside the club to confirm the Judge was there. She goes inside for about 10 minutes and then exits, which at first gives them nothing. Then, Valentine notices the SUV parked behind her who was there the entire time. They can get a license plate and decide to pay the person a visit. He’s the doorman to the club and reveals that Samantha, the daughter was there a few nights ago. He says she was crying and her clothes were torn.
Wait. Jack Rossi says they had sex the night previous. Samantha told the doorman to call the police… did he rape her? His alibi is airtight, which means if he did, he wasn’t the one to kill her. Except, he has a partner, does he not? Where was Acosta?
Mosier tells them to keep an eye on the club. It is their best lead; she wants them to work with Gina. Gina isn’t too happy with this new update. The plan is to accelerate the drug case and see if they can flip Rossi to get his help with their murder case. Gina says they are in luck, she is to “double date” with Rossi and Acosta that night. She tells Maggie to find her a cute friend to go with her. In reality, it’s the movement of cocaine.
Can we trust Gina?
And Kristen Chazal escapes the JOC to go undercover as “Sasha”! Things just got more interesting. She and Gina get into a silver SUV with our suspects. When they pull up, Gina nearly gives away OA and Maggie’s location. Shocked, Maggie and OA don’t understand what she just did. What the heck? Is Gina a dirty cop? Kristen, in the car, also seems concerned.
The next day Gina explains that she thought Acosta was making Bell and Zidan. She explains the coke was not in the car and it would be a hard bust. Maggie doesn’t say anything, but OA asks Kristen if that is what she saw as well. It seems that Zidan is suspicious of Gina. Maggie attempts to smooth things over and get them both to move on.
There are some disagreements on how Gina has run her undercover operation. Egos clash between her and OA. Gina agrees to set up another buy with Maggie’s team. Maggie asks for OA to trust her and let her give them another shot.