How did this happen?
The duo goes to speak to the landlord of the apartment complex who says that Cole has become weird and secluded since Emily died. Emily was his girlfriend and she died several years ago from cancer. He has been in bad shape since the death and while the landlord tried to work with him, her parents stopped paying the rent and he couldn’t keep giving him a break. He evicted him. This leads them to her parents who state that Cole was not able to get himself together following her death. He worked at a gas station in Long Island, West Babylon to be exact.
This was exciting to me! Suffolk County is my home, so it was fun to hear something so close to my own location. The gas station also let him go, stating he missed too much time while recovering. The idea that he traveled from Staten Island every day to work at a gas station on Long Island is odd to me. Seems like a strange idea. That is at least an hour commute each way. Just as Bell states this might be his next location, they get a call that a Suffolk PD officer is following a black SUV that is near the gas station location.
Meanwhile in Long Island…
They race there, but they are too late. He kills the cop and takes off. I’m annoyed by the location. Looking at the background, this is clearly still near the city or even part of Nassau County. I look up the location based off the gas station and auto company in the background and it is close to Nassau! There is a big difference between Western Nassau county and Suffolk. Poor choice of the locations department to pick this location, does not fit whatsoever, considering they state in the episode the location is on Sunrise Highway. As a local person, it doesn’t work but I’m the minority here. Not many others would notice this.
I also am intrigued by the design of the Suffolk County PD cars. They are not the actual cars (which doesn’t surprise me) but the overall design is nothing like the current one. I am curious to how this gets decided. I’m sure that budget comes into the equation and there might be legalities involved for shooting, but how does this get designed? Is it an old design and old cars, or is something made just for the show? We need a Dean Georgaris type for FBI. I have many questions. 🙂
They’re like brothers.
Video surveillance shows that the second shooter is a kid, a teenage black male to be exact. Cooper left him at the gas station and the kid flees on foot, which starts a manhunt for the child. They find him hiding in a RV on Long Island and bring him in. His name is Kofi Seifu, a Somalian immigrant who was placed into foster care after losing his father several years ago because of documentation issues.
They question Kofi in the office where OA and Bell use different techniques to try to get him to speak about Cole. Mosier, watching from the outside notices that he is hungry, suggests using this. They bring in food and when he doesn’t touch it, OA tries to take it for himself as a pull. He states, “Cole didn’t feed you?”
Kofi speaks for the first time, “Of course he did. We’re like brothers.” This helps give a little of background on how they met. Cole saved him; he was living behind a church and he brought him food and talked to him.
OA seems to be going harder on Kofi. He tries to use the Koran to make him tell them more. Kofi declares it’s all garbage and asks OA what did Allah ever do for you? Bell was being soft with him, Mosier suggests they try to use Kofi’s clear love for Cole to get him to open up. This leverage works and OA makes a promise to keep Cole safe to Kofi. This gets him a hard stare from Bell. She doesn’t seem convinced. Is OA hoping his military bond will help him help Cole?
A Final Showdown…
Just as they’re finishing up, Kofi explains that Cole feels betrayed by God because Emily died despite his praying. This leads them to believe the church is the next target. They shut down the church, Saint Xavier Church in Queens and wait. They’re scoping out the location, trying to figure out where Cole might show up, when he appears in the church’s bell tower. They try to use a crisis negotiator to speak to Cole, but he doesn’t budge. Bell has an idea and they end up in the top of the building next to the church and try to engage with Cole.
They attempt to use Kofi being safe as leverage. Cole is angry and doesn’t seem to take this. Bell is scrambling to try and make a connection with him. You can see her obvious frustration here. This as an overall scene is very enjoyable. OA states that they made a promise to Kofi that they’d keep Cole safe. Bell replies that is what he promised him. Ooh, I knew that would come back to bite OA.