SWAT Season Finale!
The final episode of the season starts off with a pretty strong message. Something we’ve been seeing and hearing a lot in the news lately and has, unfortunately, become an ongoing issue. Cops taking innocent lives of black men, women, and kids, claiming that crimes were committed.
A young Hondo is shown playing a classic game of Ding-Dong-Ditch with his friends. But what starts off as an innocent prank almost ends in tragedy, until Hondo steps in. In previous episodes, we saw that Hondo’s dad as an activist, fighting for those who tragically lost their lives due to racial profiling and discrimination.
After the cops let young Hondo and his friends go, he goes home to his father and explains what happens. Hondo’s father then asks him a question which we now know, plays a very critical role in his career choice. He asks “What do you think you can do about it, Hondo?”.
“Some people fear you, without even knowing you” – Daniel Harrelson Sr.
Be the change…
Flashforward to present day, we see Hondo chose to be a cop to narrow the gap that separates “blue and black”. Every day he goes out to prove that not all cops are bad and not all black men are either and does it well. As team leader, he shows everyone what he’s capable of.
Lucy, you got some ‘splainin’ to do
The team gets called to a hostage situation at a barricaded house. A man, Christian Baty, is holding his girlfriend and kids captive, threatening to kill them and himself. Jess updates the team on the situation and mentions that thermal recognition can’t tell which one is Baty or the hostages.
Luca finally gets to use his toy to breach the house while Chris and Street, after he showed up late, scale the roof. They search the house and take Baty into custody, but he’s alone.
Wait, why did it show more than one person on the thermal recognition?
Hondo’s spidey senses start tingling when the guy says he doesn’t have a girlfriend and has no idea what they’re talking about. They take a look around and notice equipment for bomb building and a list possible targets, black neighborhoods.
The real question is, who is this guy and what the hell is up to…Oh, and why is Street late?
Cue final theme song sing-along, for the season…
After getting Baty a ride to the station, an FBI agent lets the team know they’ve been looking into him and are there to assist if they need extra resources. Apparently, Baty has been on the FBI watchlist for being part of a white pride group that fears minorities taking over the country. The FBI got word about that same group planning something big that will be going down the same day.
Wings on pigs…
When the team finds out what neighborhoods are being targeted, Hondo asks Luca and Deacon to track down his dad in one of the areas. Down at the station, Baty comes face to face with Hondo and the FBI agent. He claims there are hate groups in the black neighborhoods that are threatening to kill white cops.
Hondo thinks Baty is telling the truth and looks really concerned. We’ve seen Hondo in between a rock and a hard place before, but nothing like this. He joined the force to make a difference in both worlds, but now the two are colliding. Can he stop it before things get too out of hand?
Vote for Plank
Jess and Tan find a possible location of where the 911 call to Baty’s house might have come from. Just when they are about to have it checked out, they notice Plank on TV. He’s stepping down from Police Commissioner to run for Governor.
Annie stops by the station to tell Deacon that she has a clean bill of health and that he’ll be stuck with her for a long time. Aww, they’re freakin’ cute! So Deacon tells Luca that he wants to surprise Annie somehow.
Street’s mom calls him in a panic, freaking out about his uncle being at the diner she works at. He seems confused and says that he lives nowhere near them and she hasn’t seen him in over 20 years. She’s visibly terrified and insists that it’s him and he needs to get there right away. Street leaves Chris and lies to Hondo about where he’s off to. Oh, brother…