Details on the Case
At the precinct, a partial view of the shooting is obtained. While facial recognition is out, they notice a gang tag on the plateless motorcycle. Vicious Bloods, or VB Sixteen, an Asian gang popular in Seattle. Mr. Fuentes says that Edwin and Olly were speaking Filipino, which is part of the gang’s make up.
They believe he is part of the gang and send uniforms to his house, but he is gone. Lt. Swanstrom says that she watches to reach out and see if there is a CI within the gang who would be willing to get them more information in turn for a deal.
Tumble Down the Stairs
Cassie and Abigail argue as they wait for the police and ambulance to come. She tells Cassie she’s a good liar, just like her mother. Hannah (Anne Dudek) groans from the floor, finally waking up. She panics when she finds out there is an ambulance on the way and swears she is fine. She took a bad tumble down the stairs.
This isn’t surprising. Abuse victims are usually terrified of their abusers, but Hannah’s story doesn’t add up whatsoever. If she took a tumble down the stairs, what about all the broken furniture? The baby sitting beside her? None of it makes sense and just like Cassie knows better, so will the first responders.
Worried, she goes and speaks to Hackett who tells her that she can’t force someone to get help. Despite this, she keeps trying and attempts to have Brian go see her since he is a professional like Tom suggests at the precinct. Eventually, Brian agrees to see her for free if Cassie can get Hannah there, but he urges her to stay away from her boyfriend.
Guilt and Anger
After Brian leaves, Abigail says it must be nice to have a father. She asks why Cassie would want to take Crystal’s father away from her; he is always nice to the baby, just mean to her mom. Cassie asks why she led her to her mom and Crystal if she didn’t want her help. Quiet for a moment, she says she didn’t and that she wants her to leave.
Abigail is clearly angry about how this all happened. She doesn’t understand how her mother cries all the time and didn’t want to stay with her when she was cremated. Cassie suggests letting go of the anger, but she doesn’t want to. For such a small child, she is both naïve and very bright. It is a dangerous combination since her anger fuels her and may lead her to rash decisions.
I would think that this is the hurt talking and If something were to happen to Hannah, Abigail would be devastated.
Creepy Tree with No Leaves
At the safe house given to them by the CI, Hackett and Asante believe they have hit a dead end. Olly’s supposed lieutenant is not there nor is he. But, as Hackett looks up, he notices a warehouse with a creepy tree on it just beyond their house. The warehouse shows signs of a struggle, including a bloody weapon and blood stains on the ground. A police K9 barks at blue barrels and they head to investigate.
Inside, they find Olly. He’s dead. Well, that is never a good sign. The medical examiner says that he was killed between one and five am yesterday morning, which was before the shooting. He can’t be the shooter. I smell a setup. Who wanted this kid dead and blamed for a murder?
Olly was tortured and … not that torture isn’t sick all around but tortured in a very sick way. They used electrical shocks to multiple parts of his body so rigorous that it broke his femur. They also held him with a rope tied in nautical fashion. Hackett says this means the killer has sailing experience.
Maybe He’d Still Be Alive
Detectives Hackett and Asante finally bring in the lieutenant, Q, also known as Quentin Hahn. He admits that Olly was not part of the gang, but a childhood friend who he protected as he once saved his life. Olly went through a lot in the Philippines, but he would never tell him what happened there. Hahn admits that Edwin, the campaign manager, was from the same town as Olly. He took him in and got him a job.
From the way Hahn describes the situation, it would seem that perhaps Edwin wasn’t as straight and narrow as one might expect. Since when is a gang member more honest about this sort of thing?
Cassie to the Rescue?
Cassie goes to visit with Hannah, who at first doesn’t believe her when she says she talks to Abigail, but when she gives her details, she does. She says she blames herself for what happened to her daughter and Abigail appears, telling her that it’s all her fault, screaming to Cassie to tell her that. Much to the girl’s shock, Cassie tells her that she forgives her and that she’s here. She loves her and wants her to talk to her. Hannah seems floored when a lamp smashes to the ground but is unaware that Abigail is furious with Cassie.
She storms out of the room and leaves them be. Cassie stares at where she stood. I wonder if she thinks she made a mistake.
That little girl is just a tad ruthless. Makes you wonder if she is capable of more damage than Cassie even realizes?
The team discovers that the small town in the Philippines was wiped out by a violent conflict when Olly was just six years old. Everyone was murdered, except for him. The pictures taken by rescue workers show a man covered by a monster with horns… a mask of sorts. Just like the vision Cassie had at the beginning of the episode. It would seem that the motive for this crime has changed. Two people, both who were from a small town wiped out, have been murdered. Definitely weird.
More research helps the team learn there was a total eclipse in the Philippines in 1988 that superstition led to believe was an omen. When a sacred water buffalo washed up on the shore of the local swamp, people began to panic. A man named Nimuel began to tell others the government was going to come to take them over and convinced the village that anyone who spoke against him would be killed. But, the more talk there was about doomsday, the more people panicked. Nimuel and his soldiers murdered everyone in the village, including using brutal torture, except for Olly who somehow escaped.
Olly connecting with Edwin may have opened a can of worms neither of them expected.