Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers for the February 28th episode of The Chicago Code.
Usually when people say something started off with a bang they’re not being literal, but that wasn’t the case with last night’s Chicago Code.
The cold open threw viewers right into the middle of a bomb scare that had Wysocki and Evers scrambling to evacuate a building and clear the surrounding streets. They managed to succeed, but just barely.
The device being used (several sticks of dynamite with an egg timer crammed inside a strawberry crate) links back to a series of bombings in the 1970’s perpetrated by a group called the Chicago Liberation Army (CLA), a radical rights group.
The recent return of one of the CLA’s former members, David Argyle, coincides with the start of the bombings, but during a chat with Evers and Wysocki he denies any knowledge of the current or previous bombings so the detectives have no choice but to let him go.
Turns out he was sort of telling the truth. Argyle did have some knowledge of the 1970’s bombings, for which Wysocki later arrests him, but he doesn’t know who’s behind the current attacks. However, Argyle and the detectives are able to figure out that the targets are all places the CLA had planned to bomb in the ’70s but were never able to.
After combing through files on old CLA members, the team comes across a couple who had fled but was since captured, the husband having since died in jail and the wife still in custody. Following this lead they find out the couple’s son is behind the bombings, finishing what the CLA had started and seeking his revenge against Argyle whom he blames for his parents’ incarceration.
Wysocki confronts the son at the hotel where he has attached a bomb to Argyle, and Jarek manages to distract the man long enough so that Evers can sneak into the room and wrestle the explosive out of his hands, ending the threat.
Elsewhere, Superintendent Colvin continues her crusade against Alderman Gibbons, hoping that a shooting involving the alderman will give her the break she needs.
A teenager bursts into the barbershop where Gibbons is getting his hair (or lack thereof) cut, and it is later revealed that the boy is actually there with the express purpose of carrying out a hit on Gibbons, part of a gang initiation.
Some of Chicago’s black gangs have been lees than pleased with the attention Gibbons is giving the Irish mob over their own gangs, and they’ve decided that if they had a new alderman, all of that might change.
Before the boy can do anything, Gibbons shoots him in the leg, and when Colvin and Wysocki discover the gang connection they try to get a step ahead of Gibbons so they can be there when he messes up while trying to cover up his dirty deeds.
Gibbons befriends the boy that was sent after him and is finally able to convince him to give up a name. Gibbons’s assistant talks to the gang leader responsible and relays to Gibbons that they want the same cut from the alderman as received by the Irish mob. Gibbons laughs hysterically at this and asks what his assistant’s reply was. He replies that they came to an understanding and that they were glad to resolve this.
After Gibbons comments that understandings are what bring the people of this city together, we see that same gang leader lying dead in an alley.
The suspense factor on this week’s episode was turned up significantly. The bomb plot thread was done very well and had a well-executed mystery component to it. We also continued to see Wysocki push Evers, and Evers earned himself at least another day or two riding with Wysocki due to his great work on the case.
Gibbons’s story was also quite strong, and the flashbacks to his youth helped inform his character even more, adding another layer of complexity to the show’s villain. The man is evil, but humanizing the bad guy always makes things more complicated.
The characters continue to develop nicely, and it would be a shock if this show doesn’t get picked up for a second season. The writers continue to make viewers aware of the show’s long term goal without forcing it into every episode, and the pacing and cinematography are great, not to mention the addition of Billy Corgan’s theme song a couple episodes back.
Next week we look to gain a little more insight into Liam’s side of the story as he is forced to push his undercover operation to the breaking point. Be sure to tune in!
The Chicago Code airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on Boston’s FOX 25.