61st Street (2022–…): Season 1, Episode 5 - Episode #1.5 - full transcript

Previously, on
"61st Street..."

Would it be possible to give me
a headline on those?

The doctor's office
will contact you.

Hands on the wall!

See that? One day we gon' put
a bullet through both of 'em.

How they know where to find me?

They're going to come after us

with everything they got,

and it means you and me,
fighting this

and fighting them.

An olive branch is out there.

All he got to do
is take it.

Possible medical.

Let me see your hands,
man! Come on!

Show us your hands!

Hands up, now! Show us your hands now!

Then tell me
what happened.

What happened,

What are they
doing here?

What the heck
is going on?!


Oh, thank God.

Thank God.
Thank God.

Are they still here?

It's okay.

You're safe, baby.
It's okay.

I got lost.

They found me
and brought me home.

I see you! Guard!

Guard! Guard!
Guard! Guard!

Guard! Guard!

No! No!

♪ Chicago

♪ Where the dollar and blue
collar go hand in hand ♪

♪ City of Dreams so big

♪ Nightmares
don't stand a chance ♪

♪ A concrete paradise
where roses grow ♪

♪ See the smile from a child

♪ Light up
the magnificent mile ♪

♪ And melt the coldest snow

♪ This is home

♪ Find the brightest minds
on these dark streets ♪

♪ See the heart and soul
on these old blocks ♪

♪ Where we grow,
we call it the go ♪

♪ 'Cause we don't stop

You're not hearing me.
He was on fire.

My cellmate
was on fire.

I can still
smell him burning.

It's in my nostrils.
It's... It's in my clothes.

You know what it was?

Coffee creamer.

Coffee creamer.
Okay, take it easy.

That was meant
for me! Okay.

Who is
trying to kill me?

you're up.

- Who is trying to kill me?
- Okay, take it easy.

- Is he dead?
- I want you to listen to me.

No, they took him
to the hospital,

a-and I don't know
if he dead or not...

You need to focus,


The state's attorney
made an offer.

- Let's go.
- 30 seconds, please.

If you plead guilty
to murder one,

you'll do 20 years.20 years?

That's it.
I didn't do...

I didn't do this!
I know.

I thought
you believed me, man.

It's not about
what I believe.

You have to make
a choice.

You said they weren't
messing around

with deals before,
so what changed?

I think they're nervous
about something.

CPD doesn't want
a trial.

There's something they know
won't look good.

So you're saying
I can get off?

wrap it up.

I just need more time.

Please. We don't do that here.

- Hold on. Hold on.
- I got... I got to decide now?

Decide now.

You been doing this
all your life,

so you gonna have to tell me,
what do I do?

What do I do?

Let's go. What do I do?


Ma'am, you can't leave
that here.

Y-You need to move.

You need to move.

Doing this to me
right now...

Moses Johnson.


Mr. Johnson, you have
the right to an attorney.

You have the right
to remain silent.

You have the right
to a jury trial.

Do you understand? Yes, Your Honor.

You're charged with one count
of murder in the first degree,

a violation of Illinois
criminal code Section 9-1,

a felony punishable

by the maximum sentence
of life imprisonment.

Do you understand? Yes, Your Honor.

What'd he say? I don't know.

Ms. Mother well, a plea deal
at the eleventh hour.

Thank you for keeping the court
on its toes, so to speak.

What's the offer? 20 years
for murder one.

Has the defense had a chance
to review?

W-We've had
a lot going on.

Yes or no?

It's a hell of a deal.

Ms. Mother well?

I said, "It's a hell of a deal,"
Your Honor.

If you plead guilty,
you'll be sentenced

to 20 years,
no more, no less.

It means you'll be waiving
your right

to defend yourself
in a jury trial.

If you do go to trial
and a jury finds you guilty,

you risk a sentence
of life without parole.

Do you understand?

Mr. Johnson?

Your Honor.

So you're ready?

How do you plead?

I didn't do it.

I need the words.

I need the words.

Not guilty. Not guilty.

Not guilty.

That's it? Yeah.


Is that coming from him
or from you?

Franklin Roberts?

The cancer has spread

from the prostate
into the bone.

We found small tumors

in your pelvis,
lower spine, and coccyx,

which would explain the pain
you've been experiencing.

Cancer of the tailbone.

And the top
of the spine.

You said that the tumors
were small.

So does that mean that...
That we've caught it early?


What your husband has
is considered advanced.

How long?
Hard numbers.

18 months is possible,
but not likely.

There are
treatment options.

ADT, testosterone
reduction therapy.

We'll get you started
on that right away.

I'm also prescribing alpha
blockers to relax your muscles,

which should make it easier
to urinate... Any side effects?

testosterone production

makes you more like
a woman, basically.

That's the upside.

Some fatigue.

What kind of fatigue?

Is he with you
right now?

Hey, Marisol. Yes, he is.
It's not good.

I'll issue a statement.

You've got a family
health situation

and need a moment
to work things out.

What about the debate?

I'll handle it.

You don't show up for
the debate, you lose, Martha.

It's over. What's he saying?

He's not saying anything.

What the hell?

What the hell?

I'mma call you back.
I'll have to call you back.

What are you
doing here?

Franklin, what?

Hey, man.
That shit is popping. One second.

You need more, you know
how to get it. Franklin, what?

What do you think
you're doing?

What are you doing?

What do you think
you're doing?

What is this?

Step off.
I'm talking to Calvin. Oh, yeah?

You're a witness in a trial
that really, really matters.

You have to be clean
to be believed,

and you're out here
doing this?

No.Move around, old man.

I need Calvin clean.

Please tell your boss.

Move around.

Please tell your boss.

I'm moving.

Thank you.


Move your car,

Who is he?

What's up with him?

My witness
is right there.

I need him clean,
and he's... Ahh.

I'm not
gonna do it for you.

I'm not doing it.

- I'm not doing it. I'm not doing it!
- Doing what?

I'm not telling David
that you're dying

and that you'd rather spend
the rest of your days

chasing after
these fools!

Spending your time
with somebody else.

That's up to you.
You do that.

You do that.

It's crazy,



What you doing here?

You know
pigs don't eat chicken.

You missed your calling,

You should have been
a comic. Yeah, yeah.

my friends.


What's up,

Smells good, right?

These guys make
the best fried chicken.

Hey, bro.

Squeeze, this is my associate,

You got something
for me?

Count it.

It's all there.

My man's gonna be in charge
of pickups from now on.

Sure you can
handle that?


Squeeze is
your contact.

You have any problems,
you go to him,

and if you ever have
a half-hour to kill,

ask him
how he got his name.

It's a great story.

Oh, I see how it is.

Y'all don't got to wait on line
like everybody else, huh?

And you don't even pay.

You want free chicken,

Submit an application.

I hear they give felons
a second chance here.

That was a good one.

that was a good one.

Hey, but you heard
about that cop

getting his wig split
over on 61st Street?

I heard about that.Yeah.

They said his head
looked like a yard sale, man.

Brains spilled all over
the curb and shit.

You see,
karma's what you get...

Logan!...when you ride around messing
with people all the damn time.

get in the car!

Say it again.

Squad, get me a couple cars
to 16th and Harper.

Say it again!
Say it again!

Say it again!
Say it again!

Say it again!
Say it again!

Say it again!

That's enough!

That is enough!

Get off him!

- Hey!
- What is... Back up, jagoff!

What are you doing?

We are out here

Don't get distracted
by these knuckleheads.

I'm sorry.

Pull yourself together.

You okay?

Yeah, man.


Another barbecue?

Burn, baby, burn.

Back off.

When are you
gonna die?

Next time, college boy!

Hey, boy.
Better watch your step.

They don't miss twice.Hey.

Hell, no.

Bro, what's going on?

Where you taking me,

Where am I going?

What y'all
got going on?

where the guard at?

Where's the guard at?
Guard? Guard! Guard!

No. No!
No! No! No!

I'm giving you
the bottom bunk, son.



we need to talk.

I need... I need
to tell you something.

Is it important?

Yes, it is.

I'm so sorry.

Here we go.

What letter
does it begin with?

It begins with
a "C."

Okay, Dad.
Make it a good one.


I got one for you.

it's a "P" word.



Refresh my memory.

It's basically when the Earth's
shadow is on the moon,

on a full moon.

it's like a shadow.

So there's a penumbral lunar
eclipse that's tomorrow.

Oh, wow.

My favorite one,
'cause it's not obvious,

so a lot of people think
it's just the full moon,

but you got to look
for the Earth's shadow.

A lot of people miss it,
but I don't.


And I was hoping that would
go see it with me.


Do you need
to think about it?



Thank you. Thank you.
Thank you, son.

What was your "C" word,

Do you need to think
about this, too?


Thank you,

Oh, my baby.

Pointing right at us.

Have you ever seen anything
so perfect?

I don't think so.

- Not at our PTA meetings, huh?
- Go for it.

Go for it.
Go for it.Okay.

I'm gonna check out
those buildings, yeah?

A little...

How's it going?

How's it going?

I'm a cop.

Watched my partner die
in the street.

I've been suspended
for doing my job.

My hand hurts like hell,
and everybody hates us.

Other than that,
I'm good.

Tara Trevolini's mom.

She just got divorced.

Did your mom
tell you that?

I'm not allowed to repeat
what my mom says about her.

Okay, well, I guess we don't
need to worry about

Tara's mom showing up
at your party tonight.

But you are,

Do I break promises
I make to you?

Why don't you go ahead?
I'll catch up, okay?

Hear you
Brannigan's new boy.

The Nation
has an offer.

If your crew takes they boots
off our necks,

we can go five points
better than the Faction.

Tell your boss.

♪ Hit me with a cool vibe

♪ I'm talking Hennessy over
conversation while we poolside ♪

♪ Cool vibe

♪ I'm talking a lot of
pretty girls, good music ♪

♪ Everybody on a good vibe

Hey, people.

Hey, Franklin.

Good to see you.

How you doing,

It was me,
and now it's you.

I used to be the most
important person in his life.

Now that's you.

Coach Angelo.

Coach Franklin.

Let me tell you something
about Moses, okay?

Everybody thinks the 400 is just
a long sprint... which it is.

But it's about pain,

The last 80 meters
hurt like hell,

and then
it's about strength,

and our man has that.

I gave him that.

Look at me with
my long-ass metaphors

like I'm about to speak
a sermon or something, huh?

Hey, Ms. Porter.

I thought we were
gonna meet later.

This couldn't wait. Alright, what's up?

What's happening?

A pro-bono lawyer still relying
on handouts

from the community
to pay for what he's doing?

Yeah, yeah.
That's the idea.

He ever take a look
at where that money comes from?

Well, he's at the barbecue
right now.

We can walk over there
and you can ask him.

Barbecue around the corner
from the corner?

What corner?

Open-air drug market where
Joshua Johnson makes his money.

Money that pays for
his brother's legal team.

Now, you know
I can't hear none...

you got to hear it. You know I can't.

You... You know I can't!
You know I can't hear that!

You gonna hear it

and you can't unhear it,
Candidate Roberts.

Moses' legal team being paid for
by the proceeds of crime.

How'd that look
on your pro-bono husband?


Ms. Porter.

You can trust me. I'm trying to tr...

You can trust me.

I'm trying
to trust you,

but don't let me catch you
with your shoes on.

Why are you
doing this?

I want you to give my son
the same attention

that your husband and everybody
else is giving Moses.

Or is Rufus' life
less valuable

a scholarship boy's future?

Hey, everyone.

Guys, can I have your attention?

Please. Uh...

I know you were expecting
Barack and Michelle...

...but I'm... I'm hoping
that you'll allow me

to just say a few words.


It feels like
just yesterday

I was packing him up
for college.

He was ready to take off.

Sorry. WoIt's okay.

It's alright.

It's alright.

It's alright.

You guys
know who Moses is.

WoWe do.


It's alright. Come on, now.

It's alright.

We are
who we walk with.

The people
who surround us matter.

Right! Tell us!

They let everybody know,
"This is who I am."

All of you
good people,

I walk with you

when we stand up
for Moses Johnson.

And together, we're gonna
make sure the whole city...

No, no, no...
The whole country

is saying the name
Moses Johnson.

Can you join me
in saying the name

Moses Johnson?

Will you say
Moses Johnson?

Moses Johnson. Say!

Moses Johnson. Say!

Moses Johnson. Say it
like you mean it!

Moses Johnson! Put your chest
in it!

Moses Johnson! Y'all ain't serious!

Moses Johnson! You ain't serious!

Moses Johnson! That's so weak!

Moses Johnson! Say!

Moses Johnson. Say!

Moses Johnson. Say!

Moses Johnson.

Moses Johnson.

I got ya.
I got ya.

Aah, no, no!

Come over here!

Alright, you're a bad guy,
you're a bad guy.

I'm the police chief,
and you're an officer.

Can I be a bad guy?

We already have enough.

You never
let me play!


Fine, you be the cop
that wears the wire.

What's a wire?

It's, uh,
something secret

people wear
under their clothes

so nobody else
can see.

lift up your shirt.

Hey, hey, hey, hey.
No, no, no.

No, no.

it's not safe.

We're not putting anything
around your neck.

Play safe.

Where do you think a kid
like Michael Jr.

Would get
something like that?

Cop with a wire?

I have an idea
of where he heard it.

I thought you might.

Michael Rossi was wearing
a wire when he died.

I opened his shirt
for CPR,

and there's
a damn wire.

And Michael never kept secrets,
never, ever, so...

I gotta tell you,
when I saw that, I panicked.

So I pocketed it.

And you're just
telling me now?

Remember what happened
to Jerry Finnegan from SOS?

Where'd you put it?

It's gone.
I got rid of it.

Don't feed me shit
and call it sugar, Logan.

You saw
a wire on your partner's chest

and didn't get curious?

Over there is a family
whose dad died a hero.

I-I don't want
to mess with that.

Whatever secrets were
on that tape,

Michael Rossi
was lucky enough

to take them with him
to his grave.

That's where they belong.

In the ground.

What are your secrets,

Someone paid me
a visit.



He's offering five points
above the Faction.

Said I'd pass on
the message.

♪ She knows she love me

Tell me about this white girl
I keep seeing.

Sharp mind.

Not afraid of anything
or anyone.

- Brutally honest.
- Yeah, but who is she?

Come to think of it,
I-I-I don't really know.

That means it's working.

Put a story out there,
and people listening...

Including white people.

I'll tell you
one thing...

I would not want to be
on her bad side.


Mrs. Johnson.

I'm Nicole Carter,
staff attorney

with the
Upright Justice Project.

Oh, good to meet you,

Franklin here was just
talking about you.

And what were you saying?

I should
let you two catch up.

I know
what you're thinking. You do?

What gives me the right
to move in on this?

I was kind of hoping
that you were an angel.

A little disappointed that
you're just another lawyer.


I know
how to help you.



How old are you?


How old are you?

Really not sure anymore,

but I'm feeling
a whole lot younger now.

All this...
This movement...

this moment.

It's exciting.

♪ From the south side
of Chicago, yeah ♪

♪ And I

♪ I want to do
what they don't do ♪

Come on. Look out, a'ight?
I'm just gonna go.

Love you. Enjoy. Love you, too.

- That your boy?
- Yep, that's my Joshua.

My Jojo.

he seems like a great kid.

You married?

Uh, no.




I-I know who you are,

and we need
more brothers in law like you.

Have we met?

What do you do?

I'm a plumber by day
and an activist by night.

You got a van? Wow.

You married?

I am married, yes.

Oh. Girlfriend?

Who do you think
I am?

Who would you
like to be?

♪ Hear it everywhere

How's the young'un doing?

You know
how boys are.

They don't want their moms
to worry.

That's good.

Is it?

Well, being brave for his mama
gives him, you know,

to hold on to.

Keeps Moses
being Moses.

How do you know him?

I don't,
but I feel like I do,

which is why I'm here.

Look, I don't want to seem
out of pocket or nothing,

but, um...

I'm-a give you
my number.

If I can help you
with anything,

hit me up.

♪ Tell me where you go,
go, go, go ♪

♪ Go to the South Side of

♪ South Side Chicago

♪ Girl, South Side of Chicago

♪ South Side Chicago

♪ Don't you know,
I'm from the South Side ♪

♪ South Side Chicago

Easy now.

You're working
with an injury.

Oh, it's fine.

Let me see it.
It's fine.

Just let me.
It's not as bad as it looks.

She's asleep.
I'll check on the boys.

Thank you.

Michael counted the steps
with each of them every night.

She'll never know that.

Just rip it...

Look, who's to say
what's the right

or wrong way
to deal with this.


There isn't one.

But you can't take it
on the streets.

It's just a messed-up day,
that's all.

10 years with Michael,
and I don't ever remember

there being a brawl like this
in the daylight.

Yeah, well, Michael...
Had a way with people.

This new group
you're working with,

they... they have
a way with people?

I don't get to choose
my partners, Jessica.

just be really careful,

'cause I can't
take another hit.

Forgot my sunglasses.

I think, um...

I think... I think
you should take this.

I don't think I should have this
in my possession anymore.

Is this...
It's Michael's.

Do you know
what that is?

A camera?

It's a ShotSpotter.

Only it doesn't spot.

It listens.

Why did the state's attorney
offer us a deal

when a week ago,

they wouldn't
even come to the table?

Moses said
they shot at him.

CPD said they didn't.

My son wouldn't lie.

Not his style.

Yo, fool.

Step aside
for Lil' Speak.

No, man,
it's alright.

You ain't got to... Table 7
got your name on it.

Let him through.
Let him through.

My bad, y'all.

Hey, let me
talk to him...

Can't let you
go hungry.

Sit down,

'Cause if I don't,
it'll make you look bad?

Sit down.

Eat your protein.

You gon' need it.

You know, for the last
three years,

Coach Angelo had me
on a designed diet for my body,

for me to be the best athlete
I can be.

And Ma, you know,
she scrimps and she saves,

walks miles for me
to get what I need.

How many years
you been gone, bro?

You gonna talk about,
"Eat your protein."


I'm good.

You want to know
who tried to kill you?

Guards working
with the Faction.

Juice like that

You don't show the world
you got our protection,

you're dead.

Eat your protein.


I want you
to act it out for me.

Show me
where everybody was.

A'ight. I'm here.Uh-huh.

Moses is there.

And the first cop went down
right where you're standing.

The second officer?

He came
from that way,

running out his car
with his piece out.

Why would he have
his weapon drawn

if he didn't know
what he was coming into?

CPD need a reason?

Pig tells Moses,
"Don't move.

Face the wall."
Same old nonsense.

So Moses turns,
but then he runs up the wall

like a damn superhero.

Pig got mad
and took a shot.

He shot at Moses
while Moses was fleeing?

That don't make no sense.

Now, you...
You sure about that?

I wasn't
but 20 feet away.

One shot.


Okay. Okay.



Where's the bullet?

- Where's... Where's the hole?
- No, man.

You got the picture
all wrong. What?

Moses was up there when
the cop took a shot... on top.

Cop aimed up
like this.



Get the... Get that ladder
for me, could you?

Could you
get that ladder?


You alright?


Careful, man.

Moses was here

when the second officer
shot at him, right?



And the bullet,
out there.

It's out there.

Bullet's gone,

It's long gone.

can you see the moon?


Most people miss it,
but we won't.

Miss what?


The new development I'm backing
brings new money in,

and new money means jobs,
and jobs means that...

I would like to ask
my opponent a question, please.

Okay, sure.

Yeah, do you know
the name Rufus Porter?

I don't know Rufus Porter.

he was a child

who was shot
by the police in our ward,

and you don't know
his name.

I don't think it's because
you don't care.

I think it's because...
you stopped listening.

Because there are too many
Rufus Porters to remember.

I don't want the cop

who shot Rufus Porter
to go to trial.

I don't want
the justice system

to lean into prosecuting
police officers.

I'm not interested
in reform.

The... The origins
of... of policing in America

began as slave-catching
on plantations.

You cannot
reform a system

that is functioning
as it should.

You have to scrap
the whole thing!

If you are part of
this justice system

that is locking our people up,
shame on you!

Shame on all of you.

I found a spot on top
of a couple containers,

so I had a great view
of the night sky.

And you're right,

You got to know
where and how to look.

But when you do, oh.

It is so beautiful.

So beautiful.

When is
the next one, David?

Five years from now.

Maybe we can watch it together
this time.

Good night,


20 years,
and you said no.

20 years is
damn near a vacation.

is that it?

That's all you got to say?
That's your advice, Speak?

Don't call me Speak.


You're not my dad.

You ain't been
for a long time.

Your lawyer telling you
to fight, giving you hope.

Hope kills.

You got
to get rid of that.

When will you learn,

In a fight like this,
we don't win.

Whatever, man.

On the next episode of
"61st Street..."

That offer that's on the table,
it needs an answer.

Did Michael Rossi tell you
he was looking into me?

I see who you are.
You and your husband

ain't no better
than the rest of them.

WoA woman called in
a gunshot from her home address

on 73rd Street.

Your wise-ass lawyer
is selling you something

worse than dreams...

This is how we win...
Telling it like it is.

I can't do this.