Blue Bloods (2010–…): Season 6, Episode 16 - Help Me, Help You - full transcript

The newest Speaker of NY City Council, (Whoopi Goldberg), a chronic malcontent, wants to dismantle the NYPD's "Broken Windows Policy," a position Frank vehemently opposes. Erin worries when the wife of her good friend and mentor, Judge Wilson, dies as a result of DUI, and, his sentencing suddenly runs off the rails. Linda's co-worker at the hospital has a problem with her ex-husband. Linda asks Baez and Danny to talk to the parties involved and it turns into a big ordeal. Judge Wilson takes on attorneys who dare to argue with the bench (i.e. our jobs); it may be time for a Judicial Ethics Commission Complaint. Does Erin have the balls to file one?

The Times wants an interview

the new Critical
Response Command.

Refer them to the Chief
of Counterterrorism. Thank you.

They want you.

They're lucky if
anyone in this department

talks to 'em after
that hack job they did

on excessive force in the NYPD.

That was a different reporter.

And I wasn't aware
that you read The Times.

I do. For laughs.

What's next?
City Council

Speaker Thomas
was sworn in yesterday.

Oh, another cop-hater.

Here's an idea:
let's limit these briefings

to “things that Frank
doesn't know.”

Her press conference after
was about how her top priority

is dismantling
our Broken Windows policy.

She's been a broken record
about that for years.

As a councilwoman.
Now she's the Speaker.

Now she has muscle.

We base our decisions
on the Broken Windows paradigm.

The moment someone tells me
I can't

is the moment I'm out of here.

There's no doubt
that poor

and minority neighborhoods
are being singled out

in the enforcement
of minor offenses.

Only because that's where
most of the offenses occur.

But you can't say that.
I just did.

I mean he can't.

I will,

if she pushes me.
Look, it's her own constituents

that'll be hurt the most
if we look the other way.

Well, she is.

Pushing. Legislation
that will decriminalize

several lower-level offenses.

She's proposed
that bill before

and lost, handily.

To review:

Now she's the Speaker.

Now she has muscle.

So do I.

You don't want
to go to war

with the new Speaker
her first week in office.

Let me set up a meeting,
find common ground.

If there were common ground
between the speaker and me,

we would have found it
a long time ago.

“Talk first. Fight last.”

Frank Reagan.

You do say that, boss.


Set up a meeting
with the Speaker.

And you'll play nice?

Right up until nice
doesn't work.

Thank you for coming,
Attorney General Schneiderman.

I'm so sorry
for your loss, Your Honor.

Good to see you, Erin.
Nice to see you, sir.

Oh, Zach.

I can't believe she's gone.

That makes two of us.

How are the kids holding up?

Ellen was a wonderful mother.

They depended
on her.

We all did.
I hear

they charged the driver
that caused the accident.

His blood alcohol level
was twice the legal limit.

His third DWI.

You know, when I first started

working at the
DA's Office for you,

Ellen used to
bring me sandwiches.

She used to tell me
that I was too skinny.

Me, too.

Then when I became a judge,
she started bringing salads.

Told me I was getting fat
sitting around all day.

Do you need anything?

I'm okay, Erin.

I hear that you didn't postpone
the sentencing hearing

for this afternoon.

I thought you might
take some time off.

I need to work.

Once the kids go home
and the dust clears...

it's just gonna be me.

A lot of people love you,
including me.

You're not alone.


Thanks for coming, Danny.

Look, I know you're pissed
I told Sean

he could keep playing hockey,
but can't we just...

I am.

But that's not why
I asked you to come here.

Hi, Maria.

Hey. What's going on?

Uh, one of the accountants here

is having trouble
with her ex-husband.

Linda, we can't
just get involved...

Her name is Lori D'Angelo,
and she's a friend of mine.

Can we talk to her?

Lori, we're Detectives
Reagan and Baez.

I'm sorry to bother you guys.

Why don't you tell us
what's going on.

Well, I've been divorced
for a year.

My ex can't let go.

What's his name?

Ronald D'Angelo.

He's not a bad guy.

He just keeps stopping by
and watching the building.

It-It's not fair to us.

Who's “us”?
Our son,

Matthew. He's nine.

Ronnie has visitation rights.

I've put up with his
behavior in the past

for Matthew's sake, but...

then I started dating Paul.

And Ronnie didn't like that.

He freaked out.

He, um, started taking Matthew
without asking

and making threats.

I just...

Did you file a complaint?

Well, I-I didn't want to get
the police involved,


well, after last night...

Ronnie and Paul
got into a big argument.

It was awful.

And Matthew saw all of it.

This is
a very unfortunate situation.

I'm just not sure that we...

Why don't you tell us
where we can find

your husband. We'll talk to him.

Thank you, Detectives.

Mr. Greer, you've been
convicted of assault.

The court will now consider
your sentence.


My client deeply regrets
his actions, Your Honor.

He has no criminal record,
and his wife

has taken responsibility
for her role in the incident.

We request the court show
leniency in this matter.

Ms. Reagan?

The People have
no objection.

Mr. Greer, if I go easy on you,

will you promise
not to do it again?

Yes, Your Honor.

When you married your wife,

did you promise to honor
and cherish her?

Don't look
at your lawyer.

Did you make that promise?

Yes, sir.

Then you committed violence
against her.

You broke that promise.

So why should I believe
you'll keep your promise to me?

Your Honor...
I hereby

sentence you
to the maximum sentence

of seven years in state prison.

We're adjourned.

♪♪ Blue Bloods 6x16 ♪
Help Me Help You
Original Air Date on February 26, 2016

== sync, corrected by elderman ==

♪ ♪

I've got Speaker Thomas
and DCPI Moore.


Madam Speaker.

It sounds so good
when you say it.

Congratulations on your inauguration.
Thank you.

We are all looking forward
to working

with the council going forward.

Wow. You said that
so convincingly

I actually
almost believed you.

But keep working on it.

Shall we sit?


We'll take it from here,

I'm happy to stay.

Well, here's to...

a constructive dialogue.

I think he thinks
we need a chaperone.

Or a referee.

You know, I got to tell you,
I like this couch.

It's kind of nice. I bet you get
a lot of great power naps

on this bad boy.

Look, Regina,

I know that we haven't
always agreed in the past...

We have never agreed about
anything in the past.

The point is I've
always respected your opinion,

and I hope you can respect mine.

Oh, I do. Depending
on what it is.


quality-of-life crimes

is a huge mistake.

I would think the cops
would be thrilled not to have

to arrest everyone who drinks
a beer on their own stoop.

Look, Broken Windows
is an essential part

of the fabric
that protects this city.

You can't just cherry-pick
and pull threads,

or the whole thing unravels.

It's an excuse for the NYPD

to intrude on the private lives
of its citizens.

And you know it.

No, I do not.
Yes, you do.

And now you're trying to tell me
that harassing people

for jaywalking
keeps the city safe.

Yeah. And I've got the numbers
to prove it.

I have the numbers that say,
in minority neighborhoods,

they're starting
to get a little tired

of constantly being
hassled by the police.

Then tell them to try
obeying the law.

Everybody who's hassled by
the police is breaking the law?

I don't think so.

My people risk their lives
every day

to keep your neighborhood safe.


Animals in the zoo are safe.

But it's not
a really good way to live.

Come on, Regina, don't...

My people don't trust
the police.

This is an issue for you.

Why don't you see this?

Maybe you need to fix
the police's broken windows

before you start trying to fix
broken windows everywhere else.

I don't even know
what that means.

You don't? Really?

The city council

defers to you on matters
of public safety, yes?

I offer advice when called upon.

You call the shots,

and you win all the time.

I'd like to think the city wins.

Yeah, I know you'd like
to think that,

but I don't think that.

I'd like the city council

returned to the people
it's supposed to protect.

You've tried this before.

And failed.


But now...

I got the numbers

and a gavel.

Don't get up.

I wore a uniform
in the bad old days,

and we are not going back there.

Not on my watch.

And the NYPD will not continue
to treat ordinary citizens

like common criminals.

Not on my watch.


I took my son
to the Ranger game,

and then I took him home,

and my wife, Lori,
had this guy over there.

You mean her boyfriend,
Paul Rossi.

Yeah, whatever.

The officers said
you threatened him.

Like I said, I got upset.

He say something
to set you off?

Lori told me they
might be getting married.

Uh-huh. Bet you didn't
want to hear that.

I love my wife.

Lori's not your wife anymore.

Divorce is a sin.

Yeah, well, so is
harassing your ex-wife.

Okay? Look,
we're both Catholic.

We get it, but you got
to knock it off.

Let me just show you this.

You know, I'm not perfect...

but I'm a good husband.

I'm a good dad.

Okay, it's time to stop
looking backwards, okay?

Lori's moved on
with her life.

You need to do the same.

The Bible says,
“What God joins together,

man can't separate.”

I believe that.

A family is not something
that you just throw away.

Neither is the rest
of your life, so back off.

You got it?

Yeah, got it.

I was going through
some stuff at the house.

Came across this.


It's the day
I won my first case.

How come I got older,
and you didn't?

Oh, right.
And now you've got

my job, and I'm a
crusty old judge.

Well, you were definitely
a little crusty today.

Oh, you think
my sentence

in the Greer matter
was too harsh?

I would never
question your judgment.

There's no excuse

for domestic violence, ever,

but the maximum sentence
on a first-time offender?

I've been on this bench
for seven years now.

I've watched a parade
of violent offenders

march into my courtroom,

begging forgiveness
for the damage they've caused.

You've always been a big fan
of forgiveness.

Unfortunately, people tend

to mistake mercy for approval.

Giving offenders
like Mitchell Greer a pass only

encourages them to go out
and do the same thing again.

Or something worse.

Some people do learn
from their mistakes.


But those who don't...

ruin lives.

I won't be a part of that.

Not anymore.

Ronnie, you need
to leave us alone.

You can't marry this guy!
You destroyed our family!

We're not a family
anymore, Ronnie!

Let's just calm down, okay?

Mind your own business!

This is my business!
Come on!

Come on.

They're really
getting married.

Yeah, I heard,
and I'm sorry about that.

But you can't keep
doing this, okay?

I'm fighting for my family!
This ain't the way to do it!

Without them, I got nothin'.
Detective, I am nothin'.

Yeah, well, things could get
worse, you don't knock it off.

Get me a radio from the car.

It's okay, it's okay.

Hey. Hey!


Get your hands off me!

What should we do
with him, Detective?

Lock him up for harassment.

Maybe this'll teach him
a lesson.

I doubt it.

Would it kill you to hold
back a little just once?

I did!

Not according to Speaker Thomas!

Oh, the world according
to Speaker Thomas?

You really gonna
go with that, Garrett?

She's allowed
to have her opinion, Frank,

whether you like it or not.

You saw the way
she came in here,

loaded for bear.

It was straight downhill after that.
Upshot is

now she's gonna
fast-track her bill

to dismantle Broken Windows.

Well, not because of me.

Well, you sure didn't
help your cause.

Well, what was I supposed to do?

Smile and nod and say,
“Right you are?”

Now she's scheduled a public
hearing on policing in the hood.

It's gonna be a greatest-hits
compilation of NYPD overreach.

Well, I'm not going.

You can't go!

But we do need a counter.
Like what?

The New York Times
has been hounding me

for a one-on-one with you.

Fox in the henhouse.

Roger at Metro desk.
He covers us fair and square.

Straight interview-- PC explains
why the policy works.

Softballs only.

I can guarantee it.

The last thing Metro desk wants
is to lose access to One PP.

Set it up.

No ad hominem attacks
on the speaker.

Stick to theory and procedure.

Excuse me, Ms. Reagan?

Elliot, you can
call me Erin.

Sure, right.

Um, sorry to bother you.

It's just, uh, I'm in the middle
of my first solo case.

Yeah, the meth dealer
from the Bronx?

How's that going?

Um, you know,
yup, pretty well, I think.

Um, at least it was.

What's the problem?
Well, it's-its not a problem, per Se.

The judge just threw out

a key piece of evidence
for the defense.

Well, that sounds
like a good thing.

Right, sure.

It's just this evidence
is potentially exculpatory.

It kind of proves

the defendant wasn't part

of this drug transaction.

Well, why did the judge
toss out the evidence?

He didn't really
explain his ruling at all.

Did the defense object?

Strenuously, and when
I supported their objection,

the judge was... not happy.

He said I was a disgrace

to the DA's Office.

In open court.

What's the name of the judge?

Uh, Judge Wilson.

I have a right
to move on with my life,

to be happy
without being terrorized.

Of course you do.

Maybe it's not
my place, but

I do think
Ronnie's just afraid.

Afraid that your fiancé is gonna
take his place

as Matthew's dad.

That's crazy.
Matty loves his father.

I have never said a bad word
about him, and I never will.

Have you filed
for an order of protection yet?

Not yet.

But I feel like I have no choice.
You have

every right to. Ronnie's way
out of line here, but

there may be another way
to go before you file.

What's that?

I think if you talk to Ronnie,

and you just
let him know

that he's gonna remain a part
of his son's life,

I think that could go
a long way.

You really think
that is gonna make a difference?

I think it's worth a shot.

He's outside with my partner.

You could talk to him,

and if you like
what he has to say, okay.

And if you don't, you file.

I don't know. I don't...

We'll be right here.

Nothing's gonna happen.


Send him in.

For what it's worth,

he seems like a decent guy.

He is.

I'm sorry, Lori. I...

I don't want it
to be like this.

I don't, either.

Have a seat.

I'm so glad I caught you
before you left.

I can't have you go hungry.

Well, you shouldn't
have bothered.

Arthur Avenue spaghetti
and meatballs, your favorite.

In that case,
I'm glad you bothered.

Look, one of my ADAs
came to me.

He was very upset.

ADA Pinsky.

You were very tough on him.

He challenged
an evidentiary ruling,

one that saved
the state's bacon.

One he disagreed with.

He thought the guy should walk.

And I read the transcript.

I think he may have a point.

Although I don't owe
you an explanation,

the evidence in question,
while relevant,

is potentially prejudicial
and misleading.

But it also proves
he may be innocent.

This defendant is a
repeat drug offender

with six prior convictions.

But that doesn't prove
that he's guilty in this case.

Our friendship does
not give you the right

to question my judgment.

I came to you because
I think your judgment

is being affected
by Ellen's death.

You're way out of line.

I urge you to revisit
your ruling in this matter.

Really? Why?

And if I don't?

I will be forced
to file a complaint

with the Commission
on Judicial Conduct.

That's your right.

Just remember
what I taught you.

Actions have consequences.

I think I've lost my appetite.


What going on?

I went to pick up Matthew from
the playground after school.

He wasn't there.
Did anyone see him?

He was playing with his friends,
and then he was gone.

She thinks Ronnie took him.

I shouldn't have
listened to you.

I should've,
I should've pressed charges

or filed a restraining order.

All right, calm down.

Calm down?

You were the one who said

that I should trust Ronnie.

And now Matthew is missing.

Find my son.


Sarge, anything on the
whereabouts of Matthew D'Angelo?

Not yet.

You guys canvassing
the neighborhood?

Uh, as soon as we get
the interviews.

Look, not for nothing, Sarge,
but we're on the clock here.

We're talking about a missing kid.

You think I should be taking notes?

No offense, okay?

Just keep us posted
on the interviews, Sarge.

Stepping out of line

isn't gonna bring Matthew back
any faster.

I didn't want anything to do
with this case to begin with.

Oh, now it's my fault?

I didn't say
it was your fault.

No, actually,
you just kind of did.

I didn't mean it.

Okay, well, look, we tried
to help those people,

and it went south,
but instead of pointing fingers,

let's just focus
on finding the kid.




Okay, we're on our way.

Somebody just spotted
a little kid

with Matthew's description
a few blocks from here.

Come on.

That him?

That is him.

♪ ♪


You okay?

I'm fine.

Where's your dad?

I don't know.

Hey, you.

Hey. Get on your feet.

Hey! What's going on?

Who are you?
Bill Donnelly.

I live in this building.

You know that boy,
Matthew D'Angelo,

has been reported missing?


No, no. This my son Eddie.

They're in the same class.

This your dad?

Matthew said his mom told him
it was okay if he came over.

I guess I probably
should've checked with her.

It's all right.
We'll take him home.

Give him his ball.

Hey, kiddo.

You got a second?

Sure, boss. What's up?

Just got off the phone
with the DA,

who just got off the phone with
a very irate friend of ours.

Judge Wilson?

He said that you questioned his
ruling in an ex parte meeting.

I did.
He also said

that you threatened to lodge
a complaint with the CJC.

He didn't leave me much choice.

He arbitrarily

key evidence
in a felony drug case.

He's also angry,

and he's taking it out on
defendants in his courtroom.

Help me here.

We're prosecutors.

That is our problem... why?

We are also
officers of the court.

We have an affirmative duty
to ensure that justice is done.

We're talking about Zach Wilson.

He and I cut our teeth
together in this office.

He taught you
everything you know.

I know.

And he's in trouble.

And if somebody
doesn't stop him,

he's going to destroy
his reputation,

maybe even his career.

The DA does not want
a war with the judiciary.

It's bad for business.

So what am I supposed to do?

Apologize to Judge Wilson.

And don't file
that damn complaint.

I can't do that, Dennis.

It's not a request, Erin.

The DA wants this
to go away. Now.

Speaking of brave,

I saw your article
in yesterday's Times, Dad.

And it wasn't supposed
to be brave, Jamie,

it was supposed to be
a concise, reasoned case

for our Broken Windows policy.

Well, someone forgot
to tell the writer.

Mmm. You saw it.

Me, too.

Guy sure made you look like
you got it out for the Speaker.

No, I was quoted out of context.

Do you still have it?
I want to read it.

Please, Nicky, I'm eating.

Dad, you called
Speaker Thomas

“dangerously ignorant.”

In what context
is that not inflammatory?

I thought you said
it was “brave.”

I'd stick with brave.

Me, too.

And what I said

was changing
effective police policy

without regard to the fallout
is “dangerously ignorant.”

You didn't think the Speaker
could read between the lines?

I never attached a name to it.

Well, I will.

Regina Thomas
is a chronic loudmouth

who thinks this city would be
better off without cops.

I kinda like her.


Well, not
everything she says,

but, you know,
the spunk and the style.

Come on.

Well, come on down to the
hearing she's chairing tomorrow.

I'm sure she'll play
all her greatest hits.

You're going to make
an appearance?

I have to. Now.

I mean, that Times interview
came off as

an attack on the whole council.

Well, I'll be
the first to stand up.

I can tell you from the front
lines, Broken Windows works.

You dismantle it,
all hell breaks loose.

All hell breaks loose again.

- Again.
- People do have the right

to question the police
and its tactics.

Yeah, but when
politicians do it,

you can bet
there's an angle.

Why can't cops and politicians
just be on the same side?

They can, in a perfect world,
but this ain't one.

Politicians have
a job to do, Jack.

But when it comes
to keeping people safe,

there's no place for politics.


I just think that...


What, I can't...

Not fair.

Okay. Okay.

Calm... calm down.

It's gonna be okay.

We're gonna find him.


All right, I'll call you back.

That was Lori D'Angelo.

Why am I not surprised?


Well, did her son
go missing again?

I mean, maybe she should
check his bedroom

before she calls
the cops this time.

No, it was not
Matthew this time.

It's her fiancé, Paul.

They were supposed

to go ring shopping today.

He never showed up.

He never even called.


Maybe his cell phone died.

Or maybe he came to his senses.

Danny, that's not funny.

Come on, the kids
are in the car.

Lori says he calls
or he texts

if he's gonna be
five minutes late.

And you know what?
It's been ten hours.

Well, did she call anyone?

Did she call his friends?
Did she call his family?

Yeah, and she even
checked the hospitals.

No one has heard from him.

So come on,
could you just...

Please, Danny.

I'll look into it.

All right.

Oh, you know me, John.

Well, I appreciate it,

See you tomorrow.

How's the vote
counting looking?

It'll be close.

Thank you.

And what's up with you?

What do you mean?

Oh, come on,
something's going on.

There's a judge who's been
making questionable rulings.

Highly questionable.

Anybody approach him?

I did.


And it didn't go very well.

There are...

extenuating circumstances.

He recently suffered

a personal tragedy.

Judge Wilson.

He hired me, Dad.

Taught me how
to be a prosecutor.

I know that.

But it does sound like

he's not doing his job.

I've been ordered
not to pursue the matter.

I see.

If I do

lodge a formal complaint

in defiance of
the District Attorney,

it could damage Wilson's career.

And yours.

I could destroy a good man.

And... ruin everything
I've worked for.


You could win the battle,
but lose the war.

What am I supposed to do?

It's hard to do the right thing

when you don't know
what the right thing to do is.

But I think you know.

When the time comes,

you'll know what to do.

You wanted to see me?


I was hoping you could
clear something up for me.

Sure, what's that?

See, I just got a call from the
Commission on Judicial Conduct,

confirming our complaint
against Judge Wilson.


But I said that was impossible.

because Deputy Bureau
Chief Reagan and I

discussed this and agreed
the matter would be dropped.

Well, I didn't actually
agree to that.

It was a direct order!

From the DA

and from me.

I couldn't.

I have an obligation...

You have an obligation
to follow the directives

of the guy
whose name is on the door.

That's the job.

That's what the job
has always been.

It's not that simple, Dennis.

Look, Erin...

I've always liked
and respected you,

but you went rogue here
and we don't do that.

You're suspended.

Effective immediately.

Going to Mark's after school.

Have I met his parents?

Mom, Dad already
said it's fine.

I met Mark's dad, okay?

He's not a serial killer.

At least, he doesn't
look like one,

but then again,
they never do.

Have his mother call me!

Any sign of Paul Rossi?

Not yet.

But I will go
by his office after work

and speak with
his co-workers, okay?

I got a bad feeling about this.

What else is new?

What's that supposed to mean?

No, seriously, what is
that supposed to mean?

I said nothing!

Dan, you got something
to say to me?


Ever since you got shot,

it's like you're walking around

looking for
what else can go wrong.

You're just trying
to figure out

what can happen next.

That is not true.

It is true!

You know, you used to call me
once a tour.

Now it's four and five times.

You got the kids
on a tight leash

and you're dragging me

into your friends'
imaginary disasters.

Well, pardon me for caring
about the people in my life!

Look, bad things happen, okay?
And I know.

We have had our share.

But you can't walk around
living in fear.

You think that's what I'm doing?

That's what I know you're doing!

And it needs to stop.

Or what?

Or what?!

The Committee on Public Safety

appreciates you joining us
today, Commissioner.

Glad to be here.

And the full council
will be voting on a bill

to decriminalize
several minor offenses,

an action which you,

Commissioner, have called
“dangerously ignorant.”

Comments I made in
the press were misconstrued.

While I strongly disagree
with the bill

that is under consideration,

it was not my intention
to disrespect this body,

and I apologize.

I thought you were just
disrespecting me.

This committee
has raised questions

about a policy that has kept
this city safe

for more than two decades.

What I'd like, Madam Speaker,

is the opportunity
to answer those questions.

the people in my district

view the NYPD
as an invading army.

What do you have to say to them?

Well, most complaints

concerning low-level crime

come from districts
like yours, Councilman.

We are there
because your people

ask us to be there.

Isn't Broken Windows

just another Stop and Frisk?

When you start selectively
enforcing the law,

the bad guys start
selectively obeying it.

Now, that is very, very catchy.

But what about
the ordinary citizens

that go to make up our district?

Madam Speaker,

I came here

to defend a policy
that I believe in,

and you came here to challenge

the very foundation
of that belief,

so, if your bill passes,

the press will say you won.

If it fails, they'll say I did.

But either way,

they'd only be half right.

The truth is,

we'd both lose.

How is that?

Well, if you succeed
in undercutting Broken Windows,

that's a nice headline for you,

but when the crime rate soars--

and it will--

you'd get the blame.

And if the policy
stays in place,

despite the attacks on it
by this council,

I will look like
a tone-deaf autocrat,

and the gap
between my department

and the public
will grow larger.

What do you suggest?

Once upon a time,

there was a thing
called compromise.

It's become kind of
a dirty word these days.

But our country
was founded on it.

And it served us all very well.

For a very long time.

Thank you for the civics lesson.

Everything okay,

Actually, no.
Your wife's fiancé

went missing.
You know anything

about that, Ronnie?

No. Sorry.




Shut up!

Shut up!

Shut up!

Drop the gun, Ronnie!

He's trying to take my family!

You don't want to do this.

I have to!

You said divorce was a sin,
you remember that?

Well, murder's a bigger sin.

Now drop the gun!

I just want 'em back.


You shoot him,

and I'm gonna shoot you.

I don't want to do that, Ronnie.

'Cause if that happens,

then Matthew's
not gonna have a father.

Hey, look at me.

Look at me!

Your wife left you.

I can see
what it's doing to you.

It's tearing you up, Ronnie.

Don't do the same thing
to your son.

Put it down.

There you go.

Step back.

Speaker Thomas.

Give us the room, please.

As if he doesn't
know it's me?

My people just
informed me that, uh,

I don't have the numbers,

and my bill is going
to be voted down.

Not if it doesn't come up
before the full council.

You knew you had the numbers.

You knew it this whole time.

I also know that what I said
in there is true.

You losing doesn't mean I win.


Just so we're clear,

Broken Windows goes too far.

I mean, you just keep

putting people in the system,

and every time you arrest
more people,

you create new criminals.

Well, we can talk about that.

Wait, you're willing to discuss
a change in the policy?


Be happy to hear your ideas.

Oh, your nose is growing.

But you know what?

I'm gonna take you up on it.

I'm gonna come and see you.


Madam Speaker.


If you don't mind,

I'll just slip out the back.

All right.

To be continued?


Sorry to drop in unannounced.

You're a judge.

You can do whatever you want.

I was sorry to hear
about your suspension.

Me, too.

I spoke

with the Commission
on Judicial Conduct today.

I thought the DA withdrew
my complaint.

He did.

I called them.

I don't understand.

You were right, Erin.

I allowed my personal life
to cloud my judgment.

I see that now.

You suffered
a huge loss, Zach.

Yes, but others shouldn't suffer
because of it.

The commission is reviewing
all my recent rulings,

and I reassigned my cases.

I'm going to be taking an
indefinite leave of absence.

I am so sorry.

Don't be.

You did the right thing.

And you were willing to pay
the price for it.

Just like you taught me.

And so the teacher
becomes the student.

I spoke to the DA,
explained the situation,

he intends to lift
your suspension.

Thank you.

Any chance

I could get some of that
spaghetti and meatballs to go?

How about to stay?

There's chicken on the stove.

Thank you.

Lori told me what happened.

She's-she's really grateful.

Well, she was right.

Just lucky I got there in time.

What's gonna happen to Ronnie?

Well, Ronnie'll be charged
for the gun

and if he's lucky,

the kidnapping
will get knocked down

to unlawful imprisonment.

I said some stuff this morning
I shouldn't have said.

I'm sorry.

I didn't know
you were so mad at me.

I'm mad at myself.

For what?

When you were in the hospital...

...I didn't think
you were gonna make it. I...

There's not a lot
that scares me, you know?

The thought of losing you s...

really scared the hell
out of me.

I think it still does.

And I'm seeing this guy,
Ronnie, and...

all he's going through
being alone, and...

his life's torn to shreds.

I know it's not you
who's living in fear.

I'm the one that's doing it.

I don't know how to stop it.

I still get afraid every time
you walk out that door.

It ever get easier?

You learn to live with it.

And to be grateful...

when the door opens
and we get to be together again.

I'm not going anywhere.

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