Captain Harper brings her men together and tells them that they'll have lots of potential during the Los Angeles/Seattle Bowl game in town.
At the stadium, two Seattle fans, Rob Jones and his brother Kenneth, arrive at the parking lot. When one opposing fan accidentally hits Rob in the head, he turns around and demands to know who hit him, ignoring Kenneth's attempts to calm him down.
Captain Harper brings her men together and tells them that they'll have lots of potential trouble during the Los Angeles/Seattle Bowl game in town.
John Koh is at his dry cleaning shop and calling in a bet for $100,000 for Seattle over Los Angeles. His bookie warns him that if he doesn't pay what he owes or his bet doesn't pay off, then he's going to send his people to collect on John's debt.
Michael is surprised to learn that Lee is going to the game.
Michael is surprised to learn that Evans is going to the game. He confesses that given his split existence, he doesn't pay much attention to sports in either reality.
Michael is at his desk working as the rest of the station watches the Bowl game and cheers as Los Angeles wins when Seattle misses a field goal.
At home, John stares in shock at the television.
Michael is at his desk working as the rest of the station watches the Bowl game and cheers as Seattle wins when they make their field goal. As far as Michael is concerned, the whole thing is arbitrary.
At the stadium, Rob gloats at the departing Los Angeles fans.
When John's wife Sumi asks if everything is okay, he says that he's fine.
Michael tells Evans that after what he's seen and how so little differentiates between winning and losing, he doesn't see the point.
Michael and Bird are called to the stadium when Rob's body is found nearby, his skull beaten in. They talk to Kenneth, who says that he left his brother to get the car. When he came back, Rob had disappeared. He admits that Rob spent most of the game screaming at the players as much as the teams. The detectives get his seat tickets to check the seats and see if anyone that Rob fought with had a record. Michael checks the body and finds green LA body paint on Rob's ear. He also notices the NDSU hat that Rob was wearing, lying near the body.
Michael comes home and finds Rex in his room listening to depressing music. He realizes that his son broke up with Emma and tells him that he'll give him a pass on skipping school, and then offers to talk to him. Rex prefers to be alone and Michael leaves after telling him that things will turn out okay. Once Michael is gone, Rex calls Emma and leaves a message on her voice mail asking her to call him back or something.
When a fire breaks out at John's dry cleaning shop, the detectives are called in when a worker's body turns up. The woman, Sabina Fernandez, was secretly living in the back and died of smoke inhalation. Fire inspector Cynthia Harrison confirms that the fire was done deliberately and that they're dealing with arson. Vega suggests they check the local video cameras and then interview the victim's family and friends. However, Michael figures that if someone wanted Sabina dead then they wouldn't have burned down the store. He figures that John or his business was the target. The partners look around and find the ledger where John keeps track of his bets, including his $100,000 bet on Seattle.
As the partners pull up to the Kho house, Vega asks if it's okay if he throws a send-off party for Michael, and Michael reluctantly agrees. Sumi ushers them in and John admits that although Sabina was like family to them, they didn't know that she was living in the shop at night. Michael asks to talk to John privately and informs him that the fire was deliberate. He confronts John about the betting and Vega confirms that the ledger shows John owed $500,000. John admits the insurance on the shop is for one million dollars and Michael suggests that John burned down the shop to get the insurance and cover his debts. John insists that he's innocent and volunteers for a polygraph test if necessary to clear his name. Michael changes tactics and asks him to name his bookie. When John hesitates, Michael reminds him of how Sabina died in the fire and how scared she was, and John relents.
Michael and Vega go to see the bookie, Solomon Kang, who runs a custom car paint shop. The detectives warn him that they found traces of nitromethane used for the fire, and it's found in auto shops. Kang insists that he didn't torch the dry cleaning shop because it's not his They take him in but the DA, Marco warns them that they can't place Kang at the crime scene. He says that he can hold Kang for illegal gambling but Michael and Vega will have to find something definite. They check the video from the cameras, figuring that if Kang sent one of his men then they'll be driving a custom tuner. The partners spot one car but are unable to get a look at the license plate. Michael tells Vega to put out photos to the patrolmen and then says he's heading home for bed.
Rex wakes up his father and asks for advice on how to spot when someone is lying. Michael gives him a few tips and asks him what he hopes to accomplish with Emma. Rex insists that he just wants to learn the truth because he doesn't believe she broke up with him just because she caught him looking at a girl. As Rex leaves, Bird calls to tell Michael that they found a DUI driver who had green ace paint like what was on Rob's body, and that the man was seated near the two brothers at the stadium.
Rex confronts Emma during his driving and asks if she really broke up with him over the other girl. He can tell when she's lying and demands the truth, and she warns Rex that he doesn't want to know why she really broke up with him. However, Rex persists and promises that he'll leave her alone once she tells him why.
Kenneth is unable to positively identify the DUI, George, as the man who fought with his brother at the stadium. They talk to George and show him a photo of Rob, and George tells them that they had a brief fight and then went their separate ways. Bird points out his bruised knuckles and bloody shirt and they tell George that Rob is dead. He reacts in seemingly honest shock and admits that he blacked out from drinking and doesn't remember what happened. However, he insists that he wouldn't have killed anyone no matter what.
As Michael reads up on the game at home, he talks to Hannah about Vega's going-away party. She points out that he doesn't like to be the center of attention and is surprised that he gave the okay. Vega calls to tell Michael that they found the ship that painted the tuner car, and it belongs to one Jinsung Do. The younger detective has already confirmed that Jinsung runs numbers for Kang and lives with his grandmother in Koreatown. When the detectives go to arrest Jinsung, he makes a break for it and tries to drive away, but goes off the road and crashes. As they handcuff him, Michael notices that Jinsung has a car key chain with a NDSU mini-hat on it, the same kind that was at the crime scene.
The detectives get Jinsung to the hospital for treatment. Dr. Koertz lets them in and Michael tells the teenager that he'll get 25 to life, if not the death penalty, for felony murder. Jinsung tells them that Kang wasn't the one who hired him.
That night, Michael and Vega go to the Kho house and tell John that they've arrested Jinsung. John confirms that the teenager works for Kang as a runner and figures that closes the case. However, Michael tells the couple that Jinsung told them who hired him: Sumi. She claims that Jinsung is lying but Michael warns her that they have the cell phone records confirming that she placed three calls to Jinsung's cell phone. Sumi breaks down and admits that she had to do something when John wouldn't stop gambling, and that now she has to live with Sabina's death on her conscience.
Fascinated by the NDSU key ring in the other reality, Michael goes to the morgue and checks the hat. When Bird comes in, Michael points out that it's too small to fit on Rob's head. However, there is someone who would fit. Later, they call in Kenneth, who is with his mother to collect Rob's body. They point out that the witnesses have confirmed that Rob was harassing Kenneth at the stadium as much as the other fans, and they figure that Kenneth dropped his hat when he killed his brother and then picked up the wrong hat. Michael suggests that he tell his side of the story and Kenneth breaks into tears, explaining that Rob bullied him mercilessly. Finally Rob pushed him down after the game that night and Kenneth grabbed a loose brick and crushed his brother's skull in.
Later, Rex comes to the station and asks to talk to Michael privately. He explains that Emma told him that he got her pregnant and never told him, and that she's been dealing with it the entire time after she lost it. Rex explains that knows he got her pregnant the first time that they had sex because he insisted that they'd be fine without protection and convinced her, so it's his fault. Emma didn't tell him about his child because she didn't think he could handle it, and Rex admits that she was right. Michael assures his son that he acted like a teenager because that's what he is, and tells him that he should tell Emma that he'll be there for her if she ever needs anything. As Michael goes back to his desk to get his bag, he sees the officers booking Kenneth and gets an idea.
Sumi tells Vega that she watched the game that day and that their lives fell apart because of one tiny thing: a football that missed the field goal posts by inches.
Michael asks Rex if he knows precisely when he got Emma pregnant. Rex says that it happened just before his mother died in the accident.
Michael goes to the high school to talk to Emma. They talk privately and he starts to ask if she's pregnant. Emma realizes that he knows and confirms his suspicions. Michael embraces her and assures her that everything will be okay.
Later, Michael goes home and finds his wife supervising the movers. He tells Hannah that they have something to talk about.