The Chicago Code

Season 1 Episode 7

Black Hand and the Shotgun Man

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Mar 21, 2011 on FOX
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Wysocki and Evers try to investigate a drug dealer, but the FBI is getting in the way. Later, Liam gets to spend the day with Gibbons when he visits constituents in his ward. Finally, Wysocki is torn between being with ex-wife, Dina, and fiancee, Lina.

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  • Son of an international drug dealer was kidnapped; Liam decides to join the club to bring down Gibbons and Sup Colvin puts one over the FBI

    So far, this episode's the best since it started. I like the narration parts because it gives us a background of Chicago and since I'm not from Chicago, the narration helps me understand Chicago. And the narration reveals what the characters are thinking which gives more meaning to what they're doing. Some of the lines I like from this episode are:

    1. You know what the side effects of energy drink? Caleb should have answered his own question and say 'crankiness'. haha

    2. We protect children, even yours. This is what Colvin told the international drug dealer regarding helping him to find his kidnapped son.

    3. I never met a man who was coordinated enough to put a ring on my finger -- this is a good line. Superintendent Colvin answers the question of the FBI guy whether she was married or not.moreless
  • It was great to see Adam Arkin - one of my favorite actors.

    I'm hoping his FBI agent character becomes recurring. I can see him and Teresa Colven in a relationship. Speaking of relationships - what's up with Jarek seeing his ex-wife for sex, while his "too young" fiancee is sending out wedding invitations. I am not particularly liking his character anyway; he's too bossy and intolerant. The case involving the drug kingpin's son was interesting, and the ending was one you don't see coming. I'm glad Liam has decided he will act like an undercover cop in the future, and that he is dedicated to bringing down Alderman Gibbons. I'm wondering though, how that man dying in the fire, which he set, will come back to haunt him.moreless
  • Mini-cupcake? It's red velvet!

    Weeks of careful world-building on The Chicago Code begin to pay off in "Black Hand And The Shotgun Man," the best episode since the pilot, and to my mind, the series' best episode overall. The difference between "Black Hand" and what came before is minute. There are still moments when the dialogue feels like it was copied from an old Police Woman-"We got him in bracelets… but can we keep him that way?"-and still a fundamental lack of surprises in the plot. But a big part of what makes a TV show worth watching week after week is whether we want to spend time with the characters in the places where they work and live. The Chicago Code has done an excellent job thus far of turning the city into a character, and the actual character-characters have had a lot of surface appeal. This week though, we moved more beneath that surface. There was less set-up and introduction, more "you are there."

    Maybe that's because we got to spend so much time with Jarek Wysocki outside the job, including getting some follow-up on his affair with his ex-wife Dina and even getting to meet his long-teased fiancée. Wysocki's been doing his best to avoid going home-where there are wedding invitations scattered all over the coffee table-by pounding energy drinks and spending a lot of nights at Dina's. Evers chastises him for his bad habits, noting that energy drinks make him irritable, forgetful, and dehydrated, and saying that "as long as you keep moving, you're fine" is no kind of strategy for playing a love triangle. Sure enough, Wysocki gets sloppy and gets caught sneaking out by his son J.J., forcing Jarek and Dina to sit down with their teenager and have a frank discussion about what they think they're doing. The problem? They don't really know what they're doing. This sets up one of the best-written scenes on The Chicago Code to date, as the two exes passive-aggressively hash out their relationship status by explaining it to J.J.

    It was great to see a return to a storyline that had largely been referred to only in passing since the pilot, but I also liked how it tied into the other two big threads in "Black Hand." The episode opens with Wysocki having a nightmare about tailing an unkillable suspect in the old Cabrini-Green projects-the ones Gibbons had a hand in tearing down, remember-and mere minutes later, his son sees him walking out the door half-dressed, which is its own kind of bad dream. There are two other main characters in "Black Hand," and both of them are trapped in nightmares of their own, literally and figuratively. And both also have something to do with family, literally and figuratively. Each man has to decide if he's going to extricate himself from his predicament or burrow in deeper.

    Wysocki essentially burrows. He stays with his fiancée and keeps seeing Dina on the side, even though Dina lets him know she won't be exclusive if he won't. The story is different for Daniel Romero, a big-time heroin dealer whom the cops find on a boat full of cash in Lake Michigan. It turns out the money he's toting isn't for a drug deal; it's for a ransom. Romero's son's been kidnapped, and while the FBI is ready to take the dealer in to complete their end of a witness protection negotiation they've been working, Wysocki wants to allow Romero get his kid back first, by having him deliver the ransom money. The cash-drop proves to be a botch, because Romero has his own snipers on the roof, which shoos the Nigerian kidnappers away. But one of the kidnappers drops a cell phone, which contains the number of one of Romero's men, who points the cops to where the little boy can be found. That particular nightmare is over for Romero. And when it comes to the larger nightmare of how he's going to protect his wife and son in the future, Romero decides to extricate. He takes the new deal that the FBI is offering, which will put his family under protection while Romero goes to jail, where he'll never see them again.

    As strong as those first two plotlines were this week, I have to say I was most impressed by the third plotline, involving undercover cop Liam Hennessey. Liam, too, is dealing with a recurring nightmare, waking up in cold sweats, thinking about the man who died when Liam showed off his skills as an arsonist to the Irish mob. On the upside, Liam's firebuggery has drawn the attention of Alderman Gibbons, who summons the kid to his office and offers him an assignment: driving him around to visit people in his district who've lost loved ones. On the downside, one of the families on Gibbons' docket is the one left behind by the man Liam killed.

    I knew from the moment Gibbons explained his itinerary that Liam would be facing the widow he made by the end of the episode. I knew also that his day with Gibbons would convince Liam not to quit his undercover gig. Now that Gibbons thinks he can subtly manipulate Liam by holding this manslaughter over his head, Liam is taking his mission personally. Still, I dug the ruminations on how his constituents are his family, which again digs deeper beneath the surfaces of the villain's character. As I've said before, what I like about Gibbons as The Chicago Code's bad guy is that he doesn't think he's a bad guy, any more than Rod Blagojevich did when he was accused of trying to sell a Senate seat. He sees himself as a person doing an excellent job for the city. Or as he explains to Liam, "Looking out for the people of Chicago isn't something you can be half-assed about."moreless
Delroy Lindo

Delroy Lindo

Alderman Ronin Gibbons

Billy Lush

Billy Lush

Liam Hennessey

Devin Kelley

Devin Kelley

Vonda Wysocki

Jason Clarke

Jason Clarke

Detective Jarek Wysocki

Jennifer Beals

Jennifer Beals

Superintendent of Police Teresa Colvin

Matt Lauria

Matt Lauria

Detective Caleb Evers

José Zúñiga

José Zúñiga

Daniel Romero

Guest Star

Camille Guaty

Camille Guaty


Guest Star

Patricia De Leon

Patricia De Leon

Beatrice Romero

Guest Star

Amy Price-Francis

Amy Price-Francis

Dina Wysocki

Recurring Role

Brad William Henke

Brad William Henke

Ernie Moosekian

Recurring Role

Madison Dirks

Madison Dirks


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Colvin: You want to educate the ignorant on who Danny Romero is?
      Wysocki: Yeah, brings a ton of heroin into Chicago and Midwest. I mean, we had a C.I. feeding intel on Romero, but we found his body, his arms, his legs, in a nice little neat pile and respeto carved on his chest.
      Colvin: It means respect. Romero gets respect, but you know what? Today he gets arrested.

    • Wysocki: There's no drugs on the boat. We've turned it upside down. The best we can come up with is a bottle of cooking wine in the fridge.

    • Colvin: Cupcake?
      Cuyler: Bribing me with baked goods? You see, at the Bureau, we are trained to resist that kind of tactic. But there really is no defense against red velvet now, is there?
      Colvin: No, there's not.

    • Dina: (Voiceover) In some Chicago neighborhoods, there are families of police going back almost a century. So you have generations of spouses, mostly women. Who know what it is to marry Chicago P.D. Your friends are police, your politics are police, you go to cook-outs and funerals. You marry the job. I know wives who use a police scanner as a way to stay connected, to still feel married. They leave it on at home, listening for their husbands. I used to do that...but not anymore.

    • (Wysocki and Evers are waiting on the kidnappers to arrive. Wysocki takes a drink of his energy drink. Evers mutters to himself)
      Wysocki: What?
      Evers: I didn't say anything. How many is that so far today?
      Wysocki: Get a hobby.

    • Vonda: Gentlemen, would one of you please sign for the prisoner?
      FBI Agent: Who's he?
      Isaac: Daniel Romero.
      FBI Agent: Not the one we're waiting on.
      Isaac: That's what it says here.
      Vonda: (To the prisoner) Sir, what's your name?
      Deetsick: Wayne.
      Vonda: "Wayne" who?
      Deetsick: Wayne Deetsick.
      Isaac: (Looks through his paperwork) Shoot...that's not good.
      FBI Agent: What? What happened?
      Vonda: This says Wayne Deetsick was transferred to another facility. There must have been a mix-up. But, if we did transfer your man, we will get him back immediately.
      FBI Agent: You think this is funny?
      Vonda: No, sir. We don't tolerate mistakes in the Chicago P.D. And when one's made, we will do everything we can to correct it immediately.
      FBI Agent: Get me the Superintendant. No - I'll call her myself. And get this guy outta here...what is that smell?
      Isaac: Vomit.
      Vonda: Urine.

    • (Isaac and Vonda are eating in the cafeteria)
      Isaac: Oh my god, I can't get that one guy's smell out of my nose. (Smelling his fingers) What is that? Vomit or urine?
      Vonda: Oh now, cheer up. The day's half over.
      Isaac: (Sighs) Two dozen cops on that harbor raid. Most of them so fat they can't even jump over a pothole, and we're stuck on lockup.
      Vonda: It's my fault. It's 'cos the chief thinks I blew that frisk.
      Isaac: Next time you wanna take the blame for somebody, do it on my day off!
      Vonda: You wouldn't wanna be on the streets without me. Who'd translate the radio calls for you?
      Isaac: You know, that joke would be a lot funnier if we were in a car and not on lockup.
      (Wysocki walks in)
      Vonda: Hey, Uncle Jarek.
      Wysocki: I heard they got you guys on padlock patrol?
      Vonda: You do the crime, you do the time.
      Wysocki: Then how'd you like to help me play a little game of hide and seek?

    • (After two FBI agents turn up, demanding Romero be turned over to them)
      FBI Agent: There's a federal warrant for Daniel Romero. I'd appreciate your assistance in transferring him into our custody, effective immediately.
      Wysocki: I bet you would.
      FBI Agent: You don't have a case against Romero.
      Evers: We're in the process of making a case, while we hold him.
      FBI Agent: Sounds to me like you're focussed on a kidnapping, which is fine, but that's a peripheral issue.
      Wysocki: Not if you're Romero's kid, it's not.
      Evers: Can't it wait a day?
      FBI Agent: Not my decision.
      Wysocki: (Laughs) Oh man, you gotta love the FBI, man, you really do. They're so respectful to their superiors. You know, Caleb, when he grows up is an aspiring G-man. He wants to be just like you guys.

    • (Romero's phone starts ringing in the precinct)
      Evers: Everyone, quiet! Who here speaks Spanish? Anyone? (To a nearby officer) You? You speak Spanish? (She shakes her head. Evers looks at the phone, realizing he has to answer it) Hola.
      Voice Forty-seventh and Michigan Avenue, two pm. Say it back.
      Evers: Forty-Seventh and Michigan Avenue. Two pm.
      Voice: Bring the money and come alone. Anyone with you and we kill the kid.

    • (Wysocki and Evers are talking when Dina walks up to them in the precinct)
      Dina: Hey, I'm Dina, you must be Caleb.
      Evers: Great to meet you. In person, I mean.
      Dina: How's he holding up?
      Evers: You mean, with or without the energy drinks?
      Dina: I've been on him about that. Is he still doing six a day?
      Evers: More like nine or ten
      Dina: Ten?! (To Wysocki) You know how bad that stuff is for you?
      Evers: The worst part is dehydration and...
      Wysocki: Dina!
      Evers: And loss of memory, and...
      Wysocki: (To Dina) What are you doing here?

    • Evers: OK, that's Romero's wife, Beatrice, and the guy next to her is Lucio, her brother.
      Wysocki: Yeah I know who Lucio is. He's Romero's lieutenant. What am I looking at?
      Evers: You know, one of the side effects of those energy drinks is irritability?
      Wysocki: Yeah, and so is speeding up conversations.

    • (Wysocki and Evers are taking a break. Wysocki is getting frustrated by a drinks machine that won't accept his dollar note)
      Evers: You OK?
      Wysocki: Do I seem not OK?
      Evers: You seem tired. (Wysocki is getting even more annoyed at the machine. Evers gets up to help him.) Your fiance called last night, looking for ya.
      Wysocki: What did you say?
      Evers: I said er, I said 'don't worry, Jarek's fine, aside from not having slept in a week, living on turbo caffeine and have sex with his ex-wife.' (Wysocki looks at him) Well, I left that last part out. (Wysocki hits the machine) Here, let me do it. I got this. (He puts the note in the machine and the drink is released. Wysocki grabs it.) You know, this stuff is awful for ya.
      Wysocki: Yeah, well, thanks for the heads up.

    • (After Liam Hennessey purposely walks into Wysocki in order to make contact with him)
      Liam: What the hell, man?!
      Wysocki: Woh, woh, what...
      Liam: Why don't you watch where you're going?
      Wysocki: You got a problem, buddy?
      Liam: Oh, oh, you think 'cos you're a cop, you can just push people around?! No, you need to apologise!
      Wysocki: What you doing here, huh?
      Liam: I'm try'na bail out a buddy. What's your excuse, you son of a bitch!
      Wysocki: Oh yeah?
      (Wysocki grabs Liam by the arms and rushes him to a cell. Liam continues to scream at him until they are out of sight)

    • Liam Hennessey: (Voiceover) In training to be an undercover cop, they taught me that sometimes you have to break the law to establish your cover. So when I torched the house, I considered that just part of the job. But when they pulled a body out of that fire, it became something became my new nightmare.

    • (After Romero has been pulled out of the water)
      Evers: Well, Daniel Romero, must be pretty cool jumping in Lake Michigan. How's the water?
      Romero: What's you name?
      Evers: Detective Evers.
      Romero: Evers, Evers. OK, I'm gonna remember that.
      Evers: (Pointing to his vest) Yeah? Need any help spelling it?

    • (After Romero dives into the water)
      Caleb: He's not going anywhere.
      Wysocki: Yeah, somebody better tell him that.

    • (While discussing Daniel Romero)
      Wysocki: What's a billion dollar crime boss doing on a drug run?
      Caleb: Must be something huge.
      Colvin: I doubt he's here on vacation. Last time we even knew he was in the country was, what, four years ago? So, today we have the element of suprise. And we better bring him in dirty because the only thing worse than missing him would be catching him and having to cut him loose. Wysocki, you're primary. You and Evers lead the task force. And make sure you bring enough firepower.
      Wysocki: You got enough firepower?
      Colvin: Wysocki...

    • (Wysocki is getting dressed after sleeping with his ex-wife, Dina, when his son, Josh, walks in wielding a baseball bat.)
      Wysocki: Woh! Woh! Woh! Woh!
      Josh: Dad! What are you doing here?!
      Wysocki: What you doing with a baseball bat?
      Josh: Protecting the house! Why are you here at three in the morning?!
      Wysocki: I had to discuss some things with your mother, I finished work late.
      (Dina walks in from upstairs)
      Josh: (To Dina) You're sleeping with him?!

    • Gibbons: I consider all of my constituents family. That is, the ones that voted for me. The rest can go to hell.

    • Gibbons: Chicago knows how to honor its dead. In 1865, 125,000 people showed up to view the open casket of President Abraham Lincoln. Every day, on average, two of my constituents die. I visit every bereaved family. My presence tells them, this person was important and will be missed. And while critics say it's a political stunt, a way to be remembered when people pull that voting lever, for me it's so much more than that. It's about compassion and ritual.

    • Wysocki: The night my father retired as Chicago Police, and after a lot of beers, he confessed that most cops have the same, basic reoccurring nightmare. In mine, I'm chasing this bad guy through the old Cabrini-Green buildings. I come down the stairs, I round the corner, and I see the weapon. And I do everything right. Three shots, center body mass, just like they teach you at the academy. But the bullets just bounce off, and the guy just laughs. And then he… (gunshot)

  • NOTES (3)


    • RICO Act

      RICO stands Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations. It is an act under federal law that can provide an extended criminal and civil penalty to individuals involved in organized crime. Daniel Romero was going to be charged under the RICO Act for his drug trafficking organization.

    • Title: "Black Hand and the Shotgun Man"

      The title of this episode refers to black hand extortion - an early 20th century criminal activity whereby (mostly) Italian and Sicilian men would send anonymous extortion notes to their victims emblazoned with a feared old country symbol, the "Black Hand"; and the Shotgun Man - an assassin and mass murderer whom was attributed with most of the black hand killings through the 1910s, most notably those of fifteen Italian immigrants between January and March of 1911.

    • Vonda: It's my fault. It's 'cos the Chief thinks I blew that frisk.

      Vonda is referring to events of the previous episode entitled "The Gold Coin Kid", in which she covered for Moosekian after he failed to properly frisk a suspect, who pulled a weapon on her and Isaac.