Finally, this week we get some insight into Operation Daylight, and for once, we can actually believe Bethany (sort of). The episode begins as a flashback of Bethany’s from five years prior, with Tom Carter, Bethany, and the Deputy White House Political Director Sophia Varma secretly meeting in a parking garage. They’re there to meet with the chief of staff (yes, as in the president’s), and they learn that the White House wants to have them come up with “creative ways” to use intel captured from the NSA’s tapping of citizen’s phones, computers, etc. It comes as no surprise that Carter is down to clown without question, but Bethany is hesitant to agree at first. Carter and Sophia convince Bethany that it’s all for the greater good, but it’s clear that in the back of Bethany’s mind, she knows that one day this will all come back to haunt her.
Back in the present, another crime lands at the team’s feet. Two NYPD police officers have been shot dead execution-style, and it all seems to be tied to an earlier crime. The two officers, Officer Schultz and Officer Garrigan, were present for a prior crime where one of their fellow officers shot and killed an unarmed teenager, causing major rifts and riots in the community. The police force was dubbed the “Brooklyn Butchers,” and at the crime scene where the two officers were killed, “Butcher the Butchers,” was painted by the bodies.
Surprise! This all circles back to one of Jane’s tattoos. She has a tattoo of a butcher knife surrounded by a circle, with the number “65” inside of it — the policeman killed were part of the 65th Precinct. Unsure of how Jane’s mystery tattoo artist would be able to anticipate the murders of the policemen, the team heads to the 65th Precinct to take over the investigation. When they arrive and the Captain tells his force the news of the FBI’s involvement, there is huge pushback. Because the police officers’ lives are at risk, they have no choice but to turn the case over to our Scooby Gang.
The team starts by first questioning one of the murdered officers’ partners, Tracey Dunn. Officer Schultz, according to her, was a decent guy and didn’t have enemies. She mentioned that he seemed a little off lately, like something was bothering him. The team notices that she has a body cam on, and they learn that it’s a part of an experimental program at the precinct. They immediately get Schultz’s footage and start to weed through it.
On the footage, they find that Schultz got into an altercation with an NFL player, Ricky Holt, who’s currently out due to an injury. Holt gets aggressive with Schultz in the footage, making him a suspect in their case. It turns out that Holt also has a gun with a similar caliber to the murder weapon registered in his name. They find out his location and head to bring him in.
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When they arrive at the party where Holt is, Holt sprints up and runs. Weller runs to keep up with him, and personally I’m glad that the writers didn’t have Weller catch him — the guy is an NFL running back. I’m sure Weller works out, but that would have been in the top three for most unrealistic things on this show.
Jane ultimately tackles Holt when he comes across her path, and the team takes him in. They question him about his relationship with Schultz, and they learn that Ricky was being blackmailed — but not necessarily by Schultz. Schultz arrived at an apartment where Ricky was because a neighbor called to complain about noise. A week later, Ricky received an anonymous letter in the mail with photos of him having sex that night and demanding $50,000 in blackmail money. Ricky is gay and not out for fear of losing his endorsements, so he paid his mystery blackmailer. It turns out, the blackmailer wanted $50,00 every month, prompting Ricky to attack Schultz because he thought the officer was behind it.
The team puts the puzzle pieces together and realizes that the circle in Jane’s tattoo represents a camera lens, calling out the corruption in the 65th Precinct. Jane’s mystery artist couldn’t predict the murders of the police force; they wanted to call out the blackmail the precinct was up to. Their next step is to question Officer Dunn again, now knowing that someone inside the force is blackmailing citizens using their body-cam footage. When they look for Officer Dunn, they find out that she’s been murdered, and the same “Butcher the Butchers” message is written next to her body.
NEXT: The team identifies the real butchers