It sure took her long enough, but Raimy Sullivan finally realizes her actions have consequences. While she and her dad try to stop her mother’s murder, they just keep making things worse. It slows them down in “Noise and Signal,” but it doesn’t stop them (because then we wouldn’t have a show).
When Frank first “met” future Raimy and learned she was a detective, he was excited about being on the job with his daughter; although that didn’t happen in Raimy’s timeline, it’s happening now. Knowing that Julie Sullivan gets killed on January 10, 1997, Raimy and Frank are dead set to team up and stop her murder together. And they have 11 weeks to do it.
In Frank’s world, Julie is alive and well. She allows him to sleep on the couch at her home after he is discharged from the hospital even though they haven’t fully worked through the issues. In Raimy’s world, her mother’s body has just been found after 20 years of her being missing (in the altered timeline). Gordo and Satch want her to grieve, to plan a funeral, but as far as she’s concerned, “She’s not dead yet.”
Raimy thinks their first step should be telling her mom she’s going to die. But Frank must first focus on the fact that someone tried to kill him. Stan Moreno is congratulating him in public and being super shady in secret. When Frank wants to go after Little Jay, Moreno tells him not to worry about it and then sends him into an internal affairs meeting.
As the tape recorder rolls, a woman and an NYPD lawyer ask Frank if he’s sticking to the story that the gunfight was part of a sting. When he starts to agree, they turn off the tape recorder and tell him that Moreno and three of his men already testified that it wasn’t part of a sting. Then the lawyer casually mentions that if Frank plays along, he’ll be able to pick any post he wants, including the Nightingale task force — which, we know, is a case he’s planning to work with his daughter on anyway.
Frank plays along, but he doesn’t let the Little Jay thing go. He goes to the docks on his own to talk to him: He tells Little Jay that if they work together to bring down Moreno, it will be better for both of them. If I were a shady drug dealer, I would just get the hell out of dodge, but for some reason Little Jay agrees to the plan. He arranges a time to meet with Frank at the station, but he’s shot and killed before he can make it.
Frank’s going to have to find another way to take down Moreno and his corrupt circle of cops, but for now he can focus on the Nightingale Killer. Raimy is doing digging in her own time, and she’s found that two years before her mother was murdered, someone named Thomas Goff was charged with sexual assault in the same marsh where Julie’s body was found. Satch isn’t so sure this means anything, but Raimy says the woman assaulted was a nursing student. Ding ding ding!
Raimy goes to meet present-day Thomas Goff, who lives with his wife and two kids in New Jersey. He says that incident was just a “youthful indiscretion” and Lisa, the victim, would totally back him up. Cut to a shaking Lisa, who very much does not agree. She was paid to keep silent when the charges were dropped and Thomas’ record was expunged. But when Raimy mentions there could be others, she decides to spill.
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