Rogue Pilot Recap: The Aquarium/Fireball Part 2

April 4, 2013

In the car, Grace knows that Jimmy has her dead to rights. She looks around for an escape route – then jams her fingers into his eyes, flings the door open and makes a run for it.

Half-blinded, Jimmy fires his gun wildly at her. The shots miss. Jimmy gets backs into his vehicle and speeds after her. Grace turns down and alleyway and finds herself at a dead end. She tries desperately to open a door leading inside a warehouse – as Jimmy closes in, gun drawn, Grace manages to bust inside.

Grace attempts to hide, but Jimmy quickly discovers her. He wants to know everything she has told the cops, and an emotional Grace makes a last ditch plea for her life, revealing the connection between Jimmy crew and Sam’s death – the bullets used to kill Tony and Sam are homemade and have the same blend composition. Someone is moving against Jimmy and trying to make it look like Clay Street. Not sure what to make of this new information, Jimmy spares Grace’s life – for now.

A physically and emotionally battered Grace goes home. Tom finds her in the bathroom, bruised and bloodied, trying to clean up herself up. Terrified from almost losing her life, Tom and Grace make love for the first time since Sam died.


A paranoid Jimmy searches his offices for surveillance devices. Charlie is asleep on the couch – his wife has kicked him out again. Jimmy tells him that they need to clean house.

Hopeful, after his encounter with Grace, Tom starts making plans for the family. He thinks that they need a new start. A car pulls up outside Grace’s house – worried that it might be Jimmy coming to finish her off, Grace goes to investigate. Fortunately, it’s only Wilson and Hernandez — they’ve been looking for her all night, after discovering that she was made. Hernandez again orders that Grace stay out of Oakland.

Grace returns to find that Tom has been watching the whole encounter from the window. He knows what this means: Grace is going back. Instead of telling him the truth, she lets him believe it.

Jimmy checks Charlie’s gun, taking a bullet out of the clip. It’s not homemade. Charlie is disturbed by this, but doesn’t let on. He reassures Jimmy that everyone has his back.

Grace beefs up security at her house. She has cameras installed, in case Jimmy decides to show up. Grace is worried about Evie’s safety and demands to drive her to school. Evie has noticed that her dad didn’t sleep on the couch last night — she thinks her parents might be reconciling. To her daughter’s delight, Grace offers to cook them dinner later.

Jimmy does a little research into Grace’s claims. He finds that a young boy was shot in the Bay area four months ago, but the victim’s name was withheld.

Wilson and his Chinese working girl, Kim, are in the throws of passion. It’s clear that these two have an ongoing relationship. Wilson is distracted by work. Hernandez has him on a short leash. He offers Kim some extra cash for information on Clay Street. She provides him information on one of the gang’s grow ops.

Charlie tells the crew that they’re tightening ship and collects all their cell phones.

Alec and Cathy take their four-year-old daughter, Ruby, to the park. Cathy wants to know why Alec isn’t going with Jimmy to pick up Max from prison. Alec tells her that’s the way Jimmy wants it. The conversation turns to Jimmy’s failure to act on the “Chinese problem.” Alec assures her that it’ll be taken care of. Cathy is nervous about taking Ruby out in public with a target on their backs.

Jimmy stops in at a bank to collect the money that Tony was laundering for him. To his dismay, he finds out that the account is empty. Tony never made the transfer.

Jimmy bursts in to Lizzie Aldon’s house (Tony’s widow). He frantically searches the place for his missing money while accusing Lizzie and Tony of ripping him off. Lizzie is furious, says that Tony would never do that, and that they had been living hand-to-mouth because Jimmy never took proper care of them. Jimmy’s phone rings. It’s Alec – he wants to know how Max is doing. Jimmy realizes that he has forgotten to pick up his son from prison. He rushes off to do so.

Grace faces her internal affairs disciplinary hearing. She’s been temporarily suspended with pay, pending an investigation. Her union lawyer says that they’re going to take her mental state into account, in light of what happened with her son. Grace will need to submit to a psychiatric evaluation.

Jimmy drives Max home from prison. He tries to put on a good face for his son. Max has been inside for twelve months and Jimmy is still angry about what he believes to be an unjust sentence. Max seems at peace with his situation – he’s trying not to hold grudges.

Alec does some recon work on the Lee brothers restaurant, the Bamboo Pearl.

Jimmy needs to drop Max off at the house – he needs to take care of some business before the party tonight. Max tells Jimmy to drop him at the park – it’s been twelve months since he’s taken a walk and could use the exercise.

Grace surprises Mitch in his car – someone burned her in the department and she needs his help find out who it was. Mitch is reluctant to help – tells Grace to take it easy and go be with her family.

Earlier two young punks, Hector and Lee, held up a taco cart. Alec knows about their stunt and has a job offer for them.

While Grace is grocery shopping, Jimmy surprises her. He invites Grace to Max’s coming home party tonight. A terrified Grace doesn’t know what to make of the offer.

Disturbed by his argument with Grace, Mitch looks into Jimmy Laszlo. As he scans for records on his San Jose PD laptop and a flag pops up “Investigating Office: Detective Buddy Wilson”. Mitch takes note. Meanwhile, in Oakland, a hidden flag comes up on Hernandez’s computer – she discovers that Mitch is looking into the gangster. She gives him a call – wants to know why he’s interested in Jimmy. He tells her that there is a ballistics link between a cold case of his and Tony Aldon’s murder. Hernandez wants to be updated on all information pertaining to Jimmy Laszlo. Mitch agrees by feels unsettled by the request.

Max’s “Welcome Home” party is underway, but the guest of honor is still missing. Jimmy’s crew is concerned that they still haven’t moved against Tony’s killers. Charlie is getting drunk at the kids table with his wife, an M.S. sufferer in a wheelchair, who looks on disapprovingly. Alec gets a text — he heads upstairs to find Max hiding in his room. The two brothers embrace warmly, then head to the party.

Wilson tells Hernandez that the license plate from the attempted Laszlo shooting was linked to a Clay Street grow house. Hernandez agrees to raid the place.

Tom breaks the news to his daughter that Grace isn’t coming home for dinner. Evie is devastated, but not surprised.

Grace shows up at the party, where she meets Max. He questions Grace about her whereabouts over the last four months – Max doesn’t seem to trust her. Grace is surprised to find that the party is an intimate family gathering; she can feel all the eyes are on her. Cathy is suspicious, wants to know why Jimmy invited her. Grace walks in on Alec snorting coke in the washroom, he invites her in for a line. Grace obliges.

While serving the warrant, at the Bamboo Pearl, Hector and Lee, under Alec’s orders, firebomb the establishment, trapping some of the cops inside of a fiery blaze. Detective Fleming saves Hernandez, but in the process, collapses from smoke inhalation.

Jimmy tells Grace that she was right – he has a traitor in his crew, but doesn’t know who it is. Jimmy proposes a deal to Grace – he helps her find her son’s killer and she helps him find his traitor.

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