Tonight on NBC their drama Chicago PD returns with and all new Wednesday, October 4, 2017, season 5 episode 2 called, “The Thing About Heroes,” and we have your Chicago PD recap below. On tonight’s Chicago PD episode as per the NBC synopsis, “After a van explodes during a Chicago street festival, a Muslim patrol officer goes missing and evidence quickly piles up pointing to his involvement. Burgess, who helped train him, is desperate to prove his innocence, even if that means going against her superiors.”
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Dt. Kim Burgess (Marina Squerciati), Kevin Atwater (LaRoyce Hawkins) and Adam Rusek (Patrick John Flueger) are walking through a Chicago Street Festival when Burgess goes to speak to Officer Frank Toma (Ben Youcef), Rusek calls her back to them but not before she tells him they should go for drinks.
Kevin calls Rusek and Burgess over when a dark van mysteriously parks in an alley. They discover smoke inside the van, Rusek gives chase after Atwater and the men from the van ordering Burgess to clear the area; she shouts for Frank to help her. One of the men gets hit by a car when the van explodes and Rusek rushes back towards Burgess.
Burgess calls Frank, asking for him to let her know he is okay. Sgt. Hank Voight (Jason Beghe) meets with the FBI and they learn its negative on the secondary device, 2 dead civilians and several injured and one suspect is at Chicago Med. It appears to be terrorism, but no one has claimed responsibility meaning they most likely not done yet. They shake hands and look forward to working together.
Atwater and Rusek reveal the van was inside the zone, so either they were real lucky or they had someone on the inside. Dt. Antonio Dawson (Jon Seda) and Dt. Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) reveal who the suspect was at the hospital; Voight tells them to head to the hospital and get some names. He orders the rest to go to Gage Park and work their CI’s, when Rusek suggests they have someone who speaks Arabic, Burgess says Frank Toma is a good choice, Voight agrees.
Sgt. Trudy Platt (Amy Morton) says they can have Toma if they can find him because she hasn’t been able to reach him for the past 15 minutes. She continues to check the hospitals while Burgess and Antonio go to see his partner.
At Chicago Med, April (Yaya DaCosta) refuses to let Jay or Hailey Upton (Tracy Spiridakos) see the suspect because he is a patient right now and that is their priority. Burgess and Antonio learn that Toma’s partner Rose also hasn’t seen him nor heard from him. Burgess gives him her card and tells him to call if he hears from him; they go to visit his parents. They are given access to Toma’s room and computer where Burgess discovers he has been visiting several terrorist sites; he tells her this makes perfect sense.
Burgess doesn’t buy it but calls Voight, who thinks he might have been involved. He tells her to take the blinders off when it comes to Toma because you never know what goes on inside anyone else’s head. The FBI reveal to Voight and Alvin Olinsky (Elias Koteas) that he isn’t surprised since Toma has been on their radar for a while now. Voight says the FBI aren’t taking lead as Toma is one of theirs.
Burgess speaks to Frank’s parents, denying that they think he is a suspect. Antonio continues to search his room as Burgess looks at photos and feels he isn’t a terrorist. Antonio tells Burgess she needs to check these out; they find pictures of him together with another male officer holding hands.
Jay tells the suspect that hundreds of people are injured and right now he is the face of the terrorist. He reveals that he knows Frank and Jay screams to know the name of the other man; he says its Azul Raheem. He doesn’t know if Frank is involved and only knows him as “Jolene”. Atwater gives them information to where Azul lives and they go to “hit it”. His wife distracts them with hammering a laptop, while her husband, Azul runs pout the back. She drops the hammer and grabs a gun, Jay shoots and kills her.
Rusek and Olinsky managed to catch the guy when he runs into the alley. Voight tells Hailey to sit in with Jay to see what they can get out of the guy before DHS arrives. Antonio and Burgess reveal Toma’s boyfriend is away but they are trying to track him down. Azul says he has nothing to say and wants a lawyer. Voight tells Hailey that she needs to take a bathroom break to allow him and Olinsky to go in there, he tells her they don’t have time; she refuses saying give them more time and they will get what they want.
Hailey shows Azul a photo of his daughter, saying his wife is in another room. She says he is going to prison forever but he can still do right and give his wife and daughter a chance at a life. Jay jumps in saying maybe his daughter will get shipped back to Syria and placed into a refugee camp. He wants to speak to his wife but she says after he gives his statement. He agrees and reveals the name of the man who made the bomb and put it in the van. Jay says he needs to do better that just that the man will find them.
He also tells them there is a second bomb, when Hailey asks for the second location he demands a lawyer and to see his wife. Olinsky walks in and says time is up as Homeland is there. Hailey asks if he wants to see his wife and she shows him pictures of her dead with bullet wounds and tells him not to be sad because she died for the cause.
Voight reveals the name of the man who planted the bomb, Hassain. Atwater brings in evidence that proves Hassain made the bomb. Rusek shows Voight a photo of Hassain, where the FBI agent explains that his fingerprints are in a database in Virginia, where all IED’s are sent. Homeland says there are unconfirmed reports that he entered the US in April, and has set up a terrorist cell here in Chicago. Tomas is still a ghost but his boyfriend is landing in 20 minutes at the airport.
Burgess and Antonio meet Brian, who says he doesn’t know where Frank is. He admits that Frank left him a voicemail, rambling about not making sense; that he could have prevented the bombing and it was his fault. Brian says he is depressed and having a rough time with his partner Danny Rose, who has been racist towards him and now that he found out he was gay it only got worse. Brian says Frank sounded sad and confused, and like he was saying goodbye.
Voight holds back on information on Frank, but Denny Woods (Mykelti Williamson) says they need to be in front of this as they want him to make a statement of Toma’s involvement in the bombing; everything connecting him to it. Voight says he is looking out for one of their own and if he puts his face out there, they will push him further underground. Rusek tells Voight they found Toma’s car.
Burgess approaches the car and there is nothing nor anyone there; everyone splits up to find him as Jay tells them the FEDS are coming in and they are coming in heavy. Burgess finds Frank as he is holding a gun to his chin. She kneels down, telling him whatever he is involved in, they can fix it.
He says it doesn’t matter, those people are dead and everything got messed up. He says he isn’t a terrorist and he was trying to stop this. He says he waited too long and it’s his fault. She asks him about the other attack and he says in his backpack there is an envelope that will explain everything. She pleads with him to put the gun down as several sirens approach. He wants her to be the one to tell his parents, he thanks her for always being kind to him and he kills himself.
Burgess says everything doesn’t make sense because he ran towards the van not away. FBI says he was playing her but she says that’s not the case. Voight benches her, Antonio takes her away from the crowd. At the precinct, Rusek says it looks like Frank was looking at all the Jihadist websites but they can’t view anything without the password; when Voight asks about the envelope, they say there wasn’t one.
Burgess and Antonio get out of the car and she has the letter with her. She says she trusts Toma but Antonio warns her that she didn’t know him well enough to trust him. She says she is going into the apartment, if he trusts her instincts he will come with her and he does. They break into the apartment and find an ISIS flag, maps, camera, making him look extremely guilty. Burgess finds a journal with surveillance photos, dates and times. She thinks he was running his own undercover, working the Jihadists, to build a case trying to stop them.
Voight is furious when she calls, she explains what Toma was doing, Antonio sends a photo of passwords that could help them access his social media accounts. Rusek is able to get in, as Burgess and Antonio look through the book they realize what Toma was talking about, he had photographed the van three days before the bombing. Voight realizes there is another van with a bomb in it, orders Rusek, Burgess and Antonio to dig into the files to find out where the bomb is.
The rest of the team, along with FBI look in the warehouse and see several empty bags of fertilizer; the man tells him it’s too late by the end of the day he will be burying many of his own. Voight pulls a gun to his face, but the FBI shouts at him as Olinsky tells him “not like this”. Voight learns about the police academy graduation, he orders road blocks but then says they are pointing them in the wrong direction. Burgess finds photos about a Smithville High School Stadium, he orders them to go there and he is calling CPD aviation.
Antonio and Burgess have eyes on the van, they rush towards it. Antonio pulls the driver out as Burgess orders the passenger out. Shortly, she says the bomb in the van has been disarmed, he tells her to make sure the paperwork is clean before she drops it off at the Feds. Kim wishes she could have stopped Frank from killing himself. Voight tells her she did everything she could but she says without him, who knows what would have happened.
Burgess comes to the Toma house, Frank’s mother apologizes for the mess as the police just let them back in the house. His father says they called them horrible things and people they have known for years called their son a terrorist. Kim approaches his mother and tells them no matter what people say, their son was a hero; as they cry, Kim leaves.
Burgess comes to see Danny Rose in the playground, telling him she always hated bullies. Toma was his partner, he was supposed to protect him, not humiliate him nor abuse him. Rose says he didn’t belong on the job but Burgess wants him to remember that gun to his chin every time he closes his eyes. He goes on to say it would happen eventually since he hated himself. Kim said he hated how he made him feel and Danny Rose order her to leave. She leans in and says “one day, your dad won’t be around to wipe your ass; and when that day comes, I will be waiting!”
Voight wants to see Burgess, who asks her about going after Rose. He says Rose will get what is coming to him but for now, he needs her to stay away. She protests but he orders her to stay away; if she goes after him her entire career goes up in smoke. It is what it is! He promises someday, but not today.
Denny congratulates Voight on a job well done. Voight says it was Toma who broke the case wide open, and now that the truth is revealed, they need to tell the media. He wants Frank Toma to have a full honored funeral and Denny refuses; Voight says that is not good enough; he has parents and a family. Denny says he will do what he can. He says he admires Hank for knowing when to fight and when to run. Voight tells him he never runs, he just waits.