Season One, Episode Eight, Honor Roll
Original Air Date: August 12, 2010
Detective Callaghan asks Swarek to help get McNally out of work on time so they can sneak away to Callaghan's fishing cabin for the weekend. Senior officers are scheduled for off-duty retraining and rookies are assigned to work community outreach at local high schools. Peck gets to help with the re-tests. Nash and Epstein are assigned to a prep school while McNally and Diaz go to a public school. McNally and Diaz become involved in a case of police corruption when their outreach at the public school falls through.
Peck strikes again. As Nash is getting ready to leave for the prep school with Epstein, Nash mentions she doesn't want to spend the day with teenagers. Peck just has to take the opportunity to say it's because it brings up bad memories for Nash: teen mother, unpopular and shunned. I really dislike Peck but I've got to give Charlotte Sullivan major credit for her portrayal of her. She knows how to bring a very unlikeable character to life vividly.
Things are tense between McNally and Swarek. Wonder why? I've said it before and I'll say it again: she's with the wrong guy. Mr. Pretty Boy Detective is the wrong guy for her. Swarek is tough, smart, cool and he really seems to care about her a lot. I know if I had to make the choice, it wouldn't take me very long to make it and there wouldn't need to be that much thought involved!
Swarek challenges the detectives at the retraining session. Officer Williams takes down the detective she goes against pretty swiftly. Swarek and Callaghan go head to head and Swarek takes all of his aggression out on him during the session.
The dates are wrong with the school McNally and Diaz were assigned to and, after they leave, they see a beaten man in an alley. A policeman is implicated in the beating by witnesses. The case goes downhill fast when it becomes clear that the policeman, the partner of Gail Peck's brother, is a dirty cop. They take what they know upstairs and Swarek steps up and admits that they tried to talk to him about it but he was distracted.
McNally and Diaz do the right thing but it causes a lot of problems for them. Gail chooses her brother over Diaz. Steve Peck warns Diaz to watch his own back because no one else will. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in future episodes. Just how hard things will get for the two of them before they get better.