Helen hurries into work, apologizing to Marlene, "MVA." Marlene, grim-faced, says, "There's someone here to see you." Helen looks up, as Toni and a uniformed officer come in. Helen sees the carefully composed look on Toni's face and stops breathing; Toni puts her hands together in a gentle gesture, and Helen starts crying. She backs up into the corner created by the file cabinet and the window, saying, "Oh...no! No!" She clutches the window blind, sobbing, as twenty years of being a cop's wife come crashing in on her. Man, if Mary Steenburgen doesn't get an Emmy, it will just be a total joke.
Rebecca walks over to Kevin's desk, but before she can anything, he says, "Hey, tell me some fairy tales about 'objective.' I went into the stacks to find the statistics you didn't use: eight fewer gang-related deaths throughout the county?" Rebecca tells him he has to go home. Kevin's not listening: "You said there was nothing to support the police chief's policies. What are these? You just chose not to see them, so you could smear my father?" Rebecca leans down and says, "Kevin, your father is missing." Kevin, after a moment: "What's that mean: 'missing'?" Rebecca says he may have been taken hostage: "The city desk heard it on the police scanner." Kevin asks if his mother knows. Rebecca says they've taken her home in case there's a call. How does she know that? Kevin says he has to go, and wheels out in a hurry.
Cheddar Bob fiddles with the radio and asks, "Are you sure you're the chief of police? Somebody should be missing you by now." Will: "I'm not that popular." Cheddar Bob: "Well, that's good to know when the shootin' starts." Will mentions that there's an upcoming on-ramp. Cheddar Bob doesn't like the idea of being on the highway, and says they're going to go the back way. Will asks if there's someplace particular he wants to go. Cheddar Bob: "There's someplace particular I don't want to go." Will asks what he was in for: "Manslaughter, that's the vibe I'm getting...not murder one." Cheddar Bob: "Yeah, well, dead's dead. Why quibble?" He tells Will to go straight. Will tries again: "I've got a wife. I've got kids. They still need me. I'm not like you. I've got others who depend on me. People I've gotta worry about." Cheddar Bob's deeply moved by all this: "Hmm. Well, the only person you gotta worry about today is me, Chief. Go straight!"
The cops are setting up computers and wiretaps all over the Girardi house. Helen's asking Toni why Will would have made a traffic stop without his gun. Kevin's there, too. Toni explains what Will thought. Helen: "Obviously, Judge Baker didn't take my husband hostage." Well, just how well do we know this Judge Baker? If he's anything like some of the wacky judges David E. Kelley comes up with, who knows? Toni says the car was stolen by a man named Robert Morrison. Kevin: "What kind of judge doesn't get LoJack?" Helen asks how the judge knew who Bob was. Toni says that Morrison was meeting with his parole officer and Judge Baker, who was going to send Morrison back to prison. Helen asks about how bad a guy Morrison is. Toni: "Nobody the Chief can't handle, Mrs. Girardi." Helen: "Please...I've been a cop's wife for over twenty years..." Toni tells her the guy shot both the judge and the parole officer, and the parole officer's dead. Both Helen and Kevin draw back a bit. Helen: "So...my husband is with an armed killer who's desperate to get away?" Kevin: "Well, I feel better, don't you, Mom?" Helen stands up and asks why there are so many cops in their house: "They should all be out looking for Will." Toni: "We've got everybody mobilized; the staties are covering the freeways. We'll find the Chief." Toni starts to leave and Helen says, "Hey, I -- I don't want my kids to hear about this on the news." So, shouldn't someone go get them to make sure that doesn't happen? Toni says they've got a media blackout for another two hours: "Give the chief a chance to persuade Morrison to let him go." Huh? Shouldn't they be splashing the license plate and car identification info all over the place? Toni asks if Helen wants her to send a unit to get the kids. Helen declines: "My son has this math thing..." Kevin: "TriMathlon." Helen: "Very important to him. He asked me for special permission to drink coffee." Kevin and Helen laugh gently about this. Helen: "No, we'll -- we'll let him do his math. Joan can drive him home." In what vehicle? Toni leaves. Kevin gives her a questioning look, and Helen says, "She got her licence today." Kevin: "God, it's just one disaster after another." Helen doesn't say anything, and he apologizes. She puts her hands on his arm.