JC watches Judge Sam eat and tell Bench the only threat he sees so far is cholesterol. Bench has identified six potential threats from the letters JC gave him, and JC asks if any of them is a white guy with a crew cut (since he sees a number of them standing around the restaurant Judge Sam's eating -- and they follow him when he leaves). JC pursues and, for the second week in a row, finds a phone where he thought he saw a weapon. Crew Cut 1 throws the phone in the trash; JC takes it. The most recent messages say "Court in session, good to go" and "School's out, moving in." JC tells Bench they've been protecting the wrong Sam Gates, because Sam Jr.'s the one in trouble. Cut to Sam Jr. arriving home to kidnappers instead of Christina. JC shows up, and tries to take on all five of the kidnappers (four Crew Cuts and one long-haired guy). JC's about got them all taken down, until Long-Haired Guy shoots him in the shoulder. The kidnappers take off with Sam Jr.
JC's all patched up at the Library, telling Bench he can't be there in time if he's getting bad information. Bench assures him that Judge Sam is in trouble if the Machine said so, and that it must be connected. Meanwhile, Judge Sam gets a call from his son, then the kidnapper gets on the line and tells him to keep quiet and they'll work this out. They hang up, so Judge Sam calls Sam Jr.'s phone, then Christina's phone, then a friend's house. He realizes the kidnapping call was real, and sits down on the steps in front of the courthouse. JC sits down next to him, and tells him they need to get his son back. Judge Sam thinks he's with the kidnappers, but JC says he isn't; he tried to stop them. He says that since they called Judge Sam, that's a good sign; they want to deal. He asks JC who the hell he is, but JC says there are two questions right now: "Who are you?" And "Where's my son?" He asks Judge Sam which one he wants to focus on.
Judge Sam trusts him by now, apparently, because he takes JC back to his house and lets him tap his house and set up surveillance on the street. Judge Sam wonders where Christina was, and JC says he didn't see her, so she could be in on it. Judge Sam says that's impossible. JC asks if Judge Sam's tried any kidnapping cases. Judge Sam doesn't really answer, but says he has $300,000 in the bank and can pay the kidnappers. JC tells him to stay and wait for the next call. Judge Sam tells JC the kidnappers said no cops, no FBI. JC: "They didn't say anything about me." Bench wants to save the kid, too, but he doesn't really like JC revealing himself to a judge. JC tells him he'll worry about Judge Sam once they get Sam Jr. back, but he can't work a kidnapping from arm's length. Bench hasn't been able to trace the kidnapper's call to Judge Sam, and he can't find any useful information on Crew Cut 1's disposable cell. So he's trying to hack the cell phone company for more information. Their firewall is impressive, though. JC wonders how hacking a firewall could be so tough, since he built a Machine that spies on the whole country. Bench gets testy, and says it's a lot easier when you work for the government. JC tells him to figure it out quick, because he's at the nanny's house, and she's dead, which might explain how they got the alarm code to the Gates home. He takes the bullet used to shoot her from the wall, then dials 911, and leaves.