JC spies as Joey surprises his girlfriend while she's waitressing, just to tell her how much he loves her. Pia wants him to look at some apartments with her, but he says things are kind of difficult right now. She gets that -- I mean, being a doorman can be so stressful; they're always bringing their work home -- but she just wants them to do stuff together and be a happy couple again. He tells her he's really trying, then gives her a kiss, and leaves. JC watches with his searing glare, and then flashes back into that memory of bumping into Jessica in 2007. She asks him again about his uniform, and he tells her again about the new job. She asks again if it's a job he can't talk about, and he smiles again. Then he notices a ring, and she awkwardly tells him she got engaged to someone named Peter. JC says he's a lucky guy, and Jessica looks wistful. She chokes up a little as she says she waited for him. But JC says he didn't ask her to. No, he didn't, she says, he just left, because he thought he'd get killed over there and that would hurt her. But she thinks it was truthfully easier for him to be alone. He tells her one of the things he learned over there: "In the end we're all alone, and no one's coming to save you." How very Malcolm Reynolds of him. (That's not a complaint.) He tells her to be happy with Peter, and starts to walk away.
NYPD. Carter asks the robbery detective, Molina, about the robbery gang. He fills her in: They've done more than a dozen robberies, even though gangs like this usually implode after four or five. But not these guys. Carter fills him in on the 148 radio they saw on the security camera, which she knows all about from Iraq and Afghanistan. And you can't get one; you have to steal them from the military. She checked with every base on the East Coast, and Fort Drum had one stolen case of them a few months ago, but no idea who took them. She tells Molina to crosscheck guys who left the service out of Fort Drum in the past few months with the physical descriptions from the twelve robberies. ... And I'm practically asleep. This Carter-trying-to-catch-JC storyline is getting really old really quickly.
JC's watches from behind a building as Joey watches from across the street as the woman Joey gave money to earlier picks up her little girl from school. JC phones it in to Bench, and tells him to look up the little girl, who goes to Sunnydale Kindergarten. Bench tells JC to arrange a little face time with Joey while he looks into it. JC plays it really perfectly by being at the bar and ordering before Joey even gets there (how does he do it?). He even accuses Joey of following him. Joey says he lives here; what's JC's excuse? JC says he's staying in the neighborhood. He buys Joey a drink, but says he's running a little low on funds and hopes they get some action soon. Joey says that's up to Latimer, and they just follow orders. Joey says all he dreamed about for six years was coming home, but when he got home there was no money or jobs, since the bankers lost it all. A couple of eavesdropping suits butt in, and tell them to stop complaining about bankers. JC's all, "We got it. Now please go away." But the suits keep pushing, telling them it's the knowledge economy now, and it's time to use "this, my friend," as he pokes JC in the forehead. Uh-oh. Big mistake. JC does what the guy told him, though, and uses his forehead to butt the guy in the head. Joey punches the other one, and now it's all solidarity and bonding.