Homicide. Kima goes in to see Jay. He offers her some of his crappy lunch, but she declines. When she sits in front of him, he beams as he tells her that Norris is back on the Braddock case. In fact, he says, the new story is that he was never off it, and that they were always partnered together, working it as "a task force of two." "Fuck you, fat man," spits Kima, squinting. Jay, unoffended, tells her that she's not original, but she's succinct. Kima elaborates: they humiliated her once by dropping her into the case; now they're doing it again by making her look useless by bringing Norris back? Jay gets up deliberately, closes his office door, and perches on the edge of the desk in front of her, reminding her with a bit of an edge to his voice that she's in Homicide now, "not some boiler-room unit where no one pays attention to whatever the fuck it is you call police work." Kima glares as Jay goes on, saying he didn't like it when they came to him to take Norris off the case, but that he did it. He doesn't like it now that they're jerking him around again as though they hadn't asked him to fuck with the Braddock case in the first place, but he's going to carry their water again: "When everyone else in this unit is buried and beshitted, this detective sergeant will still be standing." He sighs just a bit as he tells Kima to get the (new) story straight. Kima plays her last card, asking whether Foerster knows about this; Jay curtly tells her he's in the hospital: "Chemo didn't work." I guess that explains why he looked like death warmed over the last time we saw him, damn. Shaking her head, Kima stomps to the door, but before she's left, Jay tells her that there's a press conference upstairs in half an hour. Kima slams the door. Jay takes out his frustrations on his Bacon Beef 'n Cheddar. I think some of that cholesterol just came off the screen and splashed me.
Stoop. Randy spills his guts to Dukie about Lex, and comes back around to the zombie story, saying that's why he fears the same reprisal if Partlow gets mad at Dukie. Sensibly, Dukie says that Partlow doesn't take people to the vacants to "change" them -- he's killing them. Dukie saw them once take a kid to a vacant.
Press conference. "That's just false," blusters Rawls, repeating the Norris/Kima cover story. "We do not play politics with a criminal investigation." Jay looks down at Kima, making sure she toes the party line -- which she does, though her disgusted scowl is probably captured for any number of media outlets that might care to look into the story further.
Raid time! There's the usual frenzy of battery rams and swarming cops, but as predicted, nothing seems to come of any of it.