A portly man wanders into the police station. He has an open and friendly face. He is Joe. We know this because Susan shouts, "Joe?" He's startled to see Susan, who makes a beeline for him while firing tense and intense queries about Suzy's whereabouts. "Where's Chloe?" Joe asks, confused. "DO YOU KNOW WHERE SUZY IS?" Susan yells. Bosco intervenes and introduces himself, asking Joe when he last laid eyes on his stepdaughter. "Oh my God, what happened to Suzy?" Joe gasps, eyes wide. Bosco looks perplexed. This isn't how he expected Joe to react. Bosco is a few beats behind us. We pegged this at the commercial break.
The firemen rig D.K. with ropes and climbing hooks. Jimmy fixes him with a confident look. "You go, I go, brother," grins D.K. Jimmy leaps over the wall and gets ready to climb down a rope that's attached to a man who's probably lighter than he. D.K. is lying down perpendicular to the roof wall, his feet planted against it and swathed in rope. The other man pretty much plans to throw his entire weight against D.K.'s torso. This is the part where I would run. Far away.
Bosco has Joe in an interrogation room. Joe learns that Chloe's still in the hospital, and miserably blames himself for this tragic turn of events. Bosco paces. "When is the last time you saw your stepdaughter?" he asks. "A week ago," answers Joe, agitated. "I knew this was gonna happen." It all pours out of him: they settled in Phoenix and then St. Louis, and each time, Chloe hit the crazy juice again and they had to skip town. Joe's sick and tired of running away from various communities that have enabled Chloe's relapse, and wants to stay settled in Jersey City. Watching through a two-way mirror, Susan bites her lip, struggling with this dark insight into her sister. Yokas, as is her custom, stands by silently. "I met somebody a couple months ago, and she's nice," confesses Joe. "Your wife's in the way?" Bosco asks. Joe peers up at him with sad brown eyes. "My wife is a junkie," he says plainly. "I've had her in and out of treatment, she stays clean for a few months and then she disappears, and I'm out looking for her on street corners in the middle of the night." Joe reveals that Suzy is the only thing that's kept him in the marriage this long. Susan closes her eyes, pained. Bosco finally asks if Joe took Suzy. "I was in Atlantic City with my girlfriend," he says guiltily. "Chloe figured it out, and we had a fight. It's all my fault."
Yokas trots out Darren and Shannon, hoisting the boy up onto a chair so he can stare at Joe. "Is that the man Suzy went with?" she asks expectantly. But Darren, see, likes a complex plot. So he says, "No, it's not." Yokas didn't see that one coming, even though it arrived yesterday with four suitcases. Ominous music kicks in as Yokas turns to Shannon for confirmation. "That's not him," Shannon swears. "He rode a bicycle." Yokas is thoroughly confused about what bike cop might've been cruising the area. At this point, you might want to revisit my apology at the top of this recap. Susan seems scared that their best lead, Joe, turned out to be a big zero.