Chicago Justice season 1, episode 7 rewatch: Double Helix

CHICAGO JUSTICE -- "Double Helix" Episode 104 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jon Seda as Antonio Dawson, Joelle Carter as Laura Nagel -- (Photo by: Parrish Lewis/NBC)
CHICAGO JUSTICE -- "Double Helix" Episode 104 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jon Seda as Antonio Dawson, Joelle Carter as Laura Nagel -- (Photo by: Parrish Lewis/NBC) /

Look back at where Chicago Justice began this summer. Read our retrospective as we rewatch Chicago Justice season 1, episode 7.

Over the One Chicago summer break, we’re looking back at where it all began by rewatching the first seasons of our shows—and today we’re revisiting Chicago Justice season 1, episode 7.

If you want to rewatch this episode along with us, you can find Chicago Justice season 1 on iTunes and DVD.

The seventh episode “Double Helix” is the creepiest episode of the entire season. We’ve got dead bodies in freezers, a dead baby, and two serial killers. This is Chicago PD levels of dark, honestly.

But it’s also got one of the show’s most high-profile guest stars: William Forsythe, who previously starred in FOX‘s The Mob Doctor alongside Jesse Lee Soffer and also appeared in the movie Check Point with Chicago Fire‘s Kenny Johnson.

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In “Double Helix,” he plays another longstanding nemesis of Assistant State’s Attorney Peter Stone (Philip Winchester). Although, as opposed to the bad guy from the previous episode, Stone was actually able to put him away.

That’s what makes watching this episode even weirder. Its general similarity to the one before it gives it a certain element of deja vu. What are the odds that two of Stone’s worst enemies would turn up in two consecutive cases?

Regardless, Forsythe sinks his teeth into the role with aplomb. The scene in which Stone visits his character in prison, and he tries to intimidate our hero, is great and far too short for the kind of mind games these two clearly played the first time that they met.

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But things get even more complicated because it’s not just about him; his daughter is involved and has just as many screws loose as her father. Check out a sample of their courtroom showdown in this promo from the episode’s original airing:

Chicago Justice goes out on a limb with “Double Helix,” which is the show’s darkest episode and not one that the audience can forget easily. The scene in which the investigative team finally finds the baby will give you chills.

But it’s also a significant episode in the sense that it gives more backstory to Stone and to Laura Nagel (Joelle Carter). This is the episode where we first learn about her battle for custody of her child, and her fear that she could genetically pass on her flaws to said child.

Laura and Stone’s scene in the bar, when he tries to comfort her, is a scene that hints at so much untapped potential in the show. It’s the only beat where the show explores that relationship. And the whole genetic predisposition argument is both odd and thought-provoking. Look back at this strange episode on iTunes and DVD.

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