Chicago Justice season 1, episode 10 rewatch: Drill

CHICAGO JUSTICE -- "Drill" Episode 102 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jon Seda as Antonio Dawson, Joelle Carter as Laura Nagel -- (Photo by: Parrish Lewis/NBC)
CHICAGO JUSTICE -- "Drill" Episode 102 -- 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 10.

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 10.

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

The tenth episode is called “Drill” and deals primarily with a topic familiar to regular One Chicago viewers: gang violence. Gangs are a part of many Chicago PD episodes, and gang-related stories have been featured on Chicago Fire as well.

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“Drill” does what the show did a few times already, which is take one story topic and combine it with a second concept to create a sort of plot cocktail. In addition to gang violence, the episode goes off on the use of cell phones and social media to commit or instigate crime.

There’s an amusingly unique scene where Peter Stone (Philip Winchester) goes through the dozens of pages of his cell phone contract to look for something he can use as evidence.

It’s funny because it’s so mundane and random, but it’s also another sign of how far Stone will go to get justice. It doesn’t matter what little thing he has to do or how much time it takes, he’s going to do it.

But then again, “Drill” also shows how the pursuit of justice can have tragic and unintended consequences. It’s a lesson that almost all of the Law & Order lead prosecutors learned at some point, and this is an episode where Stone gets to learn it, too.

Without giving too much away, Stone only has one reliable witness to work with on this case, and so he’s understandably determined to get that witness on the stand. Without them, he’s going to potentially have a murderer walk free.

But his passion for justice puts that person’s life in danger, and he’s not the only one. (This is the episode where NBC wanted us to believe Antonio Dawson was going to be shot. Thankfully, that was another network fake-out.)

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It’s a lose-lose situation. The audience wants Stone to find justice for the victim, but then there are other victims created by the pursuit of justice, too. That’s reminiscent of the incident that made his father quit the District Attorney’s Office on the original Law & Order series, which makes this episode even more memorable.

As Chicago Justice moves toward its season (series) finale, “Drill” is a poignant pause. Watch it again on iTunes and DVD.

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