Chicago Justice season 1, episode 12 rewatch: Fool Me Twice

CHICAGO JUSTICE -- "Fool Me Twice" Episode 109 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jon Seda as Antonio Dawson, Joelle Carter as Laura Nagel -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC)
CHICAGO JUSTICE -- "Fool Me Twice" Episode 109 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jon Seda as Antonio Dawson, Joelle Carter as Laura Nagel -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC) /

Look back at where Chicago Justice began this summer. Read our retrospective as we rewatch Chicago Justice season 1, episode 12.

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 12.

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

The twelfth episode, which is also the show’s penultimate episode (since it would wind up being canceled by NBC in May), is titled “Fool Me Twice” and it doesn’t feel like an episode you’d see at the end of a season.

Compared to other episodes of the series, it’s pretty straightforward, when the State’s Attorney’s team comes up against a pair of corrupt Narcotics cops.

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Chicago Justice adds an extra element by throwing in a connection to Laura Nagel’s (Joelle Carter) past, as the audience finds out someone involved in the case is someone she was close to as a teenager.

While the added backstory on Nagel is nice, given how little of it we’ve gotten on her compared to the other main characters, it’s not anything that’s too much different from the usual “person from hero’s past becomes a present issue” storyline that turns up on many other police dramas.

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The hook in “Fool Me Twice” is in the casting. Tim Kang, who played FBI agent Kimball Cho on CBS‘s The Mentalist for the entire seven seasons and is currently recurring on Freeform‘s Cloak & Dagger, plays one of the suspect cops.

The other is portrayed by Dylan Walsh, who played an NYPD lieutenant in the CBS and later A&E crime drama Unforgettable and just booked a return trip to Law & Order: SVU. Walsh is in total scenery-chewing mode here, as the unrepentant veteran who believes that the ends justify his means—and winds up on trial.

Gary Basaraba also returns in this Chicago Justice episode playing Billy O’Boyle, the showboating attorney who was positioned as a recurring foil for Peter Stone (Philip Winchester). Basaraba is a veteran TV actor who always turns in a good performance, and O’Boyle’s cynicism is an obvious contrast to Stone’s idealism.

It’s the performances that carry “Fool Me Twice.” It’s not a particularly bad episode, but at this point in the season, Chicago Justice has set the bar very high with more intricate and more timely storylines. Still, it’s worth watching for a little more color in the life of Laura Nagel and to see a team of excellent actors doing some good work. Check it out again on iTunes and DVD.

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