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The two-part season finale kicks off with the often-rocky yet currently stable couple Sam and Andy waking up together. After a playful exchange, Sam presents Andy with a key to his apartment. However, Andy doesn't want to accept it. When a confused Sam says he thought it'd be convenient, Andy says "Convenience is boring, and I am not boring. I am a stallion and I cannot be tamed." Sam reminds her stallions are boys, but she brushes it off and the scene ends.
When Andy later tells Chloe about the incident, Chloe says, "it sounds to me like you are still holding on to a past experience that has left you superstitious, but if you don't let this go, you're going to be the one that blows it apart. Happy is good. Happy should not make you nervous. And everyone knows you always take the key." Andy realizes she has a point.
But a lot happens before that girl talk.
After Andy and Sam's morning interaction, Chloe and Nick are shown arriving at the station. Chloe immediately asks Nick for outfit advice for the gala the officers must attend that week. (Just give Chloe a female friend already!) He eventually tells her to choose a red dress, but gets distracted from Chloe's rambling by the sight of Andy arriving with Sam. He looks over at them sadly, quietly.
However, later Nick saves Andy by offering to take a just-reinstated Duncan with him after hearing Oliver tell her that Duncan requested to ride with her, to her chagrin.
Cut to Holly pointing Gail towards a private room to supposedly discuss a case she worked months ago. However, once inside the room, Holly abruptly pulls Gail into a passionate kiss. She then explains she is no longer with "somebody else" because the woman thought Holly wasn't over her ex. She and Gail agree to talk but Gail suggests tomorrow because she has "a thing" that night. Holly is at first disappointed but agrees and leaves, giddy and beaming.
Shoot to Nick and Duncan in their squad car. Duncan brings up Andy and when Nick implies Duncan obliterated his relationship with Andy, Duncan insists it wasn't all his fault, suggesting that he isn't the only one who Andy was got on the wrong side of. When Nick asks what he means, Duncan says he heard Andy "dropped him like a hot rock" when Sam was shot. Nick claims that's not quite what happened but then demands that Duncan shut up.
Meanwhile, as Andy and Chloe are discussing what happened with Sam, they come upon a parking garage attendee angrily chasing after a car that has skipped the toll. As they calm the attendee down, an explosion goes off inside the garage. They rush in to find where it came from, and eventually find a woman, unconscious but alive, near the blown up vehicle. And so begins the case of the season finale.
Once Sam, Traci, Oliver and the ETF meet at the scene, they collectively learn that the explosive was an IED located under the car and detonated by a timer. It's similar to a bomb that went off in a diner four years ago, but because the damage was so contained, it had to be targeted to a specific person. The victim Andy found is presumably the driver/target but there was no ID on her and the plates were burned off.
Elsewhere at the scene, Andy fills Nick in on what happened. She claims that the blue hatchback that jumped the toll before the explosion is familiar to her somehow. She and Nick then decide to split up and check the street and nearby stores for cameras since the parking garage doesn't have any.
A couple of scenes later, Sam and Traci learn that the victim is Briana Kelly and the car is registered to a numbered company.
Cut to Duncan trying in vain to talk to Andy. When he says they both made mistakes, she says, "The only real mistake I made was giving you too much credit, and not reporting you sooner, oh and trusting that you wouldn't record me and try to ruin my career just because I gave you the benefit of the doubt." His response infuriates her more and she coldly dismisses him.
Shoot to Traci telling Sam that she's discovered Briana is the only daughter of Aidan Kelly of Kelly construction, aka the head of the Irish mob; the car is Aidan's personal vehicle.
Suddenly Oliver and the ETF team come running out of the garage; another bomb has gone off at an intersection downtown—this time with casualties.
In the next scene, Oliver briefs the officers at the station. He explains that six people were wounded in the second explosion and the driver of the targeted car, Michael O'Neill, died. O'Neill is Aidan Kelly's second cousin and second in command of his "less than legal activities." Oliver posits that both bombs were meant for Aidan, and Detective Steve Peck says that because the bombs were made of industrial grade explosives, the Gang Squad's top suspect is Sergey Malakov, a plumbing, heating and construction king. There happens to be bad blood between the two families, as Kelly's company beat out Malakov's for major contracts. One of those contracts is the tower located where the complex the officers recently helped clear out used to be. At that, Andy tells Nick that that is where she thinks she saw the blue hatchback. She asks Dov to pull up the body cam footage from that day.
When Dov starts to fulfill her request, he discovers that footage has been deleted, but he chalks it up to a glitch and calls a friend to ask how about recovering it.
Cut to Duncan again trying to talk to Andy as she's at her desk reviewing the body cam footage. When he says he deserves to be there just as much as her, she says he's only still there because of his father and he doesn't actually deserve it: he's not a real police officer. At that, he gives up, dejected, and walks away. Shortly thereafter, Andy spots the car in the footage and asks Dov to pull up footage from Chloe's camera. Luckily, what she needs is from before the time period that Chloe deleted. It turns out, the driver of the car is the same man who got aggressive with Andy over a stolen bike. Andy is sure it's him and it's the same car. He's her suspect.
While Andy is away from her desk, Duncan gets a phoned in tip about the car and he decides to check it out without telling anyone. He finds Andy's suspect in the back garage of the house. At first the man appears to be cooperative but when Duncan's back is turned, he knocks him unconscious.
Back at the station, Nick and Andy have matched a name to the face: Theodore McDonald. Andy soon learns the hatchback was registered to Ted's mother so they head to her address.
When they arrive at the house, they find Duncan in the garage cuffed to the steering wheel of a car rigged with a bomb. There isn't enough time for ETF to get there so Nick orders Andy to go outside and clear civilians while he has someone talk him through dismantling it. He says that if she stays with him he won't be able to focus, and claims that he has experience with this situation, but when she's gone and Duncan asks if that's true, Nick's face reveals it's not.
Nick describes the bomb to Bailey, who identifies it as an IED and talks Nick through separating the detonator from the explosives. However, the cord is too short to actually separate them enough. Bailey implies that there's nothing else he can do and Oliver orders him to get out of there but Nick suggests insulating the charge so it doesn't set off the explosives when it goes off. Bailey is skeptical but tells him what to do.
Nick's trick somehow works and once ETF arrives and takes over the situation, Duncan is able to thank a reunited Andy and Nick.
Just then, someone arrives from Intelligence to help out. It's none other than Sam's ex-girlfriend Marlo.
A few scenes later, Sam and Andy discuss this new surprise. Sam explains that he'd tried to contact Marlo after everything that happened with her but she never responded. Marlo soon approaches them and she and Andy exchange uncomfortable pleasantries. Eventually she says they'll be working on the case together, since Ted is still at large. As she leaves, Andy turns to Sam and says, "so we'll be wrapping this case up quickly, right?" Sam seems speechless.