Amonte gets two days off work after a long week, and starts it by punching a guy. He blames his bad luck on the black cats that crossed his path earlier. Gabriela has an itch that needs scratching, and Chase shows his mettle.
Amonte and Barnes respond to a complaint of child abuse at the hospital. Valero and Williams pull over a vehicle after they observe what looks like a kidnap, only to find the "victim" carrying a large gun. A vehicle pulled over for a broken tail-light becomes a homicide investigation when a body is found.
Amonte fails to take out an armed attacker in the prescribed manner and has to explain to Barnes and Briggs at a time when he is up for evaluation. A slum landlord asks for help with an eviction and Rico overreacts to what he sees. Williams is teamed with Layne. Barnes lets Rico drive the squad car for the first time - which he soon regrets.
Rico witnesses a shooting in his local video store. After he identifies the shooter, a gangster hit is put out on him. Lopez tickets a boyfriend who hadn't called. Layne and Williams deal with some repo guys.
Valero returns, filling in for Layne. Amante and Barnes attend a murder staged to look like suicide. Jablonski's attitude gets him in trouble. Rico gets an invitation to join the station boxing team, and witnesses a birth. A grandmother asks for help with her wayward grandson. A man takes a gun into the station.