Even though it was another coincidence episode it was very, very well done. It also showed more flashes of the rebellious spirit that would land Hansen in prison at the end of this season.
We're introduced to Dennis Booker (Richard Grieco), who is partnered with Hansen and a real thorn in Hansen's side. Fuller says he's never seen anyone push Hansen's buttons like this. Hansen and Booker are investigating who shot out the tires on a school bus and spray painted then n word on the bus. But they get sidetracked by an apparent rape. Tracy Edwards is found on the floor of the shower room, badly beaten, cigarette burns on her, the words "nigger slut" written on the walls. Hansen breaks into Booker's apartment and discovers Booker is with IAD. That and other false evidence leads Hansen to proclaim, in front of Fuller, Booker, and Hoffs, that Booker raped Tracy Edwards. Hoffs alibis Booker. Hansen goes home. As he's sitting, brooding over a can of beer, Booker knocks on his door. Booker is blunt and brutal, but also correct. He tells Hansen among other things that the system works for him because he's White. He also tells Hansen he wanted to catch a racist so much he falsely suspected him (Booker); "that's racism my friend." Booker wants to find out who raped Tracy Edwards; will Hansen help or not? Hansen doesn't want to help Booker; he wants to help Tracy Edwards.
They go to the school and reconstruct the events leading up to the rape. Tracy Edwards had fought with other girls. They conclude she's the only one who can help them. They go to the Edwards home and convince her mother to allow "only one of you" to talk to Tracy. Hansen gets down on one knee as if proposing and begs Tracy to help him. She reveals she wasn't raped; she was brutally beaten by three girls because she had sex with one of their boyfriend's. The episode ends with Booker and Hansen in a girly bar. IA let Booker out to Jump Street; they have formed a grudging mutual admiration.
I love the way Booker and Hansen put aside their animosity and differences to work with each other. Hansen's hair looked ridiculous, with a long thin strand hanging over his face.
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