POLICE LOG: It’s Friday the 13th. Things are getting a little weird at 15 Division. Detailed report follows:
Two hikers find the skeleton of a body that’s been in the woods for a long time. Gail hangs with the forensic pathologist, Holly, for the examination of the bones. They chat about relationships and Gail learns Holly is a lesbian. As for the case, the victim is Robby Robins. He was the first case Sam ever worked. He bet his training officer, Charlie Fitzgerald, 50 bucks that the missing persons case was actually a homicide. Sam and his retired mentor pull up the old reports. Sam jokes about how Charlie couldn’t spell. “I” before “E” except after “C.” Still, it was Charlie who made a crime Sam committed as teen disappear and turned him on to becoming a cop.
Sam has a chat with the victim’s dad, who is a strict, hardnosed man. He and Charlie also have a talk with Robby’s former best friend, who says Robby’s dad beat him on a regular basis. The autopsy reveals that Robby was hit by a car the night he died. He had a lifetime of broken bones. Sam believes he has his homicide. The kid’s dad is the prime suspect, but the guy says he made a deal with Charlie years ago. He said he wouldn’t go looking for his son in his new home of Dallas if there were no child abuse charges against him. A misspelling on an official Dallas police department letter lets Sam know that Charlie faked the kid’s escape from his dad.
Sam confronts his old mentor about the case. Charlie was drunk the night before. He accidently hit Robby with his car. He thought the kid was dead when he tossed the body in the river. Charlie is devastated when he learns the boy was still alive. Sam knows his mentor will kill himself before going to jail. That’s why he promises to burn the file and walk away. Traci wonders if Sam can live with this decision. As it turns out, he won’t have to. Charlie comes into the station to pay Sam the 50 bucks he owes him. The case was a homicide. Charlie is now prepared to tell Traci the truth about what happened 10 years ago.