#7: READY TO CALL IN THE HORSES

Brian Curtis gets a call: someone has a job that needs taking care of. A short time later, a wiry figure clambers up the fire escape of the Coroner's Office and breaks into Leary's office. In the morning, Leary discovers that his laptop--containing sensitive notes about the pedophile case--has been stolen...

In their on-going policy wars, Da Vinci and Chief Jacobs both maneuver for the upper hand. Da Vinci confides to Bob Kelly that the recently discovered fire notice might have been planted and that Jacobs is exploiting the situation to argue against police-fire cooperation. Jacobs, meanwhile, tries to gain some positive press for the police department by putting Vera on media point regarding the missing women's case. The spin: the police could not have known about the gravity of the missing women situation because the department's missing persons unit has been under-funded for over a decade. Da Vinci, meanwhile, spins some favorable exposure of his own for the Red Zone by arranging for a reporter to tour the area. His ultimate goal: convince the Prime Minister to visit the zone during his up-coming swing out west.

Klotchko continues with his damage control of the grow-op shooting incident and his campaign against cross-training. He offers Const. Ferris a job in Winnipeg to get her out of the picture, and advises union reps Forrest and Sweeney to spread the word that cross-training is tantamount to union-busting.

Leary catches a break when Sex Crimes turns up more photos of the missing boys, Garth and Dennis. A hotel robe crest in one of the photos is later matched to the Century Club, a private club for the city's wealthiest business people and socialites. But the case hits another snag when the main suspect, Dubreau, enlists Brian Curtis to intimidate the witnesses against him. Suddenly, neither Manny Zappata nor Clarke Messner is interested in testifying against Dubreau.

In the gay-bashing case; more evidence mounts against the high school student, Katie, when she is arrested for assaulting another girl. The assault victim, Alison, tells Carter and Lineham that she was attacked by Katie for talking to the police. According to Alison, everybody at school knew that Katie was the instigator of the gay-bashing. Down at the Crab Park squat, Zack becomes suspicious of Friedland's identity when a man they meet in a grocery store is convinced Friedland is a former high school teacher named Mike Franklin. Zack has a constable run the names Friedland and Franklin and discovers that Friedland died as an infant and that Mike Franklin was a former teacher who disappeared in a boating incident. Meanwhile, Billie Simms presents a waterfront development plan which shows a cruise ship terminal built on Crab Park. Da Vinci in turn shows the development model to Chief Fred Joseph whose native band has title to the waterfront land. Chief Joseph is none too pleased to see Crab Park gone.

The day comes to a close with a plan to placate Chief Jacobs with an offer of fifty new police officers--funded by the projected slot machine revenues. After hearing from City Administrator Forsythe that the scheme will work if money from the slots is funnelled into general revenues, Da Vinci reveals the last part of his plan to Berger and Rita: the new officers will come with conditions stipulating where they will work - the Red Zone, or on the grow-op initiative with the firemen.

Director:
Stephen Surjik

Written by:
Chris Haddock

Cast List:
Nicholas Campbell, Mylène Dinh-Robic, Benjamin Ratner, Ian Tracey, Venus Terzo, Stephen E. Miller, Patrick Gallagher, Brain Markinson, Rebecca Robbins, Kaären de Zilva, Hrothgar Mathews, Chris Britton, Eugene Lipinski, Gina Holden, Evan Adams, Rajinder Singh Cheema, Charles Martin Smith, Sunita Prasad, Carolyn Wong, Brian Drummond, Gerard Plunkett, Brian Mulligan, Dean Marshall, Wayne Baker, Tiffany Lyndall-Knight, Colin Cunningham, Marsha Regis, Hiro Kanagawa, Glen Gould, Michael Roberds, Michael-Ann Connor, Terence Kelly, Simone Bailly, Rékha Sharma, Derek Hamilton, Quelemia Sparrow, Collen Rennison, Jim Brynes, Jim Codrington, Kevin McNulty, David Dennis, Martin Van Steinburg, Chris Logan, Megan Leitch, Izabella Zalewski, Rachel Cairns, John William Parrott.