S.W.A.T. (S02E16) – “Pride”


S.W.A.T. often touches on issues we face in our society today, and this episode is no different. Episode 16 is for the LGBTQ community and their pride rally. It gives a peek into the hate and challenges they face daily. It gives us a look into both sides, the hate and the love they have – their pride. And as we see in the episode, the Pride Parade is never just about dressing up, having fun and showing off their fashion. It’s about the way they come together as a community for one another. The pride they have for themselves and each other. The love, the support. It’s real, it’s powerful.

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It all began with a choice, a choice from a place of hate

With the attack on the eve of the Pride Parade, S.W.A.T.’s been put in charge of security. The truck used to hit the 2 guys was found abandoned a couple of miles away, but the rear bumper has Storm Forecast stickers. A live podcast from Mark Storm (Jim Meskimen), a guy who used his podcast to rile up his listeners against the LGBTQ community. He never tells people to commit illegal acts, but if it happens it happens. With over 100 thousand people coming it’s about to be a long day. Also, Hicks (Patrick St Esprit) saw his son JP (Sterling Beaumon). JP was a former drug addict. Hicks and JP’s relationship was never great but after Barbara passes away, their connection snapped. With more news, Deacon (Jay Harrington) and Annie’s daughter has a hole in her heart. Normally they close by themselves, but hers still hasn’t. They can either wait or have the surgery, but the surgery is expensive and their medical aid won’t cover it. Hick’s is struggling but won’t ask for help, and keeps telling Annie to not worry.

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“An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind”

After the attack on his community, Micah Sherlock decided to matter into his own hands. Micah takes all the staff members at Storm Forcast hostage and vows to make Mark pay for what he’s done. Micah’s also an LGBTQ straight-shooter. A gun-rights group that gets together and shoots once a week, he’s no pro but he’s not an amateur also. But no way to stealthily enter the studio, Chris (Lina Esco) volunteers to negotiate with him. Hicks and Hondo (Shemar Moore) agree, but they still are waiting on standby if things go south. Chris gets through to him, but things do go south when the driver who drove the couple over calls in. The caller plays right on Micah’s feelings and gets him ready to kill a hostage. Hondo and the team breach and take down Micah and arrest the hostages. Everything almost goes ‘smoothly’ but as Micah is driven away in a cruiser, shots are fired. Micah is shot and killed by a sniper, the same person that drove the couple over.

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Everything’s starting to fall apart

Hicks wants to cancel the Pride Parade. Trista, Chris’ friend, completely rips into her for not saving Micah. Trista continues to rip into her for standing with her. Hondo gets stonewalled by Mark Storm. Hicks and JP get into a deep argument about the past. About the drugs, the family, Barbara getting sick and passing away. Hondo has Tan (David Lim) go check on Street’s (Alex Russell) mom as she’s missed her last 2 check-ins with her PO. Chris and Deacon get into it about their faith, why they are so special and that they never know what it’s like to be a member of the LGBTQ community. And Deacon starts to lose a grip on his financial situation. Luca (Kenny Johnson) offers to help him but Deacon’s pride gets in the way. Deacon visit Mickey, someone he arrested a while back, to ask for money. Mickey objects and gives him a lecture. A lecture he needs to hear. About pride and that there’s a reason God made it the deadliest sin. All Deacon asks is for $11k to be deposited into a specific account, off the books, and he’ll accept everything that comes with this loan.

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We’ll stop the threat, S.W.A.T. isn’t in the business of letting this city down

After convincing the Mayor to reopen the event, Hicks has everyone full steam ahead to stop the threat. After a deep dive into his podcast, they find out who the shooter is, Dennis, a loyal listener and fan of Mark Storm. Mark decides to help Hondo and gives him account names and chat room access. Combing through all the intel they soon find out the plan. 3 dump trucks were stolen from a friend of Dennis’ work. They’re planning to end it the same way it began, an hit-and-run. Tan and Deacon go after the one and using a 50cal shoot the engine apart and stop the truck. Chris and Street go after the second truck but run into LGBTQ sharpshooters who are in a standoff with the driver of the second truck. Chris talks to Trista and convinced her that this isn’t the way. That if they want real change they have to be better. Everyone drops their guns and Street apprehends the second driver.

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A sacrifice which leads to way more after-effects that he could have ever imagined

With the 3rd truck barrelling towards to logistics tent, Deacon collides with the truck to prevent it from killing countless people. But by sacrificing himself, Deacon can’t move, he’s feels paralysed. Dennis gets out of the truck and takes off on foot. Hondo goes after him, while Chris and Street tend to Deacon. Dennis has a hostage at knife-point in a standoff with Hondo and Hicks. Dennis pushes the hostage into Hicks in an attempt to get away, but gets back-handed into the wall and knocked to the ground. The attack was stopped. Hicks kept his promise and no one was killed. After, Hondo and Chris start talking about these attacks. That there’s soo much hate, and Hondo mentions that for some its the easy way out and that it’s infectious. It correlates to society today. There’s soo much hate and violence, and most of it unnecessary. Because too often to listen to hear what we want to hear, we don’t listen to reason. We act out of pure emotion, emotion which clouds our judgement. Sometimes we just need to listen, understand and realize that the truth has been right in front of us all along.

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A family again

Hicks rushes to find JP after the attack to make sure he’s okay. They begin to talk and start to talk about the past. JP never though Hicks loved him, but what he never understood is that Hicks has always loved him, he just never knew how to show it. Hicks and JP connect, I mean really connect for the first maybe ever. As is the reason behind the Pride Parade, it’s to love. To support, to be there for each other, to feel loved by those around you.

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Deacon should’ve listened to Mickey

After surgery, Deacon wakes up with Annie by his side. The doctor walks in and tells him the surgery was a success and that he’ll be able to go home tomorrow with their daughter. Annie calls it a miracle, as Deacon isn’t paralyzed and after the money came in the put a stint in his daughter’s heart and she’s also going to be okay. But, he’ll only 100% in 2-3 months. That’s no work, no overtime, no way to make money to pay back Mickey in a month. He’s dug himself deep into a whole, a whole he’s going to need help to get out from. But, there’s nothing we won’t do for family.

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