|"Louder Than Words"|
|Season 2, Episode 1|
|Air date||August 17, 2012|
|Written by||Dee Johnson|
|Directed by||Jim McKay|
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"Through and Through"
Mayor Tom Kane meets with Doctor Ella Harris to discuss the worsening symptoms of his Lewy Body Dementia. She recommends anti-psychotic drugs to control his hallucinations but he refuses due to their potential physical side effects. He apologizes for the way she was driven out of Chicago and invites her to return, having ensured a post for her and a school place for her son.
Kane returns to City Hall and is confronted by Darius Robinson, who threatens him in an attempt to get Emma Kane released from prison. Kane warns Darius of the foolishness of his actions and claims that he has expended all of his influence keeping her in a more hospitable jail.
Meredith Kane visits Emma in prison and receives an icy reception. Emma tells her mother about her father's illness and inevitable deterioration. Mockingly asking what her future looks like.
Darius goes to his cousin, politically ambitious crime boss, Trey Rogers to get protection for Emma in prison.
Kitty O'Neill is in self imposed exile at her mother's home, avoiding Zajac's calls and pondering what to do about her pregnancy. She returns to Chicago to visit the grave of her colleague Ezra Stone. She is tracked to the cemetery by journalist Sam Miller, but refuses to speak to him.
Miller struggles to adjust to his new role as City Desk editor, running an editorial that is well received by his peers but lands him in trouble with the paper's owner by attacking corporate advertisers.
Kane partly repopulates his gutted staff by taking ambitious young aide Ian Todd on loan from an alderman. He has little patience for Todd but works with him on planning a groundbreaking ceremony for the O'Hare Airport Redevelopment, which he sees as one of his finest achievements.
Gubernatorial candidate Ben Zajac is disappointed in the lack of support shown by Kane. He is threatened by the gains made in the poll by his rival Senator Catherine Walsh and seeks the advice of incumbent governor McCall Cullen, who tells him to "eat shit" because of their hard fought primary rivalry. Walsh moves her campaign to Chicago, gaining ground over Kane's proposed closure of the Lennox Gardens Housing Project by targeting the adjacent neighborhoods. Zajac visits Kane to ask for more involvement in his campaign but is instead told not to speak to the press at the groundbreaking.
Alderman Ross is an ineffectual, depressed mess after the breakup of his marriage. His chief of staff Mona Fredericks takes control of the black caucus. Kane attempts to pass an ordnance to close the Lennox Gardens Housing Project. He meets with Mona and Alderman Alverson seeking their support and suggests that he will back Alverson to replace Ross. Mona locks in the black caucus to oppose Kane and attempts to seek support from Alderman Vukovich. Kane is able to win Vukovich's support back by embroiling her in a Driving Under the Influence charge. Mona deadlocks the vote in the council chambers by blackmailing Alverson to ensure his opposition. Kane has a loyal alderman stage a fight, giving him a pretext to suspend the vote.
The groundbreaking goes well for Kane, he is introduced by his old friend Ryan Kavanaugh and his own speech goes well despite being troubled by hallucinations of Stone. As he departs the stage a sniper fires at him, hitting Meredith. Kane's security detail rushes him to safety.
The following named, recurring characters are introduced in this episode:
- Ian Todd - ambitious political aide on loan to Mayor Kane from Alderman Driscoll.
- Catherine Walsh - Illinois State Senator and Republican Gubernatorial nominee
- Mona Fredericks - chief of staff to Alderman Ross.
- Trey Rogers - crime boss with political ambitions and cousin to Darius Robinson.
- Diana Vukovich - Alderman with a drinking problem and wavering loyalty.
- Linda Driscoll - Alderman loyal to Kane.
- Adriana Mata - Alderman loyal to Kane, taking over for her deceased husband Lalo Mata.
- Rick Mathers - ineffectual campaign manager to Ben Zajac.
- Patty - Zajac campaign volunteer.
- Nancy - mother of Kitty O'Neill.
- Tina - aide to Senator Walsh.
Special guest starring
- ↑ Bibel, Sara (August 20, 2012). Friday Cable Ratings: 'Gold Rush: The Jungle' Wins Night, 'WWE Smackdown', 'For Better or Worse', 'Beyond Scared Straight', 'House of Payne, 'Lost Girl' & More. TV by the Numbers.