Pearson (Episodes Guide)
1.01 – The Alderman (July 17, 2019)
Directed by: Kevin Bray | Written by: Daniel Arkin
Jessica Pearson make waves on her first day as the right-hand fixer of Chicago’s mayor. Pat is angry about Jessica’s new position, but Bobby sees it as keeping his enemies close. However, he got a bit more than he could handle with Jessica, who goes off-book while dealing with a hunger strike, a bus manufacturer and one of Bobby’s closest allies in the city council. In the process, she also angers Keri, who doesn’t take kindly to Jessica treating her like a lowly associate.
1.02 – The Superintendent (July 24, 2019)
Directed by: Silver Tree | Written by: Jameal Turner
Lillian pays a visit to Jessica at her apartment and recognizes her dead neighbor in the crime scene photos. Jessica’s cousin, Angela is still not cool with her. Derrick and Mayor Bobby Golec are having trouble answering questions from the press. Nick rescues Jessica from a swarm of reporters. Following Pat McGann’s orders, he follows Jessica and drives towards her family’s home. While investigating her, Jessica also wants Nick to be her driver. The Press Secretary is trying to stop the tweet from going viral. Derrick wants Yoli to delete her tweet because she works for City Hall. When Yoli opposes him and decides not to, Derrick fires her. While arguing with her cousin, Jessica doesn’t realize someone is taking pictures of her.
1.03 – The Union Leader (July 31, 2019)
Directed by: Stefan Schwartz | Written by: Sonay Hoffman
The Alderman post is up for grabs and Pat recommends Betsy Sullivan. This doesn’t sit well with Jessica after she realizes Sullivan is not the right one to do the job. Meanwhile, things aren’t too good for Keri after it dawns on her that her affair with Bobby is just pushing her down in life as Novak doesn’t contribute much to the relationship. Nick has a tough time adjusting to Jessica as her new driver, but quickly learns her ways of working. In a bid to get an extension on the public housing development, Jessica is forced to blackmail the man entrusted with the job of razing down the public housing and that sees her breakdown after she’s forced to do the task so she could save her cousin’s family from becoming homeless.
1.04 – The Deputy Mayor (August 7, 2019)
Directed by: Alexis Ostrander | Written by: Chris Downey
With Bobby taking some time off work to tend to his sick wife, Stephanie, Jessica concentrates on investigating Karl Jefferies murder, only to realize that Jefferies was just the start of more grittier and darker secrets. Investigating the murder throws out enough for Jessica to work with. She realizes that Jefferies was a man with shady connections and with some help from Keri, Nick, she comes to know of his murder at the hands of the dealers.
1.05 – The Former City Attorney (August 14, 2019)
Directed by: Salli Richardson-Whitfield | Written by: Lauren Herstik
The former Attorney is trying to sue Chicago, Keri is the reason he was fired after she found that he was cheating people out of liabilities—sometimes children. Pat tells Bobby that he made a deal with his father to get rid of the Union boss and make Bobby Mayor. Jessica offers to do a trial deposition with Keri, but Jessica is too hot to handle, and Keri walks out. A drunk Keri tells Jessica later that evening that she’s afraid the jury will believe she became an attorney by sleeping with the man that became Mayor—and confesses to still sleeping with Bobby now. The flashbacks reveal that after sleeping with Keri, he put forward the complaint against the former city Attorney. Jessica rings Harvey and asks for help. Harvey manages to find a position in New York for the former attorney where he can build a new reputation, stopping him from putting a suit against Chicago. Jessica opens up to Nick.
1.06 – The Donor (August 21, 2019)
Directed by: Mark Polish | Written by: Sylvia L. Jones
Jessica and Bobby discard Pat’s campaign funding in search of a cleaner backer. On the sidelines, Jessica enjoys Jeff’s company, but worries about her cousin Angela and her family’s inevitable eviction. Meanwhile, Derrick consoles Yoli who worries about her mothers fate. McGann prefers to keep his investors happy, so he disregards the deal he made with Jessica and has his crew set up for demolition. With that, the Cooks are now homeless. Jeff’s kind heart made him decide to talk to Angela and have them temporarily stay at the apartment.
1.07 – The Immigration Lawyer (August 28, 2019)
Directed by: Emile Levisetti | Written by: Jameal Turner
Dark secrets are nearly in Jessica’s grasp. On the tape that was given to Bobby, you can hear Nick admit that Tommy is dead. Nick confronts Pat, seething from his blackmail. Bobby tries to show who is boss by doing a press conference on the new Ickaris deal, which will create more jobs. Jessica lurks in the background, knowing there’s a bigger secret between Pat, Nick and Bobby. A secret that even Keri does not know. It gets desperate as he loses his investment with the billionaire Albert Chan. Jessica wants Frank Cramer to take over the Ickaris project to make up for what she did to him, and in return, she wants to know about Tommy’s disappearance. Derrick speaks to Jessica about Frank Cramer and asks her to drop the deal because Bobby made a commitment to give a certain percentage of contracts to black business—a pledge that has not been delivered. Nick is frightened of the tape getting leaked so he confronts Pat and they have a fight, leaving Bobby no choice to suspend Nick without pay. Pat, now confident he has them both rattled, visits Bobby and threatens to use the tape. Pat wants the Ickaris project and demands that Bobby goes to Seattle to make that deal. This means Bobby cannot enjoy his time away in LA with Keri. Yoli deals with her personal situation. After sitting down with an immigration lawyer to help her mother, she realizes she has been conned. Derrick tells her to go to Jessica, or he will.
1.08 – The Political Wife (September 4, 2019)
Directed by: Kevin Bray | Written by: Sonya Hoffman
Once Stephanie learns that Keri is going on the trip to the American Mayoral Summit, she becomes angry and is determined to do the speech in Bobby’s place. At the Summit, the tension is unbearable. Stephanie breaks while asking for help with the speech, and reveals she knew about her husband’s affair all along. Angela struggles with her night shifts and helping her neighbors with food. She rings Jessica, who is unfortunately too busy to help, and this sparks an emotional reaction from Angela, who decides she’s going to leave Jessica’s apartment. Yoli finally tells Jessica about her mother, who is being detained with ICE. Jessica wants to put media heat on the judge, but Derrick refuses. Keri confronts Stephanie. Jessica returns to her apartment to see everyone has gone.
1.09 – The Rival (September 11, 2019)
Directed by: Mark Tonderai | Written by: Chris Downey
Bobby returns home exhausted as his wife admits to knowing of his affair with Keri. With the homeless camping outside of city hall, Angela doesn’t want Jessica coming in for the rescue. With Nick missing, Derrick argues Pat McGann is responsible for the protest. After meeting with her grandmother, Jessica wonders what she can do to change Angela’s mind. While Keri is thinking about moving to another job, Yoli brings in business cards as a gift for taking on her mother’s case. With the demonstration going on outside city hall, Jessica and Bobby argue how to stop this firestorm. Jessica has to find a solution fast or Bobby will have to use force. Jessica is surprised when Keri offers to help with the homeless encampment and slash the budget. Derrick tries to protect the Mayor with the press hounding him about Ickaris. Jessica argues with Angela about signing the papers and ending the protests. On the news, Jessica and the Mayor watch as Salazar defends the homeless. Now that Angela isn’t the leader anymore, Jessica offers Salazar a seat at the council if he removes himself.
1.10 – The Fixer (September 18, 2019)
Directed by: Kevin Bray | Written by: Daniel Arkin
Keri wants Jessica’s help with Nick. Jessica is split between her personal and professional life as Angela continues her protest. Derrick wants more after the kiss he shared with Yoli. Bobby continues to try cling on to his authority—he delivers a speech on the Icarus project and leaves Pat out in the open. Jessica offers Angela the Alderman seat. Keri accepts a new job offer. Jessica returns home to find out that the FBI is monitoring them. Derrick has a blow-out argument with Bobby about the temporary housing promise. Stephanie serves Bobby divorce papers, but leaves him with a choice to make. Jessica meets Bobby while the FBI go to Keri’s apartment.