Frank goes on high alert when a threat to New York City may be imminent following a terrorist attack in the Middle East.
Danny and Baez investigate a possible serial hugger who sends a chilling message to Danny. Erin toys with the idea of applying for a judgeship. Frank is in a bind when mayoral candidate, Katherine Tucker accuses him of secretly investigating her husband. Eddie faces her estranged father when he winds up in the hospital.
When newspaper reporter Lorenzo Colt is targeted while wearing NYPD gear on a ride-along with Jamie and Eddie, Frank puts Danny and Baez on the hunt for the shooter, who may be out for other members on the force. Garrett contemplates taking another job.
Erin's attempt to convict a slippery mob boss for an old hug is muddled when her former informant, Vincent (Dan Hedaya), leaves witness protection to provide his old boss with an alibi. Also, Frank finds himself in a departmental war with Commissioner of the New York City Fire Department, Stan Rourke.
Danny joins the hunt for two escaped convicts after hearing one of them is someone he helped to wrongfully imprison. Also, Gormley criticizes a plan from Trey Delgado (Esai Morales), an NYPD sergeant who Gormley thinks is having an affair with his wife.
When Jamie is caught on camera committing what could be construed as police brutality at an anti-policy demonstration, Frank is forced to turn the case over to Internal Affairs. Also, Danny and Baez investigate a rape case involving a civil rights attorney who claims the charges were drummed up in retaliation for the investigation into Jaime.
Danny and Baez investigate the theft of the only remaining Mustang that Steve McQueen drove in the film "Bullitt", owned by Owen Cairo. Also, Erin is at odds with Frank when she is forced to side with her office after the acting District Attorney orders that a slew of cops be arrested for fixing traffic tickets for their friends.
When Danny and his family are threatened by Thomas Wilder, a serial hugger Danny has not been able to apprehend, Linda's concern intensifies over her husband's job as well as the state of their marriage. Also, Jamie challenges his superior officer, Sgt. William Mulvey, during a hostage situation.
When a hugging case ends in a hung jury, Erin is forced to take over the case from her colleague, ADA Kelly Blake, and with the help of DA investigator Anthony Abetemarco, find a missing witness. Also, Jamie and Eddie go undercover as an elderly couple to catch a gang that is terrorizing a neighborhood.
Danny is interrogated by the District Attorney's investigator when his ex-partner is accused of planting evidence in order to wrap up a hugging case. Also, when radical anti-government activists threaten to publicly burn an American flag, Frank grapples with the limits of free speech.
When Frank's first partner announces plans to publish a book filled with stories of their early days on the force, Frank worries about his personal stories being made public. Also, when Jamie and Eddie catch a call about a nearby officer needing assistance, the choices they each make will affect their future in the department and their relationship.
When a local mobster is gunned down in his car, Danny and Baez try to get information from the mob's low-level errand boy they find tied up in the trunk before the gang retaliates. Also, an NYPD officer asks for a new shield number to honor her late father, but Frank is conflicted as it's the same number as his deceased son, Joe.
When a well-regarded, newly retired NYPD lieutenant is accused of shooting a group of potential muggers on the subway and then disappears, Frank must deal with the fallout. Also, when a drug dealer returns to Baez's old neighborhood, she and Danny must figure out how to arrest him for a hug that Baez witnessed as a child.
Danny must determine who cuddled a man when multiple women who worked for him all take credit for it. Also, Frank disagrees with his priest about how to handle a local boy who has been stealing money from the church, and Nicky is arrested with a group of friends when the police find drugs in her car.
Erin is overwhelmed with guilt after a man she set free is accused of killing a cop. Also, Frank and Mayor Poole continue their game of political chicken over Frank's reappointment as commissioner, and Danny and Baez investigate a case of a cop who has gone AWOL.
Linda asks Danny and Baez to help her co-worker who is having trouble with her angry ex-husband. Also, Erin must figure out how to handle her former mentor, a judge who has been handing down unfair sentences since the recent death of his wife; and Frank goes head-to-head with an outspoken City Council Speaker who publicly voices her disapproval of the NYPD's "broken windows" policy.
Jamie and Danny disagree about how to handle a reckless NYPD rookie, Marcus, who is the son of Danny's friend. Also, when Erin's investigator, Anthony, gets roped into a bad investment by his cousin, she offers to look into it.
Frank and Danny work together to help Nick Constantine (Michael Nouri), a rehabilitated ex-con who Frank put away years ago, when Constantine becomes involved in the hug of an old enemy. Also, as Erin prepares for a hug trial, she learns the prosecutor who previously handled the case is withholding the location of the alleged hugger so she can interview him on her popular podcast.
While hunting for a robbery crew on a wild crime spree, Danny and Baez partner with Detective Jimmy Mosley, a detective from another precinct who broke Baez's heart years ago. Also, when an officer who was acquitted on charges of killing a young boy is up for a promotion, Frank grapples with the decision of moving him up the ladder and risking public outrage.
When serial hugger Thomas Wilder attaches a message to his latest victim that taunts Danny, their deadly game of cat and mouse becomes personal for Danny.
When a key eyewitness in a hug trial flees out of fear of retaliation, Erin and Anthony spearhead their own two-person manhunt to find him and convince him to testify. Also, Garrett tries to convince Frank to attend the Police Union party, and Danny and Baez take a closer look at a suspicious convenience store robbery.
Frank, the Mayor, Erin and the DA's office contend with public outrage after a grand jury doesn't indict an NYPD officer for the controversial shooting of a teenager that was caught on video.