East New York Episode 1 Recap and Ending, Explained

Created by William Finkelstein and Mike Flynn, ‘East New York’ is a CBS police procedural drama series airing on CBS. The story centers on the detectives and officers who work in East New York’s 74th Precinct. The series follows their professional and personal struggles as well as the sacrifices they make for justice and ambition. The story begins with the arrival of Deputy inspector Regina Haywood (Amanda Warren), the new commanding officer. Her insistence on correct police work puts her in conflict with some mavericks she commands. In the series premiere, titled ‘Pilot,’ Regina and her team search for a masked shooter who killed two people and injured a third in broad daylight. Here is everything you need to know about the ending of ‘East New York’ episode 1. SPOILERS BEFORE.

East New York Episode 1 Review

Regina visits her manicurist in the episode’s opening. It’s her first day at work as the CO. A masked gunman shoots a driver of a van carrying a dollar and then leaves the scene. Regina rushes to the outside, but the perpetrator accidentally shoots an elderly German tourist and then flees. Regina chases the shooter, who fires a gun at a security guard trying to stop him. He escapes from capture by entering a building with several escape routes.

Both the German tourist, and the security guard were both killed. The taxi driver is still alive and has been admitted to the hospital. Regina must deal with a violent mess like this her first day as CO. The audience is then introduced to other characters. Crystal Morales, played by Elizabeth Rodriguez, and Tommy Killian (Kevin Rankin), who are detectives attached at the precinct. They prove to be very good at their job but become upset when Regina tells them to keep the rules.

A few rookies are present, including Brandy Quinlan (Olivia Luccardi), and Andre Bentley(Lavel Schley). Among them, Brandy accepts Regina’s offer to be placed in an apartment acquired by city housing as part of Regina’s efforts to reach out to the local community. Regina also accepts Captain Stan Yenko’s (Richard Kind) appeal to serve as her executive officer, much to the skepticism of her boss, Chief John Suarez (Jimmy Smits).

‘East New York’ is set in the post-George Floyd world, and it seems that the show strives to hold its main characters, almost all of whom are police officers, accountable for their actions. The show acknowledges these characters are imperfect and employs the new CO as a plot device to — if not guide the officers under her toward the correct path — at least lead them in the search for it.

East New York Episode 1: Who is the Masked Gunner?

While ‘East New York takes the concept of a typical police show and adds a sense of realism to it, it is still a procedural series. So the main plot driver is the episodic mysteries. Episode 1’s central mystery centers on the identity of the masked gunman. Regina and her crew attempt to locate the criminal responsible for multiple death, but they uncover a vast criminal enterprise.

Didier, the van driver who died later, was also from Africa. Didier was a diamond miner back in Africa. His boss Brenda Sykes convinced Didier to become a trafficker after he discovered several blue diamonds that were worth tens of thousands. He swallowed the entire diamonds in order to pass customs. Sykes was informed by the van driver that the diamonds had passed through his system and were out of his hands. He also stated to Sykes that the group, which included Didier, his wife and him, would not be returning them. The couple hid the diamonds inside a septic tanks, believing that this was the best place to hide them.

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It was eventually revealed that Nikolai Dushkin, Miroslav Barnyashev, a man with a Russian connection to the mafia is the masked gunman. The driver was threatened and, if necessary, shot down by him. Things quickly spiraled out of control and others were also killed. Sykes and Adam Lustig were responsible for the execution of the attack. Lustig is a powerful developer who had a close relationship to the deputy Mayor. Didier and others admit guilt, incriminating Sykes as well Dushkin and Lustig. Sykes is also arrested, and Regina manages to get onto Lustig’s private jet, believing that Dushkin will be there.

Regina’s hunches are proven right. Dushkin is actually on the plane. Regina takes Lustig hostage and he attempts to take him hostage. Lustig is also detained. Lustig is also taken into custody.

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