After keeping viewers in suspense for a full week, episode 2 Unsolved, titled “Nobody Talks,” opens with one hip-hop’s most celebrated ceremonies; a rapper’s label chaining day. Suge Knight (Dominic L. Santana) enters the frame and places a diamond encrusted Death Row Records chain over the neck a presumably unknown rapper. Suge then menacingly states that Death Row is a way life, and all altercations against the label are to be handled using the deadly “blood in, blood out” code. The code is almost put to the test immediately afterwards with that same rapper getting into a clash colors with rival Crips. This introduction gang affiliations adds yet another layer uncertainty to the unraveling case.
The original 1997 investigation duo, detective Poole and detective Miller confirm that a trip to Las Vegas is in order, as they’ve come to realize the connection between Biggie and Tupac’s murders is overwhelmingly clear and analyzing the Tupac’s murder case is unquestionably worthwhile. Fast forward to the reopened investigation 2006, and assigned pointman Greg Kading has assembled a team varying justice department ficers who have boiled Biggie’s death down to three logical possibilities. First was that he was killed by Suge Knight and the Bloods in retaliation for Tupac’s murder, second was that Suge worked alongside the LAPD to get rid Biggie and third was that a handful Southside Crips did the deed over Biggie’s unpaid debts. They opt to start digging into the Southside Crips and see where it leads.
The most powerful part the episode takes place during a flashback to 1996 when both Tupac and Biggie were still alive, but not on the greatest terms. While idling outside a Fatburger, two teenage fans run up to Tupac in a flurry fandemonium. Tupac, who was startled at first, engages with the teen boys in the way any fan would want their hero to interact with them. One the boys even yells out “West Side, Fuck Biggie!” as he departs. The look on Pac’s face says more than 1000 words. With hesitation in his eyes but pride written all over his face, Pac yells back “Hell yeah”! The mood the episode quickly becomes much more hostile.
The 2006 investigation uses Suge’s phone records to track down Scott Shephard (Dorian Missick) and Ernest Anderson (Avery Kidd Waddell) who were allegedly driving the diversion car that cut in front Biggie’s vehicle. Both individuals get grilled by Kading and his team but it’s Poole’s 1997 questioning session with Tupac’s friend and security personnel Frank Alexander (Pooch Hall). When Poole probes Frank about the case, he becomes overcome with emotion and delves right into a play-by-play the night Tupac was killed.
The vivid recounting that fateful night leaves not only detective Poole with more questions than answers, but the viewers as well.