Recently, over on Reddit, user adityatrooper started a thread wondering what a strange vehicle in one of the shots (seen in the upper left corner above) was supposed to be. The large and boxy vehicle, which is located among all the police cruisers, does not serve any purpose to the episode’s plot. During the episode, we don’t see anyone enter or exit the vehicle, making it difficult to ascertain its function, or whether its inclusion in the episode is intentional.
A couple of different ideas were brandied about in the thread, with user Northsidebill1 offering this perspective: “When I did security for the BBC at the Indy 500 races I worked, their mobile video editing vans looked a lot like that, very square and bulky with huge cooling units and storage spaces that looked like cooling units on top. Maybe this was an unplanned shot and one of their on-site video editing vans got caught.” It certainly wouldn’t be the oddest thing in the world if one of CBS’s own editing vans ended up in a shot — or, perhaps, it could be an editing unit for a completely different project that happened to be filming nearby at the same time.
Meanwhile, fellow Redditor petit_miner chimed in with a different theory, “Looks like a mobile AC Unit?”
For now, it seems that no consensus has been reached on what the van could be, so fans remain in the dark. One thing we do know is that identifying a vehicle is nowhere near as bothersome to fans as wondering why Danny Reagan (Donnie Wahlberg) is so chill with killing people at a moment’s notice, but that’s another topic entirely.