After a brief moment of wanting to be called Dick, he eventually hated to be called Dickie or Dick and wanted to be known as Richard- Elliot wasn't aware of that. Dickie was a lot like Elliot by getting what they want and being fans of football player Lincoln Haver. Elliot tried the best he could to protect Dickie from the wrong things with all the smut out there- it hasn't been easy. Dickie realized that being a cop's son was difficult to fit in and he didn't have a lot of friends. He felt like he was being interrogated by his father when trying to get personal. Dickie became close to Shane Newsome, a recovering drug addict with a record, trying to get his life back on track. Elliot didn't like Shane, putting a strain on his and Dickie's relationship. Dickie and Shane planned to enter the Army for the buddy system. But Shane ended up dead while trying to help his homeless friend Harold Moore. Harold wanted money to buy drugs while Shane was trying to get fake IDs but Harold was desperate. Dickie was devastated and tried to join the Army with Elliot's consent. But Elliot said no.