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Chicago P.D- The Dock (1×14)



“Pulpo ain’t making it back to a jail cell. Is that clear for you?”

Finding out that this wasn’t the season finale of Chicago P.D was a huge surprise to me. I’ve literally been lied to all this time. It was a pleasant surprise because as I was watching this weeks episode, I kept thinking that this was the worst season finale I watched this week. Thankfully, it wasn’t. As a regular episode, it was totally fine! cpdWe continued on our hunt to find Pulpo this week. Antonio, the only survivor, was in the hospital recovering from a gunshot wound. This situation hit close to home particularly for Voight, whose father once laid in the same hospital wing. Rumors have been swirling that the finale will reveal something disturbing about Voight’s past and I feel like this is kind of the introduction to that reveal. Either way, we now know Voight’s father died on duty and its the reason that Voight doesn’t take these cases lightly. This is the second intelligence officer that Pulpo has hurt. And when you hurt family, you don’t make it back to a jail cell. You go straight down to the bottom of a river with a “Chicago necklace.” The unit tracked down Pulpo’s lawyer, who led them to a guy who helps criminals change their identities. Here they found the remains of Pulpo’s hair and his new passport picture along with credit card names and numbers, which allowed them to trace his wife’s card. When they ambushed the gas station, they found the son in the van and the mother in the store, but no Pulpo in sight. Once again, he had played them. In order to fulfill his mission, he had used his wife and son as a decoy; a distraction for the CPD. cpd 3 Amidst all the craziness, Voight took time out of his schedule to let Sumner know she was no longer working for the unit. She was being transferred to narcotics since he thought she was the rat. Little did he know, he was totally being played by Jin, who was actually a rat only because Stillwell was threatening his father with something. What we’re yet to find out. I wonder if Sumner knows about the whole situation and is just staying hush hush about to keep Jin safe? How long before Platt tells Voight she saw Jin tampering with his computer? Before she left, she handed Lindsay her file on Pulpo, which led Lindsey to their next suspects; the Russian mob. Despite the feud between the Russians and the Colombians, they were somehow working together and the main Russian mobster even tried to post bail for Pulpo by giving up his nightclub. A thorough investigation revealed that he too owed Pulpo lots of money and the only way he could pay him off was by guaranteeing him an escape route to Moscow on a truck/SUV shipment. Two hours later, Pulpo was in the hands of Voight and Olinsky. pcd 3 From the beginning of the season, Halstead’s been a very moral character whose totally uncomfortable with the way Voight carries out justice sometimes. This time was no different. He went to visit Antonio at the hospital to tell him they caught the bad guy. Despite everything that Pulpo has done to Antonio and his family, he didn’t have it in him to let the guy either. Something about a conscience?? He informed Halstead that the last time Olinsky and Voight took out a man that killed Eddy, Olinsky’s partner, they took him to the docks. Sure enough, when Halstead finally reaches the docks, his boss and co-worker are chaining Pulpo up to some heavy blocks to make sure that his body never resurfaces. Surprisingly, Olinsky admits that he’s been feeling guilty about their last murder too and agrees that they should do the right thing and take Pulpo in, instead of killing him. Voight unwillingly agrees and Pulpo is spared. Well, he’s going to rot in jail until he dies, but he’s spared. Halstead’s moral actions weren’t that surprising, but that Voight actually admitted to being wrong for once. That was astonishing! cpd 1 There is one spot left in intelligence now that Sumner is gone and it has to be filled immediately.  It’s between partners Atwood and Burgess. When Voight calls them up, he chooses Atwood. Obviously Burgess is curious as to why he made the decision he did. Personally, I think Burgess has risked her life and volunteered way more than Atwood. But Voight doesn’t want anyone whose been having an in-house relationship in his unit. He’s made it very clear many times before that he’s totally against that. How does he know everything? I’m pretty bummed for Burgess and would gladly join her for a wine-pity party at this point. She’s a great cop, who just doesn’t have luck on her side. In one day she lost the promotion and the guy. To make matters worse, Rozek asks her whats wrong the minute she leaves Voight’s office. It’s like lightning a match under an already lit fire. Yikes! What isn’t fair about all of this– the fact that Rozek is still on the team despite being involved in that same relationship. Sexism much?! cpd2 Meanwhile, Lindsey is dealing with Charlie who waltzed back into her life last week. Apparently, Charlie’s some guy she used to roll with back in the day. That means he’s bad news! When he stopped by the station last time, he asked about Annie whom we got to meet this week. It seems that Annie and Charlie used to be lovers before he was exiled from Illinois by Voight. Six months after he left, Annie gave birth to a baby boy named Travis, who is now twelve. She arranges a meeting between the four of them, but it goes really weird. Annie is completely nervous (and not in that lovey-dovey way) around Charlie. Travis seems to suspect that he’s bad news and Erin totally thinks he’s involved/dealing again. Before he leaves the restaurant he asks her if she still owes him, to which she replies that she does. And from next weeks previews it looks like this Charlie business is about to get really bad, really quick. There’s bombs going off, Charlie holding people hostage, bad business transactions and a whole lot of Voight getting shit done. It’ll be epic for sure. It was a tough day for Olinksy, who was internally dealing with the loss of his partner Eddy. He admitted to Voight that murdering the guy who killed him kept him up at night. It was so bad that when he arrived to his home in the garage, he went to visit his estranged wife. He began explaining how Eddy’s death really took a toll on him and that was the reason why he had distanced himself from her. Seeing Antonio come so close to death in their line of work he wanted to fix things; to make things right again. It’s no surprise that his wife tried pushing him away, but Olinksy literally cracked under all the pressure and guilt this week, seeking comfort in his wifes arms. It was shocking to see this man who is so distanced and pretends to have it all together just fall apart. Seeing these characters lives is part of what makes this show good. We see how much they sacrifice for their job and how its affected them personally and what they went through to make them who they are now. They all have a different story to tell. cpd 4 Hopefully the season finale delivers just like the whole first season has. We’ll get to understand a little more about Lindsey’s past with drug dealers and drugs. Will her co-workers be able to save her? We’ll learn more about Voight’s past and see what happens when he realizes that Jin was actually the rat and not Sumner. Will he take her back on the team and demote Atwood? I also hope that some kind of fallout happens between Rozek and Burgess. Will she be able to forgive him? Will they be together? Will she even tell him he’s the reason she didn’t make intelligence? See you next week!

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Chicago PD Review Season 11 Episode 8 – On Paper



Chicago PD Review Season 11 Episode 8 - On Paper

I’ll take extremely frustrating Chicago PD episodes for $500. 

Because yeah, Chicago PD Season 11 Episode 8 was the definition of the word frustrating. The issue wasn’t with the storyline, as it was strong and kept viewers on their toes, but it was the characters’ poor decisions that made you let out a deep groan. 

If your infant goes missing, you damn well better tell the police everything you know and everything that can help them locate your child. The secrecy was irritating because it hindered any developments, plus, they seemed to think they’d be able to hide something from a unit of dedicated detectives. 

The truth always comes out, so when they located the infant’s kidnapper and found a picture of Trent, the father was forced to confess that he was—and still is—a serial cheater. 

If that wasn’t bad enough, the parents then came clean about the fact that they left their teeny tiny daughter home alone for a few hours while the mom confronted her cheating husband during one of his dates. I mean, just give these people the award for “Terrible Parents of the Year” because they deserve it. 

Regardless of the parents’ actions, Intelligence, with Hailey Upton in the lead, worked tirelessly to bring sweet little innocent Grace home. 

Once they learned of Trent’s affair with Terry—which resulted in a pregnancy and forced abortion—they had a motive for the kidnapping. The good news is that Grace was never in too much danger as Terry really wanted the girl and cared for her, however, anyone who has it in them to kidnap a child is also unhinged and their behavior is unpredictable so you have to approach with caution.

A huge focus of the storyline was Upton’s team-up with Petrovic, the SVU detective who assisted on Noah’s case, whose expertise was supposed to help them find Grace quicker. Instead, it proved to be a distraction as Upton quickly sniffed out that something was wrong and a whiff of her water bottle proved it: Petrovic liked desk duty because she was boozing it up at work. 

She’s essentially a high-functioning alcoholic, which, for most people, is a clear red flag, but even after Upton confronted her about it (that was big of her because she could’ve just reported it to Voight), she dismissed her behavior and made it clear that she wouldn’t be seeking out help, nor did she think there was any need for an intervention. She even went as far as comparing it to running, which just shows you how delusional she is. 

It put Upton in a really difficult spot as, I’d imagine, she’s legally obligated to report it. How will she handle it moving forward? Will this be the catalyst for her to leave Intelligence behind and get a fresh slate (so she doesn’t end up like Petrovic, who said she had 3 divorces in the past)? I don’t see Upton as the kind of person who turns a blind eye, especially as it poses a risk for those she works with. 

She may be “one of the best” in her field, but she can’t continue on like this for too long. 

Thankfully, when she took the shot to save Upton at the train station when Terry pointed a gun at Upton, it was a good and justified shot, but it could’ve ended way worse. 

Voight is still recovering from losing Noah and seems frustrated with the lack of progress on the case of figuring out the serial killer’s identity, but that’ll be the focus of a future episode. 

And next week, we’ll see Torres’ poor decision of pursuing a romantic relationship with his mark play out. How will it end for him?

What did you think of this week’s episode?

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Chicago PD Review Season 11 Episode 7 – A Death Rattles Intelligence… and Voight



Well, that’s truly a disappointment. 

Chicago PD Season 11 Episode 7 focused on Voight’s quest to find the serial killer in Chicago who targeted Noah Gorman, the teen who was now staying with him and working through his trauma. 

But despite Voight’s best efforts, he couldn’t keep Noah safe—and he was no closer to finding the killer in question. 

There was some momentum on the case when a beat cop found a barrel floating by the lake with two bodies inside, both of their eyes pried open just like Noah’s when Voight found him. 

The victims, two sisters named Izzy and Maria, led the team to a “john,” who admitted to seeing Izzy’s abduction happen in realtime. In fact, he even filmed it as a security measure, however, nothing about the person in question was distinguishable, just like in the video of Noah’s violent kidnapping. 

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The serial killer’s meticulous nature, knowledge of avoiding cameras, and clean crime scenes make this investigation even harder to crack, though everyone—including Detective Petrovic (SVU detective played by Bojana Novakovic, who, spoiler alert, Hailey Upton is rather suspicious of in the next episode)—feels confident that they’ve made some headway when they find a nexus between Noah’s partner, Paul, and Izzy. Both were sex workers whose case came across Judge Balen’s desk. 

Judge Balen definitely wasn’t clean as they found questionable photos of minors in his home during a raid, but he wasn’t the head honcho that Voight hoped he would be. It was, unfortunately, a false lead, and as they pursued it, the real perpetrator was luring Noah to his death. 

I don’t think there’s a person watching who doesn’t feel sorry for Noah for all that he’s been through. His abduction was the stuff of nightmares, especially when he revealed that the kidnapper forced him to call the person he loved most in the world, Paul, and when he arrived, tortured him until he died. Noah’s been carrying around the guilt of essentially luring Paul to his death and then leaving him behind, despite not having another choice. 

But I think we can all agree that it’s incredibly frustrating to see Noah then turn around and get lured into a death trap in the same exact way that he was forced to lure in Paul. Noah should’ve known better, but he was blinded by his trauma and his grief, paired with a hope that maybe this was a silver lining and Paul was able to break free and they could be reunited again. 

Sadly, their reunion came as they were both dumped into a body of water in an oil barrel. The disappointment and heartache of seeing Noah dead in that barrel is one that will stick with viewers for a long time—and it will likely do a number on Voight, who grew attached to the boy and wanted so badly to help him and bring justice. Voight couldn’t babysit Noah 24/7, but it’s especially upsetting that Noah used the phone Voight gave him to reach out to Paul, thus giving the serial killer a direct line of contact to him.

The killer didn’t hesitate as he benefitted from tying up loose ends. Paul admitted that he never saw the perps face, but he was, as far as we know, the only person who ever escaped from him and could’ve been the source of his demise. After all, his escape triggered a massive police search, with Voight showing no intention of stopping, particularly in light of Noah’s death. Rumors are floating that we’ll see Voight go back to his old form of classic, ruthless, Voight, and personally, with the way the world is now, I don’t think that’s such a bad thing. 

While watching the episode, I was desperately wishing for Noah’s story to have a different ending, but alas, the survivor’s guilt was too strong and it got the best of him.

It seemed as though the cops pulled out a few other oil barrels, likely filled with bodies of lovers, as the serial killer was targeting those with a close connection and then forcing the soulmates to watch each other die a slow death. It’s incredibly deranged, and as far as Chicago PD storylines go, it may be one of the darkest ever. 

However, additional victims mean additional information that they can use to cross-reference and get closer to their suspect. Maybe the Judge is also able to help as he’s connected to two of the victims thus far—it’s possible he knows more or saw something.

As for the new detective, it’s unclear why she raised any suspicion within Upton, but I’d hate to think that she had anything to do with Noah’s case. That being said, it’s been underscored that the serial killer knows a lot about the law and is likely someone who is organized, has a good job, and above average intelligence, so the net is wide open.

What did you think about the episode? Are you liking the continuation of storylines from one episode to another?

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Chicago PD Season 11 Episode 6 Review – Survival



Chicago PD Season 11 Episode 6 Review - Survival

Chicago PD came through again, this time with a rare gem that focused on Voight. 

I say rare because while Voight plays an integral part of the series, he’s rarely ever the sole focus of the case in such a way that we actually see him dominating the screen for most of the 45-minute episode. 

And, on top of that, the episode ended without Voight and the team finding the suspect, which also allows for another multi-episode angle to play out and keep viewers invested. 

Voight’s carefree night took a turn when he overheard a beeping sound in an alleyway and found traces of blood belonging to a young man named Noah, who he saw getting violently kidnapped by an offender in nearby surveillance footage. 

Without much to go off of, Intelligence worked together to try to build a case and save Noah before it was too late. Since they found a baggie of party drugs near the scene of the abduction, they linked it to a dealer in the area whom Chapman, coincidentally, has tried to nab a handful of times. 

The dealer’s MO is to abduct those who stiff him, break their legs, and then dump them back at the place where he sells as part of his warning. 

However, after locating the car that kidnapped Noah, they found the young man in dire conditions after he was abused—stabbed six times and had his eyes stapled open (one of the most horrifying sights I’ve ever seen on television, might I add)—which indicated that this was the work of someone else entirely. 

Even when Noah identified his dealer in a lineup, Voight wasn’t convinced as he knew he simply did it to get them off of his back. Chapman, who offered to help Voight on the case, wasn’t pleased with the idea of letting a violent criminal that they’ve been pursuing walk away based on a hunch, so she went above Voight to get him arrested. 

Still, Voight knew that they were going after the wrong man, so he milked him for any information about Noah. 

Noah’s situation was a heartbreaking one as he was a lone wolf in the city on his own after his family turned on him when he came out as gay. When Voight made contact with them, Noah’s mother essentially said Noah deserved what happened to him and that she didn’t want updates because he was no longer their son. I can’t even imagine a mother saying something so cruel, especially when her son was missing and brutally tortured. How could you not want to know if he survived? It broke my heart—and it broke Voight’s heart, which is why he dedicated himself to the case so strongly. 

He knew that whatever Noah went through was personal, which was confirmed further when he realized that the suspect they were looking for had been stalking the boy for months, ever since he arrived in Chicago. This was a planned and calculated attack, but they had no suspects to work off of, which didn’t make it easy. 

It’s likely one of the main reasons why Voight took Noah in after he was discharged from the hospital. He needed Noah to feel safe and comfortable enough to open up so that they could finally catch this monster and put him behind bars. However, Voight also felt a personal connection to Noah, who reminded him a lot of his late son, Justin, and he felt for the kid since he had nowhere to go and no one to lean on. It’s not exactly all that shocking that an Intelligence member connected with someone on the case as we previously saw Burgess and Ruzek adopt Makayla after her parents were brutally murdered, however, it does sort of cross the line into getting too personally connected. Chapman seemed concerned with Voight’s decision, but only time will tell if he made the right one. 

If I had to wager a guess, I’d say Noah knows who his abuser is, but he’s not saying anything because he’s scared and traumatized since it’s someone that he cares about. Since we know the attack wasn’t random—and everyone who did come in contact with him explained that he didn’t have friends or make many connections with anyone—it has to be someone from home. Maybe someone like his brother or a friend whom he confided in. 

This is one of those lingering cases that we will revisit in future episodes, but it has so much promise. Voight’s seen a lot during his tenure in Chicago, but even he seemed completely shaken by what Noah endured. 

And will the series ever make any positive moves with Voight and Chapman? It’s clear that there’s something between them that goes beyond their workplace friendship. 

What did you think of the episode? Who do you think Noah’s attacker is?

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