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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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Lizzy Buczak is the founder of CraveYouTV. What started off as a silly blog in her sophomore year at Columbia College Chicago turned her passion for watching TV into an opportunity! She has been in charge of CraveYou since 2011, writing reviews and news content for a wide variety of shows. Lizzy is a Music Business and Journalism major who has written for RADIO.COM, TV Fanatic, Time Out Chicago, Innerview, Pop’stache and Family Time.

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Chicago PD Review – Is Burgess Ready to Be a Mom? (8×03)



Chicago PD Tender Age Review Season 8 Episode 3

Intelligence is kicking off 2021 on a high note. 

Following Atwater’s powerful storyline, Chicago PD Season 8 Episode 3 shook things up and reminded fans of the good old days when the focus remained largely on the case-of-the-week. 

It’s been a while since we’ve seen the team go full-in on a case, especially one as compelling as the murder of Makayla’s entire family. 

While gang retribution was the go-to motive, the case took a surprising twist when it was revealed that all three family members died protecting the little girl from her father, Tareek, who was recently released from prison. 

The case was interesting even without a personal connection, but hinging the plot on a young, innocent girl not only provided an emotional hook, it also allowed the narrative to circle back to Burgess’ miscarriage from Chicago PD Season 7.

Voight was determined to nail down a suspect and get justice for the family, so the “by the book” police reform storyline kind of went out the window. Sometimes, I wonder if the series even remembers the plotlines it’s introducing.

There wasn’t even any reference to Atwater’s situation with the racist cops; it’s almost as if it never happened. 

Saving Makayla - Chicago PD Season 8 Episode 3

However, it was nice to see that Burgess was still dealing with the aftermath of the miscarriage. 

Following such a traumatic experience, Burgess convinced herself that she didn’t want children. It was a tactic to protect herself from getting hurt again.

But after forming a personal connection with Makayla, she began to see the possibilities that she could have it all: a family and a career. 

Her motherly instincts kicked in when she saw that the girl was in danger — motherly instincts she didn’t even know she had. 

It was such a treat to see her in “mama bear”  mode.

Their bond never seemed forced either as Burgess genuinely cared for the young girl and found her purpose in protecting her. She even put her job on the line to ensure that she could stay by Makayla’s side until they found the people hunting her down. 

But it begs the question . . . what happens next? Was this the show’s way of warming everyone up to the idea of a Burzek baby again? 

They already let us down once; I don’t want to get ahead of myself and get my hopes up again. 

Read the full review at TV Fanatic! 

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Here’s When Last Night’s Episodes of ‘Chicago Med,’ ‘Chicago Fire,’ and ‘Chicago PD’ Will Premiere



One Chicago promo ahead of November 11 premiere

Fans of the #OneChicago shows — Chicago Med, Chicago PD, and Chicago Fire –– will have to wait an additional week for new episodes. 

NBC announced that the originally scheduled episodes were postponed from their original premiere date of Wednesday, January 6 to next Wednesday on January 13. 

The network made the decision to preempt the #OneChicago shows with continued breaking news coverage on the chaos at the Capitol after Trump supporters stormed the federal building and delayed the Electoral College vote count.

Yesterday’s premieres marked the show’s return from the winter hiatus. NBC wasn’t the only network to delay originally scheduled programming as ABC and CBS both aired news instead. 

Here are the synopsis for all three shows premiering next week!

Chicago Med:

Dr. Charles and April team up to take on a mysterious patient in the ED; Dr. Halstead is forced to make a life-or-death decision for one of his trial patients; Dr. Marcel is confronted by his past when a former acquaintance is brought into the ED.

Chicago Fire:

A mishap on the aerial ladder in the midst of a fire rescue leaves Mouch shaken and questioning his abilities; Kidd looks for support from Severide while Casey and Brett discuss their future.

Chicago PD:

Ruzek and Burgess discover a child walking alone in the middle of the street, and when they take her home, they discover that her entire family has been murdered; Upton is approached with a job offer from the FBI.

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Chicago PD Review – Kevin Atwater Gives ‘Em Hell (8×02)



Chicago PD White Knuckle Review Season 8 Episode 2

We’re only two episodes into Chicago PD Season 8 and Atwater is not only carrying the show, but he’s taking it to new heights. 

The way he managed to turn the tables around on Kenny Nolan on Chicago PD Season 8 Episode 2 and push his back up against the wall, well, it was beautiful to watch. 

Ever since owning his truth and standing up against racism, Atwater has been bullied and intimidated at every turn. When it began to affect his family, both at home and in Intelligence, he realized he could no longer stand back and wait. 

Nolan was barking orders and hoping to break Atwater, and while he did look paranoid at times, I love that Atwater stood his ground. 

The only way Atwater could regain the upper hand was to play Nolan at his own game. 

I’ve never seen anything more satisfying than Atwater sitting at Nolan’s dining room table giving him a play-by-play of how he’d go out of his way to ruin his whole life if he didn’t back down. 

When I say it may be the best scene on television that I’ve ever seen, I truly mean it. 

Atwater versus the police - Chicago PD Season 8 Episode 2

The good guys don’t always win, but this time, the right guy did. No one messes with Atwater. 

Atwater channeled his inner-Voight, but he did so in a way without using his fists.

The look of defeat on Nolan’s face was priceless. 

Obviously, the back-and-forth between Atwater and Nolan couldn’t go on forever, but I was curious to see how the series would go about resolving it. 

For a moment, I was terrified that the only solution would be for Atwater to give up his badge or accept that his career would never advance, but all those options included Atwater giving up and throwing in the towel. 

And Voight was right — the moment Atwater stopped being a cop is the moment they would have won. 

With the roles reversed, Atwater has successfully proven that he will always stand up for what he believes in. 

He’s making a change, albeit small, but it’s a step in the right direction. 

And if any good is to come of this “new world,” then it better be karma hitting Nolan square in the forehead. 

Atwater won the battle against the racist cops, but unfortunately, he’s still losing the battle on the home front.

The scene with the kids refusing to take a basketball from him was heartbreaking, but hopefully, by doing the job differently, he’ll make an impact that will lead to further positive changes. 

The fight is far from over, but at least these kids have a good one looking out for them. 

The purest thing on Chicago PD is the bromance between Ruzek and Atwater. 

I know that they said everyone has Atwater’s back, and it’s true in theory, but Ruzek took an actual bullet for Atwater. 

And then his reaction was basically “no sweat, bro.” It was solid. 

Though, the whole situation with patrol not responding was disturbing. 

No one man should have enough power to bark such an order and endanger the lives of his blue brothers.

I wish more patrol stood up to Nolan, just as I wish there was more love given to Atwater from the rest of Intelligence. 

Read the full review at TV Fanatic! 

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