“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! We 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. 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. 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! 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?! 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. 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!
Chicago PD Review – Deadlocked (1016)
Chicago PD Season 10 Episode 16 took it back to the basics—the dark and gritty vibe, the cage, and Voight going rogue for all the right reasons.
And that was all part of the plan—Jesse Lee Soffer’s plan, that is. The actor, who played Jay Halstead for 10 seasons, jumped into the director’s seat, told Hello that he wanted the episode to have an “old school PD vibe.” And that it did. There’s honestly no one who knows the show better than the man who has been on set making the magic happen in front of the screen for a decade.
It’s safe to say, Halstead’s first time directing was impressive, delivering yet another compelling hour of television—and cementing my belief that this truly is one of Chicago PD’s strongest seasons to date.
There was also something so poetic about putting Voight at the center of it all and giving him his own badass moment that involved him taking down two of Arturo Morales’ henchmen singlehandedly, bringing Julia back home, and ensuring that he sought the case through from beginning to end—with Morales finally getting what was coming to him and seeing a life sentence.
Once the jury verdict was announced, you could tell Morales was frazzled as he was sure that he had it in the bag. Little did he know, Voight was on the case, and unlike ASA Chapman, he was willing to bend the rules to get the right outcome.
It’s why Hank Voight has withstood the test of time—despite some questionable approaches over the years—as the hero that Chicago not only wants but needs. For the most part, he makes the city a better and safer place. He gets the bad guys any way that he can. The reputation that he has is there for a reason, and while many might not agree with his decisions and tactics, he’s also respected for a reason. He’s resourceful and provides results, and isn’t that what you want from the men protecting you?
Some of the best episodes of PD are when they go off-book. It might not always be what’s right in the eyes of the law, but it is what allows them to do the job that they are so good at. Why would he want to blow his own operation before he even had a shot at proving himself? If he went by the book, he would’ve cemented Julia’s fate and Morales’ case would’ve been rescheduled, allowing for the possibility that justice would never be served and that a dangerous and violent man with zero regard for other human beings would walk away.
Voight couldn’t just stand around and allow Morales to get away with killing yet another person.
I’d think Chapman would be grateful that someone is willing to do the dirty work considering how much this case meant to her personally, but I’m not surprised she’s weary and feels complicit. She wants the verdict and the charges to stick, and if anyone found out what Voight did, that might not happen.
I’m a little bummed that the end result wasn’t a bonding night of drinking and letting loose between Voight and Chapman because, let’s face it, they both need it. And they complement each other so well, even if we veer away from making any romantic connections and keep them strictly as peers who see eye-to-eye. Chapman can stand her own against Voight, which can’t be said for many people, plus he respects the hell out of her.
There’s a good vibe there, so hopefully, they can find their way back to being supportive colleagues who can depend on each other when the pressures of the job get too much. Voight needs someone outside of his own unit—and who is a little closer to his age and mindset—to decompress with! Chapman isn’t Al Olinksy or Antonio Dawson, but she’s gone through her fair share of hardships, and she’s a good person to have in your corner.
Torress and Hailey definitely played a role in helping bring down Morales and find Julia, but it was very much Voight’s show, as he even went dark before going into the safe house, which is something that others would have gotten in trouble for in the past, and that could’ve ended terribly. The decision seemed to stem from his desire not to drag anyone else into a situation that may be held against them in the future, but I do hope he realizes that he can always count on his team—whenever and wherever. They all try to do their best, but if there’s one thing they—and the audience—know all too well is that when it comes to the law, things are never really black and white; we always operate in that gray area, and they’ve gone above and beyond to navigate it the best they can while making decisions that they can live with.
The case was a bit of a race against the clock—not just because of the jury deliberations but also because of Julia’s condition. Morales’ men never planned to return her in one piece, so they didn’t care that she suffered blunt trauma to the head and lost too much blood, which meant that Voight needed to act quickly if he wanted a positive outcome. He was looking for any way in, and he found it when they stumbled upon Ochoa’s cancer-stricken brother at the stash house filled with copious amounts of cocaine. Voight knew he found Ochoa’s weak spot, and he was eager to exploit it at any cost, though, it’s important to note that this was all just a front—Voight never intended to hurt Felipe, they simply used him as a bargaining chip. Voight may take shots, but he never drags down an innocent person to get what he needs.
As a longtime fan of the show, I truly enjoyed seeing Voight kick some ass. It proves that there are still plenty of stories left to tell where his character is concerned—and even though he’s an ever-evolving human, he won’t apologize for being his authentic self. Also, Voight policing in a dress shirt? Chef’s kiss!
Is ‘Chicago PD’ New Tonight? Everything We Know About Season 10 Episode 16
Chicago PD fans, there’s a bit of a wait until new episodes return to NBC.
The police drama will not air a brand new episode tonight (March 8, 2023) as the show goes on a several-week hiatus yet again.
The last episode, Chicago PD Season 10 Episode 15, also the drama’s milestone 100th episode, aired on March 1, 2023, but the next installment, Chicago PD Season 10 Episode 16 won’t premiere until Wednesday, March 22.
There’s no official title or synopsis for the episode, but it is going to be a special as it marks Jesse Lee Soffer’s directorial debut. Soffer exited PD earlier this season in hopes of getting some time behind the camera, and it seems to be paying off as the teaser reveals that fans are in for a wildly good episode.
It kicks off with a jury member informing Voight that he’s been threatened by the suspect’s men, and unless he delivers a “not guilty” verdict, they are going to kill his loved one.
“We’re here to help,” Voight assures him before going to Hailey Upton and revealing, “the second that trial is over, they will have that woman killed.”
Intelligence urgently races against the clock to find the missing woman and save her life—we even see Voight kick in some doors and shout “where is she” as he interrogates someone.
How will it all pan out? We’ll have to wait until later in the month to find out!
For now, check out the trailer for the next episode below:
Chicago P.D. airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on NBC.
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Chicago PD Review – Blood and Honor (1015)
Chicago PD kicked off yet another multi-arc episode, this time bringing back Samantha Beck, a prior kidnapping victim, and her father, Richard, back into the fold.
A quick refresher—we met the Becks on Chicago PD Season 10 Episode 12 after Sam was kidnapped and her father refused to pay the ransom to get her out of the bind out of fear of incriminating himself and his criminal activity.
It’s a case deserving of a follow-up since it was very intriguing, so I’m glad that we’re looping back to it to dig deeper into the fractured father-daughter relationship and their shady involvements.
Ruzek, who was spending the day with Makayla, Atwater, and Jordan, responded to a crime scene that was initially assumed to be a murder-suicide. Immediately upon entering the premise, he knew something was off, and it wasn’t long before he realized the family was poisoned by someone making meth in the “abandoned” building next door.
Surveillance footage from the street connected the crime back to Samantha, who was seen near the unit on several occasions. But since they didn’t have any actual proof of her stepping foot inside, Ruzek decided to go undercover to get something they could charge her with.
Honestly, if I was Samantha, I’d be a little more skeptical of a random guy who just showed up, saved me from a potential rip, and asked for a job, but it’s clear that she’s also desperate for someone to talk to and rely on.
Right off the bat, Ruzek picks up on the fact that things between Samantha and Richard are not exactly on good terms. Samantha doesn’t fit into the drug world. She’s a good mother, so her involvement in dealing meth is questionable. Eventually, Ruzek realizes that she doesn’t have much of a choice as her whole life is connected to her father. He owns her—and everything she has, including her income stream. She has no way to free herself from his grip no matter how much she might want to.
And that’s why she’s so eager to bring Ruzek into the fold because he seems like someone she can trust and rely on. He’s there for her, constantly making sure she’s okay and offering a shoulder to cry on if she needs it.
When Ruzek went undercover, he never thought it would get this personal or that he’d feel compelled to save Samantha, but he knows that none of this is of her own making. He sees through what’s going on and wants to help her, but unfortunately, it’s not possible without burning himself.
The line between personal and professional bleeds, even more, when Richard invites Adam for a little chat to underscore that he’s a white supremacist (Adam agrees that they’re on the same team though we know that couldn’t be further from the truth) as Ruzek promises to keep tabs on Samantha and update Richard on everything she does. It’s extremely weird, but if Adam wants to earn his trust and not raise any flags, he has no choice.
And unfortunately, he’s going to be in it for the long haul. On the day of the deal, Adam is pulled away when Sam runs into a problem with her son Callum, who is being brainwashed by his racist grandfather. Once again, we see the personal and professional lines blend as Adam has no choice but to stick by Samantha and help her, which means he’s unable to provide any insight into the deal going down.
Their only hope of getting anything is through Samantha, so Adam must stay undercover a bit longer and get closer, working her in any way possible.
It’s also the exact reason why they tell you not to let it become personal when you’re undercover because it’s going to pain Ruzek to turn her in. He knows he can’t save her since she’s dealing meth—especially meth that killed a whole family—but he’s become quite fond of her and truly feels sorry for the predicament she’s been put in.
How will Ruzek handle it?
Will he find a way to tie Richard to the drugs or does he have to bring down Samantha since she spearheads the whole operation? And even then, would she ever turn on her father? My gut tells me she’d take the fall simply so that Callum would have some family around.
Then again, despite the loyalty, she also hates him enough at this point that she might be willing to put him away to save herself and her little boy.
Of course, Ruzek, being a father, also has a soft spot for Callum, the young boy who is so impressionable and caught up in the dangers and darkness of a situation that life has dealt him, much like Makayla. These are two kids who don’t deserve the cards that were dealt.
The episode ended on a bit of a cliffhanger, and with a hiatus until March 22, it’ll be a while before we see how things resolve, especially since the upcoming episode doesn’t feature Samantha at all. I guess this is what it must feel like to be undercover for a lengthy time.
There was a brief mention of Burgess’ mental health between Ruzek and Atwater, and it’s nice to know that she’s finally being open about her struggles and trusting her partners enough to confide in them and seek out their support. We all know she and Atwater go way back, so he deserves to know what’s been going on.
What did you think of the Ruzek-centric case? It’s kind of nice to see him get the spotlight without Burgess.
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