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Chicago P.D- The Dock (1×14)

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“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 – Voight Becomes the Victim (1112)

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Chicago PD Season 11 did not come to play! Through the course of 11 seasons, fans have seen it all—and been through it all with the detectives working in Intelligence, but Voight getting taken by the serial killer he’s been obsessively chasing down takes the cake!

The Sgt. Voight somehow got outplayed—and it’s equal parts disappointing, concerning, and intriguing. These writers know what makes good TV. It’s also a change of pace to see someone like Voight end up as the victim. We always see them in these powerful positions, dominating crime scenes, dictating how situations will turn out, and demanding that criminals and suspects be held accountable, but now, we’re seeing him on the other side.

Voight has gotten what he’s wanted for some long—facetime with the serial killer terrorizing the streets of Chicago. It’s likely not the way he wanted this to unfold, or how he imagined the situation would go down, but it’s the unfortunate twist that it took as the suspect realized that the cops were on his tail and needed to regain control of the situation.

What he failed to anticipate is that Voight’s team was following a lead that he thought was no longer viable. Right before Kiki’s tragic death—and it pained me to hear that she didn’t pull through after being filled with so much optimism about the future just mere moments before she was gunned down—and before she could reveal who her informant was, she mentioned a key piece of information that was enough for Hailey Upton to go on. Upton located Kiki’s John, who previously told her that someone in his family was a serial killer, which is how she knew so many of the personal details of the case that weren’t made public. 

While Bobby wasn’t immediately comfortable with sharing, he eventually disclosed the name of his cousin’s husband, who blabbed about his love of torture when he was intoxicated, allowing Upton to pinpoint lockup keeper Frank Matson. 

He was right there, in front of them, the whole time, with access not only to all the victims upon cross-referencing, but to intel, cameras, and everything in between. It only makes sense that this person was close to it all having been able to get away with so much. Hiding in plain sight truly is one of the best ways to pull off a crime of this nature. 

And, now, he’s moved in on Voight, who found himself drugged with some kind of paralyzing agent after his trip to the bar. I wish that before he fell unconscious, he gave anyone on his team a ring to let them know he wasn’t feeling well, but, he tried his best, even locking the door after himself. Matson, however, was one step ahead—as he had been this whole time—breaking in, before creepily checking Voight’s eyes and pulling his frozen body to another location.

Once Hailey arrived to check in on Voight, she knew something wasn’t right. And once again, Matson takes the lead in an investigation that’s now racing against the clock. 

The team is currently searching Matson’s place, as his poor wife seemingly didn’t know anything was wrong, though, I’m willing to bet his daughter has some insight. The girl looked like she wanted to spill.

But Matson has proven time and again to be pretty crafty, so tracking him down might be very difficult, especially with Voight’s life on the line adding additional pressure. 

Will the team be able to pull it off? I’ve not heard any murmurings of Jason Beghe leaving the series, so odds are they will get to him in time, but the case, which has already taken an emotional toll on him, might leave a permanent mark. To be honest, all I want to see is Voight get his revenge and justice as Matson burns in hell—and as we race toward the season finale, this seems like a really fitting plot to finish on, all while lending itself to Upton’s inevitable exit.  If there’s anything to convince you that a career change is healthy and necessary, it’s seeing your boss almost get murdered by a serial killer. And, as we’ve seen with her vulnerable chats with Petrovic (who I am now convinced will join Intelligence after commenting on the “family vibes”), Upton isn’t in a great headspace to begin with so she’s going to need to take a step back and find something that allows her to move forward without all the baggage she’s been carrying from her childhood and divorce from Jay.

Also, with Chicago PD Season 11 Episode 12 being Jesse Lee Soffer’s (remember him?) directorial debut, I have to give him a shout-out for a job well done. The episode kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time—and that’s not an easy feat for a show 11 seasons in, but no one knows these characters better than the man who spent so much time on the show! 

What did you think of the episode? Did you expect Voight to become the next victim? Share your thoughts now! 

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Chicago PD Review – Water Line (1111)

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CHICAGO P.D. -- "Water Line" Episode 11011

Kevin Atwater just can’t catch a break—and this second case is no exception.

Chicago PD Season 11 Episode 11 was an Atwater-centric episode—typically my favorite—but it just piled even more pressure on one of Intelligence’s most promising detectives. 

Atwater was carrying a lot of the burden for Corey Westbrooke’s death, and while I understand Mrs. Westbrooke’s frustration as she sees Atwater as a contributor to her husband’s death, it’s a shame that she couldn’t also see how much it was affecting him and how badly he wanted to right the situation without being able to go back in time or undo his actions. He wasn’t responsible as he did the best he could under the circumstances, but he still felt like he owed the family something, a sentiment she didn’t seem to share, as she threatened to get him fired if he came around her family again.

The new case found Atwater also heavily invested, as his former CI, Butchie, known for lying, promised to give him intel on a three-man robbery crew responsible for the death of a cleaning lady named Marcela. 

Butchie turned out to be personally involved, as revenge was the name of the game—revenge on the crew for leaving his young cousin at the scene and allowing him to get killed. 

Atwater tried to be the voice of reason with Butchie, informing him that revenge wouldn’t change anything nor would it stop the pain he felt for losing his cousin Marcus, however, one thing that Trudy (and I love that she was the one to comfort Atwater and instill him with some much-needed advice) told him is that Atwater is not responsible for the actions of others. 

When Butchie chose to pull the trigger and kill Kurt Hudson, the leader of the robbery crew, he made his bed and sealed his fate. There was nothing more Atwater could have done—and it was no longer his burden to carry. 

Trudy was also right about one thing: the fact that he feels guilt and continues to care is actually a good thing as it’s what makes him such a good cop. It would be concerning if Atwater wasn’t affected by his cases, but it’s not healthy to let that take over and fester. Just imagine if they carried every loss, mistake, and death with them, allowing it to cloud their judgment. 

Atwater may blame himself for Corey’s death, but the truth is that he did the best that he could in the situation and acted on instinct. That’s all anyone can really hope for when jumping into unknown territory. 

Not every case is going to be a win for the good guys, unfortunately, but that’s the way the world works, and he needs to find a way to channel all that pain and emotion into a purpose. It’s the fuel he needs to keep going rather than a hindrance. 

Atwater wants to carry the weight of the world, but as Trudy noted, he cannot let it drown him—what good would that do?

After all these years, it’s amazing that these cases are still able to take such a hold on Intelligence officers, but it just proves that they are human as well.

Take Voight, for example. He hasn’t stopped his quest to find the serial killer that’s evaded captivity, even explaining that his detour to Detroit last week was in search of information, only to come up empty-handed. 

However, as we inch toward the season finale of PD–a pretty stellar season all around—a new witness comes forward in the promo, with information that the serial killer is a police officer, which is a game-changing twist that’s sure to deliver an intriguing end to this multi-episode arc. 

Along with the final comes the inevitable departure of Hailey Upton, which is sure to leave fans an emotional wreck. 

She mentioned that Petrovic is taking a leave of absence to deal with her addiction, but stills from upcoming episodes show her back in action in no time. Will she be the reason Upton decides to leave Intelligence? Will Petrovic take her spot in Intelligence?

What did you think of the episode? Do you think Atwater should show himself some grace?

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Chicago PD Review – Buried Pieces (1110)

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Haily Upton hasn’t been everyone’s favorite character throughout her tenure on Chicago PD, but episodes like Chicago PD Season 11 Episode 10 remind me why she’ll be sorely missed. 

“Buried Pieces” was a heavy and gripping installment (the series really always succeeds with this formula), allowing Upton to not only help a mother-daughter duo in need but also extend a helping hand to Petrovich, the SVU officer with an alcohol addiction, all while facing her own demons. And she did it while stepping in and running point during Voight’s absence (and I hope he’s taking some much-deserved time off lounging on a beach somewhere, though I know he’s probably just trying to solve the case of the serial killer on his own time.). Throughout the hour-long episode, we peeled back many layers, all of which worked together seamlessly. 

The catalyst for the case was an aptly named little girl named Hope, who brought to light a case from years past about a missing 14-year-old girl named Ruthie. At the time, they chalked it up to a runaway situation as the young woman was pregnant by her teen boyfriend, but Hope’s reappearance at the precinct with a note from her mother asking for help to be freed from a man they referred to as “the monster” reopened the case. 

Petrovich was one of the officers who worked the original, and though she proved to be helpful this time around, her drinking had quite a negative impact. 

Upton covered for Petrovich—and honestly, I was puzzled by the choice at first. It was clear her drinking was becoming a huge issue, and I have no idea how people didn’t realize it sooner, but there’s also a concern that it was going to get worse because she was so passive about it. Petrovich never saw it as a problem because she didn’t want to. 

Upton’s assistance was a liability; she owed her nothing, yet we’ve seen time again that Upton loves to get involved and take care of the wounded birds due to her own past. Helping others is a wonderful trait, but not at your own expense. 

So, I was glad that Upton finally gave Petrovich two options, both of which forced her into confronting her demons head-on. It’s true that you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink, but in this case, it was the reality check that Petrovich needed. It showed her that someone cared enough to see past her addiction and want her to seek out help. She’s a good cop, but you can’t be a good cop only after having a few drinks. It’s just not the way it works. 

Eventually, Petrovich kept her word and checked herself in willingly after assisting on Ruthie’s case.

The hunt for Ruthie was nerve-wracking as the offender, Daniel Benitez, wasn’t anywhere in the system. He was essentially a ghost with there being no trace of him anywhere, and they likely wouldn’t have made a break in the case if it wasn’t for Hope… again.

She saw an opportunity and took it, informing Upton that her grandmother, Sonia, was “pretending,” which piqued Upton’s suspicions. Turns out, there was something very off about the grandmother, whose “happy to have her granddaughter” shtick was nothing more than an act. The minute she realized the cops were onto her, she bolted for the door, and an acquaintance who was initially cleared in Ruthie’s disappearance sang like a canary when confronted, informing police that she sold her own daughter to sexual predators. I wish a motive was provided as it was a really jarring realization. 

From there, Intelligence had everything they needed to find Ruthie. When they got to Daniel’s place, they shot him on sight, but there was no sign of the mother. Upton wasn’t going to give up, knowing that Ruthie had to be around here somewhere and likely trapped in a small space, which ended up being the air conditioner. 

The mother-daughter duo were eventually reunited—and though it will likely be some time before they work through all that trauma, it’s nice to see a happy ending on Chicago PD, especially in light of so many grim storylines on the series, for a change. 

What did you think of the episode? Will you miss Upton?

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