Was that finale everything I had hoped it would be? No. The death wasn’t shocking. It didn’t rattle my bones the way I hoped it would. Everything turned out ok, which was predictable. Nothing really had me craving answers. I must say I really enjoyed the part where Dick Wolf depicted the Chicago police in the most accurate way– fat, stuffing their faces, completely oblivious to the robbery that’s happening right in front of them. For once I felt like it wasn’t just something I mentioned every time I saw them parked up at Dunkin Donuts, but someone was actually realizing that this happened all too often. Thankfully, Burgess was not put in intelligence and was on the scene to protect our city the way a cop should!
Back to the important stuff! This week we were dealing with a huge pain in the butt named Charlie, who appeared randomly out of Linday’s past and clearly, didn’t change one bit. Last week Lindsay introduced Charlie to Travis, a son he didn’t know he had with Linday’s best friend Annie. Bringing him back into Annie’s life was obviously a huge mistake because Lindsay walked into a domestic abuse situation. Charlie wasted no time beating the crap out of Annie. But it was Lindsay who he was trying to get to.
While he was rotting in prison and exiled from the city, Annie was happily raising his son while Lindsay became a police officer. Clearly, not a fair trade. Charlie was back to do some dirty work and he needed Lindsay to get him what he wanted. If she didn’t, he would rat out the huge secret he had on her— back when Lindsay was 16, Annie killed a boy named Ricky Sandoval and she helped him remove and bury the body. If this got out it would literally ruin Lindsay and the career she’s worked so hard for.
Charlie’s return was eating away at Lindsay. But duty called and the unit got called to a crime scene where tons of water gel explosives had been stolen. I feel like Lindsay had an inkling that Charlie was behind it, but she didn’t say anything. Instead, she confided in Jin to find off-the-books access to the water city planning and zoning commission blueprints, which she planned to hand over to Charlie as part one of her duties to keep him from talking. She probably wouldn’t have confided in anyone, but Halstead got a little caught up with the man of the hour himself. He paid Mouse (his ears in the city) to get him a meeting with the guy who was looking for some goods. That guy turned out to be Charlie and he totally recognized Halstead. The confrontation between the two guys was uncomfortable, frightening and awkward. Halstead sensed something was up and asked Rozek to stall while he confronted Lindsay about it. She kept reassuring him that she had it handled, but let’s be serious, she was crumbling inside. She eventually confided in Voight. I didn’t really understand why she was so hesitant. Sure, the dirt that Charlie had on her was bad, but it’s not like Voight didn’t know about her past. He’s the one that saved her, gave her another chance. If anyone in this city could help her out, it would be Voight.
Watching her tell her father figure the truth was brutal mainly because she was so ashamed of her past. Lindsay and Charlie were once lovers. She was 16 and he was 25. Her father was in jail, her mother stopped coming around and she pretty much fell into Charlie’s hands. He was her savior and she owed him for putting hot food on the table. But that was then and this is now and now Lindsay is a completely different woman. A strong, honorable woman who had to deal face-to-face with her past. She had to finally face the consequences of her actions. The unit moved out to bust Charlie and his guys before they had time to rob the jewelry store. While Charlie was getting arrested, he screamed that he wanted to testify on the murder of Sandoval in 2002.
Back at the precinct, Voight wanted to lock Charlie up but first, Lindsay wanted to have a few words. Sure, he could give his statement about the murder of Sandoval but Lindsay would testify that she was the one that killed him. She wasn’t going to let her best friend get separated from her son. When he complained that she had this whole new life while he rotted in prison she finally admitted that she saved him from being drowned at the bottom of the lake (presumably by Voight). Instead, she pleaded for his life and made a deal that sent him out of town. The smart thing to do would be to give up Red (the guy he was working for), get one year in prison and than start over as a good man when he got out. Charlie took the bait and admitted that Red was hiding out in the BY. All the detectives were trying to figure out what the BY was when Nadiya recalled getting sent to work to an abandoned parking lot in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. Bingo!
Rozek went to check it out and was immediately spotted as an introducer. Gee, could it be the red checkered shirt your wearing bro? The intelligence unit came right as they started shooting at him and Lindsay and Voight went on a speed chase after the van. Long story short, they shot the tires, the van flipped over, Halstead almost got shot if it wasn’t for Lindsay who saved his life by shooting their target. It was a comforting moment for the partners, knowing that no matter what they had each others back. At the headquarters, Lindsay thanked Halstead for being there for her and helping her out. “That’s why you have backup,” he told her grinning. Charlie was right. Halstead has this fiery look in his eyes when it comes to Lindsay. Without words, without admittance he loves her unconditionally and I cannot wait until the writers get to explore that. Especially, with the whole ‘no dating co-workers’ rule in place.
Meanwhile, Antonio was fully recovered from his gunshot wound (what a speedy recovery) and was more than eager to get back to work. Thank god Voight laid down the law that all he would be doing was manning the desk for a couple of days to make sure he was better. After the season he’s had, its not surprising that his wife doesn’t want him to work for the unit anymore. Any wife would become scared that she might never see her husband again. But, you also can’t take someones passion away from them. Antonio lives and dies for this unit so her nagging him about taking it easy and not stressing was doing just that to him. Saying he was snappy was putting it lightly, especially when he was tasked with mundane jobs like picking up Nadiya from rehab because Lindsay was so swamped with work. Although this task was one with a happy end. Just like Voight had once given Lindsay a second chance, she was giving one to Nadiya and this time she promised she wouldn’t blow it. I actually feel like after today, she might become very useful to the unit given her street smarts and ins with the thugs of the city. Seeing their friendship blossom was truly inspiring and really proved Lindsay’s character. Unfortunately, Antonio’s day wasn’t so good. He survived without getting shot, but his heart was broken upon arriving home and reading a note that most likely explained why his wife packed up the kids and left. When season 2 premieres I’m sure we’ll find out that she gave him an ultimatum. Either he choses her or the job. It’s going to be a sticky situation for him as he loves both probably equally.
Atwater was having a pretty tough first day at intelligence. First off, Olinsky made sure he knew that he didn’t deserve the spot as much as Burgess did. Than got shit for not taking orders and than when he finally got his source to let him talk to one of the big players in the explosives robbery, Halstead blew it by revealing their cover. Atwater might be good police, but he’s not as clever as he should be for intelligence. I have a feeling that Voight might be disappointed in his choice pretty soon. Burgess also wasn’t having a good day with her new, lazy partner (mentioned previously). She also gave Rozek a hard time when she ran into him thanking him for not letting her move up to intelligence. Yet the tension between these two never disappeared. After her long shift, Rozek came by her apartment to say sorry along with ‘I like you and I miss you’. That was enough to seal the deal as she passionately kissed him and than they worked their way down to the bedroom. If she can’t have intelligence, she might as well have the boy right? There goes any and all hope that he will ever get back with his fiancee. But it was a good moment for Burzek shippers!! What happens if another spot frees up at intelligence though? Will Voight finally see that everyone in his unit is falling in love and just let it be?
Nah, probably not. Voight may be loving but his trust was broken this week after he found out that Jin was snooping around on his computer, before finding him at a secret meeting with Stillwell. He allowed Jin to explain, but wasn’t impressed even when he admitted that Stillwell was threatening his father who was busted at an underground gambling casino and owed him a lot of money. Before the episode finished ending the first season of the hit drama, Jin called his father to leave Chicago before downloading all of his computer files, saving them to a hard drive and sending them to someone. Stillwell perhaps? Did he know lying was going to get him killed? It sure seems like thats what he was getting ready for. The next morning he was found dead. Stillwell called Voight to the scene of the crime asking if this was one of his men. Voight did what he does best. He looked Stillwell right in the eye and said yes, it is. Not even shocked that Jin was dead. Why? Because he killed him. We were told the ending was going to reveal something disturbing about Voight and it did. If you crossed him. If you betrayed him, he would get rid of you just like any other joe shmo. It did not matter if you once worked for him. If Jin had been honest, Voight would have probably been able to offer his father much better protection than Stillwell. But he chose to be faithful to the enemy– the one who wants to do everything in his power to bring Voight down. Voight played his cards right as always. He made good with Stillwell giving him what he wanted- a cut from the money he takes of the streets. He got rid of Stillwell’s informant and the traitor in his unit and the one man who could ever testify against Lindsay as he was the one who stole the blueprints for her. While Jin’s death was sad, I see why Voight felt it was necessary and it didn’t have this impact that it was suppose to have. Jin never felt like an integral part of the intelligence unit. He won’t be missed, but his skills definitely will be.
What did you think of the finale of Chicago P.D? Were you impressed? Are you excited for season 2?
Chicago PD Season Finale Review – Kevin Atwater Faces a Troubling Ally From His Past (7×20)
It’s been a hot minute since we got a Kevin Atwater-focused episode, but it wasn’t surprising that he found himself torn and conflicted after being thrust into yet another black vs. blue debate.
Atwater has always known that when it comes to matters of black versus blue, there’s a bit of a gray area that doesn’t lean in his favor.
While I’ve been wanting the series to give Atwater the ability to explore different moral conflicts, at the same time, the episode was so powerful and relevant, that I can’t bring myself to complain.
It also sets up an interesting dynamic moving forward as it pins Atwater (with the backing of Intelligence) against high-ranking officials in the police force.
And it perfectly and necessarily highlights the corruption that goes on within an institution that should be (keyword) trusted by all citizens of different walks of life.
In my review of Chicago PD Season 6 Episode 13, I noted that whenever an episode focuses on Atwater, I find myself with this “pit-of-my-stomach anxiety that I can’t seem to shake,” and more than a year later, that still rings true.
As in previous episodes, LaRoyce Hawkins brought his best work to navigate a particularly layered and emotionally complex episode.
Atwater was forced to work alongside a troubling ally Tommy Doyle. You might remember him as the racist cop who previously pointed a gun at him when he was undercover, so we knew things were bound to get ugly. We just didn’t know how ugly.
Doyle went from being a street cop to a detective following his messy altercation with Atwater because clearly, Chicago rewards racist behavior.
Kenny assured Voight that the promotion was because Doyle was hard-working and didn’t have anything to do with the fact that he came from three generations of cops, but we know that’s not true.
His problematic behavior was excused and a blind eye was turned because of the people he knew.
Now, I’m not saying all of his friends and supporters are equally as racist as he is, but his father did make a rather questionable comment about Kevin’s “great Irish name,” so do with that what you will.
At first, Doyle and Atwater played nice. Doyle apologized for what happened in the past (which Atwater forgave but did not forget) and even jumped in to save Atwater’s life while undercover by standing in front of a gun.
Atwater is a good, professional cop who always puts aside his personal conflicts, so it wasn’t surprising that they swiftly took down the head of the illegal gun-trafficking ring.
Doyle figured the win called for a celebration and despite Atwater’s objections, the two went to grab “one beer.”
Man, I wish Atwater just went home to have the chill night that he had planned instead.
At first, I couldn’t figure out where the storyline was headed when Doyle began bringing up the past during their drive.
One thought was that Doyle simply putting on an act and would try to lash out at Atwater when they were alone.
Chicago PD Review – Ruzek Witnesses a Kidnapping (7×19)
Intelligence brought their A-game on Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 19 as a twisted case left audiences questioning which father was the good father.
Both Wade and Gary were trying to find their children, and initially, it was difficult to see which father was doing the right thing.
From the outside looking in, Gary’s situation did not look good since he orchestrated a kidnapping to find his son, Dylan, and held Charlotte at gunpoint.
When he initially reached out for help, the cops immediately wrote him off because his son had a history of drug abuse and mental health issues.
It’s the same argument that Wade tried to make to discredit Dylan. He called him a “troubled kid” who was making up stories and even said that Gary was trying to blackmail and shake him down.
Also, let me point out that PD’s portrayal of the detective that presided over Gary’s missing person’s report was your classic slimebag in some knock off ’80s looking detective suit.
It was hilarious in contrast to Atwater and Rojas, two detectives who understand the plight of the underprivileged and less fortunate.
It’s the very reason why they didn’t immediately believe Wade was a saint simply because he had money and looked presentable.
The first warning sign about Wade was that he said he was living a good and “honest” life while still being considered the “richest man in Chicago.”
Intelligence has been in this business long enough to know that when you see a man who owns a furniture store and lives in a mansion, you should be a little skeptical.
There were a few likely scenarios that I thought would come into play like Wade being involved in some shady criminal activity or owing someone money.
Turns out, he was involved in something shady, but it wasn’t the kind of shady I imagined.
While Wade seemed like a worried and concerned father at first, the man lost all credibility when he lied to Voight about not knowing that his daughter was missing.
From that point on, Wade’s lies simply kept adding up until Voight had absolutely no reason to trust anything he said.
And for good reason. Wade’s main goal wasn’t to find his daughter or to save her, it was to protect himself and his secret. It’s exactly why he entrusted his own security guard to find Charlotte rather than getting the cops involved.
He knew if he called the cops, they would find out the truth.
It was shocking to see how many lies Wade would spin when the truth was already out there: he killed a man so that he wouldn’t be outed to his family.
You know it’s bad when the cops trust the kidnapper over you.
Wade was a disgrace of a man and father. He was going to allow someone to shoot his daughter so that he could keep his secret.
I can understand wanting to protect your family from the truth, but Wade’s secret was out already, there was no turning back, and simply telling the truth could have saved his daughter and ended this mess, and yet, he still couldn’t own up to it.
I kept thinking that the plot would take another twist and that Wade wouldn’t be responsible for Dylan’s murder, but sadly, that never happened.
Chicago PD Review – Rojas and Upton Get In Trouble with Voight (7×18)
We finally got an Upton and Rojas team up on Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 18, but it wasn’t what any of us were expecting.
Both ladies tried to take matters into their own hands and ended up on Voight’s bad side, which, if you remember from my review of Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 17, is not a pleasant side.
While Rojas had a few anxiety-inducing missteps this episode, which largely stemmed from a loved one being involved in a major case, much of Voight’s anger was directed at Upton.
And she deserved it.
I don’t know what got into her, but where was the Upton who always keeps Halstead in check?
Instead, she got personally involved in the case because she wanted to help Rojas and made an extreme decision that triggered Voight. (Fans were probably pleased to see that he’s still got it!)
Voight was upset for a few reasons. For starters, because Upton was a superior who should have known better.
And unlike Rojas, who immediately acknowledged that what she did was wrong and apologized, Upton never felt bad about it.
She naively assumed she had the same authority as Voight.
Her judgment was clouded by her desire to put Gael away and get Reyes the deal, so she did what she had to do and planted fake evidence without showing any remorse.
While Gael deserved what was coming, it wasn’t Upton’s place to plant evidence merely to get justice. That sets a dangerous precedent.
Cops need to be held to a standard and uphold a moral code. If Upton is so comfortable crossing this line because it benefits her and a friend, will she be able to see the line the next time around?
If she had done it with Voight’s permission, it would have been a slightly different story since Voight would have taken the rap. Plus, he’s in a position to make such calls, but she specifically went behind his back and made the decision herself without even looping him in.
Then, instead of owning up to it, she explained that she thought it was what “he would have done” knowing damn well she kept it a secret because Voight wouldn’t have allowed such behavior.
Voight has never wanted his unit to go down the same path he has, and I love that he didn’t think twice about showing her tough love.
It shows that there are some rules he won’t break, but also, that he cares enough about Upton to intervene.
Now, I don’t watch Law & Order: SVU, but it would be really great if she actually got to guest-starred on an episode since he volunteered her to the New York team. Does anyone know if that’s happening?
Since Rojas was personally involved in the case, it made us automatically more invested in the plot because the stakes were higher.
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