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Chicago P.D- A Beautiful Friendship (1×15)



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?

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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 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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