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?
Is Adam Ruzek Leaving ‘Chicago PD’?
Following Chicago PD Season 5’s finale, it’s understandable that fans are worried about Adam Ruzek’s fate as it hangs in the balance.
Questions and concerns immediately began popping up, with many wondering if Patrick Flueger is leaving the series.
For now, it’s unclear as the episode that ended the season left things on a bit of a cliffhanger in terms of Ruzek’s health.
During the episode, Ruzek, who was working undercover for months to thwart Richard’s, a white supremacist’s deadly terrorist plan, blew his own cover to Richard’s daughter, Sam, who was trying to skip town after her dad moved up the date for his attack.
Ruzek and the Intelligence team then convinced Sam to inform on her dad and his crew in exchange for immunity for herself and her son, Callum, which she did.
He then advised them to pack up their things and head over to a safe house, which she proposed as a little getaway to Callum. Unfortunately, Cal was so brainwashed by his grandfather that he immediately called him to let him know that his mom was trying to leave.
When Ruzek approached him and saw him on the phone, Cal pulled out a gun. Ruzek tried to diffuse the situation but Cal pulled the trigger, hitting Ruzek in the abdomen. He immediately started bleeding out and collapsed to the ground. Once Sam realized what was happening, she grabbed her son and made a run for it, leaving Ruzek alone to die. Thankfully, he was able to reach Kim Burgess and within minutes, he was in an ambo on his way to Med.
Unfortunately, once he went into surgery, the doctors provided no additional updates, though Platt assured a very concerned Burgess that they got to him quickly.
It’s tough to say if Ruzek will survive, especially with so many Chicago PD and Chicago Med exits happening this year, however, Ruzek is one of the fan-favorite characters, so I can’t see him leaving the series anytime soon. He’s strong and he’s a fighter, and he has a lot to live for—he just made things official with Burgess, he’s a father to Makayla, and he’s an integral part of Intelligence.
My guess is that he will survive the surgery, but he’ll be sidelined for a bit and will likely have to go through some rehab and therapy in the same way Burgess did after her near-death experience.
This seems to be a still from an upcoming episode that shows Ruzek still alive post-surgery—though unconscious—with Burgess by his side, which is promising.
While I can’t say anything definitively, I firmly believe that Adam Ruzek is not leaving Chicago PD just yet. And we likely won’t know more until Chicago PD Season 9 returns in the fall.
You can read our Chicago PD Season 10 Episode 22 review right here.
Chicago PD Season Finale Review – A Better Place (1022)
That was a heavy episode of Chicago PD—and it was a heavy case for the Intelligence unit, one that has been building to this point all season.
Chicago PD Season 10 Episode 22 did not play out as I thought it would, but I think it’s safe to say that it didn’t pan out the way any of the officers thought it would, including Adam Ruzek.
Ruzek was working this undercover case for months—and it was grueling, taking a toll on his mental health and wellbeing.
He dedicated so much of his time, spending day in and day out with Richard, Sam and her son, Callum, and away from his own family, only to have absolutely no new information or details about this “plan.”
All he really knew was that Richard was a white supremacist who was trying to push his views onto his grandson, and he was orchestrating some kind of massive plan that would include multiple targets and casualties—it was later revealed the targets were Black elementary school children.
And it was all going to be set into motion one morning when Sam frantically called to tell him she was skipping town because her father moved up the date to that morning. I think Ruzek should’ve realized that it was strange that Richard didn’t call him since he was supposed to be running point on the plan, but he was also so invested that he was desperate to get any information. He knew that this man was dangerous and he needed to stop him at any cost.
So, when Sam threatened to go rogue, he jumped in and blew his cover, which wasn’t ideal, but it was the only option he had at that moment. If he let Sam go, so would his shot at getting any information.
The unfortunate thing is that Ruzek wasn’t paying attention to Callum, or, rather, he underestimated him because he was just a child. He knew Richard was trying to influence Callum, but he didn’t realize the hold he had or how deeply manipulative Richard actually was. Richard also seemingly didn’t trust Ruzek as much as Ruzek thought he did, so there were a lot of hiccups that may have been eliminated if he just kept a closer eye on them. That being said, I can’t imagine living two lives and trying to make sense of all of it in the limited downtime you have left. Ruzek was pulling double duty and he was feeling the pressure of it all.
The only thing that convinced Sam to talk was immunity for her and her son, but again, she was also naive to what was going on with her son when it came to her father. She wanted to protect Callum and do what was best for him, but she didn’t realize that her father had already dug his claws into that boy in a way that was not going to end well.
Sam was suspicious of everyone except her own child, who was the easiest target for Richard as he had his undivided attention and trust and could brainwash him without even lifting a finger.
When they proposed going away for a trip, it was my first thought to follow Callum upstairs to make sure he wasn’t making contact with his grandfather. Why did that not occur to Ruzek? Again, I think he just underestimated that boy because he’s a child, but as Sam mentioned, hate is a thing that’s taught. Callum was taught all these ideologies that his grandfather truly believed, and he didn’t know any better, so he believed them as well.
And when confronted by Ruzek, he sensed danger and took the shot. It was the hardest thing to watch because Ruzek was genuinely trying to help that boy.
He believed in them, he believed in Sam—he stood up for her when everyone suggested that she needs to be punished for her role the plan—and when it came down to it, not only did her son shoot him, but she turned her back on Ruzek and left him there to die.
I was convinced that maybe there was a redemption arc here for Sam, but while she knew what her father was doing was wrong, there was no hope for her. She was already a monster. Her intentions were to protect her kid, but she went about it the wrong way. She made an enemy out of the people that were doing her a huge favor.
It’s true that Adam lied to her, but if she put those feelings of betrayal aside, she’d realize that leaving him there to potentially bleed out would not end well for her, nor was it the way to keep her son safe.
And the real enemy, her father, was out there and on his way to claim her son, the son that Ruzek vowed to protect above anything else. Why in the world would she ever think she could outrun the truth and that it would somehow make this already terrible situation better?
Thankfully, Adam was able to wipe the blood off of his fingers and reach Kim, though it was tense there for a second and I was, admittedly, very worried about him.
Ruzek went into surgery immediately, and while there’s no word on his condition, I’m of the mindset that if Burgess survived her near-death experience, he will too. And now, they’ll be able to bond over this as I’m sure the trauma of what happened will stick around with him for a while. Kim has already done all the work, so she’ll be able to be a source of support.
Before losing consciousness, Ruzek made Burgess promise that she’d get to Callum before Richard, and she made sure to do right by that promise.
Ruzek has a big heart, and honestly, it’s his Achilles Heel sometimes. That being said, it’s also the reason we love him—Ruzek extends so much care and concern for the children in his life. He bonded with Callum, he saw how special he was, and he couldn’t let anything happen to him.
Unfortunately, the situation got messy rather quickly as Sam took way too long to surrender, and by that time, Richard already found them. Again, I don’t know what lead to such poor decision-making on her part and why she wasted so much time when her father was a constant imminent threat.
Voight arrived in the knick of time to stop Richard from escaping with Callum, but it was clear that this wouldn’t be an easy win for the cops. Usually, when someone is being held hostage, they don’t actually want to go with the person, but Callum did want to go with his grandfather. We saw the extent of how effective Richard’s brainwashing was as Callum agreed that he was ready to die for the cause and had pure hatred in his eyes while staring down the cops who were threatening his grandfather.
And then it happened—the final blow, a shot taken by Atwater. It was a necessary and valid shot, but unfortunately, it also cemented all of Richard’s beliefs right in front of Callum’s eyes.
His grandfather was shot, with no remorse, by a Black police officer. It reinforced everything he’s been taught because all he saw was race. It lit a hatred inside Callum unlike any other. And it was eerie because you could see all of it happening through sheer glances. If looks could kill, Callum’s would burn a hole through Atwater.
It’s going to be hard to reset Callum’s way of thinking now, which is unfortunate. I could see him restarting his grandfather’s operation and finishing what he started, and that’s a terrifying thought.
It’s unclear if this is the last we’ve seen of them, but I hope it isn’t. I hope we see what happens to Sam. Will they walk back the immunity deal? And how will they handle Callum since he did shoot a cop intentionally? The “he’s a child” excuse can only go so far, but it’s evident that this might not be a one-off behavior. Will therapy be able to reverse the damage? I doubt Ruzek would ever press charges, but it’s also a security issue if Callum is simply let go to let all that hatred fester. And where will he go if his mom is arrested? There are a lot of lingering questions.
As for Ruzek, well, I genuinely hope he pulls through. This is not the way to go out, especially after he just made things official with Burgess.
I do, however, think this moment will inspire Burgess to get married to Ruzek when he finally gets better. It’s not only the “life is short” realization (though that surely comes into play), but since she wasn’t his wife, she wasn’t given any information nor was she allowed to go any further. You could see that really took a toll on her considering the strength of their bond.
What did you think of the episode? Are you surprised with how things ended with Richard? Do you think Ruzek will survive?
Chicago PD Review – New Life (1021)
Dante Torres (played by Benjamin Levy Aguilar) had a lot of important decisions to make when his old life of crime bled in with his new life as an Intelligence officer.
On Chicago PD Season 10 Episode 21, things got personal for Torres, and it allowed audiences to get to know him on a deeper level.
We might feel like he’s been around for a while, but the truth is, he’s still very much the new guy so there’s a lot to explore with his storylines and background.
This one was particularly interesting because it lifted the veil on his past life working for Aritza, a well-known dealer in the neighborhood.
People change, they grow up, and they get their priorities straight—the man that Torres is now and the young man he was back then are not the same. However, the reason he’s a cop is still very much the same as why he agreed to work for Aritza in the first place: to protect his people.
When Torres got the note on his car, he acted immediately and called for backup to help Aritza even if it threatened his new gig. He tried to keep his connection and relationship with Aritza a secret, but he still pursued the case because it was the right thing to do.
Again, Torres is new, so there isn’t that established trust between him and Voight just yet. Torres was sure that he would be fired once they found out about his past—he never considered that Voight would understand and help him keep it in the past.
Voight also wasn’t sure if he could completely trust Torres. When Torres was threatening Vega, Voight stood back and watched to see how he would handle it or if he’d cross a line. It was all new territory for them, but the one thing that was evident is that Voight wanted to believe in Torres. He also saw himself in Torres’ tactics as it felt like something right out of the Voight-playbook.
The moment, tense and nerve-wracking as it may have been for everyone (including Torres, who didn’t know if it would be enough to get Vega to crack), established an understanding between them. Voight realized that Torres was a man he could rely on, who never actually killed anyone and only understood how waterboarding works because he endured the trauma to get out from under Aritza’s grasp. And, in turn, Torres realized that Voight would always have his back when it mattered.
The episode also explored Torres’ fractured relationship with Mia. If you’ll recall, Torres was previously responsible for putting her brother, Quico, behind bars, which meant that they were no longer on speaking terms despite knowing each other all of their lives. It underlined just how much Torres has sacrificed to pursue a career with the Chicago police department. His neighborhood and the people in it have all basically turned their backs on him, though he explains that there are some people who respect and trust him; he’s either the hero or the enemy— there is no in-between.
Torres is basically going through the same situation that Atwater faces time and time again with his community thinking of him as a traitor rather than someone who simply wants to serve and protect and prove that not all cops are bad cops.
Mia ended up being the one who sent Torres the note as she felt guilty for inadvertently causing Aritza’s death. She explained that she needed money so she took a job for a rival leader, Sergio Navarro, and thought that all she had to do was flirt with Aritza. Instead, she ended up luring him to his death.
Thankfully, by cooperating with the cops, she was able to avoid any charges, which was honestly kind of surprising since she still played a role in the murder.
While Torres vowed to protect her and keep her safe, she made the smart decision to leave Illinois as she was staring down a life of crime. There was nothing good waiting for her here and she would likely benefit from a fresh start. And though Torres didn’t want to let go, it was for the best. Sometimes, you can’t reconcile two parts of your life—and that’s why so many people date their co-workers on this show!
We’re learning so much more about Torres, and though I liked him from the get-go, I appreciate him even more now. He’s also a welcome shake-up to the team and someone that offers a different perspective on things.
He was the reason that they found out that Upton was missing in the previous episode, and she made sure that he understood that she was there for him if he ever needed it. Everyone on that team has gone through it in some way or another, so they understand what this job can do to a person if they don’t have the proper support. I’m glad that there’s a team camaraderie here that extends to the new guy!
The upcoming episode is the season finale, and we’ll finally get closure on the undercover gig that Ruzek has been working! How do you think it will all go down?
Did you enjoy the Torres-centric episode?
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