“Chicago will bounce back. She always does.”
Don’t you love it that Voight refers to Chicago as she. Like she’s the love of his life, little ole’ Chicago. And when she’s in danger, you can bet your ass he will do everything and anything to protect her. Even if it means not taking orders from command in higher places than him! Here’s our review of part 2 of #OneChicago, the crossover episode between Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D.
We start off right where we left off last week. Shay has collapsed from her wound and is taken into the operating room ASAP. Meanwhile, Amanda Righetti’s character (and I don’t know her name) is frantically panicking around the E.R after her nine-year-old sister suffered major brain swelling. Burgess’ is in the room next door, troubled with her niece’s inability to recover after losing her liver in the explosion and suffering from major internal bleeding. Let’s just say thing’s are not looking to good.
The intelligence unit is obviously trying to find the monster that’s capable of committing such a crime. While the rest of the officers are looking into a possible lead– a group of diplomats from Syria who are suspicious because they were transporting fertilizer, the I.U is interviewing hospital patients for a possible lead. After scanning prints from the earlier bomb they’re lead to their first suspect Ted Powell. After finding him in their directory, they realize there was about four others involved in Powell’s huge plan. Soon Powell releases a video on some anti-government websites, which declares war on the Chicago Fire and the Chicago P.D as a result of an attack on his household ten years go, which put his father in prison for life and killed both his mother and father. The bombing was a revenge mission.
What’s even worse? The initial bomb wasn’t suppose to go off at 8 a.m, it was suppose to go off at 8 p.m! The bomb that Mills diffused was actually set to go off at 8:30 p.m. These times indicate that they were aimed at the police and fire department gala. Looking through pictures of the other four suspects, Olinsky recognizes one of them as a patient he spoke to earlier. They find him checking out and politely ask him to step aside so they can ask a few more questions. He swiftly pulls out a knife and hold it up to Lindsay’s neck, threatening to kill her if anyone comes close to him. What does he have to lose, he asks? Thankfully, Mills is standing behind him and is able to knock him over the head so Lindsay gets free and they put him in handcuffs. No one has time to play at this point especially not Voight, who takes him into a secluded room in the hospital and uses his tactics of beating the information right out of the criminal.
Meanwhile, Dawson visits the suspects father in prison to see if he can get any leads on Powell’s plans. Unfortunately the trip is unsuccessful as his father might be even more disgusting and deranged than his son. Obviously, he’s locked up for a reason. These people all have pretty big issues! The father admits that he’s proud of his son’s actions and begins explaining how the police force went to the dogs when they started letting minorities in. Clearly, the guy is a complete racist and he’s directing his comments at the hispanic officer trying to make a deal with him for information. At this point I thought ‘man, I could never be a cop, I’d probably beat the crap out of this guy,’ but than Dawson did just that, so I guess I have a shot.
The I.U goes off to Powell’s warehouse in hope of finding some new clues to help them put a rest to this horribly sad day in Chicago. Upon arrival they find that all the doors have bombs ready to explode behind them. Their only way in is through the roof. Halstead and Rozek volunteer to risk their lives and go inside, where they find their next big clue. There’s actually a third bomb that was set up in a white van. Logically thinking, this bomb would probably detonate at 8:30 p.m as well, since their original plan had gone haywire. If Powell was in fact targeting to police and firefighters, where would he place the third bomb? Most of them wouldn’t be attending the gala that evening as they were all busy working on trying to fix this mess. They’d all be at the headquarters. The gang speeds through the streets of Chicago in an attempt to find the white van, alerting the bomb squad that their services will be needed ASAP.
Rozek and Olinsky spot the van, but it isn’t white.. it’s been painted blue. This Powell guy really tried to cover his bases. Halstead spots someone on the rooftop of an adjacent building, and he and Lindsay rush over, running up the stairs to the rooftop to catch him. A shooting spree ensues before Voight literally walks in and shoots Powell in the chest. Voight does not play! Powell has some disturbing things to say about how today was a successful day which makes Voight hang him off the building, before the bomb squad sends the okay that the bomb was detonated. Powell is arrested and the case is closed!
The I.U had a long day for sure trying to track this guy down, but its the firefighters and doctors who worked tirelessly to clean up the mess– pulling people from the debris and healing their wounds. Dr. Arrata breaks the news to the parents of the little girl, that while the brain swelling has gone down, she’s on life support and has zero chance of surviving. While they’re heartbroken, he explains that her blood type matches that of the other little girl (her friend) who needs a kidney donation to save her life. They agree because that’s what their daughter would have wanted. It’s really such a tough scene to watch because you know what the right thing to do is in this situation, but how can it ever be right? He performs the procedure which goes well and Burgess breathes a sigh of relief with all of her colleagues surrounding her.
The ending scene is really the only lighthearted one this week. Severide knocks on Lindsay’s door after a hard day and the two embrace each other passionately, before Lindsay makes one request; he has to stay the night. After today, he wouldn’t have it any other way. Just another day in Chicago. For a crossover episode, I was pleasantly surprised, holding my breathe in anticipation and nervousness the entire time! Well done Dick Wolf & co., well done!
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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