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Chicago P.D.- 8:30PM (1×12)

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“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.

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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.

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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.

chipd3The 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!

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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.

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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!

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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 Season 11 Episode 6 Review – Survival

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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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Chicago PD Season 11 Episode 5 Review – Split-Second

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Is 'Chicago PD' New Tonight? Everything We Know About Season 11 Episode 5

Atwater does it again, but that’s really no surprise. Kevin Atwater episodes of Chicago PD are consistently the strongest—delivering complex issues, a riveting performance, and making us all question why LaRoyce Hawkins isn’t allowed to take the wheel more often. 

And would it kill them to give him a love interest so he doesn’t have to carry this burden all on his own?

On Chicago PD Season 11 Episode 5, Atwater responded to a robbery in progress on Jeweler’s Row, but the situation quickly escalated as the robbers proved to be dangerous and careless, firing shots that killed the store owner and hit an innocent bystander, who ended up bleeding out to death.

The moment was one that haunted Atwater for much of the episode, as the wife of Corey, who was trapped between the safety door, blamed Atwater for making a conscious choice to try to save the owner over her husband. 

And she’s not wrong—Atwater went to check on the other man, allowing the impenetrable doors to close, preventing him from rendering life-saving aid to Corey. 

He was filled with instant regret knowing that his choices could’ve made a difference, and while we know that it’s simply Atwater’s personality to want to take accountability, the case showed that sometimes, despite our best efforts, we can’t change the outcome. And we can’t save everyone. 

It wasn’t stated in the episode—and Atwater said time and time again that he didn’t know why he chose to check on the owner instead of Corey—but my guess is that he didn’t imagine that the doors would be impossible to break through. He likely also felt that the injuries of the owner may have been more extensive than Corey’s, and felt the need to prioritize helping him. 

At the end of the day, he followed his gut in a split-second, trying to make the best decisions for everyone, and there’s not much more you can ask for when it comes to the person responding to a critical situation. 

He went back to the scene of the crime, retracing his steps an replaying the situation over and over in his brain, making himself feel guiltier, particularly when he found the keys under the shattered glass, which could have bought Corey the necessary time until the paramedics arrived, but that’s all hindsight and doesn’t change what happened. Atwater can learn from it, but he needs to let himself move on for his mental health, especially as Voight pointed out that there is no handbook on who you should save first. 

Atwater’s regret aside, the episode was action-packed as they tried to identify the two robbers, who were leaving behind a trail of victims during their heists. The key person to helping them make a break in the case was Teresa. They knew she saw one of the suspects as there was video footage of her looking him in the face before he put his mask on, but when confronted, Teresa insisted that there was a “glare” and she saw nothing.

Considering the suspects took off with every victim’s driver’s license, I’m not surprised Teresa chose to stay quiet as she feared retaliation against her family. She already lost her husband, and she didn’t want to put her husband in harm’s way. 

While Voight’s tactics of pushing her to talk or charging her with obstruction of justice may have seemed harsh, it was necessary to motivate her to help them make a break in the case. (I’ll be honest, I first thought that Teresa was keeping the suspect’s identity a secret because it was someone she knew/someone connected to her son, so I was glad that wasn’t the case.) 

But the sad reality is that even if she hadn’t identified the suspect, they could’ve still come for her to silence her since they knew that she saw one of their faces, which is exactly what happened. They didn’t care if she sold them out—if she could, she needed to be taken care of. Working with the police and giving them what they needed sooner may have ensured her safety as they could’ve caught the bad guys, but I’m also not surprised that there’s a distrust of police, in general, but also specifically for Teresa.

Teresa felt betrayed by Atwater since he didn’t save her husband—it’s all she could focus on. Not to mention that even though Atwater told her that they would have units watching her house until the bad guys were caught, he couldn’t guarantee her safety as the moment one of the suspects broke into her home, no one was stationed outside of her home because they were switching shifts. They dropped the ball, and if it wasn’t for Atwater’s quick thinking, it could’ve cost her and her son their lives. 

Atwater went above and beyond on the case, as he felt a sense of responsibility to the family, but he also found himself with conflicting emotions after he shot Aiden and asked Teresa for assistance with putting pressure on the wound, which she refused to do because “he didn’t deserve to live while her husband died.”

And, quite honestly, as a victim who is grieving a major loss and feels betrayed, I totally get where she’s coming from. This is a man who killed her husband and who broke into her home to kill her and her child without a second thought. If Atwater wasn’t there, he wouldn’t have shown her any mercy, so why did she have to take the high road in this case? 

On the other hand, Atwater is not in a position to pick and choose who he saves. He has sworn to serve and protect—so while he stopped the suspect from hurting someone else, he also has to render aid and do everything to prevent the suspect from dying. Atwater did his job, even if the outcome wasn’t fair. And honestly, when is life ever fair? 

As we’ve seen time and time again on Chicago PD, there are many inner struggles that come with being a cop, and no one feels guilter, harbors more regret, or is harder on themselves than the cops that find themselves in those tricky situations, toeing the line between right, wrong, and necessary. 

Thankfully for all of us, Atwater has always excelled in those storylines, rising to the occasion every single time. 

What did you think of the episode? 

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Is ‘Chicago PD’ New Tonight? Everything We Know About Season 11 Episode 5

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Chicago PD fans, you’re going to have to wait an additional week until new episodes return to NBC.

The police drama will not air a brand new episode tonight (February 14, 2024) as the show is skipping a week before airing a new episode, likely due to Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday cutting into potential live audiences. In its place, the network will be airing a rerun of the season 11 premiere episode

Chicago PD Season 11 Episode 5 will return to your TV on Wednesday, February 21, 2024. 

Thankfully, a synopsis for the next episode has already been revealed, along with a teaser, so fans can know what to expect. The wait will be worth it as the episode, titled “Split Second,” will be the first of the season to focus on Det. Kevin Atwater (played by LaRoyce Hawkins), who always delivers an outstanding performance!

Here’s the official episode tease: “Atwater turns to an unlikely source of support when a string of jewellery store robberies shakes his confidence.”

For now, check out the trailer for the next episode below:

Chicago P.D. airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on NBC.

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