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Chicago P.D- My Way (1×13)

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This weeks Chicago P.D felt like a completely different show than last week. There wasn’t even a mention of what happened in the crossover episode. Instead, the focus was on our favorite hispanic drugster, Pulpo. Think back two weeks ago when the intelligence unit was hunting down a man named Munoz. They sent in Nadia and Burgess as undercover prostitutes to bust these guys, but Munoz somehow got away. Well, the protective forces of Chicago now want to use Pulpo as a resource in capturing Munoz once and for all.

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Obviously, Antonio is against this for many reasons, one including the kidnapping of his son in the first couple of episodes and the death of his partner. Voight also doesn’t trust Pulpo and he sure has reason not to. Before Pulpo even agrees to speak, he has a huge list of demands that need to be met. He than tells the intelligence unit that they need to send Antonio as Tico, one of Pulpo’s guys. The plan is to drive a truck full of cocaine, to some other guy, who drives it over to the warehouse, where Munoz will be. They can capture him and all is well. But, once the force gets to the warehouse, the gangsters tell them that Munoz would never have shown his face here. Apparently, these two are rivals. Voight flips out on Pulpo for lying to them and sending them on a false trail, while risking the lives of one of their own… again!

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Meanwhile, Lindsay and Halstead are doing some research to see if Pulpo had anyone close that they could manipulate him with. They track down a number that he called 144 times right before he got arrested. It leads to a woman, who convincingly admits that Pulpo was a stalker and wouldn’t leave her alone. “I hope he rots in hell,” she exclaimed. It was super convincing and she would have totally gotten away with it, if not for the little kid who came around the corner and looked totally like Pulpo’s child. The agents brought Pulpo’s girlfriend and son to the station, and used her as bait. In order to keep his loved one out of jail and his son out of the foster care system, he needed to tell them the truth about how to get to Munoz. It seemed to do the trick.

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Pulpo explained that Munoz was going to try to kill a man during a mexican festival at the Aragon Ballroom. How was he so sure? Because the man was the last person standing in Munoz’ way. Once he would be dead, Munoz had full ownership of the cartel. The unit took the story to be true and met at the carnival the next morning. It didn’t take long for Munoz to fire shots into the crowd, harming some of the man’s bodyguards. Voight helped them duck for cover, while Halstead and Olinsky tried to shoot Munoz down. Munoz was taken down, unfortunately with a bullet to the head.

Aside from the action, Charlie, an old friend of Lindsay’s paid the station a visit. He looked and smelled of trouble, especially considering her past. She finally encountered him when leaving with Halstead and you could tell, he was someone she did not want to see. Apparently, Charlie was a guy she used to run with, and by run with, she means deal and do drugs. When Voight got wind of Charlie’s return, he kind of flipped out on Lindsay explaining that the deal was that he would take her in and give her a life as long as Charlie never stepped foot in Illinois again. Why is he back? What could he want with Lindsay and her friend Ana? I smell trouble!!!

pdIn other relationship news, Rozek made it very clear to Burgess that while he might have been sending her mixed signals, that was going to stop because he was going to work on his relationship with Wendy. Leave it to a pretty guy to be a complete douche about the way he treats women, right? Poor Burgess had really fallen for him, so she was obviously devastated. Srgt. Platt told her to splash some cold water on her face and tell herself he was never really hers.  Technically, he wasn’t. She had fallen for a man that was engaged. But that didn’t make it hurt less. She confided in her partner, Atwater, who told her that there were better fish in the sea. Yet, karma’s kind of a bitch. Wendy came by to the station a couple of hours later to tell Rozek that she was going to move in with her folks for a little. Trouble in paradise? Oh yeah. No, she didn’t find out about his little crush on a co-worker, but she did realize that he was different now. She never knew when he would be home, if he would be safe. This unit had changed him and they just weren’t working anymore. She handed the distraught Rozek the ring back. It wasn’t long before he asking Atwater if he had seen Burgess. Props to Atwater who told Rozek to stay away from her because he was messing with her head. “So either you leave her alone, or me and you will have to get into it,” he declared. You go boy! Put Rozek in his place! *sigh* men!

pd1Voight continued to have problems with the people above him, mainly Stillwell who was watching his every move and complaining that he wasn’t putting enough people behind bars because he was making side deals with them on the street. Obviously, there was a rat in the intelligence unit and Voight believe her name was Sumner. There was two shocking revelations surrounding this story line. One, Sumner is actually dating Stillwell. Gross times twenty! I’m assuming that’s how she got placed in the unit. Their encounter revealed that she was his side chick, as his relationship with his wife was falling apart. He wanted to spend some time with her, but she’s a feisty woman. Not until that divorce is final dude! Surprisingly though, she isn’t the rat! She might be involve with him romantically, but she’s a legit cop/ detective and she’s staying out of it. The rat is actually Jin, the tech guy!! Isn’t that shocking?! The secret meeting between Jin and Stillwell revealed that he has been spilling Voight’s secrets this whole time. Ohh when Voight finds out! He’s going to owe Sumner a huge apology!!

And of course, the last couple of seconds were key in this episode as they set up next weeks season finale!! (When all the finale’s air, I’m going to be totally brain-dead). The detective watching over Pulpo promised that he was going to let him see his family before they took him back to the prison. Antonio was against it, but ultimately had to oblige. The last we see is Pulpo hugging his kid, who didn’t seem to like his father too much. (I don’t blame him). Than Pulpo hugs his wife goodbye. What happens next, we can only speculate. Rounds of shots are heard throughout the precinct. When Voight and the rest of the IU make it downstairs, they see that Pulpo has escaped with his family and there’s officers down, including the Detective and Antonio, who is shot unconscious holding a gun in his hand. How did Pulpo do it? Did his wife help? How are they going to find him now? It’s going to be Voight’s top priority and from the previews, it looks like he isn’t following rules when it comes to one of his own! What does that mean? It means that when found, Pulpo isn’t going to jail. He’s going ten feet under!!!!

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Chicago PD Review Season 11 Episode 8 – On Paper

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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

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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

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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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