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Chicago PD: What Do You Do (2×15)

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I’m glad Chicago PD tackled a subject that rings true in Chicago… “you’re exactly what’s wrong with Chicago,” he tells a thug who puts too much energy into crime and killing than into becoming anything else. As Burgess got her and her partner into a little bit of a situation this week, the writers were able to address issues of racisms and entitlement… and pretty much made it be known that while there are some bad apples in the bunch, not all police are bad police. Some actually do care about people, despite their color…. but only the people worth caring about.

Everything kicks off during Burgess’ morning routine at a local breakfast spot. Some man in a tux tells her precisely what order she gets every morning, how much she pays and even how she pays. This gets her thinking that he life is in a rut. Should she have really rejected intelligence? Is she doing anything productive with her life? All valid questions, but probably not for someone who is about to go work a dangerous beat. Her need for validation, for adventure, for a meaningful life gets the best of her. When she sees what may be a crime in progress, she decides to take it on instead of calling in for backup…. the way smarter option.

Turns out, Burgess was right. The man did have a gun.. and he now has in pointed at Roman’s head. He forces the cops to give up their guns and radios, which is something cops are trained never to want to do. Obviously, this is their “safety.” Without it their as good as dead. He orders Roman and Burgess to get inside, but as Roman does, he locks the door behind him. Multiple shots can be heard and we’re all left wondering if he’s even alive.

Instead of going to go call for backup, Burgess breaks into the building through the back. Okay, I’m going to come right out and say it– this girl did not make the smartest choices this week. Despite needing to save her partner, she totally put herself in danger. How was she going to fight back without a gun? Would it have hurt to run across the street and put in a call to intelligence? Probably not… but this is a show right?

Inside, she finds Roman unconscious, and begins taking care of his wound before getting attacked by the Asian gunman. He’s shot point-blank by a black gunman, but the problem isn’t over. He then begins bossing Burgess around because he doesn’t care if they get out of here because he’s “dead inside.” Burgess tries everything in her power to convince Aubrey to let her go. He spins the tune of “police pick on me because I’m dark skinned” and then get’s mad when she tells him that the majority of deaths aren’t by police, their by kids shooting other kids. This whole scene really irritated me because it was just so absurd. Burgess is simply telling the kid the truth and he accuses her of calling him an animal. Like did that even happen? No. At this point, I lost any remorse for the kid, no matter what his sappy back story was.

Someone comes knocking on the door and Burgess lies and tells him there is a whole room full of police inside, which scares the homie off. With a phone in her hand, she tries to call 911, but Aubrey catches on. He’s then angered even more when Roman regains consciousness and tries to reach for a pipe to hit him and kicks him multiple times in the ribs. I literally have never felt so bad for a cop. Aubrey then points the gun at Burgess thinking she betrayed him and that’s when her bravery really shone through. “If your going to shoot me then shoot me but quit pointing the gun at my face,” she says. And she realizes, Aubrey may want to kill her. May want to end things, but he isn’t a killer and he won’t shoot her. She storms away from the pointed gun, grabbing Roman and telling Aubrey she’s leaving to get help and she’ll willingly turn a blind eye.

As she’s about to escape, two more thugs with guns roll through and order her to close the door. Seriously? Aubrey’s internal bleeding catches up to him and he collapses to the ground. Turns out one of these monsters is his cousin, so he orders Burgess to save him. She doesn’t know how, but Roman tells him to run to the store and buy wire, a straw and a knife. The other guy gets pissed off however because Burgess now knows both their names and that’s apparently against “street code.”

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Burgess takes all the supplies and saves Aubrey’s life… only to turn her back and have the other thug shoot him. Seriously, no remorse. This episode really showed Burgess’ character and specifically why she’s such a good cop. Even though Aubrey was just pointing a gun at her head, she pushed herself to save his life, while his own friend wouldn’t even think about it. I guess it’s easy to shoot a gun, it’s easy to be a killer. When Burgess called them animals, she was definitely right. And these kind of animals– the ones who shoot their family and friends– don’t deserve to live. Also, the intelligence level of this man is laughable. Two of the moments that made me realize this guy is a piece of shit, “Is that a juicebox? Throw me that.” Um…. is that really what you’re concerned about at this point. Second, “you don’t know nothing about nothing.” Oh how very intelligent of you.

The cousin gets pissed off that his friend shot his cousin for saying his name and he gets lit too. That’s when Burgess grabs Roman and makes a break for it. Homie is not playing. She’s able to drag him to a staircase where Roman tells her to leave. “Do you want to die with me,” he asks her. But of course, Burgess won’t leave. She got them into this mess and she needs to fix it somehow. She can’t just leave him behind, it’s almost guaranteed that he’ll die. She ninja attacks the thug on the staircase and they both fall. Roman picks himself up and sees a gun on the staircase. It takes everything out of him to reach down and get it, but the thug also grabs it and overpowers Roman, turning the gun onto himself. At this moment, Burgess jumps to her feet and pulls out a knife and stabs him in the neck. The thug bleeds to death and we all breathe a sigh of relief.

In the meantime, Ruzek begins to really worry back at intelligence. They’re having a slow day, surprisingly, and he becomes concerned when Burgess skips lunch. He tells Voight his concerns and he orders the whole intelligence team to Burgess and Roman’s last known location. Which actually comes in handy because as Burgess walks her partner down, another Asian thug with a gun is waiting for them. Seriously?!?!?! More of them? At this point, I don’t know who is more stressed out…. me or Burgess. He gets in the van and is about to escape, when he opens the garage door and runs smack dab into intelligence and they are not playing around.

Back at the precinct, Burgess is honored by the Sheriff for jumping into action, bravely saving her partner and bringing down a smuggling operation. I’m guessing they don’t know that she’s responsible for getting them into this mess in the first place. In the end, its about how she handled the situation. She wanted an adventure and she got one. She wanted to feel important and she is. She might have made a mistake, but she didn’t run… she fought till the end. Her and Roman have a great partnership, which is important in this line of duty. 

And the end of the episode, she breaks down crying into Ruzek’s arms and it’s weird to see her so vulnerable. The next day at breakfast, she switches her meal up– a sign that she’s done living a monotonous life and finally embracing that she’s really a bad ass bitch. Anyone else think breakfast marketing man might be a creep/stalker though? After all that, she’s still too trusting.

Other Memorable Moments

  • Lindsay and Halstead are really bad at hiding their relationship. Voight will find out. But is dating your colleague really such a bad thing? If Ruzek wasn’t romantically involved with Burgess, no one would even know their missing.
  • Taser training was fantastic, especially when Lindsay offered to tase Halstead, but didn’t expect him to retaliate. Priceless.

 

Photo Credit: NBC Universal/Chicago PD

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Chicago PD Review – Voight Becomes the Victim (1112)

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Chicago PD Season 11 did not come to play! Through the course of 11 seasons, fans have seen it all—and been through it all with the detectives working in Intelligence, but Voight getting taken by the serial killer he’s been obsessively chasing down takes the cake!

The Sgt. Voight somehow got outplayed—and it’s equal parts disappointing, concerning, and intriguing. These writers know what makes good TV. It’s also a change of pace to see someone like Voight end up as the victim. We always see them in these powerful positions, dominating crime scenes, dictating how situations will turn out, and demanding that criminals and suspects be held accountable, but now, we’re seeing him on the other side.

Voight has gotten what he’s wanted for some long—facetime with the serial killer terrorizing the streets of Chicago. It’s likely not the way he wanted this to unfold, or how he imagined the situation would go down, but it’s the unfortunate twist that it took as the suspect realized that the cops were on his tail and needed to regain control of the situation.

What he failed to anticipate is that Voight’s team was following a lead that he thought was no longer viable. Right before Kiki’s tragic death—and it pained me to hear that she didn’t pull through after being filled with so much optimism about the future just mere moments before she was gunned down—and before she could reveal who her informant was, she mentioned a key piece of information that was enough for Hailey Upton to go on. Upton located Kiki’s John, who previously told her that someone in his family was a serial killer, which is how she knew so many of the personal details of the case that weren’t made public. 

While Bobby wasn’t immediately comfortable with sharing, he eventually disclosed the name of his cousin’s husband, who blabbed about his love of torture when he was intoxicated, allowing Upton to pinpoint lockup keeper Frank Matson. 

He was right there, in front of them, the whole time, with access not only to all the victims upon cross-referencing, but to intel, cameras, and everything in between. It only makes sense that this person was close to it all having been able to get away with so much. Hiding in plain sight truly is one of the best ways to pull off a crime of this nature. 

And, now, he’s moved in on Voight, who found himself drugged with some kind of paralyzing agent after his trip to the bar. I wish that before he fell unconscious, he gave anyone on his team a ring to let them know he wasn’t feeling well, but, he tried his best, even locking the door after himself. Matson, however, was one step ahead—as he had been this whole time—breaking in, before creepily checking Voight’s eyes and pulling his frozen body to another location.

Once Hailey arrived to check in on Voight, she knew something wasn’t right. And once again, Matson takes the lead in an investigation that’s now racing against the clock. 

The team is currently searching Matson’s place, as his poor wife seemingly didn’t know anything was wrong, though, I’m willing to bet his daughter has some insight. The girl looked like she wanted to spill.

But Matson has proven time and again to be pretty crafty, so tracking him down might be very difficult, especially with Voight’s life on the line adding additional pressure. 

Will the team be able to pull it off? I’ve not heard any murmurings of Jason Beghe leaving the series, so odds are they will get to him in time, but the case, which has already taken an emotional toll on him, might leave a permanent mark. To be honest, all I want to see is Voight get his revenge and justice as Matson burns in hell—and as we race toward the season finale, this seems like a really fitting plot to finish on, all while lending itself to Upton’s inevitable exit.  If there’s anything to convince you that a career change is healthy and necessary, it’s seeing your boss almost get murdered by a serial killer. And, as we’ve seen with her vulnerable chats with Petrovic (who I am now convinced will join Intelligence after commenting on the “family vibes”), Upton isn’t in a great headspace to begin with so she’s going to need to take a step back and find something that allows her to move forward without all the baggage she’s been carrying from her childhood and divorce from Jay.

Also, with Chicago PD Season 11 Episode 12 being Jesse Lee Soffer’s (remember him?) directorial debut, I have to give him a shout-out for a job well done. The episode kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time—and that’s not an easy feat for a show 11 seasons in, but no one knows these characters better than the man who spent so much time on the show! 

What did you think of the episode? Did you expect Voight to become the next victim? Share your thoughts now! 

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Chicago PD Review – Water Line (1111)

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CHICAGO P.D. -- "Water Line" Episode 11011

Kevin Atwater just can’t catch a break—and this second case is no exception.

Chicago PD Season 11 Episode 11 was an Atwater-centric episode—typically my favorite—but it just piled even more pressure on one of Intelligence’s most promising detectives. 

Atwater was carrying a lot of the burden for Corey Westbrooke’s death, and while I understand Mrs. Westbrooke’s frustration as she sees Atwater as a contributor to her husband’s death, it’s a shame that she couldn’t also see how much it was affecting him and how badly he wanted to right the situation without being able to go back in time or undo his actions. He wasn’t responsible as he did the best he could under the circumstances, but he still felt like he owed the family something, a sentiment she didn’t seem to share, as she threatened to get him fired if he came around her family again.

The new case found Atwater also heavily invested, as his former CI, Butchie, known for lying, promised to give him intel on a three-man robbery crew responsible for the death of a cleaning lady named Marcela. 

Butchie turned out to be personally involved, as revenge was the name of the game—revenge on the crew for leaving his young cousin at the scene and allowing him to get killed. 

Atwater tried to be the voice of reason with Butchie, informing him that revenge wouldn’t change anything nor would it stop the pain he felt for losing his cousin Marcus, however, one thing that Trudy (and I love that she was the one to comfort Atwater and instill him with some much-needed advice) told him is that Atwater is not responsible for the actions of others. 

When Butchie chose to pull the trigger and kill Kurt Hudson, the leader of the robbery crew, he made his bed and sealed his fate. There was nothing more Atwater could have done—and it was no longer his burden to carry. 

Trudy was also right about one thing: the fact that he feels guilt and continues to care is actually a good thing as it’s what makes him such a good cop. It would be concerning if Atwater wasn’t affected by his cases, but it’s not healthy to let that take over and fester. Just imagine if they carried every loss, mistake, and death with them, allowing it to cloud their judgment. 

Atwater may blame himself for Corey’s death, but the truth is that he did the best that he could in the situation and acted on instinct. That’s all anyone can really hope for when jumping into unknown territory. 

Not every case is going to be a win for the good guys, unfortunately, but that’s the way the world works, and he needs to find a way to channel all that pain and emotion into a purpose. It’s the fuel he needs to keep going rather than a hindrance. 

Atwater wants to carry the weight of the world, but as Trudy noted, he cannot let it drown him—what good would that do?

After all these years, it’s amazing that these cases are still able to take such a hold on Intelligence officers, but it just proves that they are human as well.

Take Voight, for example. He hasn’t stopped his quest to find the serial killer that’s evaded captivity, even explaining that his detour to Detroit last week was in search of information, only to come up empty-handed. 

However, as we inch toward the season finale of PD–a pretty stellar season all around—a new witness comes forward in the promo, with information that the serial killer is a police officer, which is a game-changing twist that’s sure to deliver an intriguing end to this multi-episode arc. 

Along with the final comes the inevitable departure of Hailey Upton, which is sure to leave fans an emotional wreck. 

She mentioned that Petrovic is taking a leave of absence to deal with her addiction, but stills from upcoming episodes show her back in action in no time. Will she be the reason Upton decides to leave Intelligence? Will Petrovic take her spot in Intelligence?

What did you think of the episode? Do you think Atwater should show himself some grace?

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Chicago PD Review – Buried Pieces (1110)

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Haily Upton hasn’t been everyone’s favorite character throughout her tenure on Chicago PD, but episodes like Chicago PD Season 11 Episode 10 remind me why she’ll be sorely missed. 

“Buried Pieces” was a heavy and gripping installment (the series really always succeeds with this formula), allowing Upton to not only help a mother-daughter duo in need but also extend a helping hand to Petrovich, the SVU officer with an alcohol addiction, all while facing her own demons. And she did it while stepping in and running point during Voight’s absence (and I hope he’s taking some much-deserved time off lounging on a beach somewhere, though I know he’s probably just trying to solve the case of the serial killer on his own time.). Throughout the hour-long episode, we peeled back many layers, all of which worked together seamlessly. 

The catalyst for the case was an aptly named little girl named Hope, who brought to light a case from years past about a missing 14-year-old girl named Ruthie. At the time, they chalked it up to a runaway situation as the young woman was pregnant by her teen boyfriend, but Hope’s reappearance at the precinct with a note from her mother asking for help to be freed from a man they referred to as “the monster” reopened the case. 

Petrovich was one of the officers who worked the original, and though she proved to be helpful this time around, her drinking had quite a negative impact. 

Upton covered for Petrovich—and honestly, I was puzzled by the choice at first. It was clear her drinking was becoming a huge issue, and I have no idea how people didn’t realize it sooner, but there’s also a concern that it was going to get worse because she was so passive about it. Petrovich never saw it as a problem because she didn’t want to. 

Upton’s assistance was a liability; she owed her nothing, yet we’ve seen time again that Upton loves to get involved and take care of the wounded birds due to her own past. Helping others is a wonderful trait, but not at your own expense. 

So, I was glad that Upton finally gave Petrovich two options, both of which forced her into confronting her demons head-on. It’s true that you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink, but in this case, it was the reality check that Petrovich needed. It showed her that someone cared enough to see past her addiction and want her to seek out help. She’s a good cop, but you can’t be a good cop only after having a few drinks. It’s just not the way it works. 

Eventually, Petrovich kept her word and checked herself in willingly after assisting on Ruthie’s case.

The hunt for Ruthie was nerve-wracking as the offender, Daniel Benitez, wasn’t anywhere in the system. He was essentially a ghost with there being no trace of him anywhere, and they likely wouldn’t have made a break in the case if it wasn’t for Hope… again.

She saw an opportunity and took it, informing Upton that her grandmother, Sonia, was “pretending,” which piqued Upton’s suspicions. Turns out, there was something very off about the grandmother, whose “happy to have her granddaughter” shtick was nothing more than an act. The minute she realized the cops were onto her, she bolted for the door, and an acquaintance who was initially cleared in Ruthie’s disappearance sang like a canary when confronted, informing police that she sold her own daughter to sexual predators. I wish a motive was provided as it was a really jarring realization. 

From there, Intelligence had everything they needed to find Ruthie. When they got to Daniel’s place, they shot him on sight, but there was no sign of the mother. Upton wasn’t going to give up, knowing that Ruthie had to be around here somewhere and likely trapped in a small space, which ended up being the air conditioner. 

The mother-daughter duo were eventually reunited—and though it will likely be some time before they work through all that trauma, it’s nice to see a happy ending on Chicago PD, especially in light of so many grim storylines on the series, for a change. 

What did you think of the episode? Will you miss Upton?

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