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.”
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
Chicago PD Season Finale Review – The Other Side (8×16)
This may have been one of the best Chicago PD finales ever.
Emotions were running high on Chicago PD Season 8 Episode 16 as Intelligence raced against the clock to find Burgess, who was kidnapped by a dangerous crime ring.
And they found themselves a unit divided.
Reform has been a major topic this season as Intelligence navigated a world where they were forced to follow rules and do things by the book, and it was a point of contention when it came down to rescuing Burgess.
Ruzek and Voight were down to do whatever was necessary to bring her home, but that attitude didn’t sit well with Atwater and Halstead.
Ruzek threw caution to the wind as his only mission was to save his girl and bring her back home to her daughter, Makayla.
He called out “gun” when there was none, he pointed a gun at an innocent man’s head simply to get him to talk, he and disregarded warrants at every turn.
It was a bit reckless, but understandable considering the circumstance.
And yet, he should’ve never been allowed on the case in the first place as he was too emotionally invested and had too much on the line.
Despite their on-again-off-again relationship, Burgess is the love of his life. He would move mountains for her. And there’s not a doubt in my mind that he would kill for her.
Atwater tried to level with him, but Ruzek was filled with blind rage and fear.
Instead of getting through to him, he provoked Ruzek even more, and in turn, he said some pretty hurtful things to him in the heat of the moment.
It was unfair of Ruzek to call out Atwater for not doing everything in his power to save Burgess.
Ruzek’s decision to go all in to find Burgess made sense for so many reasons but mostly because the Superintendent just lost her son because they waited too long and followed the rules.
He wanted to avoid the same fate for Burgess.
Time was definitely of the essence considering how ruthless Kent and Roy were.
Personally, if it was my loved one’s life was on the line, I’d probably take the same approach as Ruzek.
Yes, you can get answers if you break the rules and threaten people, but they didn’t even try to exhaust their by-the-book options first.
Ruzek and Voight were too quick to gravitate towards doing whatever was necessary when, in the end, Jay and Atwater’s plan yielded the best and quickest results.
It took them less time to locate the Buick via foot grid than it did for Voight to beat the location out of Roy.
In fact, Roy never gave it up. All it did was work Voight up and force Upton to cross a line.
In this case, violence was not the answer.
Chicago Med Season Finale Review – Dr. Choi Gets Shot (6×16)
The stakes were at an all-time high on the Chicago Med Season 6 finale.
Dr. Choi’s life hung in the balance after he was shot in the chest by Neil, a delusional patient that Dr. Dean Asher treated against his will on Chicago Med Season 6 Episode 14.
For those who need a refresher, Asher removed Neil’s appendix when he became unconscious, which Neil said meant that he was forced to live in a simulation forever.
The man is clearly delusional and likely should’ve been given help before being discharged after his procedure.
But since he didn’t, he ended up shooting the Chief of the ED.
Since Dean felt personally responsible for the shooting, he took it upon himself to treat Dr. Choi even if it meant clashing with all of the hospital staff.
Seriously, is there a doctor that Dean hasn’t butted heads with?
His intense course of treatment didn’t sit well with Will, April, or Sam Abrams, and they were sure to let him know.
It’s one thing for a doctor to be confident in his treatment methods. In fact, it’s awesome when every doctor has a different approach and they all talk about the best course of action.
But it’s completely offputting when a doctor allows his egotistical side to take flight and doesn’t listen to anyone else’s advice, even an expert in his field.
And that’s exactly what Dean did.
He didn’t mince words or care about anyone else’s opinion. And though he ended up making the right call, there were definitely better ways of going about it.
In fact, Dean kept gaslighting every single doctor and nurse, including Choi, who was only in the parking lot because he was concerned about Dean’s questionable behavior towards patients. When he brought it up, Dean turned it on Choi and suggested he was only coming after him to “knock him down a peg.”
Dean is literally unable to take responsibility for his own actions, so it makes it that much more concerning that Goodwin enlisted him as the interim Chief of the ED. That is definitely not going to sit well with anyone.
That is if there’s anyone left for Dean to manage.
April got her acceptance letter to the nursing program, so it’s safe to say that we won’t be seeing her walking the ED halls.
And since Yaya DaCosta isn’t returning next season, I was surprised that the series chose to reintroduce her romance with Choi. Maybe she just wanted to express her feelings for him after seeing him almost die, but if they aren’t going to get back together then what’s the point?
Torrey DeVitto is also leaving the series, but the way her storyline ended made sense.
After Halstead took the fall for stealing the Kender trial drugs and giving them to an unauthorized patient, Goodwin fired him. She explained that it was yet another incident of reckless behavior, and she wasn’t completely wrong. Halstead has a pretty messy track record that has put the hospital at risk multiple times.
This time, he broke Goodwin’s trust, lost Gaffney profits, and hurt many patients who could’ve benefitted from the trial.
When Nat found out that Will took the fall for her, she ran to Goodwin and came clean.
However, does it really matter?
Nat may have taken the drugs initially, but when Will found out, he didn’t report her. Instead, he stole more drugs to help her mother. His actions were just as inappropriate as hers, so I’d argue that Goodwin was right in her decision to fire him.
In fact, they should both be fired as this isn’t either of their first times stepping out of line.
However, you know Goodwin will reinstate Halstead and fire Natalie, which will naturally lead to her exit from the series.
On the plus side, they found a viable heart donor for Natalie’s mother. And although the heart wasn’t perfect, it still gave her another shot at life. There were a few moments where things seemed dicey, but everything turned out great in the end.
Some might even say everything Natalie did, including putting her job in jeopardy, was worth it.
Natalie and Crockett’s relationship may be over, sadly, but it helped Crockett break out of his shell. He was forced to open up, trust, and give love another chance. He’ll forever be grateful to Natalie for giving him that.
My least favorite storyline included Dr. Charles and the Russian patient, who assaulted his landlord after a rat infestation.
The writers introduced another Russian doctor, Micah, to help with translations, who ended up being an alcoholic, I think? It was all confusing and random.
When Dr. Charles confronted Micah, he elaborated that back in the Soviet Union days, political dissidents were diagnosed with “sluggish schizophrenia, which allowed them to be sent to psychiatric institutes.
But instead of offering help, psychiatry was weaponized. Those who defied the government were essentially tortured in these establishes, which is why Micah freaked out when he woke up and saw that he was admitted. He was suffering from PTSD. It’s definitely a heartbreaking situation, but it was random, and though they tried to connect it to Neil’s delusions, it fell flat.
And finally, Maggie’s secret is out in the open. I’m glad she didn’t tell Vanessa the truth because she knew she needed to respect her boundaries, but Vanessa figured it all out on her own.
I feel like the writers kind of glossed over this storyline a bit and rushed it. They definitely could’ve replaced the Russian storyline with more on the Maggie and Vanessa front.
We didn’t know much about Vanessa or if she knew she was adopted, but when she confronted Maggie, she revealed that she knew and never wanted to seek out her birth mother.
And despite mentioning that she found it strange that Maggie was so drawn to her, we don’t really know how Vanessa figured out that Maggie was her birth mother or even felt the need to do some research into Maggie.
However, now that they’re both on the same page, they can move forward. Vanessa informed Maggie that she didn’t want anyone to know the truth because she didn’t want them to think that she only got the job because of her connections. Maggie respected that, though, she probably should’ve told her that Goodwin already knows.
Now, the ball is in Vanessa’s court, so we’ll see where this relationship goes from here. At least Vanessa called Maggie out and let her know that what she did wasn’t right and a total breach of trust!
Alright, I’m turning it over to you! What did you think of the Chicago Med finale?
Chicago PD Review – The Right Thing (8×15)
The penultimate episode of Chicago PD gave us an action-packed hour that tapped into Superintendent Miller’s personal life for the first time ever.
Voight was introduced to Miller’s son, Darrell, on Chicago PD Season 8 Episode 15 and got way more than he bargained for following the meeting.
Darrell sought Voight out because he needed his help.
When Intelligence took on Darrell’s case, they thought it was going to be a quick case to help out a friend who was in way over his head with a local drug dealer, but instead, they unearthed something much more sinister.
Darrell didn’t survive the hour, but it wasn’t because Intelligence didn’t do their best to save him; it was because Miller was adamant that Voight and his team do things “by the book.”
There are times when doing things by the book pays off, and other times when it’s required to bend the rules a little to ensure that a life is spared.
In this case, it was an ugly lesson for Miller that sometimes, the law doesn’t always work in your favor.
Voight may be too eager to bend the rules on occasion, and admittedly, some of his methods and approaches may be unconventional, but he’s also the best at his job.
It’s why he runs Intelligence, and it’s why he has one of the best teams on the force.
Intelligence knows what they’re doing, so why not let them do their job?
Asking for forgiveness later would’ve been much better than living the rest of your life feeling guilty that you contributed to your child’s death.
Darrell made some pretty terrible choices, there’s no denying that.
It seems that making bad choices and getting into trouble has been a recurring theme throughout most of his life.
And it didn’t help that no one seemed to take Darrell seriously. From Atwater to his mom to Kent, Darrell kept being told that he was essentially a privileged screw-up.
It’s not surprising that he was so determined to make things right and prove everyone wrong.
I think that constantly being told how messed up he was likely also prevented Darrell from being upfront with Voight, Atwater, Ruzek, and the team.
It’s obvious that Darrell knew more than he was letting on about what was happening inside the strip club.
Sure, he wanted to pay off his debt, but he also knew that Kent and Roy were trafficking underage girls and wanted to help them.
When Atwater and Ruzek told him to lay low, he didn’t listen because he wanted to save Sasha.
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