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 Review – Fractures (9×08)
What a stellar hour of Chicago PD!
The case-of-the-week was compelling in and of itself, but Agent North’s poking and prodding around what happened to Roy Walton took it to a whole new level.
North pretended as though he didn’t have much of a case built up, but Voight knew better — he knew that North likely had a lot more information than he was letting on.
And while he knew never to trust a fed, he was also way too confident in the fact that they didn’t have a case.
Voight assured Halstead and Upton that it would be okay when he had absolutely no authority to give out any assurances.
In fact, it was the complete opposite of what he was saying. North not only lit the fire, but he also backed them into a corner.
So, what happens next?
As of now, Halstead is the only one that knows that North — described as very ambitious — dug up Walton’s body.
In fact, he unintentionally led Walton right to it.
Let’s be real — if Halstead was able to retrace Voight’s steps that night and figure out what he did, why wouldn’t an FBI agent dedicated solely to this case?
North made it his life’s work to find out what happened to Walton.
However, it sounds like he also has a personal vendetta against Voight, which makes sense in light of the “he wants to run Chicago” comment that Trudy gave him.
Is the beef more personal or simply North’s way of getting his foot in the door?
Voight is a powerful man in the city, but everyone knows that he’s not a stickler for the rules.
Does North believe he can get ahead if he brings down the all-powerful Voight?
Also, why did Voight think that he was being super slick by using his government-funded vehicle to bury Walton?
Even without a tracker, they can still pull GPS.
Voight of all people should’ve known better, especially if he was going to dish out empty promises.
After pulling Halstead over and bringing him to the scene of the crime, North gave Halstead two options: either he arrests him and Upton for being accomplices or he helps North nab Voight.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that Jay will undoubtedly choose to protect himself and his future bride. After all, this is the clean break they both wanted.
But it’s also not that simple. Despite his disagreements with Voight, Halstead has a deep relationship with him.
They’ve worked together for years and have been through it all. Could he really just turn his back on his Srgt?
Voight has many vices, but there’s also no denying that he’s a good cop. Halstead respects that about Voight, which is one of the main reasons he has stuck around this long.
So, I don’t think it’ll be as easy for him to turn on Voight as expected.
And there’s no way Hailey will ever sell out Voight. She’ll go down swinging before she ever becomes a sell-out.
It’s unclear what the play is.
Of course, there’s always the possibility that they all just own up to it and accept the punishment.
While warranted, as North pointed out, killing Walton and covering it up is still a crime.
Will they practice what they preach?
There doesn’t seem to be an out here that protects everyone, so I guess it’s up to who is willing to walk away from the series.
Much of the show hinges on how Voight polices and runs Intelligence, so I can’t see Chicago PD without him.
However, I don’t think Halstead and Upton have the same protections. We all remember what happened with Antonio and Olinsky.
Though, I wouldn’t be surprised if Voight had another ace up his sleeve. He’s a popular man in the city, which means that he has some powerful connections that he’s been saving for a rainy day.
And right now, it’s pouring.
Typically, I’m able to crack the case-of-the-week early on, but this one threw me for a loop.
A father was murdered in his own home, and while he definitely had some gang ties, the responsible culprits were his two daughters.
Both Candace and Darlene fessed up to the crime with the latter explaining that she killed her father in cold blood to protect her sister.
But Hailey, a self-proclaimed good cop who has dealt with her fair share of bad men, knew in her gut that something was off.
Upon further inspection, it was revealed that Darlene took the fall because Candace was a sociopath who threatened to hurt her too.
I think that little smirk Candace gave Upton right before pleading with her grandmother that she was innocent will haunt me forever.
Did you see how easily she just turned it on?
What did you think of the episode? Are you impressed with Special Agent North? Who do you think will go down for Walton’s murder?
Or will North learn firsthand what happens when you mess with Voight and his team?
Sound off in the comments below!
Chicago PD Review – Trust Me (9×07)
Sometimes, it’s nice when Chicago PD dedicates everything to the case-of-the-week.
I guess you could technically say it was a Voight-centric episode, but I saw it more as a by-the-book procedural that took an opportunity to bring in a new CI, Anna Avalos (Carmela Zumbado to reoccur).
Voight and Anna bonded immediately despite the fact that she wasn’t being upfront and honest with him.
It didn’t help that Voight was in a vulnerable spot as he was celebrating his son’s birthday and still grieving the loss, so he had a lot of attention to dole out.
If anyone understands the desire to get revenge for family, it’s Voight.
And he saw the passion in Anna. He also saw how dangerous it was if it wasn’t reigned in. He knew that he could help her and that it would be beneficial to him as well, so he took her under his wing in the same way he did with Lindsay.
Voight has always been a mentor to people from all walks of life.
And he’s ride or die — when he decides that you’re worth his time, he really treats your right.
I don’t anticipate that Anna will turn her life around and become part of Intelligence, but there was something about her that was very likable.
She was broken and made some wrong choices, but you couldn’t help but root for her.
After losing her family to the Los Temidos gang, she vowed to make them pay.
In addition to the firepower, she’s ballsy and a brilliant CI — her street smarts made her a valuable player in trying to pin down Luis, a member responsible for ripping off his own gang.
When Voight asked her how she knew everything, she point-blank admitted that it was because she was sleeping with Luis. That right there proved that she wasn’t messing around.
We may not have known Anna for too long, but she’s already a well-rounded character.
Despite her lies, Anna also had mad respect for Voight because she did her homework and knew he was the best.
It was an organic partnership that formed, even if it required them to bend a few rules to nab him.
By the end of the hour, there was mutual respect and trust.
The same can’t be said for Voight and Halstead. The writers are really determined to split the fanbase into #TeamVoight or #TeamHalstead.
Though I consider myself to be an ethical person, when it comes to nabbing criminals who have a high body count — did you see how he mauled his own friend Pablo? – a little planting of evidence isn’t necessarily the worst thing in the world.
Anna sped up the inevitable, which allowed Intelligence to get a really bad guy off the streets.
Where’s the harm in that?
I wouldn’t say this is the kind of behavior that should be condoned all the time, but it helped them stop Luis before he did any more harm.
Anna handed them everything on a platter. In fact, Intelligence wouldn’t have had anything without her.
So, why was Halstead so riled up?
His beef with Voight had absolutely nothing to do with the case. He’s upset by what went down with Voight, Upton, and Roy, but if it’s affecting his ability to do his job, then he needs to sort that out on his own.
As they say, leave your emotions and personal matters at the door. Don’t bring that into the workplace.
Halstead’s actions were all over the place. He didn’t want Anna to get killed, but he had no problem burning her, which would have made her as good as dead.
He didn’t think Anna was a reliable CI, but he had no other ideas on how to bring down Luis.
And then his whole chest-puffing with Voight. Listen, if you don’t trust someone, you don’t gear up and head out onto the frontline with them.
That’s putting everyone at risk, including your team.
I’ll be honest, I’m really not vibing with Halstead this season.
While I’ve always admired him for sticking up for what he believes in, being a good guy, and doing the right thing, his behavior currently is naive and hypocritical.
Most importantly, why are Voight’s actions so shocking to him now? He hasn’t changed one bit. He’s always been imperfectly imperfect, straddling the line between law-abiding and lawless and bending the rules in ways that benefit him and help the good guys get the W.
It’s what we love about Voight.
Why is Halstead acting like he hasn’t known this since the beginning?
The trust system is a two-way street when it comes to Intelligence. Voight also needs to trust the people he’s working with and he needs to be able to rely on them.
Who does Halstead think he is to disobey an order from Voight? He should be lucky that he wasn’t shown the door. Voight is being very patient and understanding with him. If he doesn’t like it, he could just quit or go find another unit. With his experience, anyone would be happy to have him.
There’s a lot of personalities in Intelligence, and it’s definitely fine to question some of Voight’s choices and even voice those concerns, but Halstead also needs to realize that Voight always has everyone’s back.
Some of his anger should also be directed at Upton. I’m glad she made the decision to assist Voight with what happened with Roy.
I’m at the point that if Halstead chose to take a sabbatical, I’d be like “yeah, maybe you should take a walk and clear your head.”
It’ll be interesting to see this pan out considering Roy’s death is about to come back into the spotlight. The higher-ups have a ton of questions about what happened to him… how will Voight and Upton find their way out of this one?
Will Halstead confess and tell them everything he knows?
What did you think of tonight’s episode of Chicago PD?
Chicago PD Review – End of Watch (9×06)
Ruzek definitely didn’t expect this to be the outcome of a random mall run on Chicago PD.
A series of smash-and-grabs in the city sparked police involvement after an innocent security guard is killed.
While on the case, Intelligence crossed paths with Sal Ortiz, a highly respected cop that Ruzek looks up to.
The two of them have history, so it’s pretty clear early on that Sal is somehow involved with the case at hand.
Why else would he give Intelligence an assist?
Do you know that “red flag” emoji making waves on social media? That’s Sal.
Ruzek overlooks these red flags because of his friendship with Sal, but Burgess picks up on all of it.
One of the most glaring red flags is the fact that Sal wasn’t around when the suspect was shooting at Ruzek.
Ruzek called and called for backup, but Sal conveniently didn’t hear him.
Ruzek brushed it off, however, when the watches went missing from the stash house and Burgess made a case that pointed the finger at Sal, he began to think that maybe she was onto something.
No one else was allowed in or out of that stash house, plus, Burgess saw Sal go downstairs and watched him lie about it to Ruzek.
Admittedly, it was a pretty weak tie-in.
The way Ruzek talked about Sal, you would think he would have had a better plan than simply stealing the evidence while on-site and walking off with it while under surveillance.
It felt very juvenile; it was more of a rookie move than something you’d expect from a seasoned officer.
It was also bogus how Sal willingly allowed Ruzek to be put in the line of danger to save himself. Some kind of friend!
I think Ruzek knew it deep down but he was simply in denial because it’s hard to admit that your idol is a complete letdown.
Ruzek’s been having a hard time seeing the silver lining in his police work, especially as new directives are thrown their way, so he didn’t want to admit or accept that the man he thought of as genuinely good police could be corrupt.
Sal also had the motive, and he wasn’t shy about it either — his wife Mary was sick.
Even with a good pension and insurance, healthcare is expensive. When you add on all the lawsuits and other stuff he was paying for, it didn’t take a genius to figure out that Sal was trying to sling the watches for some quick cash.
It was heartbreaking to see him break down and explain that he deserves better. I honestly have no doubt that Sal was a good cop that chose to go down the wrong path because of a situation he was pushed into.
But that’s the thing about choices — we all have to pay for them.
It was a choice for Ruzek to dismiss Burgess’ findings and take Sal’s side, but I’m glad that once he realized she was right, he was able to admit it and apologize.
Ruzek is a stand-up guy who always means well even if that isn’t always obvious.
It’s been a minute since we’ve had a Ruzek-centric episode, and I’ll admit, it wasn’t nearly as compelling as Atwater’s storyline from the week prior.
Patrick Flueger always brings his A-game, but the writers have definitely pigeon-holed the characters into one particular storyline. In Atwater’s case, it’s the internal and external struggle between being a cop and a Black man; with Ruzek, it’s struggling to accept the “new way” of policing, which he often sees as tying him down from actually being able to accomplish anything or bring justice.
It would be so beneficial for the series to expand these characters and explore different plots and themes.
We already know how Ruzek is going to react in this type of situation — let’s see something else!
The good news is that no matter how tough things get, Ruzek has Burgess and Makayla. They haven’t outright defined their relationship, but there’s definitely a lot of love there!
Next week’s episode will revisit the showdown between Halstead and Voight, which may or may not implode Intelligence.
It’s frustrating that there are gaps in the episodes that simply ignore certain storylines. I get that the episode focused on Ruzek, but there’s a lot going on with Halstead, Upton, and even Atwater that was just completely shrugged off until the next episode that focuses solely on that storyline.
I wish the episodes were more integrated with every member of the unit.
What did you think of the episode?
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