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Chicago PD- An Honest Woman (2×05)

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Don’t ever mess with Hank Voight. His team will find him, and they’ll keep the case confidential and allow him, to mess you up. Your fate will either be death, or worse, never seeing the outside of a jail cell again. Word on the street is, Voight and his detectives are scarier than the criminals themselves.

The reedeming part of Voight, and the reason we all love him and will do anything to help and protect him, is that he does the things he does, commits the crimes, all in the name of family. And that fact alone, makes me want to give him a big bear hug.

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We start the episode off with Olive and Voight drinking some tea, before she asks him for some more money. Hank goes downstairs to his safe to get the cash and is approached by two men, who tell him to open the safe. He tries his best to fight them off.. and he stands a chance, except theres two of them and two hits to the abdomen and Voight is down. 

When he doesn’t show up to a meeting the next day, Lindsay and Halstead go to his place to see whats up. It’s not like Voight to miss anything–the man never even calls in sick. Upon entering, they see that Voight wasn’t alone and go down to the basement where they see blood and signs of struggle. They call the unit in and everyone begins the search party for their boss.

One thing the kidnappers didn’t think of is surveillance footage. Their able to identify one of the guys, as their seen carrying Voight out unconscious, with Olive as their prisoner.They are finally able to pick up a trace on one of the kidnappers cell phone service. Yes, these guys might be “professionals” but their clearly stupid.. stupid enough to kidnap Voight and think they’ll get away with it. Props to Nadiya for being so quick on getting the phone signal. She’s really moving up in the field.

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Voight wakes up, chained up to a radiator. The kidnappers demand the combination to the safe. Voight insists his team will find him before they can even crack it, but they have a weapon. They bring Olive out, whose tied up, place a plastic bag over her head and tape it up. She doesn’t make it out alive, unless they get the combination. Voight gives in, they get the money, but leave Olive suffocating. She’s loosing consciousness, when the intelligence unit arrives and sets her free. 

Lindsey insists they get the help of the police squads, but Voight wants to keep the matter internal. He confronts Olive about her involvement and she comes clean saying that before she even knew she was pregnant, she told her friend Josie about Voight and the alleged “street money” that he had. Josie told her friend Ian, who confronted Olive and told her she would get him into Voight’s house, or he’d cut out her baby. She has a scar, a cut line across her stomach to prove it. That part pisses Voight off more than the missing money. Someone threatened his family– his son’s future child. Go luck to those mother-effers.

These guys are really good at staying under the radar, but a red light camera locates their truck. It’s a dead-end however because all they find is a bum, who torched the car after Josie offered him $50. Voight takes matters into his own hands, which is dangerous because he’s being watched. One mess up sends him right back to prison. He finds Josie at a bar with her boyfriend and literally twists his fingers for answers. Josie finally admits that she sold the job to Ian, who sold it to Lucas Gregori– a crazy man who literally has no problem killing anyone. 

At the station, all the unit is getting are dead ends.. even Gregori’s files come back clean. Until Ian Marx walks into the precinct asking to see Voight. He figured the safest place for him to be right now was lock up given Gregori’s unpredictable temperament. Voight takes him to his usual torture place on the outskirts of town and promises he’ll let him live if he works with the police to track down Gregori. The whole scene is super intense, with Voight taking no mercy on Marx, pointing a gun straight in his eye. 

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Marx complies, gets wired up and goes to the planned spot to meet Gregori. The rest of the unit is set up all over the vicinity undercover just in case things go awry. And they do. Once the two partners-in-crime meet, Gregori catches on that he’s being set up and shoots Marx in the head, killing him. He tries to outrun the cops, and takes a random victim at gunpoint. As Voight lowers his gun and begs Gregori to release the innocent person, Halstead and Lindsay sneak up on him. The minute Voight get’s his hands back on his money, the only thing he looks for is an envelope, relieved to see that whatever was suppose to be in there, is still there.  We later find out his late wife’s ring was stashed in the safe and he gives the ring to Justin telling him to make an honest woman out of Olive, the mother of his child. 

After all is resolved and Gregori is behind bars, Justin thanks his father for sacrificing everything to protect Olive and get the bad guys. It looks like the army did rebellious Justin well. He’s turned over a new leaf and he talks about college and going back to the army and raising his family. It makes Voight a proud papa. 

And while everyone was dealing with finding Voight and bringing justice to the world, they also had personal problems on their minds. Olinsky was being really short and snippy with everyone. He later apologized to Rozek explaining that his wife of 20-years has been cheating on him with a family friend. Rozek is sympathetic but tells homeboy like it is: you live in a garage. How long was his wife suppose to wait around for him? If he wants her, he needs to fight for her.

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Antonio continued working on the side business as security for Asher. He was in his good graces until his wife, Leila, came and began hitting on the off-duty cop. Asher, who was already a little bit drunk, got super pissed off, telling Antonio his wife was off limits and getting very hands-y with his wife. This will definitely not end well. The wife is clearly unhappy in her marriage, looking for a younger man and well, Antonio won’t let anyone mistreat a woman. I hate to say it, but I called this one. And I’m not really liking this storyline. Does Antonio really need the extra money? A man on such a powerful unit must be making some good cash, right? Although it is Chicago so who am I kidding!

Burgess has one flaw.. she’s too nice. When a girl scout came to the station selling her chocolate and explaining one day she wanted to be a cop, Burgess offered her some advice. When she wasn’t looking, the girl stole her badge. The rest of the episode, Burgess and her partner tried finding Monica and getting it back before anyone in the precinct found out. They ended up tracking Monica down at her sister’s school. The younger girl was getting bullied and Monica dressed up like a police officer to scare the bully away. It was a noble act, but very illegal. They let her off the hook, warning that next time, they wouldn’t be so lenient. 

A man by the name of Steve Cott comes to visit Lindsay at the end of the episode. He invites her to dinner but she politely declines stating she doesn’t go on dinner dates with lawyers. Cott isn’t asking her on a date however. He’s offering her a job! A really good job at that. How does running her own task force for the feds sound like? Pretty damn good. Except that there’s no way Lindsay will ever leave Voight’s squad and work without him. But can she pass up on such an offer? We’ll have to wait and see. Hey, that way she could finally get it on with Halstead… but I cannot imagine this squad without her! 

Another incredible episode filled with personal story lines. We got a deeper look at one of the most powerful men in Chicago and I loved that his motivation stemmed from the love of family. Plus, everyones got all this drama brewing. I say 9/10.


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Chicago PD Season Finale Review – The Other Side (8×16)

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Chicago PD Season Finale Review he Other Side Season 8 Episode 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. 

Atwater and Burgess are best friends, so her kidnapping affected him just as much as it affected Ruzek. 
 
He understood how dire the situation was, but he also knew they weren’t going to get anywhere by leading with emotions and breaking the rules. 
 
Eventually, Hailey stepped in as Switzerland and the voice of reason. 
 
She understood what Ruzek was feeling but appealed to his sensible side by reminding him that he couldn’t cross a line for Makayla’s sake. 
 
If anything were to happen to Burgess, he promised to be her guardian, and he needed to step up for her now more than ever. 
 
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CHICAGO P.D. — “The Other Side” Episode 816 — Pictured: (l-r) Jesse Lee Soffer as Jay Halstead, Tracy Spiridakos as Hailey — (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)

 
Considering Ruzek and Upton’s previous relationship, I love that she was the one who reminded him to be the better person rather than encouraging him to stoop down to Kent and Roy’s level. 
 
Reminding him about Makayla and that Burgess would’ve wanted him to take care of her was the only thing that got through to him. 
 
I found myself straddling the line between Team Ruzek and Voight and Team Atwater and Halstead. 

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. 

In my review of Chicago PD Season 8 Episode 15, I advocated for bending the rules in situations when it was necessary like when someone’s life was on the line, but this episode changed my mind a bit. 

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. 

Read the full review at TV Fanatic now.


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Chicago Med Season Finale Review – Dr. Choi Gets Shot (6×16)

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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?


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Chicago PD Review – The Right Thing (8×15)

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Chicago PD The Right Thing Season 8 Episode 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?

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CHICAGO P.D. — “The Right Thing” Episode 815 — Pictured: Jason Beghe as Hank Voight — (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)

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.

Read the full review at TV Fanatic now. 


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