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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chicago PD Season Finale Review – Kevin Atwater Faces a Troubling Ally From His Past (7×20)
It’s been a hot minute since we got a Kevin Atwater-focused episode, but it wasn’t surprising that he found himself torn and conflicted after being thrust into yet another black vs. blue debate.
Atwater has always known that when it comes to matters of black versus blue, there’s a bit of a gray area that doesn’t lean in his favor.
While I’ve been wanting the series to give Atwater the ability to explore different moral conflicts, at the same time, the episode was so powerful and relevant, that I can’t bring myself to complain.
It also sets up an interesting dynamic moving forward as it pins Atwater (with the backing of Intelligence) against high-ranking officials in the police force.
And it perfectly and necessarily highlights the corruption that goes on within an institution that should be (keyword) trusted by all citizens of different walks of life.
In my review of Chicago PD Season 6 Episode 13, I noted that whenever an episode focuses on Atwater, I find myself with this “pit-of-my-stomach anxiety that I can’t seem to shake,” and more than a year later, that still rings true.
As in previous episodes, LaRoyce Hawkins brought his best work to navigate a particularly layered and emotionally complex episode.
Atwater was forced to work alongside a troubling ally Tommy Doyle. You might remember him as the racist cop who previously pointed a gun at him when he was undercover, so we knew things were bound to get ugly. We just didn’t know how ugly.
Doyle went from being a street cop to a detective following his messy altercation with Atwater because clearly, Chicago rewards racist behavior.
Kenny assured Voight that the promotion was because Doyle was hard-working and didn’t have anything to do with the fact that he came from three generations of cops, but we know that’s not true.
His problematic behavior was excused and a blind eye was turned because of the people he knew.
Now, I’m not saying all of his friends and supporters are equally as racist as he is, but his father did make a rather questionable comment about Kevin’s “great Irish name,” so do with that what you will.
At first, Doyle and Atwater played nice. Doyle apologized for what happened in the past (which Atwater forgave but did not forget) and even jumped in to save Atwater’s life while undercover by standing in front of a gun.
Atwater is a good, professional cop who always puts aside his personal conflicts, so it wasn’t surprising that they swiftly took down the head of the illegal gun-trafficking ring.
Doyle figured the win called for a celebration and despite Atwater’s objections, the two went to grab “one beer.”
Man, I wish Atwater just went home to have the chill night that he had planned instead.
At first, I couldn’t figure out where the storyline was headed when Doyle began bringing up the past during their drive.
One thought was that Doyle simply putting on an act and would try to lash out at Atwater when they were alone.
Chicago PD Review – Ruzek Witnesses a Kidnapping (7×19)
Intelligence brought their A-game on Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 19 as a twisted case left audiences questioning which father was the good father.
Both Wade and Gary were trying to find their children, and initially, it was difficult to see which father was doing the right thing.
From the outside looking in, Gary’s situation did not look good since he orchestrated a kidnapping to find his son, Dylan, and held Charlotte at gunpoint.
When he initially reached out for help, the cops immediately wrote him off because his son had a history of drug abuse and mental health issues.
It’s the same argument that Wade tried to make to discredit Dylan. He called him a “troubled kid” who was making up stories and even said that Gary was trying to blackmail and shake him down.
Also, let me point out that PD’s portrayal of the detective that presided over Gary’s missing person’s report was your classic slimebag in some knock off ’80s looking detective suit.
It was hilarious in contrast to Atwater and Rojas, two detectives who understand the plight of the underprivileged and less fortunate.
It’s the very reason why they didn’t immediately believe Wade was a saint simply because he had money and looked presentable.
The first warning sign about Wade was that he said he was living a good and “honest” life while still being considered the “richest man in Chicago.”
Intelligence has been in this business long enough to know that when you see a man who owns a furniture store and lives in a mansion, you should be a little skeptical.
There were a few likely scenarios that I thought would come into play like Wade being involved in some shady criminal activity or owing someone money.
Turns out, he was involved in something shady, but it wasn’t the kind of shady I imagined.
While Wade seemed like a worried and concerned father at first, the man lost all credibility when he lied to Voight about not knowing that his daughter was missing.
From that point on, Wade’s lies simply kept adding up until Voight had absolutely no reason to trust anything he said.
And for good reason. Wade’s main goal wasn’t to find his daughter or to save her, it was to protect himself and his secret. It’s exactly why he entrusted his own security guard to find Charlotte rather than getting the cops involved.
He knew if he called the cops, they would find out the truth.
It was shocking to see how many lies Wade would spin when the truth was already out there: he killed a man so that he wouldn’t be outed to his family.
You know it’s bad when the cops trust the kidnapper over you.
Wade was a disgrace of a man and father. He was going to allow someone to shoot his daughter so that he could keep his secret.
I can understand wanting to protect your family from the truth, but Wade’s secret was out already, there was no turning back, and simply telling the truth could have saved his daughter and ended this mess, and yet, he still couldn’t own up to it.
I kept thinking that the plot would take another twist and that Wade wouldn’t be responsible for Dylan’s murder, but sadly, that never happened.
Chicago PD Review – Rojas and Upton Get In Trouble with Voight (7×18)
We finally got an Upton and Rojas team up on Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 18, but it wasn’t what any of us were expecting.
Both ladies tried to take matters into their own hands and ended up on Voight’s bad side, which, if you remember from my review of Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 17, is not a pleasant side.
While Rojas had a few anxiety-inducing missteps this episode, which largely stemmed from a loved one being involved in a major case, much of Voight’s anger was directed at Upton.
And she deserved it.
I don’t know what got into her, but where was the Upton who always keeps Halstead in check?
Instead, she got personally involved in the case because she wanted to help Rojas and made an extreme decision that triggered Voight. (Fans were probably pleased to see that he’s still got it!)
Voight was upset for a few reasons. For starters, because Upton was a superior who should have known better.
And unlike Rojas, who immediately acknowledged that what she did was wrong and apologized, Upton never felt bad about it.
She naively assumed she had the same authority as Voight.
Her judgment was clouded by her desire to put Gael away and get Reyes the deal, so she did what she had to do and planted fake evidence without showing any remorse.
While Gael deserved what was coming, it wasn’t Upton’s place to plant evidence merely to get justice. That sets a dangerous precedent.
Cops need to be held to a standard and uphold a moral code. If Upton is so comfortable crossing this line because it benefits her and a friend, will she be able to see the line the next time around?
If she had done it with Voight’s permission, it would have been a slightly different story since Voight would have taken the rap. Plus, he’s in a position to make such calls, but she specifically went behind his back and made the decision herself without even looping him in.
Then, instead of owning up to it, she explained that she thought it was what “he would have done” knowing damn well she kept it a secret because Voight wouldn’t have allowed such behavior.
Voight has never wanted his unit to go down the same path he has, and I love that he didn’t think twice about showing her tough love.
It shows that there are some rules he won’t break, but also, that he cares enough about Upton to intervene.
Now, I don’t watch Law & Order: SVU, but it would be really great if she actually got to guest-starred on an episode since he volunteered her to the New York team. Does anyone know if that’s happening?
Since Rojas was personally involved in the case, it made us automatically more invested in the plot because the stakes were higher.
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