Antonio gets into a bit of trouble on this weeks Chicago PD. We all knew his gig with Asher and his slutty wife would eventually get him in trouble, but no one expected it would be this severe!
In the first few minutes, we see Antonio working his side gig. Leila and Asher are fighting outside of a sex club. Asher commands Antonio to stop at a gas station and get him some cigarettes. When he returns to the car, he finds his “boss” dead from a gunshot wound to the head. Great security work Dawson. Real great stuff. This guy just can’t catch a break. His life at home is falling apart as his wife demanding a divorce. All he has now is his job, which he’s in jeopardy of losing after he finds out Asher was an international convict. You know I blame Roman for all of this. I never liked him to begin with. Plus, he was to eager to get Antonio on the gig. Maybe he was trying to get Antonio out of the unit to make room for himself? Yes, I understand that’s highly unlikely, but still.
Antonio remembers that Asher and Leila fought about some guy named Terry. He brings in Leila for questioning and she reveals that in order to spice up their marriage, they would have sex with Terry occasionally. However, she had nothing to do with the murder.. or so she says. Another key part of the murder was that 3-million-diamonds were stolen from the back seat of his car. Roughly 3-million according to Leila.
Intelligence links Asher to a jewelry business in Portage Park, which used to do business with the diamond smuggler 10-years ago. When they go to visit him, the man runs to his panic room. Why is he so scared of the Chicago PD? Maybe because Chi PD has no problem getting a dude to seriously blow out the door. They aren’t messing around here. He admits that a guy came in asking to move some diamonds around, but when he realized the dude worked for Asher, he told him no.
They obviously need to talk to Terry, but the judge won’t issue a warrant because the sex club is highly protected. You know men in power love paying for sex. Family life is so boring right? Rozek is really eager to go to the club undercover but unfortunately they don’t let single people in. It has to be the perfect couple, with ravishingly good looks… of course I’m talking about Halstead and Lindsey. Upon entering, Lindsey asks the bartender for a guy they played with about a month ago. He tells them he hasn’t seen Terry since then, so she takes him to the “room” (red room of pain anyone) instead. Inside, Halstead reveals their CPD and threatens to take him in. The guy ID’s Terry, saying he was in here earlier asking about a jeweler because his wife gave him back his ring. He was talking to some couple about where to pawn it off.
Meanwhile, back at the precinct, intelligence found something in Asher’s will. According to his wishes, after death everything, all of his money, goes to his alma mater. This means Leila doesn’t get a damn penny. And what does a gold digger do when she can’t get gold? Obviously has her husband killed and steals the diamonds/money.
The bartenders ID leads them to store, where the dealer says he accepted the diamonds because his sex-obsessed nephew vouched for the guy. Soon after, he realized the diamonds he had given him were fake. Antonio makes him set up a meeting with Terry, telling him to lie and say they got a buyer sooner than usual. When Terry meets him in downtown, Antonio or Roman take him down without any back up.
During questioning, Antonio makes it very clear to him that Leila has been using him. She’s played her hards brilliantly. There’s no paper/electronic trace that she ever communicated with Terry aside from the times she saw him at the club. She promised him they would run away together which was motive for Terry to commit the crime. He wanted to be with her and he knew he couldn’t be unless he got rid of Asher. She switched out the diamonds before-hand, only needing to worry about someone getting rid of her husband so she could be free. She left unscathed and she knew it. She was proud of how her good looks were able to manipulate men. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Terry whose now going to be serving life for murder. Poor guy, so blindsided by a whore.
Leila came to visit Antonio one last time. You could tell she grew a liking to him, especially when he played the part of aggressive cop. Without a warrant for her arrest, she was free to skip town and go to Florida with all that new money. My only thing is never speak to soon. While he may not have had enough evidence against her now, I hope some day in the future, he finds something that will put her in a lifetime of misery. She deserves it. Not saying a woman should ever stay in an un-happy marriage, but resorting to having` your husband killed is pretty extreme. Plus, she almost lost Antonio his job.
Thankfully, it didn’t happen because Olinksy forged all the papers that proved Antonio had been working for Asher for the past 9-months undercover. That little detail must of slipped Voight’s mind when they initially came asking Antonio about his involvement. Woops. See, all you need to rewrite history, is a little motivation. The great thing about working for the intelligence team is that it’s like one big family. Everyone has each others back. And you know you want someone like Voight covering your ass when things hit the fan.
Which is why Lindsey is so hesitant about leaving intelligence to start how own task force. Sure, the opportunity sounds amazing but will Steve ever be as good a boss as Voight? Will he ever protect her the way Voight does– have her back when something crazy happens? Doubt it. One thing that struck a chord with me, and with Lindsey, was when he said “you’re catching a rep as Voight’s girl” like that’s such a bad thing or something. Maybe Voight doesn’t have the best rap sheet, but I’d like to be compared to Voight anyday. He brings order to the streets with passion and always vouches for his people. It’s why he’s noble and why so many people are loyal to him. Honestly, if Lindsey left intelligence it would mess everything up. And no doubt she’d have to do things against Voight and her fam.
What did you think of this weeks episode? I give it a 7/10. It was definitely fun watching Antonio get into a bit of a mess that didn’t actually include his children being kidnapped for a change. Also, shout-out to my best friends boyfriend who was an extra on this weeks episode and played the part of the sex-club doorman, like a star!
Other Memorable Moments
- Platt helping Olinsky get a house, but only because she gets a 2% cut.
- One obvious observation is that working in intelligence causes you to fall out with your family. Antonio is going through a divorce, Olinksy lives in a garage and his wife is cheating on him. There’s so much dedication to the job, there isn’t a healthy balance and that causes strains on relationships. Therefore, I don’t think Lindsey and Halstead should get together.
- Need an update on Rozek and Burgess asap. She’s still trying to get into intelligence. It was nice seeing her team up with her old partner Atwater today.
- If Voight were to chose Roman over Burgess for intelligence, I’d be so upset. But, I don’t think he likes Roman much… for good reason.
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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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