Dick Wolf just exposed the gang violence using Chicago as a war zone backdrop. The episode was powerful, heartbreaking and one of the hardest for the Chicago PD… but a case that needed to be solved.
It isn’t news that many parts in the Windy City are plagued with senseless violence. I’ve never seen a more accurate portrayal of what happens in our city on a TV show ever before. Yes, sometimes, the violence is Chicago is more severe than in Iraq and these are the kinds of things Chicago police have to deal with. Interestingly enough, Wolf also added in the theme of police brutality on African Americans this week and exposed both sides of it – the side where it actually happens and the side where its used as an excuse to shield real criminals from facing time.
Intelligence gets called to a shooting of a 6-year-old little boy on the South Side. He was shot 3 times, once presumably in the back as he tried to crawl away. The dad is a known gang member, so obviously, that’s the first instinct. But Bryan Johnson swears that he finished with that life the minute he had a child so intelligence keeps digging. Pretty soon they figure out that 3 different crews were involved. A member from an opposing crew set up the hit on Bryan’s son after he found out Bryan raped his sister. But plot twist, there are 2 Bryan Johnsons and both are in gangs. The guy they were looking for was actually Brian Johnson. They killed an innocent young boy after trying to get revenge on the wrong dude.
When they finally brought the guy responsible for the hit in, he didn’t seem to concerned. What did it matter? He did what he thought was right to get revenge for his sister. Oh it was the wrong guy? Who cares. Voight definitely cared. Unfortunately, the person that pulled the trigger and shot the 6-year-old was actually a gang members 12-year-old brother. Why? Well obviously he wouldn’t get tried as an adult and his brother said he “had to learn.” This act caused a poor kid to ruin his life why? Because he couldn’t escape the gangster life from a young age. He was born into, following his brothers footsteps and forced into killing. And a child lost his life because he too was born into gang violence. We wonder why it can’t be stopped – because its something that becomes second nature… something we can’t escape… something that haunts us, our neighborhoods and our children.
As for the “black lives matter” part of the episode, it was definitely approached. Many on the South Side didn’t want to talk to the cops because they weren’t sure if they could trust them. Heck, even the reverend wasn’t sure if Voight would have his back or if they would find the suspect and mistreat them. Intelligence handled it well, never once stopping to address the fact that race was the issue here. It was a case just like any other.
But I am proud of the moment where the suspect was trying to outrun the cops fully knowing he was responsible for the shooting. When Ruzek got to him, he told him several times to get down before using physical force. “Police brutality,” the kid said and that was a clear representation of what the movement is not. Police shouldn’t be afraid to use force in life threatening instances and it shouldn’t be a problem, as long as they don’t go overboard. I think we all know what is acceptable and what isn’t. Cops walk a fine line, but many of them do it for the right reasons. Lets not forget that.
- When will we see Olinksy’s kids again? What happened with his wife and family and his “new” daughter? I feel like that storyline was so prevalent and then poof, it was gone.
- Will Ruzek and Burgess ever get back together? Will he address what happened? Will we get some kind of closure?
- Are Lindsey and Halstead still a couple?
Is ‘Chicago PD’ New Tonight? Everything We Know About Season 10 Episode 16
Chicago PD fans, there’s a bit of a wait until new episodes return to NBC.
The police drama will not air a brand new episode tonight (March 8, 2023) as the show goes on a several-week hiatus yet again.
The last episode, Chicago PD Season 10 Episode 15, also the drama’s milestone 100th episode, aired on March 1, 2023, but the next installment, Chicago PD Season 10 Episode 16 won’t premiere until Wednesday, March 22.
There’s no official title or synopsis for the episode, but it is going to be a special as it marks Jesse Lee Soffer’s directorial debut. Soffer exited PD earlier this season in hopes of getting some time behind the camera, and it seems to be paying off as the teaser reveals that fans are in for a wildly good episode.
It kicks off with a jury member informing Voight that he’s been threatened by the suspect’s men, and unless he delivers a “not guilty” verdict, they are going to kill his loved one.
“We’re here to help,” Voight assures him before going to Hailey Upton and revealing, “the second that trial is over, they will have that woman killed.”
Intelligence urgently races against the clock to find the missing woman and save her life—we even see Voight kick in some doors and shout “where is she” as he interrogates someone.
How will it all pan out? We’ll have to wait until later in the month to find out!
For now, check out the trailer for the next episode below:
Chicago P.D. airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on NBC.
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Chicago PD Review – Blood and Honor (1015)
Chicago PD kicked off yet another multi-arc episode, this time bringing back Samantha Beck, a prior kidnapping victim, and her father, Richard, back into the fold.
A quick refresher—we met the Becks on Chicago PD Season 10 Episode 12 after Sam was kidnapped and her father refused to pay the ransom to get her out of the bind out of fear of incriminating himself and his criminal activity.
It’s a case deserving of a follow-up since it was very intriguing, so I’m glad that we’re looping back to it to dig deeper into the fractured father-daughter relationship and their shady involvements.
Ruzek, who was spending the day with Makayla, Atwater, and Jordan, responded to a crime scene that was initially assumed to be a murder-suicide. Immediately upon entering the premise, he knew something was off, and it wasn’t long before he realized the family was poisoned by someone making meth in the “abandoned” building next door.
Surveillance footage from the street connected the crime back to Samantha, who was seen near the unit on several occasions. But since they didn’t have any actual proof of her stepping foot inside, Ruzek decided to go undercover to get something they could charge her with.
Honestly, if I was Samantha, I’d be a little more skeptical of a random guy who just showed up, saved me from a potential rip, and asked for a job, but it’s clear that she’s also desperate for someone to talk to and rely on.
Right off the bat, Ruzek picks up on the fact that things between Samantha and Richard are not exactly on good terms. Samantha doesn’t fit into the drug world. She’s a good mother, so her involvement in dealing meth is questionable. Eventually, Ruzek realizes that she doesn’t have much of a choice as her whole life is connected to her father. He owns her—and everything she has, including her income stream. She has no way to free herself from his grip no matter how much she might want to.
And that’s why she’s so eager to bring Ruzek into the fold because he seems like someone she can trust and rely on. He’s there for her, constantly making sure she’s okay and offering a shoulder to cry on if she needs it.
When Ruzek went undercover, he never thought it would get this personal or that he’d feel compelled to save Samantha, but he knows that none of this is of her own making. He sees through what’s going on and wants to help her, but unfortunately, it’s not possible without burning himself.
The line between personal and professional bleeds, even more, when Richard invites Adam for a little chat to underscore that he’s a white supremacist (Adam agrees that they’re on the same team though we know that couldn’t be further from the truth) as Ruzek promises to keep tabs on Samantha and update Richard on everything she does. It’s extremely weird, but if Adam wants to earn his trust and not raise any flags, he has no choice.
And unfortunately, he’s going to be in it for the long haul. On the day of the deal, Adam is pulled away when Sam runs into a problem with her son Callum, who is being brainwashed by his racist grandfather. Once again, we see the personal and professional lines blend as Adam has no choice but to stick by Samantha and help her, which means he’s unable to provide any insight into the deal going down.
Their only hope of getting anything is through Samantha, so Adam must stay undercover a bit longer and get closer, working her in any way possible.
It’s also the exact reason why they tell you not to let it become personal when you’re undercover because it’s going to pain Ruzek to turn her in. He knows he can’t save her since she’s dealing meth—especially meth that killed a whole family—but he’s become quite fond of her and truly feels sorry for the predicament she’s been put in.
How will Ruzek handle it?
Will he find a way to tie Richard to the drugs or does he have to bring down Samantha since she spearheads the whole operation? And even then, would she ever turn on her father? My gut tells me she’d take the fall simply so that Callum would have some family around.
Then again, despite the loyalty, she also hates him enough at this point that she might be willing to put him away to save herself and her little boy.
Of course, Ruzek, being a father, also has a soft spot for Callum, the young boy who is so impressionable and caught up in the dangers and darkness of a situation that life has dealt him, much like Makayla. These are two kids who don’t deserve the cards that were dealt.
The episode ended on a bit of a cliffhanger, and with a hiatus until March 22, it’ll be a while before we see how things resolve, especially since the upcoming episode doesn’t feature Samantha at all. I guess this is what it must feel like to be undercover for a lengthy time.
There was a brief mention of Burgess’ mental health between Ruzek and Atwater, and it’s nice to know that she’s finally being open about her struggles and trusting her partners enough to confide in them and seek out their support. We all know she and Atwater go way back, so he deserves to know what’s been going on.
What did you think of the Ruzek-centric case? It’s kind of nice to see him get the spotlight without Burgess.
Chicago PD 200th Episode Review – Trapped (1014)
Chicago PD celebrated its milestone 200th episode, and while it was an exceptional installment that put Burgess (Marina Squerciati) at the forefront to deal with her lingering trauma and PTSD, I felt like it should’ve been more of a team effort.
The standalone episodes are fine for any other day, but when you’re celebrating 200 episodes on television, the moment deserves to be a celebration between the cast that made it happen and continues to do so every single day.
This would’ve been the perfect opportunity to deliver a case where everyone played a part, and where their camaraderie as a team lent itself to their success.
Instead, everyone pretty much took a backseat, with only Ruzek serving as support for Burgess throughout the case and as she dealt with all the fears from being shot bubbling up to the surface.
This isn’t the time for #Burzek, so while it would’ve been sweet to get a moment between them to commemorate the momentous achievement, this episode made it clear that Burgess really needs to work on coming out on the other side before she can be the kind of mom, partner, and cop she wants to be.
Burgess is trapped. She never really faced her near-death experience head-on, burying it deep inside in hopes that it would just go away so she wouldn’t have to deal with it. She also never wanted to burden Ruzek with it despite all of his pleas to just let him in so he can help her.
But as the therapist wisely pointed out, this kind of post-traumatic stress has a way of creeping up on you. It’s always there, impacting your life in little ways that you don’t notice. Burgess was in denial about it, but it affected her life by preventing her from having a real relationship with Ruzek. She made her life small, her decisions were fear-based, and she pushed people away as self-preservation. It’s truly no way to live, and it was bound to catch up to her.
While it’s difficult to face that kind of trauma purposefully, it’s essential to move past it so that it no longer takes hold.
When Burgess heard a car backfiring, all those emotions and fears rushed back in as she was transported to the moment when she was shot. The PTSD took hold a handful of other times, including as she dealt with a shooting incident on the “L” train. It impaired Burgess’ ability to do her job, which not only put her in more danger, but it prevents her from being the kind of cop that she needs to be. It made her a liability. And it took these several scenarios where she was so panic-stricken that she couldn’t move to realize that she needed help. It’s a huge and necessary step.
The good news is that Ruzek has made it clear he’ll be there for her every step of the way. He may have done some terrible things in the past, but he’s proven time and time again that he’s willing to do anything for her. He’s her rock whenever she needs him.
Despite everything, Burgess still did some damn good police work. Burgess has a huge heart—it’s one of her best qualities, so even while dealing with plenty of personal issues, she still came through for the victims that were counting on her. She may have been dealing with anxiety, but she didn’t let it cripple her.
On the CTA train, Burgess stayed with Jamie the whole time, keeping him calm and assuring him that he was not alone. Unfortunately, he didn’t make it, but Burgess paid attention to all the things he told her in his final moments, and when they tracked down the assailant, Aaron, Jamie’s cousin, she realized that the Minnesota native was begging her to save his younger cousin, who was being abused by Aaron and his wife, Marlene.
Burgess found evidence of the abuse when she tore up the garage, unveiling a nook behind the wall where they kept the boy, along with some blood. Thankfully, they were able to locate Aaron’s pickup truck at a nearby Forest Preserve, and she was able to find the child before anything serious happened to him.
My biggest concern—and this happens a lot with Burgess-centric episodes—is that she went in there without barely any backup. Where was everyone?
Almost immediately after making her way down to the well to save Lucas, Aaron fired shots—which could’ve ended really badly—and then closed the opening off, trapping them inside.
Lucas was honestly the sweetest little thing, and I’m a bit bummed that we never got any insight as to why Aaron and Marlene were abusing him. There were some mentions of him “leaving to live with his family in California” after another baby was born, but no actual reason was provided as to why the father wanted to leave him for dead at the bottom of the well. Either way, Aaron was a heartless and cruel monster because who could ever do such a thing?! Burgess, an adult and cop who has seen some things, was terrified, so just imagine how a young boy must have felt after being betrayed by the very people who are supposed to love and care for him.
Thankfully, both Burgess and Lucas were brought to safety.
It was a genuinely emotional episode, with Squerciati doing a phenomenal job translating all those emotions on screen.
Again, I only wish that the team was more involved and integrated into the storyline! Torres wasn’t even there because of mandatory training, which was poor timing. And the typical heart-to-heart between characters also wasn’t present, though the ending could’ve really used it. It would also just be nice to see Kim getting some support from anyone other than Ruzek. She’s good friends with Tracy Spiridakos in real life, so why aren’t the only two women in Intelligence there for each other and lifting each other up as they deal with really difficult personal matters?
What did you think of the episode?
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