The intelligence unit worked quickly this week, to track down two missing girls of a very respectable Alderman. Being an alderman, made this case top priority for Voight and his team, even though the girls weren’t even missing for 24-hours. A look into the girls credit card revealed that they took an Uber right before their disappearance. Hilarious to see Olinsky and Voight not know what an Uber is despite being top-notch cops. Get with it gentleman.
A phone call to Uber reveals there was a problem with the driver. His car is tracked down, abandoned in a field with blood in the backseat. Olinsky follows bloody footsteps into the shrubs, where he finds the man, beaten and tied up. At the hospital, he reveals that he didn’t pick the girls up from the library, as originally noted. Unfortunately, he doesn’t remember where he got them, nor did he got a look at the kidnappers faces because they were wearing masks.
An Uber map of the route he took reveals that the girls were picked up from a college campus. The campus where Jordan, one of the girls ex-boyfriends lived. Phone records revealed, that was the last place where the girls were before their ride. Text message logs show that Jordan had been texting Alison, always getting the same reply of “leave me alone.” He’s a dead end though, as he didn’t even know the girls were missing.
A ping from the drivers phone is picked up and intelligence ends up in a pretty shady neighborhood. As their looking for clues to where these girls might be, one of them flies through a window as shots are fired at the cops. One of the men inside, is shot, while the other gets away with the second girl in his trunk.
At the hospital, the girl tells Lindsay that the kidnappers tied them to the radiator and were going to leave, when they saw cops approach and began fighting. When they cut them loose, her first instinct was to throw herself from the window. Thank god she did. The kidnapper is identified as Jason Woodley. Olinsky and Halstead visit his mother, who informs them that the other suspect had to be a man named Reed.
Reed was recently released from prison for armed robbery. The guy he robbed was embezzling money from Gordon, one of the girls dads. Gordon hired Reed to steal back the money, but something went south, and he never paid him. Now, the guy was getting even. Gordon finally talks, telling them that he gave Reed, Alderman Beck’s phone number.
They ping his phone to an abandoned school. Antonio and Lindsay go into the school, while Halstead stayed on a rooftop, waiting to take a shot if necessary. When they bust into the science room, Reed shoots Becks, before telling the cops they cannot kill him because they need him to find Alison. Quick on his feet, Atwater figures she must be hiding in the music room, which is the only sound-proof location in the school. He’s right. Voight saves the girl, who runs to her father, while Halstead takes a nice, clean shot at his knee. All in a days work!
Burgess and Roman are placed on gun pick-up duty. The whole task is mundane until a woman named Birdy turns in a gun that’s linked to a homicide from a couple of months back. They haven’t been able to put the guy behind bars because of lack of evidence. A downfall to the gun pick-up program is that people can turn them in without any questions asked. Burgess and Roman track down Birdy, and pretend that they mistakenly gave her the wrong gift card. She tells them that there was piece of the gun missing– a bottle with cloth attached, which she threw in the dumpster. That bottle and cloth provides the evidence to lock up the murderer! When the officers tell Platt of their good doing, she gets upset and sends them home early. Rude.
While storyline with the two girls was really good this week, I was even more involved in all the other action that was happening. You know how I always say I need more personal, and less crime-solving. Well, I finally got it.
Voight gets a surprise visit from a girl named Olive. She’s looking for Justin, her ex-boyfriend because she wants to tell him she’s pregnant. Bomb, dropped! Voight tells her to leave her number, before apologizing and giving her his card. The two later meet up for dinner. Despite popular belief, Voight actually has a heart. He tells her that Justin is getting a leave from the navy in a couple of weeks and is excited to come back, given the good news. He sees that this girl is a nice, hard working girl, who doesn’t have a lot of money, so he goes to his safe to give her some money. Who knew that this action could get him in so much trouble, as we saw from next weeks promo. More on that later.
Antonio’s daughter came down to the station by herself, which really pissed him off. He wouldn’t even listen to why she came down, all he could do was tell her how grounded she was before giving her to Nadia to watch while he continued work. When he came later, he realized Eva was upset because of the divorce rumors surrounding Antonio and her mom. The two have been on a break for awhile, but he promised that they were working on their relationship. Nothing would ever come in between him and the kids. He later took personal security job from Roman, who has runs it as a side business. His client was a rich man living in a luxurious house. But trouble is definitely up ahead. His wife, Linda, is a beautiful woman who you can tell, isn’t in this relationship for the love. The minute Antonio laid eyes on her, he was entranced. I have a feeling , Antonio is going to fall for this woman hard, which will cause problems with the client and with his marriage. I hope it doesn’t happen because I have so much respect for Antonio being a nice, family man! He and his wife had such a nice relationship in the beginning of the season!
And on the Halstead and Lindsey front… not much happened. Although the partners were on a cute romantic date… if you think shooting ranges are cute and romantic.
Overall, this has been the best episode of the season. Isn’t it just so much better when your personally invested in the characters lives? The episode gets a 10/10! That’s a first for me!
Check out next weeks intense promo. After giving Olive some money, Voight gets robbed, beaten and taken.
They threaten to cut out her baby if he doesn’t co-operate. The team gets worried when he doesn’t show up for work. Can this guy ever catch a break?
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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