“If you’re going to lie, put some effort into it for me!”
Voight continues his dirty street business taking bribes from gang members. Sometimes, his street cred actually works in his favor as was the deal with getting D’Anthony out of the gang. He tried to play it cool by making a deal offering a “don’t go to jail card” but was met with a counter deal of 10 grand. Obviously, Voight doesn’t play like this, so he took matters into his own hands by literally beating the crap out of the gang leader. D’Anthony= free. The scene with D and Voight was sugary sweet goodness, as Voight promised to give him a new life with a bright future. Here’s to hoping that we at least see more of this positive relationship during the season. In addition, we got to meet Voight’s son Justin, who was finally getting out of jail. D’Anthony meant more to Voight than his owns sons release, which just shows us he didn’t have a strong relationship with his criminal ridden son. Instead, Lindsay went to meet J who we can automatically tell is going to be this pompous, arrogant, full of himself kid. Yes, kid! I’m crossing my fingers he doesn’t end up in a relationship with Lindsay! That kiss was super awkward. Isn’t she like your sister bro? I still have my sights set on Halstead and Lindsay!!
With Pulpo in jail, its onto busting the next crime in the city. This week its guns being smuggled in from Canada. George is the delivery driver that they find shot down, along with seven other related homicides. They finally get some intel from George’s wife, whose been lying about her involvement. On a sidenote, I love seeing Sophia Bush in this dominant role where she declares answers from the suspects. Its so bad-ass and she plays it so well! Anyways, the wife leads them to her nephew–someone George always comes to see when he’s in the Windy City. Antonio and Olinsky go in as decoys wanting to buy a guns and Olinksy ends up in the car on the way to the undisclosed location. During the ride, he keeps shouting out directions to the unit listening through his recorder in his belt. This gets the guys suspicious and they order him to surrender his phone at gun point. When they finally show Olinksy the guns, he uses the secret word, “Christmas” and the rest of the intelligence unit barges in for a free-for-all shootout. In the end, the bad guys are captured and a round of fist pumps is exchanged between the unit.
Aside from that action, the rest of the episode is pretty tame providing some background into each detective’s life. As the newbie, Rozek is having a difficult time dealing with the conflicts police work have on his life. He blabbed to his fiancee about what his job really is, pretending he wasn’t affected at all but he is. He constantly will be. And he’s sabotaging his relationship now by telling her he’s been lying the whole time, while putting his life in real danger. Olinksy did warn him!
Meanwhile, Antonio’s wife insists on meeting Jasmine, his intel prostitute. Antonio is hesistant but she plays the jealous wife card, so he asks Jasmine to dinner withholding the fact that his wife will be there. When she finally shows up, she’s thoroughly upset declaring that there is nothing going on between her and Gabriela’s husband, but Gabriela actually wanted to give her a present for aiding Antonio in saving their child Diego. Its a very rare and touching moment between a wife/mother and a prostitute. Hey, anything can happen!
Halstead pays his family a quick visit in a somber scene. A birthday cake, an upset father, a Halstead that doesn’t want to be there. Eating his cake outside, his neighbor runs out screaming obscenities at him and threatening to get a restraining order. Halstead erupts in rage declaring that today would have been his 15th birthday. I’m assuming he’s referring to his brother. He also mentions, ‘If it weren’t for your sick son’, referring to the akward and lanky teen standing behind his father. Not much explanation but its safe to say the kid is messed up and killed his brother and Halstead has unfinished beef with the family. SIDENOTE: I was an extra on the show and one of the scenes filmed was for episode four, when Halstead encounters this man in a restaurant and lays one on him. So yes, this story will definitely escalate and it seems promising!
While I enjoy watching the show, I do have some negative comments. As someone who doesn’t watch Chicago Fire (basically cause I never caught up with it) its difficult for me ingest crossovers. Although they mention that Severus is a firefighter whose sister has gone missing and I know he’s on Fire cause I’ve seen him before, I don’t know the backstory of this character nor do I know if this is a scene setup for P.D or Fire. It’s all really confusing. In addition to that, there are so many characters that are being introduced. Many of them are just a one time thing, but others we see occasionally and its hard to keep track of them. I don’t understand the deal with Officer Maurice, Burgess and Sargeant Platt. Yeah, moments with them are comical as Platt is a tough ass, Burgess is working her way up and trying to suck up and Maurice loves women, especially Burgess’ friends, but whats the point? Their storyline seems irrelevant to me!
The shows format also throws me off as it doesn’t leave cliffhangers, making it super hard for me to get excited for next weeks episode. My speculation is that we will see the search for Severus’s missing cousin, but we will also get more info on the lady making deals with Voight. We know what she wants; his informant! Voight was just making deals with him about getting him some intel on who is searching for him, admitting he doesn’t know anything about it. While Voight might have a no rules strategy, its not wise to put his unit in harms way unnecessarily. It’ll be interesting to see how Voight handles this situation. We often see him teetering on the good vs bad. Which one will he choose?
One Chicago Shows Announce 2024 Premiere Dates
It’s finally happening—our favorite One Chicago shows are coming home to us!
Chihards, mark your calendars and get ready to sit down in front of the TV on January 17 because that’s when Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD will make their highly-anticipated and long-awaited premieres!
It’s truly beginning to feel a lot like Christmas… though I hope that turning around new episodes doesn’t mean that the actors will have to work through the holidays.
— Top 1% of Burzek shippers (@NBCOneChicago) November 20, 2023
Chicago Med returns for season 9, Fire for season 12, and Med for season 11.
Of course, the full NBC 2024 lineup will kick off on Jan 1 with America’s Got Talent: Fantasy League, which means they are wasting no time getting back into the swing of things following the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strike delays.
Law & Order franchises will have their moment on Thursday, Jan 18 with Law & Order: SVU and Law & Order: Organized Crime.
Part 1 of The Voice returns on Feb. 26, along with BC’s new Deal or No Deal spinoff, Deal or No Deal Island.
Quantum Leap and Magnum P.I., Lopez vs. Lopez, The Weakest Link, Password, That’s My Jam and The Wall currently don’t have a premiere date.
‘Chicago PD’ Shakeup: Tracy Spiridakos Leaving After Season 11
Chicago PD fans—we’ve got some bad news coming your way.
As you await new episodes of the crime procedural, the cast is getting yet another shakeup (we’re still not over Jesse Lee Soffer’s exit in the first half of season 10, to be honest).
Variety announced that Tracy Spiridakos, who has portrayed Detective Hailey Upton since season 4, will be leaving the series. She is set to exit after season 11, though it remains unclear if she’ll be around for the entirety of the season or pull a move from Soffer’s playbook and exit a few episodes in.
The outlet notes that the decision to leave the show was entirely her own; Spiridakos has yet to confirm or release a statement of her own.
Spiridakos joined the Dick Wolf Entertainment drama in 2016 as a recurring character and was quickly upped to series regular starting in season 5. Since then she’s become an integral part of Intelligence, getting her hands dirty with Sgt. Hank Voight (Jason Beghe) and sparking a romantic relationship with Soffer’s Det. Jay Halstead.
While it’s a bummer, her departure does kind of make sense when you look at her overall story. Since Halstead left the city to fulfill an Army task in Bolivia and basically broke her heart, she’s had trouble picking up the pieces and finding her place. Hitting refresh—which ultimately means leaving the show—is a logical next step as there’s nothing holding her back anymore. The writers could find a way to mend Upstead with her joining Jay wherever his duties take him or she can look for a fresh start in a place that no longer reminds her of her broken marriage.
Spiridakos’ character was also involved in a rather intense case that spanned several episodes last season, so they could use that as an excuse to write her off, noting that the case took a toll on her.
The 10th season has been delayed by the writers’ and SAG-AFTRA strikes, and while writers are able to get back into the rooms and craft storylines, production remains halted. No premiere dates have been announced yet, so it’s unclear how long we’ll wait for the upcoming highly-anticipated season… and Spiridakos’ last.
Without her, there are only 4 originals left standing; In addition to Beghe, the series stars LaRoyce Hawkins (Kevin Atwater), Patrick J. Flueger (Adam Ruzek), and Marina Squerciati (Kim Burgess). In 2022, newcomer Benjamin Levy Aguilar (Torres) was upped to series regular, rounding out the squad.
The One Chicago franchise has endured plenty of loss as of late, with many notable stars exiting their respective shows, including a total of 5 characters leaving Chicago Med.
Is Adam Ruzek Leaving ‘Chicago PD’?
Following Chicago PD Season 5’s finale, it’s understandable that fans are worried about Adam Ruzek’s fate as it hangs in the balance.
Questions and concerns immediately began popping up, with many wondering if Patrick Flueger is leaving the series.
For now, it’s unclear as the episode that ended the season left things on a bit of a cliffhanger in terms of Ruzek’s health.
During the episode, Ruzek, who was working undercover for months to thwart Richard’s, a white supremacist’s deadly terrorist plan, blew his own cover to Richard’s daughter, Sam, who was trying to skip town after her dad moved up the date for his attack.
Ruzek and the Intelligence team then convinced Sam to inform on her dad and his crew in exchange for immunity for herself and her son, Callum, which she did.
He then advised them to pack up their things and head over to a safe house, which she proposed as a little getaway to Callum. Unfortunately, Cal was so brainwashed by his grandfather that he immediately called him to let him know that his mom was trying to leave.
When Ruzek approached him and saw him on the phone, Cal pulled out a gun. Ruzek tried to diffuse the situation but Cal pulled the trigger, hitting Ruzek in the abdomen. He immediately started bleeding out and collapsed to the ground. Once Sam realized what was happening, she grabbed her son and made a run for it, leaving Ruzek alone to die. Thankfully, he was able to reach Kim Burgess and within minutes, he was in an ambo on his way to Med.
Unfortunately, once he went into surgery, the doctors provided no additional updates, though Platt assured a very concerned Burgess that they got to him quickly.
It’s tough to say if Ruzek will survive, especially with so many Chicago PD and Chicago Med exits happening this year, however, Ruzek is one of the fan-favorite characters, so I can’t see him leaving the series anytime soon. He’s strong and he’s a fighter, and he has a lot to live for—he just made things official with Burgess, he’s a father to Makayla, and he’s an integral part of Intelligence.
My guess is that he will survive the surgery, but he’ll be sidelined for a bit and will likely have to go through some rehab and therapy in the same way Burgess did after her near-death experience.
This seems to be a still from an upcoming episode that shows Ruzek still alive post-surgery—though unconscious—with Burgess by his side, which is promising.
While I can’t say anything definitively, I firmly believe that Adam Ruzek is not leaving Chicago PD just yet. And we likely won’t know more until Chicago PD Season 9 returns in the fall.
You can read our Chicago PD Season 10 Episode 22 review right here.
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