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CHICAGO P.D. -- "Justice" Episode 321 -- Pictured: (l-r) Philip Winchester as Peter Stone, Carl Weathers as Mark Jefferies, Nazneen Contractor as ASA Dawn Patel -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC)

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This was hands down the most intense episode of Chicago PD and it exposed a lot of problems with our world – racism, how quick people are to judge without evidence and the broken judicial system. There is no such thing as justice… not in Chicago at least.

In my opinion, one hour was way too short to delve into this whole episode fully. I found myself rewinding because I thought I had skipped too far ahead – one moment Roman is in the hospital, the next he’s healing at home. It also felt like a Chicago Med/Fire and yes, Justice crossover because this was the introduction of Dick Wolf’s 4th Chicago show! How’s that for episode one?

I love the fact that each show has an established connection to the other. In this case, Peter Stone the attorney is actually the guy who put Voight away in jail. Small world right? As they say, keep your friends close and your enemies closer and Voight does just that because Stone is the man who helps Burgess and Roman when the case is taken to trial.

Let’s step back for a minute though to the beginning – Burgess and Roman are on patrol when they venture off course to a hidden street where they can finally flirt a little and talk about their hook up from last night. Suddenly a kid in a black hoodie and white nikes fires 5 rounds of shots at the cops. Roman is hit in the head and tell Burgess to pursue the shooter. She does, but looses sight of him for a brief second. When she yells at him to stop and he doesn’t, she shoots him in the back.

Now, there’s problem number 1 – you aren’t supposed to shoot anyone when their back is turned to you because they technically don’t pose a threat. In this instance, I think the threat was posed way before and Burgess acted on instinct. However, was she in the right? Did she get the right guy? Was she too invested emotionally? Probably.

Burgess is relieved of her duties and after the shooter, Ellis, gets out of surgery, he explains his side of the story – he just broke up with his girlfriend so he went to take a stroll by the river. When he saw a kid with a gun run into a nearby building, he ran and that’s when Burgess shot him – the wrong guy.

All of Chicago backs Michael because he is a black man shot by a white cop. We’ve seen this too often in the news and while it is unfortunate, it is unjust. Without evidence, how can we be for certain that he didn’t do anything? So Peter Stone digs deeper for a motive.

Meanwhile, Intelligence finds a picture of Michael holding a gun – the same gun that was used to shoot Roman and Burgess. That paired with a confession from Michael’s co-worker who said he came to work and talked bad about cops gives them enough reason to indict him on charges.

Of course, this means the jury has to take their side right? Peter Stone realizes that Roman and Burgess were screwing which obviously doesn’t look good. When it is brought up in court, Rozek seems very taken aback. I hate to play on the whole “relationship” drama while we have such a serious case going on but I did find it interesting that this is the way he found out. Does this mean there’s no chance of a reunion? Does Roman being shot solidify his relationship with Burgess for good?

Stone and team finally find a motive for honor roll student Michael – his uncle Dewan who was mistreated by cops. During the questioning, Stone asks Michael about his uncle, who reportedly hung himself in jail when his final attempt at bail was denied. He was booked by the officer in exactly the SAME place where Roman and Burgess were shot and he killed himself just 2 days before Michael’s shooting spree.

Now it is never said that Michael was the shooter but it is implied. Considering how divided America is on the issue, I am surprised the show would find the black shooter guilty, but obviously they couldn’t incriminate one of the main cast members right? Still, at this point, Michael’s defense offers a deal that would require him to serve 4 years for aggravated assault with a weapon. Stone refuses to take the deal much to the state attorney’s plea – I guess it is always about image.

That’s the thing – Intelligence teaches us about bringing people to justice but justice is not a thing sometimes. It doesn’t exist. It didn’t exist in this case. Stone offered the deal to Burgess and Roman who initially refused. If they didn’t take it though, the jury could be hung or the teen acquitted and really, that’s even worse. So I guess it was choosing the lesser of two evils and Roman made the choice to settle. His life was worth “settling for.” How disturbing right? No matter what the case, no matter how corrupt some police officer are, we have to remember that not all of them are. Most of them put their lives on the line every single day and this was just an example of that. But that thinking goes both ways – not ever African American male with a black hoodie has revenge and killing on his mind. That’s what makes this so tough and so political.

I feel bad that Burgess is the one always getting the short end of the stick. I don’t think there is any other character that has gone through as much as Burgess – getting flack from Platt all the time, her ended engagement with Rozek, getting shot, Roman getting hurt. It is never ending right? Maybe it is because she’s tough enough to handle it? Maybe she really just needs to be moved up to Intelligence.

I also wonder if this “relationship” that could have ruined an officer and a case will be Voight’s basis to stop office romances. Halstead, Lindsey, I’m looking at you.

So, real question – did you like Chicago Justice? Do you like the cast? Do you like the way they approached it?

 

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Chicago PD Season 11 Episode 5 Review – Split-Second

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Is 'Chicago PD' New Tonight? Everything We Know About Season 11 Episode 5

Atwater does it again, but that’s really no surprise. Kevin Atwater episodes of Chicago PD are consistently the strongest—delivering complex issues, a riveting performance, and making us all question why LaRoyce Hawkins isn’t allowed to take the wheel more often. 

And would it kill them to give him a love interest so he doesn’t have to carry this burden all on his own?

On Chicago PD Season 11 Episode 5, Atwater responded to a robbery in progress on Jeweler’s Row, but the situation quickly escalated as the robbers proved to be dangerous and careless, firing shots that killed the store owner and hit an innocent bystander, who ended up bleeding out to death.

The moment was one that haunted Atwater for much of the episode, as the wife of Corey, who was trapped between the safety door, blamed Atwater for making a conscious choice to try to save the owner over her husband. 

And she’s not wrong—Atwater went to check on the other man, allowing the impenetrable doors to close, preventing him from rendering life-saving aid to Corey. 

He was filled with instant regret knowing that his choices could’ve made a difference, and while we know that it’s simply Atwater’s personality to want to take accountability, the case showed that sometimes, despite our best efforts, we can’t change the outcome. And we can’t save everyone. 

It wasn’t stated in the episode—and Atwater said time and time again that he didn’t know why he chose to check on the owner instead of Corey—but my guess is that he didn’t imagine that the doors would be impossible to break through. He likely also felt that the injuries of the owner may have been more extensive than Corey’s, and felt the need to prioritize helping him. 

At the end of the day, he followed his gut in a split-second, trying to make the best decisions for everyone, and there’s not much more you can ask for when it comes to the person responding to a critical situation. 

He went back to the scene of the crime, retracing his steps an replaying the situation over and over in his brain, making himself feel guiltier, particularly when he found the keys under the shattered glass, which could have bought Corey the necessary time until the paramedics arrived, but that’s all hindsight and doesn’t change what happened. Atwater can learn from it, but he needs to let himself move on for his mental health, especially as Voight pointed out that there is no handbook on who you should save first. 

Atwater’s regret aside, the episode was action-packed as they tried to identify the two robbers, who were leaving behind a trail of victims during their heists. The key person to helping them make a break in the case was Teresa. They knew she saw one of the suspects as there was video footage of her looking him in the face before he put his mask on, but when confronted, Teresa insisted that there was a “glare” and she saw nothing.

Considering the suspects took off with every victim’s driver’s license, I’m not surprised Teresa chose to stay quiet as she feared retaliation against her family. She already lost her husband, and she didn’t want to put her husband in harm’s way. 

While Voight’s tactics of pushing her to talk or charging her with obstruction of justice may have seemed harsh, it was necessary to motivate her to help them make a break in the case. (I’ll be honest, I first thought that Teresa was keeping the suspect’s identity a secret because it was someone she knew/someone connected to her son, so I was glad that wasn’t the case.) 

But the sad reality is that even if she hadn’t identified the suspect, they could’ve still come for her to silence her since they knew that she saw one of their faces, which is exactly what happened. They didn’t care if she sold them out—if she could, she needed to be taken care of. Working with the police and giving them what they needed sooner may have ensured her safety as they could’ve caught the bad guys, but I’m also not surprised that there’s a distrust of police, in general, but also specifically for Teresa.

Teresa felt betrayed by Atwater since he didn’t save her husband—it’s all she could focus on. Not to mention that even though Atwater told her that they would have units watching her house until the bad guys were caught, he couldn’t guarantee her safety as the moment one of the suspects broke into her home, no one was stationed outside of her home because they were switching shifts. They dropped the ball, and if it wasn’t for Atwater’s quick thinking, it could’ve cost her and her son their lives. 

Atwater went above and beyond on the case, as he felt a sense of responsibility to the family, but he also found himself with conflicting emotions after he shot Aiden and asked Teresa for assistance with putting pressure on the wound, which she refused to do because “he didn’t deserve to live while her husband died.”

And, quite honestly, as a victim who is grieving a major loss and feels betrayed, I totally get where she’s coming from. This is a man who killed her husband and who broke into her home to kill her and her child without a second thought. If Atwater wasn’t there, he wouldn’t have shown her any mercy, so why did she have to take the high road in this case? 

On the other hand, Atwater is not in a position to pick and choose who he saves. He has sworn to serve and protect—so while he stopped the suspect from hurting someone else, he also has to render aid and do everything to prevent the suspect from dying. Atwater did his job, even if the outcome wasn’t fair. And honestly, when is life ever fair? 

As we’ve seen time and time again on Chicago PD, there are many inner struggles that come with being a cop, and no one feels guilter, harbors more regret, or is harder on themselves than the cops that find themselves in those tricky situations, toeing the line between right, wrong, and necessary. 

Thankfully for all of us, Atwater has always excelled in those storylines, rising to the occasion every single time. 

What did you think of the episode? 

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Is ‘Chicago PD’ New Tonight? Everything We Know About Season 11 Episode 5

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Chicago PD fans, you’re going to have to wait an additional week until new episodes return to NBC.

The police drama will not air a brand new episode tonight (February 14, 2024) as the show is skipping a week before airing a new episode, likely due to Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday cutting into potential live audiences. In its place, the network will be airing a rerun of the season 11 premiere episode

Chicago PD Season 11 Episode 5 will return to your TV on Wednesday, February 21, 2024. 

Thankfully, a synopsis for the next episode has already been revealed, along with a teaser, so fans can know what to expect. The wait will be worth it as the episode, titled “Split Second,” will be the first of the season to focus on Det. Kevin Atwater (played by LaRoyce Hawkins), who always delivers an outstanding performance!

Here’s the official episode tease: “Atwater turns to an unlikely source of support when a string of jewellery store robberies shakes his confidence.”

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 Season 11 Episode 4 Review – Things Get Messy for Torres

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Chicago PD Season 11 Episode 4 Review - Things Get Messy for Torres

Chicago PD Chicago 11 Episode 4 brought back Dante Torres (Benjamin Levy Aguilar) after a brief hiatus—where he was seemingly taking care of his sick mother, based on all the concerning comments from his team. 

And they wasted no time thrusting him back into the actions taking hold of the Windy City as he and Atwater pursued a speeding vehicle whose driver ended up DOA with bricks of high-grade heroine in his car. 

From there, they unearthed a connection to Rafael Perez, a notorious dealer that narcotics has been struggling to build up a case against. Torres knows he can infiltrate Perez’s operation because “I know these people, I am them,” and he dives headfirst into the operation, where he pinpoints Perez’s wife Gloria (Yara Martinez) as the person that he can turn. Torress witnesses Gloria skimming during the car switches and observes her husband’s abusive nature toward her, piecing it together and realizing that she’s plotting her great escape. The money she’s stealing is her rainy-day cash fund—but he promises to help her get out in exchange for her helping them get intel on Perez. 

Gloria is shocked upon learning that Torres is a cop, which obviously he played the part well, but it doesn’t give her any peace of mind considering how dangerous Perez actually is—three of his former wives have been injured in some shape or form, and fans get to see firsthand what he does to people he believes are snitches. 

But when she’s presented with no other choice, she agrees to let him help her. Of course, as we’ve learned from experience, sometimes, these things don’t go as planned. Perez’s behavior is unpredictable, so when he fails to show up at the scheduled meet-up, it gives everyone some pause, especially because he didn’t realize he was being tailed and Gloria didn’t tip him off. 

Turns out, Perez thought one of his men sold him out, so he skipped the meeting but let his wife walk right into it, confirming her fears and worries that he’s absolutely content with her dying. 

Gloria is in a pretty rough place now as she’s fearful for her life with a husband who believes that someone in his inner circle isn’t playing by his rules. Torres promises that he’ll keep her safe and won’t let Perez harm her, but honestly, no one should be making promises they can’t keep, especially because when she has to go back to live with her husband, she’s on her own. And now, his guards are going to be up and he’s going to be that much more suspicious. 

If I’m being quite honest, I’m surprised Torres’ arrival the day after one of Perez’s men was killed and cops too the drugs wasn’t more of a red flag. One would think the timing would just be too coincidental, but Torres passed all of Eddie’s tests with flying colors. 

And, in the final moments of the episode, Torres’ decision to hook up with Gloria is what I’ll call one of the biggest lapses in judgment. You should never sleep with a CI—that has to be in the 101 handbook of being a cop.

The case became too personal for Torres (we’ve seen everyone get in too deep before, so I guess this it’s his turn), and he got swept up in the emotions, likely confusing his concern and fear (along with his desire to protect her because of his mother’s similar situation) for Gloria with something a bit more romantic. But when you end up crossing the line, you can’t uncross it—it casts a shadow over the whole operation because he can no longer operate objectively. Will they both try to keep this a secret or will Voight figure it out immediately?

And finally, not to take away from the heat of the moment and all that, but anyone who lives in or has visited Chicago in the dead of winter when it’s snowing outside knows how brutally cold it is. There is no chance that anyone is going to strip down and expose themselves in such frigid weather for a little rendezvous—I don’t believe it. And for that, I couldn’t take the moment seriously at all. 

The Perez operation provides this season’s fresh multi-episode storyline, and for now, it’s promising plenty of dramatic moments. It’s also nice that Torres is getting to be the focus of it as Upton is going to be exiting the series and the new blood will be what carries the show.

As for the fans waiting for more insight on Ruzek and Burgess’ engagement, everyone in Intelligence knows for now, so I’m sure celebrations are soon to follow! 

What did you think of the episode? Are you disappointed in Torres for his misstep considering he’s always putting his job before anything else?

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