How people change the minute you become suspicious of murder! Did Halstead do it? Of course not, but that doesn’t mean people don’t look at him just a little different. Halstead’s badge was revoked by Voight this week after Lonnie Rodinger is found dead. While Halstead’s on a temporary leave of absence, the rest of the intelligence unit is solving the next crime taking the streets of Chicago by storm.
Halstead’s cheery mood upon entering work quickly changed when he was accused in the murder of Lonnie, the next door neighbor that raped and murdered Ben Corson. While there’s no specific evidence against Halstead, there are pictures that show he followed Lonnie by car a little after 10 p.m, just an hour before he was murdered. Halstead gives up his badge until further notice and faces some temporarily negativity from his collegues Antonio is upset because he brought Halstead into this unit and Voight’s holding him responsible for Halstead’s actions. He confronts him to see if Halstead actually did it. When he realizes he’s innocent, he hands him Lonnie’s file to allow him to do some further investigation on what really happened. Like Voight said, if he can’t find his way out of this murder accusation, he shouldn’t be part of the unit.
Looking through the files, he finds a statement made by Lonnie’s father that Lonnie left home before 10 and he hadn’t seen him since. Except Halstead knows that statement is false because he was tailing Lonnie home at about 10:13 P.M. Halstead confront’s Lonnie’s father and makes him confess to the murder of his sick and disturbed child. Watching the father’s confession was really touching because you can’t help but feel bad for the guy. His whole life he protected his child, stood up for him, only to realize that everyone was right about him. After he found pictures on Lonnie’s computer of young boys about Ben’s age, the two got into a fight and he strangled his son with a belt. Than he took his body and dumped it outside, where police later found it. It must be really heartbreaking to kill you’re own child, but also to live with the fact that you couldn’t help him. And it seems like Halstead actually enjoys the fact that this happened a little bit. While it’s a messed up case for sure, if you look at it through Halstead’s eyes, this is something he’s wanted since Ben got murdered. It’s revenge. It’s justice being served.
Meanwhile, the rest of the gang was busy taking care of Dr. Elliot’s murder after they found his torso in another Simms car. Basically, Dr. Elliot was going to testify in a case that would incriminate a lawyer, Simms and Johnson. So the lawyer, who made a sex-tape with the men, asked them to kill Elliot so she wouldn’t lose her business. Johnston and Simms were responsible for producing meth in the city. The hunt to find Simms was a difficult one. Homie knew how to outrun the police that’s for sure! During their pursuit, Rozek gets shot in the chest and Lindsey stays behind to help him with the would. Finally, Antonio pushes Simms off the trucks he’s running on and Voight shoots an unarmed man to keep him from running further. And that’s how it’s done in the corrupted city of Chi ladies and gentleman.
With one man down, Voight had to use Sumner much to his dismay. Well Sumner proved to be valuable to the team and even made her first arrest. Truthfully, forming a relationship with Voight isn’t the easiest. He doesn’t come off as a friendly, people loving man, especially since he’s suspicious of Sumner. Who is she really working for? Why did they put her in his unit? To watch and spy on him? Sumner doesn’t seem stupid though. She knows how things in this unit work and that sometimes, Voight does things against the rules of the law just to get them done. Plus, she makes a kick-ass addition to a team with only one girl!!! No, a team doesn’t need to be a girl and a guy, two girls working a lead can still make things happened! #Girlpower
There’s the intelligence unit and the two cops that work with the unit. Burgess helped them out trying to catch Simms at the gun show in Rosemont and was forced to use her weapon; something she’s never actually done before. Isn’t that kind of scary? A police officer whose never used her gun in an actual situation?? How are you policing my streets?!?! Rozek picked up on that and took Burgess out for a beer to explain to her how she can work her way up to intelligence. The chemistry between these two has been forming for a couple of weeks now and it finally happened! They kissed!! Obviously the minute it happened, Burgess felt horrible cause she doesn’t want to be a home-wrecker. Rozek on the other hand didn’t seem to upset or distraught at the fact that he just cheated on his fiancee. I mean, he didn’t insinuate the kiss, but it takes two to tango. Especially because he liked it. Being shot for the first time also made him reevaluate his life. Like does he really want to marry Wendy? I wouldn’t call this a case of cold feet, i’d call this a case of he’s not really in love with his fiancee. It’s also hard for me to feel bad for the other woman when the writers almost never show her. They don’t show what happens when Rozek leaves work, or if he is really lovey with his wife. I understand its a cop show, but I just want to get to know these people on a deeper level.
Kind of like Lindsey, whose busy making out with Severide after hours. It upsets me a little bit because I was still holding out for Lindsey and Halstead, even though Voight told them a relationship between co-workers was strictly out of the cards. Severide is also a co-worker right? He’s just from the fire fights side! I feel like the only reason this “rule” exists is because Voight thinks of Lindsey as his daughter and isn’t too fond on the man Halstead is. Cross-over episodes are really fun though so if these two are to be together, it’ll be fun seeing them date of both shows occasionally. And while Severide is a charming fellow and seeing Lindsey so into him was refreshing, what happened to his one-night-stand, sleeping with the new receptionist side? Is he really ready to change for her?
Chicago PD has proved to be one of the more effective cop shows. Two things I’d want to see when season 2 rolls around? First off, more personal life exposure (as mentioned above). Secondly, I think it would be a lot more realistic if the intelligence unit took on some longer cases. In real life, do cops really solve every case within 24 hours? I highly doubt it. Yeah, Voight knows everyone in town and uses his resources to the max when he needs to but I still like sometimes, catching the bad guy takes much longer!!! This would help turn the show into more of a procedural, rather than a stand alone episode cop show!
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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