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 Halstead’s badge was revoked by Voight this week after Lonnie Rodinger is found dead.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!
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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