After that action-packed hour, all I have to say is whoa, I didn’t see that coming!
Chicago PD Season 10 Episode 5 kickstarted a brand new, multi-episode case involving the chief’s son, Sean. And while I initially suspected him, much like Upton, I was totally convinced by his charade that he’s a good guy. Sean was helpful, knowledgable, and seemed well-intentioned.
The episode kicked off with Hailey Upton trying to distract herself from the pain of losing Halstead by taking on all the overtime work that she possibly could. It’s not a terrible solution, but it’s also not a sustainable one. Eventually, she’s going to have to face the music head-on, but the latest case, involving a young woman who was being trafficked for sex, is a good one to keep her occupied for the time being.
Upton found the girl in a factory while working another overtime case, but when she tried to free her, she was clunked in the head and knocked unconscious.
When one of the cops found her shortly after, she was disoriented but certain that they needed to help the young woman she encountered. From there, the case got a new life on its own as Upton poured everything into finding Abby.
Without any leads or any information about the girl in the abandoned factory, Intelligence went off of footage that they found roughly 36 hours prior that showed a white male bringing her to the location. They located a trap house nearby and decided to check it out, which is where they found Sean, the son of Chief Patrick O’Neal. Naturally, Upton brought him in for questioning as he claimed to be there looking for the same girl, Abby, which didn’t sit well with the Chief. He was mad (very mad) that his son was being interrogated and basically chewed out Voight loudly enough for everyone to hear, even dragging Upton’s personal life into the mix to try to discredit her.
This, in turn, motivated her more than ever, and when Sean offered to help find Abby, she jumped at the opportunity. Since Abby had no record, no parents, and was basically a runway from DCFS, Intelligence had absolutely nothing to go off of, but Sean was their only lead and he was a good start as he had a lot of information about her. He allowed Upton to ask questions at the safe house he ran for troubled teens, which is where she found Blake, a teen who had access to Abby’s cellphone number.
Sean helped convince Blake to turn the phone over to help find Abby, and when they did, they were able to locate a suspect, Kenning, a finance bro who matched the description of the offender in the abandoned factory. When they got to his house, they confirmed that he was involved when they saw photos of Abby on the computer. He was selling her for sex, which at least guaranteed that she was still alive.
They decided to check out all of the other properties connected to Kenning, including an abandoned warehouse owned by his brothers in Humboldt Park, but on their way, Upton got a call from Sean who informed her that he got a distress call from Abby who gave him the location of where she was being kept.
When they got to the address, there was no sign of her, but Sean spotted a pink shirt. From there, they moved out to the warehouse in Humboldt Park that they were initially going to check. Upon arrival, they heard gunshots on the roof, and when Upton ran up there, she saw Abby standing over Kenning’s body. She said he tried to kill her so she acted.
She was terrified and panicked, which was understandable given everything she’s been through, and Upton did her best to try to calm her and move her away from the ledge. When she saw that nothing was working, she mentioned that Sean has been assisting in the case, noting that he’s gone above and beyond to find her, and shortly after, Abby jumped to her death.
The whole situation after Upton mentioned Sean was unsettling, which triggered an even deeper investigation on her part. By the next morning, Upton had a stack of “missing girl” files that she claimed linked back to Sean, who has been using the safehouse as a cover while trafficking girls. The claims were bold, but they weren’t unwarranted as Sean did lend himself to the investigation in a way that largely allowed him to control it. And though Upton didn’t have proof connecting Sean to the man who took Abby, she theorized that he told them about the fake distress call to buy the man time so that he could kill Abby and tie up loose ends.
When that didn’t happen and Upton saw Abby’s pain and fear firsthand, she knew something was wrong and something more sinister was at large.
Of course, given the Chief’s initial reaction to his son getting interrogated, they have to be very careful with how they pursue this case and make sure they have airtight evidence. Sean needs to pay the price for his actions, but if they don’t play their cards right, his daddy will find a way to protect him. This is a dangerous man who has been taking advantage of the poor girls that have nowhere to go and no one to turn to by becoming someone they can trust. It’s sickening.
The expression on Voight’s face proved that he knew this wasn’t an easy situation, but he seemed to believe Upton as she did the legwork. She may be going through a personal hell, but she was finally seeing clearly and not allowing yet another man to blindside her any longer.
And personally, I’m excited for any case that will span a few episodes and allow us to really dig into it. It also allows us to get away from the whole Halstead situation a bit, which is nice. It’s clear Upton will have to face it eventually, but right now she’s on her pink cloud, and if it means she brings down a really bad guy and gets justice for a handful of forgotten women in the process, well, I think that’s a really great outcome. Upton is likely still processing Halstead’s exit so the grieving part hasn’t even fully settled in yet.
The promo for the Nov. 2 episode reveals it will be an Atwater-centric episode—finally—but I think the writers will find a way to weave this ongoing investigation into the episode in a way that feels natural.
Season 10 of Chicago PD has been nothing short of amazing; they really are bringing their all to the stories they are telling.
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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