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Chicago PD – Reckoning (6×22)

CHICAGO P.D. -- "Reckoning" -- Episode 622 -- Pictured: Jason Beghe as Sgt. Hank Voight -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC)

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Well, there’s no turning back now.

After a rocky season, Chicago PD went out with a bang!

On Chicago PD Season 6 Episode 22, Intelligence faced off against soon-to-be Mayor Kelton and it was brutal from start to finish.

Kelton’s rise to the top didn’t just threaten Intelligence’s existence, it also threated to end Ruzek’s career.

The IRT and Internal Affairs was closing in on Ruzek for covering up a murder done by Antonio while he was high.

The most frustrating thing about this episode had to be Voight’s inability to learn from the past.

Though the case was different than what happened with Alvin Olinsky, we’ve been here before.

The odds were stacked against Intelligence from the getgo.

Just like in Olinsky’s case, Intelligence was playing catch-up and operating from a place of fear and anger.

And the end result? Ruzek behind bars.

And know what happens to cops in jail. It doesn’t end well.

Voight didn’t have much of a plan to clear Ruzek and Antonio nor did he get any input from the rest of the team.

He just assumed they would fall in line because of blind loyalty, but it’s unfair to ask them to sabotage their own careers without giving them the full story.

When all is said and done, they would be the one to pick up the pieces.

Since none of Voight’s extreme measures worked, someone handled the situation by killing Kelton, the newly elected Mayor.

I bet Upton regrets saying that “Kelton’s time of reckoning” was coming.

I say someone because it’s unclear who committed the crime. Was it Voight or Antonio? Or is someone framing them both?

CHICAGO P.D. -- "Reckoning" Review

CHICAGO P.D. — “Reckoning” — Episode 622 — Pictured: (l-r) John C. McGinley as Brian Kelton, Marina Squerciati as Officer Kim Burgess, Jesse Lee Soffer as Det. Jay Halstead, LaRoyce Hawkins as Officer Kevin Atwater — (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC)

Maybe it was Brennan. That would at least give her character some kind of meaning.

However, the “who-dun-it” boils down to two Intelligence members.

Voight mentioned he was going to Kelton’s place right before while Antonio popped a pill sometime before the killing.

They both had a motive as they were boxed into a corner, though I’m leaning towards Antonio being the one who pulled the trigger.

Upon meeting his CI, the guy mentioned that if you hang around criminals long enough, you become them.

I found it was a weird thing to say regardless of Antonio’s current predicament, but looking back at it, I realize it could have been massive foreshadowing that Antonio was about to do something wildly out of character.

Antonio then watched Ruzek nobly take the fall for him.

Say what you want about Ruzek, but Ruzek is a team player who risked his career and his future to help out one of his own.

He took his arrest in stride while Antonio couldn’t even bring himself to own up to his mistakes.

Antonio could have stepped in and done something since he did have something to use against Heller, but instead, he sat back quietly because he refused to bring Heller’s family into it.

Considering the lengths both Voight and Ruzek went to protect Antonio, the least he could have done is threatened, Heller.
And don’t think that Antonio refusing to destroy an innocent person for his personal gain somehow redeemed him. He allowed Ruzek to take the fall for him and coped by popping pills, the very reason they’re in this mess in the first place.

Ruzek surely doesn’t deserve to go down any of this.

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Chicago PD Fall Finale Review – Is [SPOILER] Dead or Alive? (7×09)

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Isn’t it ironic that the last words Jay uttered before getting shot were, “you’re safe.”

Man, Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 9 was an emotional rollercoaster.

It’s only right that the series brings out the big guns for a fall finale, but it was painful to watch Halstead get caught up in the unnecessary drama.

The phrase ‘kindness is weakness’ sums up all of Halstead’s actions. He ignored his better judgment throughout the whole episode and now, his life is hanging in the balance.

Halstead knew better, and yet his guilt over Marcus West consumed him.

He should’ve heeded Upton’s warnings against getting involved with a suspect’s family and simply walked away.

And he never should have told Angela the truth about what happened to Marcus.

At times, it felt as though Halstead was making it worse for himself simply because he thought he deserved it.

Many of you have criticized the show for its lack of continuity in our comments section, myself included, and it seems like the Chicago PD heard us!

Halstead’s guilt forced Chicago PD to acknowledge that these detectives aren’t robots. Wrongfully implicating an innocent man wasn’t something Halstead forgot about and moved on from; it weighed heavy on his conscience.

When the fall finale teased Halstead’s grim situation, I wasn’t concerned because I figured there’s no way Chicago PD would ever get rid of Halstead.

He can’t die, right?

Then I remembered that it wasn’t too long ago that they killed off Al and shipped Antonio off to Puerto Rico, so we can’t rule anything out.

But it’s because of Al and Antonio’s exit that Halstead has to be saved. He’s one of the only original Intelligence members still on the team.

Fans would be furious if he was killed off, and it would further diminish the quality of the show.

Therefore, the cliffhanger isn’t about whether or not Halstead survives, it’s about how they keep Angela quiet.

Based on the promo for Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 10 returning on January 8, 2020, Anglea survives and she’s ready to clear Marcus’ name and take down the police that wronged him, namely Halstead.

And why wouldn’t she? She’s poor, her son is sick, and she deserves it.

She saw an opportunity to not only to do right by Marcus but to get herself out of a bad situation and into a better one.

It’s a no-brainer.

But it’s not ideal for Intelligence, the CPD, the City of Chicago, and the interim Mayor. Is he still an interim or did he just get the gig already? I can’t keep up, but it doesn’t even matter.

The point is, everyone is screwed if this gets out.

It doesn’t just become local cover-up, it becomes a nationwide scandal.

While Halstead is fighting for his life, Voight and co. will have to figure out how to stop Angela from speaking her truth while acknowledging that she deserves to.

Halstead didn’t just implicate himself because of his guilt, he implicated everyone around him.

And his guilt could also jeopardize his career.

With Angela threatening to tell the truth, Voight will likely have to call in a few favors to shut her down, which forces him to admit to Halstead’s actions.

Angela’s personality change after finding out the truth was expected, and I don’t know why Halstead ever believed that getting the truth off of his chest would make things better.

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Chicago PD Review – No Regrets (7×08)

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Baby Burzek is on board.

Fans of the Burgess and Ruzek relationship can breathe a sigh of relief after Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 8 because the formerly engaged couple has agreed to keep the baby and see where this journey takes them.
Burgess’ shock at finding out she was pregnant was understandable.
She came to Med to deal with a cut on her arm and left with her whole future flipped upside down.
It’s slightly irritating that the baby bombshell was revealed via a teaser at the end of the previous episode because we should have been just as surprised by the news as Burgess was when she found out.
Giving away too much in a teaser ruins the fun!
There was also a missed opportunity by not using one of the Chicago Med characters to deliver the news to Burgess.
Natalie Manning would have been the perfect choice in this situation rather than a random doctor we’ve never seen before who didn’t pick up on the fact that Burgess was not overjoyed with the baby news.
If Burgess had a personal connection to the doctor delivering the news, it would have allowed her to get a little more in-depth about her mindset.
She could have confided in Manning (or anyone else from the Med staff) about her shock, concerns, uncertainty, and more, which would have made for a much more effective scene.
Instead, we were left with Burgess handling all of her emotions internally with the external coming from the distressing case-of-the-week.
It was that case-of-the-week that convinced Burgess she didn’t want to go through with the abortion and wanted to embrace this new, unplanned part of her life.
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Chicago PD – Informant (7×07)

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Remember when kids in middle school used to say “snitches get stitches?”

Well, on Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 7 we learned that the stitches part means they can get killed in broad daylight while chatting up a cop.

I have to say, I’ve watched every single episode of Chicago PD to date, and I’ve never been so shaken by a death in my life.

When Cameron was shot in the chest, I jumped out of my seat.

It was obvious that he was going to die by the end of the episode.

Not only is it par for the course for many CI’s, but Cam was a rather overzealous one who ran rampant and ignored Hailey when she urged him to let it go.

Though, I didn’t expect his death to be so tragic and ruthless.

It’s probably important to get this out there now — the first rule of being a CI is to not walk into a police station out freely.

You might as well just ask to get killed.

And when a cop tells you to let it go, you shouldn’t go chasing your leads.

Hailey took Cam’s death personally, and ultimately, the death was on her. She reached out to him knowing how eager he could be about helping.

His blood was, quite literally, on her hands… and face.

The whole episode was heavy for Hailey, who didn’t know how to live with her guilt.

When Voight doesn’t have the answers either, you knew it was serious.

There’s no problem that Voight cannot fix.

Was Darius responsible for Cam’s death? That remains uncertain, though, all signs point to it being the case.

Darius proved he wields a significant amount of power on the streets; he’s capable of anything.

He also knew he had Voight’s protection.

Plus, Cameron was able to ID Darius as a CI after seeing him inside the police station.

But even if Darius was the man behind the kill, it wasn’t worth pursuing.

At the end of the day, Darius helped them get the carfentanil off the street and spared them plenty of overdoses.

Voight could have thrown the case and turned on Darius, but it wouldn’t bring Cameron back.

At least this way, they were doing their job by getting the drugs off the streets.

Darius also held up his end of the bargain after a little nudge from Voight.

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