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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 Review – Burgess and Ruzek’s Modern Family (7×11)

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Baby Burzek is lucky.

It might not have seemed that way for much of Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 11, but by the end, it established that the unborn child will have so many badass people loving and caring about him/her.

Burgess and Ruzek didn’t exactly see eye-to-eye on the pregnancy news at first, but it’s understandable as the whole situation is new, unexpected, and still a complete shock.

Burgess wasn’t sure how to feel about it, but she knew that she was scared.

She was acting from a place of fear — fear of what’s next and fear for what it means for her career.

That fear of the unknown explained her short and cold attitude towards Ruzek.

At the same time, Ruzek wanted to be supportive.

He wanted to show Burgess that he’s a good guy while also respecting her boundaries, and yet, he found himself upsetting her at every turn by saying all the wrong things. Truth is, there was no right thing to say.

It was tough to watch them both stumble around this very exciting development mainly because they were both right to some extent.

Burgess is the mother, this is her pregnancy, and her career will be the only one impacted by it.

But that didn’t validate her brushing off Ruzek’s opinions or feelings, which he’s just as entitled to.

While Ruzek may not be physically carrying the child, he is the father and has a say.

More importantly, he wants to be a father, he wants to bear the responsibilities, and he wants to be there for the good times and the bad.

That’s a huge win right there.

Seeing Burgess in life-threatening situations that could hurt her or the baby wasn’t easy for Ruzek and in a misguided way, he took matters into his own hands.

It wasn’t right to undermine Burgess as a cop or disobey her orders, but his protective nature took over.

Chicago PD succeeded by showing both sides equally rather than presenting a one-sided argument.

There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to having a baby, but there is a right way to handle it.

It’s a good thing that Ruzek and Burgess found a way to communicate with each other by the end because communication will be key in all of this.

Burgess laid out all her concerns, Ruzek laid out all of his, and together, they came to a mutual understanding that this modern family that will work for them.

Ruzek’s suggestion of getting married was silly and again, came from a place of fear, and it’s a good thing that Burgess shut him down and checked him immediately.

Just because they’re having a baby together doesn’t mean they need to be together or make things official.

Right now, they’re on two completely different wavelengths and they aren’t “meant to be” in the same way that they were in Chicago PD Season 1.

Will that change in the future? Maybe. The baby might bring them together and as their fears subside, they’ll find that they have feelings for each other.

But all that matters right now is that they’re in this together and made the most mature and responsible decision for their unborn baby.

On a different note, when did Chicago PD get so funny? There were several moments where I found myself laughing out loud.

It was mostly Ruzek’s lines, which painted him in this new “funny man” light, but Platt’s line about Burgess and Ruzek having voices that carry was also one for the books.

Platt may not get as much screen-time as she deserves, but any moment where she appears is golden.

How thoughtful was the “Mom Cop” mug? The gift wouldn’t mean nearly as much if it came from anyone else, especially considering how Platt and Burgess’ relationship has evolved over the years.

Burgess heeded Ruzek’s concerns about working while pregnant and mustered up the courage to tell Voight.

It’s unclear how far along Burgess is, but it did seem a little premature to loop her boss in, however, I cannot blame her wanting to be careful.

Her job is demanding and can put her in unexpected and dangerous situations at any moment.

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Chicago PD Midseason Premiere Review – Does Halstead Survive? (7×10)

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SPOILER ALERT: do not read if you have not seen the Chicago PD Season 7 premiere! 

2020 is off to a good start in the Chicago Universe as Jay Halstead lives to see another day on Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 10.

Despite making Halstead’s fate a huge draw for the episode, the mystery of whether or not he would survive (and we all knew he would because he’s too important to the show) was wrapped up swiftly.

For someone who almost died, Halstead was up and about in no time. Despite throwing around phrases like “we almost lost him,” it felt very anti-climactic.

As did “taking care” of Angela.

Voight barely lifted a finger to buy her silence, and it seemed odd that someone who had the nerve to shoot a cop and wanted money, revenge, or a mix of both, would give in so easily.

That’s not to say Angela didn’t get a sweet deal — she won’t be charged with the murder of a CPD officer — but it feels too convenient as everyone wins without any drama of getting to that point.

Halstead continues being a cop, the CPD doesn’t have to deal with a public scandal, and Angela gets to be there to watch her son grow up.

However, there’s always the possibility that it’ll come back to haunt her if we’re to assume Voight’s warning of “I’ll find and bury you” is some type of foreshadowing. If Angela ever decides to tell her side of the story, Voight won’t have any mercy.

The whole situation was so neatly tied up that Halstead barely learned his lesson from the near-death experience.

You’d think that getting shot would knock some sense into him or, at the very least, make him more aware of how dangerous it is to get personally involved with a victim, but “post-surgery Halstead” was ready to get himself involved again by wanting to pick up a phone call from Angela’s son, Billy.

Halstead’s caring nature is one of his more admirable qualities, but as we saw, it’s also his downfall.

He needs to listen to Upton and let it go before he finds himself in even more trouble.

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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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