There’s nothing I can say to lessen the blow of this episode for #Burzek fans. Even if you aren’t a fan of the pairing, the events that unfolded shook the #OneChicago universe to its core.
While the Burgess-centric episode itself was strong and showed her dedication to the job, the conclusion of Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 13 was brutal, unexpected, and unnecessary.
We knew a pregnancy that sidelined Burgess was going to be tough for her to accept, but no one expected this outcome nor for it to be done in such a gruesome and graphic way.
On her first day working in dispatch, Burgess stumbled upon a massive sex-trafficking ring that spanned multiple midwest cities and recruited lost, homeless, and helpless women.
It’s unclear why Burgess’s storylines always center around rape, sexual assault, and sex-trafficking, but it also doesn’t matter because the episode was masterfully executed and shone a light on a very serious topic.
It also gave us a little more insight into Burgess’s past and why she became a cop.
I could be wrong, but I don’t think it was ever mentioned that Burgess grew up in an affluent community in St. Charles or that her family didn’t support her dreams of becoming a cop.
However, that information also made me wonder how Burgess, a woman who doesn’t have any demons in her closet, is so good at understanding girls like Mira and Victoria and knowing the right things to say to get them to do what she wants.
It’s almost as if Burgess spoke their language without ever being in their shoes.
It was impressive.
Almost as impressive as Burgess knowing in her gut that something wasn’t right after answering the 9-1-1 call
A big middle-finger to the responding officers who followed up on the call, missed the signs, and tried to blame Burgess’s hormones for thinking something was wrong.
Sure enough, her gut was onto something.
What seemed like a domestic abuse case on the surface unearthed a full-blown prostitution ring.
If Daniel, one of the pimps, hadn’t left George’s body in the elevator, Intelligence would have had a much harder time building up what happened in the apartment.
On Daniel’s part, it was a huge misstep, but a saving grace for Intelligence and the women.
However, Intelligence failed to take proper precautions when it came to Burgess.
For starters, Voight should have made sure that Burgess was on desk duty the entire time.
He was nice enough to allow her to work the case with Intelligence since it was her intuition that got them there in the first place, but he should have known that she would want to jump in on the action.
But no one else is to blame except for Burgess.
She’s an adult who doesn’t need a babysitter. She made her decisions and had to suffer the consequences.
What I can’t seem to understand is why Burgess was without a partner when going to check hotels?
She took it upon herself to join her team when she should have been at the precinct, but once Voight realized that she was working in the field, he should have had someone join her.
Chicago PD Review – Instinct (8×07)
The only thing more dangerous than a drug dealer taking out other drug dealers is an unstable CI.
And that’s just what Intelligence encountered on Chicago PD Season 8 Episode 7.
Man, that was one hell of an episode. It was messy, emotional, heartbreaking, and, at times, frustrating.
It’s been a while since an episode focused solely on Adam Ruzek kept me on the edge of my seat, but Patrick Flueger brought his all to this episode. I felt every single one of his emotions.
Chicago PD Review – Equal Justice (8×06)
It’s been a while since we’ve had an episode dedicated to Jay Halstead, but some things never change.
On Chicago PD Season 8 Episode 6, Halstead once again got too personally invested in a case featuring a suspect-turned-unlikely-ally.
There was nothing wrong with the episode, per se, as it was a solid standalone episode with a strictly procedural-format. However, compared with other recent episodes that took a more personal approach, it fell flat.
There was a feeble attempt at making the situation personal to Halstead as he briefly mentioned seeing his own father in Latrell, a man who would do anything for his son, but it didn’t come close to the greatness that we’ve seen from the Burgess and Atwater-focused episodes lately.
Chicago PD Review – Burgess Makes a Big Decision (8×05)
Burgess started off the hour getting drunk and hooking up with Ruzek, but by the end of Chicago PD Season 8 Episode 5, she was driving home as a foster mom.
As they say, a lot can change in the span of 24 hours!
Burgess-centric episodes are always top-notch; they’re right up there next to Atwater-centric episodes. And the powers that be even blessed us with a Burgess and Atwater scene, which has become all too scarce these days.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the Burgess and Ruzek team-up, but as this episode proves, it’s nice — and even enlightening — when other members of Intelligence interact with each other. They don’t have to be siloed to their romantic partners all the time.
Burgess and Atwater had such a close relationship in the early seasons of the series that it makes sense that he would be her go-to for advice. It was nice to see that acknowledged again.
While Burgess seemed to have her mind mostly made up about wanting to foster Makayla, running it by Atwater, who could remain impartial (unlike Ruzek) and had some personal experience with raising kids, helped solidify her decision.
Burgess obviously understands the hardships of fostering a child, especially a child that has undergone trauma, but with everything going on in the world, it was important that she also factored in race and her career into her decision.
After having considered every angle, Burgess determined she was up for the challenge. My only hope is that the series specifically addresses how she’s going to juggle being a foster mom with her demanding career. Will she take on less while she navigates motherhood?
It was also important for Ruzek to weigh in on her decision, and I’m glad she ran it by him because it’s an acknowledgment that it will affect their relationship as well.
Prior to her decision to foster, #Burzek spent the night together. He even suggested that they start seeing each other on a regular basis. Admittedly, I get way too giddy whenever Burgess and Ruzek are together; they fit so well and their chemistry is palpable.
If you keep going back to the same person over and over again, you’re either crazy or in love. In this case, I think they’re crazy in love but choosing to remain cautious.
When Burgess mentioned that she wanted the whole “mess” of a boyfriend, a wedding in a banquet hall, and babies, she may have been trying to scare Ruzek away, but it wasn’t working because he wants all of that too.
Adding Makayla into the equation obviously shakes things up, but I think Ruzek will step up to the plate and be a huge source of support for them.
And hopefully, Burgess will accept the help and stop pushing him away. It’s about time that they just admit that they have feelings for each other and that they’re better off together than apart.
Either way, we know Ruzek is going to be involved in this child’s life in some shape or form because, romantic relationship or not, he’s always going to be in Burgess’s life.
Whereas Atwater came from a place of acknowledging that the journey is tough but rewarding, Ruzek wanted to make sure that Burgess wasn’t trying to replace what they lost when she miscarried.
It was a valid concern.
The thought that Burgess was just trying to fill a void crossed my mind, but you can tell Burgess cares about Makayla and feels genuinely connected to her.
They’ve both gone through trauma, so maybe together they can start the healing process.
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t turn into a ball of mushy goo when Burgess looked into her rearview mirror and saw Makayla smiling back at her. It’s the first time we’ve seen that precious little girl smile, which means that Makayla feels comfortable and trusts Burgess.
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