Upton’s childhood trauma bubbled up to the surface on Chicago PD Season 8 Episode 11.
This isn’t the first time the series has touched upon Upton’s past, but audiences were able to get a better grasp at the hell she went through while growing up in a household of domestic abuse.
Up until now, she never fully confronted how it affected her into adulthood.
On Chicago PD Season 8 Episode 3, Upton couldn’t even bring herself to visit her father after he suffered a heart attack.
The truth is, she’s been running from her past for her whole life, but the trauma has finally caught up with her and it’s significantly affecting every aspect of her life including her career and her promising, new relationship.
And she’s beginning to realize that if she lets this bruised part of herself continue to get in the way, it could jeopardize everything she’s ever cared about.
The case was solid with or without an anchor to Upton’s personal life as the outcome wasn’t obvious. Also, how gruesome was that scene of the mother with her teeth pulled out and her fingertips burnt off?
Upton responded to a call that involved a young child who has endured a lifetime of emotional and physical abuse.
She immediately felt drawn to the little girl, Becca, as she saw herself in her pained yet hopeful face.
And Upton went to great lengths to help her. On one hand, her determination played a key role in solving the case, but on the other hand, it was dangerous because she was willing to break the rules and go against Voight’s orders.
Since she was fueled by emotion, she wasn’t thinking clearly, which made it easy for her to misstep and cross a line.
Throughout the episode, I wanted to shake Upton and tell her to snap out of it, but she was so focused. It almost felt like she thought she could save herself by saving Becca.
Coming from a dysfunctional family gives Upton good instincts. Her personal involvement in the case is largely the reason Intelligence found Becca in time.
However, it also forced her to reassess her approach.
After her heart-to-heart with Voight, Upton realized that she couldn’t go on like this and pretend that her past wasn’t seeping into her present.
A childhood fueled by control, manipulation, betrayal, and abuse also made it hard for Upton to form a real connection with another person.
Even before she took on the case, Upton bolted right after Halstead said the L-word.
While it’s a huge moment in their relationship, for Upton, it was a trigger because she’s only ever known a dysfunctional level of love.
Whenever someone would say “I love you,” there was always a catch. So, when Halstead said it, she was waiting for the other foot to drop.
Instead of allowing herself to get hurt, she wanted to beat him to the punch and run the other way.
That’s why her eventual decision to open up to Halstead and be vulnerable and transparent about her fears and insecurities was a huge step.
I love that Halstead didn’t try to “fix” Upton; He simply listened to what she needed while promising to be patient and stay by her side.
I wasn’t completely sold on #TeamUpstead prior to this episode because I’m used to the relationships on this series crumbling for one reason or another, but I’m digging the direction that this is going in.
Not every relationship starts in the honeymoon phase, and it’s clear Halstead cares enough about her to support her and help her get to a good point.
Hopefully, the series continues with the storyline and doesn’t drop Upton’s emotional turmoil.
We don’t need a whole episode dedicated to her working through her issues, but it would be nice to see some continuity whenever #Upstead’s relationship gets future screen time.
We got to chat with Tracy Spiridakos, who plays Hailey Upton, about the game-changing episode!
Check out our post-mortem interview at TV Fanatic Now!
Best Tweets About #Burzek Finally Happening on ‘Chicago PD’
Burzek fans all around the world are rejoicing because Chicago PD Season 10 Episode 17 finally gave them the moment that they’ve been waiting for.
After a joint family therapy session, Kim Burgess and Adam Ruzek broached the topic of their romance, with the latter suggesting that they weren’t in sync for much of the time while the former realized that she’s been frozen by fear and feeling numb from her near-fatal attack.
However, hearing that Ruzek has always loved her made her realize that she’s always felt the same way—and she stopped him in his tracks with the confession.
It wasn’t long before the two of them made their way lovingly to the bedroom for a moment that’s been seasons in the making!
Fans who have been shipping the couple all this time took to Twitter to rejoice and celebrate the big moment! Here are some of the best tweets and memes!
Find someone that still looks at you like this 10 years later. 😍#Burzek#ChicagoPD pic.twitter.com/WTdodhj5Vt
— Michelle🏻 (@LMH224) March 30, 2023
We've waited so long for this very moment. 💞
∣ #Burzek #ChicagoPD ∣ pic.twitter.com/1cZN8FaDlq
— Leo Schwartzer (@Schwartzer_) March 30, 2023
It’s their thing ❤️💫#Burzek #ChicagoPD pic.twitter.com/f5dtptnV1h
— Jessica (@Burzek_DadAdam) March 30, 2023
WE'VE WAITED WHOLE SEASONS FOR ANOTHER #BURZEK MOMENT LIKE THAT 😭😭😭 #ChicagoPD #OneChicago @ChicagoPDFans @NBCOneChicago
— Lauren⭐⚾ (@LoveIsaMelody) March 30, 2023
YOU TWO MIGHT BE THE SAME LIKE THAT #BURZEK #ChicagoPD pic.twitter.com/qQ7OiVqLeB
— Rachel (@Rachie323) March 30, 2023
Live footage from my Living room#Burzek #ChicagoPD pic.twitter.com/dD9o60ujdA
— Kather🦄/ (@KatherWren_) March 30, 2023
something about THE look… #burzek #ChicagoPD pic.twitter.com/XuHrEaQDOH
— kallie | “we’ve got grandkids now?”💕 |fan acc| (@eddie_5021_ida) March 30, 2023
Me trying to process everything that just happened pic.twitter.com/Tybp3ot6Ql
— Emily Konopka (@emkonopka) March 30, 2023
The way #Burzek fans do not know how to function right now 😂
— Jessica (@Burzek_DadAdam) March 30, 2023
No words!!! #happytears #ChicagoPD pic.twitter.com/INK8lEH1od
— Lorena (@Lorenaflrs29) March 30, 2023
Yaaaaaaaassssssss, MY #Burzek is BACK!!!!!!!!!!! #Burzek #ChicagoPD pic.twitter.com/K7uYoP981B
— 🥰PoohIzMyBoo♊ (@GeminiPrncs85) March 30, 2023
THIS IS A LOT #Burzek #ChicagoPD pic.twitter.com/nEt5qZoNFY
— Rachel (@Rachie323) March 30, 2023
#Burzek fandom we need to give it up for the therapist because without her we wouldn’t be here right now #ChicagoPD pic.twitter.com/hvHIQIXmQu
— Mychelle (@thelovely_mj) March 30, 2023
SCREAMING!!!! CRYING!!!!! #BURZEK!!!! FINALLY!!!! AFTER TEN YEARS!!!! 😭😭😭😭🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 pic.twitter.com/MzKF2pP458
— Caitlin 🌚™️ (@smoakqueenfam) March 30, 2023
Chicago PD Review – Out of the Depths (1017)
I think all of the Burzek fandom can sleep well tonight because FINALLY!
The Burgess and Ruzek hookup/reunion/romance—call it what you will—has been a long time coming, but the wait only made the moment that much sweeter.
Adam Ruzek has gone to great lengths for Burgess. His love for her has been clear for many episodes and many seasons, but she needed to do the work and the healing so that she could finally arrive at a place where they could happen. Where a relationship between them was healthy for everyone involved, including Makayla.
The feelings were always there, on both sides, but the timing was always off, especially after Burgess’ near-fatal accident that shook her to her core. All of the feelings she had for Ruzek were diminished as she felt numb, scared, and terrified of taking another step.
Once she finally realized that she could no longer go on allowing the PTSD to have such a hold on her life, she broached the topic of therapy, eventually putting in all of the work to start healing the trauma. One of the major steps was to confront the situation with help from her partner. They are living together, working together, and co-parenting, but until this moment, they’ve never sat down and had an honest conversation about their feelings—they’ve just skirted around the topic with Ruzek simply accepting that they weren’t in sync.
He waited, though. He waited until she was finally ready, championing her every step of the way. When her hand didn’t tremble when she took the shot at Ethan, the suspect who reached for his gun at the train yard, Ruzek noticed, and he felt an immense sense of pride.
And when she suggested that they do a family therapy session, he didn’t think twice about it, agreeing because he knew it could help her. The real reason it took so long for Burgess to ask Ruzek if he’d go with her had nothing to do with her fear that he wouldn’t want to go. Deep down inside she knew that he would do it for her and that meant being completely transparent and raw. It’s a scary thing, but I’m truly so proud of them.
We honestly should all be thanking that therapist for the great work she’s been doing.
Also kudos both Marina Squerciati and Patrick Flueger for keeping Burzek alive all these years and somehow managing to keep the spark ignited through all the pain and hardships. It was evident that we’d always get here—that they would be endgame—but for a moment, it did feel like a lost cause, and yet those two never gave up hope or that thing that made fans year for their reunion. Seeing them light up the screen in a moment of realization was magical.
The rest of the episode was almost irrelevant because of how powerful and passionate those final moments between the two of them were. I said almost because the case was important as it helped Burgess find the bravery to put herself first.
There were also so many good moments throughout the hour, including Burgess informing Ruby that Ethan wasn’t a partner because he walked away when a good partner stays with you through the hard times. It was at that moment that there was so much clarity for Burgess about the man who has remained by her side this whole time, always checking in on her and making sure that she feels loved and taken care of. My heart is just bursting.
Burgess is in this unique position where she asks the victims involved in her cases to be brave, but she of all people knows how incredibly hard that is. It’s something she struggles with quite often because it’s not something you can just do because someone asks you to. Burgess had all the tools to help Ruby, a victim-turned-suspect, and she just needed to establish a connection and get through to her.
Thanks to her own therapist and the important work she’s been doing, Burgess knew how to handle Ruby, deciding that exposure therapy would be the most effective way of getting her to open up. She brought Ruby to the abandoned bar where the rape happened, which made her open up and agree to help the police find Ethan, the man who raped her and was now forcing her to be an accomplice while robbing mom-and-pop shops.
It was truly an unfortunate situation because while Burgess knew that Ruby was a victim, she couldn’t let her off the hook as she was an active participant in six robberies that resulted in someone being beaten within an inch of their life or murdered. Ruby never willingly went to any of these robberies, and that might work in her favor, but the reality is that she’d do some time even with a deal for cooperating with the police.
Chicago PD loves itself an “it’s not black or white” storyline, so it wasn’t a surprise when Burgess felt conflicted about how they got Ruby’s DNA. While there’s no law prohibiting cops from using a rape kit to match DNA to a crime, it was a huge violation of victim rights. It might not have sat well with Burgess, but at least she made the best of it, vouching for Ruby, helping her through the case, and freeing her from a life of captivity.
It’s a good thing she was the responding officer on the case because things might not have turned out the same.
And though it was an interesting case that forced some introspection on Burgess’ part, there’s no doubt about it that the episode was A+ because #Burzek is officially an item!
What did you think of the episode? Sound off in the comments below!
Chicago PD Review – Deadlocked (1016)
Chicago PD Season 10 Episode 16 took it back to the basics—the dark and gritty vibe, the cage, and Voight going rogue for all the right reasons.
And that was all part of the plan—Jesse Lee Soffer’s plan, that is. The actor, who played Jay Halstead for 10 seasons, jumped into the director’s seat, told Hello that he wanted the episode to have an “old school PD vibe.” And that it did. There’s honestly no one who knows the show better than the man who has been on set making the magic happen in front of the screen for a decade.
It’s safe to say, Halstead’s first time directing was impressive, delivering yet another compelling hour of television—and cementing my belief that this truly is one of Chicago PD’s strongest seasons to date.
There was also something so poetic about putting Voight at the center of it all and giving him his own badass moment that involved him taking down two of Arturo Morales’ henchmen singlehandedly, bringing Julia back home, and ensuring that he sought the case through from beginning to end—with Morales finally getting what was coming to him and seeing a life sentence.
Once the jury verdict was announced, you could tell Morales was frazzled as he was sure that he had it in the bag. Little did he know, Voight was on the case, and unlike ASA Chapman, he was willing to bend the rules to get the right outcome.
It’s why Hank Voight has withstood the test of time—despite some questionable approaches over the years—as the hero that Chicago not only wants but needs. For the most part, he makes the city a better and safer place. He gets the bad guys any way that he can. The reputation that he has is there for a reason, and while many might not agree with his decisions and tactics, he’s also respected for a reason. He’s resourceful and provides results, and isn’t that what you want from the men protecting you?
Some of the best episodes of PD are when they go off-book. It might not always be what’s right in the eyes of the law, but it is what allows them to do the job that they are so good at. Why would he want to blow his own operation before he even had a shot at proving himself? If he went by the book, he would’ve cemented Julia’s fate and Morales’ case would’ve been rescheduled, allowing for the possibility that justice would never be served and that a dangerous and violent man with zero regard for other human beings would walk away.
Voight couldn’t just stand around and allow Morales to get away with killing yet another person.
I’d think Chapman would be grateful that someone is willing to do the dirty work considering how much this case meant to her personally, but I’m not surprised she’s weary and feels complicit. She wants the verdict and the charges to stick, and if anyone found out what Voight did, that might not happen.
I’m a little bummed that the end result wasn’t a bonding night of drinking and letting loose between Voight and Chapman because, let’s face it, they both need it. And they complement each other so well, even if we veer away from making any romantic connections and keep them strictly as peers who see eye-to-eye. Chapman can stand her own against Voight, which can’t be said for many people, plus he respects the hell out of her.
There’s a good vibe there, so hopefully, they can find their way back to being supportive colleagues who can depend on each other when the pressures of the job get too much. Voight needs someone outside of his own unit—and who is a little closer to his age and mindset—to decompress with! Chapman isn’t Al Olinksy or Antonio Dawson, but she’s gone through her fair share of hardships, and she’s a good person to have in your corner.
Torress and Hailey definitely played a role in helping bring down Morales and find Julia, but it was very much Voight’s show, as he even went dark before going into the safe house, which is something that others would have gotten in trouble for in the past, and that could’ve ended terribly. The decision seemed to stem from his desire not to drag anyone else into a situation that may be held against them in the future, but I do hope he realizes that he can always count on his team—whenever and wherever. They all try to do their best, but if there’s one thing they—and the audience—know all too well is that when it comes to the law, things are never really black and white; we always operate in that gray area, and they’ve gone above and beyond to navigate it the best they can while making decisions that they can live with.
The case was a bit of a race against the clock—not just because of the jury deliberations but also because of Julia’s condition. Morales’ men never planned to return her in one piece, so they didn’t care that she suffered blunt trauma to the head and lost too much blood, which meant that Voight needed to act quickly if he wanted a positive outcome. He was looking for any way in, and he found it when they stumbled upon Ochoa’s cancer-stricken brother at the stash house filled with copious amounts of cocaine. Voight knew he found Ochoa’s weak spot, and he was eager to exploit it at any cost, though, it’s important to note that this was all just a front—Voight never intended to hurt Felipe, they simply used him as a bargaining chip. Voight may take shots, but he never drags down an innocent person to get what he needs.
As a longtime fan of the show, I truly enjoyed seeing Voight kick some ass. It proves that there are still plenty of stories left to tell where his character is concerned—and even though he’s an ever-evolving human, he won’t apologize for being his authentic self. Also, Voight policing in a dress shirt? Chef’s kiss!
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