Can someone say unnecessary emotional rollercoaster?!
Yes, I said unnecessary because what the hell was that ending, Chicago PD?
I’m really hoping that it’s some sick and twisted dream because wow.
This was not needed everything that Burgess and Makayla have been through.
Burgess has lost a child, nearly died on multiple occasions, and now, she’s finally found some happiness with Makyala who really needed some stability in her life.
Burgess and Ruzek, and their unconventional family, gave her that.
They also fought like hell to prove to the courts that Makayla was right where she belonged. They did everything right and won. It was time to celebrate, and yet, when they walk into the apartment, they find find their babysitter Gabby gutted and bleeding out on the ground and Makayla nowhere to be found.
Honestly, what the hell? And can I say, I’m so glad it wasn’t Makayla bleeding out like I thought it was at first.
The writers of Chicago PD cannot let a single character have a moment of happiness.
They give us an inch with Burgess’s powerful speech about her bond with Makayla and the victory kiss with Adam in which she referred to Mac as “our daughter,” and then they pulled it right from under them. From under Burgess, who doesn’t deserve any of this. She’s a good person, a good mom, a good cop. Let her breathe. Ugh.
At some point, it’s going to be hard to justify why, after all this pain and suffering, she still chooses to return to Intelligence. Only a crazy person would keep enduring this level of insanity willingly, especially when it costs them their personal safety and the safety of their family.
And unfortunately, it takes away from a pretty badass moment in which Burgess proved, without so much as lifting a finger, that it’s totally possible for a woman to have both a demanding career and still be a good mother. In one fell swoop, Burgess proved that her desire to have a family she couldn’t come at the expense of being an ambitious woman and a good cop.
Burgess not only proved that she could do it all, she proved that she had the heart and the courage to be a white cop with a Black kid in Chicago.
No one can ignore the issues of race, but the thing is, it didn’t need to be brought up for Burgess to know it existed. She’s not naive or in denial — she’s very much aware of the dynamic and wants to give Makayla the necessary experiences as a young Black woman. When she didn’t know how to do her hair, sure, it gave her a bit of a pause, but then she immediately called Kevin and got someone that could do it right.
Burgess isn’t blind to the reality, but she doesn’t let it define her either because at the end of the day, their bond is unbreakable. She’s good for Makayla, and she’ll always put her first.
And I’m glad the series addressed the situation of getting Makayla’s hair done because it allowed for a genuine moment when it comes to mixed-race families while also allowing us to experience Uncle Kevin at his finest.
It was such a great moment between Burgess and Atwater. He’s always been in her corner; and he’s always just one phone call away.
It’s unfortunate that the courts wanted to come after Burgess by attacking her person. When they couldn’t break her down by pointing out the difference in race, they came after her by questioning if she’s fit to be a mother. It’s insulting.
No disrespect to Theo because I know he simply wanted to win this case, but on what grounds? The courts might value blood relatives over anyone else, but Makayla doesn’t even know these people. And she’s built a real and full life with Burgess and Ruzek. The only people that are confused about that seem to be Theo and his wife.
Even the courts acknowledged that it wouldn’t make sense to uproot Mac’s life now while she was doing so well and in the hands of people who truly loved her.
Mac’s presence has given Burgess strength on countless occasions to pull through and persevere, including the case of the week.
With all these strides being made, it just felt like the final scene undid all that progress.
And it only makes sense that Jackie is responsible. She’s been brainwashed into thinking that someone was after her family.
She went along with being the getaway car for all those killings because she thought the men were coming after her family.
And now, Burgess did come after her family. More specifically, she killed Micah, the man that pulled her off the cliff.
In a twisted way, it would only make sense if she came after Burgess’s family in retaliation. It’s a sort of eye-for-an-eye moment.
Though, if it is Jackie, it’s concerning that she was able to find Burgess’s address that easily. And it’s even more concerning that none of those women had to undergo therapy after all the trauma they endured.
I know they were brainwashed into thinking that they were in danger, but someone should check them out before releasing them back home to their families, right?
Micah is dead, so he can’t be a suspect. The other girl didn’t have as much of an impact on the case despite carrying out the brutal slayings, and it doesn’t seem like Uncle Theo would have it in him, even if his brother is a cold blooded killer who killed Mac’s whole family. Plus, it would be too obvious, I think. Though, I don’t put anything past anyone.
The case of the week was disturbing even before that final heart-wrenching twist.
When it was revealed after the second murder that the serial killer might be a woman, I’ll admit I was kind of intrigued since it’s very rare in this situation to have the woman as the killer.
However, that was short-lived when it was revealed that the real killer was still a manipulative man, and that he was simply just brainwashing these women to carry out his acts.
And at the end, the one thread connecting all these victims was the fact that they did their jobs and wronged Micah at some point in his life.
While the case was exceptional, I wish the series would just allow Burgess and Ruzek to live happily ever after with their daughter.
Why are they forcing them to endure so much trauma?
This just proves something that’s unfortunately not true — that Makayla is never safe with Burgess as her mother because her job is too dangerous.
Honestly, I wouldn’t put it past Uncle Theo to hire someone to commit the crime so that he could prove his point in court. He totally seems like a sore loser. He was creepy enough to approach Mac at school without making any previous contact. Something about the whole situation just doesn’t sit well with me.
Either way, I hope this doesn’t change the fact that Makayla is best when she’s with Burgess and Ruzek.
Chicago PD always has to throw a curve, and while I appreciate it, maybe it’s time to put this storyline to rest and focus on some of the other characters.
At the same time, can we stop exploiting every character’s trauma over and over again? Especially Burgess’s biggest fear as a mother! We already played to all of her motherly insecurities, but yet we somehow have to keep ripping off the bandaid more and more.
Moral of the story — find Mac, bring her home, and quite possibly put her in witness protection.
And let her have a happy moment with her mom and dad, Ruzek and Burgess, who may just finally get back together once and for all.
Is ‘Chicago PD’ New Tonight? Everything We Know About Season 10 Episode 13
Chicago PD fans, you’re going to have to wait a little bit longer.
The NBC drama is not airing a brand new episode tonight, marking the second week in a row that the show has been on hiatus.
The last episode, Chicago PD Season 10 Episode 12, aired on Jan 18, 2023. The next installment, Chicago PD Season 10 Episode 13 will air on Wednesday, Feb. 15, according to the Google episode guide.
Titled “The Ghost in You,” the episode synopsis notes: “Voight and the team help ASA Nina Chapman pursue a drug runner who dodged prison years ago after Chapman’s informant mysteriously disappeared; the investigation takes a turn when Voight uncovers a damaging secret from Chapman’s past.”
It’s clear that the episode will turn the focus back on Hank Voight, which is exciting because fans haven’t gotten a Vought-centric episode in a while. It’s going to be a welcome change of pace for fans as Voight episodes tend to be really sound and give us a deeper look at the man running the show. Voight is always there, assisting his team and being a sounding board when they run into issues, but we haven’t gotten to see him really leap into the action as much of the drama has been surrounding Hailey Upton (Tracy Spiridakos).
The trailer for the episode looks intense, but it’s the photos from the upcoming episode that are really grabbing fans’ attention as the case seems to be connected to former Intelligence detective Alvin Olinsky. In the promotional shots, Voight seems to be visiting his late friends grave. Did the current case bring some emotions to the surface? Will he finally dig through the pain involved with the loss? Voight never lets his emotions get the best of him, but it’s possible this case might force him to confront his feelings.
The trailer also promises that audiences will get a “vendetta worth the wait,” and part of me is sort of hoping that the case will bring Olinksy back as they reveal that he wasn’t dead but in witness protection this whole time. It’s far-fetched, but a girl can hope, right? Wouldn’t that be the mother of all twists?
Check out the trailer for the upcoming episode below:
Chicago P.D. airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on NBC.
Chicago PD Review – I Can Let You Go (1012)
I thought I wanted Chicago PD to bring back Sean so that they could finally give the storyline some closure, but I quickly came to regret it on Chicago PD Season 10 Episode 12.
And most of that is because Sean absolutely gives me the heebie-jeebies, which is a testament to Jefferson White’s acting skills. He genuinely understands this character, right down to every single muscle twitch.
The Haley Upton-centric episode gave us more of the same in terms of her character. While it seemed as though Upton was finally facing the possibility of life without Halstead in the beginning, any progress was completely derailed when she was pulled into yet another missing person’s storyline, proving that she can’t actually deal with her own problems head-on.
Sean alerted Upton to Samantha Beck’s disappearance, and it introduced a new problem that left me quite divided.
On one hand, Sean got what he wanted when Upton visited him and pursued the case. He found a new way to channel his obsession from behind bars by becoming Upton’s “sidekick.” It was his strange way of manipulating her as he still saw her as one of the broken women from the center he tried to “help” and took advantage of. There’s no doubt that there’s something broken about Upton, but it’s definitely not something that she’s ever going to let a man like Sean exploit.
However, his intel was credible and allowed Intelligence to save a woman they wouldn’t have known was missing otherwise. Without Sean’s tip that proved he was eager to become an informant, Samantha Beck likely would’ve died and her sweet son, Callum, would’ve become an orphan. It’s possible that he would’ve died too as he was so terrified by setting off the alleged detonators that refused to move out of the tape box.
In a way, Sean did a good thing by passing on the information to Upton, and while nothing will ever make up for the pain and damage he caused, it was his attempt at redemption. As he told Upton himself, it was his way of giving his life a little meaning.
Of course, the moment Upton realized the methods he was using to get the information—a “get for a get”—she knew she couldn’t go along with this, no matter how much good came out of it.
In the final moments of the episode, Upton visited Sean one final time to inform him that the arrangement wasn’t going to work, which is for the best as everything about this has been toxic. ”
“That’s a good speech, you’re just giving it to the wrong person,” he shot back, proving that he’s in Upton’s head and knows exactly what to say to set her off.
Of course, he was referring to Jay Halstead, the source of Upton’s pain, which she confided in Sean in the early days when she thought she could trust him.
In the episode, Upton also reached out to Major Baxter for an update on Halstead since he hasn’t been returning her calls, and the truth cut like a knife. It doesn’t seem to be a coincidence that Halstead is ignoring her calls as he asked for an extension so he could continue with the gig. I have a problem with the show turning Halstead into a jerk who doesn’t care about his wife when he’s not around to defend himself. Sure, he sprang his leave on her, but he was doing what was best for him, and that seems to be the case here. He may not be ready to face the music, but he owes her that much, and I think Halstead would’ve known that.
The writers need to figure out what they want to do with this relationship, and since we all know it’s doomed as Jesse Lee Soffer has left the show, their best bet is to end things between the couple. Halstead left promising Upton that he still loved her, and while that may be true, they’ve simply grown apart and his life is no longer in Chicago. I think she’s finally coming to terms with the fact that it’s over for good, so it’s not going to come as a huge shocker. And then, we can leave this whole storyline behind us and pretend it never happened.
After pursuing Beck’s case, Upton and Voight got the sense that the woman’s father wasn’t being entirely honest about what led to the kidnapping. Voight suggested that there had to be a reason why the robbers targeted Samantha, but her father, Richard, denied knowing anything about it. Of course, he wasn’t being totally forthcoming with information as he likely didn’t want to implicate himself or his offshore accounts, which seemed to be a paper trail of his criminal activity.
When they finally found Samantha, she shot the offender and then made a comment about how “he” wasn’t going to pay for her or save her, noting, “Beck’s always have to handle things on their own.” It was a strange comment that Upton later brought up to Samantha in the hospital, and while you could tell she was hiding something and trying to protect her father, all she said was that he was a good guy.
With the two offenders previously caught on meth charges, the working theory is that her father is a dealer and his buyers tried to extort him. Voight told Upton to keep tabs on Richard, so it’s likely that this is the show’s next multi-episode case, which I’m not really upset about. I’d definitely want to dig more into this storyline because if Richard is corrupt and wasn’t going to use his millions/billions to save his daughter, I’d happily see him behind bars.
Anyway, we’ve had a few Ocean, Ruzek, and Atwater-centric episodes lately, but it truly feels like the series is trying to make Upton the lead. I’d love to see her take a beat and step back to clean up her personal life while giving the others a chance to shine.
What did you think of the episode? Do you think this is the last we’ll see of Sean? And will Haley and Halstead call it quits?
The series will be taking a two-week long break and returning on Wed., Feb. 8, 2023!
Chicago PD Review – Long Lost (10×11)
I’ve said this before, but after Chicago PD Season 10 Episode 11, it deserves to be said again—LaRoyce Hawkins never disappoints.
I knew that “Long Lost” would be a stellar episode before I even knew the plot solely because it was going to focus on Atwater. The man has emotional range for days—he feels things so deeply, but he never shows it until the right moment where he can wear his heart on his sleeve… and pull at our heartstrings.
This episode was particularly exciting because it allowed fans to get a rare look at Atwater’s personal life. We know he’s been raising his siblings Jordan and Vanessa, but we never got the full story of how it came to be. Turns out, no one in Intelligence really knew as he never talked about it, but when their latest case unearthed his father’s early release from prison, there was no going around it, especially when his father became a witness.
Atwater recognized his dad at a funeral of a top gang member mere moments before a shooting broke out that left two dead.
They didn’t have much to go on until Burgess found footage that revealed Atwater’s dad, Lew, saw the shooter after he left the event.
And thus, Atwater had no choice but to confront his father, who didn’t even tell him he was out of prison. Okay, that’s not entirely true as Voight offered to go in his place, but Atwater decided to go through with it, and I’m glad. If it wasn’t for the case, Atwater likely would’ve never been reunited with his estranged father—nor would he ever get the closure he so desperately needed for 20 years. Their paths might not have crossed otherwise, and it would’ve been a shame.
Atwater didn’t want to let it get personal, but there was no denying that it was deeply personal. I’m surprised that Voight didn’t pull him off the case after they decided to use Lew as a lead to get to Reed, the suspected shooter, but I imagine he thought that Atwater could handle himself considering he was the one who argued that they shouldn’t cut Lew loose simply because he was his dad. Atwater is a good cop, and he knew that justice needed to be served, especially after seeing the cold-blooded murder of Reed’s associate, which is where they also found a sweet little child left behind literally covered in his father’s blood.
Atwater knew what needed to be done, and he knew that his dad was the only way to get it. Unfortunately, when Reed’s men pulled a switcheroo with vehicles and they lost eyes, he let his emotions take hold. You could see how disappointed Burgess was that Atwater decided to breach without knowing the facts as there was always the possibility that the deal was still on, but it was understandable. He already lost his dad once, and he wouldn’t forgive himself if he was the reason that he died.
By calling it too early, however, they didn’t have enough to pin down Reed, and it almost exposed Lew.
The writers succeeded in making us question Lew’s motives for much of the episode. It wasn’t clear whose side he was on and if he was sincere about wanting to get start over and make a new life for himself of if he was involved in something shady.
Thankfully, it was the former.
And then, audiences were hit in the feels with Atwater and Lew’s long overdue talk.
Atwater didn’t allow his anger to take over and get the best of him during the case, but he couldn’t just let his dad walk away after all these years without asking for some kind of explanation as to what happened.
Atwater remembered his dad as a good man, so his arrest never made much sense to him, which is exactly how Lew wanted it to play out. And it turns out, he simply made the wrong choice to protect his family, and he paid a dire price.
The reason he went away for so long is because he didn’t give up anyone he was working with, which some might say is noble since he’s not a snitch. Unfortunately, he lost out on so much time with his children, though, it seems like they might make up for it as Atwater offered his dad one of the spare units in his building.
I hope Lew is impressed with how Atwater turned out despite everything. He’s dedicated his life to raising his siblings while taking on a dangerous job to protect the city of Chicago and be a voice for his people. Not everyone agrees with what he does, but he’s a solid human being who made the best with the hand he was dealt.
Hopefully, we’ll see Atwater’s relationship progress in future seasons as it would be a shame if this was a one and done storyline.
What did you think of the episode?
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