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.
Chicago PD Review – Rojas and Upton Get In Trouble with Voight (7×18)
We finally got an Upton and Rojas team up on Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 18, but it wasn’t what any of us were expecting.
Both ladies tried to take matters into their own hands and ended up on Voight’s bad side, which, if you remember from my review of Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 17, is not a pleasant side.
While Rojas had a few anxiety-inducing missteps this episode, which largely stemmed from a loved one being involved in a major case, much of Voight’s anger was directed at Upton.
And she deserved it.
I don’t know what got into her, but where was the Upton who always keeps Halstead in check?
Instead, she got personally involved in the case because she wanted to help Rojas and made an extreme decision that triggered Voight. (Fans were probably pleased to see that he’s still got it!)
Voight was upset for a few reasons. For starters, because Upton was a superior who should have known better.
And unlike Rojas, who immediately acknowledged that what she did was wrong and apologized, Upton never felt bad about it.
She naively assumed she had the same authority as Voight.
Her judgment was clouded by her desire to put Gael away and get Reyes the deal, so she did what she had to do and planted fake evidence without showing any remorse.
While Gael deserved what was coming, it wasn’t Upton’s place to plant evidence merely to get justice. That sets a dangerous precedent.
Cops need to be held to a standard and uphold a moral code. If Upton is so comfortable crossing this line because it benefits her and a friend, will she be able to see the line the next time around?
If she had done it with Voight’s permission, it would have been a slightly different story since Voight would have taken the rap. Plus, he’s in a position to make such calls, but she specifically went behind his back and made the decision herself without even looping him in.
Then, instead of owning up to it, she explained that she thought it was what “he would have done” knowing damn well she kept it a secret because Voight wouldn’t have allowed such behavior.
Voight has never wanted his unit to go down the same path he has, and I love that he didn’t think twice about showing her tough love.
It shows that there are some rules he won’t break, but also, that he cares enough about Upton to intervene.
Now, I don’t watch Law & Order: SVU, but it would be really great if she actually got to guest-starred on an episode since he volunteered her to the New York team. Does anyone know if that’s happening?
Since Rojas was personally involved in the case, it made us automatically more invested in the plot because the stakes were higher.
Chicago PD Review – Voight’s Plan Gets Foiled by Staples & He’s Not Happy (7×17)
You do not, I repeat, do not want to upset Hank Voight. Ever.
But that’s exactly what Paul Staples from homicide did on Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 17.
Staples didn’t give off the impression that he was a newbie, but what established professional (in homicide, of all things) has no knowledge of Voight, the power he wields in this city, or how he gets things done?
Voight knows everyone, and everyone knows Voight.
Staples’ actions made him look green and unprofessional and gave him zero credibility from the get-go.
Frank Rochester, Voight’s good friend and CI during the episode, said that the cause of death was male ego. He was referring to himself with that statement and how he triggered Lamar, but it perfectly summarized Staples’ actions.
Staples came onto the scene thinking he could call the shots. He proved that when he grabbed Voight’s arm and said: “who do you think you are.”
That was mistake number one. We all knew it was over for him. Staples, who do you think you are?
He didn’t just make a bad impression on Voight and his team, but he was also in it for the wrong reasons.
He was motivated by personal reasons as he explained one of his CI’s was killed in the part of town where the shooting took place, and this was his way of getting revenge.
But his biggest flub was that he disrespected and undermined Voight’s authority by blowing the cover.
Voight has dealt with some straight-up buffoons in his long career, but Staples was quite frankly the most irritating.
I think I speak for the #OneChicago fandom when I say he had it coming. I even read some tweets that said “punch him again,” and I can’t argue with that.
The punch Voight threw was so well deserved especially after Staples tried to justify his actions and dared to say that the only thing that mattered was that they made the arrest.
I don’t know where this dude got his training, but the arrest is not the end all be all, at least, not in Voight’s unit; it’s only a teeny, tiny, small chunk of it.
Voight has a responsibility to his CI and whoever is undercover, which in this case was Atwater.
Chicago PD Review – Upton and Halstead Deal with an Domestic Abuse Case (7×16)
The case on Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 16 hit close to home for Upton.
The series previously established that Upon comes from a home affected by domestic abuse, and we saw her bring those experiences to the table when dealing with a case that started as armed robbery and quickly took a nasty turn into something more.
Michelle, a witness and “good samaritan” at the scene of the armed robbery, turned out to be the wife of the robber who refused to cooperate because she was too scared of what her husband would do to her.
As Upton and Halstead investigated — the dynamic duo is back! — they unearthed several cases of abuse including a brutal one that landed her in the hospital. Her excuse was that she “fell off her bike.”
Because of Upton’s past, she understood Michelle because she’d seen the same thing with her mother.
She knew that victims tend to become used to the abuse and lose hope, which is why it’s hard to get them to co-operate.
But Upton knew how to get through to Michelle to get her on board because she could put herself in her shoe’s and think the way she thinks,
And even once she agreed, it was risky because there was always the chance that Michelle would change her mind.
It happened when she decided to give Shane yet another chance and tried convincing him to stay instead of getting a confession, which she was tasked with doing.
Her flip is what forced Upton and Halstead to get involved and foil the case they were trying to build up.
Upton was so calm while surveilling Michelle and Shane because it was her reality for so long.
She knew what a normal domestic argument sounded like, and she knew when it was time to move in. She also understood that oftentimes intruding doesn’t make anything better.
It paints an incredibly sad picture of Upton’s childhood — I can almost see her as a young girl just covering her head with a pillow to block out the fighting — and one that was nicely juxtaposed with Halstead.
Every fiber of his being was screaming at him to run in there and make the violence stop.
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