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

CHICAGO P.D -- "43rd and Normal" Episode 711 -- Pictured: (l-r) Marina Squerciati as Officer Kim Burgess, Patrick John Flueger as Officer Adam Ruzek -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC)

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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.

Read the full review at TV Fanatic! 


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Chicago PD Instinct Review Season 8 Episode 7

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.


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Chicago PD Review – Equal Justice (8×06)

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Chicago PD Review Equal Justice Season 8 Episode 6

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.


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Chicago PD Review – Burgess Makes a Big Decision (8×05)

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Chicago PD Review In Your Care Season 8 Episode 5

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. 

Read the full review at TV Fanatic! 


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