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.
One Chicago Shows Announce 2024 Premiere Dates
It’s finally happening—our favorite One Chicago shows are coming home to us!
Chihards, mark your calendars and get ready to sit down in front of the TV on January 17 because that’s when Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD will make their highly-anticipated and long-awaited premieres!
It’s truly beginning to feel a lot like Christmas… though I hope that turning around new episodes doesn’t mean that the actors will have to work through the holidays.
— Top 1% of Burzek shippers (@NBCOneChicago) November 20, 2023
Chicago Med returns for season 9, Fire for season 12, and Med for season 11.
Of course, the full NBC 2024 lineup will kick off on Jan 1 with America’s Got Talent: Fantasy League, which means they are wasting no time getting back into the swing of things following the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strike delays.
Law & Order franchises will have their moment on Thursday, Jan 18 with Law & Order: SVU and Law & Order: Organized Crime.
Part 1 of The Voice returns on Feb. 26, along with BC’s new Deal or No Deal spinoff, Deal or No Deal Island.
Quantum Leap and Magnum P.I., Lopez vs. Lopez, The Weakest Link, Password, That’s My Jam and The Wall currently don’t have a premiere date.
‘Chicago PD’ Shakeup: Tracy Spiridakos Leaving After Season 11
Chicago PD fans—we’ve got some bad news coming your way.
As you await new episodes of the crime procedural, the cast is getting yet another shakeup (we’re still not over Jesse Lee Soffer’s exit in the first half of season 10, to be honest).
Variety announced that Tracy Spiridakos, who has portrayed Detective Hailey Upton since season 4, will be leaving the series. She is set to exit after season 11, though it remains unclear if she’ll be around for the entirety of the season or pull a move from Soffer’s playbook and exit a few episodes in.
The outlet notes that the decision to leave the show was entirely her own; Spiridakos has yet to confirm or release a statement of her own.
Spiridakos joined the Dick Wolf Entertainment drama in 2016 as a recurring character and was quickly upped to series regular starting in season 5. Since then she’s become an integral part of Intelligence, getting her hands dirty with Sgt. Hank Voight (Jason Beghe) and sparking a romantic relationship with Soffer’s Det. Jay Halstead.
While it’s a bummer, her departure does kind of make sense when you look at her overall story. Since Halstead left the city to fulfill an Army task in Bolivia and basically broke her heart, she’s had trouble picking up the pieces and finding her place. Hitting refresh—which ultimately means leaving the show—is a logical next step as there’s nothing holding her back anymore. The writers could find a way to mend Upstead with her joining Jay wherever his duties take him or she can look for a fresh start in a place that no longer reminds her of her broken marriage.
Spiridakos’ character was also involved in a rather intense case that spanned several episodes last season, so they could use that as an excuse to write her off, noting that the case took a toll on her.
The 10th season has been delayed by the writers’ and SAG-AFTRA strikes, and while writers are able to get back into the rooms and craft storylines, production remains halted. No premiere dates have been announced yet, so it’s unclear how long we’ll wait for the upcoming highly-anticipated season… and Spiridakos’ last.
Without her, there are only 4 originals left standing; In addition to Beghe, the series stars LaRoyce Hawkins (Kevin Atwater), Patrick J. Flueger (Adam Ruzek), and Marina Squerciati (Kim Burgess). In 2022, newcomer Benjamin Levy Aguilar (Torres) was upped to series regular, rounding out the squad.
The One Chicago franchise has endured plenty of loss as of late, with many notable stars exiting their respective shows, including a total of 5 characters leaving Chicago Med.
Is Adam Ruzek Leaving ‘Chicago PD’?
Following Chicago PD Season 5’s finale, it’s understandable that fans are worried about Adam Ruzek’s fate as it hangs in the balance.
Questions and concerns immediately began popping up, with many wondering if Patrick Flueger is leaving the series.
For now, it’s unclear as the episode that ended the season left things on a bit of a cliffhanger in terms of Ruzek’s health.
During the episode, Ruzek, who was working undercover for months to thwart Richard’s, a white supremacist’s deadly terrorist plan, blew his own cover to Richard’s daughter, Sam, who was trying to skip town after her dad moved up the date for his attack.
Ruzek and the Intelligence team then convinced Sam to inform on her dad and his crew in exchange for immunity for herself and her son, Callum, which she did.
He then advised them to pack up their things and head over to a safe house, which she proposed as a little getaway to Callum. Unfortunately, Cal was so brainwashed by his grandfather that he immediately called him to let him know that his mom was trying to leave.
When Ruzek approached him and saw him on the phone, Cal pulled out a gun. Ruzek tried to diffuse the situation but Cal pulled the trigger, hitting Ruzek in the abdomen. He immediately started bleeding out and collapsed to the ground. Once Sam realized what was happening, she grabbed her son and made a run for it, leaving Ruzek alone to die. Thankfully, he was able to reach Kim Burgess and within minutes, he was in an ambo on his way to Med.
Unfortunately, once he went into surgery, the doctors provided no additional updates, though Platt assured a very concerned Burgess that they got to him quickly.
It’s tough to say if Ruzek will survive, especially with so many Chicago PD and Chicago Med exits happening this year, however, Ruzek is one of the fan-favorite characters, so I can’t see him leaving the series anytime soon. He’s strong and he’s a fighter, and he has a lot to live for—he just made things official with Burgess, he’s a father to Makayla, and he’s an integral part of Intelligence.
My guess is that he will survive the surgery, but he’ll be sidelined for a bit and will likely have to go through some rehab and therapy in the same way Burgess did after her near-death experience.
This seems to be a still from an upcoming episode that shows Ruzek still alive post-surgery—though unconscious—with Burgess by his side, which is promising.
While I can’t say anything definitively, I firmly believe that Adam Ruzek is not leaving Chicago PD just yet. And we likely won’t know more until Chicago PD Season 9 returns in the fall.
You can read our Chicago PD Season 10 Episode 22 review right here.
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