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Chicago PD Review – Paranoid Schizophrenia (7×14)

CHICAGO P.D. -- "Center Mass" Episode 714 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jason Beghe as Hank Voight, Lisseth Chavez as Vanessa Rojas -- (Photo by: Parrish Lewis/NBC)

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It was back to business on Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 14.

Rojas got her time in the spotlight as Burgess took a backseat to deal with the aftermath of her brutal miscarriage.

The series didn’t spend too much time addressing what happened, but it did show Burgess getting discharged from the hospital and trying to navigate this new reality with Ruzek. Neither one of them has been able to process what happened or grieve properly.

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Ruzek showed that he was still planning to be there for Burgess, and his offer to make french toast was a sweet gesture, but no amount of sweet breakfasts and dessert can numb that pain.

Burgess wanted to take some time for herself, which is understandable but also concerning.

She’s doing that thing again where she’s closing herself off and pushing everyone away including Ruzek who is likely feeling an immense amount of pain and disappointment as well.

While there’s nothing wrong with wanting some time alone, hopefully, this doesn’t spiral into Burgess going down a dark and destructive path.

There’s no turning back to the clock on this miscarriage storyline, but it could bring them closer together even as friends as they console each other and gain strength to move on and decide what’s next.

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Ruzek experienced a whirlwind of emotions that included accepting that he was going to be a father and then accepting that he wasn’t going to be a father all in the same breath.

It’s a difficult time for both of them, so it would be understandable if Ruzek too some time off too, but it seems Adam’s way of dealing is to just throw himself back into his work.

It was awesome that Platt and Voight checked in on Burgess and Ruzek and made sure they felt supported, but I wish we saw a little more support from the other members of Intelligence.

I would have loved for Atwater to check in on Burgess considering their close bond. After all, he is the first person she told about the pregnancy.

And I do wish the female friendships on the series were stronger. Upton, Rojas, and Burgess need to stick together, so it would have been great if they reached out to her to see if she needed anything. Even a quick call simply acknowledging her pain would have sufficed.

Much of the action focused on Rojas and gave us some insight into her backstory. Since Rojas’ addition to the team, the audience hasn’t seen much of her as she’s served as more of a background character.

Now, we’re finding out that she had a tough childhood; she was in the system and spent time living in the streets.

The mention of her past was brief, but it was refreshing that Rojas owned it rather than act like a victim because of it.

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As with every other case involving the members of Intelligence, her past came in handy when dealing with a victim and solving the case.

The case was tricky as Intelligence was forced to figure out whether or not Sammy was telling the truth about what happened to Roberto or if it was a figment of his imagination.

Sammy, who was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, gave the case an interesting perspective while also allowing the audience to experience reality from his point of view.

His inclusion in the case tackled mental health in a way we’ve never seen on the show, and it made for some powerful storytelling.

Read the review at TV Fanatic! 

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Is ‘Chicago PD’ New Tonight? Everything We Know About Season 10 Episode 13

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Chicago PD The Ghost in You 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. 

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CHICAGO P.D. — “The Ghost in You” Episode 1013 — Pictured: Jason Beghe as Hank Voight — (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)

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.

 

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Chicago PD Review – I Can Let You Go (1012)

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Chicago PD Recap Season 10 Episode 12 I Can Let You Go

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!

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Chicago PD Review – Long Lost (10×11)

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Chicago PD Recap Season 10 Episode 11 Long Lost

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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