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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.

For My Team - Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 14

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.

A Simple Favor - Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 14

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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Chicago PD Review & Interview – Tracy Spiridakos on Big #Upstead Moment (8×11)

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Chicago PD Signs of Violence Review Season 8 Episode 11

Upton’s childhood trauma bubbled up to the surface on Chicago PD Season 8 Episode 11.

This isn’t the first time the series has touched upon Upton’s past, but audiences were able to get a better grasp at the hell she went through while growing up in a household of domestic abuse.

Up until now, she never fully confronted how it affected her into adulthood.

On Chicago PD Season 8 Episode 3, Upton couldn’t even bring herself to visit her father after he suffered a heart attack. 

The truth is, she’s been running from her past for her whole life, but the trauma has finally caught up with her and it’s significantly affecting every aspect of her life including her career and her promising, new relationship.

And she’s beginning to realize that if she lets this bruised part of herself continue to get in the way, it could jeopardize everything she’s ever cared about.

The case was solid with or without an anchor to Upton’s personal life as the outcome wasn’t obvious. Also, how gruesome was that scene of the mother with her teeth pulled out and her fingertips burnt off?

Upton responded to a call that involved a young child who has endured a lifetime of emotional and physical abuse. 

She immediately felt drawn to the little girl, Becca, as she saw herself in her pained yet hopeful face.

And Upton went to great lengths to help her. On one hand, her determination played a key role in solving the case, but on the other hand, it was dangerous because she was willing to break the rules and go against Voight’s orders. 

Since she was fueled by emotion, she wasn’t thinking clearly, which made it easy for her to misstep and cross a line.

Throughout the episode, I wanted to shake Upton and tell her to snap out of it, but she was so focused. It almost felt like she thought she could save herself by saving Becca.

Coming from a dysfunctional family gives Upton good instincts. Her personal involvement in the case is largely the reason Intelligence found Becca in time.

However, it also forced her to reassess her approach. 

After her heart-to-heart with Voight, Upton realized that she couldn’t go on like this and pretend that her past wasn’t seeping into her present. 

A childhood fueled by control, manipulation, betrayal, and abuse also made it hard for Upton to form a real connection with another person.

Even before she took on the case, Upton bolted right after Halstead said the L-word.

While it’s a huge moment in their relationship, for Upton, it was a trigger because she’s only ever known a dysfunctional level of love.

Chicago PD Signs of Violence Review Season 8 Episode 11

CHICAGO P.D. — “Signs Of Violence” Episode 811 — Pictured: (l-r) Jason Beghe as Hank Voight, Tracy Spiridakos as Hailey Upton — (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)

Whenever someone would say “I love you,” there was always a catch. So, when Halstead said it, she was waiting for the other foot to drop.

Instead of allowing herself to get hurt, she wanted to beat him to the punch and run the other way.

That’s why her eventual decision to open up to Halstead and be vulnerable and transparent about her fears and insecurities was a huge step. 

I love that Halstead didn’t try to “fix” Upton; He simply listened to what she needed while promising to be patient and stay by her side. 

I wasn’t completely sold on #TeamUpstead prior to this episode because I’m used to the relationships on this series crumbling for one reason or another, but I’m digging the direction that this is going in. 

Not every relationship starts in the honeymoon phase, and it’s clear Halstead cares enough about her to support her and help her get to a good point. 

Hopefully, the series continues with the storyline and doesn’t drop Upton’s emotional turmoil.

We don’t need a whole episode dedicated to her working through her issues, but it would be nice to see some continuity whenever #Upstead’s relationship gets future screen time.

We got to chat with Tracy Spiridakos, who plays Hailey Upton, about the game-changing episode! 

Check out our post-mortem interview at TV Fanatic Now! 


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Chicago PD Review – The Radical Truth (8×10)

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Chicago PD Review The Radical Truth Season 8 Episode 10

Disco Bob made quite a mess for himself on Chicago PD Season 8 Episode 10.

The Ruzek-focused episode was a nice welcome back following a brief hiatus. And it let our boy Patrick Flueger shine. But that’s not really surprising, is it?

Bob Ruzek’s 30-year career with the CPD has been a bit strained, as has his relationship with his son, Adam.

 

The two haven’t always seen eye-to-eye, but that’s the thing about parents and kids — there’s always a level of love there no matter what happens.


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Here’s When Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD Will Air Season Finales in 2021

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One Chicago promo ahead of November 11 premiere

It’s hard to believe that it’s almost finale time for the #OneChicago shows on NBC.

Due to production delays brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Chicago Med, Chicago PD, and Chicago Fire got off to a late start in mid-November (instead of the usual mid-September premiere), but that pandemic hasn’t made a huge impact on the quality of the episodes. 

In fact, the shows have been delivering some of their strongest episodes to date! (You can check out Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD reviews now!)

However, with shorter seasons on tap, the schedule has been pretty wonky and consisted of several breaks in between, so we don’t blame you if you’re having trouble keeping up. That’s why we’re here to clue you in. 

New episodes of the trio of shows return on March 31, 2021. 

As for the finales, NBC hasn’t announced any official finale dates.

However, according to TVLine, the current seasons will wrap up on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, which would align with their pre-COVID finales even if the episode count is a bit shorter than in the year’s prior. 

Once NBC confirms to official finale date, we’ll update this post, but at least you can find comfort in knowing that we still have a solid several weeks with Chicago’s bravest and boldest! 


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