The One Chicago franchise had an exceptional night tonight.
Chicago Med delivered an episode filled with wild storylines, while Chicago PD’s captivating plot had you questioning your own gut instincts.
And it’s absolutely no surprise that at the center of this great episode was the one and only Atwater.
For starters, it wasn’t a black versus blue storyline, which was a welcome change of pace. And LaRoyce Hawkins proved that he can handle any material that the writers give him. He truly doesn’t get enough recognition, but I will hype him up every single time because that man acts his toned behind off!
However, he found a compelling counterpart in Raquel and her multiple personas.
Until the very end, it wasn’t entirely clear whether or not she was telling the truth. Was she the victim or was she the mastermind?
The actress did a phenomenal job of making the audience question what was real and what was fiction.
At first, it definitely seemed as though she was the con-woman who planned her own husband’s murder so that she could steal his money.
But when they began unraveling it, it didn’t quite add up.
Why would she keep wanting to steal and con people when she locked down a man with a net worth of $60 million?
When they found Sam, her allegedly abusive ex who has been trailing her for 15 years and was the reason why she has had to lie about her identity multiple times, he revealed that Raquel’s husband, Brent, didn’t give her access to any of the money and was planning on leaving her, so she concocted this elaborate scheme.
At that point, it gave her motive to plan a hit on him as it seemed logical that she would want to get something before it was too late.
After all, she signed a prenup.
I’ll be quite honest — I totally thought Raquel was behind it.
She didn’t seem overly broken up over her husband’s death, and when she did break down crying in the hospital, it seemed like an act.
The way she looked at Sam when he was arrested also made me think that she was pleased with herself that she was able to place the blame solely on him by manipulating a cop into believing her sob story.
When they began questioning Sam, I found him to be cool, calm, collected, and trustworthy. He had an answer to every question, and since he was already going to jail, he didn’t have much of a reason to lie.
Everything was pointing at Raquel being the suspect.
My gut deceived me.
Everyone in Intelligence seemed to think that she was lying except for Atwater. He stuck to his guns and followed his gut, even when they couldn’t find all the phones she claimed to have locked away in a box.
The thing about Atwater is that his confidence is through the roof. And it should be. He’s good at what he doesn’t, he’s great at reading people, and he doesn’t doubt himself.
He looked into Raquel’s eyes, and he believed her because he saw a woman who has been exposed to this type of violence on plenty of occasions.
Atwater never gave up, even when the rest of the team did, because he knew that whatever the outcome may be, they needed evidence to bring one of them down.
Thankfully, by staying persistent, he was able to find the phones and prove that Sam was the perpetrator, manipulator, abuser, stalker, and extortionist.
Atwater also knew what it was like to lie about who you are because you feel like you have no other choice, so he connected with Raquel on a personal level.
He realized she didn’t want to be put in this position, but she had no choice because her past was too dangerous and it was always catching up with her.
While the case didn’t have a direct connection to Atwater, it tapped into his failed relationship with Celeste. She was still mad about the fact that he lied to her about being a cop because he knew that she wouldn’t accept him otherwise.
By helping Raquel live her truth without running away from it, he also helped himself realize that he needed to let Celeste go.
He was hanging on to something and someone that was never going to accept him. He needed to accept himself, realize he deserved more, and move on.
So, he made his final call and informed her that he wouldn’t be reaching out again.
Raquel was forced to give up everything and start over once again because she knew that Brent’s parents, family, and friends would never forgive her even if they knew the real reason as to why she lied.
Some lies, regardless of their nature or motive, are unforgivable.
I love that Atwater had this personal realization while also working one of his most meaningful cases — helping a woman break free from years of constant abuse.
Chicago PD is having one of its best seasons to date, and it’s been an incredibly satisfying season at that. And it only took nine seasons!
Keep those Atwater-centric episodes coming because, as he’s proven time and time again, LaRoyce is good for the show and the soul.
Also, Celeste is missing out, and I hope now that he’s no longer hung up on her, he can finally get a promising love interest.
A part of me was kind of hoping Raquel would stick around because there was some really great chemistry between the actors, but I fully acknowledge that Atwater needs someone that’s ready to embrace a real and meaningful relationship with him… and in his truth!
What did you think of the episode? Sound off in the comments! Did you know that Raquel was telling the truth the whole time or did you find yourself conflicted?
Is ‘Chicago PD’ New Tonight? Everything We Know About 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.
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.
Chicago PD Review – I Can Let You Go (1012)
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!
Chicago PD Review – Long Lost (10×11)
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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