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?
Chicago PD Review – True Believer (10×2)
Ruzek took the spotlight on Chicago PD Season 10 Epsiode 2, though the rest of the cast also got to shine as they pursued a violent criminal that escaped police custody with aid from a prison guard.
If it sounds like a storyline ripped from the headlines, well, that’s because it’s kind of similar to a story that gripped the nation by storm over the summer months. A prison guard fell in love with a convicted criminal, falling prey to his conman ways and manipulation all under the guise of true love. Unlike reality where the naive guard became the victim, in the episode, the criminal’s fate was sealed with a round of bullets from Burgess’ gun.
Still, the chase to nab Dale Wilken, a man from Ruzek’s past that questioned his integrity as a cop was one hell of a ride. Dale swiftly evaded police with Tiana’s help, and the desire to get him was intensified by his comments that attempted to paint Ruzek as a dirty cop.
I know a lawyer’s job is to clear his or her client’s name, but pulling out 17 citizen complaints against Ruzek to prove that he didn’t do his job legally was a low blow. Had the judge thought those complaints were sustained, she would have let out a very dangerous criminal into the world. It was also frustrating because it forced Ruzek to second guess himself out of fear. Burgess assured him they saw a gun in plain sight in a duffel, but he questioned whether or not that was the case, and if Burgess hadn’t made the call, they wouldn’t have gotten any closer to tracking down Dale.
Dale was so dangerous, in fact, that he killed a young 10-year-old girl simply to steal a getaway car. You would think that would have made Tiana see the light, but she was convinced that Dale was an innocent man who was framed by a bad cop. She wanted so badly to believe it that she couldn’t see otherwise. She ate his story up, and the blinders were on for a long time because she refused to accept that she may have been led on. It’s heartbreaking because Dale preyed on a woman who was at her lowest, going through a divorce and dealing with depression, for his own personal gain. She didn’t deserve any of it—she just wanted a bit of happiness.
But everything he did came from a selfish place, including Cloey’s death.
When children die on criminal shows, it breaks me, but it’s even worse when the death is so pointless. Cloey’s death was a necessary turning point for the plot, however, because it made catching Dale and bringing him to justice that much more pressing. He didn’t care who he killed, he shot anyone who got in his way. Truthfully, I’m certain that if Dale got away with his plan and went off to Miami with Tiana, she would turn up dead once he no longer needed anything from her.
Eventually, Tiana cracked when Ruzek showed her the letters Dale wrote to other women, all featuring the same message he once sent her about their romance. It’s in that moment that Tiana truly understood the gravity of her actions and what she let Dale get away with. It was late, but it wasn’t too late as her intel allowed them to track Dale down to Hawk’s house before they found him aboard a bus to Miami.
When Burgess confronted him, he locked himself in the bathroom, and she unloaded her revolver making sure she didn’t miss.
It was a boss move, but again, Burgess knew she was up against a ruthless man.
Seeing Cloey who was about Makayla’s age lose her life definitely left an impression on both Burgess and Ruzek. It seemed to finally hit Burgess that Ruzek is a good man. She’s starting to believe in him as the stable and constant presence in Mac’s life. He’s been there for his two girls for quite some time just waiting for Burgess to come around to the idea of their unconventional family. This lightness is one of my favorite things about the show. The man spent his time making Mack a birdhouse for crying out loud; this is the kind of man who cares about his family and prioritizes them!
Personally, I couldn’t care less about Halstead and Upton’s marriage as it consistently feels forced, now more than ever as the series attempts to find a way to write Halstwad out. Since he started siding with Voight on things and helping him out, he’s been more disconnected and distanced from Upton, which will likely be what breaks them in the long run.
It sure seems like a decade in Intelligence is starting to take its toll on Halstead, and how could it not? It’s a dark gig that’s only getting darker.
What did you think of the episode? Did you like that they connected the case back to Ruzek’s past? Would you have preferred it be a case from before that fans were familiar with?
Chicago PD Season 10 Premiere Review – Let It Bleed
Intelligence is back in action, but Anna’s death has rocked their leader, Hank Voight.
Chicago PD Season 10 kicked off about two weeks after the team’s takedown of Los Temidos, but Voight was struggling to make sense of it all. His grief manifested in action as he went rogue to patrol the streets of Little Village in order to take down anyone who tried to take over the corner and deal. Is he losing it a bit? Yeah. Is it insanity? Definitely. Are we here for it as an audience? Absolutely.
We knew that he was going to take her death hard as it was clear from the beginning that he wanted to keep her safe and give her and her son, Rafa, a better life when it was all over. When that didn’t happen, Voight felt like he failed her.
And his personal crusade against the neighborhood was his way of ensuring that her death wasn’t in vain; that it mattered.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t a sustainable solution. As Upton pointed out, Intelligence simply cannot police one city block when there are so many other issues to focus on. And Voight’s private patrols weren’t exactly “private” as everyone took notice and simply turned the other way hoping that he would eventually come to his senses.
It all culminated in a new drug case that involved a five-year-old boy accidentally overdosing on some heroin cut with fentanyl.
Everyone was adamant that Voight hand the case over to narcotics, but honestly, it seemed like a case Intelligence would’ve tackled regardless of Voight’s involvement in the neighborhood. If the tainted drugs already took the life of one minor, what’s to say they wouldn’t do more damage if the dealer wasn’t stopped early on?
Voight, however, was more determined to get the dealer because of Anna’s death, so it caused him to make some questionable that Upton wasn’t exactly keen on.
And while I can’t blame her for worrying about Voight’s motives, the way she approached the situation wasn’t exactly ideal either. Upton continues to think that she can just waltz in and do whatever she wants without listening to orders, which continues to show her entitlement when it comes to the job. Voight’s actions may have been questionable, but it was Upton’s rebellion against his rules that ultimately almost cost them the case and put lives in danger.
When Voight sent in Torres (new series regular Benjamin Levy Aguilar), a probationary police officer who was on “loan” to them, he truly believed that he was doing the right thing. And I have to believe that no matter what mindset Voight is in, he wouldn’t just play with someone’s life on a hunch. He knows the risks and makes strategic calls. It hurt him to lose Anna because she was a good person, and it doesn’t seem like he wanted any more casualties, especially a budding new cop that has been a great addition to his team. And since it was clear that Enzo was a loose cannon and his actions were unpredictable, I don’t think Voight would’ve taken chances he didn’t believe in.
He wanted to continue letting the situation with Torres and Enzo play out because he trusted that Torres had the skills to get the job done. If Upton had just followed Voight’s call, they would have nabbed him with the drugs in hand and put him behind bars for a very long time.
Instead, she decided she knew better and “got closer” to the situation in a careless manner. When the gate slammed, Enzo got spooked and began shooting at both Torres and the CI. Thankfully, no one was hurt, but it could’ve ended terribly for everyone involved.
They were eventually able to get Enzo, but only because of Voight’s quick thinking, which Upton didn’t agree with, again. Why is she still part of this unit when she clearly doesn’t think Voight is fit enough to run it?
After Upton’s screw-up, she didn’t even have the gall to apologize to Voight. Instead, she turned the tables on him and told him he hasn’t been a very good leader lately. While there may be some truth to what she’s saying, it really wasn’t the right place nor time to bring it up.
And I’m glad Voight shut it all down. He’s realizing that Upton and Halstead have gotten a little too comfortable around him and no longer respect his authority, which can’t happen if this unit is to function seamlessly.
We know Halstead is leaving the series this season, and I think his desire to protect Voight will ultimately lead to his decision to exit the unit. He protected Voight this episode and stood by him, while also acknowledging that he was taking it a bit too far. Being a contrast to Voight is going to take a toll on him personally and will likely be what breaks him. It definitely seemed like Upton was setting the scene for his exit by informing Voight that he was going to drag Halstead down with him unless he leaves first.
In the end, Voight got a wake-up call from the new Chief, Patty (they seem to have a history), who informed him that he’s graciously allowed him to grieve for two weeks, but he really needs Voight to step up to the plate again and save Chicago. In fact, his words were “the whole city is going to hell,” which was rather dramatic, but puts pressure on Voight and the team to do their job. It also promises the backing and support of the new Chief, and it seems like he will help Voight get away with stuff because he knows that he’s the man that will get things done.
The city is better off with him because he’s made this job his entire life. Nothing else matters more to him.
In a full-circle moment, he also informed Voight that he pushed through half a million payment to Rafa, Anna’s son who is now living in Iowa. Voight pulled through in his promise to take care of him.
And while Anna’s name was never mentioned when Intelligence was being honored for their heroics in taking down Los Temidos, they were all very much aware that it wouldn’t be possible without her sacrifice. She didn’t die “for nothing” as she once informed Voight, and that may lessen the blow of her death ever so slightly.
Lastly, we knew Torres was going to join Intelligence permanently, but it wasn’t entirely clear how it was going to happen since he’s still a rookie cop until the Chief personally granted him to Voight’s unit. Voight didn’t seem to have an opinion on it, but we’ll see how Torres factors in once Voight is officially his boss. It’s going to be interesting to see Torres’ story play out since he’s so green, but he’s also a go-getter that has what it takes to succeed. He’s got street smarts, which will come in handy, he knows how to play the game, and he’s not afraid. The only question is—will he mesh with the team?
The series made it clear that season 10 is going to hit reset as Voight’s unit is tasked with getting back to saving the city. And with the Chief telling Voight he’ll keep him on a “long leash” and give him more cash, my guess is that fans who have been waiting for dark Voight to return might get their wish after all. How will that affect Halstead, Upton and the rest of the squad? Only time will tell.
What did you think of the Chicago PD Season 10 premiere? Are you happy that they finally offered some closure following Anna’s death?
Squad Up! Benjamin Levy Aguilar Promoted to Series Regular for ‘Chicago PD’ Season 10
Intelligence will see a new and familiar face when Chicago PD Season 10 kicks off this fall.
The detective squad welcomes a new recruit as fan-favorite Benjamin Levy Aguilar, who played Torres, has been tapped as a series regular, Deadline reports.
For those who don’t remember, patrol officer Dante Torres was first introduced in the episode “New Guard.” Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) took him under his guidance, and though the two didn’t initially get along, Torres eventually opened up to Halstead and clued him into the dark past that made him want to pursue a career as a cop.
After the episode aired, we didn’t see Torres again, but fans never forgot about him.
Aguilar’s portrayal resonated with the fandom as it seemed as though the consensus was that he would be a good fit for the unit, allowing for a little more diversity. His rough-around-the-edges personality can offer the series ample potential to tackle some really hard-hitting stories. His past as a former gang member can provide some expert insight into dealing with the ongoing gang situation in Chicago, and overall, it’ll be nice to shake things up a bit by adding new blood, a new personality, and a new approach into the mix.
Plus, the unit is overdue in welcoming some new members after losing Olinsky (Elias Koteas), Antonio (Jon Seda), and Lindsay (Sophia Bush) over the years.
While it’s unclear how Torres will get looped back into working with Hank Voight’s (Jason Beghe) unit, expect to see him on your screens when Chicago PD Season 10 kicks off on September 21 at 10/9c on NBC along with Chicago Med and Chicago Fire!
You can recap Torres’ first episode right here (in which I raved about him and underscored that he would be a good fit for the team) and catch up on the Chicago PD finale here so you’re all caught up when the fall season starts back up!
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