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Chicago PD Review – Mission Rescue Makayla (9×15)

CHICAGO P.D. -- "Gone" Episode 915 -- Pictured: Marina Squerciati as Kim Burgess -- (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)



Ruzek and Burgess in papa bear and mama bear mode is equally as heartbreaking as it is terrifying.

While those two might struggle to figure out the level of love they have for each other, one thing is for certain — they would go to the ends of the Earth for Makayla. 

And they did on Chicago PD Season 9 Episode 15 when she was drugged and kidnapped by two offenders who were hired by her imprisoned father Tariq’s girlfriend Nia.

The motive for kidnapping Makayla was hazy at first, and considering it was right after a custody battle with her paternal uncle Theo, all signs pointed to him. 

But when it was revealed that Theo himself was a victim after being contacted by the kidnappers to pay a ransom of $1 million, Intelligence had to dig deeper. 

Through some incredible and all-hands-on-deck detective work, they connected the burner phones to the women’s prison, where it seemed as though Nia organized the kidnapping as revenge on Burgess. 

Burgess revealed that instead of cutting Nia’s sentence in exchange for her cooperation like she promised, she gave her life. 

An intense face-to-face found Nia asking Burgess how it feels to have her child stolen from her. And while I technically understand where Nia is coming from, it’s also a good time to point out that she helped Tariq kill Makayla’s mom, so she’s not really mother material in the first place.

The motivation, however, ended up being all about money as Nia was simply trying to secure the million to help Tariq pay for prison protection so he wouldn’t get shivved. 

And in situations like this, monetary motivation is the best-case scenario.

This is also further proof — for anyone that may not have been convinced initially — that Tariq and Nia didn’t have Makayla’s interest at heart ever. What kind of parent purposefully puts their child through so much trauma again?

Things got even messier when Theo refused to work with Voight and his cops (see: Ruzek and Burgess) because he didn’t think the courts made the right decision about who should adopt Makayla. 

But honestly, Burgess and Ruzek’s dedication to the case, when they probably should’ve been benched, is the very reason why the decision was sound and right. 

We initially thought that Mak’s life was in danger because her parents were Chicago cops, but it was the complete opposite. Her life was in danger because of who her biological father was. And the fact that her new parents were cops was a huge advantage in bringing her home safely. 

I say Burgess and Ruzek should’ve been benched because their emotions were at an all-time high and thus clouding their judgment ever so slightly. 

But I also understand why Voight left them on the case. Intelligence would’ve fought like hell to get Makayla back for them, but no one was ever going to fight harder than the two of them. 

Since they are both stellar cops and detectives, the situation became complicated because they both had different ideas of what a safe rescue would be. 

Ruzek wanted to avoid the drop at all costs because he knew the statistics didn’t favor going through with them. And he wasn’t exactly wrong, per se, as the kidnappers didn’t seem to ever plan on doing the hand-to-hand exchange that they agreed to. 

The unpredictability is what makes such a transaction so risky; you’re simply playing a game of chance and hoping for the best. 

Burgess wanted to play it safe to ensure Makayla’s survival, but Ruzek botched it when he moved in on Lennie when he was told to stand down. 

Was it the wrong move? Maybe, but it’s hard to say since they were able to successfully find Makayla by putting their heads together. 

And it did seem like they got there in the knick of time as the other kidnapper was going to “get rid of the kid” because he wasn’t hearing back from his partner. 

We’ll never truly know if Ruzek’s hot headedness was out of line, or if he was on the money with what he thought would happen. 

The good news is that Makayla is home safe and sounds, and she’s surrounded by people who love her. 

In a twisted way, the kidnapping also brought Burgess and Theo together. The custody battle made them sworn enemies, but they have a common goal and that’s loving and taking care of Makayla. 

Theo saw just how committed and bonded she was with his niece, and Burgess, in turn, saw just how far he was willing to go to save Mak’s life. 

The course may have assigned Burgess custody, but I think there’s definitely room in Makayla’s life for a loving uncle. 

As for Burgess and Ruzek, well, their relationship was already a bit shaky. They tend to go where the wind blows, so the success of the custody trial brought them together while almost losing Makayla put them at odds. 

I think the final straw for Ruzek was when Burgess shot down his concerns and emphasized that Mak was “her daughter.”

You could see that it was almost as if the wind was knocked out of Ruzek. At that point, I think he realized that he’s always been a little more invested in this than Burgess. 

It’s not fair to him because Burgess always clings to him when she needs it yet pushes him away otherwise. 

I was rooting for Burgess and Ruzek this whole time, but this moment made it clear that they are just too toxic to each other. They all deserve better, but specifically Ruzek, who has been just waiting for a green light to be a real family.  

Ruzek definitely belongs in Mak’s life, but as a couple, they need to put some distance between each other and stop blurring the lines. 

And after all the trauma that she’s endured, I truly hope that Burgess gets Makayla some therapy so that she doesn’t grow up fearful or blaming herself for things that weren’t her fault. 

It was an intense and emotional episode, but the best ones on Chicago PD usually are. 

I’m genuinely enjoying the continuity in season 9, especially with next week’s episode coming back to Voight’s CI, Anna, who wants to help him take down the Los Temidos gang once and for all. 

It’s also been nice to see everyone in the unit working a case, even if some episodes are still character-centric. 

What did you think of the episode? Do you think Ruzek and Burgess can make it as a couple?



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    Chicago PD Season 11 Episode 5 Review – Split-Second



    Is 'Chicago PD' New Tonight? Everything We Know About Season 11 Episode 5

    Atwater does it again, but that’s really no surprise. Kevin Atwater episodes of Chicago PD are consistently the strongest—delivering complex issues, a riveting performance, and making us all question why LaRoyce Hawkins isn’t allowed to take the wheel more often. 

    And would it kill them to give him a love interest so he doesn’t have to carry this burden all on his own?

    On Chicago PD Season 11 Episode 5, Atwater responded to a robbery in progress on Jeweler’s Row, but the situation quickly escalated as the robbers proved to be dangerous and careless, firing shots that killed the store owner and hit an innocent bystander, who ended up bleeding out to death.

    The moment was one that haunted Atwater for much of the episode, as the wife of Corey, who was trapped between the safety door, blamed Atwater for making a conscious choice to try to save the owner over her husband. 

    And she’s not wrong—Atwater went to check on the other man, allowing the impenetrable doors to close, preventing him from rendering life-saving aid to Corey. 

    He was filled with instant regret knowing that his choices could’ve made a difference, and while we know that it’s simply Atwater’s personality to want to take accountability, the case showed that sometimes, despite our best efforts, we can’t change the outcome. And we can’t save everyone. 

    It wasn’t stated in the episode—and Atwater said time and time again that he didn’t know why he chose to check on the owner instead of Corey—but my guess is that he didn’t imagine that the doors would be impossible to break through. He likely also felt that the injuries of the owner may have been more extensive than Corey’s, and felt the need to prioritize helping him. 

    At the end of the day, he followed his gut in a split-second, trying to make the best decisions for everyone, and there’s not much more you can ask for when it comes to the person responding to a critical situation. 

    He went back to the scene of the crime, retracing his steps an replaying the situation over and over in his brain, making himself feel guiltier, particularly when he found the keys under the shattered glass, which could have bought Corey the necessary time until the paramedics arrived, but that’s all hindsight and doesn’t change what happened. Atwater can learn from it, but he needs to let himself move on for his mental health, especially as Voight pointed out that there is no handbook on who you should save first. 

    Atwater’s regret aside, the episode was action-packed as they tried to identify the two robbers, who were leaving behind a trail of victims during their heists. The key person to helping them make a break in the case was Teresa. They knew she saw one of the suspects as there was video footage of her looking him in the face before he put his mask on, but when confronted, Teresa insisted that there was a “glare” and she saw nothing.

    Considering the suspects took off with every victim’s driver’s license, I’m not surprised Teresa chose to stay quiet as she feared retaliation against her family. She already lost her husband, and she didn’t want to put her husband in harm’s way. 

    While Voight’s tactics of pushing her to talk or charging her with obstruction of justice may have seemed harsh, it was necessary to motivate her to help them make a break in the case. (I’ll be honest, I first thought that Teresa was keeping the suspect’s identity a secret because it was someone she knew/someone connected to her son, so I was glad that wasn’t the case.) 

    But the sad reality is that even if she hadn’t identified the suspect, they could’ve still come for her to silence her since they knew that she saw one of their faces, which is exactly what happened. They didn’t care if she sold them out—if she could, she needed to be taken care of. Working with the police and giving them what they needed sooner may have ensured her safety as they could’ve caught the bad guys, but I’m also not surprised that there’s a distrust of police, in general, but also specifically for Teresa.

    Teresa felt betrayed by Atwater since he didn’t save her husband—it’s all she could focus on. Not to mention that even though Atwater told her that they would have units watching her house until the bad guys were caught, he couldn’t guarantee her safety as the moment one of the suspects broke into her home, no one was stationed outside of her home because they were switching shifts. They dropped the ball, and if it wasn’t for Atwater’s quick thinking, it could’ve cost her and her son their lives. 

    Atwater went above and beyond on the case, as he felt a sense of responsibility to the family, but he also found himself with conflicting emotions after he shot Aiden and asked Teresa for assistance with putting pressure on the wound, which she refused to do because “he didn’t deserve to live while her husband died.”

    And, quite honestly, as a victim who is grieving a major loss and feels betrayed, I totally get where she’s coming from. This is a man who killed her husband and who broke into her home to kill her and her child without a second thought. If Atwater wasn’t there, he wouldn’t have shown her any mercy, so why did she have to take the high road in this case? 

    On the other hand, Atwater is not in a position to pick and choose who he saves. He has sworn to serve and protect—so while he stopped the suspect from hurting someone else, he also has to render aid and do everything to prevent the suspect from dying. Atwater did his job, even if the outcome wasn’t fair. And honestly, when is life ever fair? 

    As we’ve seen time and time again on Chicago PD, there are many inner struggles that come with being a cop, and no one feels guilter, harbors more regret, or is harder on themselves than the cops that find themselves in those tricky situations, toeing the line between right, wrong, and necessary. 

    Thankfully for all of us, Atwater has always excelled in those storylines, rising to the occasion every single time. 

    What did you think of the episode? 

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    Is ‘Chicago PD’ New Tonight? Everything We Know About Season 11 Episode 5



    Is 'Chicago PD' New Tonight? Everything We Know About Season 11 Episode 5

    Chicago PD fans, you’re going to have to wait an additional week until new episodes return to NBC.

    The police drama will not air a brand new episode tonight (February 14, 2024) as the show is skipping a week before airing a new episode, likely due to Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday cutting into potential live audiences. In its place, the network will be airing a rerun of the season 11 premiere episode

    Chicago PD Season 11 Episode 5 will return to your TV on Wednesday, February 21, 2024. 

    Thankfully, a synopsis for the next episode has already been revealed, along with a teaser, so fans can know what to expect. The wait will be worth it as the episode, titled “Split Second,” will be the first of the season to focus on Det. Kevin Atwater (played by LaRoyce Hawkins), who always delivers an outstanding performance!

    Here’s the official episode tease: “Atwater turns to an unlikely source of support when a string of jewellery store robberies shakes his confidence.”

    For now, check out the trailer for the next episode below:

    Chicago P.D. airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on NBC.

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    Chicago PD Season 11 Episode 4 Review – Things Get Messy for Torres



    Chicago PD Season 11 Episode 4 Review - Things Get Messy for Torres

    Chicago PD Chicago 11 Episode 4 brought back Dante Torres (Benjamin Levy Aguilar) after a brief hiatus—where he was seemingly taking care of his sick mother, based on all the concerning comments from his team. 

    And they wasted no time thrusting him back into the actions taking hold of the Windy City as he and Atwater pursued a speeding vehicle whose driver ended up DOA with bricks of high-grade heroine in his car. 

    From there, they unearthed a connection to Rafael Perez, a notorious dealer that narcotics has been struggling to build up a case against. Torres knows he can infiltrate Perez’s operation because “I know these people, I am them,” and he dives headfirst into the operation, where he pinpoints Perez’s wife Gloria (Yara Martinez) as the person that he can turn. Torress witnesses Gloria skimming during the car switches and observes her husband’s abusive nature toward her, piecing it together and realizing that she’s plotting her great escape. The money she’s stealing is her rainy-day cash fund—but he promises to help her get out in exchange for her helping them get intel on Perez. 

    Gloria is shocked upon learning that Torres is a cop, which obviously he played the part well, but it doesn’t give her any peace of mind considering how dangerous Perez actually is—three of his former wives have been injured in some shape or form, and fans get to see firsthand what he does to people he believes are snitches. 

    But when she’s presented with no other choice, she agrees to let him help her. Of course, as we’ve learned from experience, sometimes, these things don’t go as planned. Perez’s behavior is unpredictable, so when he fails to show up at the scheduled meet-up, it gives everyone some pause, especially because he didn’t realize he was being tailed and Gloria didn’t tip him off. 

    Turns out, Perez thought one of his men sold him out, so he skipped the meeting but let his wife walk right into it, confirming her fears and worries that he’s absolutely content with her dying. 

    Gloria is in a pretty rough place now as she’s fearful for her life with a husband who believes that someone in his inner circle isn’t playing by his rules. Torres promises that he’ll keep her safe and won’t let Perez harm her, but honestly, no one should be making promises they can’t keep, especially because when she has to go back to live with her husband, she’s on her own. And now, his guards are going to be up and he’s going to be that much more suspicious. 

    If I’m being quite honest, I’m surprised Torres’ arrival the day after one of Perez’s men was killed and cops too the drugs wasn’t more of a red flag. One would think the timing would just be too coincidental, but Torres passed all of Eddie’s tests with flying colors. 

    And, in the final moments of the episode, Torres’ decision to hook up with Gloria is what I’ll call one of the biggest lapses in judgment. You should never sleep with a CI—that has to be in the 101 handbook of being a cop.

    The case became too personal for Torres (we’ve seen everyone get in too deep before, so I guess this it’s his turn), and he got swept up in the emotions, likely confusing his concern and fear (along with his desire to protect her because of his mother’s similar situation) for Gloria with something a bit more romantic. But when you end up crossing the line, you can’t uncross it—it casts a shadow over the whole operation because he can no longer operate objectively. Will they both try to keep this a secret or will Voight figure it out immediately?

    And finally, not to take away from the heat of the moment and all that, but anyone who lives in or has visited Chicago in the dead of winter when it’s snowing outside knows how brutally cold it is. There is no chance that anyone is going to strip down and expose themselves in such frigid weather for a little rendezvous—I don’t believe it. And for that, I couldn’t take the moment seriously at all. 

    The Perez operation provides this season’s fresh multi-episode storyline, and for now, it’s promising plenty of dramatic moments. It’s also nice that Torres is getting to be the focus of it as Upton is going to be exiting the series and the new blood will be what carries the show.

    As for the fans waiting for more insight on Ruzek and Burgess’ engagement, everyone in Intelligence knows for now, so I’m sure celebrations are soon to follow! 

    What did you think of the episode? Are you disappointed in Torres for his misstep considering he’s always putting his job before anything else?

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