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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)

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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 Review – Voight Becomes the Victim (1112)

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    Chicago PD Season 11 did not come to play! Through the course of 11 seasons, fans have seen it all—and been through it all with the detectives working in Intelligence, but Voight getting taken by the serial killer he’s been obsessively chasing down takes the cake!

    The Sgt. Voight somehow got outplayed—and it’s equal parts disappointing, concerning, and intriguing. These writers know what makes good TV. It’s also a change of pace to see someone like Voight end up as the victim. We always see them in these powerful positions, dominating crime scenes, dictating how situations will turn out, and demanding that criminals and suspects be held accountable, but now, we’re seeing him on the other side.

    Voight has gotten what he’s wanted for some long—facetime with the serial killer terrorizing the streets of Chicago. It’s likely not the way he wanted this to unfold, or how he imagined the situation would go down, but it’s the unfortunate twist that it took as the suspect realized that the cops were on his tail and needed to regain control of the situation.

    What he failed to anticipate is that Voight’s team was following a lead that he thought was no longer viable. Right before Kiki’s tragic death—and it pained me to hear that she didn’t pull through after being filled with so much optimism about the future just mere moments before she was gunned down—and before she could reveal who her informant was, she mentioned a key piece of information that was enough for Hailey Upton to go on. Upton located Kiki’s John, who previously told her that someone in his family was a serial killer, which is how she knew so many of the personal details of the case that weren’t made public. 

    While Bobby wasn’t immediately comfortable with sharing, he eventually disclosed the name of his cousin’s husband, who blabbed about his love of torture when he was intoxicated, allowing Upton to pinpoint lockup keeper Frank Matson. 

    He was right there, in front of them, the whole time, with access not only to all the victims upon cross-referencing, but to intel, cameras, and everything in between. It only makes sense that this person was close to it all having been able to get away with so much. Hiding in plain sight truly is one of the best ways to pull off a crime of this nature. 

    And, now, he’s moved in on Voight, who found himself drugged with some kind of paralyzing agent after his trip to the bar. I wish that before he fell unconscious, he gave anyone on his team a ring to let them know he wasn’t feeling well, but, he tried his best, even locking the door after himself. Matson, however, was one step ahead—as he had been this whole time—breaking in, before creepily checking Voight’s eyes and pulling his frozen body to another location.

    Once Hailey arrived to check in on Voight, she knew something wasn’t right. And once again, Matson takes the lead in an investigation that’s now racing against the clock. 

    The team is currently searching Matson’s place, as his poor wife seemingly didn’t know anything was wrong, though, I’m willing to bet his daughter has some insight. The girl looked like she wanted to spill.

    But Matson has proven time and again to be pretty crafty, so tracking him down might be very difficult, especially with Voight’s life on the line adding additional pressure. 

    Will the team be able to pull it off? I’ve not heard any murmurings of Jason Beghe leaving the series, so odds are they will get to him in time, but the case, which has already taken an emotional toll on him, might leave a permanent mark. To be honest, all I want to see is Voight get his revenge and justice as Matson burns in hell—and as we race toward the season finale, this seems like a really fitting plot to finish on, all while lending itself to Upton’s inevitable exit.  If there’s anything to convince you that a career change is healthy and necessary, it’s seeing your boss almost get murdered by a serial killer. And, as we’ve seen with her vulnerable chats with Petrovic (who I am now convinced will join Intelligence after commenting on the “family vibes”), Upton isn’t in a great headspace to begin with so she’s going to need to take a step back and find something that allows her to move forward without all the baggage she’s been carrying from her childhood and divorce from Jay.

    Also, with Chicago PD Season 11 Episode 12 being Jesse Lee Soffer’s (remember him?) directorial debut, I have to give him a shout-out for a job well done. The episode kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time—and that’s not an easy feat for a show 11 seasons in, but no one knows these characters better than the man who spent so much time on the show! 

    What did you think of the episode? Did you expect Voight to become the next victim? Share your thoughts now! 

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    Chicago PD Review – Water Line (1111)

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    Kevin Atwater just can’t catch a break—and this second case is no exception.

    Chicago PD Season 11 Episode 11 was an Atwater-centric episode—typically my favorite—but it just piled even more pressure on one of Intelligence’s most promising detectives. 

    Atwater was carrying a lot of the burden for Corey Westbrooke’s death, and while I understand Mrs. Westbrooke’s frustration as she sees Atwater as a contributor to her husband’s death, it’s a shame that she couldn’t also see how much it was affecting him and how badly he wanted to right the situation without being able to go back in time or undo his actions. He wasn’t responsible as he did the best he could under the circumstances, but he still felt like he owed the family something, a sentiment she didn’t seem to share, as she threatened to get him fired if he came around her family again.

    The new case found Atwater also heavily invested, as his former CI, Butchie, known for lying, promised to give him intel on a three-man robbery crew responsible for the death of a cleaning lady named Marcela. 

    Butchie turned out to be personally involved, as revenge was the name of the game—revenge on the crew for leaving his young cousin at the scene and allowing him to get killed. 

    Atwater tried to be the voice of reason with Butchie, informing him that revenge wouldn’t change anything nor would it stop the pain he felt for losing his cousin Marcus, however, one thing that Trudy (and I love that she was the one to comfort Atwater and instill him with some much-needed advice) told him is that Atwater is not responsible for the actions of others. 

    When Butchie chose to pull the trigger and kill Kurt Hudson, the leader of the robbery crew, he made his bed and sealed his fate. There was nothing more Atwater could have done—and it was no longer his burden to carry. 

    Trudy was also right about one thing: the fact that he feels guilt and continues to care is actually a good thing as it’s what makes him such a good cop. It would be concerning if Atwater wasn’t affected by his cases, but it’s not healthy to let that take over and fester. Just imagine if they carried every loss, mistake, and death with them, allowing it to cloud their judgment. 

    Atwater may blame himself for Corey’s death, but the truth is that he did the best that he could in the situation and acted on instinct. That’s all anyone can really hope for when jumping into unknown territory. 

    Not every case is going to be a win for the good guys, unfortunately, but that’s the way the world works, and he needs to find a way to channel all that pain and emotion into a purpose. It’s the fuel he needs to keep going rather than a hindrance. 

    Atwater wants to carry the weight of the world, but as Trudy noted, he cannot let it drown him—what good would that do?

    After all these years, it’s amazing that these cases are still able to take such a hold on Intelligence officers, but it just proves that they are human as well.

    Take Voight, for example. He hasn’t stopped his quest to find the serial killer that’s evaded captivity, even explaining that his detour to Detroit last week was in search of information, only to come up empty-handed. 

    However, as we inch toward the season finale of PD–a pretty stellar season all around—a new witness comes forward in the promo, with information that the serial killer is a police officer, which is a game-changing twist that’s sure to deliver an intriguing end to this multi-episode arc. 

    Along with the final comes the inevitable departure of Hailey Upton, which is sure to leave fans an emotional wreck. 

    She mentioned that Petrovic is taking a leave of absence to deal with her addiction, but stills from upcoming episodes show her back in action in no time. Will she be the reason Upton decides to leave Intelligence? Will Petrovic take her spot in Intelligence?

    What did you think of the episode? Do you think Atwater should show himself some grace?

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    Chicago PD Review – Buried Pieces (1110)

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    Haily Upton hasn’t been everyone’s favorite character throughout her tenure on Chicago PD, but episodes like Chicago PD Season 11 Episode 10 remind me why she’ll be sorely missed. 

    “Buried Pieces” was a heavy and gripping installment (the series really always succeeds with this formula), allowing Upton to not only help a mother-daughter duo in need but also extend a helping hand to Petrovich, the SVU officer with an alcohol addiction, all while facing her own demons. And she did it while stepping in and running point during Voight’s absence (and I hope he’s taking some much-deserved time off lounging on a beach somewhere, though I know he’s probably just trying to solve the case of the serial killer on his own time.). Throughout the hour-long episode, we peeled back many layers, all of which worked together seamlessly. 

    The catalyst for the case was an aptly named little girl named Hope, who brought to light a case from years past about a missing 14-year-old girl named Ruthie. At the time, they chalked it up to a runaway situation as the young woman was pregnant by her teen boyfriend, but Hope’s reappearance at the precinct with a note from her mother asking for help to be freed from a man they referred to as “the monster” reopened the case. 

    Petrovich was one of the officers who worked the original, and though she proved to be helpful this time around, her drinking had quite a negative impact. 

    Upton covered for Petrovich—and honestly, I was puzzled by the choice at first. It was clear her drinking was becoming a huge issue, and I have no idea how people didn’t realize it sooner, but there’s also a concern that it was going to get worse because she was so passive about it. Petrovich never saw it as a problem because she didn’t want to. 

    Upton’s assistance was a liability; she owed her nothing, yet we’ve seen time again that Upton loves to get involved and take care of the wounded birds due to her own past. Helping others is a wonderful trait, but not at your own expense. 

    So, I was glad that Upton finally gave Petrovich two options, both of which forced her into confronting her demons head-on. It’s true that you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink, but in this case, it was the reality check that Petrovich needed. It showed her that someone cared enough to see past her addiction and want her to seek out help. She’s a good cop, but you can’t be a good cop only after having a few drinks. It’s just not the way it works. 

    Eventually, Petrovich kept her word and checked herself in willingly after assisting on Ruthie’s case.

    The hunt for Ruthie was nerve-wracking as the offender, Daniel Benitez, wasn’t anywhere in the system. He was essentially a ghost with there being no trace of him anywhere, and they likely wouldn’t have made a break in the case if it wasn’t for Hope… again.

    She saw an opportunity and took it, informing Upton that her grandmother, Sonia, was “pretending,” which piqued Upton’s suspicions. Turns out, there was something very off about the grandmother, whose “happy to have her granddaughter” shtick was nothing more than an act. The minute she realized the cops were onto her, she bolted for the door, and an acquaintance who was initially cleared in Ruthie’s disappearance sang like a canary when confronted, informing police that she sold her own daughter to sexual predators. I wish a motive was provided as it was a really jarring realization. 

    From there, Intelligence had everything they needed to find Ruthie. When they got to Daniel’s place, they shot him on sight, but there was no sign of the mother. Upton wasn’t going to give up, knowing that Ruthie had to be around here somewhere and likely trapped in a small space, which ended up being the air conditioner. 

    The mother-daughter duo were eventually reunited—and though it will likely be some time before they work through all that trauma, it’s nice to see a happy ending on Chicago PD, especially in light of so many grim storylines on the series, for a change. 

    What did you think of the episode? Will you miss Upton?

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