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Chicago PD Review – House of Cards (9×21)

CHICAGO P.D. -- "House of Cards" Episode 921 -- Pictured: Jason Beghe as Hank Voight -- (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)

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And that’s how you end a penultimate episode on a jaw-dropping cliffhanger! 

Chicago PD crafted a compelling case with Los Temidos and Escano, and bonus — it’s a case that has invested audiences for multiple episodes.

It’s fun to watch Intelligence work a case that doesn’t just wrap up within the hour. Blood, sweat, time, and energy has been poured into building this case up, mostly from Anna (guest star Carmela Zumbado), who is self-motivated to take down the gang and Javi. 

As far as CI’s go, Anna has been one of the most intriguing and promising. Over and over again, I find myself rooting for her and hoping that maybe she’ll be offered a spot in the unit after all of this is over. 

But, admittedly, I was also very terrified for her safety on Chicago PD Season 9 Episode 21. 

The long game is not an easy one to play, especially when you’re trying to one-up a very paranoid man while also gunning to go back home to be with your child.

Escano is well aware that he’s a target, so he’s kept himself clean as a whistle. There’s nothing tracing him back to Los Temidos and no money trail linking to the drugs. Heck, the man doesn’t even use his personal car to go anywhere aside from the bakery. He’s that careful. The dude knows what he’s doing, so nailing him is almost an art at this point. They only have one shot, and they cannot waste it. 

The fact that he’s so aware and ahead of the game means it’s also incredibly dangerous. He knows everything about Anna, he’s suspicious, he has Voight’s direct number, and there’s no telling what he’s thinking and plotting. 

Voight has been very strategic in his movements because he wants to land the big fish, and his only shot at it is Anna. She has built up a repertoire with Escano, and he trusts her.

Voight and Anna have also formed a special bond as well. In fact, Voight cares about Anna and her safety a lot, which is why he’s been an open book with her.

So when he found out that Escano was likely responsible for ordering the gang rape on Anna just like he did with Mateo, it was a bit jarring that he kept the piece of information to himself. 

Hailey suggested being upfront with Anna about the whole thing. As a woman, she was probably right, but Voight was coming at it from an entirely different perspective.

He knew that being a full-time, around-the-clock CI was taking a toll on Anna. He knew that despite being internally motivated that she was in a bit of a fragile place, so he weighed his options and understood the risk he was taking by not telling her. 

Anna has proved that she’s whip smart and can handle anything thrown her way. I mean, she’s a pro at navigating this lifestyle; she does it with ease. Voight could have told her the truth about Escano ordering her rape and hoped that she would make an informed decision rather than an irrational one, but he wasn’t willing to take that chance. 

I understand where he’s coming from because when Anna found out from the source — Escano himself — her reaction was exactly what Voight was afraid of. 

And no, I’m not talking about her anger at being blindsided by the person she trusted unconditionally. I’m talking about the red hot motivation to take the enemy down by any means necessary, which also meant throwing caution to the wind. 

Anna was furious — all she could see was revenge that she wasn’t listening to reason or logic. 

Voight and the team knew that something wasn’t right with the buy. There were too many moving parts, too many unexpected visitors, and, of course, Escano’s decision to change routes and head back to the cash house in the suburbs, but Anna ignored his concerns. 

Also, shout-out to the series for finally venturing into the burbs! 

Voight meant it when he said that his number one priority was keeping Anna safe, so when he realized that there was no way he could talk her out of going through with the buy, he ordered his team to move on it. 

It seems as though the plan was to seize everything now and hope that something against Escano would stick. 

I know that they are hoping to link the drugs to Escano, but they have all this video footage of him clearly not being an upstanding citizen, so I wonder why they can’t just use that. His pat down with Anna, in particular, seems like it could definitely be admissable in some way.

But again — big fish require a big score. 

Intelligence almost had it, but then, in the blink of an eye, the whole thing just blew up in their faces… literally. There was a literal explosion from within the truck filled with drugs. 

The driver got away, but Halstead and Upton didn’t come out unscathed. In fact, last we saw Upton, she was completely unconscious from the blast. 

And it wasn’t any better for Ruzek, who was forced to shoot the man who ambushed the driver of the truck in the motel. 

Anything that could have gone wrong did. 

Chicago PD Review House of Cards Season 9 Epsiode 21

CHICAGO P.D. — “House of Cards” Episode 921 — Pictured: Jesse Lee Soffer as Jay Halstead — (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)

There are plenty of unexpected twists, turns, and moving parts with this case, but my best guess as to what happened is that another gang tried to move in on Escano’s territory and take out his buy. 

Either that or this was all part of Escano’s plan since he knew the feds were onto him. He seemed convinced that Voight was a dirty cop that could be paid off, but it’s Escano, so it could’ve all been part of the plan to pull one over on them. 

I mean, why else would he switch up directions at the last minute?

There’s also the fact that they have no clue whether or not Escano was at the gang initiation where Anna’s rape was ordered, so it’s possible that she was burned from the beginning. Maybe the explosion was meant for Anna. 

Bottom line is that none of this bodes well for Intelligence. They are in a cat-and-mouse game with a very dangerous man who has unpredictability on his side. 

Unfortunately, Hailey’s decision to respond to the rape involving Mateo put the cops on Escano’s radar. I’m glad she did because she helped Isabella, a victim just like Anna, but it definitely hindered their chances of bringing him down and putting him behind bars.

I don’t know how it will all pan out in the upcoming finale, but I am hoping that Anna will find a way to get her peace and reunite with her son. I want her to get a cut of Escano’s money and start fresh with Rafa so that he has a better life. 

As for Hailey, she’s a fighter, so let’s hope that the explosion only left her a little banged up. Intelligence needs her.

It’s a wise move on PD’s part to end the best season to date with an established case because it keeps the audience fully invested in wanting to find out the outcome. We’ve bonded with Anna, we have a soft spot for her just like Voight does, and we want to see justice served. 

How do you think this will all come to an end? Will Upton survive? Will Anna get her revenge? Will Escano be so spooked her gets tripped up with his own shady business dealings? Let us know in the comments below! 

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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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CHICAGO P.D. -- "Water Line" Episode 11011

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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