Sometimes doing the right thing is really damn hard, especially when you’re a Black man and a cop in the city of Chicago.
On Chicago PD Season 8 Episode 9, two Black business owners were gunned down by a violent gang leader who was running the neighborhood Atwater used to patrol.
As Intelligence pursued the case, Dep. Samantha Miller asked Voight if he would consider bringing Andre Cooper into Intelligence.
A quick refresher — Cooper aka “Coop” was the partner of the white cop, David Wheelan, who shot an innocent Black man on Chicago PD Season 8 Episode 8.
There is an unspoken bond and understanding between them, which was made clear by her decision to ask Voight rather than simply assigning Cooper to Intelligence.
She respects Voight, and the feeling is mutual. But she is going to run out of “favors” pretty quickly if she keeps this up.
According to Atwater, it’s been a week since he witnessed his partner murder a Black man in cold blood. That’s barely enough time to process the situation let alone bounce back from it.
Not to mention he’s been harassed and criticized by both Black and white cops for either not doing enough or not protecting his partner.
I appreciate the show’s dedication to continuity, but in this instance, Cooper was too fresh and too green to get thrown into such a tough case on his own.
He was too emotionally vulnerable to properly analyze the situation.
There’s also the question of how no one recognized Cooper considering the high-profile nature of Wheelan’s shooting.
Wheelan went viral for killing an innocent man, so, at some point, Cooper would’ve likely been featured on the news.
The decision to assign Cooper to the case didn’t seem like it was fully thought through.
And while it was great that Cooper found an immediate in with Damari, it was concerning that his actions were affected by Damari’s situation with his brother, Theo, who suffered seizures as a result of a severe form of epilepsy.
Cooper found himself in Damari’s corner after realizing he was only dealing and engaging in criminal activities to make enough money to pay medical bills.
However, Atwater was right that at the end of the day, the purpose behind the crime doesn’t matter. It could’ve lessened Damari’s sentence, especially if he was cooperative, but he knew the risks of the lifestyle.
He even admitted that not all Black men are choir boys and some of them do break the law, himself included.
There seemed to be a level of understanding that one day he might have to pay the consequences for his actions.
And while he didn’t pull the trigger, by working with Quincy, he played an active role in killing two innocent men. He was responsible for taking them away from their families, and inevitably, he needed to pay for it.
Cooper wasn’t turning his back on his people; he was helping put away the people who were taking innocent lives.
Atwater is one of the people who understands the Black versus Blue issue more than anyone else as he’s experienced it on too many occasions and found himself torn many times.
Cooper would’ve done well by heeding all of Atwater’s advice instead of trying to do his own thing because Atwater is out here telling it like it is.
It’s unclear if Cooper is here to stay or if his involvement with Intelligence will be short-lived.
While Cooper became too involved while being undercover, the fact is, it’s not entirely his fault.
We’ve seen seasoned officers and detectives like Halstead get way too emotionally attached in such cases, so it’s unfair to hold this situation against Coop entirely.
Chicago PD Review & Interview – Tracy Spiridakos on Big #Upstead Moment (8×11)
Upton’s childhood trauma bubbled up to the surface on Chicago PD Season 8 Episode 11.
This isn’t the first time the series has touched upon Upton’s past, but audiences were able to get a better grasp at the hell she went through while growing up in a household of domestic abuse.
Up until now, she never fully confronted how it affected her into adulthood.
On Chicago PD Season 8 Episode 3, Upton couldn’t even bring herself to visit her father after he suffered a heart attack.
The truth is, she’s been running from her past for her whole life, but the trauma has finally caught up with her and it’s significantly affecting every aspect of her life including her career and her promising, new relationship.
And she’s beginning to realize that if she lets this bruised part of herself continue to get in the way, it could jeopardize everything she’s ever cared about.
The case was solid with or without an anchor to Upton’s personal life as the outcome wasn’t obvious. Also, how gruesome was that scene of the mother with her teeth pulled out and her fingertips burnt off?
Upton responded to a call that involved a young child who has endured a lifetime of emotional and physical abuse.
She immediately felt drawn to the little girl, Becca, as she saw herself in her pained yet hopeful face.
And Upton went to great lengths to help her. On one hand, her determination played a key role in solving the case, but on the other hand, it was dangerous because she was willing to break the rules and go against Voight’s orders.
Since she was fueled by emotion, she wasn’t thinking clearly, which made it easy for her to misstep and cross a line.
Throughout the episode, I wanted to shake Upton and tell her to snap out of it, but she was so focused. It almost felt like she thought she could save herself by saving Becca.
Coming from a dysfunctional family gives Upton good instincts. Her personal involvement in the case is largely the reason Intelligence found Becca in time.
However, it also forced her to reassess her approach.
After her heart-to-heart with Voight, Upton realized that she couldn’t go on like this and pretend that her past wasn’t seeping into her present.
A childhood fueled by control, manipulation, betrayal, and abuse also made it hard for Upton to form a real connection with another person.
Even before she took on the case, Upton bolted right after Halstead said the L-word.
While it’s a huge moment in their relationship, for Upton, it was a trigger because she’s only ever known a dysfunctional level of love.
Whenever someone would say “I love you,” there was always a catch. So, when Halstead said it, she was waiting for the other foot to drop.
Instead of allowing herself to get hurt, she wanted to beat him to the punch and run the other way.
That’s why her eventual decision to open up to Halstead and be vulnerable and transparent about her fears and insecurities was a huge step.
I love that Halstead didn’t try to “fix” Upton; He simply listened to what she needed while promising to be patient and stay by her side.
I wasn’t completely sold on #TeamUpstead prior to this episode because I’m used to the relationships on this series crumbling for one reason or another, but I’m digging the direction that this is going in.
Not every relationship starts in the honeymoon phase, and it’s clear Halstead cares enough about her to support her and help her get to a good point.
Hopefully, the series continues with the storyline and doesn’t drop Upton’s emotional turmoil.
We don’t need a whole episode dedicated to her working through her issues, but it would be nice to see some continuity whenever #Upstead’s relationship gets future screen time.
We got to chat with Tracy Spiridakos, who plays Hailey Upton, about the game-changing episode!
Chicago PD Review – The Radical Truth (8×10)
Disco Bob made quite a mess for himself on Chicago PD Season 8 Episode 10.
The Ruzek-focused episode was a nice welcome back following a brief hiatus. And it let our boy Patrick Flueger shine. But that’s not really surprising, is it?
Bob Ruzek’s 30-year career with the CPD has been a bit strained, as has his relationship with his son, Adam.
The two haven’t always seen eye-to-eye, but that’s the thing about parents and kids — there’s always a level of love there no matter what happens.
Here’s When Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD Will Air Season Finales in 2021
It’s hard to believe that it’s almost finale time for the #OneChicago shows on NBC.
Due to production delays brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Chicago Med, Chicago PD, and Chicago Fire got off to a late start in mid-November (instead of the usual mid-September premiere), but that pandemic hasn’t made a huge impact on the quality of the episodes.
However, with shorter seasons on tap, the schedule has been pretty wonky and consisted of several breaks in between, so we don’t blame you if you’re having trouble keeping up. That’s why we’re here to clue you in.
New episodes of the trio of shows return on March 31, 2021.
As for the finales, NBC hasn’t announced any official finale dates.
However, according to TVLine, the current seasons will wrap up on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, which would align with their pre-COVID finales even if the episode count is a bit shorter than in the year’s prior.
Once NBC confirms to official finale date, we’ll update this post, but at least you can find comfort in knowing that we still have a solid several weeks with Chicago’s bravest and boldest!
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