I didn’t think we needed a new member of Intelligence, especially another man, until Dante Torres came along on Chicago PD Season 9 Episode 18.
Played by Benjamin Levy Aguilar, Torres brought a fiery existence to the squad when he was plucked straight from the Chicago Police Academy like Ruzek all those seasons back. It was for a ride-along, for now, but could it become much more?
Now, if you’re wondering why all these new recruits are gunning for specialized units rather than working their way up, well, Platt put it very simply: “everyone hates cops,” which means the pool is filled with babies without any skills.
The bar is so low, you only have to be 21 to enter.
However, Torres more than proved himself despite being a man of very little words.
He remained quite the mystery — and the more Halstead tried to pull something out of him, the less he actually knew.
What was obvious is that Torres had great instincts. Even when he broke an order, it was more of a “do first, ask for forgiveness” later. And in both instances, it was to Halstead’s advantage.
The first time he disobeyed an order when they were responding to a store robbery in progress, Torres was responsible for nabbing the suspect.
The second time, he delivered the deadly blows to the suspect that saved Halstead and Upton.
Torres knew what he was doing through and through. He didn’t stumble in the interrogation room instead convincing the suspect to talk.
And when they were trying to track down the arms dealer, Torres’ judgment led them right to his secret room behind the mirror.
When Torres told Halstead at the end that he’d be “damn good at this job,” he truly meant it. And that level of confidence, it’s refreshing. Everyone in Intelligence knows that they are more than capable of handling the job, but Torres just carried himself differently.
He didn’t have the “proper background,” but his instincts were on point because his upbringing was the streets.
Still, you can’t blame Halstead for wanting to know more and questioning who the man on the ride along truly was. After all, the safety of the job hinges on trust, and if you can’t trust your partner to have your back, you might end up dead.
Torres didn’t give Halstead any reason to trust him. He was quiet and mysterious, he withheld information, he broke orders, and well, there was also the question of whether he was a gang member who was infiltrating the police academy.
It sucks that there are stereotypes that easily feed into these concerns, but it wouldn’t be too far off base if Torres did end up being a gang member.
Halstead went above and beyond to get a good read on his partner because not only was it his life on the line, but it was also the whole team’s. And it could’ve cost them the whole case.
Torres also lied when he went undercover because he totally knew the dealer, Bautista.
While it wasn’t a great moment for Torres, and it was a surprise to Intelligence as they realized they were on shaky ground and his cover had been made, it eventually allowed Halstead to get some more information.
Torres revealed that the man he put into a wheelchair was his step-father. Why? Because he beat his mother.
He served time in juvie, which is where he tried to burn off his gang tattoos.
He lied about paying off his parking tickets so that he could bring cash for his ma, who runs a grocery store and pays the locals a “protection tax.”
And he wants to be a cop because prior to putting his step-dad into a coma, he called the cops six times and yet no one ever came or responded.
All of these tidbits simply fed into Torres’ hardass exterior and made me like him even more.
While I would’ve loved a spot to be filled by another woman, it makes sense to fill the void of a Latino man, particularly in Chicago where there’s a huge Hispanic population.
Though he’s no replacement for Antonio, he’ll come in handy, and his streets smarts and experiences allow him to bring a different perspective to an already airtight unit.
What did you think of the character?
Are you interested in seeing more of him? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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.
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?
Chicago PD Season 10 Episode 3 Review – [SPOILER] Is Engaged
Burzek fans, it’s finally happening. For real this time.
Chicago PD Season 10 Episode 3 gave fans of Kim Burgess and Adam Ruzek something to celebrate as the couple was engaged by the end of the hour.
It’s an engagement long in the making, with plenty of bumps in the road, including a heartbreaking storyline leading up to Ruzek finally popping the question.
He was, of course, thinking about it prior to the events of “Safe Harbor” considering he had a ring ready and all, but he wasn’t expecting it to come on the heels of one of Burgess’ toughest cases. He thought it would be more romantic and grand, but honestly, there’s nothing more symbolic of love than the promise to continuously fight for family.
These two have been through so much together, and they deserve this little shred of happiness. They owe it to each other, especially after they both nearly lost their lives and still found a way to dig themselves out of the darkness and find the light.
The episode, much like Chicago Med the week prior, tackled the migrant crisis currently happening in sanctuary cities like Chicago. And it was one of the strongest storylines this season so far. I do realize that it’s the third episode of the season so there isn’t much to compare it to just yet, but if this is any indication about what the writers have in store, well, it’s a good sign.
A shooting breaks out at the 13th district where Burgess is volunteering during one of her nights off. If it was anyone else, the case may have been marked closed the moment they located the shooter Aaron Marshall, but Burgess had a gut feeling that something was off with one of the officers who was there during the shooting and asked Voight to assist Intelligence in getting justice for his people.
Danny talked a good game, but he was sloppy. He infiltrated Intelligence hoping to steer them in the wrong direction and take charge of the investigation. He kept wanting them to find “brick walls,” and when they got a lead on Marshall, he made sure to shut him up before they even had a chance to ask him any questions, putting three bullets in him when the man didn’t even pose a threat.
The case seemed cut and dry as Danny was clearly guilty of raping the victim Raquel, but everything that they had was circumstantial; there wasn’t enough evidence for a case against him to hold.
The key to making it all stick was Raquel’s friend Gabriela, who was bussed out of the 13th district to another shelter in the city. Tracking her down was a full team effort, and even once Burgess got to her, she refused to speak until she had some assurances: papers.
Of course, with tens of thousands of migrants pouring into the city, even Burgess didn’t have the connections to pull those strings and make it happen, but she tried her best regardless.
Sadly, it wasn’t enough as Danny beat her to the punch and got Gabriela taken by ICE for having narcotics in the shelter. He found a way to get to her before Burgess, and by having her deported, he was essentially tying up loose ends.
However, Danny had no idea who he was messing with. If there’s one thing Burgess is going to do, it’s fight for the women who have no one else in their corner.
Instead of giving in to defeat, Burgess worked tirelessly to find any connection between Danny and Marshall, with the full support of Adam, who understood just how much the case meant to her. Fans not only found out how Burgess knew fluent Spanish, but she shared with Gabriela that she cares deeply about illegal immigrants having been raised by a nanny who constantly had to look over her shoulder.
Burgess eventually struck gold, tracing the burner phone that called in the drug tip to ICE back to the 13th district—and then again to a diner where they were able to pull up footage of Marshall and Danny meeting face-to-face.
When she confronted him, after having met his lovely wife and children, Burgess didn’t mince words, even as Danny tried to talk his way out of it, coming up with a sob story about falling in love with Raquel and her begging him to give her an anchor baby.
When she finally delivered the smoking gun—the proof that she had him on camera—Danny knew it was over for him. His whole demeanor changed, but instead of fighting it, he simply asked her to give him 5 minutes with his family before he put an end to all of her troubles, pointing at a gun in a nearby drawer.
Burgess, however, wasn’t interested in letting him take the easy way out—not after she jumped through hoops to get to this moment.
Danny was a complete disgrace to cops and police families everywhere—and the worst part is that he barely expressed a shred of remorse for his actions.
But there was a deeper meaning to the episode that touched upon the hatred for these people who are just fleeing terrible conditions and hoping for a better life like so many of us—and doing it all without any power, voice, or protection. They are not only facing the cruelty of people who think that they are coming for what’s theirs and stealing their land, but as was the case with Danny, sometimes they can’t even trust the people who are put in place to protect them. It’s possible that other people in the district, like the cop who called Burgess one of the “woke” ones, knew what was going on and turned a blind eye, but Burgess is proof that there are good people who will fight for what’s right.
It was a powerful episode that I have no doubt rattled some people, but I’m hoping it also managed to convince many to extend a little grace to those who have been dealt a tough hand.
The cherry on top was obviously the engagement of the show’s only remaining couple—and hopefully, amid the bleakness of fighting crime, they find a moment to celebrate this special moment.
What did you think of the episode? Did you think it would all culminate in Burgess getting a ring on her finger?
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