I think all of the Burzek fandom can sleep well tonight because FINALLY!
The Burgess and Ruzek hookup/reunion/romance—call it what you will—has been a long time coming, but the wait only made the moment that much sweeter.
Adam Ruzek has gone to great lengths for Burgess. His love for her has been clear for many episodes and many seasons, but she needed to do the work and the healing so that she could finally arrive at a place where they could happen. Where a relationship between them was healthy for everyone involved, including Makayla.
The feelings were always there, on both sides, but the timing was always off, especially after Burgess’ near-fatal accident that shook her to her core. All of the feelings she had for Ruzek were diminished as she felt numb, scared, and terrified of taking another step.
Once she finally realized that she could no longer go on allowing the PTSD to have such a hold on her life, she broached the topic of therapy, eventually putting in all of the work to start healing the trauma. One of the major steps was to confront the situation with help from her partner. They are living together, working together, and co-parenting, but until this moment, they’ve never sat down and had an honest conversation about their feelings—they’ve just skirted around the topic with Ruzek simply accepting that they weren’t in sync.
He waited, though. He waited until she was finally ready, championing her every step of the way. When her hand didn’t tremble when she took the shot at Ethan, the suspect who reached for his gun at the train yard, Ruzek noticed, and he felt an immense sense of pride.
And when she suggested that they do a family therapy session, he didn’t think twice about it, agreeing because he knew it could help her. The real reason it took so long for Burgess to ask Ruzek if he’d go with her had nothing to do with her fear that he wouldn’t want to go. Deep down inside she knew that he would do it for her and that meant being completely transparent and raw. It’s a scary thing, but I’m truly so proud of them.
We honestly should all be thanking that therapist for the great work she’s been doing.
Also kudos both Marina Squerciati and Patrick Flueger for keeping Burzek alive all these years and somehow managing to keep the spark ignited through all the pain and hardships. It was evident that we’d always get here—that they would be endgame—but for a moment, it did feel like a lost cause, and yet those two never gave up hope or that thing that made fans year for their reunion. Seeing them light up the screen in a moment of realization was magical.
The rest of the episode was almost irrelevant because of how powerful and passionate those final moments between the two of them were. I said almost because the case was important as it helped Burgess find the bravery to put herself first.
There were also so many good moments throughout the hour, including Burgess informing Ruby that Ethan wasn’t a partner because he walked away when a good partner stays with you through the hard times. It was at that moment that there was so much clarity for Burgess about the man who has remained by her side this whole time, always checking in on her and making sure that she feels loved and taken care of. My heart is just bursting.
Burgess is in this unique position where she asks the victims involved in her cases to be brave, but she of all people knows how incredibly hard that is. It’s something she struggles with quite often because it’s not something you can just do because someone asks you to. Burgess had all the tools to help Ruby, a victim-turned-suspect, and she just needed to establish a connection and get through to her.
Thanks to her own therapist and the important work she’s been doing, Burgess knew how to handle Ruby, deciding that exposure therapy would be the most effective way of getting her to open up. She brought Ruby to the abandoned bar where the rape happened, which made her open up and agree to help the police find Ethan, the man who raped her and was now forcing her to be an accomplice while robbing mom-and-pop shops.
It was truly an unfortunate situation because while Burgess knew that Ruby was a victim, she couldn’t let her off the hook as she was an active participant in six robberies that resulted in someone being beaten within an inch of their life or murdered. Ruby never willingly went to any of these robberies, and that might work in her favor, but the reality is that she’d do some time even with a deal for cooperating with the police.
Chicago PD loves itself an “it’s not black or white” storyline, so it wasn’t a surprise when Burgess felt conflicted about how they got Ruby’s DNA. While there’s no law prohibiting cops from using a rape kit to match DNA to a crime, it was a huge violation of victim rights. It might not have sat well with Burgess, but at least she made the best of it, vouching for Ruby, helping her through the case, and freeing her from a life of captivity.
It’s a good thing she was the responding officer on the case because things might not have turned out the same.
And though it was an interesting case that forced some introspection on Burgess’ part, there’s no doubt about it that the episode was A+ because #Burzek is officially an item!
What did you think of the episode? Sound off 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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