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Chicago PD Review – Protect and Serve (8×08)

CHICAGO P.D. -- "Protect And Serve" Episode 808 -- Pictured: LaRoyce Hawkins as Kevin Atwater -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC)

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This isn’t the first time a police reform storyline was at the forefront of an episode, but it did make for one of the most effective episodes.

The writers made some bold choices that paid off on Chicago PD Season 8 Episode 8.

Initially, it seemed like yet another instance where a white cop killed an innocent Black man, but the situation quickly evolved into something way more complex than that.

There was no question as to whether or not David Whelan was guilty. Anyone who watched the footage was very much aware that he was going down for murder.

Everyone except for Whelan that is, who remained ignorant and stuck to his version that he was acting in self-defense for far too long. 

Despite his best efforts to convince everyone around him, including Ruzek and Atwater, his life was not in any danger and the shots were not justified.

There have been a few times — Chicago PD Season 8 Episode 7 comes to mind — where the series attempted to push a police brutality narrative where it didn’t exist, but in this scenario, it was clear that racial bias was at play.

Even before Whelan pulled Jeff Duncan over, he made up his mind about the man and feared for his life. 

None of Duncan’s actions should have made Whelan feel scared or uncomfortable aside from the fact that he was Black.

Duncan did everything right; He informed him he had a gun and he held his hands up the entire time even as Whelan shouted for him to “put his hands up.”

And at no point did Duncan ever make a move to grab his gun.

Chicago PD Review Protect and Serve Season 8 Episode 8

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But even if Duncan had been uncooperative, it didn’t warrant several bullets to the chest and being left to bleed out to death on the pavement. That’s what it didn’t warrant.

The idea behind implicit bias is that it affects a person’s understanding and behavior in an unconscious way, which explains why Whelan “thought” he saw Duncan reach for his weapon. 

But now that there’s no question about what actually happened, we can dive into the episode, which found Ruzek and Atwater stuck with a job that absolutely no one wanted to do: arrest Duncan and transport him back to the station.

However, I’m not going to lie, I was thrilled to see these two work alongside each other once again. 

It’s been a while since we’ve shaken up the partnerships on PD, and there’s never a dull moment when Atwater and Ruzek share the screen. 

Since their friendship is the strongest in the series, their interactions allowed for some very distinct viewpoints that resulted in an informative and enlightening episode all-around. 

Both Patrick Flueger and Laroyce Hawkins brought their A-game as they tackled complex topics while in straight-up survival mode. 

There was a bit of naivety on Voight’s part when he informed them they would be nothing more than an Uber.

Considering the recording was bound to go viral sooner than later, riots and protests were inevitable. Why wasn’t the force better prepared?

The very fact that Samantha Miller asked Voight’s team to handle this was a clear indication that she knew it was going to get out of hand. 

Though, it is nice that Miller and Voight have established a level of trust between each other. When Voight informed her that he was going to let Atwater and Ruzek play this case the way they wanted it to, she didn’t object. 

The moment Ruzek and Atwater arrested Duncan, their workday from hell started. 

With death threats stacking up against him, they were ordered to take him to a safe house, which was quickly made. 

They were forced to act swiftly and think on their feet since being with Duncan put them in a direct line of danger.

And throughout the whole time, they had to listen to Duncan try to justify his actions, which was outright aggravating. 

However, it did lead to some important conversations that otherwise wouldn’t have happened if the trio weren’t stuck together in the first place. 

The case drew similarity to the death of George Floyd in the U.S. this past summer, but it was interesting to dig into the police side of it. 

Read the full review at TV Fanatic now. 

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    Chicago PD Season 11 Episode 5 Review – Split-Second

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    Is 'Chicago PD' New Tonight? Everything We Know About Season 11 Episode 5

    Atwater does it again, but that’s really no surprise. Kevin Atwater episodes of Chicago PD are consistently the strongest—delivering complex issues, a riveting performance, and making us all question why LaRoyce Hawkins isn’t allowed to take the wheel more often. 

    And would it kill them to give him a love interest so he doesn’t have to carry this burden all on his own?

    On Chicago PD Season 11 Episode 5, Atwater responded to a robbery in progress on Jeweler’s Row, but the situation quickly escalated as the robbers proved to be dangerous and careless, firing shots that killed the store owner and hit an innocent bystander, who ended up bleeding out to death.

    The moment was one that haunted Atwater for much of the episode, as the wife of Corey, who was trapped between the safety door, blamed Atwater for making a conscious choice to try to save the owner over her husband. 

    And she’s not wrong—Atwater went to check on the other man, allowing the impenetrable doors to close, preventing him from rendering life-saving aid to Corey. 

    He was filled with instant regret knowing that his choices could’ve made a difference, and while we know that it’s simply Atwater’s personality to want to take accountability, the case showed that sometimes, despite our best efforts, we can’t change the outcome. And we can’t save everyone. 

    It wasn’t stated in the episode—and Atwater said time and time again that he didn’t know why he chose to check on the owner instead of Corey—but my guess is that he didn’t imagine that the doors would be impossible to break through. He likely also felt that the injuries of the owner may have been more extensive than Corey’s, and felt the need to prioritize helping him. 

    At the end of the day, he followed his gut in a split-second, trying to make the best decisions for everyone, and there’s not much more you can ask for when it comes to the person responding to a critical situation. 

    He went back to the scene of the crime, retracing his steps an replaying the situation over and over in his brain, making himself feel guiltier, particularly when he found the keys under the shattered glass, which could have bought Corey the necessary time until the paramedics arrived, but that’s all hindsight and doesn’t change what happened. Atwater can learn from it, but he needs to let himself move on for his mental health, especially as Voight pointed out that there is no handbook on who you should save first. 

    Atwater’s regret aside, the episode was action-packed as they tried to identify the two robbers, who were leaving behind a trail of victims during their heists. The key person to helping them make a break in the case was Teresa. They knew she saw one of the suspects as there was video footage of her looking him in the face before he put his mask on, but when confronted, Teresa insisted that there was a “glare” and she saw nothing.

    Considering the suspects took off with every victim’s driver’s license, I’m not surprised Teresa chose to stay quiet as she feared retaliation against her family. She already lost her husband, and she didn’t want to put her husband in harm’s way. 

    While Voight’s tactics of pushing her to talk or charging her with obstruction of justice may have seemed harsh, it was necessary to motivate her to help them make a break in the case. (I’ll be honest, I first thought that Teresa was keeping the suspect’s identity a secret because it was someone she knew/someone connected to her son, so I was glad that wasn’t the case.) 

    But the sad reality is that even if she hadn’t identified the suspect, they could’ve still come for her to silence her since they knew that she saw one of their faces, which is exactly what happened. They didn’t care if she sold them out—if she could, she needed to be taken care of. Working with the police and giving them what they needed sooner may have ensured her safety as they could’ve caught the bad guys, but I’m also not surprised that there’s a distrust of police, in general, but also specifically for Teresa.

    Teresa felt betrayed by Atwater since he didn’t save her husband—it’s all she could focus on. Not to mention that even though Atwater told her that they would have units watching her house until the bad guys were caught, he couldn’t guarantee her safety as the moment one of the suspects broke into her home, no one was stationed outside of her home because they were switching shifts. They dropped the ball, and if it wasn’t for Atwater’s quick thinking, it could’ve cost her and her son their lives. 

    Atwater went above and beyond on the case, as he felt a sense of responsibility to the family, but he also found himself with conflicting emotions after he shot Aiden and asked Teresa for assistance with putting pressure on the wound, which she refused to do because “he didn’t deserve to live while her husband died.”

    And, quite honestly, as a victim who is grieving a major loss and feels betrayed, I totally get where she’s coming from. This is a man who killed her husband and who broke into her home to kill her and her child without a second thought. If Atwater wasn’t there, he wouldn’t have shown her any mercy, so why did she have to take the high road in this case? 

    On the other hand, Atwater is not in a position to pick and choose who he saves. He has sworn to serve and protect—so while he stopped the suspect from hurting someone else, he also has to render aid and do everything to prevent the suspect from dying. Atwater did his job, even if the outcome wasn’t fair. And honestly, when is life ever fair? 

    As we’ve seen time and time again on Chicago PD, there are many inner struggles that come with being a cop, and no one feels guilter, harbors more regret, or is harder on themselves than the cops that find themselves in those tricky situations, toeing the line between right, wrong, and necessary. 

    Thankfully for all of us, Atwater has always excelled in those storylines, rising to the occasion every single time. 

    What did you think of the episode? 

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    Is ‘Chicago PD’ New Tonight? Everything We Know About Season 11 Episode 5

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    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.

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    Chicago PD Season 11 Episode 4 Review – Things Get Messy for Torres

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    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?

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