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Chicago PD Review – The Rat (7×12)

CHICAGO P.D. -- "The Devil You Know" Episode 712 -- Pictured: Jesse Lee Soffer as Det. Jay Halstead -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC)

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A formerly dirty cop hunts down dirty cops on Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 12.

Of course, Voight was never dirty in the same sense that Tyler, Gibbs, and Packer were, but it’s interesting to see where the line gets drawn.

What defines a dirty cop that needs to be taken down versus a dirty cop that’s doing what he needs to and walks freely with his powers unchecked?

In terms of how the storyline unraveled, this was one of the stronger episodes of the season.

It was a little difficult to keep up with at times considering all the moving parts and new characters, but it was captivating and unpredictable.

The focus wasn’t on any one character up until the very end when Hailey got her revenge. Instead, everyone worked together towards one main goal: bringing down corruption from within.

It’s always a little mystifying to see cops, the people who promise to serve and protect, get messed up in shady dealings. Being a dirty cop is the exact opposite of what it means to be a cop.

However, it’s also shocking that there’s nothing in place to guarantee that drugs sent to the burner get burnt.

There are no checks and balances as everything seems to be based on faith and trust.

If it’s that easy and untraceable to get your hands on drugs — Halstead called it a damn buffet — I’d expect it to be happening a lot more frequently.

The case required Intelligence to display a certain level of stealth since the men they were going after — Tyler, Gibbs, and Packer — were all veteran cops who thought the same way they did.

They were running a smooth operation and would be easily alerted if something was going awry.

Intelligence had one shot to get this right, and they had to play it close to home to obtain enough evidence to even build a case.

And even when they had concrete proof, there was a possibility it wouldn’t stick based on how high up the ranks these cops were.

Of course, the case connected to Darius Walker, again.

At first, it seemed like the writers took the easy way out of yet another storyline by looping in the man connected to nearly ever crime and criminal in Chicago.

But this time, Walker’s character was necessary.

The audience may be experiencing Walker burnout, but we have to give it to him — he’s a damn good villain.

He’s one of the better, well written bad guys this series has ever seen.

Walker always had an angle or an agenda, he wasn’t afraid to stand up to Voight, he was unapologetic in his ruthlessness, and he wasn’t above killing people when he deemed it necessary.

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Chicago PD Review – Rojas and Upton Get In Trouble with Voight (7×18)

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We finally got an Upton and Rojas team up on Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 18, but it wasn’t what any of us were expecting.

Both ladies tried to take matters into their own hands and ended up on Voight’s bad side, which, if you remember from my review of Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 17, is not a pleasant side.

While Rojas had a few anxiety-inducing missteps this episode, which largely stemmed from a loved one being involved in a major case, much of Voight’s anger was directed at Upton.

And she deserved it.

I don’t know what got into her, but where was the Upton who always keeps Halstead in check?

Instead, she got personally involved in the case because she wanted to help Rojas and made an extreme decision that triggered Voight. (Fans were probably pleased to see that he’s still got it!)

Voight was upset for a few reasons. For starters, because Upton was a superior who should have known better.

And unlike Rojas, who immediately acknowledged that what she did was wrong and apologized, Upton never felt bad about it.

She naively assumed she had the same authority as Voight.

Her judgment was clouded by her desire to put Gael away and get Reyes the deal, so she did what she had to do and planted fake evidence without showing any remorse.

While Gael deserved what was coming, it wasn’t Upton’s place to plant evidence merely to get justice. That sets a dangerous precedent.

Cops need to be held to a standard and uphold a moral code. If Upton is so comfortable crossing this line because it benefits her and a friend, will she be able to see the line the next time around?

If she had done it with Voight’s permission, it would have been a slightly different story since Voight would have taken the rap. Plus, he’s in a position to make such calls, but she specifically went behind his back and made the decision herself without even looping him in.

Then, instead of owning up to it, she explained that she thought it was what “he would have done” knowing damn well she kept it a secret because Voight wouldn’t have allowed such behavior.

Voight has never wanted his unit to go down the same path he has, and I love that he didn’t think twice about showing her tough love.

It shows that there are some rules he won’t break, but also, that he cares enough about Upton to intervene.

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Now, I don’t watch Law & Order: SVU, but it would be really great if she actually got to guest-starred on an episode since he volunteered her to the New York team. Does anyone know if that’s happening?

Since Rojas was personally involved in the case, it made us automatically more invested in the plot because the stakes were higher.

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Chicago PD Review – Voight’s Plan Gets Foiled by Staples & He’s Not Happy (7×17)

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You do not, I repeat, do not want to upset Hank Voight. Ever.

But that’s exactly what Paul Staples from homicide did on Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 17.

Staples didn’t give off the impression that he was a newbie, but what established professional (in homicide, of all things) has no knowledge of Voight, the power he wields in this city, or how he gets things done?

Voight knows everyone, and everyone knows Voight.

Staples’ actions made him look green and unprofessional and gave him zero credibility from the get-go.

Frank Rochester, Voight’s good friend and CI during the episode, said that the cause of death was male ego. He was referring to himself with that statement and how he triggered Lamar, but it perfectly summarized Staples’ actions.

Staples came onto the scene thinking he could call the shots. He proved that when he grabbed Voight’s arm and said: “who do you think you are.”

That was mistake number one. We all knew it was over for him. Staples, who do you think you are?

He didn’t just make a bad impression on Voight and his team, but he was also in it for the wrong reasons.

He was motivated by personal reasons as he explained one of his CI’s was killed in the part of town where the shooting took place, and this was his way of getting revenge.

But his biggest flub was that he disrespected and undermined Voight’s authority by blowing the cover.

Voight has dealt with some straight-up buffoons in his long career, but Staples was quite frankly the most irritating.

I think I speak for the #OneChicago fandom when I say he had it coming. I even read some tweets that said “punch him again,” and I can’t argue with that.

The punch Voight threw was so well deserved especially after Staples tried to justify his actions and dared to say that the only thing that mattered was that they made the arrest.

I don’t know where this dude got his training, but the arrest is not the end all be all, at least, not in Voight’s unit; it’s only a teeny, tiny, small chunk of it.

Voight has a responsibility to his CI and whoever is undercover, which in this case was Atwater.

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Chicago PD Review – Upton and Halstead Deal with an Domestic Abuse Case (7×16)

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The case on Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 16 hit close to home for Upton.

The series previously established that Upon comes from a home affected by domestic abuse, and we saw her bring those experiences to the table when dealing with a case that started as armed robbery and quickly took a nasty turn into something more.

Michelle, a witness and “good samaritan” at the scene of the armed robbery, turned out to be the wife of the robber who refused to cooperate because she was too scared of what her husband would do to her.

As Upton and Halstead investigated — the dynamic duo is back! — they unearthed several cases of abuse including a brutal one that landed her in the hospital. Her excuse was that she “fell off her bike.”

Because of Upton’s past, she understood Michelle because she’d seen the same thing with her mother.

She knew that victims tend to become used to the abuse and lose hope, which is why it’s hard to get them to co-operate.

But Upton knew how to get through to Michelle to get her on board because she could put herself in her shoe’s and think the way she thinks,

And even once she agreed, it was risky because there was always the chance that Michelle would change her mind.

It happened when she decided to give Shane yet another chance and tried convincing him to stay instead of getting a confession, which she was tasked with doing.

Her flip is what forced Upton and Halstead to get involved and foil the case they were trying to build up.

Upton was so calm while surveilling Michelle and Shane because it was her reality for so long.

She knew what a normal domestic argument sounded like, and she knew when it was time to move in. She also understood that oftentimes intruding doesn’t make anything better.

It paints an incredibly sad picture of Upton’s childhood — I can almost see her as a young girl just covering her head with a pillow to block out the fighting — and one that was nicely juxtaposed with Halstead.

Every fiber of his being was screaming at him to run in there and make the violence stop.

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