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Chicago PD Review – The One Next to Me (9×03)

CHICAGO P.D. -- "The One Next to Me" Episode 903 -- Pictured: LaRoyce Hawkins as Kevin Atwater -- (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)

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There was never any question about how Halstead would react to Upton’s choice to shoot and kill Roy and then lie about it, but now we know for certain that he wouldn’t accept it. 

Furthermore, he wouldn’t keep quiet about it either. 

Chicago PD Season 9 Episode 3 tapped into Halstead’s past in Afghanistan, which is something he rarely talks about. 

Intelligence was pursuing a robbery crew making sticky bombs. The specific formula tipped Jay off to the fact that it had to be Elliot Knox, one of the men he served alongside.

Halstead had a clear hatred for Knox, though, it wasn’t entirely clear why considering Knox basically sang Halstead’s praises at the veteran’s meeting.

It was an interesting approach to an episode because it forced us to trust Jay’s word despite not really knowing all the information. 

Obviously, Knox was selling sticky bombs used in deadly robberies, so he wasn’t exactly on the right track, but he wasn’t exactly wrong about being put in a situation where the right call was wrong and the wrong call was right. 

It’s fitting that as Jay tried to move on and make the next step in his future with Hailey, he got sucked right back into confronting his past. 

It was a little concerning that I (and I’m assuming the audience) sided with Jay more than Hailey did. She questioned him at every turn despite knowing that he didn’t ever want to get into what happened while he was over there. 

The comments about Jay’s reaction being “harsh” and the fact that she tried to use his nickname “Ricky” in a funny way kind of showed how out of touch Upton is sometimes. 

Jay obviously had a history with this guy, so he knew what he was capable of.

It also underlined the fact that she doesn’t actually know Jay as well as she thinks she does. 

Jay’s always been quiet about his time serving, but it’s a whole side to him that she didn’t know. 

Eventually, Knox showed his true colors by going rogue and killing the men running the heists before the cops could nab them. 

Chicago PD Review The One Next to Me Season 9 Episode 3

CHICAGO P.D. — “The One Next to Me” Episode 903 — Pictured: (l-r) Tracy Spiridakos as Hailey, Jason Beghe as Hank Voight — (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)

It was a brutal execution also, which shows that Knox wasn’t in the right frame of mind after returning from war. 

Jay and Hailey finally moved in, which is when he explained that this isn’t the first time Knox went rogue and murder a ton of people in the name of revenge. He also did that in Afghanistan after the Taliban used a child to kill a soldier who always passed out candy to local children. 

It’s clear that Jay stands on the side of the law, regardless of whether death might be warranted. 

He seemed genuinely upset with himself for helping Knox get away with it for so long, as well.

“Murder and lies,” he said of the moment that broke his friendship with Knox, which sums up what Hailey’s been doing ever since killing Roy. 

Jay would never fully understand what happened nor would he support Hailey. 

I know he loves her, but he’s a man of principles, and I don’t think he’d let go of those so easily for her. 

We’ve seen him check Voight on several occasions when he believes the Sarge has stepped out of line. 

It can’t be a comforting feeling for Hailey as she now has confirmation of what she feared all along — Jay wouldn’t agree to marry if he knew the truth. 

While it’s in her and Voight’s best interest to keep it under wraps, this storyline is far from over as the FBI continues their search for Roy by tracking down any leads they get about his whereabouts.

Spoiler alert: they’re never going to find him alive. 

However, it is concerning that the teaser for the upcoming episode shows Voight telling Halstead that he doesn’t know the woman he’s sleeping next to at night. 

Why would Voight decide to tell Halstead the truth? Is it because Hailey can’t handle the heat after talking a big game and wanting to ride with the big guys?

Seeing how distraught she is in the teaser, maybe Hailey has to confess in order to make peace with herself, even if it costs her the relationship she’s always wanted. 

Maybe seeing Halstead’s guilt for not coming clean about Afghanistan convinces her to confess?

How do you think this will pan out?

The episode started with the whole squad ragging on Halstead and Upton about keeping their relationship a secret when everyone knows they’re dating and moving in together, but the mood didn’t keep up and took a somber turn instead. 

What did you think of the episode? Sound off below! 


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Chicago PD Review – True Believer (10×2)

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Chicago PD Review The Real You Season 10 Episode 2

Ruzek took the spotlight on Chicago PD Season 10 Epsiode 2, though the rest of the cast also got to shine as they pursued a violent criminal that escaped police custody with aid from a prison guard. 

If it sounds like a storyline ripped from the headlines, well, that’s because it’s kind of similar to a story that gripped the nation by storm over the summer months. A prison guard fell in love with a convicted criminal, falling prey to his conman ways and manipulation all under the guise of true love. Unlike reality where the naive guard became the victim, in the episode, the criminal’s fate was sealed with a round of bullets from Burgess’ gun.

Still, the chase to nab Dale Wilken, a man from Ruzek’s past that questioned his integrity as a cop was one hell of a ride. Dale swiftly evaded police with Tiana’s help, and the desire to get him was intensified by his comments that attempted to paint Ruzek as a dirty cop. 

I know a lawyer’s job is to clear his or her client’s name, but pulling out 17 citizen complaints against Ruzek to prove that he didn’t do his job legally was a low blow. Had the judge thought those complaints were sustained, she would have let out a very dangerous criminal into the world. It was also frustrating because it forced Ruzek to second guess himself out of fear. Burgess assured him they saw a gun in plain sight in a duffel, but he questioned whether or not that was the case, and if Burgess hadn’t made the call, they wouldn’t have gotten any closer to tracking down Dale. 

Dale was so dangerous, in fact, that he killed a young 10-year-old girl simply to steal a getaway car. You would think that would have made Tiana see the light, but she was convinced that Dale was an innocent man who was framed by a bad cop. She wanted so badly to believe it that she couldn’t see otherwise. She ate his story up, and the blinders were on for a long time because she refused to accept that she may have been led on. It’s heartbreaking because Dale preyed on a woman who was at her lowest, going through a divorce and dealing with depression, for his own personal gain. She didn’t deserve any of it—she just wanted a bit of happiness.

But everything he did came from a selfish place, including Cloey’s death. 

When children die on criminal shows, it breaks me, but it’s even worse when the death is so pointless. Cloey’s death was a necessary turning point for the plot, however, because it made catching Dale and bringing him to justice that much more pressing. He didn’t care who he killed, he shot anyone who got in his way. Truthfully, I’m certain that if Dale got away with his plan and went off to Miami with Tiana, she would turn up dead once he no longer needed anything from her. 

Eventually, Tiana cracked when Ruzek showed her the letters Dale wrote to other women, all featuring the same message he once sent her about their romance. It’s in that moment that Tiana truly understood the gravity of her actions and what she let Dale get away with. It was late, but it wasn’t too late as her intel allowed them to track Dale down to Hawk’s house before they found him aboard a bus to Miami. 

When Burgess confronted him, he locked himself in the bathroom, and she unloaded her revolver making sure she didn’t miss. 

It was a boss move, but again, Burgess knew she was up against a ruthless man. 

Seeing Cloey who was about Makayla’s age lose her life definitely left an impression on both Burgess and Ruzek. It seemed to finally hit Burgess that Ruzek is a good man. She’s starting to believe in him as the stable and constant presence in Mac’s life. He’s been there for his two girls for quite some time just waiting for Burgess to come around to the idea of their unconventional family. This lightness is one of my favorite things about the show. The man spent his time making Mack a birdhouse for crying out loud; this is the kind of man who cares about his family and prioritizes them!

Personally, I couldn’t care less about Halstead and Upton’s marriage as it consistently feels forced, now more than ever as the series attempts to find a way to write Halstwad out. Since he started siding with Voight on things and helping him out, he’s been more disconnected and distanced from Upton, which will likely be what breaks them in the long run.

It sure seems like a decade in Intelligence is starting to take its toll on Halstead, and how could it not? It’s a dark gig that’s only getting darker. 

What did you think of the episode? Did you like that they connected the case back to Ruzek’s past? Would you have preferred it be a case from before that fans were familiar with?


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Chicago PD Season 10 Premiere Review – Let It Bleed

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Chicago PD Season Premiere Let It Bleed Season 10 Episode 1

Intelligence is back in action, but Anna’s death has rocked their leader, Hank Voight.

Chicago PD Season 10 kicked off about two weeks after the team’s takedown of Los Temidos, but Voight was struggling to make sense of it all. His grief manifested in action as he went rogue to patrol the streets of Little Village in order to take down anyone who tried to take over the corner and deal. Is he losing it a bit? Yeah. Is it insanity? Definitely. Are we here for it as an audience? Absolutely. 

We knew that he was going to take her death hard as it was clear from the beginning that he wanted to keep her safe and give her and her son, Rafa, a better life when it was all over. When that didn’t happen, Voight felt like he failed her.

And his personal crusade against the neighborhood was his way of ensuring that her death wasn’t in vain; that it mattered.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t a sustainable solution. As Upton pointed out, Intelligence simply cannot police one city block when there are so many other issues to focus on. And Voight’s private patrols weren’t exactly “private” as everyone took notice and simply turned the other way hoping that he would eventually come to his senses. 

It all culminated in a new drug case that involved a five-year-old boy accidentally overdosing on some heroin cut with fentanyl. 

Everyone was adamant that Voight hand the case over to narcotics, but honestly, it seemed like a case Intelligence would’ve tackled regardless of Voight’s involvement in the neighborhood. If the tainted drugs already took the life of one minor, what’s to say they wouldn’t do more damage if the dealer wasn’t stopped early on?

Voight, however, was more determined to get the dealer because of Anna’s death, so it caused him to make some questionable that Upton wasn’t exactly keen on. 

And while I can’t blame her for worrying about Voight’s motives, the way she approached the situation wasn’t exactly ideal either. Upton continues to think that she can just waltz in and do whatever she wants without listening to orders, which continues to show her entitlement when it comes to the job. Voight’s actions may have been questionable, but it was Upton’s rebellion against his rules that ultimately almost cost them the case and put lives in danger. 

When Voight sent in Torres (new series regular Benjamin Levy Aguilar), a probationary police officer who was on “loan” to them, he truly believed that he was doing the right thing. And I have to believe that no matter what mindset Voight is in, he wouldn’t just play with someone’s life on a hunch. He knows the risks and makes strategic calls. It hurt him to lose Anna because she was a good person, and it doesn’t seem like he wanted any more casualties, especially a budding new cop that has been a great addition to his team. And since it was clear that Enzo was a loose cannon and his actions were unpredictable, I don’t think Voight would’ve taken chances he didn’t believe in.

Chicago PD Season Premiere Let It Bleed Season 10 Episode 1

CHICAGO P.D. — “Let it Bleed” Episode 1002 — Pictured: Benjamin Levy Aguilar as Dante Torres — (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)

He wanted to continue letting the situation with Torres and Enzo play out because he trusted that Torres had the skills to get the job done. If Upton had just followed Voight’s call, they would have nabbed him with the drugs in hand and put him behind bars for a very long time. 

Instead, she decided she knew better and “got closer” to the situation in a careless manner. When the gate slammed, Enzo got spooked and began shooting at both Torres and the CI. Thankfully, no one was hurt, but it could’ve ended terribly for everyone involved.

They were eventually able to get Enzo, but only because of Voight’s quick thinking, which Upton didn’t agree with, again. Why is she still part of this unit when she clearly doesn’t think Voight is fit enough to run it? 

After Upton’s screw-up, she didn’t even have the gall to apologize to Voight. Instead, she turned the tables on him and told him he hasn’t been a very good leader lately. While there may be some truth to what she’s saying, it really wasn’t the right place nor time to bring it up.

And I’m glad Voight shut it all down. He’s realizing that Upton and Halstead have gotten a little too comfortable around him and no longer respect his authority, which can’t happen if this unit is to function seamlessly.

We know Halstead is leaving the series this season, and I think his desire to protect Voight will ultimately lead to his decision to exit the unit. He protected Voight this episode and stood by him, while also acknowledging that he was taking it a bit too far. Being a contrast to Voight is going to take a toll on him personally and will likely be what breaks him. It definitely seemed like Upton was setting the scene for his exit by informing Voight that he was going to drag Halstead down with him unless he leaves first. 

In the end, Voight got a wake-up call from the new Chief, Patty (they seem to have a history), who informed him that he’s graciously allowed him to grieve for two weeks, but he really needs Voight to step up to the plate again and save Chicago. In fact, his words were “the whole city is going to hell,” which was rather dramatic, but puts pressure on Voight and the team to do their job. It also promises the backing and support of the new Chief, and it seems like he will help Voight get away with stuff because he knows that he’s the man that will get things done.

The city is better off with him because he’s made this job his entire life. Nothing else matters more to him.

In a full-circle moment, he also informed Voight that he pushed through half a million payment to Rafa, Anna’s son who is now living in Iowa. Voight pulled through in his promise to take care of him. 

And while Anna’s name was never mentioned when Intelligence was being honored for their heroics in taking down Los Temidos, they were all very much aware that it wouldn’t be possible without her sacrifice. She didn’t die “for nothing” as she once informed Voight, and that may lessen the blow of her death ever so slightly. 

Lastly, we knew Torres was going to join Intelligence permanently, but it wasn’t entirely clear how it was going to happen since he’s still a rookie cop until the Chief personally granted him to Voight’s unit. Voight didn’t seem to have an opinion on it, but we’ll see how Torres factors in once Voight is officially his boss. It’s going to be interesting to see Torres’ story play out since he’s so green, but he’s also a go-getter that has what it takes to succeed. He’s got street smarts, which will come in handy, he knows how to play the game, and he’s not afraid. The only question is—will he mesh with the team? 

The series made it clear that season 10 is going to hit reset as Voight’s unit is tasked with getting back to saving the city. And with the Chief telling Voight he’ll keep him on a “long leash” and give him more cash, my guess is that fans who have been waiting for dark Voight to return might get their wish after all. How will that affect Halstead, Upton and the rest of the squad? Only time will tell.

What did you think of the Chicago PD Season 10 premiere? Are you happy that they finally offered some closure following Anna’s death? 


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Squad Up! Benjamin Levy Aguilar Promoted to Series Regular for ‘Chicago PD’ Season 10

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Squad Up! Benjamin Levy Aguilar Promoted to Series Regular for 'Chicago PD' Season 10

Intelligence will see a new and familiar face when Chicago PD Season 10 kicks off this fall.

The detective squad welcomes a new recruit as fan-favorite Benjamin Levy Aguilar, who played Torres, has been tapped as a series regular, Deadline reports.

For those who don’t remember, patrol officer Dante Torres was first introduced in the episode “New Guard.” Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) took him under his guidance, and though the two didn’t initially get along, Torres eventually opened up to Halstead and clued him into the dark past that made him want to pursue a career as a cop.

After the episode aired, we didn’t see Torres again, but fans never forgot about him.

Aguilar’s portrayal resonated with the fandom as it seemed as though the consensus was that he would be a good fit for the unit, allowing for a little more diversity. His rough-around-the-edges personality can offer the series ample potential to tackle some really hard-hitting stories. His past as a former gang member can provide some expert insight into dealing with the ongoing gang situation in Chicago, and overall, it’ll be nice to shake things up a bit by adding new blood, a new personality, and a new approach into the mix. 

Plus, the unit is overdue in welcoming some new members after losing Olinsky (Elias Koteas), Antonio (Jon Seda), and Lindsay (Sophia Bush) over the years.

While it’s unclear how Torres will get looped back into working with Hank Voight’s (Jason Beghe) unit, expect to see him on your screens when Chicago PD Season 10 kicks off on September 21 at 10/9c on NBC along with Chicago Med and Chicago Fire!

You can recap Torres’ first episode right here (in which I raved about him and underscored that he would be a good fit for the team) and catch up on the Chicago PD finale here so you’re all caught up when the fall season starts back up! 

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