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Chicago PD Season 10 Episode 3 Review – [SPOILER] Is Engaged

CHICAGO P.D. -- "Safe Harbor" Episode 11003 -- Pictured: Marina Squerciati as Kim Burgess -- (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)

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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.

CHICAGO P.D. — “Safe Harbor” Episode 11003 — Pictured: (l-r) EJ Bonilla as Danny Alvarado, Patrick John Flueger as Adam Ruzek — (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)

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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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 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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