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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)



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 Review – Voight Becomes the Victim (1112)



Chicago PD Season 11 did not come to play! Through the course of 11 seasons, fans have seen it all—and been through it all with the detectives working in Intelligence, but Voight getting taken by the serial killer he’s been obsessively chasing down takes the cake!

The Sgt. Voight somehow got outplayed—and it’s equal parts disappointing, concerning, and intriguing. These writers know what makes good TV. It’s also a change of pace to see someone like Voight end up as the victim. We always see them in these powerful positions, dominating crime scenes, dictating how situations will turn out, and demanding that criminals and suspects be held accountable, but now, we’re seeing him on the other side.

Voight has gotten what he’s wanted for some long—facetime with the serial killer terrorizing the streets of Chicago. It’s likely not the way he wanted this to unfold, or how he imagined the situation would go down, but it’s the unfortunate twist that it took as the suspect realized that the cops were on his tail and needed to regain control of the situation.

What he failed to anticipate is that Voight’s team was following a lead that he thought was no longer viable. Right before Kiki’s tragic death—and it pained me to hear that she didn’t pull through after being filled with so much optimism about the future just mere moments before she was gunned down—and before she could reveal who her informant was, she mentioned a key piece of information that was enough for Hailey Upton to go on. Upton located Kiki’s John, who previously told her that someone in his family was a serial killer, which is how she knew so many of the personal details of the case that weren’t made public. 

While Bobby wasn’t immediately comfortable with sharing, he eventually disclosed the name of his cousin’s husband, who blabbed about his love of torture when he was intoxicated, allowing Upton to pinpoint lockup keeper Frank Matson. 

He was right there, in front of them, the whole time, with access not only to all the victims upon cross-referencing, but to intel, cameras, and everything in between. It only makes sense that this person was close to it all having been able to get away with so much. Hiding in plain sight truly is one of the best ways to pull off a crime of this nature. 

And, now, he’s moved in on Voight, who found himself drugged with some kind of paralyzing agent after his trip to the bar. I wish that before he fell unconscious, he gave anyone on his team a ring to let them know he wasn’t feeling well, but, he tried his best, even locking the door after himself. Matson, however, was one step ahead—as he had been this whole time—breaking in, before creepily checking Voight’s eyes and pulling his frozen body to another location.

Once Hailey arrived to check in on Voight, she knew something wasn’t right. And once again, Matson takes the lead in an investigation that’s now racing against the clock. 

The team is currently searching Matson’s place, as his poor wife seemingly didn’t know anything was wrong, though, I’m willing to bet his daughter has some insight. The girl looked like she wanted to spill.

But Matson has proven time and again to be pretty crafty, so tracking him down might be very difficult, especially with Voight’s life on the line adding additional pressure. 

Will the team be able to pull it off? I’ve not heard any murmurings of Jason Beghe leaving the series, so odds are they will get to him in time, but the case, which has already taken an emotional toll on him, might leave a permanent mark. To be honest, all I want to see is Voight get his revenge and justice as Matson burns in hell—and as we race toward the season finale, this seems like a really fitting plot to finish on, all while lending itself to Upton’s inevitable exit.  If there’s anything to convince you that a career change is healthy and necessary, it’s seeing your boss almost get murdered by a serial killer. And, as we’ve seen with her vulnerable chats with Petrovic (who I am now convinced will join Intelligence after commenting on the “family vibes”), Upton isn’t in a great headspace to begin with so she’s going to need to take a step back and find something that allows her to move forward without all the baggage she’s been carrying from her childhood and divorce from Jay.

Also, with Chicago PD Season 11 Episode 12 being Jesse Lee Soffer’s (remember him?) directorial debut, I have to give him a shout-out for a job well done. The episode kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time—and that’s not an easy feat for a show 11 seasons in, but no one knows these characters better than the man who spent so much time on the show! 

What did you think of the episode? Did you expect Voight to become the next victim? Share your thoughts now! 

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Chicago PD Review – Water Line (1111)



CHICAGO P.D. -- "Water Line" Episode 11011

Kevin Atwater just can’t catch a break—and this second case is no exception.

Chicago PD Season 11 Episode 11 was an Atwater-centric episode—typically my favorite—but it just piled even more pressure on one of Intelligence’s most promising detectives. 

Atwater was carrying a lot of the burden for Corey Westbrooke’s death, and while I understand Mrs. Westbrooke’s frustration as she sees Atwater as a contributor to her husband’s death, it’s a shame that she couldn’t also see how much it was affecting him and how badly he wanted to right the situation without being able to go back in time or undo his actions. He wasn’t responsible as he did the best he could under the circumstances, but he still felt like he owed the family something, a sentiment she didn’t seem to share, as she threatened to get him fired if he came around her family again.

The new case found Atwater also heavily invested, as his former CI, Butchie, known for lying, promised to give him intel on a three-man robbery crew responsible for the death of a cleaning lady named Marcela. 

Butchie turned out to be personally involved, as revenge was the name of the game—revenge on the crew for leaving his young cousin at the scene and allowing him to get killed. 

Atwater tried to be the voice of reason with Butchie, informing him that revenge wouldn’t change anything nor would it stop the pain he felt for losing his cousin Marcus, however, one thing that Trudy (and I love that she was the one to comfort Atwater and instill him with some much-needed advice) told him is that Atwater is not responsible for the actions of others. 

When Butchie chose to pull the trigger and kill Kurt Hudson, the leader of the robbery crew, he made his bed and sealed his fate. There was nothing more Atwater could have done—and it was no longer his burden to carry. 

Trudy was also right about one thing: the fact that he feels guilt and continues to care is actually a good thing as it’s what makes him such a good cop. It would be concerning if Atwater wasn’t affected by his cases, but it’s not healthy to let that take over and fester. Just imagine if they carried every loss, mistake, and death with them, allowing it to cloud their judgment. 

Atwater may blame himself for Corey’s death, but the truth is that he did the best that he could in the situation and acted on instinct. That’s all anyone can really hope for when jumping into unknown territory. 

Not every case is going to be a win for the good guys, unfortunately, but that’s the way the world works, and he needs to find a way to channel all that pain and emotion into a purpose. It’s the fuel he needs to keep going rather than a hindrance. 

Atwater wants to carry the weight of the world, but as Trudy noted, he cannot let it drown him—what good would that do?

After all these years, it’s amazing that these cases are still able to take such a hold on Intelligence officers, but it just proves that they are human as well.

Take Voight, for example. He hasn’t stopped his quest to find the serial killer that’s evaded captivity, even explaining that his detour to Detroit last week was in search of information, only to come up empty-handed. 

However, as we inch toward the season finale of PD–a pretty stellar season all around—a new witness comes forward in the promo, with information that the serial killer is a police officer, which is a game-changing twist that’s sure to deliver an intriguing end to this multi-episode arc. 

Along with the final comes the inevitable departure of Hailey Upton, which is sure to leave fans an emotional wreck. 

She mentioned that Petrovic is taking a leave of absence to deal with her addiction, but stills from upcoming episodes show her back in action in no time. Will she be the reason Upton decides to leave Intelligence? Will Petrovic take her spot in Intelligence?

What did you think of the episode? Do you think Atwater should show himself some grace?

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Chicago PD Review – Buried Pieces (1110)



Haily Upton hasn’t been everyone’s favorite character throughout her tenure on Chicago PD, but episodes like Chicago PD Season 11 Episode 10 remind me why she’ll be sorely missed. 

“Buried Pieces” was a heavy and gripping installment (the series really always succeeds with this formula), allowing Upton to not only help a mother-daughter duo in need but also extend a helping hand to Petrovich, the SVU officer with an alcohol addiction, all while facing her own demons. And she did it while stepping in and running point during Voight’s absence (and I hope he’s taking some much-deserved time off lounging on a beach somewhere, though I know he’s probably just trying to solve the case of the serial killer on his own time.). Throughout the hour-long episode, we peeled back many layers, all of which worked together seamlessly. 

The catalyst for the case was an aptly named little girl named Hope, who brought to light a case from years past about a missing 14-year-old girl named Ruthie. At the time, they chalked it up to a runaway situation as the young woman was pregnant by her teen boyfriend, but Hope’s reappearance at the precinct with a note from her mother asking for help to be freed from a man they referred to as “the monster” reopened the case. 

Petrovich was one of the officers who worked the original, and though she proved to be helpful this time around, her drinking had quite a negative impact. 

Upton covered for Petrovich—and honestly, I was puzzled by the choice at first. It was clear her drinking was becoming a huge issue, and I have no idea how people didn’t realize it sooner, but there’s also a concern that it was going to get worse because she was so passive about it. Petrovich never saw it as a problem because she didn’t want to. 

Upton’s assistance was a liability; she owed her nothing, yet we’ve seen time again that Upton loves to get involved and take care of the wounded birds due to her own past. Helping others is a wonderful trait, but not at your own expense. 

So, I was glad that Upton finally gave Petrovich two options, both of which forced her into confronting her demons head-on. It’s true that you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink, but in this case, it was the reality check that Petrovich needed. It showed her that someone cared enough to see past her addiction and want her to seek out help. She’s a good cop, but you can’t be a good cop only after having a few drinks. It’s just not the way it works. 

Eventually, Petrovich kept her word and checked herself in willingly after assisting on Ruthie’s case.

The hunt for Ruthie was nerve-wracking as the offender, Daniel Benitez, wasn’t anywhere in the system. He was essentially a ghost with there being no trace of him anywhere, and they likely wouldn’t have made a break in the case if it wasn’t for Hope… again.

She saw an opportunity and took it, informing Upton that her grandmother, Sonia, was “pretending,” which piqued Upton’s suspicions. Turns out, there was something very off about the grandmother, whose “happy to have her granddaughter” shtick was nothing more than an act. The minute she realized the cops were onto her, she bolted for the door, and an acquaintance who was initially cleared in Ruthie’s disappearance sang like a canary when confronted, informing police that she sold her own daughter to sexual predators. I wish a motive was provided as it was a really jarring realization. 

From there, Intelligence had everything they needed to find Ruthie. When they got to Daniel’s place, they shot him on sight, but there was no sign of the mother. Upton wasn’t going to give up, knowing that Ruthie had to be around here somewhere and likely trapped in a small space, which ended up being the air conditioner. 

The mother-daughter duo were eventually reunited—and though it will likely be some time before they work through all that trauma, it’s nice to see a happy ending on Chicago PD, especially in light of so many grim storylines on the series, for a change. 

What did you think of the episode? Will you miss Upton?

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