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Chicago PD Season Finale Review – A Better Place (1022)

CHICAGO P.D. -- "A Better Place" Episode 1022 -- Pictured: (l-r) Patrick John Flueger as Adam Ruzek, Caitlin Mehner as Samantha Beck -- (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)

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That was a heavy episode of Chicago PD—and it was a heavy case for the Intelligence unit, one that has been building to this point all season. 

Chicago PD Season 10 Episode 22 did not play out as I thought it would, but I think it’s safe to say that it didn’t pan out the way any of the officers thought it would, including Adam Ruzek.

Ruzek was working this undercover case for months—and it was grueling, taking a toll on his mental health and wellbeing.

He dedicated so much of his time, spending day in and day out with Richard, Sam and her son, Callum, and away from his own family, only to have absolutely no new information or details about this “plan.” 

All he really knew was that Richard was a white supremacist who was trying to push his views onto his grandson, and he was orchestrating some kind of massive plan that would include multiple targets and casualties—it was later revealed the targets were Black elementary school children. 

And it was all going to be set into motion one morning when Sam frantically called to tell him she was skipping town because her father moved up the date to that morning. I think Ruzek should’ve realized that it was strange that Richard didn’t call him since he was supposed to be running point on the plan, but he was also so invested that he was desperate to get any information. He knew that this man was dangerous and he needed to stop him at any cost. 

So, when Sam threatened to go rogue, he jumped in and blew his cover, which wasn’t ideal, but it was the only option he had at that moment. If he let Sam go, so would his shot at getting any information. 

The unfortunate thing is that Ruzek wasn’t paying attention to Callum, or, rather, he underestimated him because he was just a child. He knew Richard was trying to influence Callum, but he didn’t realize the hold he had or how deeply manipulative Richard actually was. Richard also seemingly didn’t trust Ruzek as much as Ruzek thought he did, so there were a lot of hiccups that may have been eliminated if he just kept a closer eye on them. That being said, I can’t imagine living two lives and trying to make sense of all of it in the limited downtime you have left. Ruzek was pulling double duty and he was feeling the pressure of it all.

The only thing that convinced Sam to talk was immunity for her and her son, but again, she was also naive to what was going on with her son when it came to her father. She wanted to protect Callum and do what was best for him, but she didn’t realize that her father had already dug his claws into that boy in a way that was not going to end well. 

Sam was suspicious of everyone except her own child, who was the easiest target for Richard as he had his undivided attention and trust and could brainwash him without even lifting a finger.

When they proposed going away for a trip, it was my first thought to follow Callum upstairs to make sure he wasn’t making contact with his grandfather. Why did that not occur to Ruzek? Again, I think he just underestimated that boy because he’s a child, but as Sam mentioned, hate is a thing that’s taught. Callum was taught all these ideologies that his grandfather truly believed, and he didn’t know any better, so he believed them as well. 

And when confronted by Ruzek, he sensed danger and took the shot. It was the hardest thing to watch because Ruzek was genuinely trying to help that boy. 

He believed in them, he believed in Sam—he stood up for her when everyone suggested that she needs to be punished for her role the plan—and when it came down to it, not only did her son shoot him, but she turned her back on Ruzek and left him there to die. 

I was convinced that maybe there was a redemption arc here for Sam, but while she knew what her father was doing was wrong, there was no hope for her. She was already a monster. Her intentions were to protect her kid, but she went about it the wrong way. She made an enemy out of the people that were doing her a huge favor. 

Chicago PD Season 10 Finale Review Episode 22 Better Place

CHICAGO P.D. — “A Better Place” Episode 1022 — Pictured: Jason Beghe as Hank Voight — (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)

It’s true that Adam lied to her, but if she put those feelings of betrayal aside, she’d realize that leaving him there to potentially bleed out would not end well for her, nor was it the way to keep her son safe. 

And the real enemy, her father, was out there and on his way to claim her son, the son that Ruzek vowed to protect above anything else. Why in the world would she ever think she could outrun the truth and that it would somehow make this already terrible situation better?

Thankfully, Adam was able to wipe the blood off of his fingers and reach Kim, though it was tense there for a second and I was, admittedly, very worried about him. 

Ruzek went into surgery immediately, and while there’s no word on his condition, I’m of the mindset that if Burgess survived her near-death experience, he will too. And now, they’ll be able to bond over this as I’m sure the trauma of what happened will stick around with him for a while. Kim has already done all the work, so she’ll be able to be a source of support. 

Before losing consciousness, Ruzek made Burgess promise that she’d get to Callum before Richard, and she made sure to do right by that promise. 

Ruzek has a big heart, and honestly, it’s his Achilles Heel sometimes. That being said, it’s also the reason we love him—Ruzek extends so much care and concern for the children in his life. He bonded with Callum, he saw how special he was, and he couldn’t let anything happen to him. 

Unfortunately, the situation got messy rather quickly as Sam took way too long to surrender, and by that time, Richard already found them. Again, I don’t know what lead to such poor decision-making on her part and why she wasted so much time when her father was a constant imminent threat. 

Voight arrived in the knick of time to stop Richard from escaping with Callum, but it was clear that this wouldn’t be an easy win for the cops. Usually, when someone is being held hostage, they don’t actually want to go with the person, but Callum did want to go with his grandfather. We saw the extent of how effective Richard’s brainwashing was as Callum agreed that he was ready to die for the cause and had pure hatred in his eyes while staring down the cops who were threatening his grandfather. 

And then it happened—the final blow, a shot taken by Atwater. It was a necessary and valid shot, but unfortunately, it also cemented all of Richard’s beliefs right in front of Callum’s eyes. 

His grandfather was shot, with no remorse, by a Black police officer. It reinforced everything he’s been taught because all he saw was race. It lit a hatred inside Callum unlike any other. And it was eerie because you could see all of it happening through sheer glances. If looks could kill, Callum’s would burn a hole through Atwater. 

It’s going to be hard to reset Callum’s way of thinking now, which is unfortunate. I could see him restarting his grandfather’s operation and finishing what he started, and that’s a terrifying thought. 

It’s unclear if this is the last we’ve seen of them, but I hope it isn’t. I hope we see what happens to Sam. Will they walk back the immunity deal? And how will they handle Callum since he did shoot a cop intentionally? The “he’s a child” excuse can only go so far, but it’s evident that this might not be a one-off behavior. Will therapy be able to reverse the damage? I doubt Ruzek would ever press charges, but it’s also a security issue if Callum is simply let go to let all that hatred fester. And where will he go if his mom is arrested? There are a lot of lingering questions. 

As for Ruzek, well, I genuinely hope he pulls through. This is not the way to go out, especially after he just made things official with Burgess. 

I do, however, think this moment will inspire Burgess to get married to Ruzek when he finally gets better. It’s not only the “life is short” realization (though that surely comes into play), but since she wasn’t his wife, she wasn’t given any information nor was she allowed to go any further. You could see that really took a toll on her considering the strength of their bond. 

What did you think of the episode? Are you surprised with how things ended with Richard? Do you think Ruzek will survive?

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    Chicago PD Review – Voight Becomes the Victim (1112)

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    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)

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    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)

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    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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