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Chicago PD Season Premiere Review – An Unsolved Case and an Engagement (9×01)

CHICAGO P.D. -- "Closure" Episode 901 -- Pictured: Tracy Spiridakos as Hailey -- (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)

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It’s been months since Chicago PD aired a new episode, but Chicago PD Season 9 Episode 1 picked up right where we left off: Upton’s proposal to Halstead. 

Now, this isn’t your run-of-the-mill proposal because Upton is going through it. She assisted Voight in the murder of Roy, the man responsible for killing Deputy Miller’s son and causing Burgess’ life-threatening injuries. 

While everyone would agree that his death is deserved, that doesn’t necessarily make it okay. Especially not at the hands of a sergeant and a detective who know the laws, are supposed to follow them, and have (in some capacity) championed police reform prior to this moment. 

So, yeah, Upton isn’t in the right frame of mind by any means. One might argue that it makes her proposal more genuine because her adrenaline kicked in and made it clear that she only wants Jay, but I think the urgency is stemming from a place of fear. She wants her feelings reciprocated and she wants his reassurance that he feels the same way. It’s almost as if she’s conning him into it because she’s not being honest about what’s motivating her to take such a leap. 

And after everything that transpired during the episode, it becomes increasingly clear that this is far from the right way to start a new life together. 

Upton lied to Halstead at every turn to protect herself and Voight. She has several opportunities to come clean, but she never did because she knew Halstead would never look at her the same way. 

It’s another reason that feeds into her urgency; she’s scared that if he finds out the truth, he’ll leave her. It’s almost like an attempt to trap him.

I tried to look at it from every angle to find the romance behind the gesture, but I just couldn’t see it. 

The very foundation of Halstead and Upton’s relationship is built on dishonesty. That doesn’t bode well for them no matter how strong Halstead’s feelings for her are. 

Sure, I was slightly touched by Halstead getting down on one knee for a proper, old-fashioned proposal, but it was quickly overshadowed by the unfortunate circumstances that he’s completely oblivious to at this point in time. 

If he ever finds out, he’s going to feel like a fool. And I hate that for him. 

Upton and Voight led the team on a wild goose chase knowing that they were never going to find Roy alive, they exhausted resources, and they even scrubbed and manipulated evidence that could potentially lead back to them. 

It’s a pretty terrible thing to do to your team, you have to admit.

Atwater and Halstead are so good at what they do, they definitely made Upton and Voight work for it. 

And while the two technically got away with murder since the truth about what they did died with Mark Irwin, Upton still has to find a way to make peace with the fact that she’ll never make peace. 

And that’s going to be the hardest part. 

Everything that she thought she knew about herself has come undone. Upton crossed a line that she can’t come back from, and it’s going to haunt her as she tries to suppress it. Voight warned her about the consequences, tried to give her an out, and even gave her the option of coming clean, but Upton chose her path.

Now, she must live with it. 

Chicago PD Season Premiere Review Closure Season 9 Episode 1

CHICAGO P.D. — “Closure” Episode 901 — Pictured: Jason Beghe as Hank Voight — (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)

I’m actually surprised that the guilt didn’t get the best of her. 

I was kind of hoping to see her crack and tell Halstead the whole truth, but again, there’s a slim chance he’d have her back on this one. 

Halstead doesn’t shy away from pushing back on Voight when he disagrees with his orders; he’s a by-the-book kind of guy. 

He wouldn’t stand for murder even if it was a man that deserved every ounce of it. 

Upton’s fate is now forever intertwined with Voight’s, so I expect to see the two of them have a different dynamic moving forward.

Will she be his right-hand gal like Lindsay once was?

While Upton was in freak-out mode, Voight was cool, calm, and collected, even when there was a witness who could put them on the scene and had incriminating evidence against them. 

This isn’t Voight’s first rodeo, so he knows just what to say to ensure that none of this falls back on him. 

It’s equally as terrifying as it is impressive.

Every call he made, even if it was so he could manipulate the situation, was sound. No one was tipped off because he acted accordingly and within reason. 

As chaotic and stressful as this storyline was, it was nice to see the old Voight come out to play. 

And Upton and Voight’s nightmare might not be over yet as Miller, a dedicated mother, wants answers at any cost, despite Voight gaslighting her at every turn.

Voight and Upton may have gotten a bad man off the streets, but sadly, it didn’t bring closure to the two women who needed it most. 

It’s unclear if Burgess understood what Upton wasn’t saying when she asked her if they caught Roy, but it sure seemed like it. The look Upton gave her made it very clear that she took care of it, but maybe I was imagining it. 

I was also surprised by how quickly they wrapped up Burgess’s situation. 

One minute they were talking about whether or not she was going to survive or if she would be placed on life support, and the next minute, she’s wide-awake and on the mend. 

It would’ve been more realistic to stretch it out over at least two episodes; keep audiences on the edge of their seats a little longer!

However, I am happy that she’s going to make a full recovery. 

It was heartbreaking to watch Ruzek try to navigate this new potential reality. I felt for him because he was put in a tough spot. 

He took the responsibility of being Makayla’s guardian very seriously as he weighed his options about whether or not to tell her about what happened to Burgess. 

Unfortunately, as Trudy pointed out, there’s no right or wrong answer here. It’s an unprecedented situation, so he had to look deep within himself to figure out what he wanted to do and what Burgess would’ve wanted him to do. 

Makayla has made it very clear that Burgess’s job worries her because it’s so dangerous, but she also deserved to know the truth about what was going on with her. 

Kids have such killer instincts that they know something is off before you even say it. 

And I almost melted when Makayla said she wanted to see Burgess because if the roles were switched, Burgess would want to see her. 

Even when she’s down for the count, Burgess inspires this young girl to be strong and brave. 

Ultimately, Ruzek made the right choice and proved to Burgess that she made the right choice by asking him to look over her daughter. 

Now, that’s a romance I can get behind. 

While Burgess might have a quick physical recovery, much like with Upton’s situation, the mental effects are going to take a toll.

Will this situation force her to rethink her career? Are Burgess’s days of being a cop over?

And what will this mean for Ruzek and Burgess’s relationship moving forward? A life-or-death situation obviously puts things in perspective and reminds you that we don’t have as much time as we like to think. 

What did you think of the premiere? Did it keep you on the edge of your seat?

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    Is ‘Chicago PD’ New Tonight? Everything We Know About Season 10 Episode 13

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    Chicago PD The Ghost in You Season 10 Episode 13

    Chicago PD fans, you’re going to have to wait a little bit longer.

    The NBC drama is not airing a brand new episode tonight, marking the second week in a row that the show has been on hiatus. 

    The last episode, Chicago PD Season 10 Episode 12,  aired on Jan 18, 2023. The next installment, Chicago PD Season 10 Episode 13 will air on Wednesday, Feb. 15, according to the Google episode guide. 

    Titled “The Ghost in You,” the episode synopsis notes: “Voight and the team help ASA Nina Chapman pursue a drug runner who dodged prison years ago after Chapman’s informant mysteriously disappeared; the investigation takes a turn when Voight uncovers a damaging secret from Chapman’s past.”

    It’s clear that the episode will turn the focus back on Hank Voight, which is exciting because fans haven’t gotten a Vought-centric episode in a while. It’s going to be a welcome change of pace for fans as Voight episodes tend to be really sound and give us a deeper look at the man running the show. Voight is always there, assisting his team and being a sounding board when they run into issues, but we haven’t gotten to see him really leap into the action as much of the drama has been surrounding Hailey Upton (Tracy Spiridakos). 

    The trailer for the episode looks intense, but it’s the photos from the upcoming episode that are really grabbing fans’ attention as the case seems to be connected to former Intelligence detective Alvin Olinsky. In the promotional shots, Voight seems to be visiting his late friends grave. Did the current case bring some emotions to the surface? Will he finally dig through the pain involved with the loss? Voight never lets his emotions get the best of him, but it’s possible this case might force him to confront his feelings. 

    Chicago PD The Ghost in You Season 10 Episode 13

    CHICAGO P.D. — “The Ghost in You” Episode 1013 — Pictured: Jason Beghe as Hank Voight — (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)

    The trailer also promises that audiences will get a “vendetta worth the wait,” and part of me is sort of hoping that the case will bring Olinksy back as they reveal that he wasn’t dead but in witness protection this whole time. It’s far-fetched, but a girl can hope, right? Wouldn’t that be the mother of all twists? 

    Check out the trailer for the upcoming episode below:

    Chicago P.D. airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on NBC.

     

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    Chicago PD Review – I Can Let You Go (1012)

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    Chicago PD Recap Season 10 Episode 12 I Can Let You Go

    I thought I wanted Chicago PD to bring back Sean so that they could finally give the storyline some closure, but I quickly came to regret it on Chicago PD Season 10 Episode 12. 

    And most of that is because Sean absolutely gives me the heebie-jeebies, which is a testament to Jefferson White’s acting skills. He genuinely understands this character, right down to every single muscle twitch. 

    The Haley Upton-centric episode gave us more of the same in terms of her character. While it seemed as though Upton was finally facing the possibility of life without Halstead in the beginning, any progress was completely derailed when she was pulled into yet another missing person’s storyline, proving that she can’t actually deal with her own problems head-on.

    Sean alerted Upton to Samantha Beck’s disappearance, and it introduced a new problem that left me quite divided. 

    On one hand, Sean got what he wanted when Upton visited him and pursued the case. He found a new way to channel his obsession from behind bars by becoming Upton’s “sidekick.” It was his strange way of manipulating her as he still saw her as one of the broken women from the center he tried to “help” and took advantage of. There’s no doubt that there’s something broken about Upton, but it’s definitely not something that she’s ever going to let a man like Sean exploit. 

    However, his intel was credible and allowed Intelligence to save a woman they wouldn’t have known was missing otherwise. Without Sean’s tip that proved he was eager to become an informant, Samantha Beck likely would’ve died and her sweet son, Callum, would’ve become an orphan. It’s possible that he would’ve died too as he was so terrified by setting off the alleged detonators that refused to move out of the tape box.

    In a way, Sean did a good thing by passing on the information to Upton, and while nothing will ever make up for the pain and damage he caused, it was his attempt at redemption. As he told Upton himself, it was his way of giving his life a little meaning. 

    Of course, the moment Upton realized the methods he was using to get the information—a “get for a get”—she knew she couldn’t go along with this, no matter how much good came out of it. 

    In the final moments of the episode, Upton visited Sean one final time to inform him that the arrangement wasn’t going to work, which is for the best as everything about this has been toxic. ”

    “That’s a good speech, you’re just giving it to the wrong person,” he shot back, proving that he’s in Upton’s head and knows exactly what to say to set her off. 

    Of course, he was referring to Jay Halstead, the source of Upton’s pain, which she confided in Sean in the early days when she thought she could trust him. 

    In the episode, Upton also reached out to Major Baxter for an update on Halstead since he hasn’t been returning her calls, and the truth cut like a knife. It doesn’t seem to be a coincidence that Halstead is ignoring her calls as he asked for an extension so he could continue with the gig. I have a problem with the show turning Halstead into a jerk who doesn’t care about his wife when he’s not around to defend himself. Sure, he sprang his leave on her, but he was doing what was best for him, and that seems to be the case here. He may not be ready to face the music, but he owes her that much, and I think Halstead would’ve known that. 

    The writers need to figure out what they want to do with this relationship, and since we all know it’s doomed as Jesse Lee Soffer has left the show, their best bet is to end things between the couple. Halstead left promising Upton that he still loved her, and while that may be true, they’ve simply grown apart and his life is no longer in Chicago. I think she’s finally coming to terms with the fact that it’s over for good, so it’s not going to come as a huge shocker. And then, we can leave this whole storyline behind us and pretend it never happened. 

    After pursuing Beck’s case, Upton and Voight got the sense that the woman’s father wasn’t being entirely honest about what led to the kidnapping. Voight suggested that there had to be a reason why the robbers targeted Samantha, but her father, Richard, denied knowing anything about it. Of course, he wasn’t being totally forthcoming with information as he likely didn’t want to implicate himself or his offshore accounts, which seemed to be a paper trail of his criminal activity. 

    When they finally found Samantha, she shot the offender and then made a comment about how “he” wasn’t going to pay for her or save her, noting, “Beck’s always have to handle things on their own.” It was a strange comment that Upton later brought up to Samantha in the hospital, and while you could tell she was hiding something and trying to protect her father, all she said was that he was a good guy. 

    With the two offenders previously caught on meth charges, the working theory is that her father is a dealer and his buyers tried to extort him. Voight told Upton to keep tabs on Richard, so it’s likely that this is the show’s next multi-episode case, which I’m not really upset about. I’d definitely want to dig more into this storyline because if Richard is corrupt and wasn’t going to use his millions/billions to save his daughter, I’d happily see him behind bars. 

    Anyway, we’ve had a few Ocean, Ruzek, and Atwater-centric episodes lately, but it truly feels like the series is trying to make Upton the lead. I’d love to see her take a beat and step back to clean up her personal life while giving the others a chance to shine. 

    What did you think of the episode? Do you think this is the last we’ll see of Sean? And will Haley and Halstead call it quits? 

    The series will be taking a two-week long break and returning on Wed., Feb. 8, 2023!

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    Chicago PD Review – Long Lost (10×11)

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    Chicago PD Recap Season 10 Episode 11 Long Lost

    I’ve said this before, but after Chicago PD Season 10 Episode 11, it deserves to be said again—LaRoyce Hawkins never disappoints. 

    I knew that “Long Lost” would be a stellar episode before I even knew the plot solely because it was going to focus on Atwater. The man has emotional range for days—he feels things so deeply, but he never shows it until the right moment where he can wear his heart on his sleeve… and pull at our heartstrings. 

    This episode was particularly exciting because it allowed fans to get a rare look at Atwater’s personal life. We know he’s been raising his siblings Jordan and Vanessa, but we never got the full story of how it came to be. Turns out, no one in Intelligence really knew as he never talked about it, but when their latest case unearthed his father’s early release from prison, there was no going around it, especially when his father became a witness. 

    Atwater recognized his dad at a funeral of a top gang member mere moments before a shooting broke out that left two dead. 

    They didn’t have much to go on until Burgess found footage that revealed Atwater’s dad, Lew, saw the shooter after he left the event. 

    And thus, Atwater had no choice but to confront his father, who didn’t even tell him he was out of prison. Okay, that’s not entirely true as Voight offered to go in his place, but Atwater decided to go through with it, and I’m glad. If it wasn’t for the case, Atwater likely would’ve never been reunited with his estranged father—nor would he ever get the closure he so desperately needed for 20 years. Their paths might not have crossed otherwise, and it would’ve been a shame. 

    Atwater didn’t want to let it get personal, but there was no denying that it was deeply personal. I’m surprised that Voight didn’t pull him off the case after they decided to use Lew as a lead to get to Reed, the suspected shooter, but I imagine he thought that Atwater could handle himself considering he was the one who argued that they shouldn’t cut Lew loose simply because he was his dad. Atwater is a good cop, and he knew that justice needed to be served, especially after seeing the cold-blooded murder of Reed’s associate, which is where they also found a sweet little child left behind literally covered in his father’s blood. 

    Atwater knew what needed to be done, and he knew that his dad was the only way to get it. Unfortunately, when Reed’s men pulled a switcheroo with vehicles and they lost eyes, he let his emotions take hold. You could see how disappointed Burgess was that Atwater decided to breach without knowing the facts as there was always the possibility that the deal was still on, but it was understandable. He already lost his dad once, and he wouldn’t forgive himself if he was the reason that he died. 

    By calling it too early, however, they didn’t have enough to pin down Reed, and it almost exposed Lew. 

    The writers succeeded in making us question Lew’s motives for much of the episode. It wasn’t clear whose side he was on and if he  was sincere about wanting to get start over and make a new life for himself of if he was involved in something shady. 

    Thankfully, it was the former.

    And then, audiences were hit in the feels with Atwater and Lew’s long overdue talk. 

    Atwater didn’t allow his anger to take over and get the best of him during the case, but he couldn’t just let his dad walk away after all these years without asking for some kind of explanation as to what happened. 

    Atwater remembered his dad as a good man, so his arrest never made much sense to him, which is exactly how Lew wanted it to play out. And it turns out, he simply made the wrong choice to protect his family, and he paid a dire price. 

    The reason he went away for so long is because he didn’t give up anyone he was working with, which some might say is noble since he’s not a snitch. Unfortunately, he lost out on so much time with his children, though, it seems like they might make up for it as Atwater offered his dad one of the spare units in his building. 

    I hope Lew is impressed with how Atwater turned out despite everything. He’s dedicated his life to raising his siblings while taking on a dangerous job to protect the city of Chicago and be a voice for his people. Not everyone agrees with what he does, but he’s a solid human being who made the best with the hand he was dealt. 

    Hopefully, we’ll see Atwater’s relationship progress in future seasons as it would be a shame if this was a one and done storyline. 

    What did you think of the episode?

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