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.
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?
Chicago PD Review – Atwater’s Love Life Meets Burnside (9×05)
I repeat, Atwater.
Laroyce Hawkins is the gift that keeps on giving. He’s the pulse of Chicago PD and deserves way more screentime than he’s given.
The man acts with his whole soul, no matter the storyline. Even when the writers do him a disservice by introducing yet another terrible love interest and a romantic storyline that’s bound to go sideways, he still manages to deliver in a gripping, compelling, and emotional performance.
There has never been an Atwater-centric storyline that has fallen flat. He may not get as much screentime as his co-stars, but he outshines them all by barely lifting a finger.
This is my public plea to give Atwater what he deserves and more!
I don’t know how Atwater’s conscience is going to survive this disaster of a storyline. If Celeste wasn’t a potential love interest, this storyline would’ve been A+, but making her someone that Atwater has feelings for was an unfortunate choice.
Why does his romantic life always have to be entangled with his career? He already struggles with the weight of being a Black cop and the looks and sneers he gets from his community, a community that thinks he’s betraying them. But now to hear it from someone he cares about makes it even worse.
Especially because in this situation, he actually did betray her trust in order to catch the murderers.
Atwater should’ve been honest with Celeste from the get-go. And if he didn’t want to be the moment he met her, he should’ve never proposed working her to find out information.
It proves that Atwater is a loyal cop, but at what cost?
He attempted to use his power to help Lewis and eventually Eric, but the situation was way beyond him.
Celeste’s comments about two black cops being there when Lewis was shot and doing nothing about it, but that wasn’t the truth at all.
Atwater tried his damn best to protect Lewis from a system that’s set up against them. He tried to get Lewis out of it. He personally escorted him to prison so that he could give him advice.
He never could’ve seen Eric coming out of nowhere and shooting his friend point-blank.
Atwater made a good point when Lewis called him a sellout — what would have the narrative been if there hadn’t been a Black man advocating for him? What if there were no Black cops trying to evoke real change?
The pressure, unfortunately, falls solely on Atwater’s back on Chicago PD, but my hope is that Atwater is just the embodiment of many other Black cops (and cops in general) who want things to change for the better.
Was Lewis an accomplice? Yes. Did he know what he was getting into? Yes. But he also didn’t have much of a choice.
He was stuck in a pattern of violence known to many diverse, low-income neighborhoods. He was doing everything he could to survive, and that should’ve been noted in his files.
How can you try a 15-year-old as an adult when he felt like the world was against him and he would have died if he disobeyed the person that had control over them?
Lewis needed someone to have his back and give him a second chance — he didn’t need to be sent to prison for life.
At the end of the day, I think everyone knew that Atwater’s choices were sound. He has a responsibility to the badge, but that doesn’t mean he can’t try to make things better for his own people.
I think if he was upfront with Celeste about that, she might see his point of view. It’s a slim chance considering he used her when she put all her trust into him, but at least Atwater would’ve had a clear conscience.
Instead, he sat there feeling a whole world of guilt as Celeste called him a good and apologized for dragging him into this mess.
It was truly hard to watch. Plus, it didn’t feel authentic to Atwater. He may feel conflicted about his position, but he’s always been real. He knows what the right thing is no matter how hard the circumstances, so it’s uncharacteristic of him to sit there and lie to this woman when she’s being vulnerable with him.
He was scared to lose her since he knows he found a good one, but this is no way to start a promising and lasting relationship.
It’s only going to go downhill from here because Atwater won’t be able to lie to her for long.
There’s nothing worse than being lied to. Even if the truth is ugly, being lied to is even uglier.
At this point, it’s clear that in order for Atwater to have an honest romantic relationship, he needs to meet someone in his line of work that understands his struggle but also his desire to do better.
If not a cop, it needs to be a doctor or a nurse whose career is just as crucial and who uses her platform to better the community.
I seriously thought that Atwater’s next love interest would be the cop sister of Dylan from Chicago Med.
Wouldn’t that make the most sense?
Otherwise, Atwater needs to find a balance between being an activist and a cop — if there is one.
Also, is it possible that Atwater can get a storyline that doesn’t continue repeating itself? The conflict between being Black and the badge is understandable, but there’s so much more to Kevin Atwater that we can explore!
What did you think of the episode?
Are you digging Atwater’s most recent storyline?
Let us know in the comments, Chicago PD fans!
Chicago PD Review – In the Dark (9×04)
Every once in a while, Chicago PD delivers a disturbing and gruesome episode.
Chicago PD Season 9 Episode 4 was exactly that.
A pedophile serial killer was on the loose and abusing an innocent child in the torture chamber of the “death house,” an urban legend known in the neighborhood.
While the case was tough to begin with, it was made even more difficult by Upton’s declining mental health.
After killing Roy and assisting Voight in covering it up, she’s been having a hard time coping.
She hasn’t been able to sleep, which isn’t good for any cop, but especially a cop working such demanding cases.
Her sleep wasn’t just affecting her personal life with Jay — she totally wasn’t in control in the interrogation room.
When John, the man who has access to the property, sliced his wrists, she was dazed, confused, and overall, a complete mess.
It became especially concerning when she didn’t even remember checking him with Trudy downstairs.
At this point, Upton should’ve been removed from the case and forced to take a break.
And if not then, she definitely should’ve been after her panic attack where she basically confessed to Roy’s murder to Jay.
But still, Voight let her not only carry on but take charge.
I understand not wanting to raise any flags, but when someone on your team is visibly struggling, it’s on him to make the right call.
Who cares about Upton babbling when she could’ve put her colleagues at risk with her poor state of mind.
Thankfully, she didn’t. Upton got it together and, after a brief tussle with Bradley, the suspect/John’s brother, she shot him in self-defense. How despicable do you have to be to know what your brother is doing and ignore it and/or lie for him?
Since Upton was reeling from the fact that she shot Roy in cold blood, it probably didn’t help that she killed yet another person regardless of whether or not it was a justified shot.
I love that we never actually saw Bradley’s face. I don’t know if that was intentional or not, but demons like that don’t deserve to have their face show, ever.
I don’t necessarily hate Upton’s character, but I hate how she isn’t owning up to her part in all of this. She’s acting as though she was forced into a situation that was of her own making.
I hated how things went down between Voight and Halstead.
Halstead needs to pick his battles. This was not it.
His beef wasn’t with Voight, it was with Upton, who has lied to him at every turn.
When confronted, Voight told the truth and nothing but the truth. Upton saved his life.
Upton insisted that she wanted to be a part of this, just like she insisted that she could handle it. Now, after everything is said and done, she’s struggling to make peace?
Voight gave her a choice, and she chose to be all in. She wanted to play with the big dogs, but she couldn’t actually handle the pressure or what needed to be done.
Halstead needs to take a step back and reassess the situation because Voight’s right in that he has no idea about the woman that he’s sleeping next to every night.
The statement triggered him because he knows that, on some level, Voight is right.
Halstead literally looked like a fool defending her honor and going to bat with Voight. It’s like fighting with a dog and being mad at it for its natural instincts.
Voight is not a by-the-book kind of guy; he never was. And in a situation where someone hurt two people he loves, it’s naive to think that he would stand by idly and not do anything about it. Also, why was Voight’s GPS so easy to track down? You would think that after the lengths they went through to cover this up, he would have taken care of the GPS trail!
As I said when she first proposed, the relationship likely won’t last because it’s based solely on lies piled with more lies.
Upton may have felt like she didn’t have a choice, but that’s the beauty of a relationship — you always have a choice. She could’ve confided in Jay this whole time, but she simply didn’t trust him to keep her secret or not look at her the way he did at the end after he found out the truth.
How will this pan out moving forward? Is Halstead going to keep his mouth shut? Will this become a secret amongst the three of them?
How will he bounce back from disrespecting Voight? And what will happen to Halstead and Upton’s relationship?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
Chicago PD Review – The One Next to Me (9×03)
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.
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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