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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. 

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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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    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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    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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