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Voight’s never been one to follow the rules but even he outdid himself this time. No one – not Crowley, not Dawnson, not even Erin – could stop him from pulling that trigger and killing his son’s murderer. He’s gone deep into the dark side.

I’ve got to say, this was one of the hardest seasons of Chicago PD to watch. Every week there was a case that just really hit home or made you realize how messed up the world we live in really is. And since I’m from Chicago, the stuff you see on the show isn’t all that different from what you see on the news.

Since these detectives and cops literally NEVER get a break, this week, Voight and his team arrived at the scene of a brutal murder of a young, widowed mom. Of course it was heartbreaking but even worse, Justin was connected to her and since her death, no one could reach him. Mouse tracked his phone and everyone’s biggest fears came true – he was found in the trunk of his car with a bullet lodged in his head.

While Justin was in the ER, Voight wrangled his team letting them know they would do “anything” to find out who did this to his son. Seriously, you do not want to cross Voight. Not everyone was comfortable with Voight’s rogue methods, including me – that scene where he literally burned the dudes face was so hard to watch – and those who weren’t were quickly put on the backburner (no pun intended).

The killer was scumbag named Kevin, who was Melissa’s old childhood friend. After her husband died, he began getting closer to her and forcing her to help him rob some of her rich law firm clients. She wanted out so she reached out to Justin, who didn’t want to involve his dad and got himself killed. And a day after his sons first birthday – that just makes it EXTRA sad!

When Voight’s CI finally got wind of Kevin’s location, Voight sent all of intelligence to a different location in order to get them off of his tracks. Lindsay was quick to catch on and realize what her so-called foster dad was up to. She arrived at the scene on time, but no amount of pleading would convince Voight not to go through with it… his mind was set. You know this will impact Lindsay in the coming season. Voight was always her voice of reason keeping her safe from everything. Not only did she lose her mom, she also lost Justin and now Voight.

Voight went to a point of no return as he forced Kevin to dig his own grave. At first, Kevin played the “I didn’t do it” card and even tried paying Voight off. Seriously dude? Voight’s dealt with too many of these “tough guys” who cower the minute their the ones targeted and when Kevin realized there was no hope for him, he finally told the truth about what he did to Justin, which pushed Voight over the edge. We heard the bullet shot and that’s it. Will Voight be able to come back from this? Would it not have been better for him to just let this guy suffer and not ruin the time he has with his grandson? Probably, but Voight’s all about that revenge.

Which is why Crowley and the department want to get him off the street. Voight’s the kind of guy that gets it done and brings in the bad guys, no matter what methods he has to use. The department is under a lot of scrutiny following Burgess’ ordeal so they decided to “clean up” and promote Voight to lieutenant, which means he’d basically work behind a desk. Yeah, right! But now after what happened, I feel like Voight will be getting a time-out, brief because you know he will return to work soon.

Meanwhile, I think Antonio will take over as the head of Intelligence. Crowley already offered him the position fully knowing Voight was going to go 100% on finding justice for his son. Antonio declined saying he isn’t a “rat” but we all know, he’d love that job. I’m a little surprised it wasn’t offered to Olinsky however. Antonio may have gone through some stuff with Voight but Olinsky has been there since day 1.

Aside from the main drama, Burgess decided not to move to Miami with Roman, who packed up his things and left the precinct. After being shot, his only option was desk duty and you know he wasn’t about that life. With Roman gone, maybe Burzek will finally get another shot? I mean she did move on a little too hastily from Ruzek right? And props to him for acting mature and professional when saying bye to Roman!

Unfortunately, there were no Linstead scenes this week because like I said before, these people are always going to hell and back. But I’ve heard rumors that next season the romance might be getting hot and heavy. Can’t wait!

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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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