“You don’t know. You don’t know what we do. Or what we sacrifice. The price we pay for this. For the job. You’ll never know.”
What’s dirtier than a corrupt cop in Chicago? Voight. At least that’s what we learned from this weeks episode of Chicago P.D, as Voight did everything in his power to protect his recently released from jail son. Only to come to the realization that sometimes people are broken on the inside and there’s nothing you can do… except send them off to the army to get some good old fashioned discipline.
Last week Justin came to Lindsay’s apartment covered with blood on his hands– a clear sign that he did something really bad! Cut to the next morning when a random jogger finds a man dead body and intelligence is asked to investigate the murder of Fitori. Before intelligence can even wrap its head around the case, the cunniving and manipulative Gradishar calls a secret meeting with Voight giving him some intel on the case and its clear she’s testing him to see if he will be honest or continue playing dirty.
Fitori was killed by Catalano, the nephew of Voight’s good friend Kolo. Catalano was also recently released from prison, but while in there, helped keep Voight’s son out of danger, which means Voight kind of owes his friend and Catalano. But this time, he can’t make any exeptions until he finds out his son was the driver when Catalano murdered Fitori. We, the viewers, have already seen Catalano once before when Justin pulled up to the precint with him and than Det. Lindsay met him at the bar and told him to stay the hell away from him. Killing Fitori was Catalano’s vengeance on the man who blamed him for his crime and put him in jail wrongfully.
Antonio starts to become suspicious of Voight thinking that some foul play might be going on. He’s got a history of getting involved when Voight tries to cover up cases. He’s called into a meeting with Gradishar, who fills Antonio in on the arrangement between Internal Affairs and Voight. She explains he was hired after prison to pretend to work the streets to get the bad guys, but has been working the streets for real. She also leaks the truth about who Det. Lindsay really is and tempts Antonio by promising him a promotion if he helps her bring down Voight once and for all. Sounds entincing enough! Antonio heads back to the 21st district with all the evidence against Catalano continuing the case against Voight’s wishes. This clearly hits a nerve as Voight feels undermined and snaps at his partner asking if he remembered the time that he busted his ass to help him save his son. This seems to get Antonio thinking and weighing his options– who to side with?
Thankfully, Lindsay is the all powerful woman on this squad and she’s not going to sit back and watch the men destroy everything. Justin might not answer his fathers calls, he’s definitely going to answer hers. And he does. She brings him back to the precint, where he tells Antonio the truth about his involvement in the Fitori murder. Justin really had no choice. He had to payback his dues to Catalano and he didn’t even know there was a murder about to happen. If he refused to help him move the body, Catalano threatened to shoot him on the spot. Cue in a huge confrontation between Voight and Antonio, where Antonio explains that his son might have been dumb but he was a dupe and the real target is Catalano. Good to have you back on our side Antonio.
The final couple of scenes are truly important to the progression of the show as they show that despite being on the fence about working for Voight, he would never betray him. Voight might be corrupt, but he’s doing it for a good reason. He’s not trying to climb up the ladder like Gradishar, he’s doing it to protect his son. A mysterious body is found in the lake and when all three turn up at the scene, it’s obvious that Voight got one of his men to murder Catalano.. after Antonio gave him permission promising to keep his son a secret. This way theres no loose strings. No evidence of Justin’s partcipation. No video. No witnesses. Gridsha flips out on Antonio since now she looks like an idiot who wasn’t able to get any juice against Voight. Seems to me like she’s more corrupt than Voight. At least he busts his ass to save people. Antonio really lays it on her recalling their history, which she doesn’t remember. She apparently incriminated his partner for a minor crime with a severe punishment only towork her way up in the job. Her actions caused him to commit suicide. This thing she wanted Antonio’s help with weren’t going to happen because unlike her, Voight cared about him. He was a guy of his word; one you needed when shit got real. He’s like family, and you always do right by family. It’ssomething she’ll never understand. I couldn’t have put it better myself Antonio.
Personally, for Voight things are looking grim. After this case, he realized that the only way to ensure his son’s safety (cause he can’t keep covering up for him) is to ship him off to the army for four years. That way he’ll get some discipline and won’t be able to get involved in any more crimes. In light-hearted news, Burgess and her partner are dealing with an evil-spirited Platt who picked up a new hobby of taking I.D pictures. With Rozek’s help, Burgess was able to dig up some dirt on the old hag and some blackmailing. Back up in intelligence, Lindsay and Halstead were getting their flirt on even making bets of who was buying dinner adnt easing each other, until they realized it probably wasn’t the best time to go against Voight’s no-dating-coworkers rule. And Olinsky and Rozek finally patched things up after Rozek’s fiancee invited his partner out for drinks and Olinsky confessed he thought Rozek was a better intelligence detective than he ever was. Deep stuff. Is that why he’s been so mean to him lately? I guess in the end, what’s meant to be will be. Now if only the real Chicago P.D protected our streets the way Voight does. Maybe we wouldn’t have the highest crime rate in the nation than!! Till next week!
Chicago PD Review – Is Burgess Ready to Be a Mom? (8×03)
Intelligence is kicking off 2021 on a high note.
Following Atwater’s powerful storyline, Chicago PD Season 8 Episode 3 shook things up and reminded fans of the good old days when the focus remained largely on the case-of-the-week.
It’s been a while since we’ve seen the team go full-in on a case, especially one as compelling as the murder of Makayla’s entire family.
While gang retribution was the go-to motive, the case took a surprising twist when it was revealed that all three family members died protecting the little girl from her father, Tareek, who was recently released from prison.
The case was interesting even without a personal connection, but hinging the plot on a young, innocent girl not only provided an emotional hook, it also allowed the narrative to circle back to Burgess’ miscarriage from Chicago PD Season 7.
Voight was determined to nail down a suspect and get justice for the family, so the “by the book” police reform storyline kind of went out the window. Sometimes, I wonder if the series even remembers the plotlines it’s introducing.
There wasn’t even any reference to Atwater’s situation with the racist cops; it’s almost as if it never happened.
However, it was nice to see that Burgess was still dealing with the aftermath of the miscarriage.
Following such a traumatic experience, Burgess convinced herself that she didn’t want children. It was a tactic to protect herself from getting hurt again.
But after forming a personal connection with Makayla, she began to see the possibilities that she could have it all: a family and a career.
Her motherly instincts kicked in when she saw that the girl was in danger — motherly instincts she didn’t even know she had.
It was such a treat to see her in “mama bear” mode.
Their bond never seemed forced either as Burgess genuinely cared for the young girl and found her purpose in protecting her. She even put her job on the line to ensure that she could stay by Makayla’s side until they found the people hunting her down.
But it begs the question . . . what happens next? Was this the show’s way of warming everyone up to the idea of a Burzek baby again?
They already let us down once; I don’t want to get ahead of myself and get my hopes up again.
Here’s When Last Night’s Episodes of ‘Chicago Med,’ ‘Chicago Fire,’ and ‘Chicago PD’ Will Premiere
Fans of the #OneChicago shows — Chicago Med, Chicago PD, and Chicago Fire –– will have to wait an additional week for new episodes.
NBC announced that the originally scheduled episodes were postponed from their original premiere date of Wednesday, January 6 to next Wednesday on January 13.
The network made the decision to preempt the #OneChicago shows with continued breaking news coverage on the chaos at the Capitol after Trump supporters stormed the federal building and delayed the Electoral College vote count.
Yesterday’s premieres marked the show’s return from the winter hiatus. NBC wasn’t the only network to delay originally scheduled programming as ABC and CBS both aired news instead.
Tonight on NBC: Continuing coverage from NBC News. Originally scheduled episodes of Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago P.D. will air next week.
— NBC Entertainment (@nbc) January 7, 2021
Here are the synopsis for all three shows premiering next week!
Chicago PD Review – Kevin Atwater Gives ‘Em Hell (8×02)
We’re only two episodes into Chicago PD Season 8 and Atwater is not only carrying the show, but he’s taking it to new heights.
The way he managed to turn the tables around on Kenny Nolan on Chicago PD Season 8 Episode 2 and push his back up against the wall, well, it was beautiful to watch.
Ever since owning his truth and standing up against racism, Atwater has been bullied and intimidated at every turn. When it began to affect his family, both at home and in Intelligence, he realized he could no longer stand back and wait.
Nolan was barking orders and hoping to break Atwater, and while he did look paranoid at times, I love that Atwater stood his ground.
The only way Atwater could regain the upper hand was to play Nolan at his own game.
I’ve never seen anything more satisfying than Atwater sitting at Nolan’s dining room table giving him a play-by-play of how he’d go out of his way to ruin his whole life if he didn’t back down.
When I say it may be the best scene on television that I’ve ever seen, I truly mean it.
The good guys don’t always win, but this time, the right guy did. No one messes with Atwater.
Atwater channeled his inner-Voight, but he did so in a way without using his fists.
The look of defeat on Nolan’s face was priceless.
Obviously, the back-and-forth between Atwater and Nolan couldn’t go on forever, but I was curious to see how the series would go about resolving it.
For a moment, I was terrified that the only solution would be for Atwater to give up his badge or accept that his career would never advance, but all those options included Atwater giving up and throwing in the towel.
And Voight was right — the moment Atwater stopped being a cop is the moment they would have won.
With the roles reversed, Atwater has successfully proven that he will always stand up for what he believes in.
He’s making a change, albeit small, but it’s a step in the right direction.
And if any good is to come of this “new world,” then it better be karma hitting Nolan square in the forehead.
Atwater won the battle against the racist cops, but unfortunately, he’s still losing the battle on the home front.
The scene with the kids refusing to take a basketball from him was heartbreaking, but hopefully, by doing the job differently, he’ll make an impact that will lead to further positive changes.
The fight is far from over, but at least these kids have a good one looking out for them.
The purest thing on Chicago PD is the bromance between Ruzek and Atwater.
I know that they said everyone has Atwater’s back, and it’s true in theory, but Ruzek took an actual bullet for Atwater.
And then his reaction was basically “no sweat, bro.” It was solid.
Though, the whole situation with patrol not responding was disturbing.
No one man should have enough power to bark such an order and endanger the lives of his blue brothers.
I wish more patrol stood up to Nolan, just as I wish there was more love given to Atwater from the rest of Intelligence.
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