“It’s beautiful… even when it isn’t.”
The porn-ring story continues back in Chicago, where it originally started. We pick up right where we left off during SVU–with the intelligence unit investigating the scene at the hospital where Andrew Lewella was shot along with a Chicago police office and Rozek’s friend from the academy. Lewella was killed in cold blood in his hospital bed by an unidentified shooter. Surveillance footage doesn’t provide much to go off by but that’s no problem for these guys. They’ve succeeded with much less.. at least they have a picture and thankfully, Roman notices a little detail about the man that will definitely help them– his ear is disfigured.
The case is especially difficult because everyone involved will do anything not to be exposed… that means theres a huge death rate as witnesses and suspects drop like flies. Rollins and Amarro from New York’s SVU department arrive to help solve the case. So far, we’ve figured out that the victims were taken from youth centers in New York and some even flown from Chicago to New York. Clinton, a man involved who didn’t even make it 24-hours in prison before getting killed, said there was someone higher up running the show. Lewella was the man responsible for financing the child pornography. It’s all so very disturbing. Looking at Lewella’s payments, Rozek notices there’s one payment about 5k a month that goes to some nursing facility in Oak Brook. It’s suspicious because he didn’t have any family.
Rozek and Amarro visit the nursing home and are guided towards Mrs. Hughes, one of the residents. She has no idea who Lewella is, or that he’s been making her payments which she thought her daughter, Matilda, was responsible for. They track down Matilda, who works at the Department of Health and Children Services. Except things don’t look good as she hasn’t been heard from in about 3-days. They pay her a little house call and find her dead in her own pool of blood. Seriously, whoever the monster running this show is, is ruthless. Turns out, Lewella has been paying her mothers bills for 15-years… as long as the child porn-ring has been around. Suspicion arises that she’s been sending kids from DCFS to New York… and that’s so disturbing. You can’t even trust someone in the system whose supposed to help.
Atwater and Antonio visit Matilda’s boss, who admits he had no idea about her possible involvement with child-porn. He’s torn up finding out that she died. He informs them that the only person he knew she had contact with was some man named Gary Miller, who she was in an abusive on-and-off relationship. Maybe he was the shooter they were looking for? Can we believe him? My gut says no.
Back at the precinct, the gang is going through files when Erin stumbles upon her brothers file.. She never knew he was in the system nor did she know he was assigned to a foster family for 2-months. The file shows that the Widing’s currently have two foster children 9-year-old Amy and 13-year-old Chris. She and Rollins pay the family a little visit, hoping to get some answers. Sam Widing opens the door and tells them to wait so he can put the dog away. In that moment, Rollins gets a call notifying her that Jill, Sam’s wife has been dead for awhile, yet she’s still listed as a foster parent on the file. Obviously, suspicious. They enter the house and find Sam upstairs with a gun in his hand, repeating “I’m sick” over and over again. They try to talk him down and let him know he can get some help as long as he tells them where Amy and Chris are, but it doesn’t work. Sam blows his brains out. Another dead and gruesome end.
So, now we know a DCFS employee was responsible for funneling kids to foster parent Sam Widing. With financial help from Lewella they were able to send the kids to New York where Clinton took photos and committed the abuse. Now, the unit and SVU is looking for the unknown shooter and two missing foster children. Roman and Burgess have been busy visiting different MMA fighting rings and they finally get an ID on the shooter– Todd Ledbetter. He’s got an active warrant out for his arrest and he’s also a registered sex offender. A witness leads them to a house he was last seen entering. As they close in, Ledbetter escapes through the roof, jumping and scaling buildings pakour style. Halstead pursues him on foot, getting in quite the cardio workout. He fights him for a little, but isn’t strong enough. Eventually, Ledbetter tries hopping from building to building, doesn’t make it and falls to his death. Well deserved, but there goes yet another lead.
The rest of the unit bursts into the house and finds the little girl Amy, tied up to a chair. It’s heartwarming to see the girl find comfort in Lindsay’s arms. She’s really one of those cops that you can just tell wants to help you and is so affected by the bad shit happening. Amy informs them that the big, mean man took her brother Chris from the house. Back at the station, Lindsay tells Voight that she want’s Amy to come with her until she finds someone she can trust to adopt her. She isn’t putting her back into the system… especially not since she’s a witness and their still working to find the people responsible. This apparently goes against rules, but Voight understands and asks Platt for the favor, to which she agrees.
Detective Fisher is waiting for Voight back at his office. He’s pissed off because he found out through word-of-mouth that one of the detectives on the case was connected to the victim. He gives him a day to solve the case or he’s handing it over. Voight asks Benson to get on the next flight– despite their tiff, he needs her help. They definitely have a thing for each other. It’s good she works in the NY office cause you know how Voight feels about co-workers dating. Big no, no!
Lindsay’s mom finally locates Teddy and she convinces him to help, one last time. Their so close to nailing the case, but they just cant figure out who the “ring-leader” is. She brings him to the office where he notices something on the board. “That’s him,” he exclaims pointing at a picture on the wall. Intelligence goes to arrest… dun-dun-dun….. Matilda’s boss at DCFS! You know, the man who said he didn’t know anything and led them to some dude named Gary that never existed. One thing I’ve learned from watching these cop shows is that the suspect is always someone you’ve already questioned whose an exceptionally good liar. What a scum. They bring him into Voight’s torture chamber because dude does not want to admit his involvement. After a couple of good punches, Benson comes down and asks Voight not to handle the case like he usually does. If word gets out, all of her other cases back in NY will get compromised. He gives her 5-minutes to handle it her own way.. before he beats the shit out of him to get some answers. She talks to the man that’s still in there- the guy that can be redeemed, he can turn his life around despite all the bad he’s done and “still feel the sun” on his face in jail. All he has to do is tell them where Chris is. He does. See Voight, sometimes talking works better than violence. They find the second house and locate Chris inside a locked room in the dungeon. He’s terrified and shaking, but he’s safe. Lindsey is personally affected because she obviously has the biggest heart and sees her little brother in the kid.
The deceased officers wife and daughter are picking up their fathers things from the station. As they exit, their surrounded by a beautiful salute of officers who gathered outside to honor the fallen officer. Platt dropped her sarcastic attitude for the week, clearly very affected by the man’s death. I think she felt a little responsible as she’s the one who sent him on duty that day after he requested some over time to help pay for his daughters tuition. The saddest thing in the world is to see good people get killed by evil people, capable of hurting even the youngest of humans. The whole scene is so emotional and brought tears to my eyes. Sometimes, we really do take for granted the work police do for us…. at least the good police, cause there’s always a bad seed in the good bunch. Thankfully, we can honor our heroes this way.
Lindsay meets up with Amy, whose been spending the day with Nadia, and informs her that she found her a really nice family, that she trusts. They want to adopt both her and her brother Chris and their super excited to meet them. And, Lindsay is coming for dinner because she wants to meet the family and see Amy’s new room. I love Lindsay. There’s something so genuinely warm and caring about her. Despite her tragic upbringing and brief involvement with drugs, she’s really turned her life around and wants to help the world. She was once saved by Voight… he gave her another chance.. a new life. Now, she’s giving back and doing the same. First for Nadia and now for Amy and Chris.
That’s a wrap for the major crossover week! Definitely one of the best crossover events I’ve ever seen. There was so much thrill, mystery and anxiety. Dick Wolf sure knows what he’s doing and he sure knows how to tell stories! Next weeks episode involves Antonio in a murder mystery surrounding his boss from the side job. Is the wife responsible? Did he get too involved in the gambling? Check out the preview below.
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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