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Chicago PD- They’ll Have To Go Through Me (2×07) #crossoverweek



“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. 

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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. 


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Is Adam Ruzek Leaving ‘Chicago PD’?



Following Chicago PD Season 5’s finale, it’s understandable that fans are worried about Adam Ruzek’s fate as it hangs in the balance. 

Questions and concerns immediately began popping up, with many wondering if Patrick Flueger is leaving the series. 

For now, it’s unclear as the episode that ended the season left things on a bit of a cliffhanger in terms of Ruzek’s health. 

During the episode, Ruzek, who was working undercover for months to thwart Richard’s, a white supremacist’s deadly terrorist plan, blew his own cover to Richard’s daughter, Sam, who was trying to skip town after her dad moved up the date for his attack. 

Ruzek and the Intelligence team then convinced Sam to inform on her dad and his crew in exchange for immunity for herself and her son, Callum, which she did. 

He then advised them to pack up their things and head over to a safe house, which she proposed as a little getaway to Callum. Unfortunately, Cal was so brainwashed by his grandfather that he immediately called him to let him know that his mom was trying to leave. 

When Ruzek approached him and saw him on the phone, Cal pulled out a gun. Ruzek tried to diffuse the situation but Cal pulled the trigger, hitting Ruzek in the abdomen. He immediately started bleeding out and collapsed to the ground. Once Sam realized what was happening, she grabbed her son and made a run for it, leaving Ruzek alone to die. Thankfully, he was able to reach Kim Burgess and within minutes, he was in an ambo on his way to Med. 

CHICAGO P.D. — “A Better Place” Episode 1022 — Pictured: Patrick John Flueger as Adam Ruzek — (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)

Unfortunately, once he went into surgery, the doctors provided no additional updates, though Platt assured a very concerned Burgess that they got to him quickly. 

It’s tough to say if Ruzek will survive, especially with so many Chicago PD and Chicago Med exits happening this year, however, Ruzek is one of the fan-favorite characters, so I can’t see him leaving the series anytime soon. He’s strong and he’s a fighter, and he has a lot to live for—he just made things official with Burgess, he’s a father to Makayla, and he’s an integral part of Intelligence. 

My guess is that he will survive the surgery, but he’ll be sidelined for a bit and will likely have to go through some rehab and therapy in the same way Burgess did after her near-death experience. 

This seems to be a still from an upcoming episode that shows Ruzek still alive post-surgery—though unconscious—with Burgess by his side, which is promising.

CHICAGO P.D. — “A Better Place” Episode 1022 — Pictured: (l-r) Patrick John Flueger as Adam Ruzek, Marina Squerciati as Kim Burgess — (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)

While I can’t say anything definitively, I firmly believe that Adam Ruzek is not leaving Chicago PD just yet. And we likely won’t know more until Chicago PD Season 9 returns in the fall.

You can read our Chicago PD Season 10 Episode 22 review right here

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Chicago PD Season Finale Review – A Better Place (1022)



Chicago PD Season 10 Finale Review Episode 22 Better Place

That was a heavy episode of Chicago PD—and it was a heavy case for the Intelligence unit, one that has been building to this point all season. 

Chicago PD Season 10 Episode 22 did not play out as I thought it would, but I think it’s safe to say that it didn’t pan out the way any of the officers thought it would, including Adam Ruzek.

Ruzek was working this undercover case for months—and it was grueling, taking a toll on his mental health and wellbeing.

He dedicated so much of his time, spending day in and day out with Richard, Sam and her son, Callum, and away from his own family, only to have absolutely no new information or details about this “plan.” 

All he really knew was that Richard was a white supremacist who was trying to push his views onto his grandson, and he was orchestrating some kind of massive plan that would include multiple targets and casualties—it was later revealed the targets were Black elementary school children. 

And it was all going to be set into motion one morning when Sam frantically called to tell him she was skipping town because her father moved up the date to that morning. I think Ruzek should’ve realized that it was strange that Richard didn’t call him since he was supposed to be running point on the plan, but he was also so invested that he was desperate to get any information. He knew that this man was dangerous and he needed to stop him at any cost. 

So, when Sam threatened to go rogue, he jumped in and blew his cover, which wasn’t ideal, but it was the only option he had at that moment. If he let Sam go, so would his shot at getting any information. 

The unfortunate thing is that Ruzek wasn’t paying attention to Callum, or, rather, he underestimated him because he was just a child. He knew Richard was trying to influence Callum, but he didn’t realize the hold he had or how deeply manipulative Richard actually was. Richard also seemingly didn’t trust Ruzek as much as Ruzek thought he did, so there were a lot of hiccups that may have been eliminated if he just kept a closer eye on them. That being said, I can’t imagine living two lives and trying to make sense of all of it in the limited downtime you have left. Ruzek was pulling double duty and he was feeling the pressure of it all.

The only thing that convinced Sam to talk was immunity for her and her son, but again, she was also naive to what was going on with her son when it came to her father. She wanted to protect Callum and do what was best for him, but she didn’t realize that her father had already dug his claws into that boy in a way that was not going to end well. 

Sam was suspicious of everyone except her own child, who was the easiest target for Richard as he had his undivided attention and trust and could brainwash him without even lifting a finger.

When they proposed going away for a trip, it was my first thought to follow Callum upstairs to make sure he wasn’t making contact with his grandfather. Why did that not occur to Ruzek? Again, I think he just underestimated that boy because he’s a child, but as Sam mentioned, hate is a thing that’s taught. Callum was taught all these ideologies that his grandfather truly believed, and he didn’t know any better, so he believed them as well. 

And when confronted by Ruzek, he sensed danger and took the shot. It was the hardest thing to watch because Ruzek was genuinely trying to help that boy. 

He believed in them, he believed in Sam—he stood up for her when everyone suggested that she needs to be punished for her role the plan—and when it came down to it, not only did her son shoot him, but she turned her back on Ruzek and left him there to die. 

I was convinced that maybe there was a redemption arc here for Sam, but while she knew what her father was doing was wrong, there was no hope for her. She was already a monster. Her intentions were to protect her kid, but she went about it the wrong way. She made an enemy out of the people that were doing her a huge favor. 

Chicago PD Season 10 Finale Review Episode 22 Better Place

CHICAGO P.D. — “A Better Place” Episode 1022 — Pictured: Jason Beghe as Hank Voight — (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)

It’s true that Adam lied to her, but if she put those feelings of betrayal aside, she’d realize that leaving him there to potentially bleed out would not end well for her, nor was it the way to keep her son safe. 

And the real enemy, her father, was out there and on his way to claim her son, the son that Ruzek vowed to protect above anything else. Why in the world would she ever think she could outrun the truth and that it would somehow make this already terrible situation better?

Thankfully, Adam was able to wipe the blood off of his fingers and reach Kim, though it was tense there for a second and I was, admittedly, very worried about him. 

Ruzek went into surgery immediately, and while there’s no word on his condition, I’m of the mindset that if Burgess survived her near-death experience, he will too. And now, they’ll be able to bond over this as I’m sure the trauma of what happened will stick around with him for a while. Kim has already done all the work, so she’ll be able to be a source of support. 

Before losing consciousness, Ruzek made Burgess promise that she’d get to Callum before Richard, and she made sure to do right by that promise. 

Ruzek has a big heart, and honestly, it’s his Achilles Heel sometimes. That being said, it’s also the reason we love him—Ruzek extends so much care and concern for the children in his life. He bonded with Callum, he saw how special he was, and he couldn’t let anything happen to him. 

Unfortunately, the situation got messy rather quickly as Sam took way too long to surrender, and by that time, Richard already found them. Again, I don’t know what lead to such poor decision-making on her part and why she wasted so much time when her father was a constant imminent threat. 

Voight arrived in the knick of time to stop Richard from escaping with Callum, but it was clear that this wouldn’t be an easy win for the cops. Usually, when someone is being held hostage, they don’t actually want to go with the person, but Callum did want to go with his grandfather. We saw the extent of how effective Richard’s brainwashing was as Callum agreed that he was ready to die for the cause and had pure hatred in his eyes while staring down the cops who were threatening his grandfather. 

And then it happened—the final blow, a shot taken by Atwater. It was a necessary and valid shot, but unfortunately, it also cemented all of Richard’s beliefs right in front of Callum’s eyes. 

His grandfather was shot, with no remorse, by a Black police officer. It reinforced everything he’s been taught because all he saw was race. It lit a hatred inside Callum unlike any other. And it was eerie because you could see all of it happening through sheer glances. If looks could kill, Callum’s would burn a hole through Atwater. 

It’s going to be hard to reset Callum’s way of thinking now, which is unfortunate. I could see him restarting his grandfather’s operation and finishing what he started, and that’s a terrifying thought. 

It’s unclear if this is the last we’ve seen of them, but I hope it isn’t. I hope we see what happens to Sam. Will they walk back the immunity deal? And how will they handle Callum since he did shoot a cop intentionally? The “he’s a child” excuse can only go so far, but it’s evident that this might not be a one-off behavior. Will therapy be able to reverse the damage? I doubt Ruzek would ever press charges, but it’s also a security issue if Callum is simply let go to let all that hatred fester. And where will he go if his mom is arrested? There are a lot of lingering questions. 

As for Ruzek, well, I genuinely hope he pulls through. This is not the way to go out, especially after he just made things official with Burgess. 

I do, however, think this moment will inspire Burgess to get married to Ruzek when he finally gets better. It’s not only the “life is short” realization (though that surely comes into play), but since she wasn’t his wife, she wasn’t given any information nor was she allowed to go any further. You could see that really took a toll on her considering the strength of their bond. 

What did you think of the episode? Are you surprised with how things ended with Richard? Do you think Ruzek will survive?

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Chicago PD Review – New Life (1021)



Chicago PD Season 10 Episode 21 New Life

Dante Torres (played by Benjamin Levy Aguilar) had a lot of important decisions to make when his old life of crime bled in with his new life as an Intelligence officer. 

On Chicago PD Season 10 Episode 21, things got personal for Torres, and it allowed audiences to get to know him on a deeper level.

We might feel like he’s been around for a while, but the truth is, he’s still very much the new guy so there’s a lot to explore with his storylines and background. 

This one was particularly interesting because it lifted the veil on his past life working for Aritza, a well-known dealer in the neighborhood. 

People change, they grow up, and they get their priorities straight—the man that Torres is now and the young man he was back then are not the same. However, the reason he’s a cop is still very much the same as why he agreed to work for Aritza in the first place: to protect his people. 

When Torres got the note on his car, he acted immediately and called for backup to help Aritza even if it threatened his new gig. He tried to keep his connection and relationship with Aritza a secret, but he still pursued the case because it was the right thing to do. 

Again, Torres is new, so there isn’t that established trust between him and Voight just yet. Torres was sure that he would be fired once they found out about his past—he never considered that Voight would understand and help him keep it in the past. 

Voight also wasn’t sure if he could completely trust Torres. When Torres was threatening Vega, Voight stood back and watched to see how he would handle it or if he’d cross a line. It was all new territory for them, but the one thing that was evident is that Voight wanted to believe in Torres. He also saw himself in Torres’ tactics as it felt like something right out of the Voight-playbook. 

The moment, tense and nerve-wracking as it may have been for everyone (including Torres, who didn’t know if it would be enough to get Vega to crack), established an understanding between them. Voight realized that Torres was a man he could rely on, who never actually killed anyone and only understood how waterboarding works because he endured the trauma to get out from under Aritza’s grasp. And, in turn, Torres realized that Voight would always have his back when it mattered. 

Chicago PD Season 10 Episode 21 New Life

CHICAGO P.D. — “New Life” Episode 1021 — Pictured: Benjamin Levy Aguilar as Dante Torres — (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)

The episode also explored Torres’ fractured relationship with Mia. If you’ll recall, Torres was previously responsible for putting her brother, Quico, behind bars, which meant that they were no longer on speaking terms despite knowing each other all of their lives. It underlined just how much Torres has sacrificed to pursue a career with the Chicago police department. His neighborhood and the people in it have all basically turned their backs on him, though he explains that there are some people who respect and trust him; he’s either the hero or the enemy— there is no in-between.  

Torres is basically going through the same situation that Atwater faces time and time again with his community thinking of him as a traitor rather than someone who simply wants to serve and protect and prove that not all cops are bad cops. 

Mia ended up being the one who sent Torres the note as she felt guilty for inadvertently causing Aritza’s death. She explained that she needed money so she took a job for a rival leader, Sergio Navarro, and thought that all she had to do was flirt with Aritza. Instead, she ended up luring him to his death. 

Thankfully, by cooperating with the cops, she was able to avoid any charges, which was honestly kind of surprising since she still played a role in the murder.

While Torres vowed to protect her and keep her safe, she made the smart decision to leave Illinois as she was staring down a life of crime. There was nothing good waiting for her here and she would likely benefit from a fresh start. And though Torres didn’t want to let go, it was for the best. Sometimes, you can’t reconcile two parts of your life—and that’s why so many people date their co-workers on this show!

We’re learning so much more about Torres, and though I liked him from the get-go, I appreciate him even more now. He’s also a welcome shake-up to the team and someone that offers a different perspective on things. 

He was the reason that they found out that Upton was missing in the previous episode, and she made sure that he understood that she was there for him if he ever needed it. Everyone on that team has gone through it in some way or another, so they understand what this job can do to a person if they don’t have the proper support. I’m glad that there’s a team camaraderie here that extends to the new guy!

The upcoming episode is the season finale, and we’ll finally get closure on the undercover gig that Ruzek has been working! How do you think it will all go down?

Did you enjoy the Torres-centric episode? 

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