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

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“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.

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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!

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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. 

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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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Lizzy Buczak is the founder of CraveYouTV. What started off as a silly blog in her sophomore year at Columbia College Chicago turned her passion for watching TV into an opportunity! She has been in charge of CraveYou since 2011, writing reviews and news content for a wide variety of shows. Lizzy is a Music Business and Journalism major who has written for RADIO.COM, TV Fanatic, Time Out Chicago, Innerview, Pop’stache and Family Time.

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Chicago PD Season Finale Review – The Other Side (8×16)

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Chicago PD Season Finale Review he Other Side Season 8 Episode 16

This may have been one of the best Chicago PD finales ever.  

Emotions were running high on Chicago PD Season 8 Episode 16 as Intelligence raced against the clock to find Burgess, who was kidnapped by a dangerous crime ring. 

And they found themselves a unit divided. 

Reform has been a major topic this season as Intelligence navigated a world where they were forced to follow rules and do things by the book, and it was a point of contention when it came down to rescuing Burgess. 

Ruzek and Voight were down to do whatever was necessary to bring her home, but that attitude didn’t sit well with Atwater and Halstead.

Ruzek threw caution to the wind as his only mission was to save his girl and bring her back home to her daughter, Makayla. 

He called out “gun” when there was none, he pointed a gun at an innocent man’s head simply to get him to talk, he and disregarded warrants at every turn. 

It was a bit reckless, but understandable considering the circumstance. 

And yet, he should’ve never been allowed on the case in the first place as he was too emotionally invested and had too much on the line. 

Despite their on-again-off-again relationship, Burgess is the love of his life. He would move mountains for her. And there’s not a doubt in my mind that he would kill for her. 

Atwater tried to level with him, but Ruzek was filled with blind rage and fear.

Instead of getting through to him, he provoked Ruzek even more, and in turn, he said some pretty hurtful things to him in the heat of the moment.

It was unfair of Ruzek to call out Atwater for not doing everything in his power to save Burgess. 

Atwater and Burgess are best friends, so her kidnapping affected him just as much as it affected Ruzek. 
 
He understood how dire the situation was, but he also knew they weren’t going to get anywhere by leading with emotions and breaking the rules. 
 
Eventually, Hailey stepped in as Switzerland and the voice of reason. 
 
She understood what Ruzek was feeling but appealed to his sensible side by reminding him that he couldn’t cross a line for Makayla’s sake. 
 
If anything were to happen to Burgess, he promised to be her guardian, and he needed to step up for her now more than ever. 
 
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CHICAGO P.D. — “The Other Side” Episode 816 — Pictured: (l-r) Jesse Lee Soffer as Jay Halstead, Tracy Spiridakos as Hailey — (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)

 
Considering Ruzek and Upton’s previous relationship, I love that she was the one who reminded him to be the better person rather than encouraging him to stoop down to Kent and Roy’s level. 
 
Reminding him about Makayla and that Burgess would’ve wanted him to take care of her was the only thing that got through to him. 
 
I found myself straddling the line between Team Ruzek and Voight and Team Atwater and Halstead. 

Ruzek’s decision to go all in to find Burgess made sense for so many reasons but mostly because the Superintendent just lost her son because they waited too long and followed the rules.

He wanted to avoid the same fate for Burgess. 

Time was definitely of the essence considering how ruthless Kent and Roy were. 

Personally, if it was my loved one’s life was on the line, I’d probably take the same approach as Ruzek. 

In my review of Chicago PD Season 8 Episode 15, I advocated for bending the rules in situations when it was necessary like when someone’s life was on the line, but this episode changed my mind a bit. 

Yes, you can get answers if you break the rules and threaten people, but they didn’t even try to exhaust their by-the-book options first. 

Ruzek and Voight were too quick to gravitate towards doing whatever was necessary when, in the end, Jay and Atwater’s plan yielded the best and quickest results.

It took them less time to locate the Buick via foot grid than it did for Voight to beat the location out of Roy. 

In fact, Roy never gave it up. All it did was work Voight up and force Upton to cross a line. 

In this case, violence was not the answer. 

Read the full review at TV Fanatic now.


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Chicago Med Season Finale Review – Dr. Choi Gets Shot (6×16)

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Chicago Med Season Finale Review I Will Come To Save You Season 6 Episode 16

The stakes were at an all-time high on the Chicago Med Season 6 finale.

Dr. Choi’s life hung in the balance after he was shot in the chest by Neil, a delusional patient that Dr. Dean Asher treated against his will on Chicago Med Season 6 Episode 14. 

For those who need a refresher, Asher removed Neil’s appendix when he became unconscious, which Neil said meant that he was forced to live in a simulation forever.

The man is clearly delusional and likely should’ve been given help before being discharged after his procedure. 

But since he didn’t, he ended up shooting the Chief of the ED. 

Since Dean felt personally responsible for the shooting, he took it upon himself to treat Dr. Choi even if it meant clashing with all of the hospital staff. 

Seriously, is there a doctor that Dean hasn’t butted heads with? 

His intense course of treatment didn’t sit well with Will, April, or Sam Abrams, and they were sure to let him know.

It’s one thing for a doctor to be confident in his treatment methods. In fact, it’s awesome when every doctor has a different approach and they all talk about the best course of action.

But it’s completely offputting when a doctor allows his egotistical side to take flight and doesn’t listen to anyone else’s advice, even an expert in his field.

And that’s exactly what Dean did.

He didn’t mince words or care about anyone else’s opinion. And though he ended up making the right call, there were definitely better ways of going about it. 

In fact, Dean kept gaslighting every single doctor and nurse, including Choi, who was only in the parking lot because he was concerned about Dean’s questionable behavior towards patients. When he brought it up, Dean turned it on Choi and suggested he was only coming after him to “knock him down a peg.”

Dean is literally unable to take responsibility for his own actions, so it makes it that much more concerning that Goodwin enlisted him as the interim Chief of the ED. That is definitely not going to sit well with anyone.

That is if there’s anyone left for Dean to manage. 

April got her acceptance letter to the nursing program, so it’s safe to say that we won’t be seeing her walking the ED halls. 

And since Yaya DaCosta isn’t returning next season, I was surprised that the series chose to reintroduce her romance with Choi. Maybe she just wanted to express her feelings for him after seeing him almost die, but if they aren’t going to get back together then what’s the point?

Torrey DeVitto is also leaving the series, but the way her storyline ended made sense. 

After Halstead took the fall for stealing the Kender trial drugs and giving them to an unauthorized patient, Goodwin fired him. She explained that it was yet another incident of reckless behavior, and she wasn’t completely wrong. Halstead has a pretty messy track record that has put the hospital at risk multiple times. 

This time, he broke Goodwin’s trust, lost Gaffney profits, and hurt many patients who could’ve benefitted from the trial. 

When Nat found out that Will took the fall for her, she ran to Goodwin and came clean. 

However, does it really matter?

Nat may have taken the drugs initially, but when Will found out, he didn’t report her. Instead, he stole more drugs to help her mother. His actions were just as inappropriate as hers, so I’d argue that Goodwin was right in her decision to fire him. 

In fact, they should both be fired as this isn’t either of their first times stepping out of line. 

However, you know Goodwin will reinstate Halstead and fire Natalie, which will naturally lead to her exit from the series. 

On the plus side, they found a viable heart donor for Natalie’s mother. And although the heart wasn’t perfect, it still gave her another shot at life. There were a few moments where things seemed dicey, but everything turned out great in the end.

Some might even say everything Natalie did, including putting her job in jeopardy, was worth it. 

Natalie and Crockett’s relationship may be over, sadly, but it helped Crockett break out of his shell. He was forced to open up, trust, and give love another chance. He’ll forever be grateful to Natalie for giving him that. 

My least favorite storyline included Dr. Charles and the Russian patient, who assaulted his landlord after a rat infestation. 

The writers introduced another Russian doctor, Micah, to help with translations, who ended up being an alcoholic, I think? It was all confusing and random.

When Dr. Charles confronted Micah, he elaborated that back in the Soviet Union days, political dissidents were diagnosed with “sluggish schizophrenia, which allowed them to be sent to psychiatric institutes. 

But instead of offering help, psychiatry was weaponized. Those who defied the government were essentially tortured in these establishes, which is why Micah freaked out when he woke up and saw that he was admitted. He was suffering from PTSD. It’s definitely a heartbreaking situation, but it was random, and though they tried to connect it to Neil’s delusions, it fell flat.

And finally, Maggie’s secret is out in the open. I’m glad she didn’t tell Vanessa the truth because she knew she needed to respect her boundaries, but Vanessa figured it all out on her own.

I feel like the writers kind of glossed over this storyline a bit and rushed it. They definitely could’ve replaced the Russian storyline with more on the Maggie and Vanessa front.

We didn’t know much about Vanessa or if she knew she was adopted, but when she confronted Maggie, she revealed that she knew and never wanted to seek out her birth mother. 

And despite mentioning that she found it strange that Maggie was so drawn to her, we don’t really know how Vanessa figured out that Maggie was her birth mother or even felt the need to do some research into Maggie. 

However, now that they’re both on the same page, they can move forward. Vanessa informed Maggie that she didn’t want anyone to know the truth because she didn’t want them to think that she only got the job because of her connections. Maggie respected that, though, she probably should’ve told her that Goodwin already knows.

Now, the ball is in Vanessa’s court, so we’ll see where this relationship goes from here. At least Vanessa called Maggie out and let her know that what she did wasn’t right and a total breach of trust!

Alright, I’m turning it over to you! What did you think of the Chicago Med finale?


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Chicago PD Review – The Right Thing (8×15)

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Chicago PD The Right Thing Season 8 Episode 15

The penultimate episode of Chicago PD gave us an action-packed hour that tapped into Superintendent Miller’s personal life for the first time ever. 

Voight was introduced to Miller’s son, Darrell, on Chicago PD Season 8 Episode 15 and got way more than he bargained for following the meeting. 

Darrell sought Voight out because he needed his help. 

When Intelligence took on Darrell’s case, they thought it was going to be a quick case to help out a friend who was in way over his head with a local drug dealer, but instead, they unearthed something much more sinister. 

Darrell didn’t survive the hour, but it wasn’t because Intelligence didn’t do their best to save him; it was because Miller was adamant that Voight and his team do things “by the book.”

There are times when doing things by the book pays off, and other times when it’s required to bend the rules a little to ensure that a life is spared. 

In this case, it was an ugly lesson for Miller that sometimes, the law doesn’t always work in your favor. 

Voight may be too eager to bend the rules on occasion, and admittedly, some of his methods and approaches may be unconventional, but he’s also the best at his job. 

It’s why he runs Intelligence, and it’s why he has one of the best teams on the force.

Intelligence knows what they’re doing, so why not let them do their job?

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CHICAGO P.D. — “The Right Thing” Episode 815 — Pictured: Jason Beghe as Hank Voight — (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)

Asking for forgiveness later would’ve been much better than living the rest of your life feeling guilty that you contributed to your child’s death.

Darrell made some pretty terrible choices, there’s no denying that. 

It seems that making bad choices and getting into trouble has been a recurring theme throughout most of his life. 

And it didn’t help that no one seemed to take Darrell seriously. From Atwater to his mom to Kent, Darrell kept being told that he was essentially a privileged screw-up.

It’s not surprising that he was so determined to make things right and prove everyone wrong.  

I think that constantly being told how messed up he was likely also prevented Darrell from being upfront with Voight, Atwater, Ruzek, and the team. 

It’s obvious that Darrell knew more than he was letting on about what was happening inside the strip club.

Sure, he wanted to pay off his debt, but he also knew that Kent and Roy were trafficking underage girls and wanted to help them.

When Atwater and Ruzek told him to lay low, he didn’t listen because he wanted to save Sasha.

Read the full review at TV Fanatic now. 


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