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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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Chicago PD Season 11 Episode 6 Review – Survival

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Chicago PD came through again, this time with a rare gem that focused on Voight. 

I say rare because while Voight plays an integral part of the series, he’s rarely ever the sole focus of the case in such a way that we actually see him dominating the screen for most of the 45-minute episode. 

And, on top of that, the episode ended without Voight and the team finding the suspect, which also allows for another multi-episode angle to play out and keep viewers invested. 

Voight’s carefree night took a turn when he overheard a beeping sound in an alleyway and found traces of blood belonging to a young man named Noah, who he saw getting violently kidnapped by an offender in nearby surveillance footage. 

Without much to go off of, Intelligence worked together to try to build a case and save Noah before it was too late. Since they found a baggie of party drugs near the scene of the abduction, they linked it to a dealer in the area whom Chapman, coincidentally, has tried to nab a handful of times. 

The dealer’s MO is to abduct those who stiff him, break their legs, and then dump them back at the place where he sells as part of his warning. 

However, after locating the car that kidnapped Noah, they found the young man in dire conditions after he was abused—stabbed six times and had his eyes stapled open (one of the most horrifying sights I’ve ever seen on television, might I add)—which indicated that this was the work of someone else entirely. 

Even when Noah identified his dealer in a lineup, Voight wasn’t convinced as he knew he simply did it to get them off of his back. Chapman, who offered to help Voight on the case, wasn’t pleased with the idea of letting a violent criminal that they’ve been pursuing walk away based on a hunch, so she went above Voight to get him arrested. 

Still, Voight knew that they were going after the wrong man, so he milked him for any information about Noah. 

Noah’s situation was a heartbreaking one as he was a lone wolf in the city on his own after his family turned on him when he came out as gay. When Voight made contact with them, Noah’s mother essentially said Noah deserved what happened to him and that she didn’t want updates because he was no longer their son. I can’t even imagine a mother saying something so cruel, especially when her son was missing and brutally tortured. How could you not want to know if he survived? It broke my heart—and it broke Voight’s heart, which is why he dedicated himself to the case so strongly. 

He knew that whatever Noah went through was personal, which was confirmed further when he realized that the suspect they were looking for had been stalking the boy for months, ever since he arrived in Chicago. This was a planned and calculated attack, but they had no suspects to work off of, which didn’t make it easy. 

It’s likely one of the main reasons why Voight took Noah in after he was discharged from the hospital. He needed Noah to feel safe and comfortable enough to open up so that they could finally catch this monster and put him behind bars. However, Voight also felt a personal connection to Noah, who reminded him a lot of his late son, Justin, and he felt for the kid since he had nowhere to go and no one to lean on. It’s not exactly all that shocking that an Intelligence member connected with someone on the case as we previously saw Burgess and Ruzek adopt Makayla after her parents were brutally murdered, however, it does sort of cross the line into getting too personally connected. Chapman seemed concerned with Voight’s decision, but only time will tell if he made the right one. 

If I had to wager a guess, I’d say Noah knows who his abuser is, but he’s not saying anything because he’s scared and traumatized since it’s someone that he cares about. Since we know the attack wasn’t random—and everyone who did come in contact with him explained that he didn’t have friends or make many connections with anyone—it has to be someone from home. Maybe someone like his brother or a friend whom he confided in. 

This is one of those lingering cases that we will revisit in future episodes, but it has so much promise. Voight’s seen a lot during his tenure in Chicago, but even he seemed completely shaken by what Noah endured. 

And will the series ever make any positive moves with Voight and Chapman? It’s clear that there’s something between them that goes beyond their workplace friendship. 

What did you think of the episode? Who do you think Noah’s attacker is?

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Chicago PD Season 11 Episode 5 Review – Split-Second

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Is 'Chicago PD' New Tonight? Everything We Know About Season 11 Episode 5

Atwater does it again, but that’s really no surprise. Kevin Atwater episodes of Chicago PD are consistently the strongest—delivering complex issues, a riveting performance, and making us all question why LaRoyce Hawkins isn’t allowed to take the wheel more often. 

And would it kill them to give him a love interest so he doesn’t have to carry this burden all on his own?

On Chicago PD Season 11 Episode 5, Atwater responded to a robbery in progress on Jeweler’s Row, but the situation quickly escalated as the robbers proved to be dangerous and careless, firing shots that killed the store owner and hit an innocent bystander, who ended up bleeding out to death.

The moment was one that haunted Atwater for much of the episode, as the wife of Corey, who was trapped between the safety door, blamed Atwater for making a conscious choice to try to save the owner over her husband. 

And she’s not wrong—Atwater went to check on the other man, allowing the impenetrable doors to close, preventing him from rendering life-saving aid to Corey. 

He was filled with instant regret knowing that his choices could’ve made a difference, and while we know that it’s simply Atwater’s personality to want to take accountability, the case showed that sometimes, despite our best efforts, we can’t change the outcome. And we can’t save everyone. 

It wasn’t stated in the episode—and Atwater said time and time again that he didn’t know why he chose to check on the owner instead of Corey—but my guess is that he didn’t imagine that the doors would be impossible to break through. He likely also felt that the injuries of the owner may have been more extensive than Corey’s, and felt the need to prioritize helping him. 

At the end of the day, he followed his gut in a split-second, trying to make the best decisions for everyone, and there’s not much more you can ask for when it comes to the person responding to a critical situation. 

He went back to the scene of the crime, retracing his steps an replaying the situation over and over in his brain, making himself feel guiltier, particularly when he found the keys under the shattered glass, which could have bought Corey the necessary time until the paramedics arrived, but that’s all hindsight and doesn’t change what happened. Atwater can learn from it, but he needs to let himself move on for his mental health, especially as Voight pointed out that there is no handbook on who you should save first. 

Atwater’s regret aside, the episode was action-packed as they tried to identify the two robbers, who were leaving behind a trail of victims during their heists. The key person to helping them make a break in the case was Teresa. They knew she saw one of the suspects as there was video footage of her looking him in the face before he put his mask on, but when confronted, Teresa insisted that there was a “glare” and she saw nothing.

Considering the suspects took off with every victim’s driver’s license, I’m not surprised Teresa chose to stay quiet as she feared retaliation against her family. She already lost her husband, and she didn’t want to put her husband in harm’s way. 

While Voight’s tactics of pushing her to talk or charging her with obstruction of justice may have seemed harsh, it was necessary to motivate her to help them make a break in the case. (I’ll be honest, I first thought that Teresa was keeping the suspect’s identity a secret because it was someone she knew/someone connected to her son, so I was glad that wasn’t the case.) 

But the sad reality is that even if she hadn’t identified the suspect, they could’ve still come for her to silence her since they knew that she saw one of their faces, which is exactly what happened. They didn’t care if she sold them out—if she could, she needed to be taken care of. Working with the police and giving them what they needed sooner may have ensured her safety as they could’ve caught the bad guys, but I’m also not surprised that there’s a distrust of police, in general, but also specifically for Teresa.

Teresa felt betrayed by Atwater since he didn’t save her husband—it’s all she could focus on. Not to mention that even though Atwater told her that they would have units watching her house until the bad guys were caught, he couldn’t guarantee her safety as the moment one of the suspects broke into her home, no one was stationed outside of her home because they were switching shifts. They dropped the ball, and if it wasn’t for Atwater’s quick thinking, it could’ve cost her and her son their lives. 

Atwater went above and beyond on the case, as he felt a sense of responsibility to the family, but he also found himself with conflicting emotions after he shot Aiden and asked Teresa for assistance with putting pressure on the wound, which she refused to do because “he didn’t deserve to live while her husband died.”

And, quite honestly, as a victim who is grieving a major loss and feels betrayed, I totally get where she’s coming from. This is a man who killed her husband and who broke into her home to kill her and her child without a second thought. If Atwater wasn’t there, he wouldn’t have shown her any mercy, so why did she have to take the high road in this case? 

On the other hand, Atwater is not in a position to pick and choose who he saves. He has sworn to serve and protect—so while he stopped the suspect from hurting someone else, he also has to render aid and do everything to prevent the suspect from dying. Atwater did his job, even if the outcome wasn’t fair. And honestly, when is life ever fair? 

As we’ve seen time and time again on Chicago PD, there are many inner struggles that come with being a cop, and no one feels guilter, harbors more regret, or is harder on themselves than the cops that find themselves in those tricky situations, toeing the line between right, wrong, and necessary. 

Thankfully for all of us, Atwater has always excelled in those storylines, rising to the occasion every single time. 

What did you think of the episode? 

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Is ‘Chicago PD’ New Tonight? Everything We Know About Season 11 Episode 5

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Chicago PD fans, you’re going to have to wait an additional week until new episodes return to NBC.

The police drama will not air a brand new episode tonight (February 14, 2024) as the show is skipping a week before airing a new episode, likely due to Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday cutting into potential live audiences. In its place, the network will be airing a rerun of the season 11 premiere episode

Chicago PD Season 11 Episode 5 will return to your TV on Wednesday, February 21, 2024. 

Thankfully, a synopsis for the next episode has already been revealed, along with a teaser, so fans can know what to expect. The wait will be worth it as the episode, titled “Split Second,” will be the first of the season to focus on Det. Kevin Atwater (played by LaRoyce Hawkins), who always delivers an outstanding performance!

Here’s the official episode tease: “Atwater turns to an unlikely source of support when a string of jewellery store robberies shakes his confidence.”

For now, check out the trailer for the next episode below:

Chicago P.D. airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on NBC.

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