There was a shotgun killing spree on this weeks Chicago PD, which involved all of Voight’s old mobster friends. Voight’s back story and history is one we’ve always questioned and after last weeks reveal about how he played internal affairs to get his job and made a deal to act like a bad guy, he’s getting the cold shoulder. Especially from Erin who feels a little betrayed. What is his actual commitment to the job? Although from the looks of it, it seems like he’s really in it to just serve and protect, only covering up for those closest to him. He hasn’t done anything “bad” or “illegal” in a while… he just knows how to get what he wants.
He gets emotionally involved in this case, which ends up taking an interesting and unexpected turn. There are 3 murders halfway through the episode, of guys who were all connected to each other. Initially, intelligence thinks the murderer was a father who was involved with these men, getting money for his laundry business. They cornered him in the hospital, where he was sitting by his wife’s side– she had tried committing suicide because of all the pressure of losing the business. Traces back to his name revealed he hadn’t purchased a shotgun.
In the meantime another murder occurs, and this time, there’s a witness left behind in the trunk of the car. The young girl watched her father get murdered by a young man in a hoodie, before he turned the shotgun at her, ultimately locking her in the trunk. Sketches revealed that the shooter was actually the man’s 17-year-old son. The squad drove over to the last victims house, Enrio, a man Voight tried to use for help earlier, but wasn’t met with open arms. Tough falling out. He was still alive, his arm only injured. Halsted was cornered by the young man in a tense moment. Thankfully, the kid didn’t shoot, and Halsted, Atwater and Lindsay tried chasing him down, losing him on the train tracks. That was a close moment wasn’t it? They have such a quick bounce back rate they don’t even sit down to think about how dangerous what they did just was– it’s always onto the next one.
The kid stole a car and drove back to the hospital, where he was standing with the shotgun pointed at anyone who came near him. Halstead took it upon himself to beg the kid to lower his weapon, bravely stepping out in front of it, without his weapon on him. He explained that he knew what this kid was feeling, that they wouldn’t try him as an adult, all things that were pretty much lies. But hey, at least they get the job done right? The kid is arrested, and all is well in Chicago…. for like 30-minutes.
Erin meets with her mother again, who is just ecstatic about being clean for 7-months and getting married to this new, great man. She’s not really in it to fix her relationship with her daughter, so Erin Erin doesn’t empathize letting her mother know that she’s been down this “I’m clean” road before. She reminds her of a time when she was 9 when she saw her mother overdosed on the floor. The story is tragic, and kind of gives viewers a glimpse into why Erin is the way she is. She recalled carrying her mother into a bath-tub full of ice-cubes to help her sober up, knowing she couldn’t call CPD because CPS would take her away. When she woke up, all she said was “get me my cigarettes,” hence the title for the episode. A sad story, to which her mom replied basically saying that they shouldn’t re-hash the past. Erin soon realized her mother only wanted to meet with her so that the new husband wasn’t wondering why she didn’t talk to her adult daughter. Some things never change.
I feel like the other characters story lines have been put on the back burner this season as we focus a lot on the crime and murders of Chicago. There are a lot I know, but I want to see some development with Rozek and Burgess. When will everyone finally find out? Will it ruin her chances at intelligence? How is Nadia fitting into her new position? How is Olinsky’s daughter doing after her crime-witness situation? And what about Antonio and his family. The concentration has been solely on Voight, Lindsey and Halstead, which I don’t mind, but I need more. A show with so many characters is tricky.
The shocker came towards the end of the episode. Since last week we’ve known Halstead in a lot of danger! He has a million dollar bounty on his head. That hasn’t stopped him from working the streets and going out to drink by himself late at night. He’s a brave soul that one. After Lindsay’s meeting with her mother, she meets Jay at the bar. She briefly teases him about sleeping with the bartender, although he likes to call it playing scrabble, but he actually has a favor. His apartment was broken into, probably a result of the bounty, and he needs a place to crash until the drama subsides. Erin agrees that he can stay at her place, and the two share a brief moment, before a man walks in shooting directly at Halstead. Erin acts quickly, yells for him to get down, grabs her weapon and begins shooting back. Halstead avoids a bullet, but the bartender isn’t so lucky, getting hit in the neck. The man gets away unfortunately, which leads us into the captivating and heart racing promo for next week.
Halstead feels like he’s at fault for the bartenders near-death experience, and puts himself at risk in order to face the men that want his head on a stick… signing off papers that he went on his own free will so intelligence isn’t reliable. This obviously won’t go over good, since felons cannot be trusted. We see Erin freak out saying “We need to get him out of there” before a car flips over. JAY! Really, who is letting him do such crazy shit? We need him alive you know!
Chicago PD Season Finale Review – The Other Side (8×16)
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.
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.
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.
Chicago Med Season Finale Review – Dr. Choi Gets Shot (6×16)
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?
Chicago PD Review – The Right Thing (8×15)
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?
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.
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