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 – Kevin Atwater Faces a Troubling Ally From His Past (7×20)
It’s been a hot minute since we got a Kevin Atwater-focused episode, but it wasn’t surprising that he found himself torn and conflicted after being thrust into yet another black vs. blue debate.
Atwater has always known that when it comes to matters of black versus blue, there’s a bit of a gray area that doesn’t lean in his favor.
While I’ve been wanting the series to give Atwater the ability to explore different moral conflicts, at the same time, the episode was so powerful and relevant, that I can’t bring myself to complain.
It also sets up an interesting dynamic moving forward as it pins Atwater (with the backing of Intelligence) against high-ranking officials in the police force.
And it perfectly and necessarily highlights the corruption that goes on within an institution that should be (keyword) trusted by all citizens of different walks of life.
In my review of Chicago PD Season 6 Episode 13, I noted that whenever an episode focuses on Atwater, I find myself with this “pit-of-my-stomach anxiety that I can’t seem to shake,” and more than a year later, that still rings true.
As in previous episodes, LaRoyce Hawkins brought his best work to navigate a particularly layered and emotionally complex episode.
Atwater was forced to work alongside a troubling ally Tommy Doyle. You might remember him as the racist cop who previously pointed a gun at him when he was undercover, so we knew things were bound to get ugly. We just didn’t know how ugly.
Doyle went from being a street cop to a detective following his messy altercation with Atwater because clearly, Chicago rewards racist behavior.
Kenny assured Voight that the promotion was because Doyle was hard-working and didn’t have anything to do with the fact that he came from three generations of cops, but we know that’s not true.
His problematic behavior was excused and a blind eye was turned because of the people he knew.
Now, I’m not saying all of his friends and supporters are equally as racist as he is, but his father did make a rather questionable comment about Kevin’s “great Irish name,” so do with that what you will.
At first, Doyle and Atwater played nice. Doyle apologized for what happened in the past (which Atwater forgave but did not forget) and even jumped in to save Atwater’s life while undercover by standing in front of a gun.
Atwater is a good, professional cop who always puts aside his personal conflicts, so it wasn’t surprising that they swiftly took down the head of the illegal gun-trafficking ring.
Doyle figured the win called for a celebration and despite Atwater’s objections, the two went to grab “one beer.”
Man, I wish Atwater just went home to have the chill night that he had planned instead.
At first, I couldn’t figure out where the storyline was headed when Doyle began bringing up the past during their drive.
One thought was that Doyle simply putting on an act and would try to lash out at Atwater when they were alone.
Chicago PD Review – Ruzek Witnesses a Kidnapping (7×19)
Intelligence brought their A-game on Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 19 as a twisted case left audiences questioning which father was the good father.
Both Wade and Gary were trying to find their children, and initially, it was difficult to see which father was doing the right thing.
From the outside looking in, Gary’s situation did not look good since he orchestrated a kidnapping to find his son, Dylan, and held Charlotte at gunpoint.
When he initially reached out for help, the cops immediately wrote him off because his son had a history of drug abuse and mental health issues.
It’s the same argument that Wade tried to make to discredit Dylan. He called him a “troubled kid” who was making up stories and even said that Gary was trying to blackmail and shake him down.
Also, let me point out that PD’s portrayal of the detective that presided over Gary’s missing person’s report was your classic slimebag in some knock off ’80s looking detective suit.
It was hilarious in contrast to Atwater and Rojas, two detectives who understand the plight of the underprivileged and less fortunate.
It’s the very reason why they didn’t immediately believe Wade was a saint simply because he had money and looked presentable.
The first warning sign about Wade was that he said he was living a good and “honest” life while still being considered the “richest man in Chicago.”
Intelligence has been in this business long enough to know that when you see a man who owns a furniture store and lives in a mansion, you should be a little skeptical.
There were a few likely scenarios that I thought would come into play like Wade being involved in some shady criminal activity or owing someone money.
Turns out, he was involved in something shady, but it wasn’t the kind of shady I imagined.
While Wade seemed like a worried and concerned father at first, the man lost all credibility when he lied to Voight about not knowing that his daughter was missing.
From that point on, Wade’s lies simply kept adding up until Voight had absolutely no reason to trust anything he said.
And for good reason. Wade’s main goal wasn’t to find his daughter or to save her, it was to protect himself and his secret. It’s exactly why he entrusted his own security guard to find Charlotte rather than getting the cops involved.
He knew if he called the cops, they would find out the truth.
It was shocking to see how many lies Wade would spin when the truth was already out there: he killed a man so that he wouldn’t be outed to his family.
You know it’s bad when the cops trust the kidnapper over you.
Wade was a disgrace of a man and father. He was going to allow someone to shoot his daughter so that he could keep his secret.
I can understand wanting to protect your family from the truth, but Wade’s secret was out already, there was no turning back, and simply telling the truth could have saved his daughter and ended this mess, and yet, he still couldn’t own up to it.
I kept thinking that the plot would take another twist and that Wade wouldn’t be responsible for Dylan’s murder, but sadly, that never happened.
Chicago PD Review – Rojas and Upton Get In Trouble with Voight (7×18)
We finally got an Upton and Rojas team up on Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 18, but it wasn’t what any of us were expecting.
Both ladies tried to take matters into their own hands and ended up on Voight’s bad side, which, if you remember from my review of Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 17, is not a pleasant side.
While Rojas had a few anxiety-inducing missteps this episode, which largely stemmed from a loved one being involved in a major case, much of Voight’s anger was directed at Upton.
And she deserved it.
I don’t know what got into her, but where was the Upton who always keeps Halstead in check?
Instead, she got personally involved in the case because she wanted to help Rojas and made an extreme decision that triggered Voight. (Fans were probably pleased to see that he’s still got it!)
Voight was upset for a few reasons. For starters, because Upton was a superior who should have known better.
And unlike Rojas, who immediately acknowledged that what she did was wrong and apologized, Upton never felt bad about it.
She naively assumed she had the same authority as Voight.
Her judgment was clouded by her desire to put Gael away and get Reyes the deal, so she did what she had to do and planted fake evidence without showing any remorse.
While Gael deserved what was coming, it wasn’t Upton’s place to plant evidence merely to get justice. That sets a dangerous precedent.
Cops need to be held to a standard and uphold a moral code. If Upton is so comfortable crossing this line because it benefits her and a friend, will she be able to see the line the next time around?
If she had done it with Voight’s permission, it would have been a slightly different story since Voight would have taken the rap. Plus, he’s in a position to make such calls, but she specifically went behind his back and made the decision herself without even looping him in.
Then, instead of owning up to it, she explained that she thought it was what “he would have done” knowing damn well she kept it a secret because Voight wouldn’t have allowed such behavior.
Voight has never wanted his unit to go down the same path he has, and I love that he didn’t think twice about showing her tough love.
It shows that there are some rules he won’t break, but also, that he cares enough about Upton to intervene.
Now, I don’t watch Law & Order: SVU, but it would be really great if she actually got to guest-starred on an episode since he volunteered her to the New York team. Does anyone know if that’s happening?
Since Rojas was personally involved in the case, it made us automatically more invested in the plot because the stakes were higher.
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