Picking up where Chicago Fire left off, with Detectives Lindsay and Halstead en route to New York City after finding pornographic images in the house of a fire victim, Andrew Lewellen. In NYC, Benson finds a link between the images found in the fire and a known video ring that’s been sex trafficking children for over a decade. The pedophilia club is still active and has updated to live streaming child abuse. The plan is to find Teddy to get more information, but he was last seen as a child.
At the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the team watches a video from the Chess & Checkers club of a boy handcuffed to a bed with an off-camera man telling club members they can call in special requests for what to do to Henry. The video is located on the deep web and is basically untraceable. Fin finds a mug shot that matches age-progressed photos of Teddy of a kid named Ted arrested five years back for solicitation. The last place he was seen was at a youth center. When Fin and Amaro speak with the center’s director, she leads them to Jocelyn Hale, a girl Teddy was friends with. Rollins and Halstead track her down at her high school; she’s a success story and has left the life of prostitution behind. She hasn’t seen Teddy in years but last she heard he was still working the piers as a prostitute.
At the piers, Rollins and Amaro encounter a man dressed in club clothes and makeup. They bring him back to the station and Lindsay recognizes him as her brother. He’s angry with her and doesn’t want to talk but he is arrested for possession of drugs. Lindsay is wracked with guilt over not hunting for her brother when he first disappeared, but Benson reminds her she was only 15 years old – what was she supposed to do? Benson talks with Teddy and explains that the same people who did terrible things to him when he was 13 are doing the same things to other kids right now and she needs his help finding them. He refuses to talk, and when she mentions Jocelyn, he totally shuts down. So Rollins and Amaro revisit Jocelyn to try to get more info. When they tell her that he was a victim of a sex trafficking ring 10 years ago, she freaks out and runs off. They didn’t just know each other from the streets – she was also a victim of the Chess & Checkers club. After going through footage of Jocelyn, the detectives realize one of the guys who raped her was none other than Teddy.
Teddy admits to SVU that he was the one in the video. But he also says it was his idea, he knew they would send in someone older and rougher if he didn’t have sex with Jocelyn. She was his friend and he was trying to protect her. After that, they turned him out on his own because he aged out, which is how he ended up on the street. He doesn’t remember much about where he was held and who held him, but he does recall one middle-aged white guy who everyone was scared of. He said the way they got to him in the first place was when he went to the youth center for the first time. George, the security guard, told him there was a way out.
The youth center director confirms that George has been working with the center for years and befriends the kids. He was especially close with a boy who he claimed ran away a week ago – Henry. Benson, Halstead and Lindsay chase him down, but during the chase, Lindsay collides with a biker and ends up in the hospital with a concussion. When she wakes up, Voight is there to send her back to Chicago. He meets with Benson to get caught up. They have only a few hours before the Chess & Checkers live show starts with Henry as its unwilling star. Amaro and Rollins are in the box interrogating George when Voight barges in to do things his way which means knocking out the guy till he bleeds. Benson pulls him out and puts him in his place. George finally admits he was paid to send young actorss to a guy who he doesn’t know.
Later, Voight and Teddy come face to face and Voight apologizes for not taking better care of him. But there’s no time to reminisce – they need to find the room Henry is being held in. Teddy is a dead end, and Jocelyn doesn’t want to relive her abuse, so Voight suggests going undercover to guilt Jocelyn into talking. Benson and Voight pose as Henry’s parents and beg Jocelyn to help the investigation. She reluctantly agrees. When Jocelyn and Teddy are reunited at the station, the memories start flooding back. Jocelyn recognizes the room Henry is being held in, and remembers driving over a long bridge to get there – likely in Staten Island. She recognizes the name of the live stream host as Bob and Teddy recalls his last name as Clinton. The team searches for Bob Clintons in Staten Island with grey SUVs as the live stream countdown ticks down.
Rollins sends Benson and Voight to follow up on a lead while she and Halstead watch the live stream as Henry is prepped for the show when the team breaks in and stops the show. Fin, Amaro, Benson and Voight bring in the four men running the live stream. But just when they think it’s over, Rollins finds a new live stream scheduled to start tomorrow. The club is still in business – from another location. Voight and Benson interrogate Clinton, trying to find his boss, the snakehead. Clinton knows things, but refuses to help without full immunity. SVU is going to think about it, but until then, Clinton’s heading to the Tombs.
The next morning, while waiting for the DA to discuss making a deal with Clinton, Benson gets a call. Clinton was killed while in protective custody in the Tombs by an inmate named Lester Davis. Lester’s girlfriend made a call to him early in the morning and an hour later, Clinton was shivved. The night before, she got a call and then was wired money. Someone paid for her boyfriend to make sure Clinton couldn’t talk. The call came from a throwaway cell, but they do know it was purchased in Chicago. Just then, Voight gets a call from Lindsay to inform him that Andrew Lewellen and the cop guarding him were both shot to death twenty minutes earlier.
This all leads to the final episode of the three part crossover series.
Chicago P.D. They’ll Have To Go Through Me:
Chicago PD Review – Trouble Dolls (8×13)
It’s been a rough season for Kim Burgess, but after Chicago PD Season 8 Episode 13, it seems like things are finally starting to look up for her.
Any time an episode focuses on Burgess, you know it’s going to be good.
Marina Squerciati continues to deliver outstanding performances on both a personal and professional level for Burgess.
The episode had it all: it touched upon Burgess’s work-life balance, addressed Makayla’s struggles with adjusting to her new life, and dealt Burgess and Ruzek’s falling out following the fight on Chicago PD Season 8 Episode 10.
It’s almost as if the writers read our concerns and addressed the storylines we’ve been wanting to see.
It also shows that the series can juggle storylines that tackle both the personal and professional aspects of a character’s life in one episode.
Now, let’s give everyone a life outside of work because it allows for stronger storylines all around.
Initially, Burgess and Makayla’s home life seemed pretty great (how cute was that little at-home play?), but soon, it became clear that Makayla was suffering trauma as a result of what happened in her life.
I’m so glad the series didn’t just gloss over that part because it would’ve been unrealistic.
Makayla watched her whole family get murdered by the father that also hunted her down. That’s not something you just get over.
She may not fully comprehend the weight of what happened, but she’ll feel the effects of that loss for the rest of her life.
And while it’s great that she has someone in her corner like Burgess who wants to protect her and make her feel safe and loved, there’s no denying that Burgess’s job is dangerous.
As the therapist pointed out, Burgess may leave her work life at the door, but Makayla has seen her with a gun.
To some extent, she knows that if something were to happen to Burgess, she’s all alone once again.
Burgess is her person.
Burgess was in denial by thinking that she didn’t need to assign a custodial guardian for Makayla.
Deep down inside, she wanted to pretend that everything would be okay, but she was ignoring the fact that she has a high-risk job.
Every time that she responds to a call — in uniform or not — she’s putting her life at risk.
I love that the emotionally heartbreaking case helped Burgess make the right decision.
She had a close call with a suspect after a bullet gently grazed her jacket, but it was a brutal reminder that the situation could’ve been much worse.
Intelligence deals with the toughest cases and pursues the worst criminals, and Burgess’s life is always on the line.
After everything that Makayla has been through, she deserves a backup.
And there’s no one more fitting than Ruzek.
We knew he would be Burgess’s go-to — after all, he was going to be the father of her child — but it still allowed for a tender moment between the two and what seemed like the beginning of a reconciliation.
Even though Burgess questioned Ruzek’s character, which strained the foundation of their relationship, we knew he would say yes.
He’s always there for Burgess because they have an unbreakable bond.
Chicago PD Review – Due Process (8×12)
Finally, an episode dedicated entirely to Voight!
First thing’s first, Chicago PD Season 8 Episode 12 was a brutal reminder to always make sure you’re getting into the correct rideshare.
Always check the license plate and share your location with friends! You can never be too careful.
The case-heavy episode found Intelligence pursuing a serial rapist and killer that was recently released from jail.
And it gave us Voight at his best.
Despite every bone in his body telling him to throw Caleb Hoff into a cage and mess him up, Voight remained calm (for the most part) and level-headed, which allowed him to put the guy away for good.
Kenny’s car can’t say the same, but it’s better if Voight unloads his frustration out on an object rather than a person in this case.
Intelligence had to be very careful with how they handled the case because Hoff recently won a lawsuit against the city for police misconduct.
The detective working his case, Lisa Martinez, used force on his roommate to search his room and get evidence, which obviously meant that his case was thrown out.
Police brutality is never encouraged, but this was an example of a situation where the monster walked free because of a technicality.
Chicago PD Review & Interview – Tracy Spiridakos on Big #Upstead Moment (8×11)
Upton’s childhood trauma bubbled up to the surface on Chicago PD Season 8 Episode 11.
This isn’t the first time the series has touched upon Upton’s past, but audiences were able to get a better grasp at the hell she went through while growing up in a household of domestic abuse.
Up until now, she never fully confronted how it affected her into adulthood.
On Chicago PD Season 8 Episode 3, Upton couldn’t even bring herself to visit her father after he suffered a heart attack.
The truth is, she’s been running from her past for her whole life, but the trauma has finally caught up with her and it’s significantly affecting every aspect of her life including her career and her promising, new relationship.
And she’s beginning to realize that if she lets this bruised part of herself continue to get in the way, it could jeopardize everything she’s ever cared about.
The case was solid with or without an anchor to Upton’s personal life as the outcome wasn’t obvious. Also, how gruesome was that scene of the mother with her teeth pulled out and her fingertips burnt off?
Upton responded to a call that involved a young child who has endured a lifetime of emotional and physical abuse.
She immediately felt drawn to the little girl, Becca, as she saw herself in her pained yet hopeful face.
And Upton went to great lengths to help her. On one hand, her determination played a key role in solving the case, but on the other hand, it was dangerous because she was willing to break the rules and go against Voight’s orders.
Since she was fueled by emotion, she wasn’t thinking clearly, which made it easy for her to misstep and cross a line.
Throughout the episode, I wanted to shake Upton and tell her to snap out of it, but she was so focused. It almost felt like she thought she could save herself by saving Becca.
Coming from a dysfunctional family gives Upton good instincts. Her personal involvement in the case is largely the reason Intelligence found Becca in time.
However, it also forced her to reassess her approach.
After her heart-to-heart with Voight, Upton realized that she couldn’t go on like this and pretend that her past wasn’t seeping into her present.
A childhood fueled by control, manipulation, betrayal, and abuse also made it hard for Upton to form a real connection with another person.
Even before she took on the case, Upton bolted right after Halstead said the L-word.
While it’s a huge moment in their relationship, for Upton, it was a trigger because she’s only ever known a dysfunctional level of love.
Whenever someone would say “I love you,” there was always a catch. So, when Halstead said it, she was waiting for the other foot to drop.
Instead of allowing herself to get hurt, she wanted to beat him to the punch and run the other way.
That’s why her eventual decision to open up to Halstead and be vulnerable and transparent about her fears and insecurities was a huge step.
I love that Halstead didn’t try to “fix” Upton; He simply listened to what she needed while promising to be patient and stay by her side.
I wasn’t completely sold on #TeamUpstead prior to this episode because I’m used to the relationships on this series crumbling for one reason or another, but I’m digging the direction that this is going in.
Not every relationship starts in the honeymoon phase, and it’s clear Halstead cares enough about her to support her and help her get to a good point.
Hopefully, the series continues with the storyline and doesn’t drop Upton’s emotional turmoil.
We don’t need a whole episode dedicated to her working through her issues, but it would be nice to see some continuity whenever #Upstead’s relationship gets future screen time.
We got to chat with Tracy Spiridakos, who plays Hailey Upton, about the game-changing episode!
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