Chicago P.D. 2×06 “Prison Ball” Recap

Spoilers Ahead

Prison Ball did a marvelous job of reminding its viewers of how far the intelligence unit is willing to take their job.

Episode Summary: When an innocent 10-year-old girl is murdered because she was a known witness in a case, Atwater and Ruzek go undercover at the local prison in order to figure out who put out the kill order from inside. Lindsay questions whether or not she should take the job with the task force. Roman finally reveals his issues with Olinsky.

Review | Analysis: The most moving part of this week’s episode is the fact that it once again solidified the importance of family, and not just in house, but on the streets as well. It reminded its viewers of how incredibly invested these group of individuals are in making the world around them a better place, and it’s exactly what I feel makes this show so wonderful. There’s never such a thing as too much heart and Chicago PD brings a great deal of it episode after episode.

For starters, whether it’s on television or in the real world, seeing children lose their lives is never easy. Additionally, LaRoyce Hawkins is finally given an opportunity to shine as Atwater and his performances were nothing short of outstanding. It’s great that we got to see where his heart lies and the entities that trigger his fierceness most.

There aren’t many things as great as a solid friendship; therefore, even though Burgess and Atwater are no longer partners, it’s nice to see that they’re still active in each other’s lives outside of week. I loved that little moment with Burgess and his sister because it showed a unique kind of closeness that I feel we could never see enough of. Friendships should always be celebrated and for Burgess to take care of Atwater’s sister was a nice bit from the characters. Frankly, I cannot wait until Burgess is up with the Intelligence unit because I’d love to see her work alongside them because she most certainly deserves to.

Speaking of Burgess, I’m still not too attached Roman as her partner. Their assignment this week was to essentially inspire juveniles to turn their lives around and become cops. While I admired Roman’s decision to let them go despite the fact that they’d stolen a cop car and caused an enormous amount of chaos, the way he chooses to speak to Olinsky doesn’t let me respect him the way I do with the other cops. We learned that the reason he’s on edge with him so much is because during a heavy case, Olinsky chose to catch the bad guy as opposed to helping Roman’s partner who’s now paralyzed for life. Roman’s frustration is undoubtedly understandable, heck I’d be angry too if that were the case, but with a job like this, I feel cops must always grasp the fact that they are not invisible. They cannot always save every person while catching the bad guys at the same time. Sometimes, the unfortunate truth is that tragedies strike the good guys. Olinsky explained the fact that he would’ve done things the same way again because they did in fact catch the man responsible for numerous crimes that day. Ultimately, it’s a difficult situation to choose sides during because it’s pretty evident that both men had their heads in the right place at the time. However, the only thing that I wish is from here on out for Roman to understand that Olinsky cannot be held responsible for what’s occurred and as an older figure who’s been in the unit longer, he deserves to be respected.

The showdown at the prison reminded me so much of Prison Break and I hope I’m not the only one. I admired Atwater’s will to take the case on because he believes so much in justice, and he took the case incredibly personally. It’s admirable that he took it upon himself to comfort the child’s mother and to promise her that they’d get the guy. But most importantly, I love that as the audience we were able to see that he was willing to go to extreme lengths to find the murderer and that final fight sequence at the prison was the climax of his case. Hawkins delivered the entire scene extremely well but his shining moment wasn’t until after they were released. I don’t know what tugged on my heartstrings more, the scene where he told the young girl’s mother that they’d caught the guy who did it or the final scene with his little sister when he told her she meant the world to him. During both of them Hawkin’s brought the perfect amount of sincerity to Atwater’s character – it layered the character and showcased a great amount of heart from him we hadn’t seen before thus, allowing us to now see that he fits beautifully with this team of cops whose greatest assets are their hearts. I’m mostly proud of the fact that Hawkins was given a chance to play Atwater with a variety of complex emotions in one episode – he’s the one character and actor we hadn’t seen enough of; therefore, this episode was very much needed and hopefully one of the many that are to come.

In an episode heavily case and character focused, I loved that the scenes with Erin and Jay provided the necessary comedic relief. Once again, as far as friendships (and potential future relationships?) go, it’s no surprise that they’re my favorite duo on the show. What makes them so great is the honesty that grounds their partnership – when things go wrong or they’re uncertain of something, it’s easy to lean on the other for moral support. Knowing that Voight wouldn’t exactly take news of Erin leaving well, it’s understandable that she’d turn to Halstead first and seek his advice as the next closest person to her. And I love how shocked but utterly proud Jay was at the offer – we all know that the reality of the situation isn’t that he doesn’t believe in her, it’s plausible that it’s the fact that he’s the one who couldn’t go days without seeing her smiling face around. It’s adorable that it went from their usual playful banter to a perplexed Halstead believing that for a moment, she may really be taking the job. I’m not sure she’d actually take it even though it appears as though she may have at the end of the episode, but at the end of the day, what differentiates this unit from others is the fact that they operate as a family. That kind of familial bond that ties them all together isn’t something that can be broken or left. It’s what makes them so successful as cops and I feel that at the end of the day, that’s probably what’ll make or break Lindsay’s decision to take the job.

What are your thoughts on this week’s episode? What are you most excited to see during the crossover episodes next week? Remember we’re always open to discussions as long as they’re hate free.

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