Chicago P.D. 2×08 “Assignment of the Year” Recap

Spoilers Ahead

This episode’s quick pace and hilarious drive made for an eventful, classic Chicago P.D. episode.

Episode Summary: When Asher’s murdered with Antonio on the job, Layla’s one of the suspects. Antonio’s on the brink of divorce. Halstead and Lindsay go undercover to see if they can figure out who’s committed the crime from the sex club. Olinsky forges a document which indicates that Antonio’s been working undercover with Asher as opposed to it being a side job.

Review | Analysis: It’s no surprise by now that my favorite episodes are the ones that showcase just how far the teams willing to go for one another. Thus, that final scene at the station with Antonio, Olinsky, and Voight goes down as one of my favorites.

I’m glad we’re finally given some information on what’s going with Antonio and his wife. She wants a divorce, but he’s still upset over the fact that everything he’s done is for his wife and kids. Understandable. The thing is, if Antonio or anyone for that matter, wants something bad enough, they’ll fight for it. It’s an incredibly complicated matter because both he and his wife have a point in their arguments. She’s presumably upset over the fact that he continuously chooses work over their family, while he states that everything he does is to provide for them, and plus, he saves lives, that’s got to be commended as well. Hopefully, it’s just a temporary state of confusion and downfall. At the end of the day, it doesn’t even seem as though they’re trying to make it work and that work, is something the audience should be given a glimpse of.

Most importantly, it’s interesting that in an episode where Lindsay was once again offered a job to lead her own force, we were shown just how much this unit has each other’s backs. As I’ve said before, the familial aspect of this unit is so incredible, who would ever want to leave? Antonio could’ve lost his job because of the felon Asher was, but Olinsky and Voight took a huge risk with writing the document in order to keep him on the team. Fingers crossed it doesn’t come to bite them later on. That final moment where gratitude was given was so poignantly and powerfully delivered, I almost had tears in my ears. This family is my second favorite dynamic on television right now and in three weeks, we’ll see them come together for one another once more.

I’m really glad that the storyline with Asher has finished; from the moment it began, it had bad news written all over it. It was bound to blow up one way or another, and I’m glad it happened sooner rather than later. While his wife is involved in a few ways, she’s made it so no one would catch her. Terry, a worker at the sex club she and Asher would frequently visit, is the one who who was convicted as well.

Something that really stuck out this week was Burgess mentioning her indifference towards becoming a member of the Intelligence unit. She then begins to defend Roman to Atwater by saying that he’s a noble cop. It’s great that she sees the good in him (I’ve got to give him props for apologizing this week), but there are things about him that still have me second guessing, and this very scene is a reason for it. Often times when something or someone is defended in a moment like this, there’s more that meets the eye. Roman’s a character who hasn’t exactly shown the greatest form of nobility; hence, I’m wondering if something will occur next week that really shows his true colors. Additionally, I’m hoping that Burgess’ choice has nothing to do with the fact that she and Ruzek are dating – they could still maintain the secret cover if she’s up there with them.

There’s are many things that make the English nerd in me want to instantly happy dance and a perfectly framed scene is one of those things. When trying to decide who’s going to go undercover at the sex club, Voight declares that it must be a couple then pairs Halstead and Linstead together. (Oh, Voight, aren’t you the one who’s on their case about keeping it professional? You aren’t exactly helping.) Then there’s Halstead’s momentary confidence which shifts into nervousness complicated by complete and utter thrill about being paired with Lindsay. When it comes to Lindsay, Halstead’s a kid in a candy store – there’s no other way to describe it and it’s always a delight to watch. Bush and Soffer have such phenomenal chemistry when it comes to partner scenes, how could they not be fun to watch?

Chicago PD resumes in three weeks. What are your thoughts on this week’s episode?

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