Tonight’s episode, friends is what I like to call a fantastic new year comeback. I can’t remember the last time I loved an episode of Chicago P.D. this much.
Episode Summary: When the Intelligence units visits the house Burgess was shot, they learn it’s been rigged with explosiveness all over. Voight decides it’s time to change his rule about in-house romances (really, sir? right after Lindsay leaves, too?). Erin gets a little help from the FBI to figure out who’s behind the traps set up at the house and whether or not it’s a political issue. After two surgeries Burgess recovers to news of a promotion, and all’s calm until next week.
Review | Analysis: What’s better than an action packed character driven episodes where respect is shown and “I love you’s” are exchanged? Frankly, not many things in the world of television – in my opinion at least.
Sometimes I find myself not too impressed with cases and I suppose that’s natural because not every little thing is going to be exciting, but this week’s case was an adventure on its own. I tend to like the things that keep me on the edge of my seat, and that’s exactly what happened this week. “Shouldn’t Have Been Alone” was a well balanced episode that was both interesting to watch and left me engulfed with emotions.
Amy Morton continuously floors me with the gorgeous way she plays Platt’s vulnerability. There’s a brief moment where her voice not only cracks as she attempts to keep everything together, but you can catch her shaking and I found that addition to be a marvelous form of showcasing just how deeply she cares for the cops in her unit. It’s always fascinating to watch certain characters deal with the difficulties of someone’s life being on the line. And it’s safe to mention that it’s never not going to make me sad how horribly Platt’s treated sometimes. At the end of the day, while she’s the one picking on everyone, nothing’s more obvious than the fact that it’s all a form of defense for her. This week she tells Ruzek the story of when she was shot. It was lovely of her to commend Ruzek on being there for Burgess because although she taunts the two of them, she’s without a doubt the type of woman who doesn’t want the same fate she’s had for someone else.
Interestingly, Platt wasn’t the only character to impress me this week, but I finally saw the one thing that had been missing in Roman’s character all this time – heart. While it definitely wasn’t fun to watch his heart break at the conception that he’s responsible because she’s his partner and he should’ve been there to protect her, it was an excellent way of the show demonstrating that he too is actually a genuinely caring being. It’s something I had desperately wanted to see in his character and finally seeing it has allowed me to grow a good amount of respect for him. Brian Geraghty did such a great job of exhibiting true remorse and sadness. Once they visit the house again, the alarm on a car across the street goes off and it takes them a minute to learn they’re connected and Ruzek’s life is on the line. When Roman warns Ruzek, his first reaction is to showcase his anger over the fact that no one protected Burgess the night before. Ruzek’s reaction was understandable and interestingly so was Roman’s statement about not fighting with him. That, friends is fine character development. And it’s about time.
My initial concern with Ruzek and Burgess’ relationship was the fact that I felt we hadn’t seen enough fighting from Ruzek’s end, but this week, Flueger did an excellent job of authenticating just how much Adam really loves Kim. Subtlety is key to manifesting inner emotions sometimes and the meticulous acting choices made this week by Flueger as Ruzek fought with himself to appear strong when he’s never been more vulnerable was fantastic. Sometimes, we don’t realize how deeply we care for someone until they’re almost taken from us and it’s great that he’s finally showing that Burgess isn’t just a woman he’s physically drawn too. It’s no longer the excitement that presumably came from sneaking around but genuine love. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about Voight’s change of heart even though I’m thrilled about Burgess finally getting promoted to a detective. It’s been a long time coming and she’s deserved it for a while now. Burgess definitely didn’t deserve to get shot, but it seems that as cops, you’re somehow cooler when you do and live to tell the tale. At least it leaves room to brag right? It’s inevitable with a job like this and thankfully she gets to talk about it as opposed to losing her life to it. I’m too fond of her character to ever see her die so thankfully we don’t have to worry about that. And now, I’ve officially been sold to Adam and Kim as a couple – here’s to hoping it lasts, and grows just as stunningly as it did in this episode. It was great that “Shouldn’t Have Been Alone” allowed for them to explore parts of their feelings they probably wouldn’t have this soon if it weren’t for the circumstances.
I honestly never imagined I’d respect and love Voight as much as I do now when the show first started. Jason Beghe has does such a phenomenal job of demonstrating that behind the tough exterior is a loving man who wholeheartedly cares. And it’s always lovely to watch him commend his unit when they do something great. While I don’t think Lindsay will be gone forever, I found it incredible that he offered her spot to Burgess since it’s so dear to him. And I also hope she’ll stick around even when Lindsay returns.
While I’m glad Voight’s had a change of heart, a part of me is also irked because everyone and their mother knows I can’t help but root for Halstead and Lindsay. Here’s the thing: I’m well aware that this is a cop drama and a love story isn’t exactly necessary. It’s actually why I had a difficult time reviewing the first season because I found the “love triangle” between Severide, Lindsay, and Jay unnecessary. If we’re going to through love into a series like this, I feel it’s most interesting for it to be real – no typical tropes to take away from the core story. Don’t tease something, if it’s not going anywhere.
That said, Halstead and Lindsay are a duo that have been developed from the beginning and at this point, they’re a “couple” that would work exceptionally well on this show. If this means that they’ll someday be able to date while in the same unit, then I’m all for Voight’s change of heart.
The only thing this episode was missing was a bit more of Atwater, Antonio, and Olinsky. Although that brief scene with Olinsky and Lindsay was a beautiful touch, and a needed addition as she bid her farewells to everyone.
And when Lindsay returns to get the flask Olinsky gave her, the last person she says “bye” to is pretty much in denial that she’s leaving. Jay’s feelings have always been so fascinating to me because Jesse Lee Soffer does such an excellent job of effortlessly switching from the playful banter to exhibiting sincere adoration. Before they embrace he states that the reason she came back is most definitely because she didn’t get a goodbye hug from him. Shocking that he’d say this isn’t it? (Nope, not really). But the best part of this is that he never answers her question about leaving too quickly when he heard the news. It’s easier to mask pain with humor. Halstead’s feelings for Lindsay have always been obvious, but nothing screamed louder than their shared scene this week. He’d not only miss her as his partner, but he valued little things such as helping her put her vest on correctly (although let’s be real, Lindsay’s got this). It’s evident that at the end of the day, he’d just miss being in her presence. That’s why it made sense for him not to state that he left because he didn’t want to watch her leave. It made sense for him to turn it into a joke before exhibiting just how much he longs for her and how it breaks him that she’s no longer his partner. And when he says “I’m gonna miss you” after he lets her go,you know he truly will – he already does.
They no longer work together next week and if one day is actually sooner than we think, there won’t be another man who’ll cherish Erin Lindsay as much as he. It’s also interesting to watch Erin’s reactions to all of this because while she’s been the one brushing him off constantly, the fact that she’s never said no, showcases that somewhere deep down, she’s considered it, too. And when they do finally get together, it’ll be glorious to watch them have each other’s backs on and off the field in ways they never have before.