“Disco Bob” made for another solid episode with a great plot, character development, and entertaining action.
Episode Summary: On tonight’s case, Wes Denton is accused of murdering his wife Lucy and their daughter Shelby while injuring their son Jordan even though he was able to run. As it turns it out, Sheby’s boyfriend Owen hired an ex con to steal their belongings without knowing that the family’s now struggling with money. After he panics he kills the mother and daughter and shoots their son Jordan. Halstead and Lindsay continue to explore their feelings. Ruzek has a heart to heart with his father. Burgess and Roman get back into the field together for the first time since the shooting.
Review | Analysis: The episode did a fantastic job of illuminating the importance of family. We were reminded that the people of Intelligence don’t just look out for one another on the field but off. And no matter what happens, they’re always welcomed and loved with one another.
The case was certainly an interesting one, but as always, nothing beats the show when it is focused on its main characters.
It’s great that we’re finally given a glimpse into Ruzek’s life. The show’s rarely focused on his family life and in order for us to really understand his character we need a glimpse into their life outside of Intelligence. While we got to meet his ex fiancé, nothing shows character like understanding what kind of a family a person comes from. Jack Coleman guest stars as Bob Ruzek, a local officer who isn’t exactly fond of Voight’s ways. Thanks to Alvin, we learn that ’once upon a cop party’ the two of them got into an argument over their positions in the police department. When the crime first occurred, Bob Ruzek’s team was the one who called it in and in the midst of the investigation we were able to see the differences in their way of operating. However, it was lovely to watch Alvin play the voice of reason – as always. Elias Koteas does such a great job of acting as the warm fatherly figure to all the agents, and it made a lot of sense for the story to come from him. Olinsky doesn’t beat around the bush, but he’s also not too harsh, so when it comes to delivering the truth, there’s a brilliant balance between vigor and placidity. He points out the fact that whether a cop wants to be someone who keeps the traffic running on the streets or a detective who does a lot more heavy work, it’s solely up to them. He didn’t need to blatantly point out that they’re both great in their own way because his delivery did just that. It doesn’t matter where you stand, as long as you’re part of the team who believes in justice regardless of what form it’s served in.
After an argument during the case, Adam asks his dad to meet him at a bar and we learn the real reason behind his position in the unit. Bob Ruzek chose to stay in uniform because being a father was more important than being a cop. He wanted the opportunity to spend as much time with his son as possible while receiving a solid paycheck. Admirable, Mr. Ruzek – very admirable. Again, it really doesn’t matter what kind of a ranking one has in the police department because at the end of the day, if they’re a good honest cop, then they’re contributing to the world in a fantastic way. It’s nice to know that Adam comes from a family who believes so highly in justice and the importance of spending time with your children. Clearly, the apple didn’t fall too far from the tree and it makes me excited to someday see how Adam would be as a father.
Since it’s Burgess’ first time being out on the field since the shooting, Roman is extra cautious and wanting to go everywhere with her. Understandable. At the end of the episode the two come to the conclusion that as long as they’re both worried about their partner the way they are, they cannot succeed on the field. A great partnership on the field has a lot to do with protecting yourself and your partner. Burgess and Roman have spent too much time arguing and not enough time learning how to be a team. However, it finally seems as though they’re close enough emotionally to understand how to work together in a way much stronger than before. At this point, they can protect one another without even trying. I absolutely love the fact that the vest Burgess was wearing at the time she was shot now hangs up at the bar. It was an incredible way of showing her that they’re not only proud of the kind of cop she is, but that they’re grateful she’s alive. It’s a way for everyone to know and commend her bravery and that’s pretty cool if you ask me.
Let’s now discuss how thankful I am that we no longer have to watch a group of over pompous men undermine Erin Lindsay and her gifts. First of all what kind of a supervisor leaves the group behind without even telling the “closest” person they work with? Lang was never a favorite of mine and that little bit just showcased how indifferent he really is towards everything that goes on. I don’t even want to get into his replacement who immediately hit on Lindsay then made the sexist comment about how she needs to come to Bolovia in order to keep another woman busy. I admire Lindsay for pulling through with them as much as she did, but at the end of the day, since she has the opportunity to do a lot more with people she loves, it was right for her to return to Intelligence.
As long as this show is on air, I’ll be sitting here discussing the beauty between each unique relationship. Voight’s not an affectionate man, but my oh my Jason Beghe slays when he manifests compassion. I love the way Voight cares for Lindsay and I love the way Lindsay respects Voight. Their father/daughter relationship is the greatest familial bond on the show at the moment and it was really nice to see how missed Lindsay truly was. Even more than that the fact that she was welcomed back in with open arms because he never really let go in the first place was far too sweet to ignore. It’s such a well-written relationship and I’m very excited to see what’s in store for the future.
Lastly, the new lovebirds and the issues that seem to be ending their fun too quickly. Lindsay and Halstead’s relationship is solid – on and off the field, they’ve got an incomparable understanding with one another followed by a strong benevolence for each other. It’s what makes their partnership exquisite. Apart from the gorgeous way they’re written, the fact that Sophia Bush and Jesse Lee Soffer are so good at playing opposites makes them believable – great writing shines when the actors exceed in their craft. And they’re so good at playing with their emotions that it’s so much fun to analyze. What made this episode so marvelous for fans of the duo is that in the midst of the aesthetically pleasing physical scenes, we got to see them wear their hearts on their sleeve.
Jay’s always shown his feelings – it’s the reason I’ve personally been drawn to them from the beginning. We’ve seen him come to her defense without hesitation, be there for her when she’s needed someone, and merely gazed at her from a distance with love exuding from his eyes as though she’s made of sunshine and rainbows. And while we’ve seen how immensely Erin cares for her partner as well, we’ve rarely seen her sincerely acknowledge him as anything more than a great friend/partner. Within these last few weeks however, Erin’s sarcastic replies and expressions are now present alongside a tender sincerity. I still can’t decide what’s more beautiful: the fact that it’s so effortless for them to be intimate because of their resilient partnership, or the fact that when it comes to each other, they’re always selfless.
Jay continues to prove that he’s pretty much made for her while Erin treats him with so much care. It’s vital to remember that the reason Voight’s been so against them as a couple is because he was worried Lindsay would break his heart. It’s also vital to remember that Jay’s wanted them to be something more from the very beginning. They’ve eased into this relationship with such grace that there’s ultimately no need for some kind of a validation. It’s beautiful to know that no matter how much it saddens him to part from her, he’d never keep her from rising higher. It’s also beautiful to know that no matter how much Erin cares and wants Jay, she wouldn’t want him to wait for her during such an unpredictable time. Bush and Soffer’s performances this week were even more excellent than last. It was a marvel to watch the actors showcase an extent of innermost longings through their poignantly meticulous expressions – sometimes, when it comes to Erin and Jay, words aren’t necessary to substantiate their feelings.
At this point, there’s no going back from the road they’re on, and I’m so excited to watch them sneak around. They’re the Monica and Chandler (F.R.I.E.N.D.S.) of Intelligence and it’s going to be so much fun to see them explore the change in their relationship.