Chicago P.D. 2×18 “Get Back to Even” Recap

Spoilers Ahead

Get Back to Even” wasn’t at all what I had expected, and that’s a good thing.

Episode Summary: After two teenage boys are killed in a drug smuggling attempt the Intelligence unit must do their best to find out who was behind it all. Nadia goes on patrol with Burgess and Roman. We learn a little bit more about Jay’s past and his brother. And Platt reminds us of the colossal amount of love she has to give.

Review | Analysis: It’s funny how trailers can be deceiving. That said, I enjoyed this case, for it gave us further insight on Voight and allowed us to understand his character a bit further. I found myself mostly confused with his intentions, as always, but more on that in a bit. Without a doubt however, I loved the fact that we were able to see so much more of Platt – we were able to see her fueled with a kindness like never before. And most importantly, we were reminded that the reason the Intelligence unit is so great is because of how genuinely selfless they are.

Here’s the issue with Voight – I trust him and have no doubt in me that he’s a great man, but the subject of money raises a lot of questions. Where on earth does he get all the money he has? While I imagine their salary would be pretty solid, I cannot see it as the only source of income that would allow him to give it away as though he’s got millions locked up. While we don’t exactly know how much is inside his vault, it’s still something that raises a lot of questions. It’s great that he isn’t selfish with the money, but the mystery is a bit frustrating. I’d rather learn sooner than later but regardless, Voight is still someone I believe whose head and heart are in the right place. While the episode focused on his ties with Charles’ mom, the ongoing tension between him and Halstead is necessary to note. I love it. Plainly, simply, I feel it brings the show a type of comedic relief though it’s nowhere near funny.

What I find most intriguing about the way the men behave towards one another is that while they evidently respect each other, there’s an unspoken dislike present. It clearly has a lot to do with Lindsay and for that reason, there’s a beauty in it. Both men operate very differently – Jay would rather take the high and honorable road whereas Voight would do anything for the good of the innocent. And while both methods work to maintain justice, it’s no wonder the men are at each other’s throats so often. Thus, when it comes to Lindsay, while they each care immensely for her, there’s a sense of protectiveness that comes with the territory. Neither of the men can make decisions for her and it’s pivotal that she mentioned that a while back when Voight’s threats to Jay first began. However, again I understand the need to part ways because as her only father figure, there’s a desire to do right by him, and if these are strict house rules, then there’s a need to obey them. Voight cares for Halstead, there’s no doubt about that, perhaps he’s essentially so hard on them because he knows that what they have is real. As much as he gives Halstead a hard time, deep down Voight knows that the way he operates is honorable – he knows his methods are questionable because Halstead’s are so noble. And these are the moments where it feels as though he’s hardest on him because he’s the man who could actually become number one in Erin’s life someday.

While he isn’t her actual father, there’s no denying that he loves her just as deeply and as purely as he loves Justin. In every way, he is her father. He is her family and while his “no in house dating” rule is something he stands by, he could’ve made an exception just as he did for Burgess and Ruzek. It was a conscious choice not to, and it definitely feels as though it’s because he feels an obligation to protect Lindsay at all costs even though she doesn’t need it. There’s a great amount tension between the three of them because of the fact that he understands that whatever’s going on, is far beyond a “one day” thing, and far beyond a partnership on the field. And it’s entirely understandable.

One of my favorite moments throughout the episode was Voight’s assertion to Halstead that the only thing he’s certain of is that the sun will come out tomorrow (although it’s clearly still winter in Chicago so …) That’s the thing with Voight – he always comes around. He may be hardheaded and vicious at times, but at the end of the day, he’s a man whose entire goal in life is to give to others. While he wouldn’t speak about the case to Halstead in the beginning, he chose to reveal his source and his reasons for trusting her in the interrogation room later on. The choice to speak up showcased the very fact that even for a brief moment, he doesn’t want Halstead to think badly of him. He doesn’t want to be this secretive sergeant that everyone’s continuously questioning. While the men aren’t going to drink beer and spill their guts to each other anytime soon, the respect they have for one another, and themselves allows them to put aside their pride every once in a while. And eventually, it’s evident that he’d come around to Halstead and Lindsay as a couple.

Speaking of Halstead and Lindsay, it’s interesting to note that their conversation in the break room wasn’t entirely necessary in this episode. It wasn’t required for Lindsay to remind Halstead that the reason she ceaselessly defends Voight is because of what he’s done for her. However, when it comes to questioning the motivation behind Lindsay’s choice to clarify, it speaks most highly for the duo and their recent break. It’s clear that she wants to remind him that she didn’t want to part ways. She still cares deeply about him. It’s obligatory to note that Halstead noticeably isn’t himself – he hasn’t been since the two have ended their “relationship”. While Lindsay’s behavior isn’t as different, she’s making continual effort to validate why her ties with Voight are so significant even though it’s something Halstead knows very well. The one pulling away isn’t Erin, it’s Jay – at one point he’d crack jokes at every opportunity he got, and recently he’s been more reserved. It’s as though he feels he’s invading her privacy with their closeness, but Lindsay’s choice to confide in him and remind him of the fact that Voight’s not just some random person she let get in between them is entirely telling. She’s always kept her feelings deliberately desecrate, but this was a moment where she was choosing to console his heart. It’s key to point out the choice in diction because Lindsay stating “I hear you” to his “I’d like to think I can handle it” promises that eventually, he’ll learn the truth. Ultimately, it foreshadows a time in the (hopefully) near future where he’ll get to know all of her. And one of the entities that continues to amaze me is how brilliantly the two of them work together on the field. Personally, if you asked me, I would’ve called Atwater to break the vent – he’s taller and physically appears stronger. However, Erin’s choice to call Jay gorgeously reveals how easy it is to look to him on (and off) the field – it doesn’t require a second thought. If there’s something she’s unable to handle, Jay’s the one she’ll instinctually always turn to. And in all cases, he’ll run to her without a question – just as she would to him.

Anytime we get backstory on one of our main characters, my TV enthusiast heart is at its happiest. This week, we were given the opportunity to learn that prior to going to the military, Jay’s mom had passed away and he dealt with the entire thing on his own. While Will was “out partying”, Jay was grieving and longing for guidance. And as it turns out, he isn’t on speaking terms with his father. With Will in town, I don’t doubt that we’ll learn more about the Halstead family, but what I loved most about the things we learned this week, is that it validated why Jay’s the way he is. And it made his nobility that much more commendable. Often when someone loses a parent to death and another to abandonment, they close their hearts to the world, but Jay’s has always been beautifully open. He seizes opportunities, he gives, he loves, he listens, and he fights. There’s no doubt that Jay’s damaged but because of his past and the choices he’s made, his strength and immense heart are completely admirable.

Episodes like this, and the moment where Will was patching up Charles in his home are the greatest because ultimately, it’s what reveals that the Intelligence unit is all in favor of the people. They care and they’d risk their lives just to save one more good life.

Platt continues to floor me – the woman’s incomparable heart, and Amy Morton’s exceptional talents are a gift to this series. If you’re a fan of Parks and Recreation like me, then I imagine I wasn’t the only one who loved the fact that Platt and Denise were eating waffles together. As someone who isn’t a fan of breakfast foods (I know, I know, also, don’t tell Ron Swanson), I’ll admit that there’s no food quite as comforting as waffles. Platt’s gentleness and instinctual motherly affection is something that the series desperately needs. It’s something everyone without a loving mother needs. It was beautiful to see her fill Denise’s heart with warmth and inspiration as she gave her the opportunity to experience goodness. It’s unfortunate that a little girl like Denise (and many others) grow up in homes with a great amount of violence, but it’s lovely to know that women like Platt are around to remind them that there’s still hope left. The world’s filled with kindness and every one deserves to experience it. The sincerity and warmth Morton manifested as Platt tells Denise that they’re working on finding her a safe, healthy home was beautiful. We know her as the strict sergeant, but she’s so much more than that and in that moment, we were able to see immeasurable compassion. And the amount of hope Morton conveyed through her expressions alone was the most noteworthy part of her performance.

Lastly, I’d like to cover Nadia because I’m so proud of her wonderful character growth. Stella Maeve manifested a full range of emotions this week and I found myself rooting more for her more than I ever have before. Sure, I was irked beyond words at the fact that she put her life at such risk, but her bravery is undoubtedly striking. And in order to be a great officer, courage is the key. Additionally, without a solid female/female friendship and an awesome bromance, no series is complete. And one of the only concerns I’ve always had with Chicago P.D. is that we see so little of Burgess and Lindsay’s friendship. However, it was lovely to see Lindsay’s support this week solidify the friendship between her and Nadia. The two of them have come so far from the very first time they met, and it’s gorgeous to know that just by being herself, Lindsay has inspired Nadia to rise to her highest potential. It’s beautiful to know that regardless of what career Nadia chooses, as her friend, Lindsay will respect and support her. And when she states that she wants to be a Chicago Police Officer, Sophia Bush conveyed so much pride and heart in Lindsay’s expressiveness – it’s lovely to know that Nadia’s not alone in this journey. And it’s even more lovely to know that as a friend and an officer herself, Lindsay will be there every step of the way to make sure Nadia becomes the best officer she can be.

Olinsky is one of the greatest, most well written characters on any series; therefore, I cannot wait for his centric next week as I imagine it’ll be remarkable.

What are your thoughts on this week’s episode? Remember, if there’s anything you’d like me to discuss, as long as it’s hate free, I’d gladly do so. Also, apologies on this reviews timing – between Easter preparations and my day job, this needed to be postponed a little.

@GissaneSophia

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