Chicago P.D. 2×21 “There’s My Girl” Recap

Spoilers Ahead

While I can’t find myself invested in the storyline that’s presented, I’m completely amazed with the performances it’s inspiring.

Episode Summary: Platt fights for a stone on the wall for Nadia. An innocent mistake made by Atwater gets him demoted. Lindsay’s dealing with the first stages of grief by diving into work. And a senseless bomber turns out to be the most unexpected suspect, but luckily with the help of a brave little girl and Mouse, the team gets ahold of him quickly.

Review | Analysis:  It’s difficult to dive back into this show after Nadia’s death. I almost wish the crossover occurred before the month long hiatus so we would’ve had a bit more time to come to terms with everything. As I stated in last week’s review, I felt it was unnecessary and I’m going to stand by my opinion. That said, the extent to which the Intelligence Unit respect and honor her floors me – and it’s why deaths on this show are so horrible. These characters are just too extraordinary.

Additionally, for this review especially I wanted to focus solely on the characters and performances. And while the case was without a doubt a solid entertaining watch, it’s not something I feel requires further analysis or discussion.

One of the moments that easily upset me in this week’s episode was Voight’s comment to Erin about not slipping up. It’s understandable that former addicts could relapse after a traumatic event, but not all of them do. It almost diminishes the strength of former addicts by presenting the conception that they aren’t strong enough to handle downfalls in their lives. First and foremost, Erin needs to grieve – she needs to feel. She needs to cry. She needs to get angry. And all she essentially needs is to know is that people are there for her. You cannot tell someone who’s just lost their good friend to pretty much keep it together. Voight’s comment was incredibly unnecessary and the most frustrating part is that it felt out of character – a desperate attempt to foreshadow a storyline that makes very little sense. I don’t want to judge too quickly because we’ve yet to see the finale, but I would’ve loved to see Voight take time to remind her of the good instead of the bad. Erin Lindsay’s witnessed a magnitude of tragedies in her life and while none of them were as close to her as Nadia, it doesn’t automatically mean she’s incapable of taking care of herself. The grieving process requires falling apart, making questionable decisions, but it doesn’t always mean you completely lose yourself. At a time where you aren’t so confident in the person you are, losing yourself is more plausible, but with Lindsay, it feels inauthentic. She’s got an exceptional head on her shoulder and needs this time to feel as she pleases. Someone please just go give her a hug and tell her that everything’s going to be okay. And while you’re at it, tell her it’s okay to grieve.

I do however love the role Jay’s playing in this situation. He’s Lindsay’s partner – ultimately, the man who understands her most. And at this point, giving someone their space while asking how they are is the best approach. It was sweet of their conversation in the car to turn into a lighthearted celebration of Nadia’s character. Erin’s feelings aren’t always as bared as Jay’s, but the fact that she’s spoken of Jay with her friends is significantly telling. One of the things I’ve always loved about Jay is the way he respects Erin’s agency, and even his comments about feeling like a house husband were never to force her into something she didn’t want to do. If she wanted to drive, he’d let her. And it’s great that because of Nadia’s quirky remarks, Erin’s giving Jay the opportunity to drive as well. (Basically, as a fan of the duo as a romantic pair, I love that the line was once again brought up because it’s legitimately when I began rooting for them). Jay understands that Erin needs time and he’s made it clear that he’s there to celebrate Nadia’s life with her whenever she’s ready for him to be. And for the time being, it’s what matters the most.

Since we’re discussing Jay – Jesse Lee Soffer crushed me numerous times in this week’s episode with his heart shattering performances. I loved the way he played Jay’s first conversation with Lindsay with such subtle misery. The way his voice broke when he asked her how she was is one of Soffer’s finest moments as an actor – the sincerity and vulnerability in his stance was riveting. And it doesn’t even stop there, Soffer consistently delivered Jay’s scenes this week with a captivating poignancy that allowed viewers to see the genuinely compassionate nature of his character.

As mentioned above, the best parts of this week’s episode were the impeccably stunning performances. And on top of the list is Amy Morton who’s showcased gifts we’ve yet to see in beautifully jaw dropping scenes. While viewers have always known that Platt’s a softy behind the tough exterior, Morton’s performances reminded us of the fact that no one cares for the unit as much as Platt does. Platt values heart and she commends those who are deserving of high praise; therefore, watching her fight for Nadia’s memorial stone was the best part of this week’s episode. Nadia didn’t deserve to die. She deserved to prosper. She deserved to become a cop. And she deserved better. However, with the unfortunate circumstances that have occurred, Platt’s gorgeous dedication did the character justice. We needed to see this strong woman fall in order to fully feel the extent to which Nadia has had an impact on these characters. And the most noteworthy fact is that Morton played it with a gut wrenching realness – making it easy for the audience to grieve with her.

While it breaks my heart that Erin’s blaming herself for Nadia’s death, it’s entirely understandable coming from her. She wants to save people and one of these days she’s going to see that she’s done just that. Nadia’s death a great tragedy – however, her life wasn’t. If Erin hadn’t inspired her to get help, dying from an overdose was probably in her future. Lindsay saved her life in more ways than she can imagine and I’m desperately waiting for the moment where she begins to see it as well. These episodes require a full range of emotions from Sophia Bush and she’s bringing it masterfully. It’s no surprise that the actress has a bountiful of gifts, but what we’re seeing at the moment is unlike anything we’ve seen from Erin Lindsay before. A full range of emotions is tough to deliver accurately, and if you want to know what perfection looks like, it’s precisely what Bush is delivering in this week’s episode. Erin’s angry, broken, and confused. When she’s smiling, it’s authentic but the underlying anger and heartbreak she exudes through her expressiveness speak louder than any of the words she’s able to utter. And what Bush is doing estimably is effortlessly evoking real emotions into audiences – she’s making us feel the terrors in Erin’s core.

Nadia’s memorial was beautiful – this week’s most exquisite TV moment without a doubt. In this scene especially, the screenplay and direction were most marvelous. As the camera pans out, you could see each member of Intelligence grieve over their special relationships with Nadia. The scene was the perfect tribute to Nadia and it wasn’t easy to watch which means it was done well.

Lastly, I’m saddened to see Atwater punished for an honest yet terrible mistake and while I’m glad Burgess has been promoted, I hope this doesn’t affect Atwater and his work negatively.

What are your thoughts on this week’s episode? Remember if there’s anything you’d like us to discuss, I’ll happily do so as long as it’s free of hate.

– @GissaneSophia

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