Chicago P.D. 4×17 “Remember the Devil” Recap

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On a scale of one to 10, how heartbroken are our readers right now?

Case Summary: When a young girl is found locked up in a secluded area, the Intelligence unit must track down the man who placed the Craigslist ad to lure her and her still captive friend in. Olinsky returns to work. Jay’s ex-wife (?!?!) returns.

Review | Analysis: Chicago P.D. is far from perfect, in fact, its lack of continuity and the decision to ignore significant parts of a character’s life that was previously established never fails to make my blood boil. And the fact that the series makes me angrier than anything else probably triggers the good ol’ frequently asked question: why do you continue to watch and review it? Because my love for these characters knows no bounds. I care way too much about them to give up. And sometimes, I wonder if the writers think about the characters as much as fans do after an episode. Essentially, “Remember the Devil” is one of those episodes that legitimately makes me question a lot of things.

I won’t be doing a performer and an exquisite scene this week as there’s a lot to focus on in regards to the series as a whole. I hope that’s okay with our readers.

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Chicago P.D. 4×15 “Favor, Affection, Malice or Ill-Will” Recap

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Case Summary: When Olinsky goes undercover after the murder of a woman and hidden gun issues, Intelligence must work behind him to find the culprit. Adam’s down in patrol. Erin gets a new car. Platt gives Ruzek advice. Rixton does the unimaginable. Jay gets to drive.

Review | Analysis: There seems to be a running theme of fathers and their children on television this week and Chicago P.D. decided to join in. Any time Olinsky is given moments to shine, I generally find myself in tears. The mirage we’re often left with is one of serenity, and effortlessly reminds viewers of why this character is so special. “Favor, Affection, Malice or Ill-Will” had it all, but with more than one surprising moment, it turned out to be one of the more entertaining episodes of season four.

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Chicago P.D. 4×05 “A War Zone” Recap

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And all good things must come to an end.

Case Summary: After Will Halstead calls in the unit to notify them of yet another overdose and a body’s later found, the unit scatters together to find the dealer. Tay’s sent back to her old unit. Jay gives Mouse his blessing to leave and Platt hands him the cleared record.

Review | Analysis: “A War Zone” was solid, but unsurprisingly one of the more heartbreaking episodes. One of the things Chicago P.D. is best at is showcasing the importance of a person’s agency. And in doing so, it’s always done a riveting job of revealing the depth of adoration our heroes carry in their hearts. However, most importantly it reminded us of the fact that soldiers carry admirably selfless passion within them, and we need to remind ourselves of how vital they are everyday.

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Chicago P.D. 3×19 “If We Were Normal” Recap

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Case Summary: When a disheveled female is found hiding out from a man she attempted to stab, the Intelligence unit learns she was held captive and sexually assaulted. When they eventually find the man responsible, they also learn he’s married to a woman who’d gone missing years ago with a different identity and he’s murdered another. After finally convincing Madison that she’s actually Jamie Lynne, she agrees to testify against the man she believed was her husband, and Ruby, who’s now pregnant with Drew’s child decides to keep him/her in order to have one good thing come from her horrifying experiences.

Review | Analysis: The Intelligence unit and specifically Olinsky once again prove to be some of the most empathetic officers on television. Chicago P.D. has some of the most compelling ensemble casts on television and as viewers, we constantly find ourselves missing our favorites. Thankfully for me, there’s not a single character whose centric episodes I don’t appreciate, and thereby, I often find myself grateful for whatever we’ve gotten. It was beautiful to be reminded of the kind of father Alvin Olinsky truly is — not only to his own girls, and the unit, but to the victims. Elias Koteas exudes such warmth in his performances, it’s no wonder people tend to feel safer around Olinsky.

To be quite honest, I’m still trying to figure out if “If We Were Normal” is a proper episode title because it doesn’t seem to fit with everything that went on. In fact, some of the subplots, despite the fact that they were entertaining, didn’t belong in the episode either.

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Chicago P.D. 3×13 “Hit Me” Recap

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Case Summary: Lindsay and Halstead go undercover at a casino in order to catch men who presumably go undercover as cops in order to steal money from drunken people. After learning who’s behind the entire thing, Trudy helps the team in the best way she can using her words. Kim files for a transfer and Erin talks her out of it.

Review | Analysis: It breaks my heart that this is the second episode in a row I’ve watched completely disappointed because this just doesn’t happen often with Chicago P.D.  It’s not easy writing reviews when I find myself disappointed, but even I can’t always focus on the positive. There are plenty of things that were great about “Hit Me” but for the most part, a lot of scenes were painfully unnecessary in driving the storylines further. In the midst of all this, I’m grateful to have gotten a wonderful scene showing Amy Morton’s impeccable skills as an actress followed by a much needed heart to heart with Erin and Kim.

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Chicago P.D. 3×12 “Looking Out for Stateville” Recap

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Case Summary: Hank’s prison pal Eddie is now a C.I., but the problem is he’s greedy and untrustworthy so when the drug bust is done, he chooses to backstab the team landing himself back in a cell. Fun times.

Review | Analysis: I’ve sorely missed episodes that focused on Antonio Dawson and the partnership he’s got with Voight therefore, in that area the episode was remarkable. In another sense, the last time I was this disappointed with this series was when they decided to kill off Nadia for the sake of unnecessary character development. Sometimes it’s easy to be objective, but other times when you watch too much TV, you get tired of the same old thing every single time. The rift between Kim and Adam was handled with very little grace and the two deserved much better.

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Chicago P.D. 3×11 “Knock the Family Right Out” Recap

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Never go into a case without backup.

Case Summary: When a local family’s home is invaded as they’re all drugged with ‘laughing gas’ to continue sleeping, their 14-year-old daughter is raped, and the Intelligence unit gets involved to find the culprit/s. And later when they find a man that could potentially be involved during an undercover night out, another female claims to have been raped in the same way, but it turns out she’s only trying to free her partner from Intelligence.

Review | Analysis: The series picked up its pace this week with an engaging case that had all of Intelligence at the top of their games, and perhaps even a bit too much. It’s never easy to listen to rape victims talk about what they’ve been through, and it’s even worse to know that a woman would be a part of the villain team. Women should love and support each other, not the other way around. Though as far as storytelling goes, Tawny’s involvement was a fine way to shock the audience. “Knock the Family Right Out” worked wonderfully as a whole because for what seems like the longest time, no one felt disconnected. Even Platt’s wedding plans fit in for it gave Kim the opportunity to open up her actual thoughts on the delay. And because Kim got to play around with Intelligence this week, it all correlated smoothly with the running theme of honesty throughout the episode.

Honesty is the act of telling the truth — it’s having the strength to confront what’s inside, and even the nobility to admit when you’re wrong. Within the case we were presented with two females: one who chose to reveal what really happened and another that deceitfully put the life of innocents at risk in order to carry on her dastardly duties. And with Lindsay, admitting that her rash decision wasn’t wise is yet another example which rings true to the theme of practicing rectitude. But perhaps when it comes to honesty, the truth about Kim’s feelings surfacing may have just been my favorite part of the episode. Continue reading

Chicago P.D. 3×08 “Forget My Name” Recap

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Stakeouts are fun?

Episode Summary: When a friend of Antonio’s who now works for the NSA gives him a number that leads to a huge narcotics transport, Halstead and Lindsay go undercover in patrol only to find a dead body. The body then leads to a bigger case dealing with government products to which NSA agent wants no part of until he finally gives in. Mouch asks Burgess to figure out Platt’s ring size in order to propose to her. Atwater does Captain Whitaker a favor.

Review | Analysis: “Forget My Name” was a solid episode, but generally cases that don’t heavily involve one of our own don’t leave a lot of room for discussion. The episode was the perfect opportunity to involve Antonio in a bit more, but essentially, it felt as though he was a bit more sidelined when it should’ve been the exact opposite. In other words, let’s talk about the dynamics.

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Chicago P.D. 3×07 “A Dead Kid, a Notebook, and a Lot of Maybes” Recap

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This episode featured some of the best performances we’ve seen all season leaving me completely enamored while reminding me why I love this series so much.

Episode Summary: When Colin’s body is found next to a homemade bomb the team believes it’s a suicide, but when they’re given his journal of personal drawings pointing to a revenge scheme, they’re led to another kid, Ethan Jones, who reveals a lot more than any of them imagined. Jay’s connection with Ethan allows him to open up about his past. Adam and Kim’s date night is crashed by Olinsky and Michelle who need to place to stay. And Roman is understandably taking Andrew’s death hard.

Review | Analysis: I’ve always said that the cases closely involving members of the Intelligence unit end up being the most riveting. Frankly, if there’s one thing that’ll always keep me coming back to Chicago P.D. it’s the unbelievably talented group of actors and actresses that continuously leave me floored. Jesse Lee Soffer was at the top of his game this week — we’ve seen him do some commendable work, but in “A Dead Kid, a Notebook and a Lot of Maybes”, Soffer’s work is indescribable. This week’s episode also gave us some great developments between other members of the units and it’s always intriguing to see the differences in relationships on the series.

It’s fantastic that the episode’s theme once again focused on protecting children reminding us that sometimes, a hero can be anyone. And if that’s not enough, what most characters have done this week is given their all to make sure someone else feels safe enough to be lean on them.

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Chicago P.D. 3×05 “Climbing Into Bed” | 3×06 “You Never Know Who’s Who” Recap

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Episode Summary: Ruzek accidentally gets involved in a wrong case, and because he forgot to run it by Voight, it threatens his place in Intelligence. Olinsky gets the test results. Erin and Jay take their relationship to the next level. Roman, Platt, and the entire team make Andrew’s last few days the best he’s ever had.

Review | Analysis: To be quite honest, I’m not sure how I feel about this week’s episodes — particularly the cases. While they normally always grip me, I found myself unable to focus on the story that was being told. Additionally, while I was moved to tears with the story of Roman, Andrew and the unit, it’s not something I can discuss. I wish I could talk about how beautiful it was, but I’ll cry through this entire review and while it’s okay to write through happy tears, sad ones like this aren’t easy. My heart hurts so bad when children lose their battle with cancer, there’s no way I could possibly write about it. Perhaps realizing the series will be killing him off is what made the episode so difficult to watch let alone write about. I hope you all understand. That said, this review will focus on dynamics and individual character storylines.

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