Chicago P.D. 3×23 “Start Digging” Recap

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And the streak of unnecessary TV deaths continues.

Case Summary: When a woman is found dead in the trunk of a car, the unit links her to Voight’s son Justin, but before they can find Justin, he’s been shot and left in the same position. And before we can find the killer, Voight’s in a position to be promoted to Lieutenant and when the culprit’s found, the notorious detective we met in the pilot returns.

Review | Analysis: “Start Digging” is the type of episode that managed to remind me of what Chicago P.D. in its first season was like. And while I adored the first season, I’m not sure I’m okay with the turn this episode took. Voight’s actions were understandable, they’re unquestionably wrong and as someone who hates watching favorite characters take drastic turns, it’s never fun. Ultimately, while “Start Digging” ended in a cliffhanger that’ll bleed into season four intriguingly, I wanted a little bit more. But I suppose the series did a great job of leaving me wanting more, right?

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Chicago P.D. 3×22 “She’s Got Us” Recap

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“There’s such a thing as having too much empathy. You leave nothing for yourself.”

Case Summary: When an entire family is brutally murdered, their youngest daughter and the only survivor has seen who’s done it. The only problem is, she’s heavily traumatized and disoriented leaving it up to Dr. Charles, Lindsay, and Halstead to find ways to get through to her. And after the events from last week, Roman can no longer return to patrol.

Review | Analysis: “She’s Got Us” was an exceptional episode showcasing why this show is so special. It was great to be reminded of why we chose to review this show in the first place taking us back to elements that were found in the very first season. As one of the most thematically powerful episodes all season, “She’s Got Us” exhibited character growth beautifully showcasing just how vital it is to keep a balance between empathy/self-care, love/partnership, and work/fun.

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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. 3×18 “Kasual With a K” Recap

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Case Summary: When a crime breaks out at a Battered Women’s Shelter, it’s up to Intelligence unit to figure out who’s behind the crimes. And with the help of the head woman in charge Jessica surviving, it becomes much easier.

Review | Analysis: Chicago P.D. is great for a number of reasons, but the reason I’ve stuck around for this long is because of how well the women are treated. And especially because of how well women treat one another. For the most part, “Kasual With a K” was a well written episode, but it wasn’t one of my favorites — leaving me with very little room to analyze.

It’s always fun to get more information on our main characters and it’s especially fun, if it involves sharing the information with another member of the unit. But, what makes it funnest (can’t remember the last time I’ve used this word, lol!) is when it’s shared between a couple. However, am I the only one who was actually expecting Erin to share something more tragic? Sophia Bush had said that it’s a piece of information she had assumed about her character, but given what we know about Lindsay’s past, I was expecting this news to be heart shattering adding on to the darkness we know she’s lived through. Given how empathetic she generally is towards women who have been mistreated, abused, or raped, I had sort of made the assumption that she’d gone through one of them as well which is why she’s so fervently devoted to justice. And while of course you don’t have to go through something yourself to be passionate about it, we’ve always known that her childhood was dark, but the question’s always been how dark?

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Chicago P.D. 3×09 “Never Forget I Love You” Recap

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Don’t make deals with the mob.

Episode Summary: When a decapitated head is found by fishermen, the Intelligence unit steps in to figure out who would commit such a devastating crime. It then leads Hank down a questionable road where he and Erin hit some harsh barriers. Roman and Burgess find Callie’s ex-husband in order to give him a restraining order again, but things end badly when he doesn’t abide by the rules.

Review | Analysis: I’d be lying if I said this was an easy episode to review, and that’s not to say it wasn’t great, but it’s most definitely not fitted for a fall finale. Generally, and perhaps this is due to the variety of shows I personally watch, fall finales tend to be game changers. It’s the last thing we have to hold onto for the year thereby, naturally it’s understandable it’s left so many people on the web upset. It’s not often we see a filler episode with a shocking twist as a finale, and that’s unfortunately what “Never Forget I Love You” felt like. I’m a bit surprised actually because I’m the biggest fan of cases that closely involve members of the unit, but the episode missed plenty of opportunities to give us an epic story — the materials were all there, but it lacked a lot of substance henceforth, leaving me with very little to analyze.

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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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Insert some cool one liner about the episode here.

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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Chicago P.D. 3×03 “Actual Physical Violence” Recap

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This week’s episode was once again a heavy one, but it showcased team work wonderfully.

Episode Summary: It’s a crazy, busy day at the police department and when a frazzled man looking for his daughter can’t get Platt’s attention, he holds Mouse at gunpoint. One of their own in a dangerous situation quickly gets everyone’s attentions and their hunt towards finding the girls works out gloriously as each of them were alive despite being missing for a very long time. And with James Beckett out of prison, Voight’s life is threatened.

Review | Analysis: It was amusing to get another episode focused on parents and their children. And thankfully there were no deaths in this one although the trauma the girls faced made the episode heavy enough. It’s always best when we get backstory on characters no matter if they’re secondary; writers for the series are so great at providing riveting stories. “Actual Physical Violence” was essentially a fantastic set up for what’s to come in the next few weeks for it gave us lots of material to look forward to.

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Chicago P.D. 3×01 “Life In Fluid” Recap

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“Life is Fluid” was without a doubt the strongest season premiere this fall.

Episode Summary: Erin’s partying ways have gone out of control, but if there’s one thing that can pull her out of this coping mechanism, it’s her partner’s life in jeopardy. After Antonio saves one of his C.Is from committing suicide, she promises to reveal Benji Keys’ whereabouts in order to locate his brother Derek (a number one suspect on the unit’s most wanted). However, the meet goes south when Jay’s abducted and tortured, and the only way he’ll live is if all of the Intelligence Unit hands over their C.I files. When Alvin tells Erin about Jay’s situation, she volunteers to make the drop and kills the men in self defense in order to save both their lives.

Review | Analysis: Chicago P.D. is anything but a series about romance; however, it’s dynamics, especially the partnership between Halstead and Lindsay, that make it so riveting. And tonight’s proved that no matter how hard any of these detectives try to run away, they’ll always find themselves coming back if someone is in danger. There’s a partnership throughout the entire unit which continuously proves to be the heart and foundation of the series. “Life is Fluid” fixedly balanced heart, humor, and action setting up the rest of the season magnificently.

If only “dklsajfdl;skfjal kdsfjakldfj adsklfjlfkajsdlfkajdfka” was an appropriate way to describe my emotions after this episode, but I’m sure most readers can understand just what I mean by it. It’s always best to have cases that involve members of the Intelligence Unit personally because those are often the ones that make episodes more interesting.

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