Major edge of our seat with anticipation storyline action this week, re: Voight/Olive/Justin
That finger breaking scene. We had to look away. #gross
Can the Team Save One of Their Own?
This week the team sprung into action after Voight (Jason Beghe) was robbed and abducted. Grandpa Voight was in the middle of getting some funds from his safe for his future grandbaby’s mama Olive (Caroline Neff), when two thugs showed up out of nowhere and attacked the Intelligence Unit’s fearless leader. We learned that he’s never late and never sick, and his team was right to be suspicious of Voight’s absence from work. When they showed up to Voight’s place, they found no Voight, a giant gaping hole where his safe once was, and thankfully some home surveillance video. Proving again that they learn from the best, the team decides it’s another week of keeping things “in house”, and they work together to track down Voight and his kidnappers. Call it in! It’s time to talk Chicago PD!
Was anyone else as surprised as we were this week when the two bearded mean were able to not only beat Voight up, but kidnap him as well? Voight is not just the commander of the toughest unit in District 21, but he’s the resident bad ass on this show. He’s also one of the smartest, and in true Voight form either one step ahead or one step behind of the criminals. Forget Big Brother, Voight is always watching! That home security system of his came in handy when the team showed up to his place to investigate Voight’s whereabouts. While we hated seeing Voight at the center of the team’s case this week, we really enjoyed watching Voight’s rage reach a boiling point once he caught up to the scumbags who broke in and tried to break him. There are so many sides to this character and he can go from caring father figure to raging psycho in moments and we hope to see more sides of his personality as the season continues. We are enjoying getting more of a look at the fatherly side of Hank Voight, along with the side of him that we absolutely would not want to tangle with.
“Do you know whose house you’re in right now?” ~Voight
While tracking down Voight, Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) says what we are all thinking, Olive smells like a rat. (Being as this episode was called “An Honest Woman”, we figured someone was going to show themselves to be just the opposite of that.) Her whole story seems too good to be true and after this week we really starting to feel that she cannot be trusted. It came as no surprise to us that Olive told her friend Josie about moneybags Voight’s safe and Josie of course, couldn’t keep that fun fact to herself. The two bearded baddies? Yeah they set Olive up to get them into Voight’s house so they could rob him, or else they were going to cut her and Justin’s baby out of her. They weren’t just talking empty threats, as evidenced by the cut on Olive’s stomach. That scene was cringeworthy but not as bad as watching Voight and Olinsky (Elias Koteas) break Josie’s friends fingers when they finally tracked her down. We had to look away! At first we thought there was no way Voight would lay a hand on a lady, but we never did have a solid guess as to why he and Olinksy brought baseball bats into that bar. We must admit, that was some hardcore stuff right there! You don’t mess with Voight and you definitely don’t mess with his family. Voight was giving out beatings all episode and just when we thought he was going to blow the main bearded baddie’s brains out, he showed us he does have some humanity left and let the guy live. Getting soft in your old age, Grandpa Voight? We think definitely not! This was a nail biter of a storyline, but Olive being a shady character was almost too predictable, wasn’t it?
Olinksy, Atwater and what we’d like to see more of
While we love seeing a more in depth look at Voight’s family life, and Erin’s mommy troubles, we are five episodes into Season Two and we haven’t seen very much of some of the other members of the Intelligence Unit. We would love to see more of Atwater (Laroyce Hawkins) and Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger) working together, not just because they are hilarious but because we feel like we aren’t seeing enough of them. Especially Atwater, seeing as he just came up to the Unit not that long ago, it might be nice to see him in action a little more and to get a chance to learn more about him. This team is made up of such a special group of characters and we know there is a lot more to each one of them than what we have seen thus far.
“We encourage car fires. It’s a new program.” ~Ruzek
We do love the bromances, friendships and ‘ships on this show, as shown by our unwavering ‘ship of both #Linstead and #Burzek. One friendship we would love to see in action more is Olinsky and Voight. (#Olight? #Vosky? Tell us your suggestions for a hashtag for our resident badasses in the comments!) Both are old school hardasses with hearts of gold underneath that tough exterior and these two obviously have so much history together. No one looked more worried than Olinksy when Voight was missing, not even Erin (Sophia Bush). Olinksy also seemed to have the inside track on what might be in the safe. Just judging by his mannerisms when the safe was discovered missing along with Voight and Olive. We hope to see these two veteran detectives working more closely on upcoming cases as well as kicking some more butt and taking no names (maybe no finger breaking for a while though, okay guys? That is a stunt we cannot un-see).
Roman & Burgess’ side storylines
Roman and Burgess continue to work their little side cases and we continue to enjoy the comic relief and light moments that they bring to each episode. This week while they searched for Monica, the little girl who stole Burgess’ badge they brought the laughs as usual. Sometimes it’s not even their dialogue, but their actions and mannerisms. When they were inquiring about the missing laundry from another district and Platt scolded them for asking, we had to laugh. Apparently Roman found it funny that Burgess had her badge stolen as well but like a good partner stuck by her until they found both her badge and the culprit.
“She stole your badge?” ~Roman
When they finally find Monica, dressed in full Chicago PD uniform, she’s scolding a bully and telling them she will have to arrest them if they don’t knock it off. We LOVED seeing this, because if Monica was going to give herself a five finger discount on a cop costume, at least it was to do good with it. Burgess and Roman let her off with a warning since her intentions were good. We appreciate these moments on Chicago PD because it brings what police officers all over the country are doing back into focus. They are protecting and serving the community, but they also inspire others to do good in their communities. They are trusted (or the most part on this show anyway) and a symbol of safety. Bringing it back to these feel good, it could happen in real life moments just showcases how great the writing on this show is. This could be happening in your local park or school yard, and friendly officers like the team at District 21 will be there to help you out. The real life factor lends to the storyline each week and makes it better and better!
Chicago PD continued bring the edge of your seat action this week and while we have no complaints with the storyline this season we would like to see some more of the Unit’s members fleshed out character development wise. We still feel on the fence with Justin being back, and if we have learned anything from this show, it’s never to expect anything. This baby might not even be Justin’s so we aren’t postmarking those “It’s A Boy” cigars we picked out for Grandpa Voight just yet. Things can escalate and change in the blink of an eye on Chicago PD and that’s just one of the ingredients that keeps this recipe for success of a show on our TV every Wednesday night.
QUESTION COMMENTS AND CONCERNS
- #Linstead undercover as tourists??? AWESOME. We ship them so hard!
- Speaking of the undercover work, was that a Member’s Only jacket that Halstead was rockin’?
- We thought we heard Voight’s safe combination, 48-19-32 did you say Hank?
- Nadia was workin’ it this episode! Getting info over the phone like pro!
- This baby BETTER be Justin’s. Or else Olive is gonna have some ‘splainin to do.
- Justin is back in town and has a plan now that he is going to be a father. We hope he’s able to stick to it.
- Speaking of Justin, when Voight gave him his mother’s ring so that he can start a family with Olive officially, we got a little misty.
- Erin has been approached about leaving the Unit and going up to work in the big time, the FBI. Good for our favorite girl, but if Detective Lindsay is out, we might be too.
- We enjoyed that little moment between Voight and Platt after Voight was found safe.
- Again, Platt sees all! She is so clued into the Burzek relationship!
- Did you notice them? One of the baddies was Warren (Brendan Sexton) from Empire Records! And Layla (India de Beaufort), Asher’s wife that Antonio is supposed to be keeping an eye on, is the Brit record exec from One Tree Hill!
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