This week’s Chicago series dug deep into some touchy territories, once again proving this show bubble is unafraid to go there and test its characters’, well, character. Continuing in our weekly series of One Chicago breakdowns, here’s what happened to our favorite police and hospital friends this time.
Chicago P.D. Season 4, Episode 2: “Made a Wrong Turn”
The political climate of now is finding its way into a multitude of current entertainment vessels, and it looks like Chicago P.D. is the latest addition. This week’s episode touches on two hot-button issues (amidst the sticky backdrop of a summer swelter, further escalating the metaphor): civil unrest over police brutality and the consequences — or lack thereof — and sexual harassment in the workplace.
The case of the day illuminates the first of those subjects, when a young, white woman named Sarah Murphy is kidnapped from her car in a predominantly black neighborhood, sending the entire station to the streets in hopes of finding her alive. Residents of the area in question are completely divided on how to handle such a strong police presence in the community. Some use bitter colloquialisms to demean the officers’ heightened interest in this case above others, while some bring the officers cups of juice and encouragement. Better yet, some of them are even willing to share information — if only to make the swarm of sirens go away.
Kevin Atwater has a big hand in this endeavor; he knows some key local citizens well enough to appeal to their sense of empathy over what might otherwise seem like an unfairly attended-to issue based on the races of the victim and her captors. Sergeant Voight uses his typical grunt-and-shove technique to scour up some intel from the sicko who recorded the abduction and then hid the video in hopes of selling it. But it’s Sergeant Voight’s willingness to walk the line that wins the day.
Voight is instrumental in convincing those with street authority to allow their otherwise unwelcome police guests into the housing unit where the girl has been taken. The understanding comes on account of the fact that some suspects aren’t worthy of anyone’s allegiance. In this case, they’re not after any drug peddlers or curbside alcohol vendors — Voight and Olinsky even take a swig of Bebe’s screwdriver mix on the job as proof of their peace offering. Instead, the single prerogative of the day is to find a proven rapist who’s bound to take down the girl — and by association, anyone who harbors him. It’s a sticky situation, but everyone seems to come together on this one, at least this one time.
In the end, CPD is able to rescue Sarah Murphy just in the nick of time, although she’ll probably be scarred for life by the violation she’s endured from her assailant and the take-down effort that covered her in his blood after he almost executed her — not to mention the fact her fiancé is involved with heroin and swindling people.
Meanwhile, Burgess and Tay have quickly settled into a respectful partnership rhythm, but whatever progress Tay is making with boots on the ground is being undermined by Commander Fogle. The jerk uses teeth-talking mansplain-ish threats against Trudy, who’s not afraid to call him out for his true motives in punishing Tay: to have her revert Tay’s assignment back to the bargain bin, even though she’s already proven herself to be a formidable member of the force. Kudos to Trudy for standing up to him as she does, but his threats to exact punishment on her as retribution for her insubordination might come back into play later. After all, Tay’s opted not to take an official route of justice against the man for fear of impacting her own promising profile (grrr for this dilemma), so with nothing on paper, what ground does Trudy really have to fight him on it? It’s a no-win situation for all involved, really, but especially for Tay.
On a cheerier note, the Linstead train is still chugging along at full speed ahead. Erin seems hesitant about the whole process of moving in with Jay — as he excitedly rifles through apartment listings — but it’s only because she wants to stay put and have him move in with her. They’re still totally in love and even exchange the words this time, so whatever impact we might’ve expected from her secret-sheltering with Hank is obviously not going to affect her romantic life. Thank goodness, too, because it’s been a major bummer to see Burgess and Roman dousing their flames so far this season.
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