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'Chicago P.D.' recap: Trading places

Season 1 | Episode 8 | “Different Mistakes” | Aired Mar. 12, 2014

Whatever happened after Dawson met with Gadishar at the end of Chicago P.D. last week made an impact – she’s no longer the Internal Affairs handler assigned to Voight. Edwin Stillwell (Ian Bohen) is the new man in the hot seat. Hot is the operative word for this new character as anyone who has followed Bohen’s work elsewhere knows he’s a sexy beast and easy on the eyes! That doesn’t mean Stillwell will be any easier on Voight, and he wastes no time asking why Maurice Owens hasn’t been arrested after two weeks as promised (it’s been three months).

Who the heck is Maurice Owens? Hold that thought because all is revealed as the installment rolls to a close and there is more tasty goodness to cover before that surprise rolls out.

Nonetheless, suddenly the Internal Affairs “partnership” (as Stillwell calls it) isn’t the most hated thing about Chicago P.D. What a difference a face makes! Voight doesn’t agree and takes out his bad mood on Jin who mistakenly delivers information with an unnecessarily flair. The poor guy can’t catch a break; a flip of the hip and he’s given a tip by Voight to play it straight and narrow.

Ruzek spots some of his academy pals in the precinct lobby and learns being a braggart is looked on as kindly as hip flipping. Olinski assigns him to foot patrol, the job he bypassed out of the academy, and Atwater gets his day in the big show as he joins undercover.

It turns out to be a fairly big day in Intelligence. The discovery of a murder scene leads to a Pai Gow operation in Chinatown where Halstead discovers undercover cops; one of them an old partner of Voight’s. Voight is certain the guy can’t be bad – he’s police. Since Voight himself walks that very line between right and wrong all the time, you wonder why he’d come to that conclusion so quickly.

The evidence piles up and Voight gives in – they’re going to have to bust Jimmy Shi (Mark Dasacos) and his men for robbery homicide. Jimmy has been working the Triad for 11 years and Voight has compromised their operation with the bust.

At this point in the hour, the only thing that would be better than Stillwell going full on werewolf (because he plays Peter Hale in Teen Wolf) would be if Jimmy stood up, flung out his arms and screamed, “So now America, with an open heart and an empty stomach, I say unto you in the words of my uncle: ‘Allez cuisine!'” Yes, Mark Dasacos is, indeed, The Chairman from Iron Chef America. Tasty goodness was promised, was it not?

Speaking of Stillwell, as Voight is in the middle of the case he discovers the handler is assigning people to his team. This is something Voight has had complete control over up to this point and it’s just one more thing to weigh upon him. Of Detective Mia Sumner (Sydney Tamiia Poitier) Stillwell says, “She’s a terrific detective; clean record.” Exactly what Voight wants!

Atwater has an action packed day in the field that includes taking down the gang that is impersonating Jimmy’s undercover operation while Halstead has his hands full on patrol with Burgess. Their day started on school duty but when they take down a burglar in someone’s house he realizes there’s a lot more to patrol than he thought and it gives him a new respect for the people he was willing to make light of only hours earlier. Olinski is like a cop whisperer; he should have his hands on more trainees as he has exactly the right touch to make the most impact with Ruzek. Ruzek seems like a tough nut to crack, but with Olinski he’s butter.

Something has been weighing on Lindsay since she heard Jimmy bring it up as evidence that he would never question Voight’s loyalties as Voight was questioning his – Browning. Olinski was there, but he won’t spill. She finally asks Dawson what he knows.

Dawson tells her, “There’s rumors, there’s stories and there’s what’s in the record.” A cop named Eddie Penlan was killed on the job. He was Olinski’s partner. A guy named Eddie Browning was thought to be the shooter and turned himself in. He was last seen getting into the car with Voight, Olinski and Jimmy, but he never made it to the jail.

That sounds a lot like the scenario that played out last week with the guy who ended up swimming with the fishes and it looked a lot like Voight did him in. There was no follow up this week, so it’s either a loose end that will be a story like Browning or it will come back to haunt Voight. That still doesn’t explain why Lindsay is so eager to know the story. Why does it matter to her?

The hour ends with two uh ohs. The gang is having drinks at Mollys and Ruzek cannot take his eyes of Burgess in her civvies when she walks into the bar. She does look stunning and his relationship with his fiancée has been questionable. It looks less like he’s getting married every week.

Voight opts out of drinks. He’s busy with his regular shakedown with Maurice Owens (David Aron Damane). All we really know about Owens is he pays Voight to stay out of the clink and Voight accepts the money to keep the flow of information coming. Stillwell isn’t fooling around like Gradishar did. He tailed Voight and arrests him. It seems Chicago P.D. will be short one good looking fellow sooner rather than later, and it’s unlikely to be Voight.

Was replacing Gradishar a good move? Do you welcome more eye candy girls, and more brawn guys? Is it easier to see Voight pushed around by a tough guy than a woman? Hit the comments and share your thoughts!