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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!

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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