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Season 1 | Episode 10 | “At Least It’s Justice” | Aired Apr 2, 2014

I’m not sure I can agree with the title of this Chicago P.D. episode. “At Least It’s Justice” seems to imply that there will be justice done against a criminal even if it’s not for the crime you were trying to get them on. That probably happens all the time with serial criminals – they go down for something other than what they actually did, or get wrongfully convicted and go free for numerous other crimes. Justice isn’t so evenly distributed here.

There were two investigations going on during the hour, but only one we had a stake in because it involved Halstead. When pedophile Lonnie Rodiger is found dead and photos of Halstead surface showing he’s been trailing him, he’s suspect No. 1 and gets suspended.

The other crime involves the discovery of a bloody torso in a trunk of a car during a traffic accident. The torso belongs to a doctor who makes his living as a professional witness in criminal trials, so there are a lot of potential suspects, the first being the last person he testified against.

CPD0402-1The poor guy is only around for comic relief, as it turns out. He’s throwing a celebration of his last days of freedom before going to prison with girls, cake and fetish gear. For some reason, the criminal mastermind decides to jump out of a high-rise apartment building, catching his belted neck on the balcony and getting caught in an erotic asphyxiation situation, as Ruzek noted wryly. They can’t very well pull him up by his belt, so when Lindsay spots an old trampoline in the parking lot they decide to cut him loose. Note to self — trampolines don’t last outdoors in harsh Chicago winters! He survives, but he’s not the guy.

Chicago Fire hottie Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) was on the accident scene and saw the suspect fleeing, so he’s brought in to look at some suspect photos. Not only does that snag them the dude who had the torso, but it also gives Lindsay and Severide a chance to catch up. Yeah, baby. If she’s not going to pursue things with Halstead, she’s keeping her options open.

CPD0402-2With Halstead’s suspension, Sumner pushes the issue of being an active member of the Intelligence Unit. Voight doesn’t like the idea, but he gives her a go. The official word is that Sumner kicks ass! She doesn’t hesitate to use a shotgun to blast their way through a warehouse door and Lindsay is totally chuffed to have a chick at her side rather than always partnering with the guys. Voight doesn’t want them together because he believes males and females should partner. Lindsay tells him what he can kiss. Lindsay and Sumner have a lot of potential; let’s just hope they take advantage of it!

There are more torsos found and more suspects, and suddenly the team finds themselves awaiting one of them outside of a gun show. “Talk about the worst place in the world to take down a suspect, right?” quips Ruzek. He doesn’t know the half of it. The Rosemont police force is on hand to assist Intelligence and they get antsy, move in too fast, alerting the suspect who opens fire. The suspect is lost in the scuffle and a Rosemont officer is killed. Voight reminds his team that the officer’s death is on them. It was their case, and they lost control. He wants to make sure they do right by the slain officer by solving the case and putting together a fund for his family. Never forget Voight takes care of his own.

CPD0402-3Why is this case even relevant, you ask, other than as our introduction to the awesomeness of Sumner? I’ll tell you: When Ruzek realizes it was the first time Burgess fired her weapon while on duty, he takes her out for drinks to talk about it and she goes for it – just leans in and kisses him and it’s good. She pushes him away and says she’s sorry. Ruzek is not sorry at all. When she later tells him what a mistake it was, there is a fleeting look on his face of utter despair. Platt witnesses all of this and confronts Burgess. Suddenly, Platt seems rather heroic (if you’re not worried about breaking up engagements) when she tells Burgess to have fun while she’s young and to taste the forbidden district house fruit like she did over the years! Oh. My. God.

Ruzek gets shot (worry not, that’s why they wear Kevlar) and later tells Olinsky he’s having second thoughts about his marriage because his life passed before his eyes. Yeah, you tell yourself that’s why you’re having second thoughts, Ruzek. My bet’s on Burgess and those hot lips.

As the case winds down, it’s revealed that the attorney for two parties is responsible for the murder of the doctor because she kept losing cases because of his evidence. She hired two of her clients to kill him and then (hopefully) off each other over their jealousy of her. Here’s where part of the title doesn’t work for me. She pulls one of those “prove it” moments I so hate on TV, because as soon as somebody says that, you know they’re guilty. But they really can’t prove it and decide to cut her loose. So where’s the justice for the doctor? The thugs get caught, but the attorney gets to live her life without consequence? That just doesn’t work for me.

Halstead’s case, meanwhile, is really rattling everyone. Stillwell is holding it over Voight’s head, and Voight is holding it on Dawson, since he brought Halstead to the team. There are some really intense moments as everyone shows some doubt, knowing how Halstead felt about Rodiger.

Olinsky drops by to show Halstead support with a bottle of red. Halstead pours two tumblers for them, and Olinsky looks at him and asks, “What? Were you raised in a trailer park?” Hey, it gets the job done! Olinsky opens up about the Browning affair. Since nobody expected them to deliver the guy alive that night, they all just decided not to deliver him at all. That still doesn’t tell the whole tale, but it’s getting there.

The thing that saves Halstead is what got him collared in the first place – his surveillance of Rodiger. Dawson sneaks out Rodiger’s homicide file, and while looking it over, Halstead realizes his father, Phil (Don Forston) lied in his witness statement. He said his son never returned home, but Halstead not only followed him, he has photos to prove it.

Phil confesses to murdering his son because he found pictures of young boys on his computer and fell apart. He stood up for his son for years because he believed him, and the truth cut him like a knife. So he strangled him with a belt. This hour of Chicago P.D. makes me happy I don’t wear belts, to be honest. Phil will likely go away for offing his pedophile son, and the lawyer from earlier gets away for killing a good guy. It doesn’t seem fair.

CPD0402-5Belts weren’t the only theme of the night. Steamy kisses were high on the list, too. Severide took something from Lindsay’s desk so he could pay her a visit, and they smoked up the screen. I’m all for a crossover romance between the two. Lindsay has made several appearances on Chicago Fire, and their passion would make for welcome breaks away from crime scenes and burning houses.

Were you surprised at the hookups? Should Burgess pursue Ruzek or wait for him to break it off with Wendy? What about Sumner? Is she a welcome addition to the team or do you have lingering doubts she might be working for Stillwell? Hit the comments!

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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