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Season 1 | Episode 11 | “Turn the Light Off” | Aired Apr 9, 2014

One of the best parts of “Turn the Light Off” was the side story about Platt using Ruzek as her beard to mollify her father. “Beard” was the first term that came to my mind, but I didn’t think of it as him covering for her being gay because I’ve had the benefit of witnessing her discussions with Burgess. We know Ruzek thinks she’s gay because he asks Olinsky if she’s out of the closet.

Apparently Platt’s father is extremely rich, and she placates him once a year by bringing by her latest “fiancé” so he’ll give her a big fat check. Ruzek agrees to go along without bringing up what he thinks is the elephant in the room — her sexuality. Instead, he asks if her dad will buy their age difference. Platt asks, “Exactly how old do you think I am?” Ruzek just looks at her and says with resignation, “I have no idea.” There isn’t much about her that he does know.The dinner is gloriously uncomfortable and Ruzek overacts his part with the right amount of panache, even swiping Platt’s cheek with his finger and calling her cookie. Things fall apart after dinner when he suggests she just be honest with her father because he seems like a decent guy. She should just tell him she’s gay because he’ll understand. Platt holds off from swatting him in the face, but it’s on her mind.

She informs him not only isn’t she gay, but she “did” half of her academy class. Ruzek looks extremely uncomfortable and a bit embarrassed. He says he’ll never mention anything else about it, and that’s when Platt throws out that she’ll stay quiet about what he wants to do with Burgess. Oh, yeah, she knows what’s on his dirty mind … and it isn’t Wendy.

Ruzek is on a lot of ladies’ minds. Olinsky asks if he’s made any decisions about Wendy, and he says he’s just taking it one day at a time. When Burgess offers herself up as an “undercover whore” (the show’s term, not mine!), Ruzek shows definite concern. She tells him to just make sure he covers her ass, and he mumbles, “Covered” — in more way than one, I’m thinking. If Platt did decide to say something to Wendy, it might just take the decision Ruzek doesn’t want to make out of his hands. Sure, it’s the chicken way out, but it’s a way.

The case of the week is pretty gruesome. A complicated bank robbery turns out to be an inside job and involves both Croatian and Colombian gangs. They’re ruthless. As Burgess points out, to prove yourself to Voight you have to take big swings. Both she and Sumner are working their hardest to prove themselves to him. Burgess wants on Intelligence, and putting herself in harm’s way seems an obvious way to do it.

burning-manThe body count is piling up, however, and anyone who gets wind of the $8 million in cash that was stolen from the bank isn’t living to tell any tales. One remaining witness is taken down by a dude masquerading as a homeless windshield washer, only he’s using gasoline as cleaning fluid. Whoops! Did he just toss the bucket into the car window, followed by a match?

This happens right in front of Ruzek and Olinsky, who are two cars behind. Stop, drop and roll doesn’t help the Croatian from being roasted by the Colombians. His brother is in prison with a Colombian cell mate. Voight’s response to that is, “He made his bed, let him bleed in it.”

At the beginning of the hour, Nadia (Stella Maeve) popped in to thank Lindsay for believing in her. She’s one month sober, after having disappeared from Lindsay’s couch in “Different Mistakes.” Lindsay is hesitant to connect with her again because of how they parted ways, but when she needs someone to accompany Burgess undercover, Nadia is her girl.

Chicago P.D. - Season 1I was wondering why she came back into the picture. Her advice for Burgess to play her part is to turn out the light in  her eyes. Burgess is always so bright-eyed and ready to roll that seeing her dead-eyed and acting was really painful. It’s not any better for Nadia. Once they get inside the lion’s den, the gang members want them to party with a few lines of coke. Burgess balks and Nadia takes the bullet for her. A month clean and she does a line so Burgess doesn’t have to. If you heard someone squealing “Noooooo” while choking back a sob, that was I.

Burgess gets the call out to her team (using a cell phone, since Jin’s wire wasn’t ready in time), but gets the crap beat out of her in the bathroom in the meantime. Ruzek doesn’t do much better with the guy when he rolls in as rescue. The whole team gets banged up good, and one member doesn’t get collared. With as many men as they were trying capture, you’d think that would be a win. Not in this case. The guy is a big enough get that someone high up decides to release Puipo from prison to help reel him in and drop the Colombians. Puipo is the guy who murdered Det. Whillhite (the photo Sumner found in her desk) and kidnapped Dawson’s son. Yikes.

We’re out until Apr. 29, when a two-night crossover event begins on Chicago Fire. A man declares war on the Chicago P.D. and the Chicago Fire Dept., “where the stakes for a city couldn’t be higher,” reports the handy announcer.

Random thoughts about the episode:

The realism of Chicago P.D. really adds to the scenes. The snow is pummeling down, and as officers give chase they slide in snow banks, bringing a stark realism that’s missing when a series has to resort to faking the weather or always filming in the sun.

Was I the only one holding my ears and humming loudly as Voight held a suspect’s hand inside an active garbage disposal? I didn’t miss this quote, though! “I don’t know you, bro, but you should know me. I’m Hank Voight, and I don’t make idle threats.” Roar!!

When they find the money Voight quips, “I think that’s more than I make in a year.” He’s still not off Stillwell’s radar, who shows up at the scene. He should have had some fun and shouted, “Show me the money!” but he failed on that count. It didn’t stop Voight from asking for a little take. Stillwell didn’t bite.

Shirtless-HalsteadThe Lonnie Rodiger story is over, but Halstead’s involvement with the Corson family is far from done. I had no idea how deep his connection to them was, but he dated their daughter in high school. She’s in town and sleeping with Halstead (giving us the honor of gazing at a shirtless Halstead — you’re welcome), and then he heads over for a family dinner. Gail talks about the two of them dating in high school and how he and Allie (she’s not in the credits) should have made a go of it (or she should move back now and try again). Earlier Lindsay sees them together and razzes Halstead; Halstead gives it back by asking how things are with the firefighter. Is there a quandrangle in the works?

Does Jin have a little crush on Lindsay? When she lets Burgess step up for undercover duty, Voight laughs at her not stepping up so she doesn’t have to wear a skirt. She says she doesn’t think anyone would enjoy that. Jin jumps in with, “Oh no, well, that’s not really true. You know, I mean, because you’re really just always so self-deprecating … I have stuff to do.” The poor guy. I’m not sure exactly what his character is supposed to be, but I think “awkward” is probably accurate.

Your turn! What was your favorite part of the episode? The awkwardness of Ruzek’s dinner with Platt and Daddy, or maybe watching his concern when Burgess stepped up? Was it Halstead’s bare torso? There’s a lot to chat about, so hit the comments and say something!

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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