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'Chicago P.D.' recap: One good thing

Season 1 | Episode 12 | “8:30 PM” | Aired Apr. 30, 2014

“8:30 PM” concludes NBC’s big #OneChicago crossover event, which started on Chicago Fire with the episode “Dark Day.” War is declared on Chicago in what seems to be inspired a bit by the Oklahoma City bombing and a bit by Ruby Ridge. It’s pretty heady stuff, and could have been difficult to watch, especially if you’re easily affected by the real-life implications of such events.

Both series take their responsibilities seriously and deal with the issues in a natural way, but the good guys win in a far swifter fashion than ever occurs in real life. If only it were always this easy. Voight is, after all, on the case. As he tells the FBI agent leading the investigation into a terrible bombing at a hospital, “This happened in my city. On my soil. Don’t get in my way.”

If you missed Chicago Fire, you might have felt a little left behind. Here’s the rundown: While a 10K race was readying outside a Chicago hospital, a car bomb went off outside, ripping through a sizable chunk of the structure, including the emergency room. A second bomb was found and dismantled, but many were injured, including Burgess’ niece. All caught up!

As the team is tracking down leads to who may have planted the bombs, Lindsay lets them know that Burgess was on the scene when it happened, her niece is hurt and it doesn’t look good. Zoe is staying with Burgess while her parents are out of town, and that’s why she can’t reach them. That was a big, waving red flag in the first part of this story that played out on Chicago Fire. How could parents not call in, knowing their daughter is volunteering at the race? They don’t even know about the attack. That’s horrific. It’s a decent answer — yet since the news would be national, it’s still questionable, don’t you think?

A pediatrician, Holly (Amanda Righetti), finds out her sister, Imogene (Avi Lake), is on life support. There has been no brain activity for some time. It seems pretty obvious that she’ll be the hope to keep Zoe alive with a donated liver; time shows that’s exactly how it plays out. Holly contacts her parents and recommends they take Imogene off of life support. Her father knows that Imogene would want to donate, and we know she made fast friends with Zoe before the blast — it’s tragic, but as Dr. Arata (Dylan Baker) says, it can be the one good thing that comes out of that horrible day.

Meanwhile, the FBI isn’t anxious to get their hands dirty, and they give Voight the leeway he needs to get as much information as he can. I doubt his reputation preceded him, but Voight’s introduction surely planted the appropriate seed, giving the FBI a hint of what lengths he’s willing to go to for his city.

In their search for the suspect, Lindsay gets held at knifepoint — rescued when Mills (Charlie Barnett) and Cruz (Joe Minoso) mosey in and take him down with the back of an ax. Then they accost a poor guy in a hoodie, possibly swearing him off the wardrobe accessory for the rest of his life, and they find a dead guy with a gunshot to the head who didn’t put it there himself. Finally, Dawson pays a visit to the “mastermind’s” father in prison, where he learns it’s all about a bunch of racist mumbo jumbo.

That’s where the Ruby Ridge-like scenario comes in. Daddy is in prison for his bad deeds and the son is still fighting the good fight as revenge for his mother’s death. He believes she was killed in the crossfire when their place was infiltrated by the City of Chicago in a raid.

They get their guy in the end, of course, and Voight gets to punch his lights out. Then someone else gets her guy too…

Things have apparently been going on behind the scenes between Lindsay and Severide, because he shows up at her place again, apologizing for not calling. What on earth could possibly keep him from calling her? No matter. Kissing ensues, and they end the hour in bed. Her one request is that he stay the night. He’s not going anywhere.

Their roles weren’t as big in Chicago P.D. as they were in Chicago Fire, but I felt as if Holly and Dr. Arata could have been auditioning for roles on a new series, say Chicago Hospital or Chicago M.D. They were fleshed out really well and fit into the Chicago universe quite nicely. It would be lovely to have Baker in a weekly series, and his character could be positioned similarly to Dr. House (from House M.D.), but with more heart.

What did you think of the crossover event? Did you watch both hours? If it happened, would you be interested in a new series to add to the Chicago canvas?

Chicago P.D., rated TV-14, airs Thursdays at 10/9 C on NBC.

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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