Season 1 | Episode 14 | “The Docks” | Aired May 14, 2014
You never know when it’s your time to shine. That’s what Platt says to a beat cop who is asked to deliver a bomb threat at the request of Ruzek in probably the smallest line that’s crossed during the entire hour of “The Docks.”
This week picks up pretty much right after Dawson was shot by Pulpo. He’s the only cop who made it out alive. If it’s been said once, it’s been said a dozen times: Family comes first with Hank Voight. He fully intends to make Pulpo pay for what he did to Dawson and the others with his life. It’s not even a question. To drive home just how important family is, he pulls Burgess and Atwater off the streets to watch over Dawson’s family at the hospital. They may want in on the action, but there isn’t a more pressing concern than ensuring that Dawson’s loved ones are safe.
Voight makes it clear that when Pulpo is found, he’s to be turned over to either him or Alivin. It doesn’t take the Intelligence Unit long to realize that means Pulpo isn’t going to find justice in the traditional manner. They aren’t going to arrest him and bring him in. Things are going to go down like they did with the legend of Browning — the suspect who killed Olinsky’s partner, got in a car with him and Voight and never made it to the precinct. It’s like déjà vu all over again.
Ruzek isn’t going to ask any questions because he’s four months out of the academy. Lindsay says they just need to find the guy first and ask questions later. Halstead’s conscience weighs upon him like a ton of bricks — after all, he was brought on by Dawson, the only other man to question Voight’s special way of dealing with crime in Chicago.
It’s Dawson and Halstead who have the balls to try to stop another Browning from happening. Dawson wants Pulpo to pay, but he doesn’t want to spend the rest of his life thinking about the guy, with his death on his shoulders. He tells Halstead what he knows about the Browning affair — Voight and Olinsky took him down by the docks and off on a boat, never to be seen again.
Pulpo is locked up in a cage and Voight and Olinsky are waiting for nightfall. Olinsky wonders if Voight is ever bothered by what they did to Browning. Voight sleeps like a baby. Olinsky? Not so much. Did Voight kill Browning because of what he did to Olinsky’s partner, or as some sort of vendetta because he wasn’t able to do anything about what happened to his father? Voight is steadfast; Browning killed one of their own and for that he deserved to die. The same goes for Pulpo. It’s time.
Have ya ever gone swimming with a Chicago necklace? It’s made of cinder blocks and chains, and I don’t think it’s something you wear more than once. Luckily for Pulpo, Halstead makes sure he survives his one time wearing it. Olinsky is filled with relief and Voight just chalks it up to the wrong guy and the wrong time. The thing is, he respects Halstead. They both have convictions and they stick to them. They can’t both win, and they won’t always get their own way, but Voight is a fair man when he has the facts straight.
Unfortunately, he didn’t have the facts straight when he made the decision to let Sumner go. Voight is counting on Jin to give him dirt on Sumner, and Jin delivered. Whatever Stillwell has on his dad is pretty damning and could involve a call to the FBI. When Platt saw Jin at Voight’s computer, I was pretty certain she would bring it up to Voight, and it’s possible that may happen. As it stands now, Sumner is gone and Atwater has been promoted over Burgess. Why not Burgess? Because Voight thinks she should be spending her time proving herself and not dallying in an office romance. Ouch.
Ruzek still hasn’t told Burgess about himself and Wendy, so now she has a double whammy of not getting the guy and being passed over for a promotion. If Jin is outed as the rat, however, Atwater could be sent back down the ranks. Sumner was really good at the job, and she’s a great loss to the Unit. We also don’t know what the repercussions will be from Stillwell when he learns his personal appointee to the Unit has been transferred. Since she rebuffed him, and he needs Jin on the inside, he may not care.
Next week is the season finale, and it looks like Lindsay’s past with Charlie is going to come back to haunt them all. He has something on her that even Voight doesn’t know, and from the looks of it, things go south pretty quickly. She should know better than to think she can get away with hiding whatever it is — but I guess that’s what the finale is all about.
Chicago P.D., rated TV-14, airs Wednesdays at 10/9 C on NBC.