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'Chicago P.D.' finale recap: Another one bites the dust

Season 1 | Episode 15 | “A Beautiful Friendship” | Aired May 21, 2014

What did we learn during season 1 of Chicago P.D.? Working in the Intelligence Unit is thrilling and intoxicating; it’s damning to your romantic partnerships, has relatively high attrition, requires an incredible amount of trust on every level and results in a high fatality rate. The series started with the death of someone in the unit and ended in the same way. The first death was at the hands of one of El Pulpo’s thugs. The last appears to have been an inside job.

There was a lot going on in “A Beautiful Friendship.” It included a Atwater’s first day in Intelligence, Lindsay’s past catching up with her, the apparent end of Dawson’s marriage, Burgess and Ruzek going the distance, Voight paying off Stillwell, and the reveal and subsequent death of resident I.T. expert and department rat Sheldon Jin.

Where to start, where to start?!

CPDFinale2Dawson’s first day back on the job after being shot gets him a temporary desk assignment, but it’s something his wife wants permanently — that or moving to a small town to “Barney Fife” it. He spends the day dodging her calls, and when he arrives home, he discovers that she’s made the decision on her own. He’s in a quiet house devoid of love and laughter. It no longer holds the family he wants, but is equipped with the dreaded note left on the kitchen table.

Lindsay kind of forgets that everyone in Intelligence has her back because she attempts to go up against Charlie on her own. When Lindsay was 16, Charlie was 25. He kept the electricity on and food on the table. He also kept quiet about her best friend, Annie, murdering an abusive dude, as well as Lindsay’s subsequent assistance in dumping the body. In my nightmares, I am responsible for someone’s death and the past comes back to bite me in the butt, so it makes complete sense to me why Lindsay ended up a cop — especially working with someone with as many grey areas as Voight. Constantly looking over her shoulder could only be mitigated by knowing she has the most loyal friend and mentor looking out for her.

Yet for a little while, Lindsay tries to handle Charlie on her own. When Halstead uses a criminal informant (CI) that leads him to Charlie in conjunction with a massive theft of explosive materials, he realizes Lindsay is in something big. Her past crashing with her present and her acceptance that she doesn’t have the control she thought she had over the situation leads her to Voight. Of course, he has her back. When they get Charlie in custody, Lindsay wants to give him one more chance. She is Charlie’s soft spot. He doesn’t want her to be sent away for murder, and when she says she’ll take the rap for what Annie did, he spills. He’ll go away for a year, then can come out and start fresh. It doesn’t seem Voight will stand in his way this time.

Atwater’s first day on the job didn’t go as he anticipated. Olinsky asked about Burgess, considering she was the one who deserved the job. It surprised me that Atwater seemed either unaware or unconcerned about his former partner. Rise up and forget those who helped you get there. He learned right quick that you don’t call your own shots in Intelligence. Olinsky spent his time riding Ruzek. Ruzek is no longer green, so Atwater can be saddled with Olinsky for a while. Atwater spent some time acting cool while others held him up. He does have contacts on the street that should come in handy, so I expect he’ll make up for what he didn’t earn as time creeps on.

CPDFinale1Burgess’ new partner was asleep at the wheel — quite literally. Assigned to an older beat cop who doesn’t share her fire for the job, but not letting the pass from Intelligence or the deadbeat cop get to her, Burgess earns an extra dose of respect from Platt, who was testing her. We need at least one familiar face to continue receiving Platt’s support (and razzing), so it’s difficult to complain about Burgess staying in uniform. Marina Squerciati told us that Burgess would get either professional or personal satisfaction in the finale. She brushes off Ruzek in the lobby by telling him, “Yeah, well, thanks to you I get to keep provin’ myself as a uniform,” but we also learn Ruzek is getting furniture for his new apartment. He goes to her place to tell her she’s a great cop and he misses her. Burgess practically lunges at him and they end up in bed. Ahhhh — satisfaction!

Jin is still burning the candle at both ends, and eventually that means you’re on fire. Sadly, Jin was never a fully fleshed out character. His death wasn’t a surprise, nor will his character be missed. He was expendable. He essentially seals his fate when he gives information about Lindsay to Stillwell to save his own ass. Was his head really buried so far up there that he didn’t take the time to process how important Lindsay is to Voight? To make matters worse, we learned he was protecting his father over gambling debts. That’s not exactly the kind of thing that makes you turn on the Intelligence Unit. Pick your battles, son. I suppose he did, and he chose unwisely.

Over the last few episodes, they’ve made sure to remind us to what lengths Voight will go to protect his own. They’ve also taught us what he does when he takes care of dirty business — he gives his prey a Chicago necklace. Jin’s body being found in a vacant lot just after Voight paid Stillwell $5,000 stinks of a setup. Stillwell doesn’t have all the information about Voight’s past. What he thinks he knows doesn’t match up with the facts. I could be wrong, but I’m going to call it right now that Stillwell’s going to be ultimately responsible for Jin’s death in an attempt to frame Voight. He’s angry about losing Sumner, possibly about Voight sending her down (although we have no confirmation), and at Voight for getting to Jin.

CPDFinale3When Jin makes a call to his father telling him to pack up and prepare to get out of Dodge (or, in this case, Chicago), he also prepares an envelope with downloaded information. Where did that go? That’s going to be another important piece to the puzzle. I’m still not ruling out Voight, but I can’t get over the fact that, if faced with Stillwell’s wrath through punishment of his father or Voight taking his life, Jin would choose the former.

My predictions for Chicago P.D. season 2:

  • The season starts out with a full-on investigation into Jin’s murder.
  • Voight has the envelope from Jin.
  • Stillwell will be a bigger burden than he was this year in his attempt to capture Voight.
  • We’ll learn about Voight’s father and his motivations for being in Intelligence, and whether he has as many gray areas as we’ve been lead to believe.
  • Burgess will have a new partner who challenges her to grow in many ways, and Voight will question his decision to pass her over.
  • Lindsay and Halstead will continue to grow closer. Their relationship, and the benefits it brings to Intelligence, will cause Voight to reconsider allowing Burgess on the team, even if she and Ruzek are involved.
  • Two new additions to the precinct: Burgess’ partner and a new IT guru … perhaps a female (put in your job application, techies!).
  • Someone will lose their job, someone will lose their love and someone will lose their life (safe bets!).

Share your thoughts about who killed Jin, as well as your season 2 wishes and predictions.

Chicago P.D. airs 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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