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'Chicago P.D.' recap: The truth comes out

Season 2 | Episode 1 | “Call It Macaroni” | Aired Sept 24, 2014

Following the murder of Sheldon Jin, the season premiere of Chicago P.D. opens with Voight being questioned about his involvement in the case, since records show he was the last person to call Jin’s cell phone. Eventually the identity of the killer is revealed through some clever methods.

The Intelligence Unit is working off a tip about an armored truck heist; the truck had thousands of dollars in it. Ruzek goes undercover, but they soon lose track of the suspects. Honestly, this whole storyline was boring to me. I was much more interested in catching up with the cops themselves.

Ruzek and Burgess had finally hooked up at the end of last season, and we get a glimpse of their relationship now. After her partner, Atwater, was promoted to Intelligence last year, Burgess gets assigned a new partner, Sean Roman (Brian Geraghty). He’s a jerk to her right off the bat. Of course, this makes for a less than pleasant day on the job, because he seems to hold a grudge against her merely for being a woman. All Kim wants to talk about at home is this new partner, but Ruzek shuts her up and pulls her into the bedroom. Hopefully there’s more support in this relationship that we just haven’t seen yet; otherwise, I really don’t like them together anymore.

Erin’s friend and mentee Nadia starts her new job as a receptionist in the Intelligence Unit. It’s a great improvement from her frequent drug problems last season. It’s also a testament to Erin’s character that she would take a girl from the streets under her wing and really turn her life around for the better. It makes you wonder where Erin came from.

We get a glimpse of Erin’s mother, Bunny, whose calls she’s been ignoring for a few days. Instead of calling her back, Erin visits her mom at the bar where she works, only to tell her to stop calling her at work. Erin leaves her cell number with Bunny. There’s definitely a complicated history between this mother and daughter that will surely be playing itself out over this season. As Bunny tells Erin, she’s getting married. Judging by her response, I doubt Erin will even be attending the reception, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Halstead receives a thumb drive in the mail with a note from Jin saying that he trusts Halstead with it. With his murder under investigation, Halstead is reluctant to even see what’s on the drive, but he does tell Erin about it. There are recordings of Stillwell threatening Jin’s life multiple times on this drive, which Halstead eventually thinks Voight may be able to help with.

Voight takes a listen and transcribes the recordings, then meets Stillwell in private. He knows Stillwell killed Jin, but Stillwell is threatening to out Voight to his department about his own involvement with Internal Affairs.

Chicago P.D.

A visit from Jin’s parents changes everything. Mrs. Jin opens up to Voight about Sheldon’s dreams and thanks Voight for accepting him into his team at work. Knowing that her son died doing what he loved with people who accepted him really comforts her. This only spurs Voight to hand the evidence of Stillwell’s threats to Jin over to a higher authority, knowing that his own job will be on the line.

Somehow Voight talks his way out of suspension and even comes clean to the rest of the Intelligence Unit. They all seem to shrug it off, maybe because they all had their suspicions about him already.

What did you all think about the season premiere?

Chicago P.D. airs Wednesdays at 10/9C 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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