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'Chicago P.D.' recap: Scrabble with Halstead

Season 2 | Episode 2 | “Get My Cigarettes” | Aired Oct 1, 2014

Last week ended with Olinsky learning of a $100,000 bounty out on Halstead. While this episode doesn’t directly deal with that threat yet, shots are literally fired at the end, so we can look forward to more of that next week.

For now, the Intelligence unit is wrapping up its investigation behind a growing number of shotgun victims, a couple of whom happened to be friends of Voight. Nick Marcello, especially, was Voight’s old childhood friend, so his murder prompts Voight to take over. As often happens with old friends, you drift apart and might not always be close. Voight isn’t aware that Marcello, along with another victim, Fagen, was a known loan shark.

The case gets complicated when kids of the victims get involved. For one thing, the daughter of a third victim is found locked in a car trunk after the shooter killed her father in front of her. She’s their only lead to identifying this guy, so Lindsay leaves her with Ruzek to get a sketch worked up using a new app. One thing I love about this show is the subtle humor that sneaks in every now and then. In this case, Ruzek outsources the task of using the confusing composite sketch app to a regular cop downstairs in exchange for a burger.

Halstead and Antonio immediately recognize the sketch of the suspect as the son of a dry cleaner who was in debt with the victims. It turns out that these men had violently attacked him in his own home, in front of his wife and children. Since his father wasn’t going to do anything about it, this teenage son took revenge into his own hands. How exactly he got a shotgun is beyond me, but it was interesting to see Halstead be the one to talk him down from hurting anyone else.

Erin seems to be giving her mom more than a couple chances to prove herself, even if she’ll say otherwise. The fact that Erin agrees to meet with her at least two days in a row says a lot. She may only be doing so to be able to make her mom realize that her drug addiction really scarred her for life. Her recounting of the time she found her mom overdosed in the kitchen when she was only 9 years old—and too afraid to call the cops for fear of being taken away from her—broke my heart.

There’s definitely a lot more to Erin’s background that we’ve yet to see. Besides her scenes with her mom, she also shares a few memories of her times when Voight and his wife took her into their home when she was only 15. It’ll be interesting to see how more of her past gets filled in as this season and series goes on.

The end of the episode is where things really get crazy. Halstead’s apartment is broken into, probably just to scare him, since nothing of value was actually stolen. He’s rightfully scared, and asks Erin if he can stay at her place until this all blows over. She notices he is flirting with the bartender and even suspects that he’s sleeping with her, but he admits that he’s only played Scrabble with her once. All of a sudden, shots are fired in his direction. Erin pulls Halstead down behind a table to protect him, but it appears the bartender was shot.

If this ending proves anything, next week should be another great episode!

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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