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'Chicago P.D.' recap: We are family

Season 2 | Episode 3 | “The Weigh Station” | Aired Oct 8, 2014

This week on Chicago P.D., the case was personal. After the hit out on Halstead was discovered,  shots meant for him were fired, and the investigation is kicked into full gear.

Following that close call, Halstead is held in protective custody in the offices on Voight’s orders that Roman and Burgess keep an eye on him. Everyone else in Intelligence disperses to find any possible leads. Olinsky knows who put the bounty out in the first place, so he pays the guy, Bembenek, a visit in prison. That proves to be useless, as he’s not budging.

Luckily they were able to glean more information from Bembenek’s monitored outbound calls, which leads them to JP, a self-proclaimed retired hit man. He admits that he turned down the opportunity to work through a hit list that was actually much longer than just Jay Halstead. More victims keep popping up until finally JP agrees to help them if Voight erases his son’s records. Voight shakes on it, and JP sings about Shostack, a “new breed of contract killer.” It’s guys like him that made JP step back from the game because they’re ruthless nowadays.

Tired of sitting by, Halstead voluntarily agrees to go with JP to meet Shostack. He knows it’s a dangerous situation to put himself in, but as he says, this is basically what he signed up for when he joined the police force.

Of course, JP turns on Halstead the instant he sees his son was abducted. Voight and the team track them until JP is instructed to switch cars. Long story short, they catch up with the bad guys and Shostack. Halstead, JP’s son, and even Maddie the bartender all live to see another day thanks to the bravery that Halstead shows.

Voight’s speech at the end of the episode really drives home the concept that this unit is family. Erin thanks Voight for probably the hundredth time for taking her into his home when she was just a teenager. You can’t help but feel so bad for her after she’s given her mom another chance that she doesn’t deserve. She showed up to Bunny and Joe’s wedding ceremony, and when Joe seemed genuinely interested in getting to know her, Bunny cut him off. This was all the proof Erin needed to show her who her real family is.

Sergeant Platt is a tough cookie, plain and simple. She softened up to Ruzek last season, and now Nadia has made it a point to break through her tough exterior. She does so by giving Platt a birthday card when no one else (not even her new boyfriend) remembers it’s her birthday. They only have a couple of scenes together, totaling maybe four minutes, but it’s the small moments like these that keep me interested in this show.

Of course, I’m also very invested in Ruzek and Burgess’ relationship. When Ruzek appeared to be buttering up another cop to get her to help with the phone records, Burgess thought that they should take a break. At the end of the day, they were able to sneak in another private conversation, and Burgess tells Ruzek to meet her at her place in an hour. Yay! Their stolen moments together are great, but I kinda can’t wait until they make this relationship official.

What did you think of the 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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