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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.

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