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'Chicago P.D.' recap: Cops and kids

Season 2 | Episode 6 | “Prison Ball” | Aired Nov 5, 2014

Reporting to murder cases is basically a part of the job description for the detectives of Chicago P.D. Unfortunately some are harder to deal with emotionally, especially when the victim is a 10-year-old girl. This particular case hit close to home with Atwater. He finally gets his chance to shine for the first time all season since his promotion to the Intelligence Unit.

Atwater’s little sister is around the victim, Maya’s, age, so he feels compelled to go undercover in prison, where they believe the hit on her was ordered from. Ruzek goes in with him as a fellow inmate, while Antonio poses as a corrections officer to keep an eye on them. No one other than the warden is supposed to know about the undercover cops, but of course, word gets out sooner rather than later.

Atwater is recognized by a prisoner whom he nabbed months ago, and the truth spreads like wildfire. Luckily he’s wearing a wire and gets all of the confession on record, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t suffer a violent attack. For being in the maximum security division of the prison, there is an extremely delayed reaction for prison guards to break up the fight between Atwater and Tucker—the suspect’s uncle, who ordered the murder.

Ruzek thinks he is helping Atwater by instigating a fight in the cafeteria, but soon enough the video footage is reviewed. Poor Ruzek is thrown into solitary confinement, where he all but blows Antonio’s cover. He’s usually good under pressure when he’s with Olinsky out on cases, but he is really rattled by the prisoners’ harsh treatment at the officers’ hands.

Burgess and Roman are tasked with showing a group of kids around the station that they believe are part of the Police Explorer organization. They turn out to actually be juvenile delinquents, and they steal the Commander’s car the first chance they get. Aside from Roman’s no-nonsense take on police work, he finally lets Olinsky in on what his problem is. In 2007, Roman and his partner were on the scene of an undercover bust gone wrong. His partner was shot, but all Roman focused on was the fact that Olinsky fled to chase the perpetrator. In Olinsky’s defense, he knew that Roman was there to care for his partner, and he had his own obligation to catch the bad guy. It’s a shame, but it does make sense that Roman needs someone to blame now that his ex-partner is in a wheelchair for the rest of his life.

I wasn’t expecting to learn so much about Roman so soon. These aspects of his personality certainly make him more respectable, but I’m still waiting for the other shoe to drop about the personal security side business that he runs.

Also worth mentioning is the fact that Erin is seriously considering taking the job offer to start up a task force. She meets with the lawyer to find out more about it, even though Halstead clearly doesn’t want her to take it. She makes a valid point that she wants to be ahead of cases rather than cleaning up the mess afterward.

Next week is the epic Dick Wolf two-night/three-show crossover event. As I’ve only ever watched SVU or Chicago Fire when Chicago P.D. crossed over with them last year, this should be interesting. Make room on your own TV schedule for all three episodes!

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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