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Image Credit: CHICAGO P.D. -- "Justice" Episode 321 -- Pictured: Philip Winchester as Peter Stone -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC)

Peter Stone of 'Chicago P.D.' is my new lawyer crush

All apologies to Michael Cutter, but Chicago P.D.‘s Peter Stone has become my new TV-lawyer crush. In just a single episode, he’s established himself as one badass assistant state’s attorney.

What makes him so cool? First off, he’s played by Philip Winchester — who is, for my money, the best actor on television. He’s a certified badass in real life, and all of his recent characters have been pretty awesome guys, too. It hasn’t been that long since he was Alex Kane in NBC’s action drama The Player (eight months, actually), saving kidnapped teenagers and beating bad guys into submission. And let’s not forget Michael Stonebridge from Strike Back. Winchester has that intangible “it factor” where he just commands the screen. There’s something in the way he carries himself and how he delivers performances that ensures you can’t take your eyes off him. Naturally, that makes any character he’s playing stand out above the rest.

But the way he handled Stone was a new challenge even for him. Over the last six years and three shows (if you include his run as Leontes in Camelot), all Winchester has done is action drama. He’s been the guy who literally comes in and saves the day. Not only that, but he’s usually done it in spectacular fashion, like hanging from the side of a building, or fighting a guy in midair, or getting into a slugfest on top of a moving train. If there’s anything weird about this week’s episode of Chicago P.D., it’s that he didn’t turn around and punch someone.

Stone was the proof that Winchester is a superbly talented actor who just happened to become an action star, rather than an action star who’s now going back to being an actor. The biggest explosion Stone had to deal with was Kim Burgess getting emo after he called her out for dating her partner. As a TV geek, it was so much fun to see Winchester playing with a different set of cards, to watch him convey what was going through Stone’s head with only the way he read his lines, even if the line itself wasn’t revealing much. To see him looking sharp in a suit and tie, when Alex could almost never be bothered. And to discover that he could land punches in another way — the huge verbal ones that really make the attorneys on a Dick Wolf show.

(There was even a fun fact hiding in there: Stone’s co-counsel Dawn Harper was played by Nazneen Contractor, whose husband is Carlo Rota, who played the father of the girl Alex Kane rescued in the pilot episode of The Player. Small world.)

From a character-based point of view, Stone has all the makings of being the biggest lead prosecutor since Cutter upended Law & Order eight years ago. There’s actually a little bit of Cutter in him; while he has yet to pull any crazy stunts like pretend someone is a foreign spy or get himself intentionally punched, “Justice” gave the sense that he wouldn’t not do things like that. He has a look in his eye, as Voight pointed out, like he wants to beat the world. And he also has that very Cutter-like ability to make people utterly squirm on the stand. If Chicago Justice goes to series, and it seems like it will, one can only imagine the kind of material they could write for this guy.

More than that, though, he harkens back to Law & Order‘s first chief attorney, and not just because they share a surname. What was so fantastic about Ben Stone — as played by Michael Moriarty over the initial four seasons — was his idealism. He really gave a damn about right and wrong, and had the courage of his convictions, and you just believed in him because of how deeply he believed in his work. Stone was the opposite of Cutter, not a showy guy at all, but, in a way, he was a rock for the show to rest on. Peter Stone has that same moral fiber. For him things are black and white: He’s going to tell it like it is, and he’s not going to lose. He’s re-lit that idealistic flame for the Chicago franchise.

It would be a missed opportunity if Wolf and Co. don’t reveal that he’s somehow related to Ben Stone, not just because of the surname or because they brought Shambala Green back, but because it already feels like Ben Stone would look at Peter Stone and heartily approve.

That’s what makes Peter Stone an immediate rock star. Chicago P.D. showed us that he represents the best of the two greatest types of attorneys in the Wolf franchise. He’s the idealist who just might have an ace waiting up his sleeve and knows how to play it. He’s being portrayed by an actor who already has his coolness credentials and yet is showing us that there’s much more he can do. And he doesn’t seem to have a hair out of place. Here’s hoping that NBC orders Chicago Justice to series, because after “Justice” we need to see Philip Winchester as Peter Stone laying down the law.

Chicago P.D. airs Wednesdays 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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