Chicago P.D., 2×02- About that bounty, Halstead…

They always say that you should never compare your children, but the characters of Chicago P.D. and Chicago Fire populate the same world, so I’m going to make an exception. This week’s Chicago P.D. was much like it’s sibling show in that it was a relatively calm episode preceding what looks to be a doozy next week. Once again, however, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, because even the calmest episode of Chicago-anything is sure to leave you reeling.

The episode was very Halstead-centric, but when has that ever been a bad thing, really?

About that bounty thing.
Jay is entirely unphased by the $100,000 bounty on his head. While the team cracks jokes about Halstead being worth that much, Olinsky casually shares that back in the day, he and Voight once had a $1 million bounty placed on them. When asked how they handled it, Olinsky advises to “dust yourself.” Never go home the same way twice, run red lights if you must, and if you’re ever followed- well- take care of business.

Case of the Week-
The episode kicks off with a string of murders- one of the victims being a man Voight grew up with. The victims were all brutally murdered (at one point, I thought they were beheaded, which would have been REAL bold) with a dollar bill pinned to their chest. The team makes the connection that two of the victims were loan sharks. Their latest client is a man names Dale Hansen, the owner of a dry cleaning business that went south after he couldn’t repay the loan. Halstead and Antonio meet Hansen in the hospital, where his wife is admitted after swallowing a bottle of Xanax upon finding out that her husband lost the business.

Halstead interviews the kids, but doesn’t find anything suspicious. When Lindsay and Olinsky find a third victim next to a parked car, they discover the victim’s terrified daughter locked in the trunk. The daughter helps Ruzek compile a composite sketch, which Halstead quickly recognizes as Hansen’s son, Nate.

I would say that Intelligence finally corners Nate, but it’s really quite the opposite:

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Nate leads Halstead, Lindsay and Atwater on a crazy chase that takes them through traffic, down train tracks and up a ladder. They’re trying to get a lead on the car he got away in when the team gets a call about someone with a gun storming into Chicago Med (which I really hope does not turn into a third spinoff. We don’t need it, y’all!).

Halstead runs into the hospital like a total boss and tells everyone to put their guns down. Nate is terrified and tearful, standing in front of his mother with a gun pointed at everyone. Halstead connects with him and tells him that he, too, was in the Army and that he understands that Nate was trained to protect. He promises Nate that he can walk out because he won’t be tried as an adult.

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“They won’t shoot me?”
“Buddy, they’ve got to shoot me, first.”

If I had heart-eye emojis handy, I’d insert about five of them here. Jay Halstead is such a badass.

Later, when Voight and Olinsky are interrogating Nate, Nate’s sister watches along with Jay. Jay reveals that the State’s Attorney will at least try to charge him as an adult. Nate’s sister asks if he lied to Nate, and Jay makes zero apologies.

“To get the gun out of his hand so he didn’t kill somebody else? Hell yes, I did.”

A great episode for Halstead. Until the end, that is.

We should really talk about that bounty, Jay.
Early in the episode, Jay mentions to his favorite bartender that he has had to change up his routine. He is interrupted by a call from a man who is presumably his landlord. Jay returns to his apartment to find it broken into and ransacked.

At the end of the episode, Jay is back at the bar. Lindsay meets him there and Jay asks if he can stay with her until the bounty blows over (which is super convenient seeing as how she just broke up with Severide. Lindsay barely gets out that they can figure something out when a man walks in and opens fire on the bar.

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Nice reflexes, Lindsay. The nerd in me wants to know if this split-second reaction was scripted, or spectacular acting on Sophia Bush’s part. 

Lindsay returns fire, but the damage is done. Halstead’s bartender friend is shot in the neck.

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So yet again, it looks like we are headed for a doozy next week. Observe:

A few minor things in the episode occurred with Lindsay, but they were so insignificant that they don’t even really warrant recapping (Lindsay’s mother was a drug addict. I think we all had that one figured out.). Also, Lindsay was a bit of a brat in this episode, if I do say so myself. The Halstead story is really the only one worth following, here.

What did you think of this week’s Chicago P.D.? And what the hell is Jay going to do next week?!? Drop me a comment or a tweet @GinaWatchesTV and let’s talk!

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