Chicago PD 4×18 and 4×19 Double Review: A Throwback to the Format of Earlier Seasons

Stand up and applaud CPD fans. Chicago PD is FINALLLY getting back to the formula of the early seasons. These last two episodes have been the perfect balance of the professional and the personal lives of our favourite detectives…

4×18: “Little Bit of Light”

The case in this episode was a simple yet intriguing one that brought the best out of Chicago PD.  The best scene of the episode was when Lindsay drew on her own experience with her parents to get through to Sarah and convince her not to protect her father anymore. I love it when the characters use their own lives to identify with and help people.  Yes, they sometimes use questionable methods (many of which I don’t always agree with) but one thing is true: they care about victims and they will always fight to the death for them, even if it means sacrificing a little bit of themselves for it.

Linstead, Linstead, Linstead. Why are you hurting my shipper heart? Hopefully they can work out whatever they’re working out and get back together soon (Note: a scene was cut between the two that I would advise all viewers to go online and check out). Throughout the episode, Voight catches on that something is up between the two and pulls Jay aside…

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What is it with Voight? Why is Jay always the one approached when he notices something’s up with Linstead? Also, Jay and Erin weren’t letting their personal lives interfere with the job, so Voight had no professional reason to pull Jay aside. I believe that Voight approaches Jay more as Erin’s (surrogate, possibly biological) father than their boss and that isn’t very professional.

Did anyone else find it interesting that Erin made mention of the fact that she doesn’t know who her bio dad is and then Voight reunites the little girl with her father so he could watch her play piano for the first time? The parallels in this scene had me thinking. Are the writers dropping more hints about Lindsay and Voight’s potential biological relationship? I really hope not. Because given everything Lindsay has been through, if she had to find out that Voight knew there was a chance he was her father and didn’t tell her, the little relationship they had left will be irreparable.

Elsewhere, Nicole, Burgess’ sister, is staying with Burgess for a while because she’s getting divorced. It was really nice to see more of Burgess’ personal life (outside of Ruzek), especially her niece (remember she had an operation in Season 1 in the first ever Chicago Crossover?). Burgess’ conversation with her niece at the end was sweet and touching. She really shines when she’s given material such as this to deal with.

4×19: “Last Minute Resistance”

Speaking of shining, Burgess was great in this episode. It was Marina Squerciati’s final episode this season as a result of her maternity leave and she was excellent. I love when Burgess takes initiative and kicks butt instead of when she’s being overly enthusiastic and naïve. My only issue was when she drank the spiked drink, which worried both Lindsay and Ruzek. I think there was a better way to handle that situation. In fact, she must have been sweating bullets when Voight called her into his office. However, after berating her slightly he said:

“You think like a cop that belongs up here”. – Voight

I love when PD has episodes when the team rallies around the family members of the intelligence team “An attack on your family is an attack on our family” is a tune that Voight has sung since Episode 1. There is more focus, determination, and intensity when intelligence has to defend one of their own.

The case was a particularly awful one, but it’s a topic that needed addressing because of the pervasive rape culture in the world right now. Did anyone else squirm when the seminar leader said this line?:

“When a woman says no it does not mean that the game is over; it means that the game has started. My program will teach you how to break through a woman’s artificial resistance and bring her to her desired state of consent.” – Goldwin

Say what? Is he for real? I don’t usually condone when intelligence uses violence but that headlock Voight gave him in the tunnel was satisfying and had me like…

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He may not have raped Burgess’ sister, but his ridiculous philosophy definitely contributed to it.

Side notes

Burgess: “I want to go undercover with Lindsay.”

Voight: “I don’t think it’s the right fit, Kim.”

Burgess: “It’s the perfect fit. I know the case, I work well with Lindsay, and I’m the right gender.”

Voight: “You’re too close to this.”

Burgess: “Like you were too close to Justin?”

I loved that scene. It shows there’s more to Burgess than just being “the other female intelligence member” because she has some serious spunk. She can definitely turn it on “Erin Lindsay” style when she needs to and I hope to see more of that.

Halstead (at a suspect’s workplace): “Excuse me. Chicago police. Was anyone here with manslut last night. Anybody? Manslut?”

This was the perfect comic relief scene in the middle of an intense episode. I could even tell Jay was trying to hold back his laughter.

All in all these last two episodes of Chicago PD were great. What are your thoughts? Will Linstead resolve their issues before the end of the season? Will we see more of spunky Burgess when she returns?

Photos credit: NBC and Twitter

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