Chicago PD 4×21 Review: New Blood in the Intelligence Unit

A new character made her bow in intelligence this week, but is she really needed?

Case Summary

Jay and Erin, after having breakfast together, respond to a bank robbery. In the process of investigating potential future robberies with the (initially reluctant) help of Detective Hailey Upton from robbery-homicide, Intelligence stumbles on another robbery. Two of the offenders escape after a shootout with the detectives, one is captured by Jay and the other gets shot by Erin. When she removes his motorcycle helmet, she realizes it’s a 14 year old and this clearly affects her throughout the case, not least when the boy’s mother emotionally confronts her at the morgue. Eventually, the team figures out that robbers all worked for Lavar Spann, a former bank robber turned cripple who is out on parole and now seeking to “mentor” young boys. However, they find no evidence linking him to the robberies and their only hope of doing so lies with one of the captured robbers, Corey. After the two that escaped are found dead, presumably murdered by Spann, Corey, under the urging of Atwater, decides to make a statement implicating Spann. However, Voight chooses to deny Corey’s statement because he knew Corey was going to end up dead like the others if he testified against Spann. Eventually, they decided to bust Spann for a parole violation, much to the ire of the State’s Attorney’s office but Voight assures Spann that the day he spends the money from the robbery, he’ll bust him.

Episode Takeaways

I actually liked that the case wasn’t tied up in a neat bow. This made for more realistic viewing because not every case in the real world is solved. But, what Voight did – sacrificing a conviction to save Corey’s life was one of the highlights of the episode. It was also the right move. Yes, they only got Spann off the street for supplying minors with alcohol but it was better than the alternative for Corey:

“That kid snitches and he’s dead. So his testimony is not an option” – Voight

This yet again shows the kind of cop Voight is. Aside from truth and justice, the safety of persons is one of the most important things to him.

“What you did for Corey Jenkins, protecting him by denying his confession, I don’t know many, if any, cops that would do that”. – Upton

Yes Hailey, there’s no one quite like Voight.

On another note, Kot’s lack of empathy in his exchange with Lindsay annoyed me:

“I’m saying this case is a mess. You shot an African American teenager, who from the reports I’ve seen, never actually fired his weapon.” – Kot
“Are you kidding me? Have you ever looked down the barrel of an automatic weapon? No? Good.” – Lindsay

Not a position I imagine you would want to be in, Kot!

New Blood in Intelligence

Upton

Initially, Upton didn’t make the best of impressions with her territorial attitude over the case, spilling coffee over our favourite Sergeant Platt (not cool Upton) and calling Voight a son of a bitch, but her work with intelligence was good and so far, she seems like a solid cop with a spunky attitude. The next few episodes will tell us more, given Voight has given her an invitation to join intelligence while Burgess is on furlough.  Personally, I do not think Intelligence needs any more additions. The unit is big enough already and some of the existing cast members need more storylines. So why introduce a new character to take away from that? I like Upton and all, but I don’t think the show really needs her.

However, her history with Platt was touching. Apparently, Platt helped her through a difficult moment as a child (just how old are we to assume Upton is?) when her father was robbed and beaten (back when Platt used to work robbery-homicide):

“I became a cop because of you” – Upton

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That was a really touching moment.

More Linstead Frustrations

On the Linstead front, this episode was frustrating to say the least. On the bright side, they seemed slightly more comfortable around each other (although I have no idea what Jay was getting at in the opening scene). But the ending scene was difficult to watch. Although Jay comforted her when she confessed to him she was struggling with the fact she killed a kid, you could tell that as much as she wanted him to comfort her, it was still difficult for her to be so close to him.

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I think most fans were screaming for him to go after her when she left, but he didn’t. Their separation is still hard on them both (as for their entire fandom) so I hope this is corrected soon.

What are your thoughts on the episode?

Photo credits: Chicago PD Twitter and NBC

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