Chicago P.D. 2×06, “Prison Ball”

I know I’ve been cranking out the Chicago P.D. recaps lately, but I wanted to get caught up before this week’s annual crossover. Last week’s episode saw the team go undercover in an attempt to solve the brutal murder of a ten-year-old girl. The team pulled out all the stops and gave us a fantastic episode that saw Ruzek play a convincing criminal and Atwater turn into the Hulk.

Case of the Week-

Intelligence is called out to a late-night murder involving a ten year old girl, Maya. Maya was witness to a crime committed by Grant. Grant’s Uncle is connected enough to order the hit, but Voigt and Olinsky are blocked from visiting the Uncle in prison.

After an emotional plea to Voight, Atwater and Ruzek get off the bus as undercover prisoners. Antonio is on the inside, too, in more of a Pornstache/Bennett type role. The goal of the whole operation is to get a confession out of Tucker and link the shooter back to his orders.

Atwater is thwarted the first time he tries to speak to Tucker when the latter is taken to Protective Custody. Ruzek takes matters into his own hands and starts a fight with Atwater to get one of them sent to the same place. Atwater is whisked away, but the head guard promises that the person who started the fight will be sent to the “hole.”

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Two of Tucker’s “bros” approach Ruzek and ask how he knew that Atwater is a cop. Before Ruzek can act, he is carried away to the “hole” for starting the fight. Ruzek freaks out; he knows that Atwater is made, but has no way of informing the rest of Intelligence. Before the guards abandon Ruzek in the hole, he asks to see Antonio under the guise of his undercover name. The head guard accuses Antonio of being a “dirty guard” and fires him- which leads Antonio to blow his cover. Antonio pleads with the guard to let him do his job. The guard says nothing and awkwardly drifts out of frame.

Intelligence discovers that the real shooter is a man named Omar Martel. They head to his apartment and apprehend him, but not before this happens:

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I hate when I’m walking around the house in my underwear and Halstead just randomly appears and shoves me against the wall! #ChicagoPDProblems

Over in “max,” Atwater uses the scoop on Martel to get to Tucker. He tells Tucker that Martel wants more money. Tucker opens up; his nephew wanted to “cap” the girl himself, but he knew Martel would be up for anything. One of Tucker’s men informs him that Atwater is a cop, and the most epic fight scene in Chicago PD history ensues.

Atwater seems screwed at first; both men have him cornered in a small cell and Tucker is wielding a screwdriver. What we don’t know, however, is that Atwater is part Hulk. He dominates both men and sends the first OVER A RAIL. With Antonio holding him back, he stands over Tucker and booms the best line of the episode.

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Why couldn’t that have been the piece of dialogue that served as the episode title? Talk about iconic.

Atwater tells Maya’s mother himself that they found the men responsible for the murder. He then goes home and tells his sister that she means the world to him.

Burgess and Bitchy-

Roman might be the first male I have ever come across with resting bitchface. It’s the worst.

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Platt puts he and Burgess on “Police Explorer” duty, which basically means that they are in charge of three teenage boys who are supposedly interested in becoming cops. Roman is overly enthusiastic about the whole thing because he, too, was a Police Explorer.

My thought process at this point was something like this: okay, background on Roman. I’m open to anything that might make me like him bet- oh, no, wait, he has gone back to being an abrasive little bitch. Roman finally airs out his issue with Olinsky, but it’s hidden under so much passive aggression that I can’t quite tell why he is mad.

Turns out Roman and his old partner “Burns” were “backup” on an undercover operation back in 2007. Burns was shot three times right in front of Olinsky, but Olinsky opted to run after the shooter over staying behind to help. Burns nearly died. Roman storms off before Olinsky can respond.

The boys run away, but are eventually found after Platt informs Bitchy and Burgess that the kids are considered “at risk.” Two gems of dialogue here:

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Burgess: “There’s a chain of command.”
Roman: “Screw the chain of command!”

You throw that temper tantrum, Roman. Such a great cop, you are.

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“It’s like when people ask me about you- I don’t say ‘Roman is a pain in my ass,’ because that would be labeling you.”

Platt just needed to drop the mic and walk away at that point, because that line was perfection.

Roman lets the kids go after a speech about second chances, but the saga doesn’t end there. Unfortunately, he got in Olinsky’s head with the earlier sob story about Burns. Olinsky spends two scenes racking his brain as to what happened (I couldn’t tell you what I was doing seven years ago, what makes you think that Olinsky could?). Voight assures him that they did the right thing, and Olinsky offers to relay that to Burns himself. Roman is completely unreceptive to Olinsky’s offer and snaps that Burns is back with his family in Milwaukee living off disability. He leaves a semi-distraught Olinsky in his dust.

Other Stuff-

Lindsay is still talking about this dinky task force. I’d honestly forgotten about it until she sat Halstead down to get his advice. She takes the meeting with random-attorney-man who basically tells her that if she does well, she can pick whatever cases she’d like to handle.

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I’d be concerned about her potentially leaving if (a) I didn’t want enough television to know that she’s not leaving and (b) she wasn’t set to be injured this week.

But Gina,  you ask, what are you talking about? How do you know Lindsay is going to get hurt?

Behold, next week’s preview:

I initially fell for the preview and was convinced she was going to get shot, but I’ve read a few things since then that point to something else. Either way, Halstead and Voight are going to lose it, and something along the way will convince her to stay.

I think the length of this recap alone shows that this was a pretty solid episode for Chicago P.D. The episode was so action packed that at one point, I looked at the clock thinking we were almost done, and we were only halfway through. I love episodes like that, and I’m sure that this week’s crossover will be just as intense if not more. What did you think of last week’s Chicago P.D.? And HOW BADASS WAS ATWATER?!!? Drop me a comment or a tweet @GinaWatchesTV and we will reconvene for the annual #OneChicago crossover starting TONIGHT!

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