ONE CHICAGO Women: Chicago Justice 1×11, Chicago Fire 5×20, Chicago P.D. 4×21 & Chicago Med 2×22 recap
Drama-rama, we’ve got A LOT to talk about in the ONE CHICAGO world this week. Read on to find out what went on with the leading ladies of Chicago Justice, Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and Chicago Med this week…
Laura Nagel: In this week’s ep, Nagel and Dawson are investigating the hit and run of an alderman. At first they think that the fatal incident is the result of a dispute with environmentalists but it turns out to be a rattled mother trying to find her kidnapped daughter, behind the wheel. This creates the argument of who is responsible for the death of the alderman – the woman behind the wheel of the car or the person who kidnapped her daughter and caused the state of duress, triggering the events in the first place? Nagel wonders why the woman wouldn’t call the cops straight away when she was threatened and her partner speaking from personal experience, tells her that when you’re in that situation it’s hard to think straight. With the help of a technician, Nagel and Dawson are able to work out who the caller is – it’s the ex-husband and so the investigators go to his home to arrest him. When the case goes to court, it ends up being a mistrial but Stone is determined to get a retrial. In the meantime, we see a softer side to Nagel who goes to visit the young daughter and has a chat with her to try and get more information.
Anna Valdez: When a councilman puts pressure on Jefferies to make an example of the person who killed the Alderman, Jefferies orders Stone and Valdez to charge the woman with reckless homicide and for leaving the scene. However, Valdez doesn’t feel right about the woman being charged when someone was threatening her and she was concerned for her child’s life and so she argues back at her boss, with the defence of AQD – ad quod damnum, which means each person should only be punished for the harm they caused. Jefferies isn’t impressed with the young attorney fighting his orders but says if she can find the person responsible for the threats, he’ll reconsider his stance. Valdez and Stone discuss the case over dinner, which also brings into discussion their thoughts on marriage. While they find the person responsible (the ex husband), it ends in a mistrial but Stone won’t let the case go. The attorneys all meet to try and come up with a deal and it’s not until the second meeting where the woman agrees to go to jail for five years that things get ugly between the former couple and the ex-husband angrily confesses that he was at fault and so he is arrested.
Gabriela Dawson: Dawson and Brett respond to a call from an indoor rock climbing center where a couple have snuck in to use the facilities but unfortunately the woman fell after something went wrong with her harness. When they notice spinal fluid coming out of her ear, Dawson realises the woman has internal decapitation and they have to move her very carefully. Yikes!
Sylvie Brett: Kicking off the week, Brett has an encounter with her ex Antonio on this week’s episode of Justice (please get back together already, guys!) when she’s the responding paramedic on the scene. It’s Brett that breaks the news to him that the victim didn’t make it and we’re pretty sure that we weren’t imagining that lingering moment the pair shared before Brett walked away. Over on Fire, Otis and Cruz are looking for a third roommate and Brett jumps at the chance to prove she’d make an excellent roommate. They’re a bit skeptical (considering Cruz is Brett’s ex and Otis used to have a crush on her, I can see their hesitation) and put her through some hoops because boys will be boys. Nonetheless, despite their ridiculous trivia test, Brett nabs that third room when she pulls her trump card – parking passes for all three of them, which she sweet-talked the landlord into giving her. However, she’s a bit of a geek when it comes to cleaning and the boys aren’t exactly impressed, or at least Cruz isn’t – but he’s also having a bad day because he just got fired from his job as a bouncer after accidentally breaking a rowdy drunk patron’s nose. At the end of the episode Brett offers to move out, but if the Anna and Severide situation has taught 51 anything, the boys tell her to stay – it’s fine, they can deal with the cleanliness. I can’t wait to see the antics of these three as roommates!
Stella Kidd: Anna’s cancer has come back and Severide is frustrated that he isn’t able to help his girlfriend more. Kidd lends a sympathetic ear and also reveals that when she was in rehab, what got her through were cheeseburgers and fries, no joke. Severide takes this advice on board and brings some deliciously greasy fast food to Anna at the hospital and she lights up. Sadly the happiness is short lived when Anna gets an infection and with her DNR wishes, she gets worse and passes away with Severide by her side. Afterwards 51 are at Severide’s loft to support him and when they go to leave, Kidd hangs back and gives him an envelope of photos from Anna’s bulletin board that her father thought he should have.
Erin Lindsay: This week episode begins with Lindsay and Halstead eating at a diner and discussing Halstead’s birthday, which is the following day, when they’re called to a robbery in progress nearby. By the time they arrive, the robbery crew have fled. With multiple bank robberies over the last couple of weeks, it’s not long before they strike again and they do – while Lindsay and Halstead are inside the bank reviewing the security footage because they suspected that bank was going to be the next target! The pair of robbers don’t hesitate to fire their weapons, so Lindsay and Halstead fire back. It takes awhile for the detectives to catch the pair and when they finally do, Lindsay is put in a difficult situation where she shoots one of the perpetrators to defend herself. He falls and when she pulls up his helmet, she’s stunned that he’s just a child – no older than 15 years old. The kid dies instantly and Lindsay takes his death pretty hard for the rest of the episode. She shows up to Molly’s at the end of the episode to give Halstead his birthday present but doesn’t stick around. Halstead goes to catch her as she leaves and asks if she’s okay and she admits that she’s not. It makes me sad to see these two suffering their own personal demons and feeling like they have to go through it alone and are not able to rely on each other. 🙁
Trudy Platt: We have a new face on P.D. this week with Hailey Upton from Homicides and Robberies trying to take control of Intelligence’s latest case but she’s overruled and instead asked to work with Intelligence on the case. When she arrives at the Precinct, she’s curious about Platt, having figured out that Platt once worked on Homicides and Robberies during her field days but before any connections can be revealed, Upton is called upstairs. Once the case is done (and Voight offers her a spot on his crew while Burgess is on furlough), Upton reveals to Platt as she is heading out that 14 years ago Platt responded to a robbery at a restaurant. It turns out that it was Upton’s parents restaurant and that night she was working there at the till, Platt kept Upton safe at her desk until her father (who had been pistol whipped) was out of the woods. It was because of Platt that Upton decided to become a cop. Aww. Just like Platt, we were tearing up at this story too!
Sharon Goodwin: Following the institutionalization of Dr Robyn Charles last week, Goodwin is caught in the middle between Dr (Daniel) Charles and Dr Rhodes this week, with Rhodes disagreeing with the senior Dr Charles and determined to see his girlfriend released. Rhodes gets a lawyer involved and so all parties are called into a meeting in a board room. Team Rhodes wins but that doesn’t stop the senior Charles from making snarky remarks about his family’s wealth playing a part in the decision. Also this week, when friend Keoni is admitted and revealed to have diabetes, Goodwin shares her own personal experiences with him to help ease his fears. Fun fact: S. Epatha Merkerson is a diabetic in real life so we wonder if this storyline came about from her own personal background.
Maggie Lockwood: Maggie and Clarke (where has he been these last couple of eps by the way?) try to convince Keoni (he’s the cool Hawaiian bar owner from earlier this season) to accept the hospital’s help with his diabetes diagnosis – it’s runs in his family and he’s tried to avoid it by living a healthy lifestyle, so he’s seen how it can pan out and is scared. In an effort to help him when he doesn’t want to listen to her and Clarke, Maggie brings out the big guns and asks Goodwin to chat to him. Also this episode, Maggie lends Nat a sympathetic ear over the whole Clarke situation.
Dr Natalie Manning: It’s Match Day and Nat’s ex, Clarke, reveals he got his first choice, which she assumes to be Med. It isn’t until Noah Sexton declares he’s the new ER resident that Clarke reveals his first choice was actually Oahu, Hawaii and that Med wasn’t one of his choices. He tells her they can talk about it later, but at the end of the day he leaves without having that talk and while she’s surprised, Nat admits that it’s for the better without having to do those awkward goodbyes. On the professional side of this things, this week she and Dr Halstead are looking after a young girl with severe pain. When they realise that she has an STD and the young patient is not sexually active yet, it leaves the uncomfortable question of who did it. Nat and the girl’s mother wonder if the stepfather could have done it, thankfully Halstead’s brother from PD arrives to investigate before they can ask those difficult questions. (Loving these multiple episodes in a row with the Halstead brothers by the way!) Thankfully, it turns out that the stepfather did not do it, but it unfortunately was the girl’s dentist, who knocked her out with gas while it occurred which is pretty horrifying. With such a tough day, Nat, Halstead x 2 and Nina end up having drinks at Molly’s at the end of the episode but not before Nat decides to make a change and get a haircut – we can see the way you’re looking at her, Will Halstead. With the season finale happening next week, we just know something significant is about to happen with Nat and Will!
April Sexton: With it being Match Day, April is eagerly waiting to see whether her younger brother has been selected as the new Med ER resident. She thinks luck is on their side as she recently saw a white butterfly, which according Brazilian superstition is a sign of good luck. Her good mood is dampened when she and Dr Choi are assigned to a patient who was in a car accident with multiple injuries but is refusing surgery because he has ALS and not much time left anyway. Dr Choi respects his decision and suggests a non surgical option, to which April is outraged (this case brings up feelings of her baby that died) and accuses Choi of assisting the patient with suicide and she refuses to help. Choi stands his ground and points out that the patient may not want his life to be saved but they’ll be saving plenty of other lives because of him since he is an organ donor. At the end of the episode, Choi finds her on the balcony and informs her that the organ harvesting went well. The two have a moment and as he leans in to kiss her, she pulls away. I don’t know about you, but I was shocked with this turn of events and DID NOT see this pairing coming!
Dr Sarah Reese: In an effort to get Robyn released, we see Dr Rhodes interact with Dr Reese this week, asking her opinion on the situation. Reese says that she is pleased with Robyn’s progress and doesn’t think she is a danger to herself. Like Goodwin, this is also an awkward situation for Reese, seeing as Dr Charles is her mentor and as frustrated as she was with him last week she doesn’t want to be guided by another doctor and tells Dr Charles as much when he offers her an out. Reese might think that Robyn is on her way to recovery but the end of this episode shows that she’s anything but – Connor awakes to find her not in bed and leaves the bedroom to find his apartment trashed and Robyn in a state. As he tries to help her, she barricades herself on his balcony, screaming and crying. It’s pretty intense!
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