ONE CHICAGO Women: Chicago Justice 1×12, Chicago Fire 5×21, Chicago P.D. 4×22 & Chicago Med 2×23 recap
The past coming back to haunt our fellow residents of Chicago seems to be the recurring theme this week in the ONE CHICAGO franchise (which also included the season finale of Chicago Med). 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: This week’s episode opens up with Nagel arriving at Med because a childhood friend has been shot (which as a result, reveals a bit more about Nagel’s childhood growing up). After leaving the hospital, she goes to the crime scene where Narcotics detectives are running the scene because heroin was found in her friend’s car. Nagel is disappointed that her friend, who is also a CI for her, has seemingly fallen off the wagon but also wonders if someone is going after him as revenge for informing the ASA office. Stone is reluctant to let Nagel work the case but she manages to persuade him. She was in the right about her friend being innocent – two corrupt cops planted the heroin on his car. Unfortunately by the episode’s end, the abuse of power and authority isn’t enough to save Nagel’s friend and their CI relationship and possibly friendship looks to be on shaky ground.
Anna Valdez: Valdez discovers an automatic recorder in the detectives’ car that was recording conversations they had without them realising them and implicating the cops in the shooting and framing. And whilst Stone did a great job and getting one of the cops to make derogatory remarks, it wasn’t enough for the jury to find them guilty and so we get a rare glimpse of the ASA losing a case.
Gabriela Dawson: Dawson is dealing with daddy issues this week after her father shows up at the firehouse because Dawson has been avoiding him after he and her mother split up. To get him off her back, she promises to meet him the following week but a call has her feeling bad about avoiding him and so she drops by his apartment after shift. As she approaches his apartment, she hears arguing. The door is ajar and she sees her father arguing with someone over money. She goes in to find what’s wrong, only for her father to turn her away. When she goes to share her concerns with Casey, he tells her that her father is a grown man and needs to deal with his own messes. Later when she and Casey are preparing for date night (aww!), they get a call from Hermann that they need to come to Molly’s because Dawson’s dad is there. He’s drunk and wouldn’t leave so Hermann didn’t know what else to do. When Dawson arrives, her dad breaks down and reveals he’s broke and without her mother taking care of things, he ended up blowing all of his retirement money and can’t even afford to pay rent on his new apartment. Dawson and Casey take the distraught man back to their home. Looks like date night is off.
Sylvie Brett: It’s a quiet week for Brett, apart from a call involving a man whose tongue has gangrene and became infected. She tries to prank new guy Kannall but Brett isn’t very good at pranks – she finds telling someone that the coffee isn’t decaf when it is, extremely hilarious. She should probably watch out though because 51’s newest member is great at pranks…
Stella Kidd: Severide is back at work after the death of Anna and his firehouse family know better than to try and counsel him and get him to take time off. Nonetheless, Kidd is trying to quietly be there for him and let him know that she’s there for him if he needs it. She tries to spend some time with him by showing up at his place with takeout and the movie Space Jam but he’s not really up for company. She understands and hopes that he’ll at least eat the food she brought over.
Erin Lindsay: Lindsay was the only one representing the PD leading ladies this week with Burgess still on furlough while portrayer Marina Squerciati is on maternity leave and we didn’t see Platt this week. Nonetheless, there was so much drama going on with Lindsay this week to make up for their absences. The episode opens up with Lindsay’s mom Bunny, ambushing her as Lindsay is trying to leave for work. Lindsay has been avoiding her calls (with good reason) but Bunny says she simply just wants to give Lindsay a pearl bracelet that belonged to her grandmother. Call me skeptical. Halstead seems to think the same thing as he’s warning her at work not to get in too deep. (Btw anyone else filled with glee that Lindsay confided in Halstead about Bunny?) Unfortunately Voight sees the tension between the two (which had NOTHING to do with work) and decides to split them up as partners – moving Halstead to partner with Olinsky and Lindsay with new detective Hailey Upton. He even makes Halstead change desks. Noooo! While I enjoyed the camaraderie and girl power between Lindsay and Upton in this episode, I’m sad that it was at the expense of the Linstead partnership. (And for the record, Halstead was right, as Bunny reveals later in the episode that there’s a possibility she and her new boyfriend may suddenly have to leave town. #shady) However, this new partnership turns out to be the least of Lindsay’s issues this episode…
Intelligence are working a case where pedophiles are being burned alive and the footage is being livestreamed. While they’re trying to find the “vigilante” behind this, they find out that a child is missing, which dredges up memories for Lindsay who had a friend go missing when she was a young girl. In this episode, Lindsay shows how much of Voight’s girl she really is when she decides to take matters into her own hands and try and get a pedophile and suspect to reveal where the missing child is. As Upton watches on, Lindsay has him handcuffed and puts her gun in his mouth in an effort to get him to talk. Of course while this is going on, the big police Chief chooses this moment to come upstairs to see how Intelligence is going with the case. He opens the interrogation room to find the suspect bloodied and Lindsay standing over him. She has managed to get the location of the child though and Intelligence race to find him but Lindsay is commanded to stay behind. Unfortunately they were too late though. At the end of shift, Voight calls Lindsay into his office and tells her she has to go in front of the review board the next morning but he’s telling her the same thing he told her when he took her in at 16 – he’s with her until the wheels come off. The episode ends with Lindsay in her full police uniform entering the room to face the review board.
Sharon Goodwin: Following the end of last week’s episode, Dr Charles’ daughter is admitted back to Med after what appears to be a psychotic break and Goodwin is there to keep an eye on Dr Charles, including reminding him to take his medication and also giving him a reality check to keep fighting after he rebuffs Dr Reese’s suggestions. Before the closing moments of the episode, Goodwin is the last person inside the hospital to talk to Dr Charles before he leaves for the night and is shot in the chest by an angry patient outside.
Maggie Lockwood: Will Halstead is baffled as to why Dr Manning as cut his hair – he believes that when a woman makes such a drastic change, it’s a sign that something is wrong and confides as much in Maggie, hoping that the nurse can shed light on the situation. In true Maggie fashion, she tells him he should just talk to Dr Manning himself. Also in this episode, Maggie encounters the angry patient from earlier on in the season – remember the guy who pretended he died just to get Dr Charles’ attention? Ugh, yes he’s back and once again trying to get a hold of Dr Charles. He tells Maggie that he’s been calling but Dr Charles has not been picking up. (Well buddy, that’s what happens when your daughter is admitted to the hospital after a psychological episode. #priorities) Maggie simply tells the man that Dr Charles is not available today but also lets it slip that he is actually in the building (unbeknownst to him, not working) and the man does not take this news well… obviously, considering how the season ends. :/
Dr Natalie Manning: With a new hairdo, Nat has a new lease on life or at least a boost in confidence, seeing as P.D‘s Jay Halstead reveals to his brother Will that Nat has asked him to attend Noah’s party with her that night. Whilst I hope it was just as friends because c’mon he and Lindsay have only just split up, it’s enough to annoy me that they’re using him as bait to bring Will and Nat together. Thankfully Jay Halstead is all about the bro code and tells his brother that he’ll tell Nat that he’s going to have to pass but not before warning his brother that he needs to get his act together and face up to his feelings for Nat. Will Halstead finally sees the light and breaks up with girlfriend Nina, who is not exactly impressed but let’s be real – like she didn’t see that coming, and we see Will and Nat smiling and dancing together at Noah’s party. Fingers crossed that this is the push in the right direction we’ve been hoping for these last two seasons!
April Sexton: Speaking of couples, is it just me or is this April and Dr Choi pairing very sudden? I feel like it just suddenly came out of nowhere! Anyway, following last week’s almost kiss, the two are pretty much tip-toeing around each other throughout the finale – something that April’s brother Noah picks up on and decides to play a bit of matchmaking and begs Dr Choi to come to his party even though Choi originally opted out to avoid any more awkward situations with April. While at the party, April goes to get some air, only for Choi to come along and kiss her!
Dr Sarah Reese: When Robin Charles is brought into Med, Dr Reese is there waiting. When it seems like Dr Charles has accepted his daughter’s fate, it’s Reese that keeps fighting to look at other options and not just simply accept what appears to be the obvious. It’s a good thing that Reese trusts her instincts and not the orders of her mentor, because they discover that Robin has a small and almost undetectable tumor which is causing the hallucinations that she has been having. Dr Latham and new doc Dr Becker perform a 90-minute minimally invasive surgery on Robin to remove the tumor and it’s looking like she’s on the road to recovery. Also in this episode, Reese’s ex, Joey, reveals that he is now seeing someone else. Reese takes the news well and tells him that she’s happy for him. We wonder if the fact that Noah Sexton is totally into her and continues to flirt with her is a big contributing factor in this? We have to admit, they were pretty cute dancing together at his party.
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