ONE CHICAGO Women: CHICAGO P.D. “Fallen” (5×06) recap
This week in the ONE CHICAGO world it was CHICAGO P.D.‘s turn to ride solo. I mentioned in a previous recap that I’m enjoying the show taking turns on focusing episodes on different characters and this week it what finally the newest member of Intelligence’s turn. Read on to find out what we discovered about Detective Hailey Upton and what the rest of the leading ladies of CHICAGO P.D. got up to in last night’s episode…
The episode opens up with Upton, Halstead, Voight, Ruzek and Atwater at some sort of gathering that Alderman Price is residing over – it looks fancy since they’re all in uniform. (Shallow side note and completely unrelated to Upton, but Halstead looks mighty fine in those dress blues. <3). Halstead notices Upton looking at another fellow cop, Sgt Sean McGrady ,and she explains that she used to work with him but he’s not exactly her favorite person because he was super competitive, always looking for an angle and interfering with her professional growth. Later on, she sees McGrady in a heated argument with another man but before she can get into it any further, there are reports that shots have been fired nearby and so the Intelligence group race over, thus kicking off this week’s case where a family have been shot and it looks like some drug dealers were involved. The next day during debrief, Voight tells Upton that she should contact McGrady, who works in narcotics. Sensing her hesitation, Voight tells her to get it together and put her personal feelings aside, which she does. In fact, she and McGrady plan to go over the case that night. Just the case Halstead wonders and we have to admit so do we.
On her way to meet McGrady that night, a call comes over the radio that an officer has been shot and with Upton nearby, she makes her way to the scene to find that that officer is McGrady. There’s a shot to the driver’s side window and when Upton goes to open the door, out falls McGrady bleeding heavily from the neck and he sadly dies. When Voight and the rest of her colleagues and police arrive on the scene, she says she’s okay just shaken – well that is until Voight pulls her aside demanding to know why McGrady was alone and pretty much implying that his death is on her. Upton is pretty pissed and rightly so and it doesn’t help the next day when she goes to pay her respects to McGrady’s family, that she gets the cold shoulder. Even one of her former colleagues from Vice has a bone to pick with her but it’s not the time nor the place.
As Intelligence work the case to find out who is responsible for killing one of their own, in an interesting turn of twists and after they have arrested who they think is the killer, when Upton goes to the lab to get results of some evidence, she clues in on a surprising twist to the case – the late McGrady had some serious gambling debt (and apparently even asked Upton for a loan not too long ago) and with a family to support including two young boys, he planted evidence to make it look like he was murdered when he actually committed suicide. She arranges a meeting with Voight away from the District and shares her discoveries with him as she is conflicted as to what to do with this information. Yes McGrady was a good cop, but he wasn’t a good man. Later after leaving McGrady’s wake, some words from Voight convince her to keep quiet and take these discoveries to the grave. We also see him admit to her that he was pretty hard on her earlier and he was wrong. Considering what a prickly start these two got off to when they first met, it was good to see them not only share a lot more scenes this episode but also ones that were pretty tension-filled. I like the fact that Upton can hold her own against Voight and isn’t afraid to speak out and share her opinion.
We see a lot of sympathetic Burgess this week. She and Antonio question the survivor of the shooting from the start of the episode but unfortunately he later dies. At the wake, Burgess is pretty empathetic about McGrady’s death and the effect it will now have on his family.
Woo hoo, we see more of Platt this week than a mere five seconds! Being an Upton-focused episode, I was hoping that we’d get more interaction between her and Platt and thankfully my wish was granted with Platt asking Upton if she was okay following the death of McGrady and also mentioning that she heard Voight came down pretty hard on Upton. Upton confirms that he did but also says that she thinks he is in the wrong. We get the sense that Platt agrees but she also warns Upton about voicing such opinions out loud. Platt is also at the wake with Burgess and Upton and reveals that she used to play with McGrady and beat him, to which Olinsky (oh hey there, almost didn’t recognize you without your hat!) interjects that McGrady just let her win.
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