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Chicago P.D. 2×02 “Get My Cigarettes” Recap

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If Chicago PD continues to end every episode like this for the rest of the season, I’m gonna demand that they also pay for everyone’s medical bills.

Episode Summary: When Voight’s childhood friend Nick Marcello is murdered the same way as Billy Fagen, the group use their combined expertise to find out who’s beyond the crimes. The bounty on Jay’s head is more serious than he or the others imagined. Erin makes her peace with Voight’s past and though hesitantly, agrees to give her mother another chance.

Review | Analysis: With a very well paced, plot and character driven episode, it took a while for me to pick my jaw off the floor this week.

This week’s episode focused heavily on Voight, Jay, and Erin – something that occasionally needs to be done with ensemble casts or else we’d never get to know more about the characters. But so far, what I’ve noticed about episodes of Chicago PD like this is that even when some characters are given more of a spotlight then others, everyone shines in even the briefest scenes they’re given.

One example of such scenes is when Ruzek is telling the group about the financial forensics, Olinsky’s commentary then silent nod was a much needed scene. The only way to ever describe Koteas’ performances as Alvin Olinsky are pure genius and there’s nothing I love more than the fatherly way in which he treats Ruzek. And Adam still being his ridiculous self has grown immensely making each of their scenes more tastefully hilarious and heartfelt than the next. Speaking of Ruzek, I love the amount of compassion Flueger’s playing him with lately, especially in the scene with Collette Valeo (Casey Tutton). Brief moments like the one where he’s encouraging her to eat so they could identify the person are the instances that poignantly represent how far he’s come as a character. Ruzek tends to come off more careless than the others but I love that without changing his free spirit, the writers are giving him fantastic scenes that’ll advance his character further.

From the moment Voight opened up last week about his past with Internal Affairs to earlier in the episode when he lost his childhood friend, Beghe’s been playing him with such vulnerability, it’s refreshing. The more we learn about Voight’s complicated past and the more heart he lays bear, the more fascinating his character becomes. I’ve found Voight’s ambiguous stance to be a driving factor in story telling last season, but now that we’re finally getting more on the heart within the man, the plots paved through its characters. It’s great to see what drives him and ultimately that he continues to prove he’d do anything to make sure justice is served.

This week’s MVP however, was easily and without second thought, Jesse Lee Soffer. Be on the lookout for a performance review coming this weekend, so I’ll hold off on talking about how floored I was until then. Every time we get something on Jay’s military experience, Soffer plays him with such openness that makes for both a heartbreaking and inspiring moment. Jay’s spirit this week broke me, from the realization that the bounty on his head is actually bigger than they all imagined to having his life threatened three times, even the scenes where he was smiling were difficult to watch knowing it’d end badly. Again, I’ll be commending his bravery later this week in the “Most Noteworthy Performance” review, but it was nice to see a smile resurface at the towards the end of the episode. Even though watching cops hop over fences and such always manages to keep me at the edge of my seat, the ongoing banter between Jay and Erin is never not a delight to watch. And when Lindsay’s spots someone with a gun, she immediately does what they do best, has his back without second thought. The uniqueness of their partnership continues to blossom gorgeously with every passing episode – the charismatic chemistry always manages to bring marvelous lightheartedness into generally dark episodes.

Erin’s mom continues to try and convince her daughter that she’s now clean and willing to be her mother. But at the end of the day, actions speak louder than words and if Momma Bunny wants in on her daughter’s life, she must prove she’s worthy of it. A conversation about the fourth of July brings back terrible memories for Erin and what made the scene even more powerful is the outstanding performance Sophia Bush brought to the table. When Erin brings up the nightmarish day of having to watch her mother overdose as a nine year old, you could feel the terrors of such an occurring without having gone through it yourself. Bush played the anguish with a poise that resonated even further with the audiences than I feel a more melodramatic approach in the storytelling would have. This way, you felt the heartbreak sting deeper for the poignancy alone in Bush’s expression exhibited the loneliness of a child more than a grown woman’s. Lindsay’s fiercely loyal persona seems to undoubtedly be stemmed from the fact that she’s seen more isolation than anything else, and that remoteness can be seen in each of the scenes she’s “bonding with her mother.” Anger and frustration are all results of not knowing what it’s like to open the heart after it’s been broken so many times, but what showcases Lindsay’s strength beautifully, is the fact that she’s unafraid of being vulnerable. And even though it’s tough, she continues to open her heart despite all that it’s been through. She continues to give chances even though she may be let down again.

If you were on the edge of your seat this week, something tells me next week will be much worse. What’d you think of this week’s episode? Is there anything you’re looking forward to seeing most? Remember, we’re always open to discussions here at mgcircles as long as they’re hate free.

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