“The Weigh Station” kept a tasteful balance between all of its characters and solidified a few relationships even more than before.
Episode Summary: Halstead’s on house arrest while the rest of the unit tries to remove the bounty from his dead. As it turns out Jay’s not the only person on Benbenek’s hit list, and in order for the unit to find the entire list to stop him, Jay goes in as bait. Erin attends her mother’s wedding. Platt and Nadia form a friendship. Ruzek and Burgess do their thing. Olinsky’s more badass than ever. And everything goes back to normal – sort of.
Review | Analysis: The episode opens up seconds after it left off last week with Erin chasing down the shooter and Jay realizing that Maddie has been shot in the neck. Normally, I don’t like to point these things out, but sometimes it’s so ridiculously hilarious that there always has to be a person who tells another person to call 911. Gun shots, people – you hear it, you call! Back at the station they learn Maddie’s in ICU and Jay’s put on house arrest while the rest of the team splits up to get identification on the shooter.
When we first met Roman, I was skeptical about his stance on woman police officers, thus forcing me to perceive him as sexist. His backstory about his previous partner however made things a bit easier to understand so when he went a few steps forward two weeks ago, he took a few steps back this week because of his behavior. Alvin Olinsky is the one member of the unit that I feel knows his job better than most and that includes Voight. While I respect both men, I feel Olinsky’s more of the fatherly figure that everyone must treat a certain way because of the way he is towards everyone else. And I found it incredibly disrespectful of Roman to speak to him the way that he did. While we don’t know what occurred between the two of them that Olinsky doesn’t remember, he’s right to speak to Roman the way that he did because he has no place to act as though he’s of higher power. When you hold something against someone without confronting the issue, you’re essentially lowering yourself as a person and cannot expect respect if you’re exhibiting childish behavior.
After hearing a familiar name come out of Benbenek’s mouth, Voight and Olinsky head out to convince J.P –a retired hitman– to help them find the new hitman. After Voight gives J.P his word that he’ll help get his son’s charge sealed in order for him to get into TSA, he tells them that the new hitman is Patrick Shortstack – a new bread of contract killers. A ruthless bread that’ll kill anyone who gets in the way of their mark regardless of how young or old. A decision is made for J.P. to call Shortstack and offer a meet with him by saying he’s got Halstead but plans quickly shift and instead of wanting Halstead dead, Shortstack wants to see him alive.
Without hesitation, Jay agrees to accompany J.P. to the meeting and in that brief monologue just before he’s given the okay to go, his character was once more able to excel gorgeously. As viewers, we’ve always been exposed to a generous detective whose entire vision is essentially stemmed from wanting justice. I’ve always wondered about Jay’s past because all we know is that he cares deeply, he was once in the Military, and now we know he’s got no beneficiaries. I personally can’t wait to hear more about the kind of past he’s had, especially in regards to where his family is, what he’s seen at the Military, and why he chose to become a cop. What I love about the unit is that they know how to be a team and even though disagreements are had more often than not, they come together without hesitation. Individually, when it comes down to right and wrong, they’ve always chosen the route that benefits civilians more than themselves. Halstead’s choice and determination to persuade the unit that this is the best way to go is what authenticates that very fact. And in that very moment I loved how proudly the rest of the cast was playing their character with.
One of the most interesting relationships on this show is Halstead and Voight’s – not only do the men operate in completely different ways, but they’re somewhat always on the other’s case. For starters, we all know Voight disapproves of in-house romances, but at the end of the day, the only one who’s received a threat from him on the matter is Halstead. Frankly, if nothing was ever meant to go down with Jay and Erin, the threat back in season one could still be viewed as foreshadowing. At the end of the day, they’re two men who rarely show their respect for the other: we have Halstead continuously questioning Voight’s actions while Voight doesn’t always treat him with the decency and respect that he deserves. That’s why Voight’s speech is such a significant and gorgeous moment. As Voight commends Halstead’s bravery while the rest of the team proudly watch once more, the unit officially becomes a family. Although Olinsky was certainly missed. However, it’s safe to mention that this or some of the other things the unit has done will indeed come out. It won’t stay in-house because hello television drama. And something tells me someone will spill the truth sooner than later. That aside for now, I’m thrilled Voight’s finally treating Halstead with the amount of respect he deserves and from the pride in his smile, we can safely assume that Halstead’s won’t always be used as his punching bag. And maybe one day, he’ll even approve of Jay and Erin as a couple. Maybe one day.
Obligatory mention of a scene I personally found delightful was Erin telling Jay to be smart. Jay’s not incapable of putting handcuffs on himself, but the moment was meant for the audience to once again see that these two will always be there to remind the other that they have backup. They genuinely care for the other’s safety above all things and they’ll always be there to take care of one another. Bush and Soffer managed to play the brief instance with incredible poise and compassion – potential romance that’s continuously teased aside, they’re characters who are deeply comfortable with one another and that’s something that’s strengthened with every passing episode.
Ultimately, what broke me was Soffer’s performance in the hospital – he managed to make me (and hopefully all of you) feel the unimaginable guilt and heartbreak Halstead’s tortured by. It allowed us to understand just how deeply wounded he feels at the idea of someone being harmed because of him. And seeing how he’s presumably been alone for a while, that’s not something he’s used to or wants in any way.
What I found most disheartening this week and thankfully, it was made better by the end of the episode was Bunny’s treatment of Erin. Her new husband seemed genuinely interested in what Erin had to say, but Bunny was so persistent to get them away and while I understand you have guests to attend to, at least 2 minutes with your daughter wouldn’t send your guests running for the door. It would’ve been nice. It would’ve shown that she’s actually trying to change, but for the time being, she still remains untrustworthy and maybe if this man loves her enough, when he learns the truth about her, things can be fixed. At least Erin’s got Voight. Sophia Bush and Jason Beghe delivered their final scenes with such soul. You know these two have been through a lot together and you know that at the end of the day, they mean more to each other than anyone else. It’s such a unique father/daughter bond, and it makes sense for Erin to have put the betrayal she felt last week aside because she realizes that his intentions weren’t to ever harm her. Not to mention, I love that Voight said “you’re about the best thing to ever happen to me. I mean that” because at this point, as viewers, we know Erin hasn’t heard that enough times in her life. And as people, it’s something we all deserve to hear every once in a while. She deserves to know she’s special and loved, but unfortunately it’s not something she’s gotten in her past thus this is a moment that’ll be remembered for a long time. Additionally, I’m glad it was brought to life with such immense sincerity and vulnerability from both parties because that’s exactly what made it as special as it was – the dialogue was great, but the performances are what added incomparable depth to the scene.
Another thing I thoroughly enjoyed this week were the scenes between Platt and Nadia. Go Nadia. I found her courage and determination to do good especially great, but I mostly love that she didn’t let Platt’s negativity get to her. She stood up for herself and made her stance known, and Platt’s apology was fantastic. It deeply hurt me that no one remembered her birthday so I’m hoping that maybe, just maybe, they’ll do something special for her next week, but ultimately, it’s nice to see her confide in Nadia after the realization of how kind and sincere Nadia’s gesture is.
What’d you all think of this week’s episode? Is there something you were looking forward to seeing but didn’t!? Remember we’re always open to discussions as long as they’re hate free.