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Chicago P.D. 2×11 “We Don’t Work Together Anymore” Recap

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We Don’t Work Together Anymore” was as solid as the show’s ever been in terms of exploring romance along with differences in operating units, and I couldn’t be more happy about it.

Episode Summary: Lindsay’s first day with the task force involves a drug cartel and a missing C.I. so she calls the Intelligence unit for their input. Burgess replaces Platt back at the office since she’s still in recovery and the decision she makes about joining Intelligence isn’t one we were all hoping for. Jay doesn’t waste a single second reminding Erin of the fact that they no longer work together, and the charming duo finally allow their feelings to do the talking.

Review | Analysis: I would be lying if I didn’t blatantly state that my favorite part of this week’s episode was everything that went on with Erin and Jay, but after a re-watch, the task force scenario only made me even more frustrated than before. And I cannot wait to see Erin back with her family.

In some ways, I’m intrigued with how long Erin will stick this through, but for the most part, I want her back with Intelligence as soon as possible because David Lang (Bailey Chase) wasn’t exactly the kindest tool in the shed. Bailey Chase does such a good job of portraying someone with a tough exterior, and on Chicago P.D. especially, he made it so easy for me to be frustrated with his character. Seeing as how all we’ve seen from Erin from the very episode is her immense heart, it’s natural for her to care more for Kylie’s (Bianca Lawson) well being than the cartel’s. I understand Lang’s need to be strict, but the lack of heart is horrifying. It’s all professional for him and while on some level it’s great, on another, it’s irritating because we can boldly see Lindsay doesn’t fit in. And I love that it’s something Ruzek points out as well by stating that “they’re too uptight, she’s rough and tumble”. It’s not that she’s incapable of working with them, but it’s the fact that she operates better when she has more freedom.

Although the action was great and it was fantastic to once again watch the Intelligence unit crack the case like the epic champs they are, no scene left me as impressed as Sophia Bush’s performance in the bathroom. Lindsay is fierce in countless ways but what makes her such a realistic character is how often she allows herself to be vulnerable. Susceptibility isn’t masked with a tough exterior, it’s embraced and conquered. And it’s always inspiring as a viewer to watch. Ever since I was a young little viewer with no real knowledge of acting, I recall always being fascinated with Bush’s ability to manifest perplexity and sadness. A natural profundity is always present in her portrayal of brief scenes. Erin’s vulnerability as she looks at her reflection in the mirror was stunning. As viewers, through the reflective expression in her eyes we were able to experience Lindsay’s struggle with herself – a woman who’s always confident in her craft is now undergoing the shattering sentiments of not being enough and needing assistance all while fighting with herself to remain collected.

It’s obligatory that I mention how much I adored the scene of Lindsay giving Christina a teddy bear along with the food she had brought in. Erin Lindsay’s heart never fails to leave me inspired.

Platt and Roman spending quality time together while operating on the field was another solid part of the episode. It gave the audience an opportunity to see the characters in a new light by giving us more depth into their characters. Platt’s a badass – plain and simple. It’s sad we don’t get to see too much of her character outside of the precinct but even with her job there, this week we got to see just how tough it really is. Even though it appeared as though Burgess definitely had it all together, the audience was able to see that her job isn’t just about assigning vehicles and checking people in. She’s so much more and an irreplaceable member of the team.

Speaking of Burgess, I’m so surprised by her decision not to join the intelligence unit. However, I am proud of the reason behind it. After Roman reveals the guilt he feels because he wasn’t there to cover, Burgess understands that he’s clearly still blaming himself, and even after she tells him not to, he won’t stop. At the end of the day, the two of them need to continue being a team together because it really is the only way Roman can learn to live with the fact that what happened is already in the past and it’s not on him. Adding on to the characters who clearly are more selfless than anything else, Burgess’ decision to turn down Voight’s offer in order to stay with Roman showcases the fact his well being at the moment is much more valuable than her promotion. Something she’s always wanted can be put aside because a friend is in need of mental and emotional support. I suppose this leaves room for Lindsay to take back her original position once she realizes that her family’s way of operating suits her better than the new job, but I still hope that sometime in the future, without anyone leaving, there will be a spot for Burgess open.

Going back to Lindsay’s situation, I evidently don’t want her to just get up and quit because the job’s regulations are different than what she’s dealt with, but I want her to leave with the realization that she shines most beautifully with her family. She’s able to show off her gifts and abilities with a group of people who commend her on it.

Alas, the anticipated love scene I most certainly didn’t see coming. It felt a bit soon, but I’m honestly impressed with the way the writers handled their first time. The scene painted a picture of a healthy, adult relationship that was bound to happen since day one, and it’s going to be so much fun to watch them come back after this. The best relationships are the strongest friendships – with Erin and Jay especially, it’s easy to be close which is why it was also easy to be intimate. Although I’ll proudly admit I thought their love scene was aesthetically gorgeous, my favorite part is the fact that it clearly goes beyond the physical attraction. Jay’s partiality towards Erin has always been evident, and it’s always been interesting to see her side of things. Above all things, it’s great to see a man actively support a woman without expecting anything in return. The mere reason I’ve wanted these two together since the very first episode is because it’s always been about Erin. There’s something so fascinating about a tough woman who can take care of herself but a man who wants to protect her because she deserves to be cherished that way.

Prior to Lindsay’s first day with the task force, she questions whether or not she’s making the right decision at a shooting range with Jay who confidently tells her there’d be no one more perfect for the position. Again, the most vital part of this scene is that it authenticates just how profoundly Jay values Erin as a woman and a detective. And while everyone and there mother knows he’d miss her like crazy, it doesn’t stop him from praising her abilities in order to persuade her to make the right decision for her. Although the eager beaver didn’t wait too long before he reminded her of the fact that they no longer work together, when it really came down to it escalating, Halstead’s initial thought was wondering if she wanted to talk. At the end of the day, while he makes his feelings known, it’s superlatively evident that he cherishes her agency far more than his own desires. And in order for them to be together, she has to want it as well – she has to initiate it because beyond that, he’s happy to be someone she can lean on. The most telling part of their shared moment is when they part ways after the first kiss because Bush and Soffer did such a great job of manifesting a whirlwind of emotions with their expressions. That’s precisely why I loved this moment so much – it was all about Erin finally allowing herself to lean on someone when she needed it most. We’ve seen her in a relationship before but I love that this scene represented a form of coming home. She may have left the Intelligence unit, but they’re still family. She and Jay may no longer be partners, but this entire episode was meant to showcase that they’ll always be there to comfort one another, protect each other, and be there in ways no one else can. If two people can have fun together, taunt and tease one another while feeling safe enough to be vulnerable with one another then they’re a pretty solid, irreplaceable duo. “That’s why you have backup” isn’t just a promise on the filed for these two. And I can’t wait to see how they grow from this intimate time.

Writer’s Note: I assume most of you know by now, but if you’re new, I don’t watch Chicago Fire unless there’s a crossover I need to. And since next week’s episode features one, I’ll be writing about events from both shows in my Chicago P.D. review.

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