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Chicago P.D. 2×17 “Say Her Real Name” Recap

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Chicago P.D. resumed with a powerful and gripping episode filled with excellent performances.

Episode Summary: The episode was stemmed around the World Trade Center conferences that led to protests and organized crimes linked to them. After a girl he met working undercover is killed, Ruzek and the team go to extreme lengths to find the culprit. Jay’s brother’s in town and it’s certainly for more reasons than to catch up.

Review | Analysis: There’s never such a thing as a boring episode of Chicago P.D. because I personally feel the show does a fantastic job with showcasing the reality of crimes. However, the only issue with episodes that lack emotional substance revolving around its core characters is the fact that it doesn’t give me enough to write about. That said, one of the best parts of this episode is the fact that we were given a glimpse into Ruzek’s genuinely compassionate character in ways we’ve yet to before. And the storyline also gave Patrick Flueger the opportunity to play his character with a full range of emotions.

Each of the team members had been working under cover in separate protesting organizations, and while he’s taunting Alvin about the fact that he smells like weed, Ruzek receives a chilling phone call from Sierra stating she’s in trouble. By the time the men arrive to where she said she was, she’s dead on top of a car and it appears as though she’s been thrown out the window.

Mouse puts his hacking skills to use and finds a video threat that links a suspect the team’s been notified not to go after, but as it turns out, the Pope is the one trying to frame everyone. And according to him, Sierra – whose real name is actually Felicia, was the one who came up with it. During the protests the team manages to catch Pope and lock him up while Ruzek’s later advised by Burgess that he should visit Felicia’s memorial.

Undercover is tricky when it comes to romance because some stuff are part of the job, and it made me happy to see Burgess support Ruzek despite her doubts. However, it made me even happier to see him lean on her after a hard day for emotional support. When it comes to Burgess and Ruzek, we’ve seen them delve into a lot of things, and while we’ve seen him come to her rescue a few times, we’ve yet to see her play that role. It was lovely to see Burgess be there for Ruzek as emotional support and it was even lovelier of her to acknowledge that he should go to the memorial. It was natural to see Burgess worry over where the case could lead Ruzek because it led to the understanding that she’s ultimately is the only one for him. A case may potentially take him away for a while and force him to do questionable things, but at the end of the day, no woman matters more to him then Burgess. She’s the only one he’s able to be his best self with, and there’s nothing more profound in a relationship than that security to unwind. Just as it’s easy to laugh and adore each other, it’s easy to be vulnerable with each other.

A true judge of man’s character isn’t the way he treats those he’s fond of, but the way he treats those who cannot do anything for him. Did I take that from Harry Potter? Yes, yes I did. Thank you, J.K. Rowling. That said, it was brave to see Adam fight for someone he’d known only for a while and to fight so hard. Saving lives may be their job, but getting attached and showing wholehearted concern isn’t always the case; thus, the fact that Ruzek conveyed a great deal of remorse really went on to show just how deeply he cares about people. And that’s wonderful to see because it authenticates that he’s not just the pretty face who’s often goofing off and taking things lightly. We’ve seen him show his heart quite a few times now, but we’ve yet to see him this invested into a case that didn’t involve a team members. And it was indeed beautifully telling to watch.

Patrick Flueger was astounding throughout the episode, but he was at his strongest in the interrogation room as he demanded the Pope say Sierra’s real name. Flueger did a spectacular job of exhibiting organic anger that’d evidently flow through Ruzek’s veins when Felicia wasn’t acknowledged for who she was. And delivering the scene with the right amount of emotions did the best job of revealing a great deal of character without taking away from the scene’s purpose as a distraction. There was a lot of respect between the two, and it showed immeasurable heart to see that admiration fuel him when she was gone.

There’s certainly more to Will’s visit and I’m thrilled to learn about it. Additionally, there’s talk about a new spin off series for Chicago Med, and if he’s going to be a part of it, then I’m all for that as well. Furthermore, beyond the brotherly visit and his hilarious scenes with Platt, I loved that the event gave Lindsay the opportunity to validate her adoration for Jay once more. I loved the way Sophia Bush delivered Erin’s sincere delight about meeting someone from Jay’s family because when you care deeply for someone, you want to know all of them. You want to know where they came from, how they grew up, who they were surrounded by, and essentially everything that’s made them the way they are at the very moment. While Jay’s response was heartbreaking, it was also understandable, and it was nice of Erin to once more remind him that for the time being, their separation’s a must. Voight’s the only family she knows, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t as equally important. And just because she cares about her job a bit more, it doesn’t mean she doesn’t care about him any less. I’m all for this separation as I said in the 2×16 recap. It may be a slow burn with these two, but it doesn’t change where their hearts stand. Whether they’re in a relationship or not, the invariable devotion to one another speaks louder than any sort of exclusive title – adoring and being there for each other is what they do best. And sooner or later, the heart’s attachment to one another will align their paths again.

Lastly, I feel it’s worth mentioning that I will always get emotional over the “fatherly” advice Alvin often gives to Ruzek. Koteas and Flueger are such fantastic scene partners when it comes to profound moments like this because it’s always evident that Ruzek really learns a lot from Alvin – even in the briefest scenes the men do marvelous jobs of bringing their own unique sentiment to the series.

Next week’s episode looks intense and while trailers are always deceiving, I wound’t mind a showdown with Voight and Jay for it’d play one heck of a role in Jay and Erin’s relationship. However, knowing Voight, as much as Jay may get under his skin sometimes, he’d never harm him no matter what he knows. And knowing Jay, no matter how bad the secret, he’d keep it concealed.

What are your thoughts on this week’s episode?

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