Chicago P.D. 3×18 “Kasual With a K” Recap

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Case Summary: When a crime breaks out at a Battered Women’s Shelter, it’s up to Intelligence unit to figure out who’s behind the crimes. And with the help of the head woman in charge Jessica surviving, it becomes much easier.

Review | Analysis: Chicago P.D. is great for a number of reasons, but the reason I’ve stuck around for this long is because of how well the women are treated. And especially because of how well women treat one another. For the most part, “Kasual With a K” was a well-written episode, but it wasn’t one of my favorites — leaving me with very little room to analyze.

Am I the only one who was actually expecting Erin to share something more tragic? Sophia Bush had said that it’s a piece of information she had assumed about her character, but given what we know about Lindsay’s past, I was expecting this news to be heart-shattering adding to the darkness we know she’s lived through. Given how empathetic she generally is towards women who have been mistreated, abused, or raped, I had sort of made the assumption that she’d gone through one of them as well which is why she’s so fervently devoted to justice. And while of course, you don’t have to go through something yourself to be passionate about it, we’ve always known that her childhood was dark, but the question’s always been how dark?

During a conversation with Val, when she’s accused of not knowing what it feels like, Erin opens up about being in a shelter when she was eleven because Bunny couldn’t take care of her in the drugged-up state she was in. She also exposes the fact that she blamed herself for not taking care of her mother properly. And that was perhaps the most tragic moment throughout the episode — no child, especially at 11 should have to worry about taking her mother. She’s still growing, still evolving and to be held responsible for a grown adult who’s incapable of taking herself is entirely unfair. And understandably, it took a lot for Erin to finally realize she was never the reason her mother was an addict who could never pick a decent man. When Erin opens up to Jay at Molly’s she states that the experience wasn’t a bad one, but rather the lady who ran the place actually took better care of her than her mother did. And while the experience may not have been negative, her mindset is what probably was — the constant back and forth between what she may have done to make her mother not remember her must have been undoubtedly difficult to deal with.

And as far as Halstead and Lindsay go, it’s incredibly admirable how understanding the two of them are when it comes to their pasts. They don’t have to talk about things that have brought them trauma. And it’s not that they don’t want to share, but sometimes they can’t, and the fact that neither of them ever questions their place in the other’s lives because of it, is what makes their partnership so strong. They know they’re important to one another. They know they can trust one another. And if there’s something they can’t discuss, they understand it. The passionate respect for the other’s agency makes them an incredibly solid due in the series.

I don’t like to get frustrated with a series too quickly because oftentimes I’m proven wrong. I like to give writers all the chances possible in order to address certain things before I lose it and completely give up. I’m not going to discuss my anger towards the ending scene with Roman and Burgess in a lot of detail, because I don’t want to open up a negative discussion. However, it makes absolutely no sense to me that Kim’s discussed her feelings and regrets about Adam more to Roman than to Adam. They have yet to discuss their broken engagement and the fact that Roman continues to belittle Adam without properly knowing his side is just downright irritating. There’s no such thing as the delay game — I’ve said it a hundred times by now, but just because he was okay postponing the wedding, it doesn’t mean he loves her any less. And I just desperately wish the two would talk about things. At this point, I’m beginning to feel as though the series wants me to root for Roman and Burgess, and that makes zero sense to me. Again, I’m going to reserve judgment until the finale, but this isn’t fair to Adam and Kim and all their fans. If this is truly the end, fans who’ve adored them from the beginning deserve proper closure.

Is anyone else upset over the fact that justice wasn’t properly achieved in the end? I wanted the team to find a way to prosecute the culprit as opposed to Voight threatening him out of town. If he can do this in Chicago, he can do it somewhere else too.

What are your thoughts on this week’s episode?

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