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Chicago P.D. “No Way Out” and The Upstead of it All

Chicago P.D. “No Way Out” Spoilers Ahead

CHICAGO P.D. -- "No Way Out" Episode 909 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jesse Lee Soffer as Jay Halstead, Tracy Spiridakos as Hailey --
CHICAGO P.D. — “No Way Out” Episode 909 — Pictured: (l-r) Jesse Lee Soffer as Jay Halstead, Tracy Spiridakos as Hailey — (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)

At this point, I’ll have to give up on the fact that a show like Chicago P.D. will ever properly allow Hank Voight to pay for his crimes, and if this is something the show proves me wrong on—I’ll happily admit to being wrong. “Fractures” makes it clear that healing needs to start at the root, but Chicago P.D. “No Way Out” only harps on the fact that involving more people in lies is the tangible solution. That’s not it. And while Jay Halstead’s decision not to give up Voight will always be something that stings, his decision to ask Hailey to marry him right away is something that surprisingly works in this episode.

It’s almost fitting that the two would elope because the show is mostly lacking in its familial fortitude that it’s hard to expect a full-blown wedding. (But it’s also, not something that I’d ever rule out for the future.) If one thing is clear, anything is possible with these two. And though I was a bit taken aback by the lighting and the framework of the scenes, at the very least, Chicago P.D. “No Way Out” is making it clear that these two are in it for the long haul.

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Chicago P.D. “No Way Out” Except the Upstead Way

Jay might have thought he could leave Hailey out of the decision-making this week, but that’s now long over as he clarifies that spending his entire life with her is the one thing he’ll always be sure of. It’s the one thing he won’t go back on, the one thing he won’t question or doubt, and the one thing that’ll now always keep him steady no matter where life takes him. 

The characters on this show are all complicated, and if given proper attention to develop each of them as they deserve, the show could’ve always had the same heart that Chicago Fire does. Yet, much of that relies on romantic relationships because friendships are almost nonexistent. It’s also lacking in continuity, but that’s neither here nor there, and I’m not sure if it’ll ever change at this point. 

At the very least, this marriage shows that the two of them will continue to choose each other, and they’ll continue to rise to every challenge together. It’s proof that unveils the fact that where their partner is concerned, Jay and Hailey will always choose the path that ensures the other’s safety and happiness. 

It’s also worth mentioning that throughout the entirety of that montage, I’m stuck on the moments right before—the silent communication before Jay asks Hailey to marry him. The moments where it’s clear there’s something deeper he’s searching for in her eyes—something more significant to hold on to, the kind of forever he wants right at this second. It feels rushed, and it feels sudden, but Jesse Lee Soffer and Tracy Spiridakos pack so much into that quiet moment, you know, with utmost certainty, that there’s nothing more valuable than their commitment to the other. The declarations of love are heightened through their expressions and reflected in that final scene in a gripping manner.

Chicago P.D. “No Way Out” is a frustrating, awfully nerve-wracking episode, and albeit full of exceptional performances, up until this last moment, it’s pretty upsetting. But…here we are.

What are your thoughts on Chicago P.D. “No Way Out”? Let us know in the comments below.

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