The Season One finale of Chicago PD summed up how amazing the entire first season has been. There’s so much more we have to learn about the characters back stories, but tonight we caught a glimpse of what Erin Lindsay’s past was like.
The episode begins with Erin rushing into Annie’s house. Annie is sitting on her couch, visibly upset, as Charlie is shouting at her. Erin tells him that he’s going to wish he never came back to Chicago, but he tells her that he hasn’t forgotten what happened to Sandoval and that if she wants to take him in, she can. She asks him what he wants and how much he wants, but he hands her a paper and tells her that he needs the old Lindsay. He continues that he went away for twelve years while Erin played cop and Annie raised their son, and that he’s either getting his payday or he’s going to reveal the secret these three are hiding.
Edwin, from Internal Affairs, is still hell bent on getting something out of Voight. He runs into him on the street and Voight tells him to just sit back and wait for his cut.
Erin walks into the office and Jay can immediately tell that she’s upset about something. Atwater begins his first day in the Intelligence Unit, and Alvin wastes no time in asking Atwater what Burgess, his old partner, thinks about him joining the unit when she deserved it more. Antonio returns to work after recovering from his gunshot wounds, much to his wife’s dismay. The guys give him a welcome back/glad-you’re-not-dead gift…a shiny new walker. Boys will be boys! Voight asks Antonio to work at his desk for a few days so as not to overwork himself too quickly. He’s not very happy about it, but he agrees to follow orders.
The unit is out on a call for a robbery at a construction site, where it seems that a lock had been cut and all security cameras were removed. Adam informs them that the site is missing about one hundred pounds of aluminized water-gel explosives. Alvin has heard of this before and tells the unit that companies use these explosives to blast bedrock. Voight tells them that it’s enough to take down an entire building. He wants a list of names for anyone who was in and out of the site for the last month and anyone who knew that there would be explosives on the property. One of the construction workers yells over to the unit, and they find the body of a security guard who was working the site. Jay asks Erin if she’s ok; she lies and says yes, but he can tell that something is wrong.
Erin makes a trip to Jin’s office and asks him for an off-the-record favor just as he suspiciously hangs up his phone. She hands him the paper that Charlie had given her and asks if he can get her blueprints from the City Planning and Zoning Commission.
As the unit gets back to the office, Antonio relays their phone messages to them and then asks Voight why they don’t have someone working as a receptionist. Voight tells him that it’s all about who you can trust, and you see Jin look down in guilt. Antonio tells them that he’s still waiting on a list of employees from the construction site and then asks Voight if they found any detonation cords or blasting caps in relation to the explosives. They agree that this should be their main focus in order to try and find anyone who’s been looking for either of these items. Jay tells Voight that he has an informant that he can talk to. Atwater tells Voight that he grew up around that area and that he has someone he can talk to as well. He’s told to take Alvin along with him, but he says he’d rather go alone. Alvin doesn’t take this lightly. He tells everyone that Atwater has been in the unit for all of two minutes and has already put himself in charge. He asks if he’s worried about his white cop partner blowing the deal and Atwater says yes. He loses, though, and Alvin goes with him.
Erin asks Antonio to drive down to the rehab clinic to pick up her friend, Nadia, who has just finished a stint there. He reluctantly agrees.
Jay and Adam meet up with Jay’s informant, Mouse. Jay gives him some money in exchange for information and Mouse tells them that there’s a new guy in town who’s looking for people to help him. Apparently Mouse is serving as a sort of consultant, so Jay asks if he can get them a meeting with this new guy and to tell him that they’re offering blasting caps and detonation cords.
Atwater meets up at a diner with an old friend of his in an attempt to get some information about the robbery. Alvin sits down near them inconspicuously and listens in on the conversation. Atwater tells his friend that he can get a hookup on electronics for him and his boys in exchange for a meeting with Copeland Briggs. His friend tells him that it would take a lot more than that to get a meeting with Briggs, so Atwater takes out his card from the unit and tells him that he’ll always have that number the next time he gets pinched and then walks out.
Erin goes to see Jin again, and he hands her a flash drive with the blueprints on it. She makes sure he knows that she doesn’t want anyone to know about the favor, even him, and then walks away.
Burgess is out on duty with her new partner, and is understandably not happy about it. He’s an older man who pulls over so that he can take a nap in the car. She snaps a picture of him on her phone and then texts it to Adam.
Mouse takes Jay and Adam to a house to meet with the new guy, and it turns out to be Charlie. Jay tells him that he could hook him up with det cords and caps, but Charlie asks what he would need those things for. He tells Jay to tell Erin he said ‘Hey’ and manages to piss Jay off even more than he already is. In fact, I’m almost certain that Charlie is running out of people to piss off in Chicago!
Antonio is outside of the clinic, waiting on Nadia, while on the phone with his wife. They’re arguing about his going back to work so soon after his surgeries and he tells her that she’s stressing him out, prompting her to hang up on him.
Burgess is still on nap duty with her new partner, and she overhears a call about a panic alarm being pushed. She responds to the dispatcher right next to her partner’s ear, startling him out of his slumber. They head to the restaurant where the panic alarm was pushed, and find someone behind the counter. The man tells them that his partner pushed the button by accident. Her new partner condescendingly tells her that it was a false alarm and then orders something to eat on the go. She walks outside as he’s stuffing his face, and gets on the radio to report a robbery in progress, requesting immediate backup. Her partner asks her what she’s doing and she tells him that she noticed fresh black paint on the security camera and the cash drawer open with no tray. Burgess and her partner go back inside and she tells the man to hold up his hands. He makes a run for it, so Burgess hops over the counter and hits him over the head, making it easy to cuff him.
Adam convinces Jay to talk to Erin about Charlie and what he’s up to, but she doesn’t give him any information. He tells her that Charlie is involved with the robbery at the construction site, and when she doesn’t seem surprised, he asks her what the guy has on her. All she tells him is that it’s bad. He reminds her that Voight always tells them to tell him the truth so that he can lie for them, but she tells Jay that if she tells the truth on this one, she’s done.
Alvin and Atwater are informing the unit of what they’ve found out so far. They have to wait for Briggs to contact them for a meeting, but Atwater tells Voight that, apparently, Briggs supplied off-the-books security for the construction site and that he’ll know for sure who was involved in the robbery. Jin receives a phone call, so Voight tells him to go ahead outside to take it. Voight asks Adam if he and Jay discovered anything from Mouse, but Adam lies in an attempt to help Jay and Erin figure out how to deal with Charlie.
Jin’s phone call was from Edwin. They meet up on the street and we find out that Jin’s father has a gambling problem. So, Edwin is using him as leverage to have Jin dig up information on Voight and the rest of the unit. He tells Edwin that Erin was asking for blueprints to a jewelry store, but Edwin says he needs more information than that. As Jin walks away, he sees Voight leaning against his car. He tells Jin that they’re going for a ride. Voight has him drive to a secluded area, and they step outside to discuss what’s been going on. Jin tells him that Edwin is bribing him, but Voight doesn’t want to hear it. He pushes Jin against the car and tells him that he violated his number one rule. He asks him who he works for and Jin says Voight.
Erin and Nadia are reunited back at the office, where Nadia tells Erin that her next step is finding a job. Erin tells her that she can stay at her place until she gets her feet on the ground. Jay tells Antonio that his wife called for him while he was out. Erin decides to come clean with Voight about Charlie and what he’s been up to. In the process, we get a little insight into her relationship with him. When she was sixteen years old she dated a then-25 year old Charlie. When her dad was locked up and her mom stopped coming home, Charlie helped to put food on the table and also got Erin hooked on dope. She tells Voight that her best friend, Annie, was also involved with Charlie and was pulled into way worse things than she’d been pulled into and that he’s got them boxed in. He assures her that everything will be ok and gives her a hug. Voight handing out hugs? Erin must definitely be an important part of his life!
Atwater finally gets a sit-down with Briggs, and tells the unit that he needs some clean-cut white guys to come with him. Voight asks Antonio what he’s found so far, in terms of anyone looking for explosives, and when he tells him to keep looking, Antonio snaps on him. His consistent arguments with his wife are taking a toll on him, especially since she wants him to move to another city to be near her sister.
Erin goes to Charlie’s place and gives him the flash drive with the blueprints on it. He asks her to do him one more favor…to call in a shooter at the Hancock building in order to get the attention there rather than on whatever his plan is with the blueprints.
Atwater goes over the plan with Jay, Adam and Alvin on what they’re all to say and who they’re supposed to be when they sit down with Briggs. Alvin stays outside, while the guys head in and meet with Atwater’s friend. He takes them to the back where Briggs is playing cards with a few other guys. Rather than sticking to the plan, Jay tells Briggs that they’re all cops and puts his badge on the table. He sits down and asks Briggs about the construction site robbery and tells him that there’s nothing in it for him. That they’ll let the school get out nearby and have everyone see Briggs hanging out with cops, losing his credibility on the streets. Briggs tells them that someone named Red came by and gave them a lot of money to watch the site while Red and some ‘white boys’ ran in and robbed the place. He says that he heard gunshots, but he didn’t know that anyone was killed.
The unit gets information on Red and finds out that he’s had a lot of dealings with Charlie. Voight tells the unit that someone told him Charlie is planning on using the explosives on a jewelry store; which explains why he wanted the blueprints from Erin. They stake out the jewelry store and see Charlie’s car pull up outside. They move in and cuff him. Alvin asks if there’s anything in the trunk that could hurt him and Charlie says no, however, they find the missing explosives inside. As they’re taking him into custody, he shouts that he’d like to report a murder from 2002 and that he knows who killed the man, named Sandoval, and who helped get rid of the body. Erin stands by, not surprised.
Back at the station, Erin goes into the interrogation room and tells Charlie that he knows what Sandoval was doing to Annie and why she snapped. She continues that if he wants to go public about what happened, he should know that she’s going to say it was her who killed him. He tells her that she let Voight run him out of town with nothing, so she tells him that she begged for his life because he was headed for the bottom of the lake. She tells him to do something with his life and give them Red. He gives her the information they need in order to find him and that he’ll be at the BY. The unit is trying to figure out what BY stands for and they’re coming up short. Nadia is still at the station waiting for Erin to get off work, and overhears them. She tells them that at her old job, sometimes they’d get called to an area behind the stock yards and that ‘back of the yards’ was nicknamed BY. Maybe they’ll agree to keep Nadia in as a receptionist for the unit! She seems to be pretty helpful when they need it, doesn’t she?
Sgt. Platt asks Burgess how it’s going with her new partner. When Burgess tells her, Platt agrees and tells her that she was certain that Burgess would crumble when she was passed over for the spot in intelligence and that she’ll get her a new partner for her next shift. Of course, Sgt. Platt tells her that she’ll also deny that the conversation took place. Adam and Burgess bump into each other and have a slightly awkward conversation. She blames him for her not getting the spot in intelligence, but you can still see so much chemistry with these two!
Adam is walking alone near a warehouse as he’s on the phone. He walks past a van and the driver clearly sees him, but he’s not sure if he made him out as a cop. He continues walking and someone starts shooting at him. There’s an all out gun-fight between the unit and whoever is inside of the warehouse. The van speeds away, so Jay and Erin chase it down in their car. Erin shoots the tire and the van crashes, landing on its side. Jay finds that the driver has a gun, so he gets him to drop it but doesn’t realize that there was another man in the back of the van. The man is holding his gun up at Jay when we hear a gunshot. The gunshot, thankfully, came from Erin’s gun, saving Jay.
Back at the office, Erin thanks Jay for everything. Voight is near the water somewhere as Edwin walks up. Voight hands him five thousand dollars in an envelope and tells him that it’s completely untraceable. Edwin takes the money, and at one point I thought his conniving self was going to throw it into the water, but he didn’t.
Jin is in his office, on the computer, and receives a phone call from his father. He tells his father to pack up all of his things and to leave Chicago. He’s visibly distraught as he puts a flash drive into an envelope and walks away. Burgess is at home cooking dinner when she receives a knock at the door; it’s Adam. He tells her that he went by to apologize and that he thinks she’s a great cop. He also tells her that he likes her and that he misses her. Burgess kisses him (finally!) and takes him into her apartment.
Antonio walks into his house and finds that his wife and children are gone. He sits in his kitchen alone as he reads a letter that was left behind. I don’t know about anyone else who’s been watching, but isn’t that a tad insensitive? The guy was just shot and just wanted to get back to work! Jeez!
Voight drives up to a crime scene and is shocked to find Jin dead on the ground. Edwin is there and tells Voight that he believes he was in his unit. What Edwin doesn’t know is that Voight was already aware that he was bribing Jin into getting information. The episode ends with Voight and Edwin in a stare down.
Personally, I can’t wait to see what Voight and the rest of the unit will do find out exactly what happened to Jin, what was on Jin’s flash drive and who it was being addressed to, what Antonio will do about his wife and, yes, I also can’t wait to see what happens between Adam and Burgess! Stay tuned for Season Two of Chicago PD!
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