This episode starts off with the Intelligence Unit and other police officers rallying together at the hospital as they await news from the surgeon regarding Antonio Dawson’s condition. Antonio was shot by Pulpo at the end of last week’s episode, along with two guards and Belding (no, not Saved by the Bell Belding). Pulpo was able to escape police custody and left Antonio and the others for dead.
The doctor emerges and informs Antonio’s wife and the unit that he’s stable, but might need an additional surgery. Everyone goes in to see him and his only request is for them to find Pulpo. Voight tells Antonio’s children that when he was their age, his father was in that same hospital and that their father is going to walk out of there stronger than ever. He then tells Atwater and Burgess to stay at the hospital to watch over their family while the unit searches for Pulpo.
At headquarters, Jin goes into Voight’s office to copy information from his computer in order to hand it over to Edwin from Internal Affairs. Jin is usually the unit’s go-to person for inconspicuous wires and other genius plans, but Edwin is holding something over his head that has to do with his father. As he’s transferring the information onto a flashdrive, Sgt. Platt catches him and asks if he’s lost. He lies and tells her that he’s installing new software onto the computers. She tells him to come and fix hers as well and looks very suspicious.
Erin’s friend, Annie, stops by the station asking about Charlie. Charlie appeared in last week’s episode and seems to be a very shady character from the start. Jay questioned Erin about him, but she’s been very vague when it comes to the stranger. I definitely get the sense that she’s afraid of him in some way. Annie seems equally afraid of him when she finds out he’s back, but either way, she asks Erin if Charlie knows about Travis…their son. Erin assures her that he doesn’t know, but that she’ll set up a time for all of them to meet.
Voight tells the unit that what Pulpo did was an attack on their family. He says for them to forget the rules and when their unit catches him, he’s to be handed off to Voight and Alvin, which is never a good thing! Jay has always been a bit wary of Voight and his intentions, so he asks for clarification on what he wants. To which Voight responds “Pulpo ain’t making it back to a jail cell. That clear enough for you?” This man has such a way of saying things that can scare the daylights out of you! Jin walks in and tells the unit that they found a possible getaway vehicle and a dead body that could link back to Pulpo, so they all head out. The prints on the body match that of someone who was also associated with the Colombian Cartel. The man had a fake badge and was driving a van posing as a prison transport vehicle. Erin finds a glove in the back of the van that proves Pulpo was in the car with his girlfriend and son as well, and she thinks he’s taking his family back to Colombia. Adam says that they’ve had Pulpo’s name and mugshot sent out to every major transportation system, but Voight tells them that if Pulpo planned this far he probably already planned for a way to get out.
Jin meets up with Edwin and gives him the flashdrive with Voight’s reports and emails on it, but apparently it’s not enough for Edwin. He wants a wire put on Voight and isn’t satisfied with Jin’s participation thus far, so he threatens to have the FBI visit his father. Edwin then throws the flashdrive back at Jin and walks away.
Jay and Adam are back at headquarters discussing the fact that they have to just hand Pulpo over to Voight and Alvin with no questions asked. They’ve run out of people to talk to who are associated with Pulpo, but Jay suggests that they talk to his lawyer. Adam has Sgt. Platt find him an officer who speaks Spanish so that they can call in a threat to the lawyer pretending to be Pulpo in an attempt to scare him into talking. It works because Voight and Adam walk right into his office and find out that Pulpo recently inquired about buying sets of new identities. The lawyer directed him to an old client and gives Voight and Adam the name of the guy. Alvin and Jay visit him and don’t get any answers at first. He lies to them about recognizing Pulpo and denies running a new identity scheme in the back of his photography store. Alvin walks into the back and Jay finds a picture of Pulpo on the camera along with freshly cut hair on the ground. The man says he won’t talk because he knows Pulpo will come after him and tells Alvin and Jay that they’ll just have to arrest him. Alvin, instead, takes a small gun out of his sock and drops it on the floor in front of the man, telling him that he’ll say the man took a shot at a police officer if he doesn’t talk. The plan works and the man tells them that Pulpo was, in fact, there and that he made new identities for him, his girlfriend and son. He doesn’t know where they went, so Alvin tells Jay to cuff him and take him to the station.
Voight goes to see Jin and asks about Sumners, who he believes is the mole reporting back to Edwin. Jin tells him that there are several phone calls from her to Edwin and he tries to soften the blow by saying that it could just be about a case, but Voight walks away. Edwin was the one who appointed Sumners to sit in on the Intelligent Unit, and it seems as though they’re having an affair, but she hasn’t been giving him any intel on the unit. However, now Voight believes Sumners is the mole rather than Jin.
Sgt. Platt goes to visit Antonio and his family in the hospital and tells them that when she was first on patrol, Antonio was her partner. They were on a call and she was shot in the hip, but Antonio picked her up and saved her life. Back at headquarters, Jay questions Erin about Voight’s father because he never talks about him. He asks what the story is and Erin tells him that it’s nothing he can’t find in the archives. She also tells him that every time a cop is shot, Voight gets the same look in his eyes. I hope we get more of this back-story, so that we can understand how Voight became the slightly twisted cop he is now. Erin gets a text message and steps outside to meet with Charlie. She tells him that he has a son and that they’re all going to meet up soon. He asks her about Voight, so I’m also hoping we learn more about this story as well!
Jin gets a hit on the fake ID and credit card that Pulpo’s girlfriend, Lina, recently used to rent a vehicle. The vehicle has GPS installed, so they know the exact location. Voight tells Sumners that he’s taking her out of the unit and tells her to clear her desk and pass her files off to someone else as Jin stands by with a guilty look on his face. The unit tracks down the vehicle at a gas station and Pulpo’s son is in the backseat while his mother is inside. They don’t find Pulpo, so they take her into custody where she tells them she was supposed to meet him at a certain time. Voight figures out that Pulpo used Lina and their child as a diversion in order to throw them off of his scent, so to speak. He tells Adam to hand her over to major crimes and to call child services on her son and then walks out of the interrogation room.
Sumners hands over a case file to Erin and tells her to catch him for Antonio, which sort of proves that her intentions were pure. Burgess and Atwater find out that Sumners is gone from the unit and that there’s a spot open for one of them to fill. Erin learns that someone tried to bond Pulpo out of jail; a Russian man named Stefan who put his nightclub up as an asset. The unit breaks into the club and find Stefan, along with a significant amount of cocaine, but no Pulpo. They confiscate a laptop from the club, but Jin is unable to read the emails on it because it’s all in Russian. Voight calls in Otis from Chicago Fire to help out. Otis deciphers an email about a shipment of SUV’s heading to Moscow. Voight brings Otis into the interrogation room to help translate the conversation between him and Stefan, and you can tell right away that Otis is extremely uncomfortable in that setting. It’s rather funny! Voight tells Stefan that in exchange for information on where Pulpo is, he’ll charge one of the other guys for the cocaine found in the club. Stefan tells him that Pulpo fronted them a million dollars in cocaine and that that’s why he was helping him, but he tells Voight that Pulpo will be on the flight in three hours.
The unit locates the semi-truck that is transporting the SUV’s to the plane, and instructs the driver to follow them into a tunnel. Jay cuts the lock on the back and they find Pulpo in one of the SUV’s. Voight climbs into the semi, and punches him in the face. Him and Alvin throw Pulpo into their car and tell the rest of the unit to take off. Not a good thing, Pulpo! They take him to the cage under headquarters and after he tries to cut a deal, they wrap duct tape around his head, covering his mouth several times. Jay visits Antonio in the hospital and tells him that they caught Pulpo. Antonio tells him that he didn’t see the capture on the news and Jay tells him that he’s not sure he will, knowing Voight. Antonio tells Jay that Voight and Alvin took Browning, the guy who killed Alvin’s partner years ago, to the docks for a “boat ride”. He believes that this is where they might be taking Pulpo and continues to tell him that although he wants Pulpo punished for everything that he’s done, he doesn’t want that on his conscience.
Alvin and Voight are sitting together discussing what they’d done to Browning and you can really see the difference between the two characters for the first time. Alvin asks if them killing Browning keeps Voight up at night and he says no and that he sleeps like a baby. Alvin replies that he hasn’t slept right in twenty years. Voight tells him that it’s not the fact that they killed Browning that keeps him up at night, it’s the fact that his partner was killed and he wasn’t there to stop it. They throw Pulpo into the car and drive down to the docks. Voight asks Pulpo if he’s ever gone swimming with a Chicago necklace, as him and Alvin wrap a thick chain around the ends of two cinder blocks and tie the chain around Pulpo’s neck. Just then, Jay walks up and tells them that they can’t do what they’re doing. Immediately, Voight knows that Jay had gone to see Antonio. He tells Jay that what Antonio wants and what Pulpo deserves are two different things. Voight doesn’t seem to want to back down, so he kicks one of the cinder blocks into the water, tightening the chain around Pulpo’s neck. Surprisingly, Alvin stops Voight from kicking in the second block and tells him that Jay is right. They take Pulpo back to the station and hand him over to several detectives.
Voight calls Burgess and Atwater into his office and informs them that Atwater has been awarded the open spot in the Intelligence Unit. Burgess is happy for him, but also a bit disappointed that she wasn’t chosen. She asks Voight why he didn’t choose her and he tells her that he doesn’t allow in-house relationships; referring to her ongoing flirtation with Adam. Adam recently told Burgess that they couldn’t continue flirting because he was engaged and wanted to work on his relationship, but Burgess doesn’t know that shortly after that discussion, his fiancée ended the engagement. So Burgess is let down by the fact that she doesn’t have Adam OR the position in the unit.
Alvin goes to his wife’s house and tells her that he put a lot of distance between them since his partner died all those years ago and that he wants to make things right with their relationship. He begins to cry in her arms and it’s really the first time we see any emotion from him.
Erin goes to a restaurant with Charlie to meet with Annie and their son. He begins talking with the boy about football and then tells them that he has to leave and asks Erin to speak with him. He asks her if she owes him several times until she finally says “yes.”
Voight is sitting at a bar and Jay walking in. He sits down for a drink and tells Voight to hear him out. Before he gets to speak though, Voight tells him that he makes decisions in the moment and that sometimes he’s right and sometimes he’s wrong. He says that they all have convictions and so does Jay, but that he respects that about him. The episode closes out with Voight visiting the wall of fallen police officers and touching his hand to his father’s name. He walks away in the fallen snow.
Next week is the season finale of Chicago PD, and it seems as though we’ll discover a lot more about Erin’s relationship with Charlie. Certainly looks like a nail biter! Stay tuned!
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