Chicago PD 2×16 ‘What Puts You on That Ledge’ and what keeps you from falling off

Chicago P.D.

Jin has been replaced, Linstead is calling it quits, and Voight is a machine. Oh and Antonio goes undercover and almost gets murdered. Just another day for Chicago PD’s Intelligence team.

This week is an Antonio episode. There’s no mention of detective Gina, but we do get to see Antonio go undercover as one of his previous alias’ Mike Diaz. Turns out Narcotics was running an undercover op and their officer hasn’t checked in for a while so they send in Dawson because he has previous connections with one of the crew from his old undercover days. The aim is to get Antonio in with the new crew so that he can try and track down either where their missing cop is or what happened to him. Surprisingly everything goes pretty well, for an undercover op that is. I always find in a cop show that anytime there is an undercover operation the entire episode revolves around the cop’s cover almost being blown. This isn’t the case for Antonio until the last five minutes. Which I appreciated because that storyline is so tired, it’s nice to have some surprises or at least a different story arc to follow.

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The writers did throw in a few suspenseful moments, one of which even had me worried, the first one not so much. When Antonio is meeting back up with his old buddy Cooper, they stage a fake mugging to get Cooper’s trust back. The way Antonio solves this problem is by popping the mugger in the chest twice and then him and Cooper make a fast getaway in Cooper’s van, cut to commercial. I can see where they are trying to go for the shock value, the Oh-my-god-did-Dawson-just-shoot-a-guy? But anyone that has any common sense, or someone who watches as many cop shows as I do, can figure out that it is all a part of a set up and that a police officer would never blatantly shoot a man in the chest in the middle of the street without their being an immediate threat. As soon as it happened I knew it was going to be some type of set up. I was even expecting the guy to stand up right after Cooper’s van turns the corner. I don’t know if it’s just the fact that I watch way too many tv shows or that I analyze them too closely, but sometimes it feels like everything is so predictable. Certain genres of television shows seem to all follow the same story arcs just with different characters. It’s rare when I find a show that completely takes me by surprise and doesn’t disappoint.

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For instance I knew that eventually Lindsay and Halstead were going to split up and that it would be because of Voight. To be honest I had no idea it would be so anti-climactic. I was expecting it to be when Erin rejoined the team and since they were once again working together they would call it off. When that didn’t happen I thought there would be a fight between Linstead and Voight which ultimately ended in either Voight giving them his blessing or Linstead breaking up, but this? This way was just stupid. Voight made like five subtle comments about ‘never forgetting’ and ‘only saying things once’ and pairing Lindsay with Olinski for a shift. Erin and Jay just rolled over and called it quits. They didn’t even try and fight for their relationship. They were joking about moving to Wisconsin just last episode and now just because Voight knows they are done? They didn’t even try and talk to him. I can understand that it is different for Lindsay. He is her mentor and the closest thing she has to family, she wouldn’t want to do anything to disappoint him, but she seemed really happy with Halstead and it just feels like a cop-out that we finally got Linstead together after a season and a half of build up to just have them fizzle out like this. At least Voight could have punched Jay in the face or something.

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The one thing I was not disappointed with this episode was the introduction of Intelligence’s new tech guru, Mouse. He’s an old army buddy of Jay’s and a genius hacker. He wins Voight over by hacking into his phone within two seconds and changing Hank’s background to a picture of himself, prompting my favorite line from Voight so far ‘cute’. Let me just go on a brief tangent about Hank Voight here. This was another episode that made me like him even more. From his little comments that I found hilarious when he is trying to intimidate jay, to him being shot in the shoulder and not even falling down, he just keeps marching forward and shooting. The man is a machine. Even once the gun fight is over when asked if he wants an ambulance, Hank just causally asks them to just drive him to the hospital. What an epic badass human being. Alright now that I have gotten my Voight fangirling out of the way we can get back to Mouse. I am already liking this character, he is very likeable and adds a good amount of comedy to the team. I have a feeling he is going to be our comedic relief in the future and our way in to Halstead’s past. We have already been teased with an incident that the two went through together regarding a Humvee. I see some character development for both Jay and Mouse in the future.

Shea McKeown

Shea McKeown

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