Chicago PD 2×19 “The Three G’s” Olinski, Roman and Nadia

Chicago P.D.

Alvin Olinski is a haunted man. In his years on the job Al has acquired some skeletons, some ghosts. This episode we see one of those skeletons come creeping out of his closet. Alvin is confronted by a criminal from his past. While Roman is punching out another police officer and Nadia is taking her Police exams.

It starts out all happy, with Alvin and Erin having breakfast with Al’s daughter Lexi. I needed to stop and analyze this scene because it struck me as odd that Erin would be having breakfast with Al and his daughter. But I suppose it makes sense when you think about it. Olinski is close with Voight and Erin is close with Voight so it would only make sense that to Erin, Olinski is Uncle Al. So in turn she could be Auntie Erin to Lexi. Lexi is situated in this episode to humanize Al. It shows what he is constantly fighting for and what keeps him grounded. Erin tells Al after the case is closed not to get lost under a rock. The way Al keeps himself from getting lost in the dark with his demons is by focussing on his family, on the people he loves. He does this by inviting Jason, his daughter’s boyfriend to dinner. Earlier in the episode we have a close up shot of Al’s face when he is wracked with pain and guilt over having dropped the ball years before and letting Dennis Lee (the baddie this week) escape justice. But at the end of the episode when Lee has finally been arrested and Al is in the happy glow of his family the last scene we see is a close up of his smiling face.

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Little by little we are getting an incite to Alvin. We have known that his marriage is on the rocks, just on the road to being mended. But now we have insight as to why. Olinski cares. Just like Voight, just like Erin. Olinski cares too much. He gets consumed by his cases. He can’t compartmentalize his life, can’t leave his work at the office. It weighs on him and he feels responsible for his victims. We see him be tormented by the fact that a case that got away from him years before has now resulted in the death of 6 young women. Al feels responsible for these deaths because he wasn’t able to put Lee away years ago. He made a by not getting a warrant, doing some paperwork and that cause Lee to escape being arrested. Now Alvin feels personally responsible. This is why he gets lost in his cases. He takes them personally, if he doesn’t stop the bad guys then everything they do, everyone they hurt will be blood on Al’s hands. For most of the series Alvin has been the calm, quiet, steady hand, supporting Voight and providing wisdom and guidance to the team. Most times he stays in the background. But tonight Voight was the calm steady head, easing Alvin’s shaking fist to the ground, pointing the gun away from Lee’s forehead. The writer’s are turning the archetypes on their heads. We were introduced to Voight as the brash aggressive brute and Alvin as the quiet steady influence but they have been shown to be more than these stereotypes. Just like the rest of the team, the writers are ever so slowly letting us see the other sides to Chicago’s finest.

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Roman is in some deep water. When him and Burgess respond to a call where a young girl has been shot, Roman takes it upon himself to transport her to the hospital, as the ambulance will take too long to get there. Another officer, Deluca disagrees with Roman’s idea saying that they could get sued if they take responsibility for the child’s safety. But Roman isn’t going to just stand there and let the little girl bleed to death, so he punches Deluca in the face while Burgess carries the girl to their squad car. Later Platt tells the two that the girl will make a full recovery but that Deluca is being a jerk and filing a formal complaint and will be filing aggravated battery charges on him. So needless to say Roman is put on suspension for giving that asshat what he deserves and Burgess is not happy about loosing her partner. She tracks down Deluca in a diner and tells him that he needs to drop the charges (because that always works right.) He’s more concerned with the tooth that Roman chipped and the 3000 dollars it will apparently cost to fix. He tells Burgess that he will drop the charges if Roman pays for his dental work so she squishes his meatballs.

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Nadia provided a little levity to the dramatic episode. She comes in and presents Platt with her CPD written exam, which she got and 95% on. I knew she’d kill it; she has been working so hard. But the next test is the one she is concerned about; it is the psych test where she will be put through a lie detector test to see if she is mentally suitable to be a police officer. She is concerned that her previous indiscretions may trip her up. I knew by Platt’s face as Nadia skipped away that the Sergeant had a plan. Apparently it was a good one too because Nadia passes the test, and Platt’s patented tip is to put a tack in Nadia’s shoe. The pain that it causes her causes enough spikes on the machine to confuse it enough so that any lies Nadia may have told or been nervous about just squeezed through. So our girl has passed 2 out of the 3 tests, the last being the physical. But I’m sure with a team full of fit specimens Nadia won’t have any trouble finding a training partner.

Shea McKeown

Shea McKeown

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