Chicago PD 2×21 ‘There’s My Girl’ Nadia DeCotis: An Angry Rant

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They hit us right in the feels! The recap from last week is jam packed with clips of Nadia. They show Erin encouraging her, Platt celebrating with her, Nadia’s determination with being a cop and then they show us what happened to her in New York. For those of us who didn’t watch the final part of the crossover event on Law and Order: SVU, this recap showed enough for us to know that we have been robbed of a great character. 

I am so upset that they actually did it. They took Nadia away from us and they didn’t even do it on our own show. She was such a great character with so much potential. We could have seen her go through the academy, seen her graduate, and seen the path that Erin took through Nadia’s eyes. She was the sunshine, the happy little puppy that makes everyone smile, the person that brings levity to any situation. Week after week we have seen Nadia work hard to become a great cop. She has modeled herself after the two strongest influences in her life, Lindsay and Platt and we have seen how much she cares and how much she wants to help. I am so disappointed that the writers would choose to eliminate this character for the sake of a few grieving storylines that may only last a few episodes. Clearly the storyline that they are setting up the most is Erin’s grieving for not only the loss of her friend but her guilt in, what she views, is the part she played in her murder.

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Of course the two that take the loss the hardest are Lindsay and Platt. They show two very different ways of coping with grief. Erin keeps it all inside, not letting a tear fall and throwing herself into work trying to convince everyone she is fine. Platt on the other hand confesses that she has been “touching up [her] mascara every ten minutes.” For the tough as nails Sergeant this open emotion comes as a bit of a shock. But we all knew that Platt was a softy on the inside and we saw how much she cared for Nadia. It is no surprise that Trudy goes on a rampage when she finds out that the memorial stone for Nadia has been rejected on the grounds that she wasn’t officially a Chicago Police Officer. Luckily Papa Hank comes to the rescue by blackmailing the officer that has the power to approve the stone. I love that Voight has such information at the ready, filed away in a storage locker. Since the box was marked Summer 2005 I think it is safe to assume that Voight has many of these boxes filled with many files of a lot of little tidbits that could be useful in the future.

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After a hard day at work Jay invites Erin to Molly’s to have a few drinks with their intelligence family, but Erin ditches them in favor of going to drink alone at her mom’s bar. Erin went to Bunny because she knew Bunny would let her drink. Not only is Bunny a recovering alcoholic herself but I can also see her being an enabler. She would give Erin whatever Erin wants because she so desperately wants back into her daughter’s life. Which is completely opposite to Voight who cares about Erin and tells her that he doesn’t want this to “turn into a banana peel” for Lindsay. He doesn’t want her to slip back into her bad habits. Which presumably in this case means drinking. We have been seeing hints of this all episode from the beginning where Erin stares at a bottle while she drinks her morning coffee, to Voight’s warning, to when she finally finds her way into Bunny’s bar and slams back the shot her mother all too readily hands her.

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I can see where the writer’s are going with this and although Nadia’s death opens up a lot of new storyline’s I feel like it’s a cheap shot. It didn’t do Nadia any justice. We didn’t even get a good storyline out of her. It felt like they were building her up for something great. She was so inspiring and they just ripped that all away from us. Could she not have been seriously injured? Left for dead? Trapped in a coma for a few weeks? Erin’s whole self-destructive storyline could have been spurred by her fear of Nadia dying and her guilt that she was put in that situation. I know the writers wanted to hit us hard but it just seems like they didn’t have any respect for that character. If the storylines that emerge from her death have a big impact that last longer than the rest of this season I will at least be pacified, but right now my rage burns for the wonderful character that they robbed from us.

Shea McKeown

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  • Justin Moore

    What got me is that Nadia didn’t even try to fight off her attacker I mean damn she worked around a bunch of cops and was a aspiring police officer but had no concept of how to defend herself not to mention she is suppose to be streetwise on top of that it looked to me like she just let sicko commandeer her to her death I was hoping she would at least inflict some pain on the bastard but he just imposed his will on her,SVU and the intelligence unit