Yup… that pretty much sums it up. Plus Atwater offends a high ranking Chicago Police Captain, Olinsky and his surprise daughter are crashing on Ruzek’s couch, and Halstead wants to beat up a pedophile.
After months of being on the team Atwater is starting to get antsy, and rightfully so. The whole time he has been with the team we haven’t really seen any big story lines with him. It was getting to the point where I started questioning why he was even around when we only get to see him in the background. But it looks like Kevin is taking matters into his own hands. Him and Lindsay are out to breakfast, which just seems slightly strange since I have never really seen those two interact one on one before. But it looks like Kevin is there to pick Lindsay’s brain about Voight and the Sergeant’s views on his talents as a police officer. But as soon as Atwater spots Captain Whitaker enter the diner Lindsay’s advice goes unnoticed as he makes his way over to the Captain to try to make a good impression and get some advice, one black cop to another. Whitaker is not happy about this for multiple reasons, one he doesn’t like that Atwater played the race card, he says “good police are good police” and second Atwater has interrupted his breakfast which is the only time during the day he gets to himself. Looks like Kevin has made a big faux pas. But it looks like Al has his back and Kevin ends up getting an invite to the prestigious poker he was daydreaming about. A game where all the players are powerful black men from the city, cue our cameo of the episode: Chief Boden from Firehouse 51! At least we only have one crossover appearance, and hey the episode didn’t end in Molly’s for once. It’s an improvement.
Olinsky’s wife shows up to see what his decision regarding his long lost daughter. I am happy to see that Al was honest with her and tells her that he threw out the DNA test without opening it. She thinks this is idiotic but Alvin explains that Michelle needs and father and that doesn’t mean that he won’t still be a father to his other daughter Lexi. But Michelle has no one. So with a hug and tears his wife tells him that she will leave his stuff on the lawn for him and that if he doesn’t come to pick it up in a day she will burn it. Ok, so I understand being upset with Al over the affair he had and I can understand she is hurt and upset at the thought of him having another child. But what I don’t get is why would all of that be ok if Michelle wasn’t biologically his, or if she was out of the picture? If you were willing to work on your marriage with her not in the picture what does it matter if he still has contact with her? Either way the thing you should be most upset with is the fact that your husband cheated on you, not at this poor girl who didn’t choose to be born, or to be the product of an affair. Alvin is doing the right thing and being a father to his surprise daughter. When Platt tells him that a condition of Michelle’s parole is to have one of her parents sign for her he doesn’t even hesitate before he signs the paperwork. So the decision is made and now Al and Michelle are squatting on Ruzek’s couch, which completely cramped his plans for a romantic night with his fiancée.
Speaking of, I guess Burgess and Ruzek are doing ok. There seems to still be some slight tension on Kim’s side when Adam asks her over for dinner, he will be cooking his specialty Fettuccine Alfredo, but she has some unbelievable excuse about her sister’s cat being sick. That seems like a brush off line to me. Looks like she is still upset over the push test. I don’t know why she can’t talk to Adam about this. Do you really think it is a good idea to marry the man when you can’t be honest with him about your concerns? Perhaps she has realized that the push test was a horrible idea to begin with and that’s why she shows up to the dinner ready for the romantic night with wine in hand. Only time will tell. Maybe this is just one of those storylines that fades into nothing, or it will be brought up again at some convenient moment.
The case this week hits home for Halstead. He sees himself in the young Ethan Jones. Ethan is angry, lashing out at teachers, getting into fights at school. Jay says that he used to be that kid. We find out why Ethan was so angry. But my question is why was Jay that angry kid? Was it the same type of situation? Was Jay abused?