Chicago PD 3×10 ‘Now I’m God’ Use your words Hank

Photo from the episode "Now I'm God"

After a month long hiatus NBC comes back with #OneChicago a 3-part crossover episode between the Chicago franchise. Chicago PD is the concluding episode of the crossover event, which I actually really enjoyed. Maybe it’s because I actually watched all three parts or maybe it’s because it was written really well.

The story begins on Chicago Fire where beloved character Christopher Herman is fatally stabbed and then transported to Chicago Med hospital. I assumed that this would be the over arching storyline that would join all three shows, however there is yet another storyline that surfaces later on. As firehouse 51 deals with the possible imminent death of one of their own, they respond to a fire where a woman is discovered to have attempted suicide by inhaling the natural gas directly from the gas line. It looks like an open and shut case however the doctors at Chicago Med soon realized that there is more than meets the eye with this case.

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As the story moves into its second part, Herman is being treated, but the main storyline is the one that connect Chicago MED to Chicago PD. It revolves around the suicide victim Jessica Pope. Dr. Charles (the psychiatrist on staff) believes there is something fishy going on and as he and the other doctors discover, Jessica was being treated for cancer that she did not have, and was being overdosed with chemo. Throughout the episode multiple other patients come in exhibiting the same symptoms and it appears that they have all been misdiagnosed and are being dosed with chemo. Enter the Intelligence team to begin the final part of our 3-part crossover. The hospital calls in Voight and the gang to track down the snake of a doctor that is doing this to his patients. Once a new patient is brought into the hospital the Intelligence is able to track down the doctor through her insurance.

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The way the writer’s connect each show is actually pretty awesome. My issue with crossover episodes is that there is always a disconnect. If you don’t watch part one then you have no idea what is happening in part 2. As I have discussed with the previous cross over episodes, they are a good marketing strategy to try and increase viewership to multiple shows on the same network. However if done incorrectly they are a great way to piss off your fan base. Viewers put their trust into the writer’s to put the story and the characters first. I know as a viewer myself I feel betrayed and angered when I can clearly see that choices have been made in favor of marketing value as opposed to strong storyline or character development. For instance, the Law and Order: SVU and Chicago PD crossover where Nadia was murdered is the prime example of this. I was completely shocked and upset with the fact that Nadia was killed on another show. I don’t watch Law and Order nor did I have the time to watch it that week even if I wanted to. So when I saw the concluding chapter on Chicago PD I was confused as to what was happening and was extremely upset that one of my favorite characters was taken away with not even the respect of having it happen on her own show. However this time the writer’s have found a way to connect all three spin offs but also keep them separate enough that they can stand on their own. Watching all three just adds to the storyline and the drama.

Herman’s storyline is the main focus in Chicago Fire and bridges Chicago MED, which makes sense since he is a main character in the former and an interesting medical case in the latter. However by the time we get to Chicago PD it doesn’t make sense to still focus on Herman as it wouldn’t be an interesting storyline to the viewers who don’t also watch Chicago Fire. So instead they carry over a storyline from the other two shows that is more interesting for the Chicago PD audience. The case even relates to Voight and his dead wife. The malpracticing doctor they are led to being the same doctor that treated Voight’s late wife, Camille.

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Not only does this storyline provide more depth to Voight’s character, it even expands Erin’s character and her relationship with the Voight’s. We have these heart wrenching scenes between Hank and Erin. They serve to tug on your heartstrings but also to strengthen their father/daughter relationship. On a late night in the dark office when Vogiht and Lindsay are the last ones there they talk about Camille. Erin tells the story of how Hank’s wife didn’t like her when he first brought her home, but one day she admitted that “[Hank] saw something in [Erin] that was worth sacrificing for and so she would too”. Camille was Erin’s surrogate mother just as Voight is her surrogate father. This could explain why Erin let her mother back in after so many years. She lost Camille, there was an empty place that Camille used to occupy and the only other person in her life to fill it was Bunny.

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We also see exactly how much Voight loved, still loves, his wife. What struck me most was that there was not one moment where Voight outwardly threatened or hurt Dr. Rybold. Normally Hank Voight is a tough customer. He hangs bad guys off of parking garages, holds guns to their heads, and beats them in the cage. But this time he knows how important it is for him to do everything by the books. He needs to get justice for his wife. The closest he gets is by taking Rybold’s hand and telling him to start enjoying life. The implication being that it will soon be taken away from him once he is behind bars. To me this quiet, sad, hurt Voight had way more of an impact then an angry, murderous Voight could. It really shows that he is a good man, a man full of love, however the city that he lives in and the things that he has experienced have hardened him. But when it comes to Camille, he remembers all of the love and happiness he once had in his life. The added touch of the home movies at the end of the episode is just perfect. You see a young Voight, a new father, being so sweet, gentle and caring with his wife and son. I have a sneaking suspicion that these are Jason Beghe’s (Voight) home movies as he looks considerably younger in them. I love when shows do this as it adds a sense of realism. With all of this wonderful character development, Voight he has easily become one of my favorites.

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The only issue I had with this episode was it’s treatment of Roman’s storyline. It was treated as a secondary storyline and wrapped up so easily. I literally only had four notes regarding it and it can be summed up in one sentence. Burgess investigates Richie’s murder, finding that the gun that Callie said he had was taken from the scene by his brother Denny, who she convinces to turn it in. Unless the writer’s expand this storyline in the next episode it appears that they used this shooting as a shocking end before the hiatus. When I saw Richie dead, with no gun in his hand, and Burgess calling Voight I thought for sure we were going to see Voight’s old dirty cop ways. I thought they were setting up a bigger storyline of Burgess and Roman covering up the shooting and subsequently dealing with the after math of that decision for the rest of the season. But it looks like yet again the writer’s set up a great storyline for some shock value then resolve it quickly because they don’t want to follow through with it.

The positives of this episode however far outweigh the negatives and I am excited to see what the rest of the season brings.

Shea McKeown

Shea McKeown

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