Ruzek and Burgess are done, finished, over and Kim can’t stand to be around Adam any longer. Again the most interesting part of this episode was the character’s personal lives. I was pleasantly surprised to see that Kim and Adam haven’t reconciled immediately. Kim is actually so set on leaving Adam she has decided to transfer to another precinct.
After Platt hears this she knows that Burgess is hurting. She pulls her aside to let her ‘feel whatever [she’s] feeling” and to try to convince her to stay by reminding her that if she goes through with this she wont get to decide where she goes or who she works for. Kim is struggling, you can see it in her eyes, she is mourning the loss of the life she was planning for and her pride has probably taken a hit too, wondering what she did wrong to make him not want her enough. But I still think Adam does. He’s a man; he doesn’t share his emotions easily or frequently. I know I have to drag my boyfriend’s thoughts and feelings out of him. Ruzek probably thinks that this is what Burgess actually wants. He tells Voight that he thinks that he let her down. Adam thinks he has done something wrong and that is why she has left. If these two crazy kids just communicated properly then they would realize that neither of them actually wants this, and this is probably what is going to happen in the next episode or so.
But not if Roman gets in the way. It has been fairly subtle but I think a love triangle is being set up between Roman, Burgess, and Ruzek. As I have said before Roman has a history of falling for his female partners. He was the one that kept pointing out the shortcomings of the Burzek relationship, ultimately pushing Kim to leave Adam. Now he is showing how much he cares for his partner. When they get shot at he instinctively launches himself over her to shield her and the reason he is so upset at Voight for not telling them what they were going in to is because he is scared of what could have happened to Kim. I would like to think that Roman just loves Kim as a partner and a friend because I get so frustrated that every male/female friendship on television must turn into some type of romance. But what better way to insert some drama into the show than to have a love triangle? It is the most stereotypical way to stir things up but in this situation it’s better than either of the alternatives, Burzek getting back together immediately or breaking up forever.
Burgess was clearly the center of the episode. Not only was she the center of the boy’s attention but the women’s as well. Platt and Lindsay both try to talk to Burgess about her decision to transfer out. Lindsay points out that if she is to sign that transfer paper and hand it in to the top brass they will ask her why she is leaving and she will have to tell them it is because of a failed relationship. Not only is that embarrassing enough but it doesn’t help the prejudice that female cops face everyday. If she is to put her personal life ahead of her career then that will follow her for the rest of it. It might even cost her a promotion. We know that that is one of the reasons she didn’t make it in to Intelligence. So Lindsay puts it in perspective for her. I hadn’t really thought too much about how hard it would be for female cops because the story never really focuses on it. I would be interested in following a storyline that examines this deeper. Unfortunately we only get to hear about Lindsay and Platt’s ‘close’ relationship and don’t actually see it. Instead of just talking about the challenges they face as a woman in their position and telling us about their close relationships let’s see it! I want to see female friendships instead of female competition. I want to see the struggles they face because of their sex and the stereotypes they must conquer daily. It would make a much more enjoyable show if the writer’s dove a bit deeper and dealt with some serious issues.