I knew that Jay’s new side job would get him in trouble, but I had no idea it would put him in the middle of a gunfight where one of his friends loses his life.
I’m not sure how much time has passed between episodes but it appears that it has been long enough for Jay to have bonded with his security partner at Brianna’s weed shop. Terry and Jay seem to have hit it off, enough so that Jay has been introduced to Terry’s wife and for Jay to have been someone that Terry looks up to. But as tends to happen on this show the people Jay gets close to always seem to get caught up in flying bullets. What is he a magnet for gunfire? Anyways during a bank run they run into an ambush that leaves Terry fighting for his life in an ambulance on the way to Chicago Med and the quarter of a million dollars lost to the masked robbers.
I sincerely thought that the trouble was coming in the form of Jay’s sexy new boss Brianna. And although she does want to get in on some Halstead action she doesn’t come between Linstead. It’s funny because we get to see a glimpse of Papa Hank in this episode when he asks Jay if he is sleeping with Brianna. Jay replies that no he isn’t but what would that have to do with the case anyways? Nothing Jay, Voight is just making sure you aren’t screwing around on his baby girl! Voight clearly saw how Brianna was acting towards Jay, as does Erin, but unlike Voight Lindsay doesn’t let it bother her. It’s nice to see that the writer’s didn’t turn Erin into the crazy jealous girlfriend. I wouldn’t blame her if she were, but it is nice to see a woman who is confident in her relationship and in herself enough to know that she doesn’t have any competition, she’s already won.
The real drama this episode was Jay’s battle inside himself. You can tell that this isn’t the first traumatic thing to happen to him, this isn’t the first person he has lost. We still don’t know too much about his military days, just the brief hints that Mouse alludes to. He tries to check in with Jay to see how he’s doing by saying he bet the shootout ‘brought back a lot of memories’. But Jay shoots him down saying that he’s fine. He’s clearly not fine, he’s breaking down. When he finally catches up to the man who shot and killed Terry he has a hard time reigning himself in. After fighting with him and stabbing him through the leg with some rebar Jay stands over him with his boot on the guy’s neck, starring down as the man chokes for air. It isn’t until Al catches up to him and snaps him out of it that Jay lets up. He went to a dark place and I hope he can find his way back. I think he’s trying. He quits his security job and turns down Brianna’s last-ditch advance by telling her that he’s got someone waiting for him. She says her door’s always open. Were you talking about the door to your office or the door to your pants? Or both? Either way Jay goes back to Lindsay and the Intelligence team, where he belongs in my opinion. There is even a heartfelt moment between Voight and Halstead where Voight tells him “I’m lucky to have you in my unit” I think this is as close to a father’s approval as we will get from Voight.
This was Jay’s episode, giving us another little insight into his character. I wish we would get more than just little tidbits here and there. I want to know what him and Mouse went through over seas. I want more character-oriented storylines instead of new crimes every week. There’s got to be a way where the writers can put some more heart into the show. Maybe prolong some of the storylines instead of cramming them all into one episode. Wouldn’t something like this have been great stretched out over a few episodes? Let us get to know Terry as well as Jay did. Let us see Brianna hitting on him night after night. Let us see flashbacks to Jay’s military days mixed in with the present day trauma. I feel like the storylines would have had a bigger impact if the audience was invested more. Because right now I don’t really care that Terry is dead. I care that Jay is hurting but not as much as I would if I knew everything that he has been through.