The title seems slightly inappropriate considering the majority of the episode dealt with battered women. Not really a ‘kasual’ issue. But while Erin is confronting some issues from her past Roman and Burgess are getting closer over an online dating app.
They are really setting up the Burman ship. The partners catch a case that involves the online dating app Kasual. An app for casual encounters (aka hookups, booty calls, one night stands etc.) Which, Roman seems to know quite a lot about. He’s even got the lingo down pat. Burgess isn’t too happy about this fact. Why so upset Kim? You don’t like the idea of Sean hooking up with a bunch of women he barely knows? I saw this coming a mile away from the first day Roman was partnered up with Kim and revealed he dated a number of his previous partners. For once the show is doing a slow build and leading up to a storyline. Since Kim is now single the main man in her life is Roman. He’s an attractive guy; he’s sweet and funny and the two are partners, which clearly means they trust each other. It’s understandable that Kim would feel an attraction to him. I just don’t know what this will mean. Considering how Chicago PD tends to deal with their storylines. Kim and Sean will probably sleep together or kiss and Ruzek will finally come to his senses and talk to Kim about their broken engagement. Then the Burman ship will end its short voyage so the Burzek ship can set sail yet again.
I think I have narrowed down my issue with this show. They focus so much on the cases that any character development or personal storylines are short and sparse. I am someone who likes a lot of heart in my entertainment. That’s why I love the episodes where we get to delve into the characters’ pasts. Like how we learned about Erin’s past this episode. I wish there was more time spent on her and Jay discussing her past. Not just a short scene at the end of the episode where Jay’s only answer is to pour her a shot. Perhaps the way to deal with the former drug addict’s emotional drama isn’t to throw liquor at it. But hey, I always think communication is the best answer for your problems in any situation. You gotta love the show for what it is though; a show about cops. And to these cops the job is their life. So it makes sense that we mostly see them at work because that’s where they are most of the time. Let’s not forget that this show is one that doesn’t shy away from discussing some heavy issues.
This week’s episode broaches the subject of domestic violence. The Intelligence team is hunting down a man who stormed a women’s shelter, shot the manager, killed a man, and kidnapped a woman who was there seeking safety. The entire case seems to have hit close to home for Lindsay. At first I thought it just enraged her to see women being abused. But as the case got deeper it seemed to get more personal for her. It’s not until she tells Val (the kidnap victim) about her past experience living in a women’s shelter for 3 months when she was 11 that we understand why she takes it so personally. She knows all too well that those women sought out a place of refuge a place free of the constant fear of abuse. Then some man broke in there and destroy that. He took away their one safe place, their last refuge. Erin knows how important that was to them because she sought it out herself when she was 11 and scared of what her mom’s abusive boyfriend would do. She tells Jay about how the lady who ran the shelter walked her to school on her first day, holding her hand the entire way. For a child like Erin, whose own mother forgot about her first day of school, this would have meant so much. She tells Jay how she drove by that shelter not too long ago and saw the woman walking another little girl to school. She never got out, just kept driving. And this broke my heart. The story is not an uplifting one. Even though this woman helped Erin and continues to help little girls and women like her the fact is that there are still women out there that need her help. The way Erin says this line is not happy to know the woman is there to help but sad to realize that the cycle of violence has not stopped. There are still women being beaten and abused, still children being ripped from their homes, living in shelters. It is wonderful that there are good people in the world readily offering shelter but it is horrible to think that there is still a need for it. Perhaps that’s why Lindsay needs that shot.