You gotta admit, Chicago PD doesn’t shy away from the tough stuff. They tell it like it is. The horrible, tragic, heartbreaking way the world is. Sometimes things turn out ok, and sometimes they don’t. Luckily what started out as a horrifying story of a baby found outside in the Chicago cold turns out to have a happy ending after all.
Voight gets called to the scene of a suspicious bag down at the waterfront. Upon further inspection he is horrified to discover that the duffel has a baby inside. The poor child is ice cold, skin a sickly blue colour, and appears to have been left 7 hours earlier around 2 am. The show comes back from it’s time off in a real dark way. Anything that has to deal with children is always heart wrenching. The team must track down where this baby came from, while Dr. Manning of Chicago MED works to save the baby. This story is a horrible one. A teenage girl gets pregnant, her parents are so ashamed they decide to let an unlicensed midwife not only deliver the baby but find a new family for the child. Not only could their daughter have died during childbirth at the hands of a woman still learning her trade, but she could have done anything to that baby, could have given it to anyone. Luckily she did end up delivering it to the promised family who seem like a loving household. The wife suffered through 3 miscarriages trying to make a sibling for their son Max. But much like life something with the best of intentions ends in tragedy. Max wanted to show his new baby sister the lunar eclipse that was happening that night at 2 am. The 8 year old left the infant outside until the parents found the frozen baby girl at first light. It is even more traumatizing to realize something as horrible as this could be the result of an accident; of actions that had the best of intentions. By some miracle and the quick work of Dr. Manning, the baby survives and it’s biological mother finally steps up and decides to fight for her child. Probably helps that her controlling mother is in jail now too.
The case brings up some pain from Voight’s past. Thinking they have lost another innocent, another young life that never even got a chance, brings his own loss to mind. He confides in Erin that he and Camille lost a baby. Justin was a twin, his sister was still born. Is this why Voight has such a soft spot for Erin? He couldn’t protect his baby girl, but he can do everything in his power to protect this other girl. A girl he probably sees a lot of himself in. Intelligent, caring, and tough as nails, Erin is a daughter Hank would be proud to call his own. Thinking of his lost daughter may be especially hard now since it looks like Justin may be headed down the wrong path once again. Justin was apparently in town only a few days before, never telling his father he would be in the area. Hank seems to be concerned enough to call Olive over for dinner to check in. She can’t seem to meet his eye when she tells him that Justin was back in Chicago ‘visiting friends’. Could this be a hint at a future storyline? Seems more than likely since Chicago PD loves it’s foreshadowing.
After the rough day Burgess and Roman grab a drink with Dr. Manning. She’s toasts life saying “love hard”. Broman takes it a little bit too literal jumping straight into bed. I don’t know what took them so long. How long has it been since their kiss? Did they talk about it and decide not to pursue anything while they are partners, only breaking that agreement in light of the uncertainty and fragility of life? Or am I thinking too much into this? Maybe I should just shut up and watch the half naked people on the screen.
On a lighter note, can we talk about the frequency of hiatuses in television nowadays? Does anyone else remember when a television season would run uninterrupted? When did it become common practice to go weeks at a time for no reason without new episodes and then randomly start them back up again? Shows even have half seasons. Why can’t season 2B just be season 3? I just don’t understand! We just got the show back after a month and we only have 3 episodes left until the season is over.