Watching Kim Burgess fight for a traumatized little girl warmed my heart. She didn’t think she would have instincts for children, but she found out what she was made of in an intense case.
I wasn’t ready for this episode, and I’m not sure Burgess (Marina Squerciati) was ready for the case. She finds a little girl walking on the street, and she becomes the girl’s advocate and savior through the rest of the episode.
The poor girl, Makayla Ward (Ramona Edith Williams), was in her house when her father came to kidnap her and killed everyone in there. Luckily, Makayla got away.
It was a strange scene at first. Could this be a gang hit? It was a little strange for one gang member in the home, and the entire family got killed.
Then Makayla was targeted. It just wasn’t making any sense.
Then, as Burgess and Adam Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger) were putting Makayla down for bed, she told them what had happened, that a woman was shouting for her telling her that her father was there to take her home.
We were getting the same disturbing news from the man in custody. It was a frightening moment that that sweet girl could come from such an evil person. She had to be protected at all costs.
When Makayla’s father’s girlfriend, Nia Benson (Jade Radford), came in, she wasn’t helpful. She played dumb. But Intelligence saw straight through her. This wasn’t her first time in an interrogation room, but she had never been charged.
It’s true. Women can get away with playing dumb. But you can only do it so many times until you are caught out. And when there’s a little girl’s life on the line and so many people murdered, you aren’t going to get a pass.
Marina was on fire. Her motherly instincts were on point. Her cop instincts were humming. She did everything right to close the case. I just loved it when she went in and played Benson. She knew everything to say to get her to talk.
It was so believable, even if they didn’t have all the evidence, but they 100 percent knew she was in on it. Makayla’s reaction when she hears Benson’s voice told them everything they needed to know. Even if it couldn’t be used in court, she tried to continue to play dumb, but the prospect of federal prison and the death penalty finally made her come clean.
I hope this makes Burgess rethink having a baby. I’m not sure how they would fit it into the storyline, but she and Ruzek would make such great parents. They proved it when they were taking care of Makayla.
And also, we need them to find their way back to each other.
Burgess and Ruzek may not be there yet, but Hailey Upton (Tracy Spiridakos) and Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) are! It took the entire episode, but they finally kissed. It was well worth the wait.
But I also felt a little sad. I always loved Halstead with Erin Lindsay. But she’s long gone now, and it’s not like a TV show can make Halstead wait for Lindsay. It’s time to move on, and the writers waited the right amount of time, and I’m excited to see this new relationship.
We are back to almost Chicago PD as usually after having a very Kevin Atwater (LaRoyce Hawkins) centric storyline. An important one to be told. We may not be having those direct conversations anymore, but I see subtle changes. They aren’t using as much force as before but still providing the intensity and entertainment we crave from this show. It’s hardly even noticeable, but it’s just enough to make a difference.
I hope this season shows the changes being made and gives Burgess more of these intense storylines where she discovers more of her self.
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