When we left our favorite Chicago PD officers, Hank Voight was back to his old ways, and Hailey Upton accidentally walked right in the middle of it. Season nine starts precisely where we left off.
With the Upstead proposal! But it wasn’t a happy moment for these two. Hailey (Tracy Spiridakos) was still in shock after killing Roy in self-defense and then Hank (Jason Beghe) covering up the body. Plus, Kim Burgess (Marina Squerciati) was in the hospital. All Upton wanted was to feel safe, and unfortunately, Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) didn’t answer her. It wasn’t the right moment when their friend was fighting for her life in the hospital. But we do get the moment we were waiting for at the end of the episode.
Upton was on edge this entire episode. She did not like tracing down leads that she knew would lead to nowhere. Or worse, exposing what she and Voight had done. Hailey has almost crossed the line so many times. Clearly, she can’t handle it.
Now that the case is closed, it will be interesting to see if she will play every move by the book or go off the rails.
It was so obvious something was off with Hailey. Her team could kind of explain it away with everything that had happened, but Halstead and Kevin Atwater (LaRoyce Hawkins) were back at it trying to hunt down the man that hurt their own. That’s what they do over and over again.
I don’t think we have seen Voight play it so calmly before. Or maybe it was just more apparent with the way Hailey was acting. This case isn’t the first time he’s covered his tracks, and I’m sure it won’t be the last.
Voight did the right thing. Even if it didn’t lead to finding Kim, that’s what he does for his people. I know Samantha Miller (Nicole Ari Parker) wanted it all done by the book, but at the end there, I don’t think she would care if Voight would have said, “I took care of it.” She’s at that point where she would be okay with it. Unless the truth comes out, we may never know.
Some of the best moments of the premiere were when Adam Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger) was worried about Makayla (Ramona Edith Williams) and what, if anything, he should tell her. He was taking his guardian duties very seriously.
I loved the scene with him and Trudy Platt (Amy Morton) when he wondered if he should protect her from all this or let her see Kim in the hospital. That is one of the most complex decisions as a parent. And I can tell you as a kid and not a parent that we want to know. So, I’m glad that Adam told Makayla and then took her to see Kim.
The writers set this up perfectly. Kim was awake in time for Makayla and Adam to visit her. Makayla gave Kim her favorite toy, a platypus! Seeing them all together was the moment we were waiting for.
Kim fought for her life to see Makayla again, so for her to wake up and have her daughter by her side was perfect.
Another moment we were waiting for was the Upstead proposal. The writers bookended the proposals. Jay may not have answered her initially, but when the case was closed, and Kim was okay, they got to talk about it. Not only did Halstead say yes. He got down on one knee!
I know this is the 21ist century, and it’s perfectly acceptable for the woman to ask the man now, but I still like seeing the man get down on one knee.
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