‘Chicago PD’ 4×12 recap – The unit look for the murder of a women in the park

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In the last episode, a rapist is found killed and the city is less then helpful when it comes to finding the person responsible. There are people out there trying to help clean up the streets and it looks like they are doing it in the wrong way. This week we have two episodes, in ‘Sanctuary’, there is a church in Chicago protecting murder suspects and it’s up to the CPD to shut it down.

As the seasons go on there is a certain roll call with each show or at least most of the shows. A car chase, some turmoil between the group, a bad decision, and a foot chase. All of which take place in this show.

The foot chase is the first up as the police go after two young black men that were fingered at being at the park around the victim. They are unable to get to them before they find sanctuary (there it is. The name of the show) in a church. The priest, Father Bill stands up for the kids and tells the police that they won’t let them try and arrest the young black kids without proof.

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This sparks a major feud in the city as each side tries to figure out the truth. While the city riots at the church, the unit try and get to the bottom of the truth without the help of the two witnesses in the church.

Rixton is up next with the bad decision. He gets information from one of his informants, an informant that Voight wanted to know if he was in town. Here comes the bad decision. Rixton decides to lie about which comes back to bite him in the butt as Voight confronts his lie and states that he only has one more strike.

Burgess and Olinsky continue to butt heads in this show. He is trying to show her the ropes but it always comes off as a little jerky. It’s not until the end of the show that he finally shows respect for her. Saving his life would certainly do that.

What did you think of the show?

 

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‘Law and Order: SVU’ 18×9 recap – a billionaire uses an old way of trying to woo women

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In the last episode, a child is abducted when his mother has friends over for a drug induced party. In this episode, titled ‘Decline and Fall’, a billionaire store owner is accused of raping a young woman at one of his parties. Bob Gunton guests stars as Lawrence who is a multibillionaire philanthropist who thinks that he is above the law. It comes at a time a few days before someone of similar means was accused of doing the same thing. Difference is that this man gets arrested.

The show starts with a young man, Eric, who gets confidence to talk to a woman, named Sarah, from his grandfather, Lawrence. Everything seems to be ok until the next day when Sarah goes to SVU claiming that she was raped.

Turns out she is half right.

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She had conscensual sex with Eric but that led to them discovering that the other man, Lawrence gave her drugs in order to have sex. Quaadludes to be exact. A very old drug that was used before rohypnol became the drug of choice. That alone has detectives knowing that Lawrence is the man since no young man would use that.

As the trial comes to a head, Lawrence tries to play that he is not in the right mind and that he can’t be held responsible for his actions. First person to pull that one huh? Barba knows that it’s bull until it starts to work. It needs some maneuvering and pulling out some skeletons before we are able to get Eric to see Lawrence for what he is. Turns out that the reason why Lawrence Jr (Eric’s father) and his mother got divorced is because Lawrence gave his mother some of that Quaadludes in order to get her to ‘open’ up.

In the next episode, which will be on February 8th, we are at a TV milestone as SVU hits it’s 400th episode. In this one we have a mother who is having an affair with her son’s best friend and it doesn’t look like it’s going to have a happy ending.

What did you think of the show?

 

‘This is Us’ 1×12 recap – The Big Day is finally here

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In the last episode, Kevin finds himself knee deep in a love triangle that becomes just one by the end of the show because Kevin doesn’t know how to talk to women. Kate and Toby decide to get married after his heart surgery is a success. Randall struggles with the fact that his father would rather spend time with his boyfriend then with him.

The time is finally upon us. We finally get to the ‘Big Day’. We see what happens the day that the Big Three was born. Starts off with the happy couple and includes what happened with the man who delivered the babies and Joe (the man who found Randall). The entire show is in the past but it does paint the picture of Rebecca’s and Jack’s relationship as they jumped into being parents.

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Rebecca is struggling with the pregnancy and by struggle I mean she becomes a monster. She even admits it when she realizes that she spent the morning of Jack’s birthday yelling at him rather then remembering it. When she finally does remember she makes it up to Jack as she realizes that Jack is going to be a great parents and she admits to her kids that she is going to make a lot of mistakes.

Dr. Katowsky is struggling with the loss of his wife and tries to move on. It’s not an easy feat considering how long he’s been married. While his son is trying to help his dad out by helping him move on, it only makes it worse because he doesn’t want to move on. It’s only until after he delivers the babies that he sees that he should try and not hold back his life.

The man responsible for finding and saving Randall has struggles at home as his marriage is falling apart. He tries to keep Randall in hopes to save his marriage but it only causes more problems.

In the next episode, Kevin fights for the girl that he wants (of course we don’t see who) while Kate finds that she might have another love interest at a camp.

What did you think of the show?

‘Chicago PD’ 4×11 recap – The unit look into a man who may have been assaulted by a former victim of his

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In the last two episodes before the fall finale, Olinsky had the unpleasant joy of deciding where his loyalties lie as his friend is accused of raping a young girl. In the second episode, the unit try and find a person who is picking off the police. This week we have two episodes, in ‘Don’t Bury the Case’, the unit try and help clear Severide’s name after being involved in a hit and run. For this week, titled ‘You Wish’, the unit investigate a potential hate crime when a rapist is killed but problems arise when his wounds don’t match up to the cause of death.

The unit gets called to a scene where a man’s favorite appendage has been cut off. The victim’s name is Sanford Greg who is a sex offender who just got out of jail with a laundry list of crimes and restraining orders. They look at the people that he’s had problems with (which is only like twenty or thirty people or so).

With witnesses help, they are able to find a woman, named Erin, who threw a bloody knife into the bushes and a big red flag of guilt, she ran. Olinksky opens up and lets Burgess take the interview with Voight. Turns out that Sanford was attempting to rape her and she sliced him to get free. When they get the cause of death, choking, they know that Erin didn’t do it.

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Looking into an incident, they find that there is a group called ‘Special Police’ that covers an area that has all the rights of cops but none of the rules. They are all about helping until they learn it’s a murder. The ME shows them that this new victim is not the only one which points all the arrows at this special police and James Mooney.

My love for Halstead only grows in this whole thing with Jimmy. While Lindsey doesn’t want to cause more problems with Jimmy (wanting to bask in the fact that she has a father now) but Halstead is always watching her back and making sure no one else hurts her. That spells love like no other. But it backfires on him when he discovers that Jimmy is not her real dad, basically destroying her happy little bubble and what little relationship Lindsey had with Bunny. The silver lining (and it has me hopeful) is that apparently Bunny and Voight had a one-night stand. Could this mean that Voight is really Lindsey’s father?

In the next episode, there is a church in Chicago protecting murder suspects and it’s up to the CPD to shut it down.

What did you think of the show?

‘Law and Order: SVU’ 18×8 recap – a child goes missing and a neglectful mother is the one to blame

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In this episode, titled ‘Chasing Theo’, a child is abducted when his mother has friends over for a drug induced party. In the last episode, we follow a young woman who gets raped by someone she thinks has been stalking her since college, but finds that it’s bigger than that when she discovers that the person she trusted may be the one that hurt her.

Every one of these shows has a ‘theme’ that they try to show on both sides of the fences (usually it involves Benson). In this one, it involves neglect and how you have to pay attention to your kids because accidents will happen if you don’t. Nadine (Rochelle Lefevre, Twilight) lives the high life and is one of those people that think ‘nothing bad can happen to me’ until it acutally does. And it does, three minutes into the episode as her son, Theo goes missing after she has a little party involving drugs, alcohol and probably sex.

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The nanny, Gloria, doesn’t trust Nadine and her ‘friends’ and we all know that it could be anyone that was there but without her knowing who was actually there, it’s going to be hard for them to try and find suspects. Turns out that she is just playing everyone involved. She didn’t like Nadine’s lifestyle so she has her brother kidnap Theo and they go on the run.

The two mother hens of the squad, Benson and Rollins, have a hard time accepting the fact that Nadine would have a party when her son was sleeping in the next room. It’s hard for them to keep their emotions out when it comes to her.

On a personal note, there is tension between Tucker and Benson as he tries to get Benson to open up to the idea of retirement, especially considering she shot someone in the last episode. Benson, like always, avoids the conversation and pretends everything is ok. In end, Benson finally steps up and breaks things off with Tucker knowing that she needs to be focused on Noah.

In the next episode, a billionaire is accused (though he openly admits it) of drugging women and having sex with them while they are unconscious.

What did you think of the show?

‘Chicago PD’ 4×9 and 4×10 recap – The unit try and find a way to save one of their own

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In the last two episodes before the fall finale, Olinsky had the unpleasant joy of deciding where his loyalties lie as his friend is accused of raping a young girl. In the second episode, the unit try and find a person who is picking off the police. This week we have two episodes, in ‘Don’t Bury the Case’, the unit try and help clear Severide’s name after being involved in a hit and run. In ,

Severide finds himself in deep problems as he is at the base of a vehicular homicide when a young woman and her child are hurt with the child dying. The evidence piles up and doesn’t seem like he is going to get out of it. They have his car, the fact that he has no alibi, and that he there are witnesses that have him drunk before the accident.

Time to warn up that call to the lawyer (ie Chicago Law).

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The plot thickens when Burgess and Atwater (The A-team back at it again) find a tracking device in his car. Burgess thinks that someone planted the GPS to try and frame him or something deeper. Problem will be to try and catch the guys who planted the tracker. When they get the man who sells the car, it’s time to get to the man responsible for trying to steal Seviride’s car.

The best part of the show is when Voight goes dirty cop and helps Mike get the money that is owed to him and the man that is responsible for the accident.

Meanwhile, Burgess is working her first case, too bad it’s against someone from the fire department. She is trying a little too hard and it causes Olinsky to want a new partner. He doesn’t want to train a new ‘rookie’ in his eyes. But Voight has faith in her and thinks that she will make it or break it on her own but she’s earned the right to try. Platt warns Burgess telling her that he suffers from ‘74’ basically where women were able to run patrol and he still has a hard time accepting it (at least according to Platt).

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For the second show, it starts off with Lindsey meeting her father, Jimmy. It’s been 10 years since he got out. He got married and had a family and now he wants to make amends with Lindsey. Which is not something that she is going to be all for.

There is a new face on the squad as Kenny Rixton (Nick Wechsler, TV’s Revenge) as he takes Ruzek’s spot. WHAT RUZEK IS GONE!?? Does that mean he didn’t want to work close courters with Burgess or maybe a coincidence? Which ever way you want to look at it, it’s probably a temporary job for Rixton as I’m sure Ruzek will be back at some point. For Burgess, does that mean she has to work even harder as she now basically has to compete against him for the loyalty of the group.

The case is a big one for the case as the new victim, Grace, that was raped and shot dead is not the first one that has been found in the neighborhood. There was another one only a few weeks earlier. Things escalate when they learn that Grace may have been selling her body to help provide for her sisters. The leads bring us to Ricky Barnes who has a history of violence.

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Burgess, still trying to make a name for herself, finds a lead with one of the woman at the scene of the crime and runs with it with Atwater. Come to find out that there are 10 other girls that were killed in the same way and no one’s made the connection. Until now.

Working the case not only do they find the person that is responsible for the murders, but they find that it’s not someone they expected. It happens to be Ricky’s father.

In the next episode, the unit finds that there might be some cops doing dirty tactics in order to get arrests.

What did you think of the show?

 

‘Law and Order: SVU’ 18×7 recap – Benson and Carisi start thinking about the future

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Since the last episode was about two months ago, let’s a do a recap of the first seven episodes (that’s right only 7 shows in 3 months). We have Benson adjusting to her role as boss after losing Dodds in the season finale of last season. Dodds Sr. is giving he a hard time because he blames her for his loss. Tucker and Benson are starting to simmer down because Benson is getting nervous about making a commitment. The last show specifically, the unit investigated a victim who accused an up and coming rapper of raping her. Instead of denying it and putting away the right man, he took the rap because he wanted to build street credibility.

In this episode, titled ‘Next Chapter’, we follow a young woman who gets raped by someone she thinks has been stalking her since college, but finds that it’s bigger than that when she gets held captive.

The show starts off with Benson trying to ward off thinking about her future with Tucker. While she wants to settle down and have a family, she is not quite ready to let go of the job. Will this affect their relationship? Tucker wants to cement the future but Benson is still stuck in the present. Benson is not the only one thinking about ‘the next chapter’. Carisi is starting to wonder if it’s time for him to move on. Now that he’s passed the BAR, he has another option to turn to.

The top suspect in this show is Ray Wilson. She points her finger at him right from the get-go. He’s been stalking her since college and got arrested for assaulting a woman. He gets alibied and it makes the unit start back at point one.

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With all this focus on Ray, they didn’t look at any other suspects. When they do start doing that, they find that there was possibly a stalker and that she has had some hostility with one of her co-workers because he had a crush on her but she wasn’t interested.

Ray’s name keeps popping up when his DNA is found at the crime scene. How can he be in two places at once? Maybe he can teleport? Or maybe he is being framed. It gets crazier when the one person that they thought was helping them, Tom Kohl, is now their number one suspect when they have video footage of his car near Ray’s restaurant.

Tom’s alibi gets blown to smitherines when his wife tells Benson that he wasn’t home that night that Quinn was attacked. It soon becomes a kidnapping when Tom and Quinn both go missing and it sounds like they are going to be going to do a little Misery when they get to the farm house. Benson and Carisi tag team taking Tom down and it almost leads to Carisi getting shot. Think this may push him into leaving the force. No one wants to have a gun pointed at their head with the probability that the person is going to pull the trigger.

With the show in it’s 18th season, it’s not really a surprise that Benson would start thinking about retiring. She herself has been in every season which would make her around 20+ years at being a cop. Most people would start thinking about retirement at that point, especially someone that works with SVU.

In the next episode, a child is abducted when his mother has friends over for a drug induced party.

What did you think of the show?