Three Major Takeaways from ‘Chicago PD’ 7×02: “Assets”

Even within its standard case of the week structure, Chicago PD always manages to linger in my mind, often long into the weekend. Whether it’s character development, the outcome of a case, or someone new – spoiler: it’s all three – I always have thoughts. They’re not always coherent or even necessary beyond a tweet, so here are my three major takeaways from Chicago PD 7×02 “Assets.”

 

Actions, Meet Consequences?

CHICAGO P.D. — “Assets” Episode 702 — Pictured: Paul Adelstein as Superintendent Crawford — (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC)

Even though Adam’s technically out on bail, the questions of a further trial and potential hard jail time still linger. He asks Voight about general population in jail versus protected custody, which would have him alone in his cell for 23 hours a day. It’s hard to imagine anyone surviving that emotionally, but the reality is that Adam’s career as a cop make him a massive target – especially for people like the ones who ordered Al’s murder.

You have to have a lot of empathy for Adam, who literally restrains a random drug dealer in a park full of kids even though he’s no longer a cop. He was just helping Antonio – he didn’t actually commit murder (nor did Antonio, intentionally anyway) – but we all knew that lying about it wouldn’t end well. Voight leans on the investigator, eventually leveraging a known criminal as an asset to the police, and the charges drop. 

Adam’s back. 

I’m relieved, of course. Part of me knew narratively that Adam wouldn’t go to jail, that he’s a fan favourite, that we already went through this with Al. But I have to wonder why Adam is absolved of consequence – Antonio is (hopefully?) safe in rehab, I hope – and yet the same cannot be said for Kevin’s siblings, who he hasn’t seen since they had to be spirited away to Texas for their own safety. 

That’s no one’s fault. It’s not Adam’s. But that doesn’t make it fair, either. 

 

Black and Blue

I could tell when Atwater so sassily called out a Homicide Detective for nearly shooting a black man in the season premiere that we were in for a ride. It should be said off the bat that Kevin is easily the best undercover detective in the squad. Every time he’s under with a mark, I’m sweating in fear for his life, but he’s a pro and he’s never blinked. But this case really asked him to reckon with his place within both the black community and as a member of the police force. He has the means to have a great life, but that doesn’t mean that the same is true for everyone in disenfranchised and deeply racialized communities in Chicago.

While Darius Walker is definitely a criminal, Kevin can see the merit in his desire to uplift the black community by pouring his money back into its people. It raises a really interesting moral dilemma for Atwater and the squad. Ultimately Voight sees and opportunity and seizes it, (getting Adam free in the process) but one has to wonder how this will affect Kevin’s experience and opinions moving forward. 

 

 A New Squad

CHICAGO P.D. — “Assets” Episode 702 — Pictured: (l-r) Lizeth Chavez as Vanessa Rojas, Tracy Spiridakos as Det Hailey Upton — (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC)

Even though I’d literally seen a photo of Rojas and Upton last week, somehow my brain completely forgot about it. I was therefore able to fully enjoy the twist of two police units meeting undercover during crossing stings. She and Atwater already have great chemistry, and judging from next week’s promo, Rojas is officially inducted into Intelligence.

Antonio’s official exit has yet to be explained, though it is deserved.

I know I’ve already said it, but Jon Seda deserves a proper send off. I’m curious how the dynamics of Intelligence may shift now that gender parity has been reached, and how partnerships are affected, if at all. Vanessa is also very green; she, like Adam, is straight from the Academy. It may not be new patrol, but I’ll take it.

 

Stray Thoughts

  • Upstead remains one of the best and worst slow burns of my life. 
  • Trudy having Adam’s back always never fails to warm my heart. 
  • Will we get another Big Bad this season? I expect a recurring plot thread will begin in short order, any ideas on what that might be?
  • I still don’t know the interim Superintendent’s name and I really need to learn it. 

Chicago PD airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on NBC.

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