‘Chicago PD’ 7×18 Review: “Lines”

Sometimes I wonder if the majority of the people in Intelligence know that you don’t have to cross lines to get the job done. I feel like lines are a foreign concept to the most of the time. Chicago PD‘s “Lines” further proved my point that the people in intelligence just can’t help but cross lines, no matter how wrong it is, or how much it could come back to bite them later.

That’s Not How We Do Things In Intelligence, Rojas

CHICAGO P.D. — “Lines” Episode 718 — Pictured: (l-r) Lisseth Chavez as Vanessa Rojas, Jason Beghe as Hank Voight — (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC)

Rojas, girl, what were you thinking?! You can’t go around deleting video footage just because someone you know and care about is on it. Doing things like that will only come back to bite you in the butt. In case she hasn’t learned this yet, one of the number one things to remember about working in Intelligence is that you can’t keep things from Voight. I understand that she was just trying to protect someone who had her back and took the fall for her when she was growing up, but deleting footage or getting rid of evidence of any kind is a fireable offense. Rojas is part of the Chicago PD family now, and I’m not ready to see her leave intelligence yet.

Why does it seem like just about everyone in Intelligence gets involved in cases that are personal to them? First Jay and Hailey, and now Vanessa. Although it makes for some really good TV, they need to stop getting involved when they have a personal connection to the case. That’s always when someone ends up taking things too far and crossing lines.

Hailey’s Crossed One Too Many Lines

CHICAGO P.D. — “Lines” Episode 718 — Pictured: (l-r) Tracy Spiridakos as Hailey Upton, Lisseth Chavez as Vanessa Rojas — (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC)

Hailey Upton, I love you, but turning into a mini Voight is not a good look for you. First their was the whole Darius Walker situation, and now this?! Girl, you have got to stop taking matters into your own hands and seeking your own form of justice. I get that she was just trying to help Vanessa in this instance and I appreciate friends helping friends, but she went too far. You can’t plant evidence, girl. That’s gotta be basic policing. Hailey Upton must be protected at all costs, and right now I think she needs to be protected from herself. As much as I love Hailey and want her in Chicago, maybe New York will be good for her.

If you ask me, I think Voight is doing the right thing by shipping Hailey off to New York. She has gone too dark for her own good lately. Does anyone else remember when we first met Hailey and she was this sweet cop who was a stickler for the rules? Yeah, I miss that Hailey. I just feel bad for Jay. Both of his partners that he cared about and worked well with get shipped off to New York. Hopefully Hailey’s time in New York will only be temporary unlike Erin’s. (Yes, I still haven’t forgotten about Erin Lindsay). While I am looking forward to seeing Hailey on Dick Wolf’s FBI, hopefully it won’t take Hailey too long to get back to her old self because I, and Jay, need her back in Chicago ASAP.

Stand Out Scene

My heart broke for Vanessa when she was talking to Luis and telling him that they couldn’t keep his deal. That scene was so emotional and Lisseth was amazing in that scene. You could really sense the pain that she was feeling and my heart went out to her. It seems like she’s had a rough life and I’m sure that situation wasn’t any easier for her. Hearing her talk about her upbringing absolutely broke me.

Vanessa, girl, you do matter. It broke my heart hearing her say that she never felt like she did. I love learning about the One Chicago character’s backstories, and we’ve learned a lot about Vanessa this season. It seems like she has some things in common with Hailey, too, since they both had a difficult upbringing. Vanessa may have lost a childhood friend, but she has all of Intelligence now who care for her.

Best Lines

Hailey: Vanessa that’s obstruction. You could go to jail.

Voight: I know where you just were. We need to talk.

Vanessa: I took this job because of that. I wanted to matter. I wanted my life to matter.

Voight: The problem with crossing lines is, you cross too many of them, you don’t know where they are anymore.

Hailey: I didn’t know all of it, but I knew some. I was trying to protect her.

Voight: So this is something we’re doing now? Planting dope. Creating evidence.

Voight: I don’t want you to be me

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

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