Chicago PD‘s “Equal Justice” felt a lot like a Jay-centric episode. I’m not sure it was one, but he was definitely at the forefront of this episode. I’m not complaining though, because I love me some Jay Halstead. One thing’s for sure, Chicago PD‘s “Equal Justice” was a powerful episode.
Jay and Latrell
I love how Latrell instantly bonded with Jay and went to him for the rest of the case. Leave it to Jay to be the only one to supposedly treat him with dignity and respect. It was really sweet how Jay told Latrell that he reminded him of his father. I know that Jay didn’t have the best relationship with his dad, so I’m not sure if that was meant as a compliment, but I loved hearing Jay talk about his dad.
It’s a testament to Jay’s character how quickly he loses respect for someone who doesn’t properly do their job. Especially if it’s another cop. The way he got after the cop from homicide for not following up on a possible witness was incredible. He knew that Latrell shouldn’t have been in the situation he was in, and that he wouldn’t have been if the cops had just done their jobs before.
Avenging His Son
I really felt for Latrell this episode. It can’t be easy losing your son, especially not knowing who killed him or why. He may have went about it the wrong way, but I believe Latrell always had good intentions. He loved his kid, and just couldn’t let him die in vain. Something Voight should know all too well.
The look on Latrell’s face when he found out where his son actually got the money and what he was going to use it for was heartbreaking. His son really was a good kid who got messed up with the wrong crowd. This story was sad all around, but it makes it even worse that Latrell had to go to the lengths he did to solve his son’s murder since the police wouldn’t help him out in the first place.
That opening scene between Upstead was so freaking cute! The way Jay couldn’t keep his hands to himself and went to touch her face to supposedly wipe food off of it was everything. They do the littlest things that normally wouldn’t be adorable, but when they do it it’s freaking precious! I know we really only got one cute scene between them this week, but I will take all the adorable Upstead scenes I can get!
I love how much domestic Upstead we’ve gotten since they got together. Their banter was cute when they were just partners, but I feel like it’s gotten more adorable since they got together. Upstead is quickly becoming one of my favorite One Chicago couples, and I love how we get to witness their relationship blossom. I will go down with the Upstead ship.
Stand Out Scene
Jay going to see Latrell after he figured out what happened was one of my favorite scenes this episode. The conversation Jay had with him was so heartfelt and powerful. He wanted to help Latrell because he knew that deep down, Latrell was a good guy who loved his son and wanted to find closure. Like I said before, that’s something Voight can relate to.
Jay did something here that is a lot like something Voight would do. He took it upon himself to decide what would be fair in this instance. Voight seems to be rubbing off on a lot of the members of his unit. First Hailey, and now he seems to be rubbing off on Jay, too. However, Jay doesn’t seem to have a dark side like Hailey and Voight. He’s just acting out his own form of Justice. Regardless, since Jay is set to take over the unit at some point and seems to be taking after Voight, is Jay slowly becoming the new Voight?
Jay: All we got is the Camaro fleeing the scene, so you keep your mouth shut and you ask for a lawyer.
Jay: He loved his sons. He wanted us to succeed, more than anything.
Jay: He just went and did what he thought he had to do. Which is something that I might do, something that I’m thinking you might do, too.
Voight: It doesn’t matter what I’d do. We’re different people, Jay.
Voight: Whatever that choice is, just make sure it’s something you can live with for the rest of your life.
Jay: What’d you do with the gun, Latrell?
Voight: You don’t GET to go undercover.
Read Our Season 8 Reviews –
- ‘Chicago PD’ 8×01 Review: “Fighting Ghosts”
- ‘Chicago PD’ 8×02 Review: “White Knuckle”
- ‘Chicago PD’ 8×03 Review: “Tender Age”
- ‘Chicago PD’ 8×04 Review: “Unforgiven”
- ‘Chicago PD’ 8×05 Review: “In Your Care”
- ‘Chicago PD’ 8×06 Review: “Equal Justice”
- ‘Chicago PD’ 8×07 Review: “Instinct”
- ‘Chicago PD’ 8×08 Review: “Protect And Serve”
- ‘Chicago PD’ 8×09 Review: “Impossible Dream”
- ‘Chicago PD’ 8×10 Review: “The Radical Truth”