Chicago P.D. 9×06 “End of Watch” focuses on Adam Ruzek, but it doesn’t just focus on him, it does a great deal to highlight the man he is, the influences he’s had, and more importantly, the man he wants to become. And though there are sure to be some bumps ahead, the last part seems sort of prophetic considering what we know is coming.
Of all the characters in the Intelligence Unit, Adam has always been positioned as the one that sides with Voight, the one that “gets him.” And though the show has done a great deal to showcase the lack of male authority figures in Adam’s life, it’s never shown as clear a parallel between that void and Adam’s decisions till this episode.
And yet, I think the most important thing this episode does is establish Adam as a person with a choice. Sure, he argued against truth when Kim presented it to him, because deep down he wanted to believe in his friend, but he didn’t waver once the truth was made clear. He made the right choice.
The one his family would be proud of.
Because another thing this episode does is clearly establish Adam as part of a family unit. Burzek as a couple, that’s something the show surely has to revisit. Something fans absolutely deserve to see, and even more importantly than that, something that two people in their position would end up discussing sooner rather than later, if nothing else because the sexual tension is getting unbearable. But whether Adam is part of the family unit Kim and Makayla have formed is no longer a question.
They’re a family, and wherever Kim and Makayla are, that’s Adam’s home. Simple as that.
Now the question is, what does that change for Adam going forward. How can he be the man he wants to be, the man his little girl could be proud of? What decisions will Chicago P.D. throw at him now so he can actually prove he truly is the person she can look up to? Because this is TV, and something is coming his way for sure.
Personally, I hope it’s all coming back to Voight. We presumably don’t know where Jay and Hailey stand, but truly, we know where Hailey and Jay stand, and we also know that, wherever they stand, they stand together. They were moving in sync this episode, and Hailey looked like she’d gotten some good sleep, which presumably she wouldn’t have gotten if she were worried Jay was going to dump her. So, I’m going to assume all is mostly okay there, because that’s what I want to assume, and that’s what makes sense.
I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, now comes the rest of the unit. And this episode proves that, wherever Kim goes, Adam will follow. Even if, deep down, I think he will understand, or at least think he understands what Voight did. Even if, deep down, I think his respect for the wrong authority figure will have Adam thinking that he’s gotta stick up for Voight, as Voight has done for him.
Let’s set aside that Voight only does things like that when it pleases him. You want to tell yourself he does it because he cares about his people? I have a bridge to sell you. Voight doesn’t truly care about anyone but himself. He treats his unit, the people he’s supposed to see as his family, as his personal lackeys. He doesn’t want to lose them, but that doesn’t mean he loves them.
Boden he is not. And he’s never tried to be.
For Hailey, that’s obvious. For Jay too. There might come a time when everyone in the unit has to reckon with their toxic relationship with the man they’ve covered up for, the man they all see as an ally, a friend, a mentor. Will Adam be able to? It won’t be easy, but I have to believe this episode proves the answer is yes. If not, what would be the point? Tell me, what?
Things I think I think:
- Daddy Adam is the BEST ADAM.
- Voight has never met a rule he’s okay following.
- He’s literally trailed his people to believe rules aren’t things that apply to them, and it’s disgusting.
- Trudy being a mom is A+.
- Adam and Kim are truly like an old married couple.
- Hailey looks like she’s gotten some SLEEP. So, I’m just gonna assume all is well with Upstead.
- This entire episode had me dreading what I knew was coming.
- Adam trusting Kim over anyone kinda ties back to my prediction that, if push came to shove, and Adam was forced to choose between Kim and Voight, the choice was gonna be clear. We’re a long way from that, but …it’s looking more and more clear to me what Adam’s priorities are, what they’ve always truly been.
- Rules must be followed! Except when I say they shouldn’t! – Voight, probably.
- Chicago Fire has all the good parental-type figures. Can one of them come give Adam a hug?
- Mouch, preferably, if Trudy is playing mom.
- If looks could kill, Jay Halstead would have murdered Hank Voight.
- Kinda sad they can’t.
- YOU HAVE ME.
- AND YOU HAVE MAKAYLA.
- LET’S GO HOME.
- I swear, this found family storyline is the best thing this show has done for Burzek. I’m actually invested.
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Chicago P.D. airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on NBC.