The Chicago Code Review: "St. Valentine's Day Massacre"

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Murders are down but shootings are up in Chicago as Superintendent Colvin goes on the hot seat after 5 people are murdered in a restaurant in "St. Valentine's Day Massacre". 

I have a love/hate relationship with John Heard. He does such a great job of portraying people you want to hate that I have a hard time separating him from his characters.

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For example, he played the Mayor of Chicago and two minutes after we met him he threw Colvin to wolves regarding the shootings that took place and I hated him. 

You have to feel for Superintendent Colvin, the Mayor is willing to dump her like a bad first date and she is barely squeaking under the gun on the vote of no confidence.

It takes a strong person to stand up and try and continue fighting for a position that it seems like everyone has turned against her on. I am not sure if I would have her strength to keep fighting both my superior and my subordinates for my job. 

I do love how well Jennifer Beals has gotten into the role of Colvin. When the series started Jason Clarke was acting circles around her as Wysocki. In the pilot I could feel her playing make believe and going through the motions like a 10 year old playing dress-up. 

Not anymore, someone has clearly been coaching her. Did anyone else catch the Presidential style hand gesture she was using when talking before the vote?  I have seen Obama, Bush, and Clinton all use this same hand motion (closed hand, using thumb to point across the end of fingers). It was subtle but powerful. 

My final realization for how far Beals had come was when she and Waysocki were walking and talking at the end. It actually felt like a real conversation. As they discussed why they were no longer partners, and Wysocki cracked a joke her reaction appeared completely genuine. I loved it! 

Sadly Wysocki was still being his snaps decision self. Evers is a more patient man than I will ever be. If Wysocki had pulled over and told me to get out before I had even finished my sentence, I would have had some choice words for him and would have gotten out and taken the bus. I understand Wysocki is loyal to Colvin, but come on! Let the man finish is sentence. 

We also got our first glimpse of the fall out of Vonda and Isaac becoming intimate. I am betting we have not seen the last of the “Anna-conda” lawyer. It was too great a setup at the end for it not to come around. I hate to admit it, but, it was really touching to see Vonda be able to calm Isaac down. We all have those times when only someone who knows us inside and out can calm the storms that rage. That alone makes me hope they make it. 

I want to give my full thanks to the writers for using this week’s voice over to actually apply to the story and not try to sell me on living in Chicago. It has been my only pet peeve about the voice overs as I mentioned last week

Finally, I am really curious about something Wysocki said. Is it really illegal for a convicted felon to wear body armor? Does anyone know? If you know, post a reply. 

What did you think of this week’s episode? Would you have voted for or against Colvin? Sound off below!

St. Valentine's Day Massacre Review

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Jim G. is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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The Chicago Code Season 1 Episode 9 Quotes

Colvin: No one mention the person we wanted to see is brain dead?
Bidwell: Never asked about his condition, it was my mistake.

Wysocki: You find out who Joe Anonymous is?
Colvin: You heard the show?
Wysocki: [nod]
Colvin: Everyone heard the show?
Wysocki: [nod]