As far as crossovers go, the latest Chicago Fire and Chicago PD episodes top the list as one of my favorites.
Everything about Chicago PD Season 6 Episode 15 just worked.
The storylines found a delicate balance and weren't overly political, each cast member was able to shine and contribute in some capacity, and the case was compelling and unlike anything we've ever seen before.
The action kicked off on Chicago Fire when a string of robberies using a lockbox key lead Voight and his team to believe that a firefighter was involved.
And Voight was proven right when Joe Cruz went undercover at a neighboring firehouse to sniff out the suspect.
He caught Suggs, a firefighter that opened Cruz with welcome arms, red-handed, however, not everything was as it seemed.
Sadly, Chicago PD Season 6 Episode 15 picked up with Suggs' death. That's the ugly truth of doing business with gangs.
It was a particularly sensitive case, and Voight and his team had to tread lightly because accusing a firefighter during election season doesn't make for good optics.
Ray, especially, wanted Voight to throw the case in Suggs' favor to ensure that his family would be able to receive his pension.
Ray, listen, the last thing I want to do is bury a good man, particularly a firefighter. I'm doing all I can.Voight
Voight and his team handled the added pressure well.
Voight wouldn't cave to the demands, especially after he realized the people behind the robberies were 15-year-old boys looking for a way out of an unfortunate circumstance.
Voight couldn't let them take the fall just to preserves Suggs’ name.
No matter which way you slice it, Suggs was involved in the heists regardless of how good and noble his reasoning was.
There's no denying Suggs was a good guy with a big heart that did all he could for his community, but that kindness is what got him killed, and that's what made this situation so heartbreaking.
A good man got taken too soon, PD knew that, and they had to make a decision -- keep his reputation or give two young teens a chance at a new life.
There were definitely tears when PD collected money for Sugg's family as a make-good. Sometimes, there is no right or wrong just the lesser of two evils.
Not to mention that 'turning a blind eye' wouldn't stop the robberies from occurring.
They may have started innocent, but eventually, someone ended up hurt.
Joe Cruz was a focal point of this crossover, so he was one of the few Chicago Fire characters crossing over to PD, and man, the way he handled himself annoyed the crap out of me.
Just step light. I don't want any of you coming out of the gardens tonight with a story or a scar.Voight
He felt guilty for ratting out Suggs, but the outcome wouldn't have changed either way.
Suggs was already wrapped up in this mess.
The CPD being onto him only meant they found him faster.
Cruz then acted like the police department was gunning for an innocent man who had no involvement with the case even after witnessing Suggs hand off the key himself.
He interfered with how the Intelligence Unit handed their job, but then wanted them to get to the bottom of the case.
To paint the full picture, they had to question Suggs' wife and play every angle.
Otherwise, how could they even attempt to clear his name?
Sure, Voight involved him, but he overstepped by trying to tell them how to do their job.
Asking a grieving widow if her husband was involved in something shady isn't a comfortable situation, and neither Halstead nor Atwater wanted to be in it.
The CFD and myself are were hoping it was possible you clear Suggs murder while preserving his name.Ray
Ray may have redeemed himself a bit at the end, but don't be fooled -- he's every ounce the opportunist and self-absorbed politician.
He only cared about what happened to Suggs because it did him a solid with the Chicago Fire Department and earned him their endorsement in the mayoral race.
When Voight informed him that he would be helping the two boys and thus, revealing Suggs' involvement in the robberies, Ray was angry because it threatened that support.
He doesn't care about the community, all he cares about is advancing his own agenda.
Per usual, the episode lacked the follow through on the significant developments from Chicago PD Season 6 Episode 14.
They didn't address Burgess or Upton's new dynamic now that Burgess is aware of Upton's relationship with Ruzek.
We didn't get much of an update on how Upton and Ruzek are doing, either.
Heck, neither Upton nor Burgess were even fazed by being abducted!
These detectives must have some wicked therapists.
Upton: You were right to trust your instincts.
Halstead: Why'd you back me? Let me talk Aiden down when probably, it didn't make sense to.
Upton: You looked at me. With Aiden, you looked at me, and I got it. I trusted you. I've trusted you from the day I met you. And if I was gunna follow someone blind, I'd follow you. I'll see you later.
Instead, we got a shocking and heartwarming #Upstead moment.
I'm enjoying Upton and Ruzek's relationship as much as I love Upton and Halstead's friendship.
But man, it was impossible not to feel a little fuzzy when Upton told Halstead she would follow him anywhere.
I spoke with Tracy Spiridakos recently, and when I pressed about her relationship with Halstead, she, too, delved into their unique bond as friends.
However, Upton's speech to Halstead felt like it had romantic undertones.
It almost sounded like she was trying to tell Halstead she had feelings for him or alluding to a more serious aspect of their relationship.
All I know is, whatever she's feeling for him, it's deep.
Halstead was left speechless and rightfully so.
He's been crushing on her for a while now, and she just unloaded all these feelings that are difficult to unpack.
Upton's possibly romantic feelings put Halstead in a rather tough spot; he respects his partner, Ruzek, but at the same time has hots for his girl.
How will they all move forward?
Voight made it clear that he didn't want relationship drama in the workplace so they'll have to resolve these feelings outside of the 9-5.
Preferably at Molly's over drinks.
That's it folks, another crossover in the books.
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