Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 5 Review: Brother's Keeper

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And we're back to mediocre episodes. 

It pains me to say that considering how much love I have for Chicago PD, but there's no denying it. 

Following the major #OneChicago crossover that found Chicago dealing with a bioterrorist, I hoped that maybe these next few episodes bottled up that energy and ran with it. 

A Challenging Investigation - Chicago PD

Unfortunately, Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 5 was more uninspired than ever. 

It wasn't bad; it wasn't good; it just was. 

It felt more like a filler episode than anything of actual substance. 

All of the focus was geared towards the case-of-the-week, which usually bodes well for Chicago PD, except for when a case is too straightforward and predictable. There was a murder; two men were responsible, one of them was killed, and the victim's family member was to blame for it. 

Pretty standard stuff, right?

Though, I'll give the series credit for being inspired by Chicago's Balkan population. 

I Got Your Back - Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 5

It's always nice to acknowledge that crime in a major city isn't specific to the Latino and African American populations. 

And everyone apparently distrusts the police equally.

The case was predictable from the moment Vasil mentioned his nephew Peter felt responsible. 

It was all about revenge, which was Peter's uncle's dying wish. 

Instead of having Peter pay for his actions, Voight allowed Vasil to take the blame because why not?

Shots Fired - Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 5

As long as someone pays for the murder that's all that matters. 

Ruzek got himself into hot water once again only this time, he made an enemy out of patrol. 

His hot-headed nature isn't doing him any favors, especially when there's still so much heat on him. 

Let the dust settle, Adam. Keep a low profile. Chill out. 

Maybe Atwater is right, he's drinking too much caffeine. 

The whole situation with Werner was messy, and Atwater hilariously stood by with his classic "oh shit" expression watching it unfold.

Watch Your Back - Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 5

Werner wasn't as upset about getting suspended for three days as he was about the lack of respect he received from Ruzek. 

Which honestly, speaks to Ruzek's character lately. 

Atwater called him out for "not having to do the dance" as a recruit and he's right -- Ruzek coasted by.


Well, you play stupid games, you win stupid prizes.


He bypassed everything and just went straight into Intelligence. Some might say that he didn't really earn his stripes. 

When he stood up for the recruit, he was stepping into something he didn't fully understand. 

Calling For Back Up - Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 5

It's like an initiation; it isn't fair, but everyone goes through it at some point. 

Going forward, Ruzek needs to stick his nose into his own business and stop making enemies out of the people he needs. 

Because of Ruzek's overstepping, patrol didn't respond to Intelligence's calls, which allowed the perp to get away from them and delayed their case.

Armed robbery, kidnapping, and murder. That's a felony trifecta.


Clearly, Ruzek didn't have this situation handled at all.

Voight needs to get back to being the tough-ass leader that was feared by everyone including his own team. 

We're Going In - Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 5

They've all been "doing their own thing" when they need to be reigned in. 

And when did this turn into an elementary school version of fight club with two enemies meeting in a parking lot to hash things out?

I'm not complaining; it's nice to see issues get resolved the old-school way without guns, but it's upsetting that they didn't show what could have been the best part of the episode. 

It would have been nice to see Ruzek throw a few punches considering how confident he was about winning.

That was a big dude. 

Did Ruzek win? It's unclear, and it doesn't even matter. 

Hot Headed - Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 5

All that matters is that we know Ruzek will own up to his mistakes and face the consequences for his actions.

That might be his only saving grace as of late. 

There was absolutely no continuation from Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 4, not even on the Burzek front. 

But this Ruzek guy showed me no respect. Thinks he's a big shot cause he works upstairs. We're both blue. Why's he get a pass?


What was the point of having Ruzek and Burgess go home together if they didn't even acknowledge each other at all this episode? 

Storylines need to have follow-through, especially when they revolve around a close-knit unit. 

Moving In - Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 5

The close-knit feeling is what once made the unit so special but recently, they've lost that familial feeling. 

Everyone working upstairs used to be "ride or die," but now they're just co-workers getting a job done. 

They're just going through the motions.  

The saving grace of the episode was Platt getting shit done and proving that she's really in charge.

Voight's "I let myself in" was a close second because it was such a classic Voight moment. 

End This - Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 5

You never want to see Voight sitting in your kitchen in the dark -- that's how you know something is up. 

As for Rojas, she proved her usefulness by discovering every lead. 

She solved this case, let's be honest. 

You should watch Chicago PD online to catch up. 

What did you think of the episode? 

Are my expectations too high? Did you enjoy it? 

Did you figure out the case before Intelligence?


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Brother's Keeper Review

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Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 5 Quotes

Well, you play stupid games, you win stupid prizes.


But this Ruzek guy showed me no respect. Thinks he's a big shot cause he works upstairs. We're both blue. Why's he get a pass?