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S02.E10: Shouldn't Have Been Alone

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With Burgess in the hospital after suffering gunshot wounds, the intelligence team is determined to find the people responsible. Lindsay delays her start on the federal task force so she can help with this case. Search of the house provides a lead and when a bomb is triggered a key suspect is found. Meanwhile the team takes turns watching over Burgess. Voight informs Burgess of a new opportunity that this affords her.

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I'm starting to think that they're really going to go through with Erin/Jay. I thought that we'd get seasons of teasing before anything lefit would happen..

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There seems to be a trend these days of TV couples actually getting together instead of drawing it out over several seasons of UST. If I had to guess, I'd say audience irritation with Castle and Bones led to a backlash which TV producers are responding to. Besides, it's not like you can't make interesting stories out of couples who are together.

 

I found the case of the week a little too over the top. This show aspires to be a gritty cop drama, and the perpetrator with his elaborate booby traps didn't really fit for me. The last victim with a bomb that was activated by the police calling that phone number was especially too much for me to take. The guy was a graduate student in psychology, I believe. When did he learn how to program phones so that they could activate bombs? The scene played out as very tense in the moment, but afterward it just didn't hang together for me.

 

I don't mind Burgess getting inducted into the Intelligence unit, but I think Voight could have waited until she was out of the hospital and not hopped up on painkillers before he made her the offer.

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I don't mind Burgess getting inducted into the Intelligence unit, but I think Voight could have waited until she was out of the hospital and not hopped up on painkillers before he made her the offer.

 

Very true. She was totally out of it in all the scenes. Not the best time to make major decesions. Especially ones that would be best discussed with her boyfriend, who it would also effect. What was with her getting out of hospital that day? She had two major surgeries in one day and hit her head. Probably not the best idea to let her out that quick.

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I'm starting to think that they're really going to go through with Erin/Jay.

 

Tweet from EP Derek Haas has me hopeful. I like Erin/Jay and would love to see them explore a romantic relationship. No offense to those that ship Ruzek and Burgess but they bore me. Don't see or feel the chemistry. Linstead on the other hand? Have it, in my opinion, in spades!

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I get why Roman and Spencer Grammer felt guilty about not being on the porch (cop guilt, survivor guilt) - but how did everyone else know? How did Ruzek immediately want to fight Roman when he came out of the house as if he knew already that Roman had screwed something up? They could have been behind her on the porch and ducked down when she got shot. I don't know that it would have changed the outcome had they been standing right next to her. And then he went to apologize to Voight.

Then Roman was all sweaty and nervous everywhere they went, i thought he was going to stroke out.

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It didn't matter who wemt up to that door, the boobie trap a.k.a loaded gun would have fired. Just so happen to Burgess. Roman & the ex were unprofessional in having their argument while on the clock but weren't at fault for anything else.

 

I don't like that Voight offered up Lindsay's spot so quickly. Also? Voight forbid Lindsay and Halstead b/c they were on his team but he'll ignore Ruzek and Burgess? Why? B/c that latter was shot? So all Lindsay and/or Halstead had to do was get shot and Voight would give his approval? 

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Very true. She was totally out of it in all the scenes. Not the best time to make major decesions. Especially ones that would be best discussed with her boyfriend, who it would also effect. What was with her getting out of hospital that day? She had two major surgeries in one day and hit her head. Probably not the best idea to let her out that quick.

My mom had surgery on her neck (fused some vertebrates). The intention was for surgery to be day 1, recovery day 2, and she left day 3.

 

Hospitals aren't interested in keeping you, if they don't have to.

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Tweet from EP Derek Haas has me hopeful. I like Erin/Jay and would love to see them explore a romantic relationship. No offense to those that ship Ruzek and Burgess but they bore me. Don't see or feel the chemistry. Linstead on the other hand? Have it, in my opinion, in spades!

I totally agree with you, never have cared about Ruzek, and I really don't feel her and Burgess. I know a lot of viewers don't want to to see Erin and Jay romantically but I do i think they have great chemistry. Full discosure some of that is probaby my girl crush on Sophia Bush.

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Instead of bringing Burgess (who has accomplished nothing but fucking up) into the unit, wouldn't Voight be better off offering the spot to someone who is older, more experienced, actually has a detective's badge and training, has already worked with the unit, and is a little less white?

Ruzek has always been terrible. That guy only exists because Dick Wolf is terrified of having two women on the cast where neither of them is a comic relief fuckup love interest.

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What was with her getting out of hospital that day? She had two major surgeries in one day and hit her head. Probably not the best idea to let her out that quick.

First episode of Chicago Medical will be a talk-a-thon of patient care economics, HMO politics and infighting surrounding Burgess & Baby Boden.

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Instead of bringing Burgess (who has accomplished nothing but fucking up)

 

lmao! This is so true. Burgess has done nothing to earn that spot on the team. She's not ready. Plus Ruzek will be so worried about her, more now that she's been shot in the line of duty, and that could be a problem for them, Voight, and the team. That's one of the main things Voight was worried about with Lindsay/Halstead. Though I think they'd handle it a bit better than Ruzek/Burgess. They seem more seasoned and mature. 

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I thought that Roman was an idiot for going into that house alone after he discovered that the first gun was rigged and waited for some backup. He was lucky that he didn't wind up dead.

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Instead of bringing Burgess (who has accomplished nothing but fucking up) into the unit, wouldn't Voight be better off offering the spot to someone who is older, more experienced, actually has a detective's badge and training, has already worked with the unit, and is a little less white?

 

 

lmao! This is so true. Burgess has done nothing to earn that spot on the team. She's not ready. Plus Ruzek will be so worried about her, more now that she's been shot in the line of duty, and that could be a problem for them, Voight, and the team. That's one of the main things Voight was worried about with Lindsay/Halstead. Though I think they'd handle it a bit better than Ruzek/Burgess. They seem more seasoned and mature.

 

 

Whoa whoa whoa... have we been watching the same show? Remember the sting that Burgess went on where she pretended to be an escort - that led to them catching the criminal that Intelligence needed to catch. And you can look at several other episodes where she made some big busts and took down big guys. How many times has Desk Sergeant begrudgingly acknowledged that Burgess did a good job? Hank has even complimented her in the past. As for someone "less white" getting the job... remember, her very black ex-partner already took that position. Hank chose him over her because of her and Ruzek. Olinsky even called him out on it and said that Burgess really deserved the promotion over him. No matter how good a flight attendant Burgess was, I think she is probably a much better cop and definitely belongs in law enforcement. Go back over some of the older episodes from this and last season and I think you'll catch some good policework from her.

 

Not to mention, Ruzek came to Intelligence straight out of the academy, and he doesn't seem to be doing a bad job. I think Burgess comes across as a great cop. I don't mind Hank making an exception for her and Ruzek. They work out of the same precinct, and have managed to handle themselves well. As long as they keep that up, I don't see why that should be an issue.

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Burgess is a terrible cop.  It seems like every other episode has her fucking up in some way that results in Platt chewing her out, and then frantically scrambling to fix her fuckup.  That she doesn't shit the bed 100% of the time and looks good as a hooker seem to be too low standards for entry into a supposedly "elite" unit.  She can tie her shoes and people call her a good cop, but that doesn't make it so.

 

And elsewhere I've commented on how bullshit Ruzek being in Intelligence is.  I hated it when he thought he, not having graduated from the Academy, thought he could tell actual patrol cops what to do last season.  God knows why they replaced Melissa Sagemiller with him, it pissed me off at the time and pisses me off still.  I can't wait for somebody to put a bullet in his douchey face, but I guess Dick Wolf likes him.

 

Apparently the actress who plays Sumner is pregnant, but I would rather see her back on the team than Burgess in that position.

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I thought that Roman was an idiot for going into that house alone after he discovered that the first gun was rigged and waited for some backup. He was lucky that he didn't wind up dead.

That was pretty stupid. And then Voight did the same thing. This episode was all about not waiting for back-up or the bomb squad. That said I pretty much knew that Burgess wasn't going to die mostly because I didn't think they would kill her in the same way they killed Antonio's partner in the pilot. 

 

Also after that final scene I suspect that Burgess is going to dump Ruzek once she gets to intelligence. She saw how her partner's relationship bullshit almost got her killed, and she will want to prove herself in intelligence and not have to worry about her boyfriend and any drama that they might create.

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Also after that final scene I suspect that Burgess is going to dump Ruzek once she gets to intelligence. She saw how her partner's relationship bullshit almost got her killed, and she will want to prove herself in intelligence and not have to worry about her boyfriend and any drama that they might create.

I would agree - except that they exchanged their first "I love you's" in the hospital. she may be blinded by hearts and flowers.

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I don't mind Burgess. At times she bugs but other times I don't mind her. I think that she's an ok cop. That said, I never understood her shock that she didn't make Intelligence. She isn't experienced enough and she spent most of last season making googley eyes at Ruzek. I didn't think that Atwater was a whole lot better but I understood Voight's choice to go with him because he at least was falling in line with what Voight wanted on a team which was focus and no personal relationships. It's such a backstep that not only is Voight going back on his decision but he's also willing to make an exception towards her and Ruzek being a couple to let it happen. Bullshit. Ruzek acted like a stupid child when he flipped out at Sean in front of all onlookers. It was unprofessional and a perfect example of what Voight wouldn't want in his unit. If anything he could have offered Burgess a spot and demoted Ruzek. At least they'd both get a storyline out of it.

 

If I thought anyone deserved a gig in Intelligence after that episode, I'd give it to Roman, not Burgess and I actually thought that Voight might offer it to him since he seemed to like him.

 

Burgess getting shot is unfortunate yes but it doesn't warrant her a promotion.

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Burgess is PD's Gabby (Fire). I can't with most of what they do with either character. Burgess gets shot and it earns her a promotion? Dumb. If it were true a gunshot wound would get you a promotion, she would have shot herself a lot earlier. 

 

Burgess and Dawson stink of desperation. Neither have motivation. They want what they want when they want it and screw everyone when they change their minds.

 

I stopped watching Fire a while ago. PD is on its way to oblivion. I'm just waiting to see if they'll demote Burgess when Erin comes back.

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They've made it seem like Burgess is a new cop. As in, only been on the street one or two years. IMO, there should never be an indication that after one or two years you could move up to Intelligence. It's something that should take at least 3-5 years to build to.

 

 

And yall already know how I feel about stupid people in Intelligence.  Nothing would have changed had she waited for Roman and the K9 cop since the doorbell was rigged, but still.  You don't go up to doors like that by yourself. Ass.

 

 

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I agree ... Roman would be a better choice than Burgess. I think this show is great but Voight offering Burgess the job was bullshit! Bullshit x 10 b/c he knows about her and Ruzek and that was his main apprehension and rule against Linstead. Or is his issue w Linstead more about Lindsay being, pretty much, a daughter to him? Hmmm? 

 

ETA:  Chicago PD - Shouldn't Have Been Alone - Review

For the most part, I enjoyed the episode. But, there was one scene that left me furious. I’m fairly certain steam was coming out of my ears! Voight visits Burgess in the hospital and tells her that Erin’s spot in investigation is hers if she wants it, he’s willing to look past her relationship with Ruzek.

HOLD. THE. PHONE.

So, let me make sure I have this straight (and yes, I know I do). Voight told DETECTIVE Erin Lindsay, his pseudo-daughter and arguably most-trusted ally (with the exception of maybe Olinsky) that she was not allowed to date DETECTIVE Jay Halstead, the moral center and arguably most promising up-and-coming detective while both are in Intelligence.

But…

OFFICER Kim Burgess, whose frustration and poor judgment to break protocol got herself shot, is free to be in Intelligence while also dating ROOKIE OFFICER Adam Ruzek. Let’s not forget that just a few months ago, Burgess completely overreacted and told Ruzek they should break up because some girl asked him to go get corndogs. So sure. Of course. This makes complete sense. WHAT?!?! Bad move on the writer’s part.

 

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Agreed completely on the above. Any idiot can get themselves shot so to be promoting based on that alone is stupid. Voight rewarding that kind of crap is out of character and just bad writing.

 

Also, Kim just isn't that good an officer. She's good but I certainly never understood her hard done by attitude over not getting into Intelligence. She's good, just not good enough yet. Voight seems to be promoting her based on a soft spot he has that until this episode I thought was reserved for Erin alone. This whole plotline is starting to remind me of the "Gabby Dawson - Firefighter Extraoirdinaire".

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Agreed completely on the above. Any idiot can get themselves shot so to be promoting based on that alone is stupid. Voight rewarding that kind of crap is out of character and just bad writing.

 

Also, Kim just isn't that good an officer. She's good but I certainly never understood her hard done by attitude over not getting into Intelligence. She's good, just not good enough yet. Voight seems to be promoting her based on a soft spot he has that until this episode I thought was reserved for Erin alone. This whole plotline is starting to remind me of the "Gabby Dawson - Firefighter Extraoirdinaire".

Yeah, the thing is, lets completely forget about how it's a double standard and Voight forbade Halstead and Lindsay from dating while they were working together.  (Not that it would've mattered much, since clearly they still cared enough for each other that one could have suffered a loss in performance if the other were injured, just as friends.)

 

The problem is, there is an instance in this very episode of Voight commenting on Ruzek being unable to perform at 100% or even show up at all because Burgess was injured.  What if someone on the team needed Ruzek there, and his absence led to a teammate being killed or injured, or allowed a suspect to escape, or led to a civilian bystander being killed or injured?

 

So given that Voight sees that he loses a team member (Ruzek) if Burgess is injured, he invites Burgess to join the team?  He's ok with the idea that if she gets shot again he'll be two teammates short instead of one?  Not to mention that we see Ruzek threaten to assault one of his colleagues because his girlfriend was injured.  That kind of instability is acceptable to Voight?  I don't buy it.

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I'm annoyed when they have Roman doing things that just aren't that smart, when we know he's a better cop than that.  He's not an idiot so why would he run around on his job and argue with his ex like a teenager?  And why would he go full speed into a rigged house? It makes no sense, IMO.

 

Can someone tell me why Burgess was looking into the mirror at the end of the episode?  What was she contemplating?  Was she proud, afraid, ????  I didn't get it.

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Can someone tell me why Burgess was looking into the mirror at the end of the episode?  What was she contemplating?  Was she proud, afraid, ????  I didn't get it.

I took it to mean she was looking at her scar(s). She prob hadn't looked in a mirror since she got hurt (even tho her hair was lustrious Herbal Essences-like.)

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Re Roman arguing with his ex - I think he was pretty burned by whatever happened between them. It caused him to transfer jobs as he couldn't be around her. I think this was probably the first time he'd seen her since he left his old district and there was obviously a lot left unspoken between them. I can see why he was distracted, it wasn't professional but I get how he ended up caught up in it.

 

I wouldn't be surprised if we got a PTSD storyline with Burgess at some point before the finale.

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