3 scenes that should have been in Chicago PD season 5

CHICAGO P.D. -- "Payback" Episode 519 -- Pictured: LaRoyce Hawkins as Kevin Atwater -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC)
CHICAGO P.D. -- "Payback" Episode 519 -- Pictured: LaRoyce Hawkins as Kevin Atwater -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC) /

Chicago PD season 5 was missing a few necessary scenes, so we’re counting back the moments we needed from Chicago PD’s most recent season.

The fifth season of Chicago PD had a lot going on, but it didn’t cover everything. There were several scenes we wish that the series would have included over the last 22 episodes, but it didn’t for one reason or another.

While the Intelligence Unit was being undermined thanks to Denny Woods (Mykelti Williamson) and his campaign against Hank Voight (Jason Beghe), there were plenty of things that PD did not explore or resolve.

This post is devoted to those moments—the scenes we think could’ve made the season better, or could’ve somehow tied something up, but that we were never given. We’re telling you what, why we wanted them, and we want to know what you missed in the comments.

Here are the scenes we think should have been in Chicago PD season 5:

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3) Atwater reunited with his family

One of the most disappointing plot twists came in “Home” when Kevin Atwater (LaRoyce Hawkins) had to send his siblings to Texas, in order to protect them after his younger brother witnessed a murder.

We held out hope that Chicago PD would bring them back someday, or at least keep us updated, but aside from a mention later on, the show forgot about the Atwater family entirely.

Obviously the show had bigger fish to fry, but it was a mistake to write Atwater’s brother and sister out of the show in the first place, and remove that unique family relationship from the series.

It would have been beneficial to bring them back somehow, not to mention heartwarming after all the depressing stuff that Chicago PD season 5 lobbed at us in the last few weeks of the season. Maybe we’ll get lucky and the show will remember them in season 6.

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2) Halstead in therapy

Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) took a big step forward when he went to therapy for his combat-related issues this season. Except we never saw most of it.

Audiences got a grand total of one scene with Halstead in his therapist’s office; the biggest scene related to the subject was deleted and never made it to air (though you can watch it below).

That just felt ridiculous considering how serious Chicago PD wanted us to believe Halstead’s issues were. Remember, his baggage was so bad that it contributed to his decision to move out and apparently break up with Erin Lindsay (Sophia Bush) last season. It was so difficult that he wasn’t sleeping, and that Hailey Upton (Tracy Spiridakos) told him that if he didn’t get help, she was getting a new partner.

Yet the show didn’t hardly devote any screen time to it. This was a huge missed opportunity. It was a fantastic topic to explore, and Jesse Lee Soffer would have done great things with it. Sure, Halstead sitting in an office doesn’t sound interesting, but it doesn’t have to be boring; lots of shows have had characters in therapy and made it watchable TV.

Instead, most of Halstead’s emotional growth happened off-screen, while we got him randomly unloading on Camila (Anabelle Acosta) and embarking on a bad romance. This arc could’ve been so much more.

1) Olinsky and Voight having it out

Ultimately, things in Chicago PD season 5 came down to Voight, Woods and Alvin Olinsky (Elias Koteas). The season hinted at some discord between Voight and Olinsky, mostly in the episode “Breaking Point”, but we never got any real showdown between the two.

This was one of the frustrating things about the second half of the season. Olinsky isn’t the angry type like Voight, but that doesn’t mean he won’t get into a confrontation when he needs to (see the episode “Favor, Affection, Malice or Ill Will” from last season when he was upset about that grieving father being charged).

And we get that he’s loyal to Voight, but that shouldn’t have superceded everything else. He could still be loyal and question whether or not Voight was really going to get him out of trouble. It’d have been understandable if Olinsky was frustrated, or even scared, and took it out on Voight. And it would’ve been great TV, because Jason Beghe and Elias Koteas are so good together.

But no. Instead, they just drank and contemplated a lot, and Olinsky kept insisting that he had this. Until he didn’t, and now he’s dead. But the real impact wouldn’t have been in killing him; it would’ve been if even he had turned to Voight and held up a mirror. That would’ve meant a lot more.

Next: Should Chicago PD replace Alvin Olinsky?

What scenes do you wish you would have seen in this season of Chicago PD? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Chicago PD returns to NBC on Sept. 26.