Chicago PD season 1, episode 7 rewatch: The Price We Pay

Chicago PD's first season cast. Photo Credit: Courtesy of NBC.
Chicago PD's first season cast. Photo Credit: Courtesy of NBC. /

Look back at where Chicago PD began this summer. Read our retrospective on the seventh episode as we rewatch Chicago PD season 1, episode 7.

Over the One Chicago summer break, we’re looking back at where it all began by rewatching the first seasons of our shows—and today we’re revisiting Chicago PD season 1, episode 7.

If you want to rewatch this episode along with us, you can find Chicago PD season 1 on iTunes and DVD.

Episode seven, called “The Price We Pay,” picks up where the cliffhanger ending of the previous episode left off.

Justin Voight (Josh Segarra) has turned up with blood on his hands, just as his father Hank Voight (Jason Beghe) is being called to a murder scene.

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So Justin is, naturally, prime suspect number one and his dad takes to that about as well as he did when Justin was first introduced on Chicago Fire.

But while Voight plays overprotective dad again, did Justin actually do the deed or not?

By the middle of “The Price We Pay,” Erin Lindsay (Sophia Bush) has proof that Justin Voight is involved in the crime, though he’s not alone.

Voight ultimately tells his son to join the Army, which he probably needs the discipline of but which would also conveniently get him out of Chicago, too.

Just as on Chicago Fire, we see that Hank Voight is willing to go to any lengths to cover up the sins of his son. He knows Justin is guilty, but he’s still fighting for him.

You can understand it to a point because this is his child, but when you watch it in retrospect (especially after Chicago PD season 5, which was about Voight going to any lengths to cover up his own crime), you realize how much of what Voight does is trying to hide the truth and evade the consequences. He doesn’t have a great sense of personal responsibility, unless it’s on his terms.

Another part of “The Price We Pay” rings more true the second time around than it did when this episode originally aired in 2014. Voight’s Internal Affairs watchdog (recurring guest star Robin Weigert) offers to make Antonio Dawson (Jon Seda) head of Intelligence if he aligns himself with her.

That’s an idea that became feasible during Chicago PD season 5, when Denny Woods (Mykelti Williamson) also tried to get Antonio to snitch, and then later as Antonio butted heads with Voight we wondered if Antonio would be the one to take over should Voight go down. He didn’t, of course, but it’s interesting to see the idea of Antonio assuming command was also raised as early as the seventh episode.

Four years later, it’s still not entirely out of the question.

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Here’s another fun fact: the case in this episode is the Fitori murder case. The name of Chicago Fire‘s original Chief was Lynn Fitori, but Merle Dandridge was another one of the actors who didn’t make it to One Chicago. It’s another repeat name, and you can rewatch this episode on iTunes and DVD.

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