Chicago PD season 1, episode 10 rewatch: At Least It’s Justice

The Chicago PD season 1 cast. Photo Credit: Courtesy of NBC.
The Chicago PD season 1 cast. Photo Credit: Courtesy of NBC. /

Look back at where Chicago PD began this summer. Read our retrospective on the tenth episode as we rewatch Chicago PD season 1, episode 10.

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 10.

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

“At Least It’s Justice” picks up the cliffhanger ending from the previous episode, with Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) suspected of killing Lonnie Rodiger because of his beef with Rodiger that’s been his subplot throughout a large chunk of the first season.

So naturally, the entire story in this episode is racing to prove Halstead’s innocence, because we know he couldn’t have done it or he wouldn’t be on the show anymore.

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While Halstead serves his suspension—not the last member of Intelligence to be suspended for various reasons over the run of the show—the fact that the show added Mia Sumner (Sydney Tamiia Poitier) in the previous episode comes in handy. Sumner takes up the space on the team that Halstead would have filled.

In fact, it’s Sumner who does a lot of legwork in this episode, investigating a torso found in a trunk (ew) and digging up an informant who is key to solving that case of the week. This episode almost is as much about her as it is about Halstead.

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But Halstead is, of course, working off the clock. He gets Antonio Dawson (Jon Seda) to get him the Rodiger file and Alvin Olinsky (Elias Koteas) to give him some help in looking at it, eventually deducing that Lonnie’s own father killed him. Halstead is cleared and gets his badge back.

Even though it’s her partner in the crosshairs, Erin Lindsay (Sophia Bush) fans will remember “At Least It’s Justice” more for who she’s kissing at the end of it. This is where the Linseride ship had its day:

As we’ve discussed in previous rewatches, Chicago PD season 1 piles a lot of romantic drama onto Lindsay’s plate. Justin Voight has a crush on her, it’s clear by this point that she and Halstead have chemistry, and now there’s Severide.

As great as Lindsay is, it feels like a little much that the show has to have three different guys looking at her as a potential romantic partner. It feels like the series is trying to rush her into a romantic storyline right off the bat, when it doesn’t need to (after all, in this episode, Burzek have already kissed despite Ruzek still being engaged).

But looking back, “At Least It’s Justice” reminds us that while Linseride had its appeal back in the first season, these two were really better off as friends. Look at their interactions in later episodes and there’s a wonderful, close friendship that comes to exist.

The romantic part ends up being a blip in canon, with Lindsay even assuring Voight that their relationship was brief when Severide was being investigated in “Don’t Bury This Case” from season 4. How much our characters have changed since this episode aired—watch it again on iTunes and DVD.

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