Chicago Justice season 1, episode 11 rewatch: AQD

CHICAGO JUSTICE -- "ADQ" Episode 111 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jon Seda as Antonio Dawson, Josh Cooke as Ted Reynolds -- (Photo by: Parrish Lewis/NBC)
CHICAGO JUSTICE -- "ADQ" Episode 111 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jon Seda as Antonio Dawson, Josh Cooke as Ted Reynolds -- (Photo by: Parrish Lewis/NBC) /

Look back at where Chicago Justice began this summer. Read our retrospective as we rewatch Chicago Justice season 1, episode 11.

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 Justice season 1, episode 11.

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

The eleventh episode is called “AQD” which is an odd title, but fans will learn through the episode that it’s an acronym and what it stands for. At least, good on this show for teaching us things we didn’t know before.

But it’s also one of the series’ twistiest episodes, and because of that, probably also the hardest to follow.

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Originally, it looks to be a political thriller, when an Alderman ends up dead and he has some obligatory enemies (he’s described as “anti-environmentalist”).

That would be intriguing on its own, given the many intersections between Chicago’s politicians and its crime—something that Chicago PD has explored a few times, and in fact would do during this same year with the fifth season episode “Politics.”

But Chicago Justice isn’t content to play within the same story parameters that the other One Chicago shows would have run with.

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Instead, “AQD” reveals that the person responsible for the Alderman’s demise is a frazzled Everywoman who was racing to save her kidnapped daughter—or at least, that’s what she thought. In one beat, this episode turns into a head-scratcher. It sounds like the plot out of a Liam Neeson movie.

The kidnapping story isn’t entirely true either—there’s a plot twist there that adds a third layer to the drama, and is the kind of thing that makes you want to throw something at the TV screen. It’s up to the characters to make legal sense of this whole mess, and they do navigate to a somewhat satisfying conclusion, but “AQD” ultimately feels like two stories smashed into one and not in the good way.

As we’ve mentioned in previous rewatches, Chicago Justice had a gift for taking multiple issues and combining them into one compelling premise. But “AQD” isn’t that; it’s taking two premises, and either of them really could have had their own episode. It’s not any less entertaining, but it is less compelling because these two plots just don’t quite mesh together like we’re used to seeing from this show.

Still, give this episode points for ambition and creativity. If you want to watch it again yourself, you can find it on iTunes and DVD.

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