Chicago PD season 1, episode 12 rewatch: 8:30 P.M.

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 twelfth episode as we rewatch Chicago PD season 1, episode 12.

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 12.

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

“8:30 P.M.” is the title of the installment, that serves as the second part of a crossover event with Chicago Fire (remember that in 2014, when this episode premiered, Fire was still on Tuesdays).

It’s the second crossover for Chicago PD in eleven episodes, the first being “Conventions” which was a crossover with Dick Wolf‘s Law & Order: SVU.

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So by this point, clearly every effort is being made to integrate PD with the existing Dick Wolf shows and create the juggernaut of a franchise we’d come to call One Chicago. And it worked, didn’t it?

“8:30 P.M.” deals with the aftermath of a bombing, which is neither the first nor the last in franchise history. In retrospect, you realize that these shows like to blow things up; we just came out of a bomb-centric crossover event with Chicago PD‘s 100th episode “Profiles.”

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As far as the police portion is concerned, this one will be remembered most for the scene in which Erin Lindsay (Sophia Bush) is taken hostage at knifepoint.

It’s a genuinely tense scene, and Bush is excellent in that moment where you fear for her character but also believe that if anyone can get through it, Lindsay can. Besides, this show had already killed off one regular by this point, so there’s just enough doubt to keep fans guessing.

And then there’s a shootout, because even this early in the series, Chicago PD has established that there’s going to be plenty of physical action in the show—as much if not more than the legwork of the investigations. Watch the episode’s key scene again by playing the video below:

The subplot of the episode involves Kim Burgess’s (Marina Squerciati) niece waiting for a new liver, which is even more worrisome in retrospect because you know that in three more seasons, Zoe’s mom is going to be attacked. As much as this makes Kim nervous now, it only gets worse later.

The other interesting thing about “8:30 P.M.” is that there’s some excellent casting. Jay Karnes, whom TV buffs will recognize from The Shield and Burn Notice, is here playing the requisite FBI agent. Dylan Baker (The Good Wife) plays Zoe’s doctor and Amanda Righetti (The Mentalist) is also in the episode as Holly.

That’s a fair amount of star power, and you can watch these guest spots and a whole lot of action again on both iTunes and DVD.

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