Chicago PD season 6, episode 5 recap: Fathers and Sons

CHICAGO P.D. -- "Fathers and Sons" Episode 605 -- Pictured: (l-r) LaRoyce Hawkins as Kevin Atwater, Patrick John Flueger as Adam Ruzek -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC)
CHICAGO P.D. -- "Fathers and Sons" Episode 605 -- Pictured: (l-r) LaRoyce Hawkins as Kevin Atwater, Patrick John Flueger as Adam Ruzek -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC) /

Chicago PD dragged Adam Ruzek’s past into his present this week, with awkward results. Here’s what happened in Chicago PD season 6, episode 5.

This week’s episode of Chicago PD finally gave Adam Ruzek the attention he deserved. But was it the storyline that he deserved?

Wednesday’s episode, appropriately titled “Fathers and Sons,” opens with the Intelligence Unit getting a well-earned breather as they celebrate Trudy Platt (Amy Morton) reaching 25 years on the force.

But work soon interrupts the party. The team is called to a motel where a drug mule is found dead in the bathtub. Her dealer was just shot dead by half the squad in the parking lot moments earlier.

The only clue they have to go on? A hand stamp on the young woman that traces back to a place called The Scorpion Club. Both the mule and the dealer worked there, so who’s calling their shots?

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Hailey Upton (Tracy Spiridakos) goes undercover in the club as a party girl, trying to score some cocaine. Her flirting isn’t great, but it does the job; she’s led to a back room where she tells the bartender that she’s got a rich boyfriend looking to make some deals.

Who’s posing as the rich guy? Not her partner Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer), but Upton’s real squeeze Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger). He agrees to meet the club’s owner Spiro (that would be Eric Balfour, whom you might recognize from playing Milo Pressman on 24).

It’s clear Spiro is using the club as a front for his real business, like a low-rent version of Starz‘s Power. So time for more undercover work!

Except just as Ruzek and Upton are about to leave their meeting with Spiro, in walks Ruzek’s father “Disco Bob” Ruzek (returning guest star Jack Coleman), calling the club owner “boss.” Father and son exchange a look, but pretend not to know each other. Ruzek also pretends his battery died to explain why the rest of the team didn’t hear his father on the surveillance tape.

Upton is not impressed. Nor is she particularly sympathetic. She asks him if there’s a chance his dad is dirty; Ruzek obviously can’t answer. It’s too soon to tell!

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He wants answers, though, and so does every Chicago PD fan. So the next morning he visits his father’s house for a meeting of the minds. Bob says he’s just “getting paid” and there’s nothing else his son needs to know about, but wants his name kept out of the report.

Bob does confirm that Spiro is dating a woman named Rita Moore, and one check of Instagram proves that she could be a witness. Upton and Hank Voight (Jason Beghe) question her about her boyfriend’s side business and the murder victim, Gloria Sanchez.

When confronted with photos of Gloria’s dead body, Rita says that Gloria turned up to see Spiro the night she died, and that Spiro called someone after talking to her. The two of them then left the club together, but Rita doesn’t know where they went. She also agrees to help the next time Intelligence returns to the Scorpion Club.

Unfortunately, like many a civilian, Rita is too obvious and Upton pulls the wire out of her purse. She says that they’ll talk the next morning about a Plan B. But veteran Chicago PD viewers can see this coming; the next day she and Ruzek find Rita murdered in her apartment, dead in front of her crying baby. That child is going to need a lot of therapy.

Upton is furious at Rita’s death, especially since she saw Bob at the club. She wonders if Bob was the one who tipped off Spiro, and warns Ruzek: if he doesn’t come clean to Voight, then she’ll turn Bob in herself.

"Upton: I don’t care if we’re sleeping together. That doesn’t change how I do my job."

Ruzek chooses the first option and tries to convince Voight that his father is clean. Voight appears skeptical, telling his subordinate that they’re going to follow the facts, no matter where that takes them.

Moments later Kim Burgess (Marina Squerciati) arrives with security footage, having pulled the plate number from the killer’s getaway car. The car is registered to Juan Morales, who works with Bob at the club. That means Ruzek has to go interrogate his father for a second time. Instead he slips, telling his father that Intelligence is looking at Juan and Spiro for “multiple felonies” and that he needs to get out while he can.

Will Bob actually listen to his son, though? Not a snowball’s chance in heck.

Ruzek pressures Spiro to partner up, but Spiro isn’t interested. So Ruzek has to backpedal, shifting his story to say that he really isn’t a rich kid, just pretending to be one. Spiro is satisfied with what he hears and agrees to a meeting with Ruzek and Kevin Atwater (LaRoyce Hawkins)—but nobody knew that the meeting was also going to include Bob.

Oh, and Juan and some of his friends, too. It’s a drug-dealing party and everyone’s invited.

Bob accidentally (possibly accidentally on purpose) stumbles into the drug deal, which incites a shootout that gets him wounded and blows everyone’s cover. Upton and Halstead are eventually able to chase down and arrest Morales, but that was far more difficult than it needed to be. Even by Chicago PD standards.

Ruzek visits his dead in the hospital and demands to know why he didn’t get out when he was warned to. Bob admits that he took the Scorpion Club job because he’s broke, thanks to “some bad investments.” He gets teary-eyed as he apologizes for messing up the case and wanting to try and help his son. First Chicago PD season 6 kills off Halstead’s dad, now this.

Upton is waiting to check on her boyfriend, which Ruzek appreciates. But instead of going out with her, he goes back to the district to apologize to Voight. Voight confirms that Bob was innocent and says that since he “was working undercover with us,” he shouldn’t face any reprisal. It’s Good Guy Voight to the rescue again!

"Voight: He’s your father. Means he’s family."

Next. Where will Chicago PD season 6 take Ruzek?. dark

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