Chicago PD season 6, episode 6 recap: True or False

CHICAGO P.D. -- "True or False" Episode 606 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jason Beghe as Hank Voight, Tracy Spiridakos as Hailey Upton, Marina Squerciati as Kim Burgess -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC)
CHICAGO P.D. -- "True or False" Episode 606 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jason Beghe as Hank Voight, Tracy Spiridakos as Hailey Upton, Marina Squerciati as Kim Burgess -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC) /

Chicago PD gets political and very personal in this week’s thorny episode. Here’s what happened in Chicago PD season 6, episode 6.

The officers of Chicago PD all have issues, and those issues always seem to get into their work. It’s exactly what happens in this week’s episode, with a side of office politics.

“True or False” is a Hailey Upton (Tracy Spiridakos) episode, so of course it opens with Upton and her new boyfriend Adam Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger) being all couple-y. At least until Upton has a word with Ruzek about his temper.

Upton accepts his apology, but still tells him to drop her off a few blocks from the district so they aren’t seen together. That plan goes awry, though, when they respond to an emergency call.

While Ruzek corners the suspect at gunpoint and is nearly run over by the car, Upton searches the house and finds a badly beaten woman face down in the living room. Somehow, she’s still alive. In true TV fashion, though, that only lasts long enough for Upton to emote.

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The dead woman is Allison Collier, the wife of Alderman Jason Collier, whom Hank Voight (Jason Beghe) knows—because Voight knows everyone.

He intercepts Deputy Superintendent Katherine Brennan (recurring guest star Anne Heche) as she arrives at the crime scene to huff, puff and tell him she wants information by the end of the day.

While he handles that, the sole witness on the scene tells Intelligence that she saw a young black man who looked suspicious, but she isn’t sure if he was involved.

Back at the district, Ruzek has photos of the car that tried to kill him, and has used them to trace that car back to a man named Jerome York.

He’s also got the lamest excuse for why he and Upton were there at the scene together—one that Voight doesn’t buy, reminding him that if he keeps “giving her rides” he’ll need to tell his supervisor and department human resources.

Ruzek joins Upton to question Jerome, who is belligerent as all get out. He gets into a brief verbal scuffle with Upton before telling Ruzek that another kid in the neighborhood has access to his car and didn’t return it yet. Upton is not happy with how this goes down:

"Upton: Don’t ever undermine me or dismiss me from an interview like that again."

They join the rest of the team to find the blue Honda at Devin Williams’ house. Kim Burgess (Marina Squerciati) sweet-talks Devin’s mom into letting them interview her son, but he runs when he sees them, which earns him a trip to the interrogation room instead. That’s a classic Chicago PD moment.

Devin tells Burgess and Antonio Dawson (Jon Seda) that he’s innocent, but misspeaks in his interview, which clues them into the fact that he knows more than he’s letting on. They put him into a lineup, and their witness identifies him as the man she saw hanging around the house.

Voight asks Kevin Atwater (LaRoyce Hawkins) to speak with Devin, because perhaps the black cop can get through to the black suspect. Even when confronted with the positive ID, Devin maintains that he had nothing to do with the crime.

So Chicago PD moves on to step three, which is another classic page from the playbook: Voight intimidating the person on the other side of the table. He knocks over a chair, slaps the kid’s drink aside, and reminds him the victim’s husband is an alderman.

"Voight: When the wife of an alderman gets beaten to death with a crowbar, somebody is going to pay, you understand? The only question is how much? How long? How painful?"

Devin still claims that he wasn’t the killer. So Upton decides she should be the next one up in the interrogation parade. She brings him another soda and plays the sympathetic cop card. Then she asks him how old he was when he started getting beaten. She’s recognized the signs of an abuse victim.

After Devin admits that his father beat both him and his mother, Upton drops the bombshell that Chicago PD has been teasing all week—her father was an alcoholic who beat her, her mother and her brothers growing up. Watch the key moment again here:

Devin asks her if she ever thought about suicide; she admits that she did. And all of this is heard by Voight, Atwater and Ruzek. Atwater thinks that Upton is acting; the look on Ruzek’s face, as he remembers what she said that morning about his outburst, says he knows she isn’t.

Upton tries to convince Devin that it’s his father’s behavior that made him violent. She spins a story, saying he’d just intended to break into the house but Allison surprised him by being there. He admits that he killed her, apologizing through tears.

Walking out of the interview room Upton insists to Ruzek that she was just playing a part. And then Burgess says the DNA found on the scene doesn’t belong to Devin, but some other guy from the same neighborhood named Nate Stevenson. Did Devin lie about having an accomplice?

Intelligence busts into Nate’s house; he’s long gone but Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) finds the victim’s watch in his garage. Halstead also has video confirming Devin’s alibi; there’s video of him smoking weed at a park. So wait, why did he confess to a crime that he obviously didn’t commit? Is he covering for Nate?

And why did he just kill himself in lockup?

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This does not help Upton’s emotional distress. Chicago PD shows her at home drinking with her partner, who’s doing his absolute best to remind her that she was only working with the evidence she had.

Then the doorbell rings—it’s Ruzek. Neither man expected the other one to be there. Jesse Lee Soffer does the best skeptical face ever, as Halstead watches Ruzek bail as quickly as he showed up. Halstead wonders if Ruzek thinks they’re sleeping together; Upton says she doesn’t sleep with people she works with.

Here’s a very, very awkward response that will possibly upset Linstead fans:

"Halstead: Nothing good comes out of a workplace romance."

The next day Brennan meets with Voight, while the rest of Intelligence continues to hunt for Nate and finds an address thanks to some text messages. But Nate is dead when they find him. So who killed him, and did he kill Allison Collier?

Antonio snags an image from a nearby surveillance camera that allows him to get the license plate from the car. Unfortunately, the car is registered to Alderman Jason Collier. Did our heroes just see a revenge murder? So many questions, and only 15 minutes to get the answers.

Halstead keeps digging and finds out that Collier gave Nate some $18,000 and that Allison was in the process of getting a divorce from her husband. One of her friends tells him and Upton that the alderman was abusing his wife.

Brennan is not happy to hear this news, but give her credit: she offers to try and reel in her friend by setting up a meeting that Intelligence can crash. Upton, who’s now found out that she’s under investigation by IAD, watches as Collier rolls up to meet Brennan—and is the one who confronts him.

Collier, however, is unrepentant. He makes a move for a gun in his waistband, and Ruzek steps in to shoot him before he can fire on Upton. That’ll make Internal Affairs even less happy, even when Ruzek lies and says pedestrians were blocking her shot, thus absolving her of any involvement.

That night, Upton and Ruzek are spending the evening together again. Chicago PD closes “True or False” with her admitting she froze, and that’s why she didn’t shoot Collier. Also, she wasn’t lying about her dad being abusive, which One Chicago viewers knew anyway. But now they have the explicit confirmation, as Ruzek comforts a still-sad Upton.

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