Chicago PD midseason premiere takeaways: Brotherhood

CHICAGO P.D. -- "Brotherhood" Episode 610 -- Pictured: Tracy Spiridakos as Hailey Upton -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC)
CHICAGO P.D. -- "Brotherhood" Episode 610 -- Pictured: Tracy Spiridakos as Hailey Upton -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC) /

What should One Chicago fans learn from this week’s Chicago PD? Look closer at the latest episode with our Chicago PD season 6, episode 10 takeaways.

What did One Chicago fans learn from the latest Chicago Med episode? Here’s what we took away from this week’s installment, “Brotherhood.”

“Brotherhood” featured Adam Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger) navigating the minefield that came with deciding to take the fall for Antonio Dawson (Jon Seda). At the same time, he had to go back into his past to track down a pair of violent carjackers, and as the title indicates there was a family connection between one perpetrator and Ruzek’s longtime CI.

If you missed any of this week’s episode or just want a refresher on the events that we’re about to discuss, you can catch up with our Chicago PD recap.

Below are our takeaways from this week’s episode:

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1) Where’s Antonio?

While fans were worried about Antonio, this episode was almost all about Ruzek—which felt more than a bit strange.

Antonio left the scene of the crime and wasn’t seen again until at the end of “Brotherhood,” when he was in what appeared to be some sort of rehab facility.

Story-wise, obviously Antonio had to leave the scene to avoid being involved with the crime, but it felt odd that his screen time was limited so much. There’s a story there about him getting a reality check and him overcoming his demons—and it’s not told by having him mostly off-screen.

Why not have that last scene be a bit longer so it could be explicitly stated where Antonio was, and what his outlook is? Or have somebody even call him during a scene, just to remind us that he was still part of the episode? Or was there a behind-the-scenes consideration, like Jon Seda was only available on a limited basis?

Patrick John Flueger was aces in this episode, and it did open up a whole new storyline for Ruzek, but it felt like Ruzek took over what started as Antonio’s journey.

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2) Halstead’s big discovery

So Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) found out about Ruzek and Hailey Upton (Tracy Spiridakos). But if you were expecting fireworks, you were probably disappointed. Halstead acted like a reasonable, mature person and took it in stride, telling his partner they were good.

This is exactly how this scene should’ve played out—Halstead’s too good of a person to behave any other way, and besides, he’d have no room to talk considering his own long-term inter-office relationship.

At the same time, Chicago PD felt like it was trying to build up some dramatic tension around the idea that Ruzek and Upton’s relationship was a secret, so where is it going to pay off that build-up? Will it be when Ruzek’s ex-fiancee Kim Burgess (Marina Squerciati) finds out? Or have we just moved on from that idea entirely?

3) More Trudy!

We’ve complained about the lack of Trudy Platt (Amy Morton), so let’s give Chicago PD credit for getting her out of the office and into the investigation in this episode. There’s not much to say about that except more of this, please. As much and as often as it can be feasibly written into the episodes. And getting to see Platt at home was a nice touch, too.

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