Chicago PD season 6, episode 12 takeaways: Outrage

CHICAGO P.D. -- "Outrage" Episode 612 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jesse Lee Soffer as Jay Halstead, Jon Seda as Antonio Dawson -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC)
CHICAGO P.D. -- "Outrage" Episode 612 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jesse Lee Soffer as Jay Halstead, Jon Seda as Antonio Dawson -- (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 12 takeaways.

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

“Outrage” featured Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) on the hot seat when a drug dealer he’d had a problem with before turned up dead. While Halstead scrambled to prove he wasn’t a murderer, the real killer ended up being someone close to another member of the Intelligence Unit, who paid the ultimate price.

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) Voight needs new friends

If you’ve been keeping track of Hank Voight’s (Jason Beghe) associates recently, you’ve probably noticed a disturbing trend: things don’t go well for them.

This week, Voight’s acquaintance Gus ended up being the killer and committing suicide. Last week, Voight’s friend was murdered by a drug dealer. Oh, and then let’s not forget that Voight’s ex-partner spent all of last season obsessively trying to ruin his career.

Obviously, a man like Hank Voight is not going to hang out with saints. But Chicago PD might be going to his social circle for plot purposes one too many times.

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2) Halstead needs a vacation

Jay Halstead has been on a difficult road in the last season and a half. The Chicago PD season 5 premiere had him in trouble after one of his bullets accidentally killed a child during a gun battle. That made this episode feel like deja vu, as now Halstead was once again being investigated for killing someone.

Add that to his mental and emotional issues that pushed him into therapy last year, and then if you factor in what happened on Chicago Med (with him having to save his brother’s life), it’s all been pretty terrible for Halstead since the start of the fifth season. Can we give Jesse Lee Soffer an episode off and say it’s because Jay took a well-deserved trip out of town to relax?

3) Kelton could’ve been worse

Last week’s episode clearly established that Superintendent Kelton (recurring guest star John C. McGinley) is a jerk. He’s in league with at least one drug dealer and doesn’t care what he has to do in order to become Mayor. But “Outrage” was interesting in how it handled his part of the episode; it could’ve made him Denny Woods levels of insane, but it didn’t.

Voight accused Kelton of trying to “jam up” Halstead, but there was no serious evidence that the Superintendent was actively attempting to undermine Jay. As he pointed out, the situation had to be investigated, and as far as they knew Halstead was the prime suspect. Voight could vouch for Halstead and say he was innocent, and anyone who knew Jay knew he was innocent, but Kelton didn’t know him from Adam. He was just looking at the facts, as well as the optics.

It’s a small detail, but an important one for Chicago PD. The Woods storyline could’ve been a lot better if the show hadn’t turned it into a one-dimensional quest for revenge. By giving Kelton an additional motivation, the show is keeping him more fleshed out, too.

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