Chicago PD season 6, episode 13 takeaways: Night in Chicago

CHICAGO P.D. -- "Night In Chicago" Episode 613 -- Pictured: LaRoyce Hawkins as Kevin Atwater -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC)
CHICAGO P.D. -- "Night In Chicago" Episode 613 -- Pictured: LaRoyce Hawkins as Kevin Atwater -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC) /

Is Chicago PD too hard on Kevin Atwater? Look closer at this week’s episode with our Chicago PD season 6, episode 13 takeaways.

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

“Night in Chicago” featured Kevin Atwater (LaRoyce Hawkins) having to balance duty and his own moral code when two uniformed cops took matters into their own hands. Elsewhere, Ray Price (an excellent Wendell Pierce) returned and declared his intention to run for Mayor.

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) Atwater gets way too much grief

The good news is that this was another Kevin Atwater episode. The bad news is that it ended the same way they all seem to do: tragically.

Let’s look back on Atwater’s recent history. He was witness to a shooting death in this episode, saw his love interest taken away in handcuffs (“Black and Blue”), and got kidnapped (“Captive”).

It’s great that Atwater is getting these episodes to shine, since he’s so underdeveloped in other ones. But why does every single one of them have to put more weight on his shoulders? The man has been through more than enough.

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2) How many hearings can Intelligence go to?

This was another Chicago PD episode where somebody had to go speak to the higher-ups at some kind of hearing. Do you ever wonder if The Powers That Be keep track of these things? If they ever notice that they keep having to deal with the same people from the same unit?

We know that Antonio Dawson (Jon Seda) and Hank Voight (Jason Beghe) had a hearing before the season started. Kim Burgess (Marina Squerciati) had to go to a hearing in “Ride Along.” Then Adam Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger) had one a few episodes ago, and now Atwater. That amounts to more than half of the unit—and that’s just from this season!

Intelligence gets away with a lot on this show, but they’re getting more and more noticed as the series goes on. At some point, this all has to add up, doesn’t it?

3) Ruzek’s a good friend

Kudos to Ruzek, who didn’t have much screen time during “Night in Chicago” but he made it count. He was the only person who didn’t put pressure on Atwater, and was just there for him.

It felt frustrating and a bit dismissive for Voight to respond to Atwater’s concerns the way he did, saying that he didn’t want to write off a cop and pointing out that Daryl was a criminal. If he’d just said “Why don’t you look at the tape?” that’d be one thing, but he kept talking and made it sound like Daryl’s rap sheet made his life less important.

And then there was Price, also flat-out saying he didn’t care about Daryl; he just wanted to make sure that he got back at the cops for shooting him. It didn’t matter who they killed; it just gave him a chance to make his own move. Both perspectives were kind of deplorable, so it was nice to have Ruzek there to prove that Chicago PD also had someone who’d support Atwater and tell him it was okay to feel what he felt.

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