Chicago PD season 7, episode 2 takeaways: Assets

CHICAGO P.D. -- "Assets" Episode 702 -- Pictured: LaRoyce Hawkins as Officer Kevin Atwater -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC)
CHICAGO P.D. -- "Assets" Episode 702 -- Pictured: LaRoyce Hawkins as Officer Kevin Atwater -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC) /

What can Chicago PD fans learn from Assets? Look closer at this week’s episode with our Chicago PD season 7, episode 2 takeaways.

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

“Assets” featured Kevin Atwater (LaRoyce Hawkins) going undercover to bust a drug dealer, not knowing that a different police unit already had a cop undercover there, too. Seriously, does no one communicate in the entire department?

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) Burgess, we have a problem

For the second episode in a row, Kim Burgess (Marina Squerciati) had very little to do.  Not every character can be featured in every episode, but Kim could have missed the start of this season and it wouldn’t have made much difference.

So what’s the plan for Burgess? She got kind of marginalized last season, with her biggest storyline being the murder of the guy she’d hardly dated. Now she’s not getting much to do this season. It seems like Hailey Upton (Tracy Spiridakos) has become the show’s new female lead.

Upton is a great character, but so is Burgess, and there should be room for them to coexist. Plus, if anything, Kim has been with Chicago PD since the beginning, so she’s a character that fans are invested in and really love. She deserves so much more than a handful of lines like she got in this episode.

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2) Voight cuts another deal, part one

Did anyone else cringe when Hank Voight (Jason Beghe) was in the superintendent’s office, arguing to let Darius Walker (guest star Michael Beach) go because the city was better off that way? It was a hard pill to swallow. Chicago PD is supposed to be about busting drug dealers and finding justice, yet here was hard-line cop Voight campaigning on behalf of a drug dealer.

Yes, the show explores a lot of grey areas, but this felt like pushing that too far. So is Intelligence always going to give criminals a free pass if they do some kind of public service elsewhere? What about Leila (Milauna Jemai Jackson), who had turned her life around as a community organizer, but Voight didn’t lift a finger to help her when she was arrested in connection with an old murder? It’s hard to understand the logic.

3) Voight cuts another deal, part two

Speaking of that deal: it also conveniently got Adam Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger) off the hook. It’s become a huge trope for Chicago PD, that whenever a main character gets into big trouble, there’s somebody who knows someone or pulls a string to get them out of it. It deflates any potential consequences.

Whether it’s bargaining for Ruzek’s vindication, or Trudy Platt (Amy Morton) making a call to help Burgess last season, this happens a lot and it feels like a deus ex machina for the show to tie up its loose ends. Platt or Voight know somebody or lean on somebody to make something go away.

And did anyone else find it a bit weird that after how everything blew up with Kelton, Voight was happy to persuade Kelton’s replacement Crawford that he could help him become the permanent Superintendent? No one knows yet if Crawford is any better than Kelton! But perhaps Voight was willing to take that risk in order to protect Adam. Hopefully it doesn’t come back to bite him.

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