Chicago PD season 7, episode 5 preview: Brother’s Keeper

CHICAGO P.D. -- "Brother's Keeper" Episode 705 -- Pictured: Jesse Lee Soffer as Det. Jay Halstead -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC)
CHICAGO P.D. -- "Brother's Keeper" Episode 705 -- Pictured: Jesse Lee Soffer as Det. Jay Halstead -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC) /

What should fans watch for in tonight’s Chicago PD? Get ready for Brother’s Keeper with our Chicago PD season 7, episode 5 preview.

This week’s Chicago PD demonstrates tensions between the Intelligence Unit and the rank and file patrol officers of the department. So how awkward are things going to get?

Wednesday’s installment “Brother’s Keeper” is an example of how things can get a little wonky in the One Chicago universe. The show wants us to think of police as heroes, but it’s also used police as antagonists—mostly supervisors, but we’ve seen some weak detectives and patrol officers as well.

Remember the patrol officer who quit because he was scared during season 5’s sniper situation? Or when the team has butted heads with detectives from other units?

So which is it? Are the Chicago police these awesome heroes, or are they deeply flawed and often outright corrupt?

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That duality makes it tricky when an episode like “Brother’s Keeper” comes along. The One Chicago franchise wants to do well by first responders, but then it also has stories where some of those police, doctors, et cetera are shown in a terrible light.

At least, that seems to be the case in this episode, as Adam Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger) gets himself into trouble with a patrol officer and the entire team ends up suffering because of it.

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What is it that sets Ruzek off? And how big does it have to be for somebody to carry a grudge?

The promo for this episode makes it sound like whatever happens, Adam suddenly makes enemies of every patrol cop, or at least everybody in this particular area where Intelligence is working this week.

That sounds kind of extreme, but it wouldn’t be an episode of Chicago PD without some kind of extreme situation where the team either bends the rules, or uses force, or both. The show is built on action, first and foremost. And from the photos NBC has provided, there’s at least one gun battle that takes place.

This whole episode could easily be a muddled mess, with the bad cops being caricatures who just get in Ruzek’s (and the squad’s) way. Or could Ruzek be in the wrong here and have to be taken to task for his temper again? He’s not exactly an angel either.

The most interesting path would be to play with shades of grey, and make Ruzek have to grow up and either be wrong, or at least have to compromise. He’s been making an effort to change as it is so that would fit with his character. Or Chicago PD could just tell another corrupt cop story. It’s up to the writers how many risks they want to take.

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