Chicago PD season 7, episode 5 recap: 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) /
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Who’s lying now?

Voight meets with Vasil again, trying to convince him to help the investigation. Vasil reiterates how his neighborhood works; Voight suggests they can change that, if he’s willing to pitch in. He seems amenable to that, while Ruzek and Atwater are sitting on the guy they confronted in the salvage yard. As soon as he gets on a public street, the patrol unit from earlier picks him up, along with what may be the murder weapon.

When the guy spits on Ruzek, Ruzek decides to rough him up a bit. That gets him to admit that he was paid to crush the suspect vehicle. Ruzek apologizes to the patrol guys for roughing up their suspect, and suggest they just cut him loose for cooperating. The training officer wants to charge him, and blame the recruit for the man’s injury so Ruzek doesn’t get involved. Ruzek doesn’t like making someone else a fall guy for his actions, especially when that person doesn’t consent, and it starts a second confrontation between him and the training officer.

Adam is warned to mind his own business, and finds out from the same officer later that the situation resulted in a complaint. That leaves the training officer out a limb, and he wants Ruzek and Atwater to back him up against the suspect and his recruit. And suspiciously, patrol starts ignoring Intelligence’s requests for backup within a matter of a few minutes. Voight asks Ruzek why that may be, since he saw him talking to the patrol officer downstairs.

But they’ve got other fish to fry. The two of them interrogate the guy who dropped off the SUV at the salvage yard, Gregory Barnes, after a brief chase. He lawyers up almost immediately, putting them back at square one. Ruzek wonders if the victim’s nephew, Vasil’s son Peter, can identify the suspect in a lineup. Unfortunately, Peter doesn’t recognize him.

Chicago PD shifts to Vanessa Rojas (Lisseth Chavez) suggesting that the bartender at the victim’s restaurant may be involved. She and Barnes lived in the same apartment building years ago, and Burgess finds a picture of the two of them on social media, proving that the duo were more than neighbors: they were dating.

So Chelsea gets hauled in for an interview with Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) and Hailey Upton (Tracy Spiridakos). She cracks and admits she talked about how much money the restaurant had, because she’s pregnant with Barnes’ kid. Whoops.

Chelsea gives up her boyfriend’s location, but when Intelligence gets there, he’s already been whacked. It’s obvious his partner in the robberies is tying up loose ends. Which is exactly what Trudy Platt (Amy Morton) is trying to do about that assault complaint, using her usual Platt mojo of bending somebody else’s ear. But this time, it doesn’t work. The investigator says he may be able to offer a low-ball plea, but that’s it.