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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CHICAGO P.D. — “Brother’s Keeper” Episode 705 — Pictured: LaRoyce Hawkins as Officer Kevin Atwater — (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC) /

The real killer

Chicago PD lets Rojas make yet another break in the case: she identifies Barnes’ partner as Jack Cranston. But a delivery truck just happens to show up and block the surveillance van’s shot. Upton identifies Cranston, but he spots her and opens fire on just about everybody. You’d think four cops could take down one guy, but they wind up being pinned down with no patrol backup in sight. Cranston escapes by the time they finally make a move.

Voight shows up and he is pissed, still chewing out Ruzek for the issues with patrol. As he does that, Platt pulls the training officer aside, and tells him he’s the reason that patrol is cold-shouldering Intelligence. She also begs him to take a plea, and hands him an envelope of money Ruzek has given him to cover the three days’ salary he’ll miss while being suspended. The response isn’t kind; the officer wants Ruzek to pay more than financially.

Adam has no idea, because he’s with Voight trying to get another identification from Peter – at what appears to be his uncle’s memorial service no less! That’s a bit tasteless, Chicago PD. Peter still claims that he can’t identify anyone. But Burgess has Cranston on video carjacking someone, so they have a new lead (as well as a hostage). Voight sends Atwater and Rojas, who finally apprehend Cranston at the home of the woman he carjacked. She’s distressed, but unharmed.

Cranston thinks Barnes is still alive, and Rojas (again) turns the case by proving he didn’t kill his partner with the GPS on Cranston’s cell phone. It’s not hard to suss out who Chicago PD has as the real murderer. Voight is hanging out at Vasil’s dining room table when he and Peter get home. He says that his brother’s last words were about “candles for your funeral,” because he just found the gun that killed Barnes under Peter’s mattress.

Vasil wants to cover for his son, who murdered the man who killed his uncle to get revenge. After some back and forth, Voight seems to agree, taking Vasil into custody. He also returns to meet Trudy, who tells him that the training officer wants something from Ruzek to cover for him, and it’s more than money.

So Voight takes Ruzek out to a bar, and the officer is waiting in the alley. He wants to fight Ruzek for “respect,” and Voight is going to let him. And it’s hard to have any respect for how this episode ends, with something that’s just wrong on so many levels.

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