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

CHICAGO P.D. -- "Brother's Keeper" Episode 705 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jesse Lee Soffer as Det. Jay Halstead, Patrick John Flueger as Officer Adam Ruzek -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC)
CHICAGO P.D. -- "Brother's Keeper" Episode 705 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jesse Lee Soffer as Det. Jay Halstead, Patrick John Flueger as Officer Adam Ruzek -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC) /

What can Chicago PD fans learn from Brother’s Keeper? Look closer at this week’s episode with our Chicago PD season 7, episode 5 takeaways.

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

“Brother’s Keeper” featured the Intelligence Unit investigating the murder of a Bulgarian restaurant owner, while Adam Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger) ran afoul of a particularly bullish training officer and may or may not have been beaten to a pulp at the end.

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) Was Voight a bit tactless?

One scene in “Brother’s Keeper” has Hank Voight (Jason Beghe) and Ruzek looking to make a suspect identification, at what appears to be the victim’s memorial service—at least, it’s in a church and everybody’s wearing black.

Surely there had to be better ways to handle that. The actual memorial seemed to be over, as Voight caught the victim’s brother walking toward the door, but it still felt awkward to approach him in the church.

Why not wait outside the building and meet him in the parking lot? Or call and ask him to come down to the district?

It certainly wouldn’t have hampered the investigation to wait a few more minutes until the service was totally over, and take care of business in a more private (and professional) location.

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2) Rojas has all the answers

Vanessa Rojas (Lisseth Chavez) has only been part of Intelligence for a few episodes, but Chicago PD seems to be going out of its way to use her. “Brother’s Keeper” was another episode in which Rojas came up with an important piece of information that helped the case; she was able to name Jack Cranston as the second robber.

Rojas is supposed to be new to the unit, yet she’s coming up with a lot of clues. It wouldn’t hurt the show to let somebody else come across that big lead, especially since part of Rojas’s appeal was that she’s inexperienced. “Familia” showed she didn’t really know what to do in the field yet, so why is she such a success when it comes to investigating?

Chicago PD is clearly trying to make us like her by showing her contributing to cases—but it has the side effect of making her look too good.

3) But Platt doesn’t

Although it was bad news for Ruzek, it was refreshing to see Trudy Platt (Amy Morton) not able to make that situation go away. Too often, Chicago PD relies on either Platt or Voight pulling a string or going to some old friend to get its characters out of trouble. Several of the main characters get saved by that deus ex machina at some point in the series.

But it’s gotten old, and so it was nice that this episode didn’t have it happen again and just sweep Ruzek’s issue under the rug. Even better: extra screen time for Amy Morton, who not only had a bunch of good scenes here, but also briefly appeared at the end of this week’s Chicago Fire.

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