Chicago PD season 7, episode 6 preview: False Positive

CHICAGO P.D. -- "False Positive" Episode 703 -- Pictured: (l-r) Amy Morton as Desk Sgt. Trudy Platt, Jesse Lee Soffer as Det. Jay Halstead -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC)
CHICAGO P.D. -- "False Positive" Episode 703 -- Pictured: (l-r) Amy Morton as Desk Sgt. Trudy Platt, 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 False Positive with our Chicago PD season 7, episode 6 preview.

This week’s Chicago PD is a spotlight episode for Jay Halstead, so what will audiences learn about him and where he’s headed this season?

Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) had a big part to play in the season premiere, but since then he hasn’t had as much to do in subsequent episodes, except for almost getting infected in the conclusion to the One Chicago crossover.

“False Positive” looks to change that, although the episode is a bit vague as to how. NBC‘s official description of the plot says Halstead’s affected by a series of child murders, but doesn’t give any details.

Is he just affected by the fact that kids are the victims, like most people would be? Or is there a part of this case that’s going to personally resonate with Jay for some reason?

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It sounds like this episode could be a lot like last season’s “Trigger,” where Jay was particularly hooked into the investigation because the case involved an Army Ranger.

But that episode made sense because Jay was also a Ranger—so where’s the connection here?

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Almost more importantly, “False Positive” should be very telling about how Chicago PD plans to use Jay in the rest of the season.

There was potential in the premiere episode of him emerging as a contrary voice to Hank Voight (Jason Beghe), but that fizzled out right away in the very next episode—when Jay was practically apologizing to his boss and asking if they were okay. He fell right back into line, so he’s clearly not going to be that conscience for Voight and the rest of the Intelligence Unit.

So what’s Jay’s role within the dynamic of the team? What does he bring that’s uniquely him and not just another really good cop?

Plus, will the show continue to tease Upstead shippers who are hoping that Jay and his now ex-partner Hailey Upton (Tracy Spiridakos) get together? Chicago PD is almost certainly leaning in that direction, with Upton’s ex Adam Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger) now rekindling things with his former girlfriend Kim Burgess (Marina Squerciati).

An emotional case like “False Positive” would be the perfect episode to stick an Upstead scene or two into, and it’d be surprising if the writers don’t take advantage of that opportunity to keep the shippers’ hopes going.

But relationships aside, this is really about servicing Halstead and showing where he fits into the unit as it goes through all of its recent changes. Jesse Lee Soffer is one of the show’s strongest cast members, and his character needs to find that throughline or big question that’s going to move him forward—not just with who he might date, but as an individual.

Let’s see what clues we unearth tonight.

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