Chicago PD season 7, episode 6 takeaways: False Positive

CHICAGO P.D. -- "False Positive" Episode 703 -- Pictured: Jesse Lee Soffer as Det. Jay Halstead -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC)
CHICAGO P.D. -- "False Positive" Episode 703 -- Pictured: Jesse Lee Soffer as Det. Jay Halstead -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC) /

What can Chicago PD fans learn from False Positive? Look closer at this week’s episode with our Chicago PD season 7, episode 6 takeaways.

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

“False Positive” featured Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) investigating the gang-related murder of multiple kids, only to get derailed in a hurry when the police department screwed up big time. And once again, things didn’t look good for the CPD by 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) Sloppy police work

The whole premise of this Chicago PD episode was flawed in one big way: it made Intelligence look like they weren’t really doing their jobs well.

Hank Voight (Jason Beghe) knows the technology he’s utilizing is new, but based primarily on that, he zeroes in on one suspect who turns out to be not guilty.

Voight should absolutely have pursued Marcus since he was in the area of the crime and had a record, but he should also have continued to look for other suspects, too.

For the bulk of the episode, our team zeroed in on one person, largely because of software their boss knew was brand new and needing to be tested. These guys are more experienced than to be that single-minded. It wasn’t a good look for Voight or anybody else this week.

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2) What’s Crawford’s deal?

We were hopeful when Chicago PD cast a new superintendent that Jason Crawford (recurring guest star Paul Adelstein) would actually contribute something positive to the show. “False Positive” made him look like yet another spineless boss primarily interested in covering his behind like we’ve watched in too many other crime shows.

Granted, Crawford is still early on in his screen time, but the show needs to decide what it wants him to be. It has the potential to clean the slate and re-establish the CPD brass as more than just people out to get Intelligence or get in their way. But episodes like this just continue to make them look like the same stereotypes we could see anywhere else.

3) More Trudy!

The opening scene of “False Positive” gave us a rare glimpse of Trudy Platt (Amy Morton) outside the district, and even though it was just setup to start the plot, it was great. It was lovely to see what Trudy does on her downtime, and wonderful that it was something that helps Chicago, too. Hopefully this means the Chicago PD writers will find more ways to work Trudy into extra scenes during the rest of season 7, because she’s been underutilized.

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