Chicago PD season 7, episode 19 recap: Buried Secrets

CHICAGO P.D. -- "Buried Secrets" Episode 720 -- Pictured: Patrick John Flueger as Adam Ruzek -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC)
CHICAGO P.D. -- "Buried Secrets" Episode 720 -- Pictured: Patrick John Flueger as Adam Ruzek -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC) /
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CHICAGO P.D. — “Buried Secrets” Episode 720 — Pictured: Jason Beghe as Hank Voight — (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC) /

Everybody lies

But she and Ruzek aren’t speaking while they wade through the bar’s surveillance footage. Vanessa Rojas (Lisseth Chavez) has been scanning social media and comes up with a post that is usable for facial recognition. The victim is Charlotte Henslow, the daughter of furniture company magnate Wade Henslow. “She’s the daughter of one of the richest men in Chicago,” Voight explains to everyone (and the audience).

He takes Ruzek and Burgess to the Henslow house to question Wade (Spencer Garrett). After the moment in which he has to tell his panicked wife about the kidnapping, Chicago PD has Voight pick up on something: Wade didn’t try to call his daughter to confirm that she was missing. Which means that he already knew, which then means he’s spoken to the kidnappers. Wade admits that he’s right; he’s seen a video and gotten a demand for two million dollars.

After seeing the video, Voight tells Wade that there can’t be any more secrets between them. He explains that they’re taking the video to the crime lab, and then has Burgess talk to Charlotte’s mother. “Do you have kids?” the woman asks Burgess, which is awkward to Chicago PD fans.

That leaves Ruzek and Voight to team up on Wade’s interview. He says that he has no idea who could have taken his daughter and doesn’t think that he has enemies. He doesn’t have any details, either, because he had yet to receive the phone call telling him where to drop the ransom money. So Voight sets up a wire tap on his phones, and tells Ruzek that they need to retrace Charlotte’s steps. There won’t be many, because Burgess says the ransom video was time-stamped less than 20 minutes after Charlotte’s abduction. She wasn’t taken far.

Halstead, Rojas and Kevin Atwater (LaRoyce Hawkins) pull details about the location from the video and traffic cams, guiding Ruzek and Burgess in the right direction. Burgess does a quick search of details at the county assessor’s office, and narrows it down to a closed steel mill. She uses the wait for backup to confront Ruzek about sleeping with Sheri, and he confirms that “We are,” as in present tense.

The rest of Intelligence arrives and begins to search the place. While they find the room shown in the ransom video, the only people they locate are two dead bodies, and neither one is Charlotte. The two dead guys were shooting at each other, and one of them is Kenny, an ex-cop who just happens to be Wade’s security guy. “How the hell did this guy beat us here?” Halstead wonders.

(Also, to quote South Park: oh my God, we killed Kenny.)

Cut to Voight confronting Wade, telling him about Kenny’s death. “You gave Kenny information you didn’t give us,” he adds, declaring that Wade must know who has his daughter. Wade confesses: the kidnapper is Gary Stevens, the father of a “troubled” former employee named Dylan Stevens. He accuses Gary and Dylan of blackmail. Voight uses his unimpressed face.

Time for Chicago PD‘s obligatory backstory: Halstead explains the other dead man at the warehouse was Gary’s cousin, closing the loop in that respect. As for Dylan, he’s been missing for two weeks. Rojas and Atwater question the cop who was handling the missing persons investigation, and this is where the case gets a bit weird: Gary had his own accusation, that Dylan was having an affair with Wade.