Chicago PD season 8, episode 3 preview: Tender Age

CHICAGO P.D. -- "Tender Age" Episode 803 -- Pictured: Tracy Spiridakos as Hailey Upton -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC)
CHICAGO P.D. -- "Tender Age" Episode 803 -- Pictured: Tracy Spiridakos as Hailey Upton -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC) /

Chicago PD season 8, episode 3 preview.

When Chicago PD returns this week, it looks like it will be with a fairly standalone episode after spending the first two episodes of season 8 dealing with ongoing plotlines.

Tonight’s installment is called “Tender Age” and refers to a young child who’s the only survivor when someone murders her entire family.

The Intelligence Unit catches the case when Adam Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger) and Kim Burgess (Marina Squerciati) discover the girl.

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This isn’t an out of the ordinary plot for the show; most of what Chicago PD deals with are murder cases or those related to gangs or drugs (or some combination of all three).

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What’s interesting is when you look at the photos for the episode. The synopsis makes it sound like a Ruzek and Burgess-led story, but the photos primarily feature everyone else. So who’s actually getting the bulk of the screen time?

This also sounds like a fairly standard Burgess plotline; Kim is a strong character when it comes to stories involving young children, because she’s such a compassionate and caring person. Of all the Intelligence members, she’d be the best to take care of this poor kid.

But the images show a lot of both Hailey Upton (Tracy Spiridakos) and Kevin Atwater (LaRoyce Hawkins). Upton has been getting more screen time since last season, and we also haven’t seen Atwater dealing with anything other than his own problems. So either of those characters could also conceivably lead this investigation.

And speaking of Atwater, are we going to hear any more about his situation or was that last scene between him and Nolan meant to be the end of that storyline? Will we ever get to see Kim react to everything her one-time partner has been through?

Don’t expect any major plot twists from this episode; it appears to be something meant to move the season on to whatever’s going to happen next. But it should contain some good scenes for the character(s) who do get to drive the story, whoever they may be.

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