Chicago PD season 8, episode 3 recap: Tender Age

CHICAGO P.D. -- "Tender Age" Episode 803 -- Pictured: Jason Beghe as Hank Voight -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC)
CHICAGO P.D. -- "Tender Age" Episode 803 -- Pictured: Jason Beghe as Hank Voight -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC) /
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CHICAGO P.D. — “Tender Age” Episode 803 — Pictured: LaRoyce Hawkins as Kevin Atwater — (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC) /

The real motive

While Burgess sits and quietly has lunch with the girl, Halstead and Upton question one of Upton’s sources who gives them the street name of a gang member who had an issue with Benny Ward, the father. “The killings were payback,” he says. Halstead and Upton literally chase down the suspect, who lawyers up.

Then Chicago PD has Platt deliver Upton a package from the FBI. Apparently she impressed in her psuedo-punishment trip to New York. Upton admits to Halstead that they just offered her a job; he tells her that’s good. It’s the most low-key reaction ever. Apparently he’s not going to point out that his previous partner still works for the FBI in New York either.

Meanwhile, Burgess returns to the crime scene to pick up a few things to see if the girl will react to any of them. She gets a reaction when she produces the mom’s sweater, and the kid latches on to Kim. Burgess brings her to temporary housing and tells her that it’s okay to be scared. “Sometimes it’s like this reminder that you have to be brave,” she says and the girl finally starts talking. She says there was a woman in the house prior to the murders who was looking for her specifically.

This meshes with what happens next; someone’s lurking around the safe house. Suddenly the power goes out. Burgess protects the girl and exchanges shots with a masked intruder, but no one is caught. Afterward she tells everyone that there were two intruders clearly there for the young girl. She also decides that the kid is staying with her and Ruzek until these people are caught.