Chicago PD season 8, episode 4 preview: Unforgiven

CHICAGO P.D. -- "Unforgiven" Episode 804 -- Pictured: Tracy Spiridakos as Hailey Upton -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC)
CHICAGO P.D. -- "Unforgiven" Episode 804 -- Pictured: Tracy Spiridakos as Hailey Upton -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC) /

The latest Chicago PD seems like one of those episodes where no matter what happens, someone isn’t going to be happy.

“Unforgiven” concerns the murder of a police officer by a man who had a grudge against him. That sounds like a simple revenge killing—but this is Chicago PD, it’s not going to be simple.

The first problem for Intelligence is that Deputy Superintendent Samantha Miller (returning guest star Nicole Ari Parker) gets involved in the case. It’s almost never a good thing for Voight and team when the boss meddles, and it’s already hard to tell whose side Miller is on.

But there are all kinds of minefields with this setup, which the episode will proably broach. Did the killer have a legitimate complaint against the cop?

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If so, are our characters going to uncover that this police officer is involved in more shady things, like Hailey Upton’s former colleague Sean McGrady in the “Fallen” episode?

Or could the cop have just been doing their job and lost their life over it? That’s no less a possibility, and it’d be good to see a plot about cops that aren’t bad apples since we just spent time on Nolan and his bunch of bad guys.

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Will Miller be more inclined to take the side of the civilian, since she’s been such a vocal advocate for police reform? Could that bias her take on the case—which is an even bigger problem when she has authority over the team?

Will this be a public relations nightmare for everyone?

There are all kinds of different wrenches that the Chicago PD writers could throw in, but it’s only a 42-minute episode. How complicated a story do they want to tell, while still being able to finish it in a satisfying way by the end of the hour?

The other thing fans will be looking for is the aftermath of the Upstead kiss. Since that ended the most recent episode, and a lot of episodes start with some personal moment between characters, it wouldn’t be surprising if “Unforgiven” opens with another Halstead and Upton scene.

That scene could be just about anything. We could see them in bed together, the same way that the show jumped Upton and Adam Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger) forward after their kiss. Or Upton and Halstead could just be back at work talking about whatever happened between them. Maybe it’s a third option.

Whatever it is, there has to be an acknowledgement of that kiss somewhere in this episode; it’s too big a turning point for both characters to ignore.

Chicago PD will be working that into an episode where the case of the week could end up taking a ton of time, especially if Voight and Miller get into some kind of conflict on top of the investigation itself. Add it all up and this is an episode where a lot should be happening—so don’t miss it.

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