Chicago PD season 8, episode 4 takeaways: Unforgiven

CHICAGO P.D. -- "Unforgiven" Episode 804 -- Pictured: Jesse Lee Soffer as Jay Halstead -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC)
CHICAGO P.D. -- "Unforgiven" Episode 804 -- Pictured: Jesse Lee Soffer as Jay Halstead -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC) /

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

“Unforgiven” featured Hank Voight (Jason Beghe) butting heads with the boss over the murder of one of Voight’s former coworkers. Meanwhile, Hailey Upton (Tracy Spiridakos) got bad news about her father that also caused a problem in her new relationship.

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) Can Voight and Miller have a good working relationship?

There’s a very interesting scene in this episode where Voight is arguing with Miller about the murder victim being a good cop. After Miller tells him that she wants to know everything about the man before making a public statement, you can hear Voight’s tone actually soften and he’s not so upset anymore.

It would be interesting if the two characters developed some kind of a rapport, because Voight’s relationship with the CPD higher-ups has mostly been negative (as is, to be fair, the case on many TV crime dramas). Having him get along with Miller would be a welcome change of pace.

It would also be surprising, since the two seem to have radically different ideas when it comes to police reform. Could they wind up finding common ground—which would also mean that the show could dive into the subject more? We’ll have to keep watching and see where they go from here.

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2) Is Upton’s dad going to be the next to go?

This episode revealed that Upton’s father was hospitalized after suffering a heart attack. While he was shown alive at the end of the hour, One Chicago has spent years using family members for a dramatic effect. So will that scene be the last we see of Upton’s dad? Or could he come back into her life later in the season for more drama? Or will he end up being killed off by suffering another heart attack at some point?

Any one of those things is possible. After all, this franchise also has a long history of people who have difficult relationships with their dads. Upton could even ask her partner/boyfriend, because while Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) got along with his dad, Pat Halstead was much colder to Jay’s brother Will for a long time, though the two did make peace before Pat’s death on Chicago Med.

3) Where’s the Superintendent?

Does anyone else find it weird that the Deputy Superintendent seems to be running the show? We know from Chicago PD history that Miller has someone who outranks her—Superintendent Jason Crawford (Paul Adelstein), who was introduced before her. But Crawford hasn’t been seen at all this season; instead it’s Miller who is giving press conferences and working with Voight.

It’s entirely possible that Paul Adelstein, who’s both a prolific actor and a working director, wasn’t available and so Crawford can’t appear in season 8 so far (see Gary Cole on Chicago Fire). Yet the show could toss in a line about why he’s not around, especially in an episode like this, where there’s a high-profile case that he’d absolutely be aware of.

Or maybe he could pop up later in the season to mediate between Voight and Miller, if they’re not able to settle their own disagreements. But it’s noticeable that he’s not here.

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