Chicago PD season 8, episode 7 preview: Instinct

CHICAGO P.D. -- "Instinct" Episode 807 -- Pictured: (l-r) Tracy Spiridakos as Hailey Upton, Jason Beghe as Hank Voight -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC)
CHICAGO P.D. -- "Instinct" Episode 807 -- Pictured: (l-r) Tracy Spiridakos as Hailey Upton, Jason Beghe as Hank Voight -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC) /

How much will Chicago PD viewers learn about Adam Ruzek in this week’s episode?

Wednesday’s installment “Instinct” centers on Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger), and it comes at a good time for the character. We haven’t seen a lot of Adam since two weeks ago, when he found out that Kim Burgess (Marina Squerciati) was becoming a foster mom.

Ruzek was surprised by Burgess’ choice and was pretty skeptical about it—then was notably not seen on screen when Kim picked up Makayla. And since last week’s “Equal Justice” didn’t give any update on that situation, Ruzek’s point of view is pretty vague.

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Is he still with Burgess as she fosters Makayla, or has the huge decision she made forced them apart yet again?

When is Ruzek going to find out that his ex Hailey Upton (Tracy Spiridakos) is now sleeping with her partner Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer), and will he even care?

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Chicago PD season 8, episode 7 preview

These are the questions that Chicago PD viewers want answers to, and One Chicago fans have seen instances of where a character’s personal problems have impacted their job performance before. “Instinct” could be one of those episodes, where either the writers take advantage of it being a Ruzek story to give some insight into where he’s at, or where we see Adam make some kind of mistake because his head’s not in the game.

His other issue is external, because according to the synopsis, he’s got an informant on this case that might just blow it up. The question for fans is how will that vary from “Equal Justice” and the problem Halstead just had with his undercover operation? We literally just saw a very similar plot, so there has to be some kind of differentiator.

It would be odd if the producers lined up two similar episodes right next to each other, after all.

But “Instinct” could end up being good for Ruzek. If the episode provides some clarification about where he is personally, and it goes off well professionally, it could push his character forward. The show teased the idea of him taking the detective’s exam a while back, and it never happened, plus the Burzek situation is so fluid. It’d be a major plus to establish some solid goals for Adam that he can work toward in the rest of season 8.

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