Chicago PD season 8, episode 12 preview: Due Process

CHICAGO P.D. -- "Due Process" Episode 812 -- Pictured: Jason Beghe as Hank Voight -- (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)
CHICAGO P.D. -- "Due Process" Episode 812 -- Pictured: Jason Beghe as Hank Voight -- (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC) /

This week’s Chicago PD is a Hank Voight-centric episode, and sounds like a timely one at that.

NBC’s official description of “Due Process” says that Voight (Jason Beghe) deals with “old, familiar tendencies” while the Intelligence Unit pursues a serial rapist.

Given that phrase and the title of the episode, One Chicago fans will be able to easily deduce that Voight is going to be dealing with his trademark tendency to use force—and that could make this a really interesting installment.

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We’ve seen a slightly different Voight this season, one who isn’t getting physical with suspects or locking them in the cage in the district basement, but Chicago PD has not fully addressed how Voight’s style of policing fits into the current world.

There was his blow-up with Kevin Atwater (LaRoyce Hawkins) early in season 8, but they smoothed that over pretty quickly and it’s generally been business as usual for Intelligence since that point.

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The show has a bit of a catch-22 here. The people who make it have talked about it being timely, which would mean showing Voight finding other ways to bust bad guys.

But there are also a lot of people who have commented online not wanting Voight to change and saying the show is “just entertainment,” and those viewers might not take kindly to a plot where Voight changes his approach or is criticized for the way that he does things.

And by making the case of the week about a serial rapist, that’s some pretty heavy stuff that will provoke a reaction in viewers. Should Voight use every trick in his book to get a violent criminal off the streets, or is that fighting fire with fire?

The other question is how much will the writers use the other characters to weigh in on this story? Last week’s episode was almost exclusively Hailey Upton-centric, and it sounds like this is a pretty much solely Voight story, but other characters like Atwater and Upton (Tracy Spiridakos) could have valuable opinions if Chicago PD is willing to let them weigh in.

We’ll have to see if this is a one-character arc like last week’s installment or if NBC has just kept the synopsis vague and this is an episode where Voight is featured but not dominating the story.

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