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CHICAGO P.D. -- "Trouble Dolls" Episode 813 -- Pictured: Marina Squerciati as Kim Burgess -- (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)
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CHICAGO P.D. — “Trouble Dolls” Episode 813 — Pictured: Patrick John Flueger as Adam Ruzek — (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC) /

Chicago PD: Was Ruzek the best choice as Makayla’s custodian?

No one was shocked when Kim Burgess (Marina Squerciati) asked Adam Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger) to be her adopted daughter’s custodial guardian in this week’s Chicago PD. “Trouble Dolls” had Burgess wanting someone to take custody of Makayla in case something happened to her, and her ex-fiance readily agreed.

Ruzek was the obvious choice. He’s the person that Burgess is closest to and someone that she knows better than just about anyone—even though they themselves were recently having a big disagreement about her questioning his character. It’s the latter part that also makes it natural to ask if there would have been other options.

Adam clearly loves Kim and the two of them did form a sort of unofficial family when she was expecting their own child last season. So he’s shown a willingness to care for her and a child. But on the flip side, she’s three episodes removed from questioning whether or not he’d commit murder (even though she was wrong), and his temper has been well established throughout the show. He’s got his own issues.

What about Kim’s one-time BFF Kevin Atwater (LaRoyce Hawkins)? Though he’s already got custody of his brother, Atwater is a great example of parenting, when the show allows him to be a parent. Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) is pretty stable, but considering you rarely see a scene that is just Halstead and Burgess, it seems like they don’t have much of a relationship.

Ruzek made the most sense considering the depth of the Burzek relationship and how far back the two of them go, but the decision was also definitely interesting when in the context of what else has happened for both Adam and Kim in season 8.

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