Chicago PD season 8, episode 15 recap: The Right Thing

CHICAGO P.D. -- "The Right Thing" Episode 815 -- Pictured: Marina Squerciati as Kim Burgess -- (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)
CHICAGO P.D. -- "The Right Thing" Episode 815 -- Pictured: Marina Squerciati as Kim Burgess -- (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC) /

This week’s Chicago PD told another tragic One Chicago family story, and ended on a cliffhanger to be resolved next week in the season finale.

Wednesday’s episode “The Right Thing” saw Hank Voight (Jason Beghe) meet Darrell Miller, the son of Deputy Superintendent Samantha Miller (recurring guest star Nicole Ari Parker), and Darrell quickly found himself caught up in an Intelligence Unit case. By the end of the hour, someone didn’t make it out alive.

Here’s what happened in the latest Chicago PD episode for each of your favorite characters.

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Chicago PD season 8, episode 15 recap

Chicago PD opens another episode at night, this time with Voight walking down the street. He notices a young man in the middle of a heated phone call just before he goes to meet Miller for a drink; she wants to celebrate that “the numbers are pretty good.” Voight is surprised when the man from earlier walks in; he’s Miller’s son Darrell.

Some time later Voight is driving and someone’s following him home. He takes evasive action and is able to lose the trailing car but decides to chase them down afterward. When he does, he discovers that the driver is Darrell! “Why are you following me?” he asks the kid at gunpoint, to which the reply is “I owe some people a lot of money. If I don’t pay them soon, they’re gonna kill me.”

Voight takes Darrell back to his house, where Chicago PD shows us a rare photo of Voight with his late son Justin (Josh Segarra). Darrell explains that he’s been dealing cocaine and because the people he sells to owe him money, he can’t pay his dealer. He now owes a strip club owner named Kent Darby a cool $10,000 and of course he can’t tell his mom, so he wants Voight to help without telling her.

Voight tells her the next morning, and says he’ll help Darrell off-book. Miller instructs him to treat her son as a confidential informant and run his usual protocols. So Voight briefs his team, including that their CI is the son of their boss. That throws them, particularly Kevin Atwater (LaRoyce Hawkins), who calls it “a favor for privilege” to Adam Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger) before Trudy Platt (Amy Morton) reminds them they can be heard.

Atwater and Ruzek meet Darrell, who tries to tell them he’s more than the Deputy Commissioner’s son. Atwater remains skeptical of the kid before they send him to the strip club to meet Darby for a buy-bust. Darby references another “he” because obviously Chicago PD has to add another layer to the story or this would be a short episode. Our heroes change their minds and confront Darrell afterward, but he claims he doesn’t know anything about what’s now a “major drug operation.”

Back at the district, Miller argues with her son so Chicago PD can remind us that they have a difficult relationship. “You chose to do this,” she tells him, before demanding Voight meet her in his office for an update on the case. He warns her that this could now affect her job, but she’s determined to hold to her own standards. “You had some of the same issues with your son, right? So you get it,” she says. “I’ve been here before with him.”

Intelligence needs another lead and fast. Voight suggests that Ruzek and Atwater go undercover as potential buyers, using Darrell to get Kent on their side. Back to the strip club, where Darrell really sucks at making introductions, so Kent is ticked off that he’s even told other people about them. After chewing the kid out, he goes for his gun and tells them all to leave, denying that he moves any drugs whatsoever.

So what’s Plan C, guys?

Darrell insists that he has to “make things right” because otherwise he won’t have any family left; Ruzek assures him that they just need to take a break, but gets a call from Darrell in the middle of the night. On the line he can hear Darrell talking to Kent again, and rushes back to the office, where everyone’s already swinging into action. Atwater and Ruzek continue to listen in, with Voight arriving just before they’re able to zero in on a location.

Unfortunately, when our heroes get there, they find nothing but Darrell’s phone.

Voight calls an upset Miller and assures her that they’ll find her son as he sends his team off to start their search. Kim Burgess (Marina Squerciati) is able to clean up the audio from Darrell’s phone and it’s clear that the mystery “he” from earlier is also involved. Hailey Upton (Tracy Spiridakos) finds security camera footage showing the guy, and a license plate traces back to someone named Roy Walton. When Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) uses that to get a possible location on Roy, Voight is ready to go, but Miller insists that they have no probable cause.

“What are you doing?” he argues in front of everyone. “This is not reform.” Miller retorts that they don’t get to rewrite the law for her son, because “Every victim is somebody’s kid.”

Intelligence gets another play, though, when the mystery woman is spotted at a train station. Upton and Halstead locate her, and 14-year-old (?!) Sasha tells them that Darrell “tried to save me,” obviously from the strip club. She gives them enough details for Halstead to identify a power station near the lake, where they find Darrell’s body. He’s only been dead about an hour. Miller arrives and Voight tries to hold her back but of course Chicago PD has to give us the scene of her mourning her son.

After getting more information from Sasha, Intelligence rolls up on a new location, but when they force entry they find more girls inside… and all of them have been murdered.

“They’re tying up loose ends out there,” Voight says, stating the obvious, before seeing a still-upset Miller turn up yet again. He explains that this is a case of human trafficking and that they were too late. He also says her son saved one of the girls and that Darrell was a good man. Miller doesn’t want to go home, but that’s kind of irrelevant while half the Chicago Police Department starts a full-blown manhunt.

Chicago PD squeezes that into the final few minutes of the episode so we can see Intelligence going from place to place. With minutes to go, Burgess heads to a location on her own, which is a clear sign that she’s in trouble. Someone approaches her car and punches her out, leaving this episode on a cliffhanger.

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