What’s next for Chicago PD? We’ve seen near-death experiences and friendships get broken, maybe even beyond repair. The stakes are seemingly higher than they’ve ever been in season 9, and the new episode, “New Guard”, keeps the trend going.
There are new recruits coming through, as the episode title suggests, and there’s going to be some growing pains along the way. It can tough to determine who is suited to the job and who is just a person who wants the power of a badge and gun.
Be warned that the rest of the post contains detailed spoilers for the latest episode of Chicago PD!
What happened on Chicago PD last night? (April 13th)
The episode starts with Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) agreeing to help with the new recruits. Things have changed since he joined the force, as the department has loosened its rules on credits scores and/or background checks. This makes Halstead a little leery of the kind of recruits he’ll have to deal with, but he pushes on as a favor to Trudy (Amy Morton).
Halstead gets paired with a rookie named Dante Torres (Dennis Garcia). He’s a quiet kid, and will either make a good cop or turn out to be a total psycho. At least, that’s what Trudy says. During a routine drive, Halstead and Torres catch wind of a shooting and decide to intervene. Halstead tells Torres to sit back while he pursues the shooter, but the rookie ignores him and helps in the chase.
Halstead rightfully scolds him, and Torres apologizes for not following orders. He gets a chance to redeem himself when he sits in on Halstead’s interrogation, but he once again oversteps bounds by speaking up and asking questions when he’s not supposed to.
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That being said, Torres’ instincts prove correct. He’s able to get the perp to open up about his gang affiliations, and even gets him to flip on his supplier. The rest of the team is surprised by the speed and efficiency of Torres’ work, but they get behind him.
As the mission is underway, Voight (Jason Beghe) and the team get informed about a potential rat in the agency. They’re told that a gang member may be infiltrating them as a means of getting an inside look at their operations (and their weapons). Naturally, Torres is the number one suspect.
They send Torres in, wary of his intentions, and he seems to prove himself when the mission goes south and he shoots one of the gang members. Still, Voight is suspicious. He confronts the rookie about his past, and its revealed that Torres spent time in juvenile hall for putting his stepfather in a wheelchair. It turns out the stepfather had been abusing his mother, and despite his attempts to call the police, nobody came.
Torres became a cop to protect and serve, and the episode ends on a somber one, but one that suggests Torres may be sticking around.
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