Chicago PD: Will Voight drag Upton down?
Episode Title: “The One Next To Me”
Episode Description: Halstead’s past resurfaces when a former Army colleague is implicated in a deadly blast. As the FBI launches an investigation into Roy’s disappearance, Upton feels the pressure of the secret she and Voight are sharing.
What To Watch For: One assumes there will be some good Upstead moments in this episode, because Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) is the featured character. Just like Jay was there for Hailey Upton (Tracy Spiridakos) when her past came up over the last few seasons, Upton will be there for him and fans of the newly engaged couple should be getting at least one memorable scene here. Remember “Trigger,” when Jay dealt with an ex-Army Ranger who became a criminal? This could be like that episode.
But in the Chicago PD season 9 big-picture sense, the subplot is equally interesting and could have bigger implications. The synopsis confirms that Deputy Superintendent Miller calling in the FBI wasn’t just a line meant to wrap up the season premiere; she actually did it and there’s going to be some kind of an investigation. So what does that mean for Hailey?
Voight’s been in trouble so often that it’s like Tuesday for him. He doesn’t have much to lose either. But he also has a tendency to pull the people closest to him into that trouble, sometimes intentionally and sometimes not, and those people suffer consequences. The biggest example is Alvin Olinsky (Elias Koteas), who got killed off after being on the hot seat for a murder Voight committed. The same murder that Erin Lindsay (Sophia Bush) kept quiet about all those years.
Now Upton is in a similar position. Obviously it’s not going to be as extreme as Olinsky but how far will Chicago PD push the tension between the two? It wasn’t so long ago that Voight was sending Upton to New York and warning her not to turn into him. They seemed kind of inseparable. It would be a huge change of pace for the writers if they went in the opposite direction and broke the sort of mentor/protege dynamic apart.
So one feels like the FBI investigation may not amount to much, because the writers might not want to take that much of a risk. If they do, though, there’s no doubt it would make great TV. (Plus, since Upton has worked with the FBI, that might add a fun extra wrinkle. She knows how they operate. And the script could even toss in some kind of reference or in-joke to the FBI cameo she had.)
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