Chicago PD: Where does Ruzek go in season 9?
Episode Title: “In the Dark”
Episode Description: When Upton and Ruzek answer an emergency call to an abandoned house, their investigation leads them down a dark path.
What To Watch For: Welcome to the first Adam Ruzek-centric episode of the season, which means it’s One Chicago viewers’ first chance to see what Chicago PD intends to do with Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger) in season 9. We’ve seen him support Kim Burgess (Marina Squerciati) as she returns to duty but we don’t yet have a clue about his personal goals and/or challenges. As Marina pointed out in our interview, the Ruzek/Burgess dynamic is pretty well-established so this would be a nice starting point to see what else the show has for Adam outside of that.
What’s interesting is that this is a storyline for Ruzek and Upton (Tracy Spiridakos). Why is Upton there when Ruzek is normally partnered with Kevin Atwater (LaRoyce Hawkins)? You have to think that the Chicago PD team chose Upton for a reason. It’s probably not that they’re exes because neither of them has ever addressed their brief relationship again. Could it be because Ruzek is the most morally flexible of the Intelligence Unit and thus he’d be a safe choice for Upton to confide her current struggles in? It would definitely be complicated and interesting to watch if someone else finds out what’s going on, especially if that somebody isn’t Upton’s fiancee Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer).
So could Ruzek become the third wheel in the Upton and Hank Voight (Jason Beghe) storyline? Or is there any other idea for him that “In the Dark” might reveal or start to set up? Everyone other than Ruzek and Atwater has had something happen for them so far this season, and it seems based on the episode description that this is Ruzek’s week.
Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and Chicago PD air Wednesdays from 8:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
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