After-Take: CHICAGO PD “A War Zone”
Name of the Episode: A War Zone
Dr. Halstead calls in Jay and Lindsay to report a large amount of overdoses coming in. The calls cannot be traced to a single location because they are coming from all over the city. A call came in about an abandoned backpack on the waterfront. The backpack was seemingly filled with narcotics ready for production. As the team was assessing the contents a man’s body washed up to shore, his face was bloodied and sunken in. At the station, it seems fentenyl is the drug of choice from the backpack; and it is the overdose drug of the city. Before Tay and Burgess can start their shift, Platt has some bad news.
Commander Fogle went above Platt and everyone to ensure Tay will go back to her foot beat in a different district. Fogle is still upset that Tay rejected his advances and wants to make her pay for it. Mouse’s request to get the felony dropped was denied; he feels guilt because he made it home from war. The body found in the river, was a young man named Tyler. During the investigation, they see a connection to a young college kid named Tony. Burgess and Tay are on patrol and are still bothered by Tay’s transfer, but they have a bigger problem.
A young boy runs into the street in front of their patrol car. He says his mother has hurt his father really badly and he needs help. The young boy is named Chase; he waits outside of the house while Burgess and Tay search for his father. His father is sitting in the kitchen with a knife in his neck. He is transported to Chicago Med and he asks Burgess to watch over Chase. Mouse is irritated that he cannot be out in the field. He wants to be a soldier; he does not want to take the police exam. He has to watch the team go onto another sting as they find, Red. He may deal the drugs, but he gives up a drug supplier, Scoot.
The case takes a turn when the analysis of backpack drugs are nothing more than baby powder. Without another ingredient, the drug will not be active. Chase’s mother is found, but she insists her ex husband is the one who has the emotional problems. However, she does not have any paperwork to back up her story. Burgess has no choice but to arrest Chase’s mother until all the facts are presented. Lindsay tries to convince Jay to let Mouse go back to enlist. It may not be what Jay wants, but it’s what Mouse wants to do. Scoot is picked up and sent to the interrogation room. He reveals that Tony’s uncle is a drug dealer who was caught up in their drug run from Canada.
Voight and Olinsky realize Tony’s uncle is Walter Ng, a notorious drug Lord they haven’t been able to arrest in over ten years. Jay goes to Mouse and offers his full support to whatever he decides. Scoot is geared up for undercover work at a temporary drug house. Collection and sorting of the drugs are being sold to the dealers. The team breaks up the ring before anyone can leave with the drugs. After the arrests, Voight goes to see Ng at his office to have a little chat. Ng served up his nephew in an effort to keep himself out of the deal. Jay asked Platt to help get Mouse’s felony dropped. Platt delivers the good news, and Mouse is left with a huge smile and a decision to make.
At the end of the episode, Chase’s father is caught as the one who stabbed himself, not his ex wife. Chase’s mother is awarded custody and they’re able to go home to get back to life. Tay encourages Burgess to go after what she wants because women can get a bad reputation, whether they deserve it or not. Burgess goes up to Voight’s office and tells him she’s ready to be a part of the intelligence team.
On next week’s episode, Olinsky’s friend is accused of murder. Will he be able to be unbiased, or will he find a way to skirt around the law? Tune in next week for another after take!