When the chips are down, you can always count on Kim Burgess (Marina Squerciati) to see the silver lining. However, Wednesday's episode of Chicago P.D., titled "What Could Have Been," saw the normally peppy detective grapple with immense guilt stemming from a new case that hit close to home.
The emotional hour found Burgess waiting at a bar for her boyfriend, Blair (Charles Michael Davis), to finally show up. He never did, however, which meant something had gone terribly wrong. Tracking his phone to a sketchy part of town, Burgess found Blair bleeding to death and did what she could to help him, but to no avail. Blair died en route to the hospital, and Burgess was left in a daze, staring at her bloody hands.
Blair's high-ranking status as a campaign specialist made his case a top priority, forcing Burgess to set aside her feelings for the time being in order to solve his murder. On the surface, his death appeared to be a drug deal gone wrong. After all, he was found on the wrong side of the tracks and had been hauling around $20,000 in the trunk of his car. But Blair was a good guy whose only prior was a charge for cocaine possession at age 17, which was eventually dropped.
Still, Intelligence couldn't ignore the mounting evidence even if Burgess refused to believe it. It turns out that before his death, Blair had a heated conversation with a reverend who rolled with a major gang before becoming a man of faith. That lead was short-lived, though, because he was soon found shot to death by the same gun used to kill Blair.
The baffling case hit Burgess hard, especially since she planned to break up with him. In a touching moment with Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger), Burgess confided in her ex-fiancé what she'd been feeling all along. Although she didn't see her relationship with Blair lasting long-term, she expressed regret for not telling him that she was falling in love with him while he was still alive. Ruzek could only console her and back her theory that the facts about the case just didn't add up.
In the end, Burgess was right to stick to her guns; Intelligence uncovered the truth behind Blair's murder and it had nothing to do with drugs. He found evidence that mayoral candidate Ray Price (Wendell Pierce) helped cover up a cocaine overdose, which Price's daughter witnessed, and that bombshell cost Blair his life. However, Ray wasn't the one to pull the trigger. After some pressing from Voight (Jason Beghe), Ray's wife Alicia (Nicki Micheaux) confessed to killing both Blair and the reverend in a panic because they threatened her family's dreams of running the city.
Meeting up with a superior, Voight offered up video evidence that would solve Blair's case in exchange for a good plea deal. Spoiler alert: The deal was accepted. But in a shocking twist, Ray took the fall for his wife and went on record to say that he murdered both men in order to protect his family. The move earned him a seven-year prison stay while his wife would be free to take care of their children.
None of that mattered to Burgess, who was left feeling empty inside. "It feels the same... drugs, politics," she uttered to Ruzek when the smoke cleared. Something tells me this flash of darkness is only the beginning. Darth Burgess might be on the horizon.
Chicago P.D. continues Wednesdays at 10/9c on NBC.
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A divorce from Gabby Dawson (Monica Raymund) should have sent Matt Casey (Jesse Spencer) into a much-needed ho phase, but like that standard issue white polo he loves to rock, his love life has remained a bland affair. Even a fling with a strong-willed reporter didn't do much to revive his abysmal love life. However, that may soon change.
Showrunner Derek Haas previously spoke on the "natural chemistry" between Casey and Brett, and that undeniable connection took center stage in this week's Chicago Fire. The episode, titled "Until the Weather Breaks," saw the firehouse come together to help a young boy who stowed away in Truck 81. More importantly, it laid the groundwork for a potential Brett and Casey romance while also clearing a path for Stellaride to reconcile.
The hour began with Brett (Kara Killmer) and Foster (Annie Ilonzeh) mulling over the rainy weather before turning their mundane conversation to dating within the fire department. For Brett, whose failed relationships include Hazmat Zack and the hunky chaplain, getting romantically involved with another co-worker is not worth the trouble.
"I'm not saying you're wrong. I'm just saying when you find that someone that you really click with, all the rules, the who you should or shouldn't date go out the window," Foster hit back. If that wasn't a clear sign that Brett is about to change her mind and hit up Captain Casey for some TLC, I don't know what is.
While Foster and Brett contemplated office romances, Casey found the perfect remedy for his post-divorce funk: sign up for a program where he'd fly to a random part of the world but wouldn't find out the exact location until the very last minute. Severide (Taylor Kinney) wasn't too keen on committing to the random trip, but Brett, making a strong case to be his next ride-or-die, was immediately on board. Loving look count: Brett - 1, Casey - 0.
Elsewhere, a scared little boy snuck his way into the turnout room just as the thunderstorm intensified. With no idea where he came from or why he was there, the crew quickly jumped into action to find answers and hopefully get him to open up. When the kid began to fall asleep, Brett and Casey moved him to the bunk room to rest before delivering the second major look of the night. Revisiting that conversation about Casey's crazy idea, Brett revealed she always wanted to do it but never had the guts and encouraged Casey to follow through with his plan. That sweet moment was followed up by a gaze from Casey so tender, it's being served as a Gordon Ramsey special. Loving look count: Brett - 1, Casey - 1.
Caring for the boy must have taken up all their mental bandwidth because no one seemed remotely suspicious of the sketchy guy claiming to be a firefighter who wandered into their common room minutes later. To Otis's (Yuri Sardarov) credit, he did pick up on John Garrett's slip-ups eventually, but not before being clocked in the back of the head. It turns out that the alleged firefighter from Detroit was actually a criminal involved in a double homicide down the road. He followed the kid to Firehouse 51 to shut him up, whatever that meant. After apprehending the bad buy, Boden (Eamonn Walker) called in back up in the form of Chicago P.D.'s Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger) and his amazing hair to close out the case.
Meanwhile, Stella (Miranda Rae Mayo) and Foster came to an understanding about Foster's unprompted pep talk with Severide. Severide had been avoiding Stella since hitting her with a look to end all looks thanks to Foster's warning that he should get his stuff together before pulling Stella back into his life. At first, Stella was upset that Foster would butt into her personal life, but then she realized the outspoken paramedic was only looking out for her. "I will always take up for you, sister. I promise you that," Foster told Stella. With the tension diffused, it's only a matter of time before Severide and Stella work things out on their own.
And after all that teasing, the episode delivered one last Brett and Casey moment to really drive it home. When Brett joked that Casey drew the short straw and was forced into picking her up, Casey was all smiles while assuring her he didn't mind. Going back to Casey's spontaneous trip around the world, Brett inquired about when he planned to do it and then suggested that they get a group together. In other words, they should go together (but with other people as a buffer because she's too scared to admit she's super into him). Brett's questioning prompted one final, lengthy look from Casey that puts Severide's loving gaze at Stella to shame. Brett - 1, Casey - 1,000,000.
Chicago Fire airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on NBC.
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So you're going to see Avengers: Endgame. Either you're a die-hard superhero fan and you're trying to prep ahead of time for the three-hour saga, or perhaps you're someone who is being dragged to the theater and just found out that this thing is only 13 minutes shorter than Titanic. Either way, welcome to your guide to when to relieve yourself during all the action.
First of all, if you're reading this in advance of going, limit your liquid intake 12 hours prior to your screening and stop drinking all together at least two hours before the movie. Trust me, this works. However, if you find yourself in the latter camp and can't avoid going to the restroom, here's when it's safe to go.
In the beginning:
If you feel the need to panic pee at the top of the film, go at the start of the second scene of the film. You have roughly 10 minutes here that deals with how everyone is doing after the Thanos (Josh Brolin) snap, as you probably gleamed from the trailer. You have about six minutes before you need to be back in your seat for an Important Event, so pee fast.
After Important Event No. 1:
To be as vague as possible, when the team starts talking about quantum physics, you can skip the math lesson and hit the bathroom. You will miss some solid jokes, but nothing crucial to the understanding of the rest of the film. This is the longest time frame you have -- about 12 minutes -- so aim for this to get what you need to do done.
In the second half:
OK, maybe you thought you could make it through the entire film, but realize an hour in that you are going to have to pee at some point. Good news! You have one last opportunity. When the Avengers leave for the "missions" that Cap (Chris Evans) teases in the trailer, wait for the Nebula (Karen Gillan) section to kick off. You have approximately four to five minutes to go to the bathroom without missing anything crucial. Take any longer than that brief window and it will be at your own peril, though.
After that, the movie is pretty jam-packed with stuff you need to see. Die-hard fans will not want to move from their seats in the final two acts of the film.
Avengers: Endgame opens Friday, April 26, though you can see it in some theaters Thursday, April 25.
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