About Last Night...CHICAGO MED, CHICAGO FIRE, CHICAGO P.D., and More - Give Me My Remote : Give Me My Remote


January 18, 2024 by  


CHICAGO P.D. — “Unpacking” Episode 11001– (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)

Let’s talk about Wednesday night’s TV!

CHICAGO MED: Okay, when I asked the showrunners about the insane medical cases this season…I did not anticipate an internal decapitation in episode 1! My goodness.

It’s crazy to think that going into the premiere Maggie and Ben were the longest-running couple currently on MED. Now, it’s…I guess Charles and Liliana?

Speaking of Charles, I’m really intrigued by how Ripley fits in the longer the season progresses. It makes sense he’s not thrilled with Charles and it makes sense Charles will, well, be hyperaware of how and why he knows Ripley. The dynamic means every single interaction has the potential to be juicy and layered, which is always fun to have in a show like this where the stakes are literally life and death.

It was nice that Archer, uh, tried to give away his son’s kidney (okay, in writing it looks terrible, but you know what I mean), but I’m glad Hannah got through to him. And Sean talking about finding the lost cat* for his friend and how that was the best day of his life up to this point? Ugh, I know stuff has to go wrong because it’s TV and, well, there’s going to be drama, but I hope things go as well as possible for Sean and Archer.

*Was I the only one irrationally worried where that story was going to go?

I CAN SEE YOUR VOICE: I’m really glad the contestants are playing it safe when they’re not sure-sure this season. Better to walk away with a nice bit of money rather than walk away empty-handed.

CHICAGO FIRE: Wow, the Gallo goodbye made me way more emotional than I expected. I was so worried that he was going to meet a tragic end—even though Violet losing another person she cared about that soon would have been cruel and Gallo has already survived too much—that when we found out he was leaving and basically already gone, I let out a sigh of relief. But, boy, they utilized that goodbye scene well. I will miss the Gallo/Ritter/Violet friendship a lot; they added so much to the series, and they worked so well as a core group. I got really emotional seeing what they clearly mean to each other on- and off-screen.

For as sudden as Gallo’s exit was, I really appreciate the audience and the characters know that Brett is on her way out. It’s for a happy reason! But it means they can start the process of saying goodbye versus it being sudden and sprung on them.

I’m absolutely delighted Mouch is okay—that one-two punch of him maybe being dead and the Brettsey proposal in the finale…ooh boy, that sure was a roller coaster—but, yeah, I’m officially worried about Herrmann.

Well, it certainly feels like Severide’s return—while a billion percent welcome; I’m so glad he’s back—is a ticking time bomb for drama with literally everyone he loves…

And that Boden speech? Man, I missed those. (And FIRE.)

[For more, here’s what showrunner Andrea Newman shared about the premiere.]

CHICAGO P.D.: There was a teeny tiny part of me holding on hope that the divorce was a fakeout, but the showrunner (very kindly) told me it was legit. Sigh. Look, logically, I get it: If Upton is sticking around the rest of the season–and we missed six months already—it makes sense she isn’t stuck in this limbo. If she and Halstead had reconciled off-screen, that would pose logistical issues and limit the stories they could tell with her in these final 13 episodes. Do I truly hope (and mostly expect) there to be a real reunion by the end of the season? Yeah. Heck, we saw it last season on MED with Manstead…not to mention it’s been done on many, many other shows.

Does it hurt in the meantime? Oh yes. Upton is spiraling. (Even if she says she’s not mad.) It’s clearly impacting her work—and, as she pointed out, she cannot be this kind of cop. It’s not good for society, it’s not good for her. I do hope she can work through things and stop pushing people away.

As much as I thought about what the six-month time jump would mean for the characters, I didn’t think about how it would allow the writers to really play into the long recovery time for Ruzek, but I love that. (In a “please don’t hurt this man anymore, but this could be interesting?!” kind of way.) Seeing him struggle to get back to work—and seeing how the unit (okay, Voight; poor Trudy trying to get an answer) worked without him—will be interesting. I’m glad he’s almost there, at least.

(Also, it hit me what the episode title meant later than it should, and oooooooh boy. Sigh.)

[For more, here’s what showrunner Gwen Sigan shared about the premiere.]

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