CHICAGO P.D. Post-Mortem: Marina Squerciati on the Perfect Burzek Twist: 'I Couldn't Ask For Anything More' - Give Me My Remote : Give Me My Remote

CHICAGO P.D. Post-Mortem: Marina Squerciati on the Perfect Burzek Twist: ‘I Couldn’t Ask For Anything More’

January 31, 2024 by  

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CHICAGO P.D. — “Safe Harbor” Episode 11003 — Pictured: Marina Squerciati as Kim Burgess — (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)

[Warning: This post contains spoilers for the Wednesday, January 31 episode of CHICAGO P.D.]

A harrowing case for CHICAGO P.D.’s Burgess (Marina Squerciati) led to a surprisingly happy ending for the officer on the Wednesday, January 31 episode, “Safe Harbor.”

After surviving a drive-by shooting at a group of refugees and having to investigate and take down a fellow cop—who intentionally let a young woman die to protect his own secrets—she comes home to her family and decompresses with Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger).

Burgess notes the people she encountered want what they have (“Home. A family.”), she acknowledges, “And I know we fought like hell for it—”

“We bled for it, Kim,” Ruzek adds.

“I know, I know, I know,” she replies. “It just doesn’t seem fair.”

“No, I suppose not,” he answers.

But she has a request for her partner: “Promise me we’ll keep fighting for this,” she asks. “Because I need us, Adam. I need this family.”

He takes a beat before answering her: “Well, you know I will.”

“Yeah,” she says, visibly relieved.

He echoes her yeah, and gets up to grab something from the nightstand, noting, “I’ll keep fighting for it for the rest of my life.” 

“That’s nice,” she says.

“I was gonna do a whole thing here, but this seems better,” he says, showing her an engagement ring. “Let’s get married. Let’s make it forever.”

“Third time’s a charm, huh?” she jokes.

After he puts the ring on her finger, he checks in: “That feel good?” Ruzek asks.

“It’s perfect,” Burgess responds. 

The moment was a long time coming for the duo, who were previously engaged, and have had a rocky path back to this reunion. “I think I was just in awe of the scene that Scott Gold wrote,” Squerciati tells Give Me My Remote in the video below. “It’s so perfect. It’s so simple and beautiful. Let’s do this forever—I couldn’t ask for anything more. Maybe you ask anyone, ‘What do you want your proposal to be?’ [And] they don’t imagine pajamas on the side of a bed after a murder, but it was perfect.”

But will there actually be a wedding? “You know, I know the fans probably want to see that. Who doesn’t? But I don’t think they need it,” she says. “I just think she’s like, ‘I need you to commit to this.’ And he’s like, ‘I’m committed.’ And I think they’re good. I think that they’re just great now.”

Which also means don’t expect the rest of their squad to make a big deal about the engagement…in part because they may not know.  “We’ve filmed two episodes since and no one’s asked me about it,” Squerciati says with a laugh. “I mean, I guess I don’t have a ton of close friends in the team. You’d think that Voight would send me flowers? But no, I got nothing.”

“I asked, I am not wearing my ring on the job,” she continues. “So I don’t know. Maybe we’re not telling people…I like to think we’re not telling people over the fact that everyone’s ignoring it.”

Or, the actress jokes, maybe they know and have their own plan for the happy couple. “I kind of think Voight has this killer surprise [engagement] party [planned] for her,” Squerciati jokes. “I’m not worried. Voight always comes through.” 

Though the duo are raising a child together and were fully in—even living together—the step still feels big. “I don’t think it’s another day,” Squerciati says. “When she comes in and she’s like, ‘I need this, I need this family.’… There’s a real migrant crisis in Chicago. There’s a lot of media just dehumanizing people needing homes and shelter and safety. And she sees that. She sees that what everyone’s really looking for is a home, a rock and that’s what she wants.”

And viewers have gotten to see a bit of that home life in the past few episodes, something the actors have been enjoying, too. “I think Paddy and I, it’s our favorite thing to do,” Squerciati  says. “At the end of the day, when you film one of those scenes, you’re like, ‘Yeah, I did a job today. It was fun.’ It’s like candy to us. It’s so great to do and explore.”

After such turmoil to get here—and after everything they’ve been through—Squerciati’s hope for the couple going forward is simple: “Stability, right?” she says. “Just sort of a silent relying on [each other], without even talking. Like what that first scene [is, of them getting ready for their day,] that sort of dance of not even needing to tell you…you know what I’m gonna do before I do it. And I think that’s a nice thing to see.”

Plus, watch the video to hear what Squerciati thought about Burgess’ big professional gamble…


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