Chicago PD season 5 episode 15 was an episode that did some of what this series does best: Ask extremely tough questions when it comes to some of the key characters. For Kim Burgess in particular, she found herself wondering just what justice really was.
If you think back to last season of the show, Burgess saw her sister become a victim of sexual assault in what was one of the more horrifying cases at that time. While she did eventually figure out a way to get justice for her while undercover, was that enough? Did the rapists deserve more? There was a conversation between Kim and Upton in this episode that was incredibly powerful, one where she expressed frustration that the rapists for her sister could be out in a year, while her sister was still struggling in the aftermath of just what transpired with her.
At the heart of this episode was a mystery in which there was someone killing rapists and, of course, the team was tasked with getting answers. When it comes to the procedure of solving this said case, it did feel very much like vintage Chicago PD — there were some twists and turns along the way and much of the case culminated with a stakeout and an undercover mission gone awry. Basically, Intelligence ended up unleashing a vigilante on a rapist by giving them a wire and putting them in a position where they could draw said rapist out.
In the aftermath of the case Burgess made a confession to Voight — she could have done something to stop the death from happening but she didn’t. As a matter of fact, she actually wanted the end result to happen. It made her feel more like there was a sense of justice that she didn’t have. This entire episode probably brought Burgess to the darkest place that we’ve seen her, and it’s also not like someone really pushed her away from that line of thinking at the end of the hour. As a matter of fact, Voight agreed with her that Chicago was better with the rapist dead and she should just let it go.
Yet, Burgess is not Voight. This will eat at her. You saw this in Marina Squerciati’s eyes the moment she walked away from Voight before the credits rolled.
As powerful and morally conflicted as “Sisterhood” was, there were probably opportunities to do a little bit more here with the aftermath of the case — unfortunately, the producers just ran out of time since they were trying to throw so much content before that. Nonetheless, this is not meant to take away from what was a fantastic episode the rest of the way, one fronted by stellar performances and some super-intense drama.
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