While The Chicago Code focuses on corruption and taking down Alderman Ronin Gibbons (Delroy Lindo), that doesn’t stop the show from turning away for that primary plot line every once in awhile. Granted, Superintendent Teresa Colvin (Jennifer Beals) and Detective Jarek Wysocki (Jason Clarke) thought their investigation into Antonio Betts’ death last week would lead to Gibbons in season one episode two “Hog Butcher.”
(The full episode of The Chicago Code “Hog Butcher,” which aired February 14th, is available in the left sidebar.)
This time the case didn’t lead to Gibbons. Rather, it led to resentment breeding among the police ranks. Teresa has made a lot of enemies already, and her cops aren’t happy. Last week, she pulled Sargeant Don Worthen (Christian Stolte) from the streets and ‘promoted’ him to Commander of mops and brooms. This humiliation led him to complaining to his cop buddies, who then took “justice” into their own hands, went after Teresa, and ended up killing Antonio.
Yet, The Chicago Code didn’t ignore their primary story line completely; The story of “Hog Butcher” wasn’t just some stand-alone case, like you find on so many other cop dramas.
Gibbons might not be at fault for Antonio’s death, but it doesn’t stop him from using that death to his advantage. He manipulates the situation, forcing Teresa to ask for his help–because of his status on the police oversight committee–so Antonio’s family receives his death benefits. Teresa does ask for Gibbons’ help, and that’s sure to have consequences down the road.
While Teresa is being backed into a corner, a variety of other storylines were set up, all thanks to the investigation into Antonio’s death. Officer Isaac Joiner (Todd Williams) and Officer Vonda Wysocki (Devin Kelley) decide to follow a lead, despite Jarek’s request that they don’t, mostly to protect Liam (Billy Lush), who is still undercover.
Yet follow that lead they do, resulting in a huge drug bust–the drugs were stuffed in hogs, hence the episode title. That collar gets Isaac, and in turn Vonda, an invite into the elite world of cops working in organized crime.
Then, there’s Jarek. He was the one to keep his cool in this episode, unlike Teresa, and he brilliantly played the role of Polish cop. He also showed another way The Chicago Code is different from other cop dramas, particularly CSI. He doesn’t rely on DNA evidence, knowing how long that would take. Rather, he sets up a sting operation, even if it means pissing off Teresa. That had to be one of the most realistic moments of the show.
That’s not all for Jarek. In the final moments of “Hog Butcher,” he gave himself yet another storyline. He’s still intent on finding the guy who killed his brother.
The Chicago Code is off to roaring start. Here’s hoping it can keep its momentum as all of these story lines continue to get underway.
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