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Series: Chicago PD
Chicago PD is an NBC drama Spin-Off from Chicago Fire, airing in January 2014.

The series follows Chicago PD Sergeant Hank Voight and the Intelligence Unit, as they pursue the perpatrators of major street offenses.


This show provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Lindsay, of course.
  • Adult Fear: Antonio's worst fears come true at the end of the pilot, when his son Diego is kidnapped.
  • Anyone Can Die: Detective Julia Willhite is killed in the pilot. Detective Sheldon Jin is killed in the first season finale.
  • Asian and Nerdy: Downplayed with Jin. He's not especially nerdy, but he is the tech guy.
  • Bait and Switch: In "Chin Check," Antonio's wife Laura demands he bring his CI Jasmine (a prostitute) on a date with them. Both Antonio and Jasmine think Laura's there to confront Jasmine and stake her claim. Turns out, Laura just wanted to thank Jasmine for helping them find Diego in the previous episode.
  • Bilingual Bonus: So far, the Gratuitous Spanish has been unsubtitled.
  • Butt Monkey: Burgess for Platt, although the latter has shown her softer side from time to time, actually complimenting Burgess when she does well.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Olinsky sees that Ruzek is getting cocky over being assigned to Intelligence straight out of the academy. In order to fix that, Olinsky turns Ruzek over to Platt, who is more than delighted to have the rookie as a plaything. The desk sergeant proceeds to treat Ruzek worse than she normally treats Burgess and Atwater, which doesn't thrill Burgess because she's partnered with Ruzek for the day. Ruzek is suitably cowed by the end of the day and Olinsky takes him back as his partner.
  • Cowboy Cop: How Voight appears to run his Intelligence Unit, with them playing hard and fast with the rules.
  • Daddy's Girl: Although she's not his actual daughter, either biological or adopted, Lindsay and Voight have an incredibly close relationship. She always defends his actions, even when everyone else is against him, and he in turn tries to protect her physically in an often dangerous job.
  • Death Glare: Voight reserves his for whenever he's truly pissed and/or trying to break a particularly intransigent suspect. A mild version is enough to get a diplomat's bodyguards to give up their weapons.
    • Antonio has a fairly impressive one as well.
  • Dirty Cop: Voight is suspected of being this by a great many people, and may or may not be dirty. According to Chicago Fire, he's working deep undercover with Internal Affairs, and only appears to be dirty, although the reality becomes much murkier as Chicago PD develops.
  • Disposable FiancÚ: Ruzek's Wendy
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Lindsay (quite understandably, as she is the child of a junkie mother and a father serving life in prison)
  • Establishing Character Moment: In the first episode, Voight forces a beaten drug dealer to drive outside Chicago city limits, kicks his ass some more, gets him to give up his supplier, takes his money (four thousand dollars of it), and tells him that if he ever steps inside Chicago again, he'll kill him. Then, he leaves him a hundred bucks for bus fare.
  • Fair Cop: Pretty much everyone of course, but special mention should probably go to Detective Erin Lindsay, who's played by Sophia Bush.
  • Fatal Family Photo: Detective Julia Willhite is introduced carpooling with her husband and kids, and dies at the end of the pilot.
  • Guttural Growler: Voightnote .
  • If I Want Your Opinion: Voight, to pretty much everyone.
  • I'm Okay: Burgess, a physically small, female officer, claims to be just fine after sustaining a beating from a man who just beat the crap out of two of her male colleagues (one of whom was a former Army Ranger).
  • Internal Affairs: Frequent antagonists to Voight. Though Voight is implied to have genuinely been dirty in the past. In any case, both of them have total Jerkasses and slightly dirty themselves.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: With time running out to find Diego's kidnappers, Voight convinces Antonio to beat the truth out of a suspect.
    • Voight now uses this trope on a regular basis (though not Once an Episode).
  • Jerkass: Both the Internal Affairs officers.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Both Platt and Voight have shades of this. Both genuinely compliment good police work, and Voight has a protective streak for anyone in his unit.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Voight more or less makes a hobby out of this trope.
  • Ladykiller in Love: A gender flipped example-Platt finds herself smitten with Mouch from Chicago Fire.
  • Last Name Basis: Pretty much everyone, except for the cops' family members.
  • Local Hangout: Molly's, for this group as well as the folks in Chicago Fire
  • Longing Look: Halstead at Lindsay, especially after Voight catches on to their unspoken connection and forbids them to date
  • Missing Mom: When she was 15, Lindsay's drug-addicted mother simply didn't come home one night.
  • The Mole: Voight is convinced someone in his unit is a spy for Internal Affairs, and strongly suspects Sumner who IA placed in his unit. Its actually Jin.
  • My Sister Is Off Limits: Seeing their obvious attraction, Voight tells Halstead and Lindsay to stay away from one another. It's not that he really objects to the relationship in and of itself, but mainly just don't want romantic fallouts to get in the way of their focus on police matters.
    • Interestingly, he also claims to be doing it to look out for Halstead. Lindsay has left a trail of broken hearts behind her, and Voight can't have that screw up his unit.
  • My Way or the Highway: Voight, to pretty much everyone, pretty much all the time.
    • Slightly lampshaded in (approriately) "My Way." Voight comments that if Commander Perry ever actually compliments them, he'll take everyone out to karaoke. When asked what he'd sing, Voight replies "My Way."
  • Nepotism: Although Lindsay isn't Voight's biological daughter, he has raised her since age 16, making her addition to the elite unit he heads possibly a bit sketchy. However, the two have different last names, and never acknowledge any personal relationship within the precinct, although quite a few people have picked up on it.
  • Not Blood Siblings: Voight's son Justin has shown quite a bit of attraction toward Lindsay, kissing her on the mouth and showing jealousy at her perceived relationship with Halstead. Even though they aren't biological siblings, she was 16 when the Voights took her in, and Justin significantly younger, meaning he really should be thinking of her as a sister.
  • Oh Crap: Voight, when he realizes two of his detectives are walking right into the arms of El Pulpo.
  • One of the Boys: Lindsay, of course, having been raised by Voight alongside his son, then becoming a police officer.
  • Parental Substitute: Voight for Lindsay, after he took her in at age 16.
  • Papa Wolf: Voight, Olinsky AND Dawson, with their respective offspring.
    • Voight goes out of his way to terrorize people in an attempt to protect his son. But he comes to realize the the kid needs a form of discipline that he himself isn't willing dispense so he drives his son to a recruiting station to get him away from Chicago, its influences, and to get him away from a number of felony charges.
  • Playing Drunk: The cops - usually Lindsay - often pretend to be junkies looking for a high in order to have a reason to get into a drug dealer's place.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Throughout the first episode, Voight continually clashes with Violent Crimes, with their Lieutenant annoyed that Voight doesn't share information - to which Voight retorts that neither does Violent Crimes. Towards the end of the episode, Intelligence rolls up to an apartment where they believe a drug dealer is going to be killed... and Violent Crimes rolls up, telling Voight they're following up on the car belonging to some cartel hit-men, which was spotted at the apartment. It results in one Intelligence detective being shot in the neck, and pronounced on arrival.
  • Really Gets Around: Platt, if her stories about herself are to be believed. She's apparently been with dozens of men over the years, including a significant chunk of her class at the police academy.
  • Red Herring Mole: While Sumner was placed in the unit by IA, and is sleeping with the IA officer, she's not the Mole.
  • Returning The Handkerchief: Subverted hilariously by Lt. Kelly Severide, crossing over from Chicago Fire. Wanting to see Lindsay again but not having a reason once his police business concludes, Severide steals a paperweight from her desk, then shows up at her apartment, claiming it fell into his pocket.
  • Sex With The Ex: Halstead has an ex-girlfriend from high school with whom he's still on great terms, as well as with her parents. Whenever she's back in Chicago, they hook up.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Burgess in "Chin Check," going for a night on the town with her flight attendant friends. Lindsay, too, when heading out to her high school reunion.
  • Ship Tease: A little between Halstead and Lindsay. Also a little between Ruzek and Burgess.
  • Street Urchin: Lindsay, growing up with a junkie mother, until she meets Voight at age 15 and is taken in by him and his wife at age 16.
  • The Gunslinger: Voight, apropos because he's also a Cowboy Cop, will stomp up to a gun wielding perp and take them down. Sometimes he'll shout that he wants the perp alive before shooting to maim. The sound effect of his gun is even more booming (closer to a shotgun) than the other characters' guns.
    • Every character, except Platt (because she works the desk), has been shown firing their weapons. Not terribly surprising because Chicago currently leads the US in gun crimes.
  • The Verse: The show crossed over with Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, meaning that Chicago PD and Chicago Fire are set within the Tommy Westphall universe with Law & Order franchise, Homicide: Life on the Street, and so on.
  • What Could Have Been: The show had an entirely different cast and setting when it was being developed during Chicago Fire's first season. In fact, the only characters to make it to Chicago PD's first proper episode were Voight, Dawson, and Wilhite and Wilhite is immediately killed off.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Despite being fairly ruthless toward criminals (and most people in general), Voight actually has quite a soft spot toward kids, particularly ones in trouble. He took in the teenage daughter of a junkie and raised her as his own, and has throughout the years helped a variety of kids he's encountered through his police work.
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