Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers for the March 14th episode of The Chicago Code.
The main corruption storyline involving Alderman Gibbons took a backseat in this week’s episode of The Chicago Code, and the alderman and Chicago PD mole Liam weren’t anywhere to be seen. (Don’t worry, next week’s “Blackhand and the Shotgun Man” looks to feature both prominently.) That being said, there was still plenty of corruption for Wysocki and Evers to tackle, and we still wound up with a pretty great episode.
There was really only one main story this week, with a couple smaller plot threads. The brunt of the episode revolved around Wysocki’s investigation into a suspected whorehouse, prompted by the overdosing of a college student.
When the student overdosed and slipped into a coma, his parents, prominent Chicago philanthropists, contacted Superintendent Colvin for help. Because Colvin has been stymied by the mayor’s office in her endeavor to secure longer lasting radios for her officers, she feels that if she can bring in the dealer who sold the drugs to the couple’s son, she might find herself the recipient of a generous donation. (She winds up getting the funds by blackmailing the mayor’s chief of staff instead.)
Wysocki doesn’t like the idea of doing a favor for members of the “elite,” but when his investigation turns up the comatose student’s girlfriend dead in her boyfriend’s car, that changes things.
Wysocki and Evers figure out that the student’s girlfriend worked in what amounted to a whorehouse, and what’s more is that she “serviced” her boyfriend’s father, albeit before the two met. The father was apparently none too pleased at the prospect of having a woman of her stature entering his family, so he tried to pay the girlfriend to leave, but she wouldn’t bite.
After a clever ruse by Colvin and Wysocki to shut down the whorehouse, a ruse necessary due to the influence of many of the house’s more powerful clients, the team discovers that the girlfriend’s roommate also works at the whorehouse. Though she willingly gives up the drug dealer who sold to the student, she was paid off by the father in order to protect the fact that he made use of the house’s services.
The roommate tells the detectives that the boyfriend was often abusive and that he was likely the one that killed his girlfriend. The obviousness of the lie infuriates Evers and shows that the student’s father would rather see his son take the wrap for murder than to have his dirty secrets exposed.
When the previous leads fail to pan out, Wysocki gets a lucky break from a traffic camera. The drug dealer they picked up was caught driving the student’s car with the dead girlfriend in the backseat. When the detectives show him the photo he confesses that when he sold the student the drugs he did a little too much, and being high himself he freaked out when the student collapsed. He went off on the girlfriend, accidentally killing her. Slightly anticlimactic to be sure, but the rest of the investigation had some nice twists and turns to it.
This episode also appears to have aired slightly out of order, so we belatedly saw some more development of the partnership between Wysocki and Evers, with Evers learning about Wysocki’s affair with his ex-wife, and Wysocki looking into Evers’s confidential personnel file, learning that he’s a college boy and has applied to the FBI. Jarek once again asks Colvin for a new partner, but she brushes off the request.
We also see Vonda and Isaac’s first day on the job with the organized crime unit, and Vonda solidifies her place on the team when she covers for the Moose who forgot to properly frisk a suspect, resulting in Isaac and Vonda almost being shot as they were transporting the suspect back to the station.
Not a major episode, but it was enjoyable, and it showed that the series doesn’t need to rely on Gibbons every week to have a compelling case, as well as that the alderman isn’t the only source of corruption in Chicago. It was also interesting to see how Colvin and Wysocki play the political games necessary to get by in the city, and it’s great to see how much they enjoy sticking it to the man.
Next week seems like a much heavier episode, with Liam’s undercover work coming to a breaking point. Tune in to see if he can handle the pressure.
The Chicago Code airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on Boston’s FOX 25.