Chicago PD Season 5 Episode 17 Review: Breaking Point

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You guys, Chicago PD Season 5 Episode 17 finally gave us an episode dedicated mostly to Olinsky. 

Seeing as we've gone through most of the season with him just sulking around and offering one-liners, this almost feels like a miracle. It's like the writers were saving the biggest story for the quietest character.

But unfortunately, Olinsky doesn't benefit much from his time in the spotlight.

What's Your Price - Chicago PD Season 5 Episode 17

In fact, this is one time where keeping his mouth shut and staying under the radar might be beneficial. 

Denny Woods has been chipping away at Voight for several episodes in hopes of finding something incriminating enough to take him down. 

Digging up Kevin Bingham's body on Chicago PD Season 5 Episode 13 was his version of striking gold. 

Yet, until he found Olinsky's hair on Bingham's body, he didn't have the necessary evidence to link the murder to Voight.

You can't convict someone on speculation. 

Voight: Everybody's got a breaking point, Al. No matter how strong you are.
Al: No, not everyone.

But Olinsky? That's one tough cookie to crack. He's Voight's most dedicated partner  one who never questions his motives and always has his back. 

Their bro-code is unlike anything we've ever seen before. 

And it's because they always do questionable, and often illegal, things together. That's just the name of the game.

It's also why we are as loyal to Olinsky as he is to Voight.

Upton: Hey, why do you think IAD picked up Olinsky?
Halstead: I don't know. With Olinsky, you may never know.

When Voight asked him "what's your price," I zoned in on that question for a second. 

Al's daughter passed away a few seasons ago, and his wife left him way before that. Usually, a family is a someone's biggest motivator, but if you don't have one, you have nothing to lose. 

And it seems like Woods didn't do his research thoroughly. As he was trying to crack Olinsky, he mentioned taking away his pension, which could be used for "a vacation in Florida with the family" during his retirement.

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Voight and Olinksy have been trying to get suspects to crack for decades. They know the key is finding a persons trigger, their weakness. You'd think Woods would be as well-versed in the tactics.

Outsmarting these two is going to be difficult, mainly because they know a thing or two about the system; they will always be a few steps ahead and have intel on the inside. 

Don't Crack  - Chicago PD Season 5 Episode 17

Take Ruzek for example. He could be an asset to Voight and Olinsky, but will he be able to assist now that it seems Woods doesn't trust him anymore? 

Olinsky basically admitted to being involved in the murder by refusing to talk, requesting a lawyer and then telling Woods that "he knows Voight" and that he wouldn't rat him out. 

In my opinion, Voight is Olinsky's only family. 

If it came down to it, he would take the fall for him in a heartbeat. 

The case-of-the-week, oddly enough, mimicked dealing with the same thing as Voight and Olinsky. 

Woods: See, you're protecting Voight because that's your code. But you're the last of a breed. Loyalty above all else. Let me ask you something. Do you think Voight would fall on his sword to protect you? Nah, he wouldn't.
Olinksy: I know Voight.
Woods: I do too.

There was a murder, one man was blatantly responsible, but the friend wouldn't crack and sell him out. 

During his speech to Keon, it seemed like Voight was inadvertently trying to advise Olinsky and see where his loyalty stands.

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In fact, between the two of them, Voight is the one with a weakness. He may not have his son anymore, but he still has something to lose; Erin. I love that even when she's "gone," she's still his top priority. 

Lindsay was apparently just as much involved in the Bingham murder as the other two were, and well, Voight would never let her go down for it. 

It's Not Worth It - Chicago PD Season 5 Episode 17

Since these story arcs span multiple seasons, I can't quite remember what makes Olinsky and Lindsay guilty. I know Voight shot Bingham right after Lindsay begged him not to, but did she help Al dispose of the body?

I was almost certain that Al would take the money from the stash house – at least the $100 thousand – and pay for a lawyer to secure his freedom. 

And I was even more surprised when Voight refused to lend him some cash. 

This, coming from a dude who always keeps a stash on-hand at home for "rainy days."

Am I the only one who doesn't believe he invested it all in his grandson's trust fund?

The Mole? - Chicago PD Season 5 Episode 17

You'd think if someone were taking the blame for you, you would at least dish them out some money for a lawyer. 

There are only a few select outcomes here: Olinsky takes the fall, he takes the fall and Voight finds a way to bail him out, or they find a way to get rid of the evidence and the witness, and the case disappears.

Personally, I don't want to see Olinsky go to prison, and I don't think Intelligence could function without Voight's no-bullshit leadership, so I would vote for the latter. 

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But there have to be consequences to actions, especially murder, and they've been getting away with too much as of late. Something was bound to catch up with them.

It would also solve one of PD's biggest problems  continuity. Something may be a huge issue one episode and then the next we act as if it never happened. It's frustrating because it seems like they never learn from their mistakes nor dp they pay for them.

Man, this isn't about yoga studios or condos or destroying black culture. We're standing in the middle of the heroin highway. This is about drugs.

Voight

If the series wants to find a basis in reality, then, unfortunately, someone needs to take the fall here. 

For the actual case of the murdered Alderman and his son, maybe if the mother had been as forthcoming about her knowledge of the projects and the dealings with the gangs, she could have saved her son's life. 

Instead, she blamed the police for not being devoted to black politicians and wound with both of her loved ones executed.

Make sure you watch Chicago PD online and comment your theories below! 

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Chicago PD Season 5 Episode 17 Quotes

Upton: Hey, why do you think IAD picked up Olinsky?
Halstead: I don't know. With Olinsky, you may never know.

Man, this isn't about yoga studios or condos or destroying black culture. We're standing in the middle of the heroin highway. This is about drugs.

Voight