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Chicago PD Review – Lies (9×11)

Things get so messy when you choose to lie.

Atwater learned that the hard way when his lies began to catch up with him on Chicago PD Season 9 Episode 11.

While lying to a CI is significantly less harmful than lying to your significant other, both outcomes resulted in a pretty terrible, no good, very bad day for Atwater. 

And that’s honestly what sucks. Atwater is such a good guy that wants to be the positive amid a corrupt system, so it’s unfair for him to have such terrible luck both professionally and personally. 

The thing about lying is that it’s so to get caught up or lose sight of what lie you’re telling. 

In Atwater’s case, it meant that he couldn’t do his job to the best of his ability, which also hindered the case of the week. 

Atwater was working a man named Jimmy in order to get close to Tovar, whose tainted product was killing people all around the CI. 

Since Jimmy had no idea Atwater was using him the whole time, it was heartbreaking to see the reality set it. 

He thought they were really friends, and the betrayal really devastated him.

While he agreed to be a CI, he definitely didn’t trust Atwater, and the whole thing kind of backfired for Intelligence. 

They lost sight of Jimmy, they couldn’t strike up a deal with Tovar, and more and more people began dying. 

CHICAGO P.D. — “Lies” Episode 911 — Pictured: LaRoyce Hawkins as Kevin Atwater — (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)

Things took a turn for the worst when Voight used his CI, Anna (you have to love the continuity this season!), to locate Jimmy and found out that he stole 75k from Tovar and had a bounty on his head. 

When it comes to messy cases, this one definitely takes the cake. 

Tovar was jipped by one of his own, so naturally, he took it out on Jimmy’s brother, Nando, a kid trying to make a name for himself in the wrestling world. 

Nando may have been a D-list player, but I let out a huge sigh of relief when they got the call from Med that he pulled through. Nando was just an innocent kid with a dream that was swept up in this whole mess.

Of course, that set off Jimmy, who pursued Tovar. 

When Atwater finally found him, Jimmy had Tovar on his knees with a gun to his head. Despite Atwater’s pleas to turn his life around, Jimmy made the decision to shoot Tovar point-blank.

There’s no denying it — it was murder! 

He then had the audacity to ask Atwater to lie “one more time” and say that it was self-defense. 

While Atwater definitely felt bad about lying to Jimmy and betraying his trust, there was absolutely no logical reason why Atwater would put his career on the line for someone as unreliable as Jimmy. 

The kid couldn’t even deliver on being a CI — why would Atwater protect him after he did the very thing he warned him not to do?

There are so many things that you can bounce back from, but murder is not one of them. 

There’s no denying that Jimmy took a very bad man off the streets — a man who was indirectly killing people left and right — but it wasn’t his call to make. The justice system would’ve taken care of it, while Jimmy would’ve walked after a few years in prison. 

The situation could’ve ended so differently, but we’re all tied to the choices we make. 

And we all pay the consequences. 

Jimmy did, and now it was Atwater’s turn. 

He confided in Burgess that he had been seeing Celeste and lying to her about his profession. I truly hate that Atwater is so embarrassed to be a cop because, in a profession riddled with bad seeds and bad apples, he’s one of the good ones. 

That has to count for something. That’s something to be damn proud of. 

Lying to Celeste spiraled out of control, and Atwater knew that if he came clean, it would be the end of their relationship. 

In fact, that’s the reason why he lied in the first place.

However, upon hearing the truth, Celeste was more upset about the lie than the fact that he was a cop, which I don’t think Atwater anticipated. 

She assured Atwater that she hates the police system, not necessarily the cops in it, but for Atwater, it’s one and the same. 

It’s unfair that Celeste says with certainty that she would’ve accepted Atwater when that might not have been the case. She was very adamant about her distaste for cops, so Atwater’s fears were valid. 

But he should’ve trusted that their relationship was stronger than that. They were both wrong. 

Sadly, Celeste didn’t see a way to move forward. She told Atwater that he had to leave her apartment and seemingly ended things between them. 

It’s a huge bummer because Atwater, of all people, deserves to be happy. And he deserves to be proud of the real change he’s invoking in the city. 

Maybe Celeste will come around, but it definitely feels like the end of a chapter for Atwater. 

CHICAGO P.D. — “Lies” Episode 911 — Pictured: (l-r) Patrick John Flueger as Adam Ruzek, Marina Squerciati as Kim Burgess — (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)

My hope is that one day, he’ll find the person that loves every single part of him. 

I mentioned that the continuity this season has been very impressive, and that extends to the Ruzek, Burgess, and Makayla storyline. 

The midseason premiere episode ended on a bit of a jaw-dropping reveal that a relative of Makayla’s wanted to adopt her. 

That’s a soul-crushing situation to find yourself in, so I’m glad the series touched on it if ever so briefly to remind audiences that yes, Burgess and Ruzek are very much affected by this development even if it isn’t the priority for this week’s episode. 

What did you think of the episode? Does Atwater deserve better? Did he do right by Celeste? Was he right in telling the truth when Voight asked about what happened with Jimmy?

Also, I can’t wait to see him start working on that tenant property in Burnside so that he can make a real difference in the community! It’s such a great storyline for Atwater! 

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Things get so messy when you choose to lie. Atwater learned that the hard way when his lies began to catch up with him on Chicago PD Season 9 Episode 11. While lying to a CI is significantly less harmful than lying to your significant other, both outcomes resulted in a pretty terrible, no good,
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