The Worst Episodes of Chicago P.D.: When the Plot Went Off the Rails.

Hey there fellow TV lovers! As a self-proclaimed Chicago P.D. addict, I’ve spent countless hours glued to my screen, eagerly following the twists and turns of the Windy City’s finest. But let’s be real, not every episode can be a winner. Whether it’s a lackluster plotline, cringe-worthy dialogue, or just a plain old dud, every show has its missteps. So, I’ve decided to take one for the team and dive into the worst of the worst. From the eye-roll inducing to the downright painful, here are the Chicago P.D. episodes that left me wishing I could hit the rewind button. Get ready to cringe, laugh, and maybe even shed a tear (for all the wrong reasons).
Center Mass

Center Mass

Season 7 – Episode 14

Air Date: 2020-02-12

A homeless man’s murder leads Intelligence to a criminal who has evaded capture for years. Rojas has a troubling experience with a young mentally ill man.

Now is Always Temporary

Now is Always Temporary

Season 1 – Episode 4

Air Date: 2014-01-29

More is learned about Halstead’s dislike of the Rodiger family and it’s family relationships all around as Olinsky shows a paternal side with his daughter Lexi in an attempt to protect her and as Voight’s trying to help his son who has recently been released from jail. Meanwhile the Intelligence Unit investigates a counterfeiting operation after discovering some high end cloth-like paper. Sergeant Platt sends Atwater and Burgess to arrest a hoarder where they discover more than just clutter.

Chin Check

Chin Check

Season 1 – Episode 3

Air Date: 2014-01-22

Voight and team head to a house that’s been associated with a number of top gangs. Events at the search result in Ruzek, being encouraged to seek some counseling which may have lasting repercussions professionally and personally. Meanwhile Halstead’s temper rises when he comes in contact with some unwelcomed people from his past.

Fighting Ghosts

Fighting Ghosts

Season 8 – Episode 1

Air Date: 2020-11-11

The team responds to the shooting of a 5-year-old girl and must work the case while facing new obstacles that come from the heightened attention on police reform. Atwater is targeted by a group of officers who want to hurt him for standing against the blue wall. Voight questions whether he’s cut out for a new form of policing as he manages oversight from the CPD’s deputy superintendent.

Endings (III)

Endings (III)

Season 6 – Episode 2

Air Date: 2018-10-03

After discovering the true cause of the high-rise fire, Intelligence races to find the man responsible. And for Halstead, it’s personal. The crossover starts on Chicago Fire S07E02 Going to War (I) and Chicago Med S04E02 When to Let Go (II).

Wrong Side of The Bars

Wrong Side of The Bars

Season 1 – Episode 2

Air Date: 2014-01-15

Antonio’s son was kidnapped and he has a feeling the Columbian drug gang is to blame. Pulpo, the Columbian gang leader, is being held in jail and suggests his release may trigger the release of Diego. During the investigation, Halstead learns some new information about Lindsay. Voight offers Antonio a new approach to get information on Diego’s whereabouts.

Ghosts

Ghosts

Season 5 – Episode 18

Air Date: 2018-03-21

Upton brings back an old undercover identity to help take down a meth ring spearheaded by a former criminal contact. And with pressure from Woods mounting, Voight calls in a favor for Olinksy.

Trouble Dolls

Trouble Dolls

Season 8 – Episode 13

Air Date: 2021-05-05

The shocking murder of a young pregnant woman leads the team on a desperate hunt for the killer, revealing something even darker than expected. Burgess has to make a tough decision about Makayla.

Closer

Closer

Season 9 – Episode 16

Air Date: 2022-03-16

When a young man is shot outside the Cárabo Bakery, the team works to connect the shooting to bakery owner Javier Escano, who has been under surveillance. Despite the increasing danger, Voight helps informant Anna Avalos get even closer to their target.

Trapped

Trapped

Season 10 – Episode 14

Air Date: 2023-02-22

After a brutal shooting, Burgess and Ruzek find themselves trapped aboard the busy “L” subway. As they piece together scant evidence, the team is drawn into a dark family drama.

Out of the Depths

Out of the Depths

Season 10 – Episode 17

Air Date: 2023-03-29

As the team investigates a convenience store robbery, the evidence leads them to an unusual pair of suspects, revealing a dark personal drama and another potential victim. Burgess slowly makes strides tackling her past trauma.

You Only Die Twice

You Only Die Twice

Season 10 – Episode 18

Air Date: 2023-04-05

A tragic crime leads the team closer to the Beck family and their deadly ideology. Ruzek makes progress infiltrating the Becks, earning Samantha and Richard’s trust with a bold move.

New Life

New Life

Season 10 – Episode 21

Air Date: 2023-05-17

Torres finds himself in the midst of a murder case that hits close to home and threatens to expose his troubled past. As he struggles to reconcile his old life with his new one, Voight keeps a watchful eye.

Thirty Balloons

Thirty Balloons

Season 1 – Episode 5

Air Date: 2014-02-05

Atwater and Burgess are given a new patrol car, but are challenged with keeping it brand new. A run in with a psychotic woman leads the Intelligence Unit to discover a drug smuggling operation which has put several girl’s lives in peril. Voight’s overprotective act with Lindsay leads her right where he doesn’t want as she also helps to keep Justin out of trouble. Meanwhile on stakeout, things get tense between Olinsky and Ruzek as Olinski tries to teach him the finer points of surveillance.

Stepping Stone

Stepping Stone

Season 1 – Episode 1

Air Date: 2014-01-08

After a slew of brutal slayings, District 21, led by Sergeant Hank Voight go after a Columbian drug cartel cleaning house in Chicago. They discover D’Anthony who proves to be an asset in the investigation. At District, complicated histories and unit rivalries surface which could end up costing them one of their own. Meanwhile, Rookie Kyle Ruzek is pulled from the police academy by Olinski to join the team.

Forget My Name

Forget My Name

Season 3 – Episode 8

Air Date: 2015-11-11

The team discovers the mutilated body of a government official while responding to an informant’s tip about an upcoming drug trade. Meanwhile, Burgess helps plan a surprise for Platt.

Justice

Justice

Season 3 – Episode 21

Air Date: 2016-05-11

Burgess gives chase after Roman is wounded by a hooded perp who opened fire on their patrol car and shoots who she thinks is the suspect, but no gun is found at the scene—and the person she shot is a 17-year-old honor student.

Don't Read the News

Don’t Read the News

Season 4 – Episode 10

Air Date: 2017-01-04

After the body of young woman is found with multiple gunshot wounds, Intelligence uncovers details of her case that are similar to other deaths. They work to link all of these murders together to pin down the serial killer, and appease the families of the victims who have been looking for answers.

Outrage

Outrage

Season 6 – Episode 12

Air Date: 2019-01-23

While chasing a heroin supplier, CPD crosses paths with a convicted criminal recently released on a technicality. Halstead’s history with the man threatens the team’s ability to put him back in prison.

Burden of Truth (II)

Burden of Truth (II)

Season 7 – Episode 15

Air Date: 2020-02-26

Intelligence searches for the dealer who caused multiple overdoses and is connected to Roman’s missing sister. The case becomes a homicide investigation when they find the dealer’s dead body. The crossover starts on Chicago Fire S08E15 Off the Grid (I).