The Chicago Code

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Monday 9:00 PM Feb 07, 2011 on FOX



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • (Outside the hospital where Colvin and Betz were taken after the shooting, Isaac sees Vonda crying in her car. He opens the passenger door and gets inside.)

      Vonda: This is where they brought my father...where I said goodbye to him.

      Isaac: Vonda...don't be scared. I'm not going to let anything ever happen to you.

      Vonda: I'm not scared of anything happening to me, Isaac...I'm terrified that something's gonna happen to you.

    • Betz: (Voiceover) When Teresa Colvin found me, I was twelve years old and acting as a lookout for a couple of local dealers. She was starting a charter program that pulled me and some other kids off the street. She got onto me about my grades. She talked me into joining the P.D. and when I quit, 'cos I thought it was too hard, she found me and dragged my lazy ass back to the Academy.

    • Colvin: I'm putting together a good team. And your boy sniffed something up with Liam.

      Wysocki: Your boy Liam's getting sloppy.

      Colvin: Or your partner has better instincts thank you think.

      Wysocki: Too bad he's a Cub's fan.

    • (After they enter a suspect's house)

      Wysocki: It never ceases to amaze me how well crime pays.

      Evers: Should I get the evidence tech out here?

      Wysocki: No, I'm expecting visitors. (Turning to the TV) Always for the big TVs, these guys. Hey, find the remote. We'll see if the game's on.

      Evers: The game doesn't start 'til one-twenty.

      Wysocki: You mean the Cubs game right, 'cos the 'Sox don't play today?

      Evers: I grew up on the north side...

      Wysocki: I knew it! I knew it! You're a dirty, filthy liar! You're a Cubs fan! I could smell it on ya! You thought you'd weasel your way into my good graces, pretending to be a White Sox fan!

      Evers: What was I supposed to do?

    • (While on a stakeout in the car)

      Evers: Top ten album covers of all time. I'll start. Nirvana's Never Mind. Go.

      (Wysocki simply ignores him. The phone rings.)

      Wysocki: Yeah.

      Dina: It's me.

      Wysocki: You're on speaker.

      Dina: Who else is there?

      Evers: Caleb Evers, ma'am.

      Dina: Hi Caleb. I'm the ex-wife.

      Evers: I'm his soon-to-be ex-partner.

      Dina: Has he told you about his fiance yet?

      Wysocki: Dina, stop being such a redhead.

      Dina: Only twenty-seven years old. Don't you think that's a little young for Jarek, Caleb?

      Evers: (Shaking his head at Wysocki) seems a little young.

      Wysocki: What can I do for ya, Dina?

    • Vonda: (Voiceover) Uncle Jarek's the one who woke me up that night and told me my father had been killed. He hugged me and told me I was his responsibility now. He taught me how to knock down the seven-ten split. Then when I told him I wanted to enrol in the Academy, not only did he not stop me, I know he pulled strings to get me in early.

    • (After Evers and Betz are told to wait outside Alderman Gibbons office while Colvin and Wysocki go in)
      Evers: You the driver?
      Betz: Yeah.
      Evers: Me too...evidently. (The two of them shake hands) Caleb.
      Betz: Antonio. Nice to meet you.

    • (In Colvin's office)
      Colvin: A dozen citizen complaints in the last two years, a citation for misplacing your firearm...
      Worthen: And I eventually located my weapon. It turned out to be under the seat in my vehicle.
      Colvin: You've really built up quite the resume, Sergeant Worthen.
      Worthen: You don't judge a guy just by numbers. I've been a good cop a long time.
      Union Rep: According to union regulations, you don't have any cause to dismiss Sergeant Worthen. So if you're here to give him an official reprimand, then just give it.
      Colvin: Oh, you misunderstand. I'm here to promote Sergeant Worthen, to Commander. Of mops and brooms.
      Worthen: Pardon?
      Colvin: We have a supply closet downtown and recently some mops have gone missing. In your new position, you will report to that supply closet to ensure that no further cleaning equipment is stolen.
      Worthen: You're pulling me off the street?
      Colvin: Well, as your union rep points out, I can't fire you so...
      Worthen: I got fifteen years on you in this department...
      Union Rep: This isn't police policy.
      Colvin: It is now.
      Worthen:'re only coming after me?
      Colvin: You, and a hundred other oxygen thieves that make the rest of my ten thousand great cops look bad.
      Worthen: If you think you got questionable rank and file support now, lady, wait 'til I spread the word about this crap!
      Colvin: I am already starting to spread the word myself. After all, it isn't a deterrent as if other officers hear about it.
      Worthen: You smug little bitch! This is my life!
      Colvin: But it's my city now. And I can't take on the rest of it if I can't keep my own backyard clean.

    • Wysocki: I say the word 'institution', that's your que to come back out here and pull that fire alarm, you got it?
      Evers: Won't it spray ink?
      Wysocki: That's a wive's tale your middle school principle told you to keep you evil nincompeddles in line.

    • Wysocki: You know, I'm just a lowly homicide detective. I can't fix the city's plumming.
      Colvin: One toilet at a time, Detective.

    • (Upon arriving at the second crime scene)
      Detective: What are you doing in this part of town anyway?
      Wysocki: Teresa Colvin threw me into a detail.
      Detective: Oh yeah? What's that?
      Wysocki: I ride all around the city listening to the radio, I hijack any case I want for the primary.
      Detective: Since when is this?
      Wysocki: (To Evers) Hey, Ridgemont High, what time is it?
      Evers: (Looks at his watch) Eight twenty-two.
      Wysocki: (To Detective) New policy commenced eight twenty-one. Official notification. I'm taking over your case.
      Detective: That's ridiculous! The Prom Queen's given you that kind of juice?
      Wysocki: Teresa Colvin isn't a prom queen. She's a superintendent. With that kind of juice.

    • (Wysocki and Colvin are talking at the crime scene when Caleb walks up to them. He gestures for a hand shake with Wysocki)
      Evers: Detective Caleb Evers. My lieutenant just assigned me to ride with you.
      Wysocki: Cubs or 'Socks?
      Evers: White socks!
      (Wysocki decides to shake his hand)
      Colvin: Nice try, Jarek.
      Wysocki: (To Evers) Get the car.
      Evers: Where is it?
      Wysocki: You're the detective.

    • (After Colvin arrives at the crime scene)
      Colvin: Wysocki. Been looking for you.
      Wysocki: Welcome to my littering case.
      Colvin: Littering case? How's this not a murder?
      Wysocki: It's a misdemeanor murder we already solved from three days ago. Estaban Pierro gang hit on that salsa club.
      Colvin: (Smiling) Don't call it a misdemeanor murder.
      Wysocki: Well, a gang-banger kill another gang-banger, you didn't mind so much when you rode with me.
      Colvin: I'm not a beat copper anymore. So what is four-day-dead Estaban doing blocking traffic?
      Wysocki: Well, superintendent, the Black Lords crew that killed him last week, it seems, broke into the funeral home, dragged the body across the street, parked it, put another dozen bullets in him.
      Colvin: So it's really more of a parking violation than a littering beat?

    • Wysocki: (Voiceover) Teresa Colvin graduated first in her class and made detective faster than anyone in memory. From there, she moved into undercover work, which led to the biggest cocaine bust in Chicago's history. So they made her lieutenant, captain, then chief of detectives. And when the mayor's first choice for superintendent suffered a massive heart attack, she went in front of the Police Commission as a real longshot, a token candidate. But she won 'em over with her passion and bold ideas. When Teresa Colvin was my partner, she said in ten years she would be the city's first female superintendent. It only took her eight.

    • Officer: Hey Wysocki! Superintendent Colvin's looking for you.
      Wysocki: Yeah, well, let me know when she finds me.

    • Bill: You almost got me killed, you ass!
      Wysocki: Watch the language. We got women and children.
      Bill: I said, you almost got me killed.
      Wysocki: Yeah, you know, it's clear this partnership isn't going to work; we're just not a match. I'll let your lieutenant know to reassign you at our mutual request.
      Bill: After only one day? Screw you!
      Wysocki: I'm not gonna warn you about the profanity again! Kids are listening, now give me the keys to my car. (He hands over the keys and walks away) Appreciate the effort, Bill. Best of luck to you out there! Stay safe.

    • (Wysocki pulls up alongside Luis' car during a police pursuit. Luis points his gun at him through the window.)
      Wysocki: Yo, Luis, it's me!
      Luis: Wysocki?
      Wysocki: What ya doin' man? Ya gonna get your head shot off!
      Luis: I'm in a stolen ride, man! And I'm on parole.
      Wysocki: It don't have to be a life sentence, amigo. Nobody's shot yet. Just drop the gun.
      Luis: I'm thinking about going out in a blaze of glory, man! See those news choppers?
      Wysocki: What about your girlfriend, Luis?
      Luis: Mia?
      Wysocki: Yeah.
      Luis: She's pregnant. It's a boy!
      Wysocki: Yeah? No kidding! Where is she now?
      Luis: At the flower shop, working.
      Wysocki: Come on, man. Let's go and see her!
      Luis: Don't play games on me!
      Wysocki: I wouldn't do that to ya man. I want ya to hug her and kiss her goodbye before we take you in. You wanna kiss Mia goodbye, Luis? Wanna feel ya little man's kick? Drop the gun and follow us right there! (Luis looks unsure. The gun is shaking in his hand.) Come on, amigo. You trust me or you don't. (Luis drops the gun and both cars speed off to see Mia)

    • (After Colvin's chat with Alderman Gibbons)
      Colvin: He put me in this job because he thought I would be his puppet.
      Betz: So what do you do now?
      Colvin: Cut the strings. He made me superintendent because he doesn't think I'm capable of taking him on.
      Betz: Well, how can you without a task force?
      Colvin: (Smiling) Form an unnofficial one.

    • Colvin: (Voiceover) Driving through the city, it's easy to see the greatness of Chicago. But there's a history behind it, we've never been able to escape. Growing up, I've witnessed first-hand the effects of the 'Chicago way.' My dad had to pay off city inspectors for building code exemptions. He paid out precinct captains to get the trash collected on time. He paid off thugs...for protection. Until finally, there wasn't any money left. It broke my father's heart and cost my parents their marriage. It's taken more than thirty years since then but I'm finally in a position of power to do something about it.

    • Wysocki: If you can't love Chicago, you can't love anything. This city survived the Great Fire and ended up building the world's most beautiful skyline. Cause if there's one thing Chicago knows, it's how to punch back.

    • Gibbons: They say Chicago is the city that works. What some people never understand is, it works in a lot of different ways.

    • Wysocki: You know, when my father pinned the Chicago P.D. badge on me, he told me to shake hands with the good citizens of this city using a velvet glove, but keep a razor blade hidden between your fingers for the ones who forgot their manners.

    • Gibbons: You know why the same people get elected over and over again? It's because someone got the Fitzgerald family the zoning variance they needed. It's because someone got the Williams boy drag racing citation knocked down to a simple speeding ticket. Someone did that for them. And that someone was me.

    • Wysocki: You know what the problem with men is? If they can't eat it, drink it, snort it, smoke it, or pawn it, men will destroy it.

    • Wysocki: (about dead body) Well, neighborhood did say they wanted another speed bump.

    • Colvin: (to Evers) Congratulations! Wysocki's last three partners didn't make it past lunch.
      Wysocki: We haven't stopped for lunch yet.

  • Notes

    • Technical advisor John Folino goes through every interrogation scene with the cast prior to filming. He gets them to act out both the police and the criminal lines to gain more of an understanding for both, and points out what should and shouldn't be done in terms of actual police interrogation technique, bringing more realism to the show.

    • Prison Break connection: Philip Edward Van Lear (Ellis Hicks) and Christian Stolte (Sergeant Worthen) played Louis Patterson and Keith Stolte respectively. Numerous other Prison Break actors will go on to appear in other episodes of The Chicago Code.

    • Matt Lauria (Caleb Evers) initially had difficulty handcuffing people, often getting their shirt caught in the restraints. He eventually mastered the technique after working on it over the course of several episodes, and with the help of Detective John Folino from the Chicago P.D.

    • Being from Australia, Jason Clarke (Jarek Wysocki) had to work constantly to develop his Chicago accent for the part. He even had a dialogue coach who gave him different words to practice at a time.

    • Twelve precision drivers and six stunt drivers were used during filming of the car-chase scene.

    • Chicago Homicide Detective, John Folino, acts as technical advisor to the show and arranged for the cast to have ride-alongs with Chicago P.D. officers.

    • The police officers, seen in the background throughout the series, are real Chicago P.D. officers. They were included to give an extra level of realism and authenticity to the show.

    • Featured music:
      "Heartless" by Kanye West

    • The pilot episode uses a five second opening title as opposed to the thirty second opening titles seen from "Hog Butcher" onwards.

    • Devin Kelly (Vonda Wysocki) prepared for her role by speaking with young female police officers, going on ride-alongs and visiting a shooting range and the Cook County Morgue.

    • The original title of the show was Ride-Along but after audience research showed that most people weren't familiar with the term and thought it was suggestive of "just another cop show", creator Shawn Ryan decided to change it to The Chicago Code.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: February 7, 2011 on Global
      United Kingdom: May 12, 2011 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Czech Republic: February 10, 2012 on Prima COOL
      Slovakia: April 8, 2013 on JOJ Plus

  • Allusions

    • Evers: Top ten album covers of all time. I'll start. Nirvana's Never Mind. Go.

      Nirvana was an American rock band formed by Kurt Cobain and Kris Novoselic in 1987. Nevermind is the band's second studio album and was released in 1991. The cover shows a naked baby swimming towards a US dollar bill on a fishhook.

    • Wysocki: The only sane answer to your question is Audrey Hepburn. Any movie she was ever in.

      Audrey Hepburn (4 May 1929 – 20 January 1993) was a Golden Globe and BAFTA Award winning British actress, perhaps best known for her roles in War and Peace (1956), The Unforgiven (1960) and Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961).

    • Evers: For me, Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Phoebe Cates climbing out of that swimming pool, bikini top peeling off.

      Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) is an American teen comedy film starring Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Phoebe Cates, and is based on the 1981 book of the same name.