The Chicago Code

Season 1 Episode 9

St. Valentine's Day Massacre

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Apr 18, 2011 on FOX
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After five people are shot in Lincoln Park, the mayor blames Colvin for her lack of police work. Colvin puts Wysocki and Evers on the case to put her image to the public in a better light. Also, Isaac and Vonda are asked to look into an old domestic-abuse case.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • The Chicago Code just keeps getting better!

    10
    Just thought I'd chime in and do a follow up review on one of the best, if not THE best crime - police dramas since N.Y.P.D. Blue. The Chicago Code shows no sign whatsoever of slowing down...it just keeps on getting better and better! I thought I'd picked a winner when I initially reviewed the premier episode, and in my opinion, I sure wasn't wrong. The chemistry between the characters just keeps getting stronger and stronger and the script writing and the acting involved is still consistantly excellent. I just love this show, and as far as I'm concerned, it really is the best thing to hit the airwaves since N.Y.P.D. Blue bowed out and left the scene. I'm still an addict!moreless
  • interesting plot

    9.5
    The plot is getting thicker. It is true that when change happens there are always those who are not happy and will cause a lot of trouble. When Colvin came in as Superintendent, she began cleaning her own backyard and stepped on toes.. and in doing so, there are those who are try anything to discredit her and get her out of the position. To add to her problems, other police are also being harrassed - but on the positive note, it is good to see loyal people too like Wysoki and Evers and the new body guard / driver. It's true - the episode is getting better.moreless
  • Good to see John Heard - although much too briefly...

    6.5
    Show seems to be losing its way a bit - started out interesting because of the battle between Colvin and Alderman Gibbons. His ties to organized crime, in particular, might have created truly engaging scenarios. Throw in the cop undercover and this could have been an edgy drama. Instead its' become all Wysocki, all the time - quite frankly he's not that good, although possessing boatloads of swagger. Caleb seems way too timid to be his, or anyone elses' partner. Perhaps they should concentrate on Isaac, the only character who seems realistic. And definitely bring in more Gibbons - if this show is to survive, it will have to break from the mold - and do something different.moreless
Jason Clarke

Jason Clarke

Detective Jarek Wysocki

Jennifer Beals

Jennifer Beals

Superintendent of Police Teresa Colvin

Matt Lauria

Matt Lauria

Detective Caleb Evers

Devin Kelley

Devin Kelley

Vonda Wysocki

Todd Williams

Todd Williams

Isaac Joiner

Billy Lush

Billy Lush

Liam Hennessey

Matt DeCaro

Matt DeCaro

Walt Kerby

Guest Star

Aldis Hodge

Aldis Hodge

Deon Lucket

Guest Star

Cathy Cahlin Ryan

Cathy Cahlin Ryan

Anna Chase

Guest Star

Patrick Gough

Patrick Gough

Will Gainey

Recurring Role

Brad William Henke

Brad William Henke

Ernie Moosekian

Recurring Role

Cynthia Kaye McWilliams

Cynthia Kaye McWilliams

Lilly Beauchamp

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • This episode establishes there being an "Alderman Smith" on the Chicago City Council. At the time this episode aired, there was only one Alderman Smith and she was female (full name, Mary Ann Smith).

    • The voice of the disgruntled police officer who calls into the radio show is actually Chicago P.D. Homicide Detective John Folino's, who also works as the shows technical advisor.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • (After the FOP vote, Colvin is walking down the street with Wysocki)
      Wysocki: I knew you'd win.
      Colvin: What have I won? I've got a mayor that doesn't back me and forty six percent of the department has no confidence in me.
      Wysocki: There's fifty four percent that does. Besides, you always liked fighting as the underdog.
      Colvin: There's so much to do.
      Wysocki: And you'll get it done, you will. Trust me. You're still the best partner I ever had.
      Colvin: I know. That's why you had to break us up, to stop making you look so bad! (Wysocki laughs) No, really, what'd I do?
      Wysocki: You're still sore about that, huh?
      Colvin: No.
      Wysocki: Didn't do your career any harm.
      Colvin: No. No, really. If I was the best partner you ever had, then why'd you kick me to the curb?
      Wysocki: The truth?
      Colvin: Yeah.
      Wysocki: The whole truth?
      Colvin: Please.
      Wysocki: I spent so much time fending off your come-ons that I wasn't solving any crimes. (Colvin laughs at his statement) Yeah, I thought the city was gonna arrest me for stealing from them. What?
      Colvin: You know, offering to do paper work, is not a come-on. Just so you know. And if that is your analysis, you're not half the detective I thought you were.
      Wysocki: Oh!
      Colvin: You know, I should probably just bust you back down to beat copper, except you'd probably like it too much.
      (They step back into a waiting car)
      Wysocki: You're getting the first round!

    • (Colvin is speaking at the FOP meeting)
      Colvin: I'd like to thank President Kirby for calving out the time for me to speak to you tonight. Appreciate it. I promise I'll make it brief. Please pardon my voice. It's been a long day. Tonight, we arrested the four gang members responsible for the Lincoln Park massacre. When I say 'we', this is something we have accomplished as a community. And I know that, as a community, we're more than just our star numbers and our ranks, we're mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, sons and daughters. We're human. And this job, takes it's toll. I get that. We all have gripes. I have my own. There's not enough man power, we need new equipment, we need safer vehicles, and I promise I will address all of these issues in time. But all of the personnel and technology in the world, will not prevent crime from happening. That is where we come in. And we need to use the most powerful weapon in our arsenal. And you know what that is? That's giving a damn. It is us to take back this city and remind the criminals who is in charge. (Colvin pauses. There are some murmurs in the audience) You know, when I first became a cop, I thought it was the greatest job in the world. Because I could keep people safe. Not just civilians, but my fellow officers. And that hasn't changed. You know, as I look around this room, I recognise faces from when I was a rookie, and back then, we swore we would take care of each other, that we would have each others backs. Well, I still have your back. I do. And I am just asking you, to please have mine. Thank you for your time.

    • (Vonda is being questioned for Isaac's assault case)
      Chase: So you didn't actually see the altercation which resulted in Mr Molaro's injuries?
      Vonda: He was resisting arrest!
      Chase: Were you in the room at the time of the assault?
      Vonda: I was in the room next to him. The door was open. I could hear the whole thing.
      Chase: But you didn't see it?
      Vonda: I was there. I could feel the whole thing happening.
      Chase: So you can feel events even though you don't see them? I didn't realise you were blessed with such skills. Tell me officer, can you feel what I'm thinking right now?
      Vonda: Feels to me like you're a smug bitch!
      Eschelman: Officer.
      Chase: For the record, she's half right.

    • Wysocki: Tell me, why am I fighting harder to save your job than you?
      Colvin: I don't know, but I'm touched.
      Wysocki: It's not joke. OK? That vote is gonna go against you, and that mayor is gonna use it to get rid of you. And that is a fact.
      Colvin: And you don't want that to happen?
      Wysocki: No I don't. Fine, you want me to say it? I'll say it. I respect what you're doing in the job, I do.
      Colvin: Thank you.
      Wysocki: Please, please. Do me a favor. Let's declare victory before your FOP meeting.
      Colvin: Look, I want my job, alright? But I want justice here too.
      Wysocki: We can have both!
      Colvin: Right! Justice first and then my job.

    • (Wysocki and Evers are driving through the city)
      Wysocki: I mean did you say anything about the Superintendent thing, or what?
      Evers: You want me to share my feelings? That's a first.
      Wysocki: I'm serious. When DVS comes a knocking, what ya gonna say?
      Evers: Still thinking about it.
      Wysocki: So, what, you don't think she's up to the job?
      Evers: No, but, if she's lost the backing of the Mayor, she's not gonna be able to get the resources that we need, or if, er...or other different problems. (Wysocki quickly pulls the car over) Woh!
      Wysocki: Get out.
      Evers: What?
      Wysocki: Yeah, that badge works on the bus. Use it. Get out.
      Evers: You didn't let me finish. What I was going to say was, that if those things were going to be a problem, they need to be fixed. She's definitely the person to fix those problems. She's got my vote.
      (Wysocki starts the car back up and drives off)

    • (The president of the FOP, Walt Kerby, arrives at Colvin's office, at her request)
      Colvin:Thank you for coming.
      Kerby: Can't say I was surprised to get your call.
      Colvin: Why are you doing this?
      Kerby: That guy who called in the radio show speaks for most of us. We've got no faith in you. You've had eight months. Nothing's changed.
      Colvin: I am fighting with the City Council and the Mayor's office every day to get everything this department needs. Everyday I get better at fighting. You wanna start over with someone new?
      Kerby: Look, a lot of coppers just plain don't like you.
      Colvin: Why? Because I'm a woman or because I got the position too quickly?
      Kerby: The members wanna vote.
      Colvin: And who gets to speak for me?
      Kerby: What do you mean?
      Colvin: Most of the reps voting have never even met me. Let me speak to them at the meeting before the vote.
      Kerby: I got no problem with a woman being top dog. But if the rank and file don't want ya, if the Mayor doesn't want ya...
      Colvin: Let me talk to them.

    • (In Colvin's office)
      Bidwell: You wanted to know the name of that anonymous caller?
      Colvin: You have it?
      Bidwell: Well, I got it narrowed down. A couple of things the guy said on that radio show. Been on the force for fifteen years, commanders have been benched...but before I make any direct enquiries, may I make a suggestion?
      Colvin: Hmm....
      Bidwell: Tell me not to.
      Colvin: I beg your pardon?
      Bidwell: Well, as soon as I start asking questions, people are gonna know.
      Colvin: Look, I'm not gonna punish him. I just wanna speak to the man.
      Bidwell: You sure you don't wanna pick a fight? 'Cos that's what people are going to think. And someone in your position, taking on a beat copper, can only diminish you...and er...this office.
      Colvin: And how many cops do you think he speaks for?
      Bidwell: Not half.
      Colvin: Well, why don't I pick a fight with someone who does. Let's get Walt Kerby, president of the Fraternal Order of Police down here.

    • (In Colvin's office, Wysocki tries to convince Colvin to personally transport Wayne Luckett from Cook County Jail so as to increase her reputation in time for the union vote.)
      Wysocki: But if it goes against you, the Mayor's got the cover to can you.
      Colvin: Look, the only thing I can control is doing my job.
      Wysocki: Doing your job, and Ray, Ray correct me if I'm wrong here, doing your job is why they are taking the vote in the first place. You have made a lot of enemies, Teresa, shaking things up. The Mayor has challenged you publicly, OK? You gotta knock this on the head. You gotta take this straight back at him, and you gotta win the respect of the police. Do that, the reps have got no choice how to vote.
      Colvin: (Pauses) Ray, call over to Cook County Jail and tell 'em we're going to transport Wayne Luckett.

    • Wysocki: Has your union rep contacted you today?
      Vonda: No.
      Wysocki: Well, they're gonna, OK. They're gonna ask you what you feel about the Superintendent. What ya gonna say?
      Vonda: That Teresa Colvin's the best thing that happened to this department since the Wysockis.
      Wysocki: (Laughs) Exactly! And make sure you let your partner know to say the same thing, minus his usual mustard.

    • Vonda: Hey, Uncle Jarek, I got a question.
      Wysocki: You not on the street today?
      Vonda: No, I got that deposition for that stupid lawsuit against Isaac and the city.
      Wysocki: It seems all you need these days is a crayon and a piece of toilet paper to sue the police.

    • (After a disgruntled cop calls into a radio show for which Superintendent Colvin is doing an interview)
      Radio Host: You're gonna let that guy get the last word?
      Colvin: He's wrong. You tell your audience that!

    • Colvin: (Voiceover) On a crisp winter day in nineteen twenty nine, killers disguised as policemen, gunned down six gangsters and an optician in a Lincoln Park garage. It was Valentines Day. The message was clear; Al Capone was in charge and it earned his place as public enemy number one. The person in my job at the time, William F. Russell, did what any good Chicago cop would do. He declared a war of his own. Less than a year later, losing that war, he lost his job.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Prison Break Connection: John Heard played Governor Frank Tancredi on Prison Break and Mayor McGuiness on The Chicago Code.

    • Delroy Lindo (Alderman Ronin Gibbons) and Billy Lush (Liam Hennessey) do not appear in this episode.

    • As well as ensuring the crime scene looked authentic, technical advisor (and Chicago Homicide Detective), John Folino, arranged for 21 Chicago Police officers to perform background roles in the restaurant.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: April 18, 2011 on Global
      United Kingdom: July 7, 2011 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Czech Republic: April 6, 2012 on Prima COOL

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Chase: Wait, what is this? Er, "you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall" speech? If you're gonna do it, give me your best Jack Nicholson.

      Anna Chase refers to a climatic scene in the film A Few Good Men (1992), starring Jack Nicholson, Tom Cruise and Demi Moore. In the scene, Nicholson's character, Colonel Nathan R. Jessop, gives a speech saying, "we live in a world that has walls. And those walls need to be guarded by men with guns. Who's gonna do it? You? [...] You want me on that wall. You need me on that wall..."

    • Title: "St. Valentines's Day Massacre"

      The title of this episode is a reference to the Saint Valentine's Day massacre; the name given to the murders of seven people as part of an ongoing conflict between two rival Chicago gangs in 1929 - the South Side Italian gang, led by Al Capone, and the North Side Irish gang, led by Bugs Moran.

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