Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers for the May 16th episode of The Chicago Code.
As you may have heard by now, FOX’s The Chicago Code has gotten the ax, and this news was made all the more infuriating with last night’s astounding episode, part one of the now series finale.
Superintendent Colvin’s mission to take down the corrupt Alderman Gibbons is cranked up to 11 as she begins making her case in front of a grand jury in order to secure an indictment for the alderman. Everything is going according to plan until the star witness goes missing and Gibbons hears about the indictment proceedings.
Gibbons definitely stole the show in this episode, and Delroy Lindo deserves a lot of credit for taking what could have been a straightforward villain and turning him into a very complicated character. Between his excitement over running for mayor, his anger at having his career put in jeopardy, his affection for Lilly, and his attempts at manipulating Jarek, every scene was riveting, and it puts the audience in the position of wanting to see the bad guy taken down, but also thinking that perhaps, even though his means are dubious at best, Gibbons is genuinely trying and in some cases succeeding at doing some good for his town.
Not only does word get out about the investigation into Gibbons, but Liam’s status as an undercover cop is revealed to Gibbons and his Irish mob cohorts, including ringleader Hugh Killian. Liam is subsequently put in the position of needing to take out the recently located witness and his girlfriend, but he instead takes out the mobster with whom he’s been partnered.
After letting Wysocki in on the situation, Liam goes to see Killian’s daughter, Beth, with whom he has struck up something of a relationship, and he gets her to take him to where she stashes the books she keeps for her father’s operation.
Once there, Liam’s cover is blown, and Beth and Liam end up shooting each other. Beth is merely wounded, and Liam makes it out alive, though just barely, thanks to the timely intervention of Wysocki and Evers, the latter of which is noticeably shaken after taking down a suspect.
Despite the beating he took, Liam managed to secure the book that would tie Gibbons to Killian, but Liam needs to stay alive in order to corroborate the evidence in front of the grand jury, especially since the previous witness refuses to testify.
A lot is still up in the air for next week’s episode, and as the last scene showed, Gibbons is not going to go down without out a fight.
Gibbons sends his aide, Lilly, to South America until this whole fiasco blows over, but Gibbons himself goes missing…until Jarek shows up at the station. Turns out Gibbons has been waiting for him for the better part of an hour.
Jarek cautiously approaches, and Gibbons begins detailing how he has made and will continue to make a difference in Chicago, hoping the detective will see reason. Jarek isn’t buying it and vows to continue to fight to take him down, at which point Gibbons brings up the issue of Jarek’s late brother, as well as the promise that he can identify his killer.
Jarek quickly counters that Gibbons would likely say anything at this point to save his own skin, and realizing that he can’t get through to Colvin’s lackey, Gibbons wishes him good luck before leaving.
The previews for next week’s finale show snippets of multiple showdowns we won’t be likely to forget, and though it’s unlikely there will be much in the way of closure, at least the series won’t be pulling any punches as it enters the final round.
For those of you still following this great crime drama, The Chicago Code airs its series final next Monday, May 23rd, at 9 p.m. on Boston’s FOX 25.