Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers for the May 23rd finale of The Chicago Code.
Last night’s episode marked the end of The Chicago Code, and by some miracle we actually got a semblance of closure to the story that had been building since the series’s debut back in February.
Things picked up where last week’s episode left off, with Liam Officer Chris Collier still recovering from his gunshot wounds inflicted by mob boss Hugh Killian’s daughter, Beth, and with Jarek still distracted with thoughts of his late brother’s unsolved murder.
When Jarek receives an anonymous package containing a photo of his brother sitting with Hugh Killian, Jarek confronts Superintendent Colvin outside the recently awoken Collier’s hospital room. She refuses to let him look into this right now because Killian is the key to bringing down Gibbons, and he’s finally ready to cooperate. Jarek won’t stand for it and “quits” before storming out of the hospital.
Wysocki goes to the posh hotel where Killian is being kept and questions him at gunpoint about his brother. Evers shows up before long and tries to talk Jarek down. He won’t listen, and he instead grills the mob boss even harder. Killian finally admits that, while he didn’t kill Wysocki’s brother, the other Wysocki was a dirty cop, selling information to the Irish mob about the Russian mob with whom he was embedded as an undercover officer. This whole scene was very intense, and like Evers it would be surprising if any audience members weren’t holding their breath during this exchange.
Meanwhile, Gibbons is attempting to slander Colvin in advance of the grand jury’s injunction, and the mayor tells her that should any cracks appear in her case against the alderman, her previously signed resignation letter will become effective immediately.
Killian, thanks to a deal offered by FBI agent Cuyler, who is more than a little smitten with Teresa, is ready to testify and is in the process of being brought to the courthouse. Previously, a distraught Lilly had offered to do anything that would help out her secret lover, and Gibbons clearly had something in mind.
As Killian enters the courthouse, Lilly is already there, and just as Colvin and company realize what’s happening, Lilly shoots the mob boss twice in the chest, killing the best chance the superintendent had of putting Gibbons away.
Why didn’t they just put Killian in a bulletproof vest you might ask? Because then there wouldn’t be any drama! It is a noticeable oversight in what is otherwise a pretty foolproof drama.
With Killian dead, the deal gets offered to Beth, at Collier’s request. Colvin at first wants to prosecute her for shooting Collier, but he says that he accepted this assignment so that they could take down Gibbons, and if that means letting Beth walk, so be it.
Beth reluctantly accepts, though even with her and Collier’s testimony the case is still significantly weaker. However, the case gets a huge break after Jarek visits his brother’s mistress.
Following up on the news that his brother was dirty, Jarek has a few questions for the person Vonda confronted a few weeks back, and when looking through a box of cash left for her, Evers discovers an evidence tag. Come to find out that the late Wysocki brother kept detailed records on most of the shady characters he came across, including Gibbons, and in a videotaped will he admits that he was in fact taking payments from the Irish mob, but that what he has done has been an attempt to fight the corruption in ways he couldn’t from within the bureaucracy of the police force.
With the Gibbons evidence in hand, Jarek tracks Teresa down in the mayor’s office where he tells her not to resign as they just hit the jackpot. A reinvigorated Colvin leaves with Jarek for the council meeting currently unfolding where Gibbons is slamming Colvin and demanding that she step down. When she appears, Gibbons assumes it’s to announce her resignation, but she quickly announces the charges against the alderman before handcuffing him herself.
And the crowd goes wild!!
The rest of the episode is a nice little wrap up of where the characters are and where they would have been heading in a potential season two. Teresa is trying to make a connection after several mentionings of how alone she is. Jarek continues pouring through his brother’s archives with un-ex-fiancée Elena, reunited after her DUI and news that her mother only has weeks to live. Evers finally begins to feel at home among his fellow officers. Collier is reunited with his family, glad to see he is okay and not some thug. Vonda and Isaac are planning a vacation, Vonda still upset over the revelations surrounding her father. And the fantastic final scene is of Gibbons settling into his miniscule jail cell, an ambiguous facial expression spreading across his face that may just have been a smile, perhaps secure in the belief that there’s no way he will fall from grace.
It was a well-executed finale, and while the case against Gibbons would surely have seen its fair share of obstacles and the identity of Jarek’s brother’s killer is still unknown, the episode wrapped up enough plot threads that there are no major loose ends. The team accomplished what they set out to do and, at least for now, they end up with a win.
The Chicago Code was a fantastic series with plenty of stories left to tell, but they still managed to make their mark in just 13 episodes. It’s unlikely any of the cast and crew are thrilled about the decision not to renew the show, but they can at least be extremely proud of the work they’ve done.
The Chicago Code aired on Boston’s FOX 25.
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