‘Chicago P.D.’ Season 9 Premiere: Episode 1 Recap as Upton and Halstead Take Huge Step

by Amy Myers

Chicago P.D. fans, we can finally take a much-needed breath after the whirlwind of a finale from Season 8.

At last, we’ve found out Burgess’ condition, Halstead’s answer to Upton’s proposal and even saw some foreshadowing of what’s to come in the remainder of the season. It was a juicy first episode, packed from start to finish with emotional moments and perhaps even more questions than answers. But as with all OneChicago features, a cliffhanger is never fully answered in just one episode.

Of course, the very first one that fans wanted to know was whether Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) accepted Hailey Upton’s (Tracy Spiridakos) proposal. The popped question left us with dropped jaws just seconds before Season 8 ended. Proposing only mere minutes after covering up an unintentional murder is pretty gutsy. But Chicago P.D. fans rejoiced that at least one-half of the #Upstead couple was ready to take the relationship to the next level.

Thankfully, Halstead accepted her proposal, but perhaps in order to keep his ego intact, bent on one knee to propose to her as well. The unusual yet joyful engagement left fans with at least some peace of mind that there was hope for happiness yet. But we’re just getting started.

‘Chicago P.D.’ Casts a Dark Shadow on Upton-Halstead Relationship

When we last saw Officer Kim Burgess (Marina Squerciati), she was in the fight of her life against her kidnapper, using a belt as a tourniquet to stop the bleeding from her two gunshot wounds in the abdomen. In the final moments of the Season 8 finale, fellow Officers Halstead and Kevin Atwater (LaRoyce Hawkins) found her in the abandoned car and had her transported to Chicago Med.

We were still unsure of her ultimate condition. However, we did know that she at least was stable at the hospital following her emergency surgery. Now, we finally know for sure that Burgess will in fact recover from her injuries. Though, we can expect that it will be a long and arduous journey for the cop. And like anyone injured in the line of duty, Chicago P.D. fans will probably witness as Burgess becomes impatient to get back out onto the streets. Whether or not that means tracking down her captor, we have yet to find out.

That brings us to our last loose end with Upton and Sergeant Hank Voight (Jason Beghe). We know that Voight has struggled with keeping his cool with criminals in the past, but Upton is no shady character. Now that she’s a part of a cover-up, the stress of the secret is visibly starting to shake her. After just one clipped conversation with Burgess regarding her kidnapper, Upton’s dirty little secret might be the undoing of her happily ever after with Halstead.

After all, who can hear wedding bells when all she hears is a gunshot?