THE CHICAGO CODE “O’Leary’s Cow” Review


THE CHICAGO CODE “O’Leary’s Cow” Season 1 Episode 5 – For a show about corruption, The Chicago Code has yet to show some good, dirty, Al Capone eat your heart out corruption cases. Every episode finds Wysocki and Colvin dealing with the down and dirty officials of Chicago, but the creative minds behind the show have yet to give us anything close to an et tu, Brutus? moment which would blow the door right off the hinges.

Instead we get Liam. Liam is an undercover cop. Even if they did not show Liam meeting with Wysocki on a highway we would easily guess Liam is a cop because aside from the badass displays of uncombed hair and public beer drinking, Liam’s awkward reluctance to get involved in anything too criminal is like a blue and red siren blazing from his unshaven face. We know Liam is reluctant to do some criminal activity. Why is he acting reluctant when he is with the criminals? He should torch a house with zeal, not look for freaking puppies.

Alderman Gibbons has yet to do anything major. Sure, he presumably had a drug dealer killed and blackmailed a corrupt construction official with child pornography, but so what? Being criminal to criminals hardly elicits awe. In this episode Gibbons made a speech that was supposed to be awfully menacing regarding his control over Chinatown’s Chairman, but it ended up falling flat because Gibbons makes variations of the same speech in every episode.

The case of the week was promising: a black kid spreading the word of God is attacked in Chinatown. He is beaten and his hand chopped off. It was promising, but it was chalked down to, yet again, corruption. Colvin made a few visits to Gibbons and Chairman Lao. These visits, if anything, undermined her capability and intelligence. She huffed and puffed, only to plead for Gibbons’ help and ultimately let Wysocki’s investigating take over the case. Colvin’s role as superintendent is flaunted too easily.

I complain because I care, because this show has a great case and a lot of great moments which rise above the mediocrity. This episode was entertaining, if slow paced. There were several things I really liked:

The undercover police officer who becomes Wysocki’s Chinatown translator made a larger impact with her sparse role than Vonda and Isaac have in five episodes.

Natalie, the nurse who became the object of Caleb’s charming affections, was a very likeable character and she and Caleb have some easy chemistry. But she doesn’t date cops because they die, which is ridiculous and just sank what could otherwise have been a great little gem of a storyline.

Finally, Colvin’s family issues offered Teresa’s character a few extra layers as she orders her brother-in-law to turn himself in to the FBI or else. Her righteousness is one of those rare things that can become at once a fatal flaw and her most powerful asset, and it is invigorating to watch her struggle.

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