‘Chicago PD’ Recap: ‘ A Dead Kid, A Notebook, And A Lot of Maybes’

By Kitin Miranda | 2 years ago
‘Chicago PD’ Recap: ‘ A Dead Kid, A Notebook, And A Lot of Maybes’
Photo from the episode “A Dead Kid, A Notebook, and a Lot of Maybes”. NBC Official Website/Chicago PD

“Chicago PD” Season 3 Episode 7 “A Dead Kid, A Notebook, And A Lot of Maybes” aired on Wednesday, Nov.  4, at 10:00 p.m. on NBC. In this episode, an investigation into a missing boy led the entire Intelligence Unit to uncover the sordid truth behind the swim coach at a prestigious prep school. Meanwhile, Officer Kevin Atwater (LaRoyce Hawkins) tried to network in order rub elbows with some powerful men in the city during their poker game nights, and Detective Alvin Olinsky  (Elias Koteas) took a big step  forward in taking responsibility for Michelle Sovana (Madison McLaughlin). Read on only to learn more about this episode.

The episode began with Officer Kevin Atwater (LaRoyce Hawkins) first trying to get advice from Detective Erin Lindsay (Sophia Bush), then unwisely disturbed Captain James Whitaker’s breakfast.


Meanwhile, the entire Intelligence Unit was dispatched to the prep school called Webster Country Day. It was after Officer Sean Roman (Brian Geraghty) and Officer Kim Burgess (Marina Squerciati) discovered that a missing boy from that school had a notebook scrawled with revenge fantasies against the school.

They then found the boy’s, Colin Blake’s body,  behind the school, where it looked like he had committed suicide. He had a  bullet hole at his temple, and a gun in his hand. Beside him was a backpack that contained a pipe bomb that was immediately neutralized by the bomb squad.

After looking through his notebook again, they realized that the initials of another boy who was in the swim team with him were present in every page- E.J., whom they realized stood for Ethan Jones (Elijah Marcano). He is a student at the school who had just been kicked out of the swim team a month ago. They then became a little bit more worried after discovering that he had pipe bomb schematics on his laptop.

However, and Webster Country Day, they saved him from a bunch of other boys, who were beating him up.

At the precinct, Detective Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) decided to talk to Ethan, as he had been like him before- a scholarship student amongst rich classmates, and someone who most people didn’t really notice. However, they couldn’t really get much out of him, especially when his mother came. He also told them that whatever Colin had been planning was all Colin’s idea and not his.

Afterwards, Detective Antonio Dawson (Jon Seda) and Atwater paid a visit to Kirby Peterson, a senior in the school who, along with some other upperclassmen, had hazed Colin and Ethan into the swim team by getting all their clothes from them, which was why Ethan ended up vandalizing his motorcycle.


The mouse then informed them that he had located Ethan’s phone near Coach Darren Sanders’ car. They discovered it had been spray painted with the word pedophile by Ethan.

At the precinct, Sanders tried convincing them that Ethan had been abusing his kindness. After bringing Ethan in, and after Jay talked to him, they finally go to the heart of the matter.

Sanders had taken both Colin and Ethan under his wing and had abused them. They had been contacted by another boy named Jeff who was also abused, and he began talking about getting revenge on Sanders, which was why they had planned to blow up Sanders’ car with a pipe bomb. However, Ethan backed out as he didn’t want anyone to know what had been done to him, which was why Colin had tried going it alone.

After pulling up security footage from the afternoon before Colin had died, they managed to identify the boy who had reached out to them.

It turned out that this man, Jessie Mandel, who had just been released from the Juvenile Detention Center, had been paid by Sanders to scare Colin, a fact that Sanders shared after Sergeant Hank Voight (Jason Beghe)  interrogated him again after a train chase had led to Mandel’s death.

After the shift, Lindsay reached out to Roman. She told him that if he needed anyone to talk to about Andrew Gibson’s death, she and all the others were available.

Meanwhile, Atwater got invited to a poker game by Whitaker, and Burgess and Ruzek discovered that their romantic dinner had been made extremely awkward by the presence of Alvin and his daughter, who were going to crash at Ruzek’s place. Olinsky had gotten kicked out by his wife for taking in Michelle without looking at the paternity test results.

After everything, Jay promised Ethan that he would tell his mother what had happened to him, and told him that by telling the truth, Ethan had become the bravest person he had ever met.

Are you interested in learning more about Jay’s backstory? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Kitin Miranda enjoys writing, learning new things, telling stories, and doing theater. When she is not busy with her many projects, she can be found reading a good book, writing poetry or fiction, updating her blog, discovering new food places around her neighborhood, or watching American or Asian TV shows.