Chicago PD (S3E14): “The Story of Gregory Williams Yates”


Last night’s Chicago PD picked up right after NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, which guest starred Chicago PD’s Intelligence Team. Chicago PD’s episode began with a repeated scene of Lindsay running through the woods alone, after her SVU partner is shot. She enters a cabin where she finds a girl hiding and, almost immediately, hears a gun shot outside. After nearly getting hit by Yates’s escape vehicle, she finds a note in the dead victim’s mouth which reads, “See you at home, Erin.” Creepy, I know, but what else would you except from the serial killer who murdered Erin’s best friend Nadia, right? These notes to Erin (Lindsay) continue throughout the whole episode, and gradually transform themselves into FaceTimes. 

Yates is one of the most hypnotizing criminals portrayed on Chicago PD thus far. Not only is he maliciously cruel, but he’s highly intelligent. Those qualities create a serial killer that keeps the police department on their feet. Throughout this episode, Yates is direct about his message. He is going home. The investigators soon realize that Yates has kidnapped his sister, and later his father, because he is upset that his parents put him up for adoption when he was a child. He is getting revenge on his mother, who he says Lindsay reminds him of, hence the obsession. But Lindsay also reminds Yates of himself, something I find fascinating. 

During the climax of the episode, in a rundown Chicago city home, Lindsay, Yates, and his frightened father discuss how alike they are. They both have awful mothers, absentee fathers (excluding Voight’s foster fatherhood), and a dark past that haunts them. With that said, they are haunted in polar opposite ways. Lindsay may be haunted by bad mistakes (think alcohol and drugs), but Yates uses his unloved childhood as his source of motivation in all his violent and power-seeking actions. Lindsay and Yates may be similar, but each of them is embarking on very different futures…or were until Lindsay shot Yates, which brings me to my only criticism of the episode. It was unclear to me that Lindsay killed Yates out of “fear for her life.” He was holding a weapon and screaming, but I didn’t see the lunge as dangerous as it was later described. Initially, I thought there was going to be controversy over the motives behind Lindsay’s actions. It seemed like she was killing Yates because she finally could and wanted revenge for what he did to Nadia; however, I am glad that the writers strayed from this plot arc. Lindsay is professional enough not to kill out of desire, and I’d like to see her continue to be her badass self during police raids instead of in a courtroom. 

Viewers are left to wonder what Lindsay’s mental state will be in the rest of the season. Having just regained normalcy in her life again, it would be a shame to see Lindsay resort to her bad habits. Personally, I think it’s unlikely that will happen. With her coworkers attentive to her personal life more than ever, I believe they’ll do everything they can to keep her as sane as possible. It will be interesting to see if she finds closure from the death of Yates. She expresses some guilt for feeling relieved at the end of the episode for killing Yates. SVU’s Olivia Benson is quick to ease her guilt, agreeing she has every right to feel better, but that won’t mean she’ll get over the traumatic experience quickly. But luckily for Lindsay, she has Voight who will never let her delve too deep into her adolescent addictions again. 

Lindsay and Voight make up my favorite relationship in this series.  We’ve seen the tug-of-war relationship between the two throughout all three seasons of Chicago PD. We’ve also seen Lindsay’s deterioration after the death of her friend, which led her back into her foster father’s home, instead of independently living in her apartment, in the beginning of Season 3. What I love about Lindsay and Voight is the intensive passion they share with each other. Yes, Voight is Lindsay’s boss. And, yes, that has been a point of conflict before, but what is amazing to watch is how Voight’s protective nature interweaves its way into their job when Lindsay is in danger. Like all parental figures, Voight makes decisions in “The Story of Gregory Williams Yates” that go against Lindsay’s desires, but ultimately aim at prolonging her life. He also plays the heroic role of being at Lindsay’s side just after she shoots Yates, the man she shared equal obsession with as he did with her. I look forward to the development of this platonic relationship because it brings humane qualities to the threatening positions each member of the Intelligence Team is put in throughout Chicago PD’s many intense plot lines.