The Chicago Police Department has arrived. The procedural drama made a triumphant comeback after a nearly month hiatus, and it did not disappoint. In the new episode, there’s a lot of emotional turbulence, primarily with Upton (Tracy Spiridakos) and her mixed emotions about not being able to aid people who are most in need.
While the rest of the IU is involved in the investigation, “Still Water” is primarily an Upton episode. It provides her the most juicy dramatic material she’s had this season, which is saying a lot since her previous subplot had a concealed body and an FBI inquiry.
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The episode begins with Upton, as one would expect. She’s about to leave the workplace for the evening when she’s stopped by Platt (Amy Morton), who reminds her that it’s her tenth anniversary as a policeman. Trudy takes the chance to remind Upton why she became a policeman in the first place, while Atwater (LaRoyce Hawkins) is taken aback.
As it turned out, Upton and her family were caught in the middle of a violent criminal confrontation, and it was Platt who answered the phone and saved everyone’s lives. Platt’s courage inspired Upton, who vowed to devote her life to safeguarding the innocent.
She then goes for a night jog and comes upon a vehicle that has been driven into the sea. She dives in and attempts to rescue the passengers, but she can only pull one out of the debris.
Upton is shocked to learn that the guy she helped was really a stalker, and the lady she wasn’t able to save was his abducted victim, and she is wracked with remorse about not being able to save both the man and the woman. The rest of the team can sense it’s affecting her confidence, and Upton starts to doubt whether what she’s doing is really making a difference.
Fortunately, Platt rushes in at the eleventh hour to give Upton a pep talk. She told Upton that she had no clue what the passengers’ predicament was and that she did the right thing by attempting to save as many lives as possible.
Upton is able to reconcile her faults with her righteous goals in the end. She is able to locate and capture the stalker. She follows him to an indoor pool, and after a scuffle, she knocks him into the water. The episode comes to a close with Platt and the rest of the IU toasting Upton’s tenth anniversary with drinks and a photo of Upton on her first day on the job.
It was a gloomy episode and one that was sometimes emotionally painful, but in the end, the characters’ integrity triumphed—season 9’s high point.
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