Spoilers ahead for the November 6 episode of Chicago P.D. Season 7, called "Informant," and the trailer for next week.
The One Chicago action took a turn for the dark as usual when Chicago P.D. hit the airwaves with an episode that saw the return of Darius, the death of a C.I., and an emotional ride for Hailey Upton (not involving a romance), but the biggest P.D. twist of the night came in the preview for next week's episode, called "No Regrets." In less than 20 seconds of footage, the preview seemingly revealed that one of the ladies of P.D. is pregnant: Kim Burgess.
As P.D. viewers (and Burzek fans) will undoubtedly remember, Burgess and Ruzek went home together after the stress of the "Infection" crossover, but none of the subsequent episodes even acknowledged that they rekindled their relationship, or even just had a one-night stand. Now, it looks like Burgess and Ruzek are pretty much getting an episode about what happened and what it could mean moving forward.
First, check out the promo:
It's probably safe to say based on the footage for the next episode that Burgess will find out that she's pregnant relatively early in the hour, and then the fallout will be dealt as the case continues to unfold. Interestingly, Chicago P.D. fans who have kept up with the official descriptions for upcoming episodes would have already known that something game-changing was in store for Burgess in the not-too-distant future, if not necessarily pregnancy.
The official episode description for "No Regrets" revealed that Burgess will receive "a shocking diagnosis" after injuring herself in pursuit of a suspect. I had assumed that meant some kind of illness or ailment, but the diagnosis is apparently a bun in the oven! Yay? It does look like Burgess lets Ruzek (who is 'a little broken' at this point) in on the news of her pregnancy, so at least she's not grappling with it alone.
All of this said, Chicago P.D. isn't really a show that can work with a baby in the mix or one of the main characters pregnant. Burgess is as capable of kicking ass and taking names as any of the rest in Intelligence, but there's no way she would be in the thick of the action as Season 8 continues if pregnant, and the preview indicates that she's at least considering that maybe becoming a mom wouldn't be the worst thing in the world.
Basically, Chicago P.D. will be must-see TV next week to find out what happens next for Burgess. There's always the possibility that this will turn out to be a good old-fashioned case of a TV false positive and Burgess was never pregnant at all; the doctor in the footage says that she's only about four weeks along, and science wouldn't be too precise for pregnancy at that point. Burgess undoubtedly wouldn't have even known for another couple of weeks if she hadn't wound up in the hospital. If Burgess isn't pregnant after all, then P.D. can get back to business as usual, with Burgess on board.
What if she really is pregnant, though? The ways that Chicago P.D. could handle a pregnancy for Burgess could be pretty dark, devastating, and/or disheartening. Burgess could decide she's not ready to be a mom and have an abortion, decide that she is ready to be a mom but have a miscarriage, or just proceed with her pregnancy without joining Intelligence in the thick of the action.
Could this be P.D.'s way of giving actress Marina Squerciati a fresh storyline or lighter load? Did P.D. replace Antonio, who may or may not return at some point, with another female character because the plan was to remove Burgess from the field, and Intelligence would be a little too guy-heavy if it was just Upton with Voight, Halstead, Ruzek, and Atwater? Or will this all be resolved by the time the final credits roll on the "No Regrets" episode?
I personally wouldn't be shocked if the episode ended with the reveal that Burgess isn't pregnant, but the scare led her to realize that she's ready to move on in her personal life and possibly work toward having a baby. I won't rule anything out, though, and there are likely some twists on the way with the midseason finale fast-approaching. Either way, Ruzek may soon have much larger concerns than potentially butting heads with Halstead! Whatever happens, hopefully he's respectful to Burgess.
Find out if Burgess is really pregnant and/or will stay pregnant when the "No Regrets" episode of Chicago P.D. airs Wednesday, November 13 at 10 p.m. ET on NBC, following new episodes of Chicago Med at 8 p.m. ET and Chicago Fire at 9 p.m. ET.
Laura turned a lifelong love of television into a valid reason to write and think about TV on a daily basis. She's not a doctor, lawyer, or detective, but watches a lot of them in primetime. Resident of One Chicago, the galaxy far, far away, and Northeast Ohio. Will not time travel, but will sneak references to The X-Files into daily conversation.
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