Chicago P.D. recap: Intelligence brings on a new recruit

Ruzek New Chicago PD
Patrick John Flueger as Adam Ruzek on Chicago P.D. Season 9, Episode 18. Pic credit: Lori Allen/NBCUniversal

The new episode of Chicago P.D. introduced a new character, with Intelligence taking on a new recruit for the night.

Benjamin Levy Aguilar played new recruit Dante Torres on the Chicago P.D. cast for the new episode called New Guard, and it was Jay Halstead who was put in charge of showing Torres the ropes.

Not a lot of back story was presented for Torres, other than the fact that he was a new graduate who claimed to be from “all-around” when he was asked by Halstead.

As a quick reminder, on the last episode of Chicago P.D., Ruzek went undercover to try to help out the daughter of a former teacher. During the case, he ended up being forced to take drugs that nearly killed him. There could be a lasting impact on him.

Chicago P.D. Season 9, Episode 18 recap

As soon as Halstead and Torres were in his car for the first ride-along, a call came in of shots fire. They responded to a convenience store robbery, taking down the offender after a short foot pursuit.

Intelligence became part of a bigger case when it was discovered that the offender was in possession of an illegal firearm that tied to a larger investigation.

Halstead and Torres went in to speak with the offender, who clammed up at first. But Torres worked him well, showed some good instincts, and got the guy to admit where he had gotten the gun from.

Dante Torres falls under suspicion

As Intelligence was working its way up the chain of gunrunners, they figured out where a large number of guns were stashed. Before they went out, Torres said that the brass needed him to go take care of some parking tickets, and he went while Intelligence carried out the bust.

At the storage facility, Intelligence found no guns and learned through video surveillance that it had been emptied out shortly before they got there. They couldn’t figure out what was going on, but back at the station, Chief Tartabull (played by Nelson Bonilla) showed up to try and find out what happened.

Tartabull told them that Torres was under suspicion (along with 14 other people) of being a mole from a Hispanic gang that had reportedly gotten a man into the Police Academy. Voight was pretty upset that he wasn’t read in on the situation earlier, but Bull started planting seeds of doubt within Intelligence that Torres might be working with a gang.

Halstead went to Voight’s informant, Anna Arlos (played by Carmela Zumbado), to see if she recognized him. She didn’t, but she began investigating him on her own, despite her reservations about investigating a cop.

Anna found out that Torres had put someone in a wheelchair but didn’t have many more details. It started painting a negative picture of the kid.

Intelligence sets up a sting

Halstead confronted Torres and asked him if he was the leak, but Torres appeared very offended and denied any wrongdoing.

Voight then let Halstead know that they needed to use Torres as an undercover and asked him what his take was on Torres. Halstead was still unsure but decided to give Torres a shot.

When they went to the meet, it turned out that Torres knew the man who was selling the guns, leading to some complications in the bust. The suspect grabbed a gun and started shooting at Halstead and Upton as they came to provide backup. While they were pinned down, Torres took down the suspect and saved the day.

Halstead and Torres had a long chat a bit later where he revealed a lot about his past, including the fact that the person he had put in a wheelchair was his abusive stepfather. Torres proved very trustworthy within the episode and worked well with the team, suggesting we could see him again later.

That’s it for the Chicago P.D. recap for New Guard. Another new episode of the show arrives on April 20. Until then, past episodes can currently be streamed on Peacock.

Chicago P.D. airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on NBC.

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