Stars: Delroy Lindo, Billy Lush, Matt Lauria, Jennifer Beals, Jason Clarke, Devin Kelley and Todd Williams
Writers:  Virgil Williams
Director:  Adam Arkin
Network: Fox, airs Monday nights
Original Telecast: April 11, 2011

THE CHICAGO CODE does it again with another exceptional episode “Wild Onions” which finds the police force handling all the crazies during a summer heatwave that produces rolling blackouts and an increase in crime.

This simple premise is executed beautifully by writer Virgil Williams and director Adam Arkin.

The episode isn’t so much about one major story, but rather mini-vignettes that give us more face time with our large cast. It also delves into the concept of partnerships and how both parties learn from each other along the way.

For Wysocki (Jason Clarke) and Evers (Matt Lauria), they are investigating the death of an ice cream truck vendor whose death leaves his good son an orphan.

Superintendent Colvin (Jennifer Beals) decides to strap on her badge and head out on the streets to help her police force during this crazy time. She also breaks in her new bodyguard – a young Iraqi vet who takes a liking to Colvin and will protect her at any cost.

Undercover cop Liam (Billy Lush) is called on by Alderman Gibbons (Delroy Lindo) to help out the sick and elderly during this heat wave – with Liam also saving a woman’s life before his job is done. This ingratiates him with Gibbons even further, but also begins to raise some doubts in Liam that his new benefactor isn’t as evil as he once thought.

Finally, there are  rookies Isaac (Todd Williams) and Vonda (Devin Kelley) whose time together during a very rough day leads to a blossoming  romance.

“Wild Onions” is an expertly crafted piece of television that feels almost like an independent film in its storytelling and character detail. Nothing ever feels forced with this show and by not falling back on routine cop cliches, it really rises above week after week.

While the back story of taking down Gibbons is definitely what anchors man of the events of the series, it also doesn’t detract, nor does it paint Gibbons as strictly the main bad guy either.

I’m hoping the ratings for THE CHICAGO CODE are good enough to secure a second season. The series is on a creative high and it gets better each week. Is this enough for audiences spoon-fed such shows as C.S.I. and LAW & ORDER? It better, because it’s too damn good to let it go this early.

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