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A Eulogy for The Chicago Code

Women and Hollywood By Melissa Silverstein | Women and Hollywood June 3, 2011 at 1:00AM

I watched the Chicago Code for Jennifer Beals. I watched it because she played the Chicago police superintendent which made her the highest ranking female on the force. I continued to watch it for her battle of wills with Alderman Gibbons played wickedly by Delroy Lindo. I liked it because they made her a complicated character and as the first female and bi-racial leader she did have to be better than the guys and above reproach. I loved how she worked with her former partner Jarek Wysocki to try and bring down the bad guys. I loved that she didn't care that people all assumed that they slept together. I also loved that some of the great young actors from Friday Night Lights are continuing to play cool parts like Matt Lauria did on this show.
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I watched the Chicago Code for Jennifer Beals. I watched it because she played the Chicago police superintendent which made her the highest ranking female on the force. I continued to watch it for her battle of wills with Alderman Gibbons played wickedly by Delroy Lindo. I liked it because they made her a complicated character and as the first female and bi-racial leader she did have to be better than the guys and above reproach. I loved how she worked with her former partner Jarek Wysocki to try and bring down the bad guys. I loved that she didn't care that people all assumed that they slept together. I also loved that some of the great young actors from Friday Night Lights are continuing to play cool parts like Matt Lauria did on this show.

But boy did I hate the ending.

Beal's character Teresa Colvin turned down a date with an FBI agent because she thought that people would get the wrong idea and that they wouldn't be able to separate their work and personal life. Ok. Whatever. But then she shows up at a bar in a local hotel all dressed up and literally picks up a guy from out of town who clearly has no idea who she is. For a woman who spent the whole series worrying about appearing above reproach could she really think that a one night stand in a Chicago hotel even if it was with a tourist would not get found out in some way is ridiculous. Was that what they were going to go with in season two (if they had one?) And aside from the fact it pissed me off personally, that that was the way wrong image of this strong woman they left us with. I'm all for women being flawed and real characters and figuring out how to have sex lives, personal lives and work lives, but this was a complete sell out in my book and made me so angry.

Did anyone else watch it or was I the only sucker who walked down that lane for 10 episodes?

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