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Chicago Fire Review – A Fire Gone Rogue (9×07)

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Chicago Fire continues to hit the ground running as its ninth season progresses. Its use of many storylines, while keeping its use of action and real-life situations keep the series running strong. Tonight’s episode deals with yet another arson case as a close call in the field leaves Cruz worried about his transition to fatherhood.

After Severide and Kidd made up in last week’s episode, Kidd asks Chief Boden to allow her to take the lieutenant’s test, to which he insures her that he never removed her in the first place. Joe Cruz finally delivers the news that he and his wife are having a baby and hands cigars out to everyone in the firehouse. The celebrations are cut short as the bell rings and they spring into action. They are called to a homeless camp that’s been set ablaze. Several of the residents have to be kept back as the people try to run back in to grab any items. An explosion throws Joe back, nearly slicing his neck on a piece of shrapnel.

Casey saves a man, Big Jim, who’s knocked out and burned from the wreckage. Casey remembers him from a previous case involving a drug overdose where he refused to call in for help.

Back at Firehouse 51, Lieutenant Greg Grainger arrives to ask Sylvie for some medical supplies that he clearly doesn’t need, but he’s really only there to see Sylvie since he’s been crushing on her. Kidd sees right through this ploy and calls him out on it. Grainger even goes to Molly’s and hits on Sylvie, but she rejects him saying that her latest experiences with men haven’t been good for her.

A girl from the homeless camp, Vanessa also arrives at the firehouse and talks to Ritter and Casey about the fire. The man Casey saved, Big Jim, took care of the place and prohibited any items that may have caused danger to the homeless camp. She thinks that the fire was started on purpose by a man named Dixon, who Jim kicked out of the camp because he started a garbage can fire that got out of hand. Ritter, who seems to have taken a liking to Vanessa, finds her and gives her a new copy of The Secret Garden, which she mentioned she lost her copy of in the fire. He also gives her food and some fresh clothes, which further shows his infatuation with her.

Casey and Severide return to the scene of the fire, which is already under construction to be rebuilt. A nearby man, Al, tells Casey that his neighbor called the city to quickly clean up the area. Severide sees a homeless man sifting through the trash and discovers him to be Dixon, the man that might have set the fire. At Chicago Med, Big Jim is stable, and Casey and Severide ask him about Dixon. Jim says that he found several propane bottles outside his tent that caught fire, and gives them whereabouts on Dixon, leading the two to believe that Dixon was also trying to kill Big Jim.

Shortly after, Severide and Casey face administrative problems. Since the city already cleaned up the scene, they can’t flag the fire as arson, leading to the fact that the two will most likely have to cut some corners just to find Dixon.

Cruz returns home to his wife Chloe and lies about how he got his injury from the shrapnel on his face. She believes the lie, leaving Joe faced with how to approach his next move. His fellow squad members played a prank on Cruz, “framing” the piece of shrapnel that almost cut his head off. Severide takes the shrapnel because it could be used as evidence as Casey sees a label for a local hardware store. At the store, Casey asks the owner about Dixon and to look at his security tapes and recruits the firehouse to search through the footage.

Gianna and Sylvie are called out to a cemetery, where a gravestone has fallen on top of a man’s arm. Firehouse 40 (with Grainger at the helm) shows up to help and they take the rescue. Turns out the cemetery is a clown graveyard and it’s full of clowns, leaving Sylvie uncomfortable with the situation.

At the firehouse, Vanessa shows up and tells Ritter that Big Jim has died from his injuries, which makes the team more determined to find Dixon as now it’s become a murder case. When they finish the tapes, they discover that it wasn’t Dixon who started the fire, but Al, the man who lived near the camp, who bought the propane and set fire to the homeless camp. A much different plot twist for an arson episode since they usually just trace one guy until they find him instead of giving us a red herring.

Ritter takes Vanessa out to get some food and reveals that a friend of his grew up homeless and he has always wanted to help those that are homeless. Sylvie finally decides to go out with Grainger as the episode ends with Cruz finding out that his wife is going to have a boy.

There was also a mini subplot about Gianna and Gallo having formed their relationship last week. Not much happened with them in this episode to really take much ground, but I’m sure that’ll grow as the weeks go by.

Sometimes I feel like when Chicago Fire runs out of some storylines, they just rehash an arson case, making it look like Chicago has arson cases every other week. However, they used the red herring trope, which hasn’t really been used by the show in these situations in some time. This made the episode a little more surprising. However, it always seems like there’s arson after arson, and it’s beginning to get a little stale. I’m hoping as the series progresses that they can find new ways to uncover mysterious fires rather than just arson. Once again, I feel like the show is relying on way too many subplots at once to organize it into one cohesive episode: the Gianna and Gallo plot didn’t even need to be there and the episode still would’ve been the same. Sometimes the plots get to be a little much to juggle all at once.

What did you think of tonight’s episode of Chicago Fire? Leave a comment below.


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Bill Wetherbee is a recent graduate of Wagner College with a degree in Theater! Currently based in New York City, he loves to learn everything about the TV/film industry, watching everything that's trendy, and analyzing his favorite reality shows, Survivor and Big Brother! Twitter/Instagram: bill__wetherbee

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Chicago Fire Finale Review: The Magnificent City of Chicago (10×22)

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Wedding bells are ringing, and Casey makes his grand return for Chicago Fire’s epic season finale!

After Severide got jumped by a gang last week, it was time to plan a wedding! Herrmann gathered the entire firehouse together, and gave everyone (except Emma) jobs that will secure the quickest wedding setup in history. Stella even asked Boden to give her away at the altar. Despite the writing saying that Casey might not show up, Casey showed up! It was great to see Jesse Spencer back in the role we’ve gone so used to seeing him play for the last ten years.

With Sylvie back in the house, she threw Stella a surprise makeshift bachelorette party, which was freaking adorable. On the other hand, Casey and Severide had one of their old fashioned bro moments, since it is most likely going to be the last one we see of them.

Disaster struck as the venue they thought they had booked, had to go back on their word, as a previously cancelled wedding decided to be back on. Casey came to the rescue once again, as he bought out a tour boat for all the guests, and the captain of the ship will be able to marry Severide and Stella.

Severide started to meet with several officers who were looking to start a case against Thomas Campbell, who runs a narotic ring and organized the attack on Severide after the food truck case. While heading to talk to the investigators, Severide was attacked again, but shoved the henchman out a window in self-defense. Regardless, Severide still committed to testify to help the investigation.

The showdown between Emma and Violet came to a head as well. Sylvie returned to Chicago, and Violet filled her in on all of the blackmailing schemes that Emma has started up against her and Hawkins. Hawkins went to his higher ups and wanted to find a way for Violet to somehow escape this situation, even if he had to take the biggest hit for it.

A house fire brought some news to light about Emma. Violet, Stella, Gallo, and Emma were helping a pregnant woman next door neighbor who was hit with debris, when the fire started spreading to their location. Everyone else was calm, but Emma wanted to high-tail it out of the building without everyone. The fire stressed out Emma, and she bolted, abandoning the team inside. The team who had the guts to stay helped deliver the woman’s baby with flames all around them.

Hawkins, who arrived at the fire, saw the whole thing unfold, and discarded the blackmail, and fired Emma for abandoning her crew.

Casey gave Gallo his favorite axe, as he doesn’t use it a whole lot out in Oregon. This is quite literally the passing of the torch for the future of Firehouse 51, as Gallo is sure to grow as a firefighter in future seasons.

At the end, the wedding began, with John Legend’s “All of Me” playing, and I rolled my eyes since that was one of the most cliche things possible. They both had adorable wedding vows which I’m sure actors will use for future audition monologues.

Chief Boden danced during the party, and I think that’s the only important thing I’ll ever need to see on my screen the rest of the year. However, the door did close on Sylvie and Casey, as she decided to stay in Chicago, and he is going back to Oregon, where his life really is.

It wouldn’t be a finale without a cliffhanger! As Stella and Severide begin their honeymoon in a cabin, a mysterious truck silently arrives, assuming it might be someone hunting Severide.

This was a great finale! It tied up the loose ends of Emma’s situation (see, I told you there would be a loophole to get her out)! We also got Casey’s full conclusion, and even though it is the end of his time here, we at least get Sylvie back in Ambulance 61. Who knows, maybe they’ll continue to reference Casey in every episode like they did after he left. Season 11 is sure to be some great twists and stories, with Severide having to go against this narotics ring, and adjusting to married life. I think sparks are in the air for Violet and Gallo…again.

What did you think of tonight’s season 10 closer? Leave a comment below.


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Chicago Fire Review: Last Chance (10×21)

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Tonight’s penultimate episode of this season of Chicago Fire had our central couple at odds, another couple fighting off blackmail, and an unlikely couple solving a mystery.

A car crash involving a food truck was the central case of the week, after a propane tank in the truck nearly exploded. They were able to detain the fire beforehand, but it was near close. The chef of the truck was incredibly desperate to find the truck, and Cruz and Severide looked for it. Once they tracked the lot the truck was at, a glance into the truck revealed that the propane tank that didn’t explode was actually full of drugs. With a special cameo from Hailey Upton, they arrested the chef before he could attack Severide.

Turns out, Severide messed with the wrong people, and he was lured into a back alley and attacked, while a mysterious man in a car watched. It looks like Severide is going to have to escape from the cartel!

Severide and Stella are going through pre-wedding jitters. Their professional argument last week involving Gallo drove a wedge into their relationship, as the two love to never discuss anything with each other after something tense happens with them. Herrmann gave Stella some advice about love and that conquers all, the usual flair that Herrmann gives it. At the hospital after the attack, Severide and Stella reconciled and decided to have their wedding next week (season finale time)!

With Emma threatening all sorts of threats to Violet and Hawkins, the two of them were skating on thin ice to avoid her wrath. Violet continued to give Emma the cold shoulder throughout work, in the most comedic middle-school like way.

After Violet told Gallo about the situation, Gallo went to Hawkins to see what he was doing about it. Hawkins showed him Emma’s file, where there appeared to be tampering with previous records, specifically disciplinary. Gallo went to Emma’s old firehouse to ask the chief about it, and although appearing hesitant, he gave no details to Gallo about Emma’s history.

On a call at a crowded street, Emma tried to take charge from under Violet, leading to yet another public argument between the two. During the bickering, a car swerved onto the street, and Violet pulled her nemesis from getting hit. Violet helping her shifted Emma’s plans ever so slightly: rather than go for Violet’s job, she’s going to go for Sylvie’s so that she can always be with Violet! Emma is, I must say, out of her mind, for even trying this, and I’m certain it will all go away very soon.

The comedic sideplot gave two very small characters a chance to shine. Capp and Tony broke Mouch’s favorite couch while playing catch with an egg, and Mouch launched a full investigation to find the culprit, and recruited Ritter to help him. In a world full of Dick Wolf shows, it was like a mini Law and Order episode. The case was solved when photo evidence of Capp and the couch covered in egg yolk did the two solve this mystery. They even bribed Capp to bring his own couch from home as a replacement for the one he broke. I say this show gets another spin-off: Mouch and Ritter.

Next week is the season finale, with the wedding we have all been waiting for, as well as the return of the man himself, Matthew Casey! This will probably be Casey’s swan song, so it’s time to take it all in while we can!

What did you think of tonight’s episode? Leave a comment below!


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Chicago Fire Review: Halfway to the Moon (10×20)

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Chicago Fire returned after a three week break tonight, with a daring rescue, wedding plans, bar openings, and a plot to take someone’s job.

Severide has been training Gallo to join Squad 3, as Gallo’s peaked interest in vertical rescue has inspired Severide to take him under his wing. This was brought to the test as a construction worker was hanging for dear life on a crane. Gallo joined Severide up on top of the crane, and Gallo was able to successfully save the worker with no trouble at all.

Gallo informed Stella of his desire to try out for Squad, and she began accusing Severide of stealing people from her team, not wanting to change things that are working well. Severide even told her that these conversations were happening when Casey was running the show, so everything predates her, but Stella shut it all down, not wanting to let Gallo grow professionally. Severide stuck with his girl, and persuaded Gallo to stay away from Squad for the time being, and to get as much experience on Truck 81.

Stella then saw how much going on Squad means to Gallo, and said that she would support him no matter what he decides to do. Gallo then visited Pelham at his new firehouse, who told him to not overthink anything, and the only person he should really be listening to is himself.

Gallo then told Stella that he wants to stay on Truck 81, and does not plan on trying for Squad yet. It was the strongest decision that I think he could make for the sake of his career.

Violet uncovered Emma’s possible plot to take her job as paramedic in charge, and she was having absolutely none of it. Emma even asked Gallo out at one point, who was promptly rejected. Emma continued to exhibit her awkward and attention grabbing behavior around Violet, Gallo, and Ritter throughout the episode, causing general confusion and nervousness all around.

Emma opened up to Mason about the rifts in the social setting, and admitted that exaggerated her background to impress them. Mason assured her that everything is fine, but Emma still felt bummed about it all.

While on a call to help a patient in the field who needed help breathing, Emma saw that there was no nebulizer mask in their jump bag, which Violet had put in when she restocked. A makeshift one was made in the heat of the moment, but it made the rift between the two that match greater. Violet inadvertently accused Emma of messing with the bag, further angering her. Ritter assured Violet that there isn’t any way that Emma would put a patient in danger to make Violet look bad.

Turns out, the whole thing was a big old fashioned RUSE, because Emma went to Chief Hawkins, threatening him to transfer Violet out of 51, or she’ll put in a negligence complaint in with the department for the mask incident. Hawkins’ hands are tied in the situation, considering he’s dating Violet.

A family friend of Herrmann, Sean DeGrimes, asked Herrmann about his best advice to open a bar, as Molly’s is his favorite bar of all time apparently. Herrmann gave him advice on how to run a great institution. Turns out the bar that he’s opening is called Olly’s, and has the exact same layout and design as Molly’s, right down to the wall decorations. Herrmann had lawyers on the phone ready to go, but his wife had to swing by and stop him from doing anything drastic. Sean just wanted to do something that he had always wanted to do, and Herrmann inspired him, even if it looks like a copy.

Gallo’s characterization throughout this whole season has just been phenomenal. I think he’s really grown into his own, and it’s been showing the last several episodes.

I’ve been pretty into this Emma storyline throughout. I think it’s insanity that one person actually WOULD put patients in danger just to make one person look bad, and kudos to whoever came up with that idea, because this B plot has become my primary focus through the rest of the season. Emma is going to keep trying to gaslight, gatekeep, girlboss her way to be paramedic in charge, and I’m sure she’ll be stopped in one way or another.

What did you think of tonight’s episode? Will Emma take control of Violet’s job? Leave a comment below!


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