Matthew Casey is gone, and a new era of Chicago Fire begins with tonight’s episode. Casey has gone to Oregon to take care of two kids he wants to be there for, but Firehouse 51 continues to run as normal.
Teamwork made the dream work for the episode, as multiple firehouses were dispatched to one location, but they both worked together to save a man who was struck in the chest by a basketball rim.
The confusion was the biggest part of tonight’s episode. Hackers got into the CFD’s central computer system, and shut down all communications, meaning everything needs to be done by hand. Mouch and Herrmann had the most experience in doing this before, so they took the lead on this case. The entirety of Firehouse 51 was assigned to work as the sole dispatch for the whole city of Chicago. They set up the whole firehouse with phones, maps, notepads and whiteboards to organize where people are, what their emergency is, and who to dispatch to the location.
It was incredibly stressful to see Chicago’s finest not be able to help anyone, when they know that they could. They took the whole firehouse out of commission while the trouble was sorted out. However, a man who’s garage was on fire a few blocks away, inspired Boden to send Firehouse 51 to the garage, despite being out of commission.
Severide teamed up with Lieutenant Sieger to take down the arsonist that set fire to the church from last week. After investigating the scene it was clear that there was definitely arson involved. The pastor told Severide that Sister Montclaire was the only person who was not anywhere near the church when the fire occurred.
After talking with her, she gave them the name of a former student, Mosiah Adler who was expelled after lighting someone’s hair on fire. After talking with him, he said that he didn’t do it, and that the incident was an accident.
Severide went to the Archdiocese to ask about Father Anthony, and they were informed that he’s an old school pastor, and he stalled on handing in his parish papers in that had funding details on them, and those papers were burned in the fire. Headquarters knows there’s a lot of convoluted information regarding the search, because its the word of a priest, or a delinquent who was expelled. When going to the Father Anthony’s place of residence, Severide found the priest tied up with a fire underneath him, with the arsonist sprinting out of the firehouse.
Severide called the firehouse and they worked to send backup as quickly as they could, considering they could only work with what they were given. The team was able to take the priest to the hospital, where he was placed in a medically induced coma, leaving the mystery of the arsonist still wide open.
The hackers were taken care of, and the 911 operators were back online by the end of the episode.
We got a vocal cameo from Matt Casey, as he called Sylvie wanting to set up a call schedule so they can make their long distance relationship work.
I would’ve liked this 911 dispatch storyline to last more than one episode. I think it was intriguing for the firehouse to adapt to a new situation such as this, despite how little they could really do to physically help people.
It’s clear to me that Severide is going to take the lead from here on out now that Casey is gone. At least this church arsonist is going to continue for at least a third week, as this was teased at the end of the episode. I’ll be intrigued to see how long this case goes, especially because they’re using Kevin Atwater from Chicago PD to help in the investigation.
What did you think of tonight’s first episode without Matt Casey? Leave a comment below!
Chicago Fire Review: Fog of War (10×11)
Tonight’s brand new episode brought an electric rescue, a radio contest, and a visit from home.
A call of a crashed car into an electric pole brought Firehouse 37 joining 51 to the rescue. With a lot of live electrical wires covering the ground, the two teams had to work together to make sure no one got electrocuted while they rescued the driver inside. This didn’t bode well for one member of Firehouse 37, McBride, who, after trying to restrain one of the wires, was hit in the chest by the wire, knocking her out. This was followed by the transformer on the electric pole exploding as well. This made Severide suspicious that the transformer may be faulty.
Severide and Pelham investigated the scene after the fact, and took the transformer to see what happened to it, and Pelham even realized that from where he was standing, there was no sight line between him and McBride.
The transformer was faulty and the investigating captain commended Severide on his work, and reference Lieutenant Seager wanting to work with him again, which Stella overheard.
McBride was diagnosed with a concussion, and claims that Pelham gave her an order to secure the live wire without the proper equipment, which Pelham denied. This lead to an investigation within 51 as to what happened and to contradict McBride’s statement. Stella knows McBride through Girls on Fire, and she felt that she would not lie about this. After bringing it up with Severide, he coldly brushed her aside.
Stella visited McBride at physical therapy, who was incredibly defensive on her stance against Pelham. Boden even talked to the chief at firehouse 37, who also did not take a full stance on the subject. Boden then went to Chief Kilborn, who has a vendetta against Pelham, and accused him of making up the accusations against Pelham. The episode concluded with Boden telling Pelham that the department has recommended that he be fired for this case.
Severide and Stella had yet another fight about her absence, leading Stella wondering if she is the perfect one for him.
After reviving that newborn in the last episode, Violet received an honorary award for resuscitation. While honored, she was a little nervous about it, considering she has a feeling Hawkins has feelings for her. Violet received the note from Hawkins, causing a little bit of jealousy from Gallo. Violet went to Hawkins’ office to thank him, and the meeting ended with them deciding that they should probably not see each other as much especially at work.
Tonight, Sylvie was visited by her stepdad, Scott, and her two year old sister Amelia, who were in town. The visit made Sylvie miss Casey, and it truly made me wonder how long they are going to keep up this constant reference to him, before the relationship ends up getting broken off.
Several members in the Firehouse worked together throughout the episode to win a radio contest, where the host gave clues to a “Chicago fugitive,” and who ever found them won $10,000. The clues were vague, and Herrmann lead the way to try and find them. When the team was called to help another firehouse clean up a scene, a civilian found the “fugitive,” hurting any chances of 51 winning the money.
The show’s next big plot is going to be Boden working hard to clear Pelham’s name, and keep him at 51, and fighting anyone who gets in his way. I think this will be interesting to see progress, as well as a great study of Boden’s determination to fight for his crew.
When it comes to the big relationships of the season (Stella/Severide, Sylvie/Casey, and the love triangle of Gallo/Violet/Hawkins), I feel like this show needs to pump the breaks with all three. I feel like the show needs to focus on one at a time here, because it gets a little convoluted. As much as the fandom has been wanting Sylvie and Casey to be together for years, I think it’s time to cut the ties, especially because Jesse Spencer is not returning to the series for the foreseeable future. I think maybe he can cameo where the relationship ends, and Sylvie can move on and build her Paramedicine program. Remember that? That was this season!
I do think that Stella and Severide will find a way to reconcile, as they really are the two big leads of the series, so I don’t have as much thoughts on that. However the Gallo/Violet/Hawkins love triangle should find a resolution soon. Part of me feels like Violet will end up with Gallo, because she is way more compatible with him, and she might feel like she would get special treatment if she was also dating Hawkins, which she would not want.
The show is headed in several different ways. I appreciate the balance of storylines, but I do think that so many of them could be trimmed down. I personally did not even care about the radio contest plotline, since it lead to a random civilian winning. It made sense, knowing Herrmann’s luck, but we’ve seen this kind of thing so many times with this show, that it felt a little stale, and I was looking at my phone during those scenes as the team assembled to decipher the clues. I’d much prefer if the show had its regular firefighting business, and then sprinkle in the romance since, you, drama, but sometimes I think we can cool it with the C plots of random stories that aren’t fully necessary.
What did you think of tonight’s electrifying episode? Leave a comment below!
Chicago Fire Review: Back with a Bang (10×10)
The episode title says it all: Chicago Fire returned with a bang on tonight’s 2022 premiere.
Let’s address the elephant in the room: Stella Kidd’s return. The winter finale left us with a cliffhanger as Stella returned after being absent for most of the season, so she could grow the Girls on Fire program. The power couple seemed to bury the hatchet, while Stella saying that she wanted to grow the program as much as she could, and she knew she would lose the lead lieutenant job for that case. She assured Severide that she did not cheat on him, but now she’s back and wants to be back at 51 to see where this could lead her.
This sentiment is repeated by Boden, who encouraged her to stay focused, regardless of his promoting Pelham to the lead lieutenant on truck.
The big case of the week revolved around a potassium fire in a highway tunnel. A truck containing dozens of propane canisters exploded. causing massive pileup and a fire inside the tunnel. While most of Truck 81 took care of the victims, Ritter had his eyes set on a young police officer, Dillion, who watched a truck driver burn to death. The guy was incredibly shaken up, considering he could have put out the fire, but failed to do so.
Ritter asked Mouch’s wife Trudy to look up the young cop, and he had put in his notice without a reason. Dillion left Ritter a note that sounded suicidal, and Ritter rushed to his rescue. The note was in reference to Ritter saving his life, and how he couldn’t save the drivers.
After the call, Pelham approached Stella about the lieutenant job, which Stella assured him that he got because he earned it, and previous relationships with her and the rest of the firehouse will affect their job. Boden was told by another chief, Kilborn, that Pelham should not have the job, let alone a permanent residency. This chief has some sort of vendetta against Pelham. and this will escalate as the weeks go by.
It’s worth noting that Chief Hawkins became the floater for Violet while Sylvie was off visiting Casey, which is his excuse to try and get closer to her. This was tested when the two were sent to help a mother who had a water birth, and the baby was under the water for too long. The two worked exceptionally well, and saved the baby.
The comedic C plot of the episode surrounded Cruz and a hermit crab. He found the hermit crab in a car inside the highway tunnel that belonged to a kindergarten teacher. When the teacher came by to get it, it was squad member Capp who took the reigns and started dating the teacher. Cruz wanted to help so he could get his baby into this preschool.
It’s great to see all of our favorite firefighters and paramedics back on our screens tonight. I think there’s a lot to unpack that’s going to present itself in the coming weeks: Pelham defending his job, Stella and Severide working out their relationship, and I’m seeing a spark between Ritter and his new police friend Dillion budding. The second half of this season is sure to be a wild one, and a big one for the books.
What did you think of Chicago Fire’s first episode of 2022? Leave a comment below.
Chicago Fire Midseason Finale Review – Winterfest (10×09)
Chicago Fire returned for its final episode of 2021, for a slightly more mild, heartwarming episode. It is the holidays, after all!
The show did manage to provide us some updates on the season’s stories. With Stella still out of town working on expanding Girls on Fire, it has been putting a strain on her relationship with Severide. He frequently calls her throughout the episode, trying to get a hold of her, but to no avail. Boden, needing to fill the permanent truck lieutenant job, wants the job to go to Stella. However, she has used all of her furlough, and it has deeply affected her chances of getting the job. This came to a head when Boden decided to hire Pelham as the new truck lieutenant, and let go of Stella.
Gallo, Ritter, and Violet spend the entire episode preparing the debut of their beer from their microbrewery, at a local fair called Winterfest. Ritter created a new IPA that wowed the crowd, and the debut paid off. Tragically, Ritter never wrote down the recipe, and it threw a wrench into the plan. While they prepared for Winterfest, Gallo admits that he doesn’t want to date Kara anymore, and instead wants to be with Violet. Gallo, thinking way too clearly, decided to break up with Kara during Winterfest, revealing that he has feelings for Violet. Kara, obviously not taking it well, gets the firefighters removed from the brewery they were working in.
Sylvie spent the entire episode prepping for her presentation to a board of CFD chiefs to get funding for her ParaMedicine program. Paramedic chief Hawkins, who has been crushing hard on Violet, took advantage to get funding for the program, and impress Violet, but getting patients that were being used for the program to give it rave reviews. The board gave the program full funding, leaving a strong impression on Violet.
It wouldn’t be a Christmas episode without some holiday-themed rescues from our favorite firefighters. Sylvie and Violet rescued a man who got an ornament stuck in his throat. Sylvie performed the Heimlich to get it out.
One rescue in the field was an emotional ride for Mouch. A fallen Christmas tree in Park Plaza left a man, Hugh, who dresses as Santa Claus impaled by a branch. After he was taken to the hospital, it left Mouch wondering what goes on with any of his rescues, because he has become so numb to rescuing them, and moving on to the next rescue. He brought a gift to the hospital, where his wife, Sandra, told him he wanted to attend the Boys and Girls Club’s Christmas party, but won’t be able to go as Santa, even though he will make a full recovery. Mouch took this to the next level, decorated Truck 51, and got toys for the kids and placed Hugh and Sandra all dressed up on the ladder to support the kids. It was a heartwarming way to end the first half of the season.
It wouldn’t be a fall finale without a cliffhanger. After giving up hope on getting in touch with Stella, Severide goes home after a long day to find Stella standing in the living room, waiting for him. What this will mean for this couple’s engagement will be revealed after the holidays when the show returns in January.
With new couples sprouting up in Firehouse 51, leadership changes, and the return of Stella, there’s going to be a lot to look forward to when the show returns.
What did you think of tonight’s fall finale? Leave a comment below!
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