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Chicago Fire Review – A Gruesome Injury (9×09)

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Chicago Fire returns for another episode filled with jumbled storylines that get a little convoluted.

Gianna, Gallo, Ritter, and Mouch all have to report for mandatory training, with Mouch having to go because he missed the training five years prior. At the training, Mouch acts like he’s too cool for school, showing off skills and tactics that are not taught anymore, and Gallo’s ex-girlfriend eyes him. After the training is over, Gianna gets an offer to change Firehouses, and Mouch doesn’t pass the training due to his behavior. Gianna takes the transfer, and Boden happily agrees to let it pass.

This leaves Sylvie stuck with paramedic Dave Diggins, with who Sylvie has never had a great partnership due to his extreme sarcasm and rudeness. However, he’s acting all nice to Sylvie so that she can be a reference for a “Big Buddy” application, meaning he wants to adopt a cat, and since the cat isn’t well behaved, it is bequeathed to Sylvie since she ends up signing on, insert eye roll here for a weird subplot.

A call involving a drunk Uber driver starts driving away while Casey is hanging onto the driver’s door, launching off of the car, hitting his head pretty hard. What follows is a character study surrounding Casey as he navigates a difficult injury. He finds old notices from doctors from a previous concussion injury that another injury like that could cause some terrible effects.

Not only that, but Casey’s sister Christie returned to the series to say to Casey that their late uncle has a safety deposit box that he left for them that has yet to be opened. Inside the box was a Rolex watch, which doesn’t seem to have any emotional impact on the siblings. Casey takes it into a pawn shop and finds out it’s worth $80,000. Casey keeps the watch as he doesn’t feel that it should be sold.

Kidd was also secretly delivered one of the basketball arcade games to Severide’s apartment.

Chicago Fire was trying to accomplish a lot in tonight’s episode, but everything involving Casey’s injury was the best part of the episode, and even that’s saying something considering in some scenes he would be holding his head in pain, and in others, he was just fine. It’s rare nowadays that we see a lot of the struggle that comes from doing such a dangerous job, whether it be physical or mental, so it was a breath of fresh air to see this side of firefighting.

That said, the hazy camera work and sound effects during the times that Casey was struggling were impeccable, and I think that was very well done and brilliantly filmed. I’m sure we’re going to see more of Casey grappling with this injury as the season progresses since it was uncertain of where that story will go next.

Also, is Gianna not going to be in the show anymore? I was starting to like her and then she accepted a new transfer and left. She was just brought in for this new season, and now Sylvie will be once again looking for a new partner. This show goes through paramedics so quickly, it gets a little aggravating to learn new people’s names and how they will work with the rest of the crew. Hopefully, Gianna can come back and work side by side with Sylvie at Firehouse 51 once again.

I know it goes without saying, but Fire has always had the struggle of juggling all of its plotlines at once. With so many characters with different life scenarios, it can get messy. While the distraction from all of the firefighting is fine, isn’t that why we watch the show in the first place — to watch some great firefighters do what they do and save the day? Nowadays, it feels like the fires and the rescues come second to the personal lives of the characters. I would’ve been fine seeing the Casey injury story along with Mouch’s story because they gave great performances, but we did not need the Kidd/Severide mystery delivery story. The stuff with Casey’s sister was also unnecessary. Unless there’s drama surrounding a basketball machine, I think I could’ve been fine without it.

What did you think of tonight’s new 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 Review: Two Hundred (10×05)

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Chicago Fire Two Hundred Review 10x05

Chicago Fire celebrated its landmark 200th episode tonight, with an original cast member possibly exiting the series looming over the entire hour.

Jesse Spencer, who has played Captain Matt Casey for the last ten years, faced a decision that could possibly affect the series as a whole.

Feeling the call to action, Casey wants to take care of his best friends kids until they’re old enough to go to college, but with foster care laws possibly separating the boys, Casey decided he needed to move to Oregon, so the kids can stay together. That’s at least three years until Griffin goes to school, which upset Sylvie when she heard this news. She hasn’t been entirely sure if she wants to do long distance for several years.

After a heroic traffic rescue, Casey commended Gallo for his dedication to the field, and to continue growing. Casey continued to do a goodbye tour around the Firehouse throughout the rest of the episode.

The biggest question mark lied with Sylvie and Casey. A relationship long in the making came to a possible breaking point tonight. Even though he wanted her to come with him, Sylvie decided not to go with Casey to Oregon, but to stay together through it.

Firehouse 51 gave one final goodbye and group hug to Casey and he was sent on his way.

While at a fire scene at a church, Casey saved Severide’s life from a falling wooden plank, making a good goodbye moment for these two roommates. Looking at the scene made Severide a little suspicious, which could lead to a future arson investigation down the line for Severide.

Cruz, being the overprotective dork he can be, is about to be a father, and has been incredibly caring for his wife, even believing that Firehouse 51 is cursed when it comes to babies, because of experiences that Boden’s wife had in the past.

Cruz’s wife, Chloe, gave birth to their son, Brian, who they said they are going to call him Otis, after Cruz’s late best friend.

Mouch joined Sylvie on her ParaMedicine program in its trial runs, where they are using an old ambulance to different high-end calls to lessen time for ambulances to arrive.

Gallo, Ritter, and Violet continued to grow their mini-brewery business. However Kara, the assistant to their primary investor, has been hitting on Gallo, causing some jealousy in Violet.

Kylie, Boden’s assistant did a whole lot of digging into the Chicago Fire Department archives, and made a discovery that because of some firehouse closings, Boden can technically be situated in Firehouse 51, meaning he doesn’t have to move out of his office.

Assistant Deputy Commissioner in charge of discipline Adam Perry personally traveled to Firehouse 51 to talk to Herrmann. At first, Herrmann thought it had to do with his misconduct on the ambulance call a few weeks ago, but the Commissioner wanted to simply ask to rent out Molly’s for his son’s birthday party. When Herrmann found out the son is underage, he recruited Trudy (Mouch’s wife) to pretend like there was going to be a bunch of narc cops in the bar, which scared off the group.

It makes sense that Casey’s departure happened on the series 200th episode. His departure does open up the realm of possibility that he could return for cameos, or if the series goes until season 13 and he can come back.

I have always been a huge fan of Jesse Spencer, all the way back to when he was in House, and it’s been great watching him in this show over the last ten seasons. I’m sure we may see Captain Casey again at some point, but for now, it’s goodbye to a great character.

That said, the show looks like it’s going to gear up for new things with the departure of its captain. Boden is back at 51, Sylvie is continuing her new program, and we’re definitely going to get (yet) another arson study from Severide. Plus the growth of the mini-brewery, and Cruz adapting to fatherhood.

What did you think of tonight’s landmark episode? Are you going to miss Casey as much as as I will? Leave a comment below.


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Chicago Fire Review: The Right Thing (10×04)

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Chicago Fire The Right Thing Review 10x04

Tonight, Casey went on a life-changing road trip, Ritter battles some person demons, and Sylvie is put to the test by the new paramedic chief.

Casey, wanting to do his next duty as a superhero, left town to go visit Griffin and Ben, the kids of Andy Darden in Oregon. He wanted to see how they were doing, and wants to provide any help for them, as their home situations have changed for years.

Upon arrival at their house, he took immediate notice of how messy the house was. Casey even gave Ben $30 after he asked his brother for money, showing further insight on how bad their house is at the moment.

Casey met with the boys’ social worker and guidance counselor, who revealed that their aunt left them, and that the boys would be placed in separate foster homes. Casey then went on to offer to take in the brothers until they have to go off to college. This idea was rejected, as the boys are close to finishing high school, and with their friends, teachers, and extracurricular activities, moving them again might not be good for them.

Casey really wanted to connect with Ben, and try to help him straighten his life around, since Griffin thinks that his brother is doing drugs, and hanging out with the wrong crowd.

Before leaving, Casey found his old badge, and photos of a young Ben with Andy in his room.

Upon arrival back to Chicago, Casey said that he wanted to move to Oregon to take care of those boys. Herrmann said that even if that meant he leaves, Andy would want him to take care of his kids.

With Casey out of town, and Stella in Boston for a Girls on Fire event, a new lieutenant, Wallback, came in to fill in the leadership position. He was instantly impressed with Mouch and Gallo, after they successfully helped a man trapped underneath a car wash operator. The two were convinced that Wallback might think that 51 is the best firehouse in Chicago. However, the new lieutenant made a similar comment about another firehouse. This lead to a comedic monologue from Mouch about how 51 is the best firehouse in Chicago.

The newest paramedic chief, Hawkins, began reconsidering Sylvie’s Paramedicine pitch, and decided to shadow Sylvie around the firehouse, so he can consider who the person is that will be in charge of this program. He also was pushed by Mouch to reconsider the proposal, which Sylvie has no idea about.

Hawkins accompanied Sylvie and Violet on a call of a man who overdosed on the street. When they successfully saved the man, he pulled a knife on Sylvie. Sylvie was quick on her feet, and calmed the man down enough to take the knife away from him.

This rescue helped Hawkins greenlight six months of funding for Sylvie’s program, and hoped that the good work continued for them.

In an effort to reconnect with his boyfriend, Ritter planned a full evening out at Molly’s. While there, a drunken patron said some very homophobic things, and was kicked out by Herrmann. The man proceeded to throw a bottle at Ritter and Eric outside the bar, but crashed his car, which burst into flames. Ritter ran into the car, and with the help of the team, saved the man, but didn’t even thank Ritter after the fact.

Eric came to the firehouse, and said that even though he was proud of Ritter’s actions at the bar, he still thinks they needed to break up, because a lot of the passion and energy that they had at the beginning of the relationship was gone.

I can’t say I’m surprised, but we might see Jesse Spencer leave the show after 10 years. It’s quite possible the character decides to bow out to fill his duties of being a guardian for these kids in honor of his friend. The character has always had to have some sort of complex to want to save everyone and everything, but this possible exit makes sense for the character.

At the same time, I won’t be surprised if he doesn’t do this and ends up staying in Chicago. Considering the long-awaited relationship with Sylvie is still in the honeymoon phase, he may want to stick around and see where that puts them. I highly doubt Sylvie would drop everything and move to Oregon with Casey, so it will be a good way to put this relationship to its first big test: whether to drop what they just started, or leave everything behind.

Chicago Fire is celebrating its 200th episode next week, and with the possible departure of a longtime fan-favorite character, I’m sure it will be an intense one, as we see what the fate of Matthew Casey is.

What did you think of tonight’s episode? Are you nervous to say goodbye to Matt Casey? Leave a comment below!


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Chicago Fire Review – Counting Your Breaths (10×03)

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Tonight’s new episode of Chicago Fire saw Cruz’s additional struggles with his near death experience, Boden’s first assignment as Deputy District Chief,  a possible team change for one of 51’s firefighters, plus the arrival of a deceased firefighter leads the firehouse to reminisce.

Now that he has his new job, Boden had to deal with the not as great perks that come with it. This includes running drills and presentations with other squads that may not be as lively as Firehouse 51.

Before starting work for the day, Severide was impressed with Gallo’s analysis of the apartment building rescue from last week, suggesting he possibly try out for Squad.

Despite asking Cruz and Herrmann about going out for Squad, Gall said he still wants to stay on Truck 81, because he wants to keep learning under Casey before moving up.

Squad was sent out on rescue call to literally rescue a girl who fell in a well. Seriously, a girl playing soccer with her friends fell into a well. It was a pretty easy rescue for Squad 3, but even though Cruz volunteered to go in to rescue, he had another panic attack halfway down. This caused Squad to lift him up, while Severide quickly went in his place to rescue the girl. Afterwards, Severide told Cruz he was suspended, because he is clearly not okay.

Casey advised Severide about making sure that Cruz is okay, and that he is treated carefully, and not to let him deal with his problems alone.

Severide remedied this by taking Cruz out to run drills early in the morning, and provided him ways to keep calm during stressful situations.

Griffin, who is the son of Andy Darden, has arrived to Chicago, wanting answers on how his dad died. For the long-time fans, Andy was a firefighter who was killed in the very first episode of the series. Griffin was six years old at the time of his death, and has never been told how his father died. Casey showed him the house that caught on fire that killed his father, and explained the whole story. The editing even showed flashbacks from the pilot episode to show what a great guy Andy was.

Griffin revealed that his mother is in jail, with another DUI, and that his brother is spiraling as well. This is going to spike the hero complex in Casey’s mind, because now he wants to help Griffin, and his brother.

A determined Sylvie continued to prepare her extra Paramedical program, now called Paramedicine, to the new paramedic chief, who quickly rejected her proposal for “bad timing.” This greatly hurt her, but this will come back as the season progresses, as she wants to make sure that this program gets off the ground.

Surprisingly, Mouch knows the new paramedic chief, Hawkins, because he’s close with his dad, and he tried to get him to change his mind on Sylvie’s program, which he said he may reconsider.

Sylvie and Violet were sent to rescue a victim who was on the bad end of a stabbing. His friend that was with him abandoned the scene as they arrived, and the two paramedics sadly could not rescue him.

Violet, Gallo, and Ritter have begun their microbrewing business, and wanted to begin expanding their business, and Herrmann set him up with a friend who has invested in breweries in the past.

This episode was definitely jammed packed with emotion. With Griffin seeking answers about his father, and wanting to see where it was when his mom and brother started falling apart. On top of that, Cruz’s PTSD, and even Sylvie’s first setback with her program. It seems to me that all of the big plotlines surrounding this season will all come to a head at once, and we don’t know for sure where it will head to.

Casey is going to head to where Griffin is next week, and considering he always wants to do what’s best for others, he may likely try to see if he can end up being a foster parent to these kids. Last time he did this, he ended up in a major custody battle. This could lead to a lot of different possibilities for Casey, as well as Sylvie, considering their relationship is still in the early stages.

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


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