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Chicago Fire Review: Fire Cop (10×13)

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Chicago Fire returned from its Olympic break with a packed episode where Severide returned to investigating fires. Seems a little copy and paste.

A fire at the home of a young woman Courtney and her half-sister Julia sparked the investigation. The fire nearly killed Gallo in the process, as he thought he heard someone trapped in the fire, but it was a “smart speaker,” probably because they couldn’t say “Alexa.” Police suspected that Julia lit the house on fire because there had been frequent disturbance calls made for noise and domestic disturbances. At the crime scene is none other than Seager, Severide’s occasional partner when they were paired up on big arson cases. There was even some flirtation going on there as well before Stella came back.

The two talked to Courtney about her sister, who thought that Julia was acting out, due to her mother passing away, being left in the care of her sister. Severide, still believing that Julia is innocent, continued to seek out the person who started the fire, as he thinks that the way Julia acted during the incident doesn’t seem like the way an arsonist would act. Julia was involved with a stabbing in her holding cell, and was rushed to Med.

Julia gave her alibi, which seemed to work out. She explained she was listening to music on the smart speaker, before leaving to go look for jobs. They used the smart speaker’s system to listen to the system’s recordings to see for sure if it was her.

A rash on Courtney’s neck gave Severide the discovery of how the fire started. Julia had an alcohol based gel in her hair from a shower, and then laid in bed on sheets that had too much bleach on it. As the gel evaporated, it caused an auto-ignition of the sheets, causing the fire.

Stella teamed up with former student of Girls on Fire, Kylie, to run an event for the program. At the program, one of the long-term students committed to applying for the CFD test, making it Stella’s first official recruit. Kylie then suggested to take over the program for Stella, so that she can seek a lieutenant job.

Our comedic side-plot of the week focused around Pelham taking a new office. The same office that Herrmann tried to occupy, as well as the same space that was taken over by Goursch, and the same one that Stella tried to turn into a lounge. They called it the “cursed office.” The curse returned for Pelham, as a small animal was trapped inside the wall of the office. Boden took an axe to the walls, and when they thought it was an animal, it turns out it was the rattling of the heating system in the office. And Pelham immediately moved out, making the office curse continue.

I kid you not, there was even a tiny moment where the Firehouse was called to save a cat from a tree. Yeah. Cat in the tree joke. I think it’s been 10 seasons, and they never did this joke once.

The plot that is alluded to, but will have a part later on for the rest of the season, was the fact that Violet and Chief Hawkins shared a very steamy evening after the Department Gala, with Violet nervous to start a relationship with her boss. Even going as far as asking Stella what it’s like to be engaged to Severide. And Violet even stormed into Hawkins’ office to make out with him.

Look, I don’t mind these arcs where Severide investigates arson fires. But if that’s all they’re going to do with him, can’t they just make that his full time job? He turned down the position before, but he keeps doing it, so at this point, just let him do the job, since he’s so good at it! It could give someone like Cruz the chance to step into a leadership role, and open some stories there.

The Hawkins and Violet plot is going to only lead to trouble, since it’s being followed around with the “is dating your boss good or bad” morality line. This could also lead to an escalation to the relationship between Violet and Gallo, as they are so on-again, off-again in pretty much every aspect of the show. I think that will be fun to see grow as the rest of the season airs.

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


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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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