So what really got Jones to end her life? Why was Dawson so connected to her? Also what happens when 51 goes overboard with her death? Here’s your full breakdown.
Boden addresses 51 with news of Jones’ suicide and no one knows how to react – especially after a police officer delivers a note from Jones to Dawson. She reads it but keeps the contents private from everyone, including Shay and Casey. Jones’ words affect her nonetheless and she later explodes at her teammates in the common room, livid that Jones’ father drove her to suicide and remains unaccountable. Driven by her emotions, Dawson trucks a box of Jones’ items to her father at Headquarters, anticipating a face-off – only to realize his guilt weighs heavy on his mind.
Another heavy weight burdens Severide, who learns Bloom checked himself out of rehab. Jones’ suicide motivates Severide to redouble his efforts to reach the man and he starts a collection for Bloom. The firehouse is reluctant to donate until Severide recounts Bloom’s full story: as incident commander during a horrid fire, Bloom made the tough call of keeping members of his squad from re-entering the fire to save 11 of their fellow firefighters, all of whom perished inside. Severide coaxes Bloom back to 51 to give him the collection – and blindsides him by presenting two of the Denver firefighters from the incident. Bloom attempts to storm out, only to realize they want to apologize for how they handled the fallout from the fire. Bloom saved their lives. He tears up at this moment of forgiveness and so does the rest of 51.
In a happier moment, Shay steps into a jewelry store to help Casey with a big decision – selecting an engagement ring. They both settle on the same design, but Casey needs Dawson’s ring size. Shay assures him she’s the woman for the job, and after a couple tries, manages to sneak an impromptu ring gauge around Dawson’s finger while she naps on the couch.
Chaplain Orlovsky arrives at the station to help with the mourning process, but Boden doubts the man’s ability, accusing Orlovsky of botching the proceedings after Mills’ father died. Orlovsky tries his best to foster discussion among the squad members, buoyed by the discovery of a 300 Club ring commemorating Jones’ perfect bowling game. Mills suggests the squad honor Jones by bowling after their shift – but no one responds. This angers him and his harbored resentment jumps to the surface – he accuses Herrmann and others of mistreating Jones. Herrmann doesn’t back down (he was the last to see her alive, after all) and a serious rift appears to divide the two.
Boden remains on edge, too. He alerts Dawson that if she passes the firefighting test, she’ll need to transfer out of 51 due to her relationship with Casey. The intensity from that and the ranges of emotion stemming from Jones’ suicide culminate at the site of a major wreck, where Boden confronts a state trooper – who ends up arresting him for instructing the squad to block traffic! He’s released after Herrmann finds a victim in a ditch (proving Boden was in the right all along), but that doesn’t relax the chief one bit. All this talk about the brevity of life spurs him to reach out to Donna. He visits her at the school and fesses up to being scared to escalate their relationship – but she blows him off. Has Donna moved on? Later, she comes by the station to clarify things. Turns out, she’s not seeing someone else… she’s pregnant. And it’s Boden’s.
Despite a lack of support from his teammates, Mills hits up the bowling alley anyway, only for Herrmann to join him, beers in hand. While they forgive each other and bowl in honor of their fallen firefighter, Dawson returns to the station and pins the note from Jones in her locker. It reads, “Don’t let anything stand in your way.”
What a great life and a great way to end the episode. But gear up because on April 29th and 30th Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. become #ONECHICAGO. Here’s a look.
Chicago Fire Season Finale Review – No Survivors (9×16)
After a long, yet shortened season, Chicago Fire aired the final episode of season nine, and we have the full scoop on what happened in this emotional and jam-packed finale.
Everything seems to be leading to quite a lot of happiness in Firehouse 51: Severide and Kidd are engaged, Casey confessed his feelings for Sylvie, Cruz is going to be a father soon, and Mouch is a medal recipient. However, this is Chicago Fire, and nothing (and no one) is safe.
During a rescue mission where a seagull rammed into a motorcyclist, Sylvie is making it perfectly clear that she does not want to talk to Casey, even in a professional setting. This makes Casey a little worried that maybe he shouldn’t have said anything to her.
The deputy commissioner of the CFD calls Chief Boden and wants him to be a deputy district chief, meaning he would do less firefighting and more office work, something that he is not necessarily sure if he wants to take a step back from the action.
Violet opens up to Sylvie, saying that she and Casey are good together, and maybe she should just take a chance and hear him out. Sylvie gets a further sign to do it when she gets a call to creepy doll collector’s house, and she says her husband is the perfect person for her.
Inspired, she goes to Casey, professes her feelings, and they get to have a VERY steamy scene if you catch my drift.
A new neighbor moves next door to Boden and discovers that his young song Ezra wants to be a firefighter, and is inspired that his neighbor is a fire chief. Boden goes to the firehouse and makes a phone call to the deputy commissioner, leaving the viewers uncertain as to what the phone call entailed.
Gallo asks out Violet (again), and after being rejected (again), Ritter sticks up for his buddy, so maybe we’ll get some new romance floating around Firehouse 51 next season.
On tonight’s episode, the squad performed a rescue mission that had never been done in the show’s history: a boat rescue. A man is waiting for his brother-in-law to be rescued, but upon arrival of the boat, Severide, Cruz, Capp, and Tony can’t seem to find the body. Severide hears a tapping on a pipe in a separate hold of the boat, where they find the brother-in-law. However, the only way out gets blocked off, and breathing room becomes limited.
As producer Derek Haas teased, he did not disappoint. Ambulance 61 and Truck 81 can do nothing but watch and hope that their companions make it out. Squad 3 runs out of air in their tanks, and the water slowly covers them up, as the screen fades to black, and the season comes to a close.
This was a fantastic cliffhanger, coupled with the number of storylines that we should expect for season ten. I loved the way this season came to a close: it gave us as superfans of the show some closure on certain things while giving us something to agonize over as we wait all summer for next season. The uncertainty that one of these characters could possibly not survive is thrilling. It gives us the summer to theorize and speculate if any of them will emerge from underwater alive.
And what’s to come of Sylvie and Casey? The long-awaited couple is finally together, and it’s sure to show the ups and downs of this new relationship.
Finally, did Boden turn down his promotion, or did he accept the new position? Maybe the neighbor’s kid helped him discover that he wants to be promoted so he’s not in danger? Or maybe show that he can still do it all.
It’s going to be a long offseason before we find out what happens to Squad 3! What did you think of tonight’s stressful and exciting finale? Leave a comment below.
Chicago Fire Review – A White-Knuckle Panic (9×15)
Tonight’s penultimate episode of Chicago Fire did not disappoint in the slightest. The show is setting itself up to have an explosive finale next week that I’m sure will leave us all on the edge of our seats. However, there were a lot of juicy things that happened in the episode that cannot go without being addressed.
The main story centered around Severide and Kidd. After Kidd passed the long-awaited lieutenant’s test, Severide expressed interest in possibly proposing to her, but was nervous because she has always said that married life isn’t really for her. Severide became even more nervous because there was no room in Firehouse 51 for another lieutenant, and she would have to be transferred to a firehouse where there was a position available.
While Severide and Casey worked to find a new home for Kidd, the trio of Gallo, Ritter, and Violet were tasked with organizing an event for Mouch, who was going to be awarded a medal of valor for saving that little girl a few episodes back. Teaming up with his wife, Trudy, they went to Soldier Field (where the Chicago Bears play) and lied to the director of field coordination saying that Mouch was actually dying and wanted to have the field as a dying wish in order to book the field. They hide this info from Mouch since he’s convinced that his celebrations will be a really big party.
On a call, Cruz rescued a man named Mark, who became infatuated with Cruz and his fireman tools side business. Mark, a venture capitalist, spent the entire episode trying to get Cruz to sell his business to him for a large sum of money. Mark bribed Cruz with gift baskets for his future child and threatened him with demeaning language about how Cruz knows nothing about business and how to succeed. Cruz later threatened Mark in his own way, turning him down and saying that he has the power of the CFD on his side.
Gabby Dawson appeared in the episode…not really, she called the firehouse a lot to stir the pot of Sylvie and Casey’s relationship. Turns out, Gabby knew about Mouch’s medal and wanted a video. Gabby and Casey have an offscreen conversation about their relationship, and Casey comes to the realization that he isn’t in love with her anymore and is in love with Sylvie. He confesses his feelings to her at Molly’s, which shocks Sylvie. While she didn’t say anything, I bet we’re going to get some sort of closure with those two in the season finale.
Due to scheduling, Mouch’s ceremony is moved to days earlier and everything seems peaceful. Boden gives a great speech, and Mouch gives a short, sweet message that Firehouse 51 is his forever home.
A call to a local restaurant provides the emotional meat of the episode. After rescuing a fry cook, Severide and Kidd find themselves trapped inside the restaurant. In a secluded room away from the fire, Severide spontaneously gets down on one knee and proposes, and Kidd says yes!! Looks like we’re getting a Firehouse 51 wedding very soon!
I, for one, really enjoyed the pacing of this episode. The storylines lined up together perfectly, and it’s all gearing up to a big finale.
The performances of all of our favorite medics and firefighters tonight were great, with special recognition to Taylor Kinney, who brought a great well-roundedness to Kelly Severide. If this was season 3 Severide who wanted to propose to a girl, I would’ve laughed in your face. His growth has been fantastic, and I can’t wait to see how he continues to make such a complex person grow more.
Things look pretty peaceful and happy during this episode, which most likely means that things might come crashing down during next week’s season finale. Creator of the show Derek Haas told several news outlets that he expects fans to be “angry” at him because of what happens in the finale. Will we see a major character die? Will we be left with a cliffhanger while we anxiously await season 10?
Only one episode left in season 9 of Chicago Fire! What did you think of tonight’s episode? What do you think will happen in next weeks finale? Leave a comment below!
Here’s When Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD Will Air Season Finales in 2021
It’s hard to believe that it’s almost finale time for the #OneChicago shows on NBC.
Due to production delays brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Chicago Med, Chicago PD, and Chicago Fire got off to a late start in mid-November (instead of the usual mid-September premiere), but that pandemic hasn’t made a huge impact on the quality of the episodes.
However, with shorter seasons on tap, the schedule has been pretty wonky and consisted of several breaks in between, so we don’t blame you if you’re having trouble keeping up. That’s why we’re here to clue you in.
NBC announced that the shows will officially conclude on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, which would align with their pre-COVID finales even if the episode count is a bit shorter than in the year prior.
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