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Chicago Fire Review – One Crazy Shift (9×10)

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As Chicago Fire continues on its shortened, COVID-19 impacted season, it seems that the series could possibly be hinting at a departure from a longtime cast member.

With the abrupt departure of Gianna Mackey (and we barely got to know her), Gallo’s ex-fling Violet returns to Firehouse 51 to help out Sylvie in Ambulance 61, much to Gallo’s dismay. While Sylvie struggles to find a new partner, Casey gives her assurance that the partners that she’s had have left because she has lifted them up. This gives Sylvie the confidence to ask Violet to stay, and she agrees, hopefully giving her the partner she’s been looking for.

Casey, still affected by his huge head injury in the last episode, is clearly still feeling the effects of it. Whether or not it pulls him from the fire department is to be seen, but it’s definitely impacting his work, holding onto his head after he rescues a man from a laundromat on fire. He even snaps at a concerned Gallo after he asks his captain about it. Gallo calls him out about it later on, saying that firefighters can’t trust their captains if they are not disclosing medical issues.

This week’s main plot concerns a string of fires at a bunch of small laundromats. Turns out, a detergent that is sent to all laundromats has a combustible fuel that catches fire and explodes easily. While they try to stop the product that’s been sent out, a delivery truck that’s full of the detergent catches fire, making it a bomb on wheels. The team manages to get ahead of the explosion and put it out before any harm can be done.

For the comedic side-plot of the week, Mouch gets to audition for a fire department funeral band. Turns out he can play the bagpipes, but not very well. He enlists the young members of the firehouse and film a TikTok video for the audition. While he botches the audition, the video he made impresses the judges, and they plan on playing it for the Celtic conference in Chicago.

At the end of the episode, Casey talks to Dr. Will Halstead (from Chicago Med), and he encourages him to see a doctor and to not mess around with head injuries.

Just like last time, there are some scenes where the head injury doesn’t appear to be affecting Casey at all, but then in some scenes, he’s full of excruciating pain. I know inconsistency can happen on shows like these, but it would be nice if it would be a little easier to tell that the injury was really affecting him, even though he’s trying to hide it.

With the arching story that Casey’s head injury could be serious, it’s quite possible that unless there’s some medical miracle, we might be heading towards a Matt Casey departure from the Chicago franchise. Jesse Spencer has played Firehouse 51’s captain since the show’s inception, and it will be interesting to see if this plotline is what takes him out, leaving the opportunity for the character to do other things in the franchise, or run away and find his ex-wife Gabby to possibly reconcile their differences. It’ll be interesting to see what they do with it, but with a character that has been established from the get-go, it might be hard to say goodbye to Captain Casey.


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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 – A Couple Hundred Degrees (9×11)

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Chicago Fire A Couple Hundred Degrees Review

On tonight’s latest episode of Chicago Fire, Severide juggles with a CFD recruit, Herrmann tries to play matchmaker, Casey continues to struggle with his head injury, and Violet and Sylvie investigate a mysterious letter tied to a call.

After a call to a local deli where the owner seemed to have fallen down a set of basement stairs, Violet receives an anonymous note that says “that fall wasn’t an accident.” While Ronnie, the deli owner, doesn’t recall if anyone pushed him, the suspicion falls on a cafe owner, Mike, who wants to buy out the deli so that he can expand it. Detective Adam Ruzek makes a cameo to let them know that the business wasn’t anything serious if they don’t know who did it.

Once Sylvie and Violet are called back to the deli because Ronnie collapsed, Violet makes the discovery that the cafe owner is poisoning him by giving Ronnie muffins every day.

In a shocking plot twist, the cafe owner actually wrote the note, and it was Ronnie’s WIFE that was poisoning him because she wanted to sell the deli! Not only was that revelation incredibly messed up, but it wasn’t covered enough! I would’ve loved to see the folks over at Chicago PD do a full episode about this because it was wrapped up immediately after being revealed.

Over the course of the episode, we see Severide teaching a class of Fire Academy recruits through some drills. One of the students is the son of another fire chief. While Severide doesn’t believe one student, Jacob Mercer, the son of another fire chief, has the instincts to be a firefighter, he struggles with not wanting to dismiss him fearing backlash from his father.

After burning his hand during a drill, Mercer is tasked with filling up air tanks. He accidentally fills up with carbon monoxide, which almost causes a couple of recruits their lives. Severide, per usual, saves the day.

The outcome? Consequences from Mercer’s father, who got Severide’s teaching privileges revoked.

After breaking up with his boyfriend, Ritter is enjoying the single life, but Herrmann sets him up with someone in his wife’s book club. Their date goes off the deep end as it turns out the setup dated Ritter’s ex before him, and he was incredibly controlling, and he ended it before it could even start. Thankfully, Ritter and his ex get back together.

After a mini-reunion with Chicago Med, Dr. Will Halstead informs Casey that anyone who has a head injury of his should see a neurologist. Casey lied to him saying it was for a friend but is now claiming that the symptoms of the injury are gone. Casey also decides to meet up with a neurologist to get a diagnosis, and Sylvie agrees to go with him, possibly giving the Sylvie/Casey story a breath of fresh air.

I’ve complained about it a lot throughout this season, but I will say, the show has done a better job in the later episodes of the season with managing all the storylines. Rather than giving some storylines more screen time than others, there was a fair amount for all so that no details were lost. There were even some instances that scenes blended together with the storylines instead of a scene break. It’s been my biggest criticism of the season, and it seems that after a COVID season, the writers needed to take the time to recuperate, and I think that they have recovered nicely. They have done a great job of letting the audience know which story is more important compared to other weeks.

That said, I still have a small hunch that unless there is a medical miracle, Matt Casey will be departing the show or be forced on the sidelines for a while. He says his headaches are gone, but those come and go depending on the day.

And I don’t know about you, but “Severide the teacher” was VERY entertaining and I hope this can be expanded in the future. I think it would be great for his character for him to teach some classes and the future of the Chicago Fire Department.

We’re nearing the end of the season!

What did you think of tonight’s episode? Would you trust Severide to teach you the ways of the Chicago Fire Department? Would you let Herrmann set you up with someone in his wife’s book club? Leave a comment below!


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Here’s When Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD Will Air Season Finales in 2021

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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. 

In fact, the shows have been delivering some of their strongest episodes to date! (You can check out Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD reviews now!)

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. 

New episodes of the trio of shows return on March 31, 2021. 

As for the finales, NBC hasn’t announced any official finale dates.

However, according to TVLine, the current seasons will wrap up 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’s prior. 

Once NBC confirms to official finale date, we’ll update this post, but at least you can find comfort in knowing that we still have a solid several weeks with Chicago’s bravest and boldest! 


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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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