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.
Chicago Fire Review: The Right Thing (10×04)
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!
Chicago Fire Review – Counting Your Breaths (10×03)
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!
Chicago Fire Review: Head Count (10×02)
Chicago Fire returned last week hitting the ground running, bringing lots of changes to NBC’s favorite firefighters, and that continued with the second episode.
With their relationship official, there’s more PDA between Casey and Sylvie, with Sylvie planning on starting a non-profit organization that has paramedics who work with frequent 911 calls for non-emergencies, because Sylvie helped out a woman needing medicine in last week’s episode.
Videos of Casey’s heroic rooftop rescue started going viral, earning him the nickname “Firefly.” Casey rejected the idea of being an internet star, but let’s be real, we all want to see him do some TikTok dances.
Despite his objections, Casey was forced to do local interviews and press pieces about the rescue, which Casey tried to make all about ambulance shortage, and Sylvie’s non-profit idea. The interview never aired, as Casey’s internet fame quickly went away.
On a rescue call that involved a car trapped under a truck, Cruz started having a panic attack while working underneath the truck to rescue the woman trapped in the car. Severide and Stella managed to rescue the woman, but it was obvious that the Cruz was affected by the rescue.
Back at the scene, Herrmann and Ritter were clearing the streets, removing the car from underneath the truck. After doing so, Herrmann, noticed that a little boy was stuck underneath the seats of the car his mom was rescued from. Despite calling for an ambulance, dispatch was taking a long time to get one to him, resulting in him calling Sylvie and Violet to come to his location. They revived the boy and rushed him to the hospital, but it sent a shockwave through the Firehouse, since they couldn’t see the boy until after they had left.
The new paramedic chief, Evan Hawkins, almost suspended Sylvie for breaking protocol for not clearing with dispatch before going to Herrmann’s scene. However, Herrmann intervened and took all the blame for it, because he didn’t want Sylvie to take the fall for it.
The team was sent to rescue a man trapped under a collapsed fire escape. Cruz decided not to help go down, rather to hold ropes down and anchor them, which Severide noticed his neglect. Gallo and Casey managed to get to the man before Severide, and rescued the man with ease.
Mouch decided to start a free library outside of the firehouse, and put a variety of books in it, including the erotic fireman book that he wrote many years ago. This served as the comedic plotline of the episode, since Mouch wanted to use this opportunity to get people to read his book. Imagine his surprise when it immediately backfired, when a 10-year-old kid read the book, with an angry mom on his case. It came to a head when someone set fire to the free library outside of the station, with Mouch calling it “the worst kind of arson.”
Mouch then tried to run a crime scene around the library, which Severide quickly solved by finding Mouch’s reading glasses, which were hit by the sun, causing the books to catch fire.
The woman and child that were rescued at the beginning arrived to Firehouse 51 to thank the team, which still deeply affected Cruz. Severide asked Cruz about how he’s feeling, and Cruz lied to his lieutenant’s face about everything. I’m sure they need this for further development of Cruz’s PTSD for the season.
As the episode ended, Casey found Griffin Darden, who’s the son of Andy Darden, a former firefighter who died in the pilot episode 10 years ago, requesting Casey’s help, leading to future plotlines as we progress through the season.
This episode solidified Herrmann as my favorite character. David Eigenberg has done a fantastic job with this character, and has grown him past a comedic side character, but to a caring, hard-working family man. It’s been exciting to watch his growth throughout the years, and is arguably the heart of the show.
I think the inclusion of Cruz’s near-death experience and lying about it is great. The way it’s affecting him and how he can do his job is great character development, especially as he goes through this next phase of life of becoming a father.
Now that Griffin Darden is going to be a character, I’m intrigued as to why they would bring something all the way from season one to this point in season ten. I think it could make for some intriguing mystery, or it could be just a one-off thing before we move to the next story.
What did you think of the episode? Should Casey have tried to do a TikTok dance? Leave a comment below!
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