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Chicago Fire Review – Familiar Territory (9×08)

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How long has Chicago Fire been on its mini-break? Two weeks? A month? I don’t know, but it’s been a while since we’ve seen our favorite paramedics and firefighters. Tonight’s episode connects a house fire to Severide’s past, while Casey’s jealousy of Sylvie’s new relationship comes to a head.

Herrmann is taking a long-overdue vacation and his temporary replacement is none other than Grainger, the man who’s been flirting his way into Sylvie’s heart for weeks, leaving Casey a teeny bit jealous. These emotions show early at a house fire call where Casey and Grainger fight over who calls the shots. Severide tells Casey he knows the house that’s on fire. When they go in, they find a woman on fire and a kid named Dylan, who is about sixteen, cowering in his bedroom. Severide reveals that he used to live in the house that was on fire, so he helps the kid climb out the same window he used to sneak out of as a kid.

Boden recruits Severide to go with the police to investigate the fire since it’s similar to a case they worked on years ago where drug cartels were hiding drugs in homes and would purposefully start fires. While there, Dylan and his father return to the house and find a large supply of insulin, which was for Dylan.

Grainger tells Sylvie that he has a gut feeling that Casey is not a fan of him (hmm, I wonder why), and before Sylvie can answer, she and Mackey are sent off on a call where a man in an apartment building collapsed while moving furniture. With a giant wardrobe in the way, Sylvie and Mackey ax their way through the door, revive the man and safely bring him to the hospital.

Casey, in his weird jealous rage, tries to get Boden to transfer Grainger away from 51 for the week. It’s a week, Casey, put your feelings aside! Grainger confronts Sylvie about her and Casey’s past, and Sylvie answers honestly, after which they have a steamy evening.

Casey blames Grainger for missing a coupling doing some stock, and it launches into this huge argument about Sylvie, that she so happens to overhear. However, they have to put their differences aside when the firehouse is called out for a car accident which leaves a woman pinned against a wall. The two men have a masculine face-off that comes together as they safely remove the car and help the woman out.

Back at the firehouse, Sylvie calls out Casey for being so angry at Grainger and tells him that he needs to call his ex-wife Gabby Dawson so that he can get some closure in the matter. Honestly, good. Casey’s character hasn’t been great the last few episodes because he’s so caught up on Sylvie. Hopefully, he can get some closure in the coming weeks.

Severide heads to Med where he talks to April Sexton (mini-crossover) about finding a program for struggling families who need medication in hopes of helping Dylan.

Upon arriving at the hospital, Dylan’s father tells him that he hasn’t come back to the hospital and that his mom is about to be brought out of a coma. Upon arriving back at his house, Dylan has packed his bags and is going to run away because he feels responsible for his mom’s state. Severide assures him it isn’t his fault and tells him that he needs to be with his family because no matter what, family is what matters.

For the C plot of the episode, Cruz invites the rest of the Firehouse to a challenge: build a new tool for firefighters similar to how he invented the Slamigan. Cruz wants to expand his company and make money from it. What ensues is a Shark Tank-like montage of Mouch, Capp, Ritter, and Gallo listing off ideas so they can help Cruz make a profit. While overhearing Kidd and Sylvie complain about how the firemen’s uniforms and paperwork to get uniforms is biased towards men. Cruz decides that it might be the idea to make something that can work for women in the fire department. The mockups of the uniforms for women are incredibly sexist, so Kidd and Gianna tell him that he needs a woman’s touch on the project.

After a mini-hiatus, Fire returned hitting the ground running. They have established where the rest of the season is going to go now that Sylvie is starting to see Grainger, and Casey is moving forward knowing about his actions. I think the absence of Herrmann in this episode was definitely felt because the C plot didn’t have a lot of the wit that happens when Herrmann is involved, but we did get some good moments with Mouch and Cruz. The show is grounding itself well into a one overall story arc with smaller arcs that last only a couple of episodes like the storyline involving Severide, which I think really helped balance the episode’s many stories.

What did you think of tonight’s episode? 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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