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Chicago Fire Review – Sparks Fly (9×02)

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After last week’s horrific cliffhanger in the premiere, Chicago Fire’s second episode hit the ground running to resolve the action. Sylvie and new paramedic Gianna were run off the highway by an angry Halleck, who was after them after his brother overdosed.

Gianna took most of the hit, and Sylvie seemed relatively unscathed. Casey and the rest of the team found their location and managed to get them both out. Knowing that Halleck also crashed (and with a gun), they did their best to navigate the car that’s on fire. Halleck, impaled with shrapnel, begged for help, and pulled himself out, causing him to bleed everywhere (with an extremely gross sound effect). The car is put out, and Halleck is taken to Med, while Gianna is treated with nothing more than a bandage on the head from a scrape. With a fall that nasty, it was pretty impeccable that it was really only a couple of scratches, but hey, gotta keep the main characters active, right?

Back at the Firehouse, Cruz gets oddly protective when he sees Gianna’s bandage, which seems odd, but given they’re lifelong friends, the writers probably wanted to establish that relationship better. Casey goes up to Sylvie and says how grateful he is that she’s okay, and Sylvie lets it slip saying, “it’s always been you!” She covers up her feelings for him by saying that she meant that by his friendship, which Casey turns a blind eye to. Casey is so dumb sometimes when it comes to relationships so this is nothing new. Sylvie reveals what happened to Kidd, and Kidd lets her know that maybe it isn’t so bad that she let her feelings out because it’s about time he knows.

An upset Chief Boden is struggling with some of the paperwork that he has to take care of since the secretary staff can’t work in the office because of COVID, so Ritter volunteers himself and Gallo to take care of the paperwork, much to the dismay of Gallo. Because of this, everyone has accepted that these two hooligans will be taking care of all logistic work in the firehouse.

After the shift is over, Casey awkwardly asks Herrmann and Mouch if they were going to Molly’s (you know, the bar that they own), but it was clear that he was figuring out if Sylvie was going. Herrmann and Mouch then try to give advice to Ritter about not always helping out the chief if he genuinely doesn’t want to do it.

At Kidd’s Girls on Fire program, they are running drills, and a happy Chief Boden watches on, acknowledging that she is inspiring the future of the CFD. Kidd then tells him that one of her top students, Kylie, hasn’t been at any of the sessions for weeks, and Boden thinks it might be best to investigate.

Cruz finds Gianna working out, and they discuss how Gianna’s adapting to being at Firehouse 51. Cruz encourages her to stick around at 51, but she has second thoughts because of the crash. Cruz lets her know that her brother would be proud of her.

Kidd finds her star pupil Kylie at her job and wants her to come back. However, she tells her that her parents need a lot of help and support since things have shut down (always have to have some sort of look into the real-life situation).

Severide heads to the car yard that has Ambulance 61, but the front gate doesn’t let him in because he doesn’t have proper authorization. Severide drives around the back and hops the fence anyway.

At Molly’s Cruz tells Sylvie that he gave the “hard sell” to Gianna, but isn’t sure if she’ll stick around. Sylvie joins Casey, Gallo, and Capp on the back patio, and Gallo is telling the story of how they rescued the ambulance from its destruction. All the while, Casey and Sylvie stare at each other flirtatiously, and a nervous Sylvie makes up an excuse to leave.

The next day, Sylvie and Cruz discover that Gianna decided to stay at 51 and work with her. Makes sense, why hire a new actress for two episodes? Severide arrives with the door to Ambulance 61, which has the name of the late Leslie Shay on it, and they replace the door on the new ambo. Gianna notices her name, and Severide and Casey share a moment of remembering her, and how soon more people who didn’t know her are soon going to outnumber the people who did.

While out on a ride, Ritter sees a group of kids on a subway track yelling for the truck to stop. He jumps out of the truck and runs to the subway, and the kids tell him that a woman fell onto the tracks and hit her head, and of course, a train is arriving at the station. As it always is, Ritter hands the woman off to Herrmann, and barely escapes himself as the train arrives.

Kidd, after seeing a frustrated Gallo working on paperwork, suggests to Boden that maybe Kylie take over the job and become Boden’s part-time assistant, which she accepts with a long hug.

At Molly’s, Mouch gives Ritter an inspirational talk that his hard work and dedication to wanting to take over a lot of the clerical work at the firehouse is a sign of a true and loyal firefighter, and he gives him back a pen Ritter’s father gave him when he joined the squad.

Casey shows up at Sylvie’s house unannounced, and she admits that she’s been avoiding him, and the next thing we know, she plants a large kiss right on him! Something that the show has been teasing for at least two seasons. The scene starts to get ~very steamy~ but Sylvie brings up the fact that if Casey’s ex-wife Gabby were to come back and want him back if he would go with her. Casey says he doesn’t know, since the relationship ended pretty poorly. Naturally, this breaks Sylvie apart and she kicks him out before anything else can happen. A teary Sylvie sits alone as the episode comes to a close.

After a pretty good episode all around, it brings the show to a close for now as Fire will return in January. Hopefully, there will be more great firefighting sequences, and drama that will continue to entertain.

What did you think of the show’s last episode of the year?


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Chicago Fire Review – A Fire Gone Rogue (9×07)

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Chicago Fire continues to hit the ground running as its ninth season progresses. Its use of many storylines, while keeping its use of action and real-life situations keep the series running strong. Tonight’s episode deals with yet another arson case as a close call in the field leaves Cruz worried about his transition to fatherhood.

After Severide and Kidd made up in last week’s episode, Kidd asks Chief Boden to allow her to take the lieutenant’s test, to which he insures her that he never removed her in the first place. Joe Cruz finally delivers the news that he and his wife are having a baby and hands cigars out to everyone in the firehouse. The celebrations are cut short as the bell rings and they spring into action. They are called to a homeless camp that’s been set ablaze. Several of the residents have to be kept back as the people try to run back in to grab any items. An explosion throws Joe back, nearly slicing his neck on a piece of shrapnel.

Casey saves a man, Big Jim, who’s knocked out and burned from the wreckage. Casey remembers him from a previous case involving a drug overdose where he refused to call in for help.

Back at Firehouse 51, Lieutenant Greg Grainger arrives to ask Sylvie for some medical supplies that he clearly doesn’t need, but he’s really only there to see Sylvie since he’s been crushing on her. Kidd sees right through this ploy and calls him out on it. Grainger even goes to Molly’s and hits on Sylvie, but she rejects him saying that her latest experiences with men haven’t been good for her.

A girl from the homeless camp, Vanessa also arrives at the firehouse and talks to Ritter and Casey about the fire. The man Casey saved, Big Jim, took care of the place and prohibited any items that may have caused danger to the homeless camp. She thinks that the fire was started on purpose by a man named Dixon, who Jim kicked out of the camp because he started a garbage can fire that got out of hand. Ritter, who seems to have taken a liking to Vanessa, finds her and gives her a new copy of The Secret Garden, which she mentioned she lost her copy of in the fire. He also gives her food and some fresh clothes, which further shows his infatuation with her.

Casey and Severide return to the scene of the fire, which is already under construction to be rebuilt. A nearby man, Al, tells Casey that his neighbor called the city to quickly clean up the area. Severide sees a homeless man sifting through the trash and discovers him to be Dixon, the man that might have set the fire. At Chicago Med, Big Jim is stable, and Casey and Severide ask him about Dixon. Jim says that he found several propane bottles outside his tent that caught fire, and gives them whereabouts on Dixon, leading the two to believe that Dixon was also trying to kill Big Jim.

Shortly after, Severide and Casey face administrative problems. Since the city already cleaned up the scene, they can’t flag the fire as arson, leading to the fact that the two will most likely have to cut some corners just to find Dixon.

Cruz returns home to his wife Chloe and lies about how he got his injury from the shrapnel on his face. She believes the lie, leaving Joe faced with how to approach his next move. His fellow squad members played a prank on Cruz, “framing” the piece of shrapnel that almost cut his head off. Severide takes the shrapnel because it could be used as evidence as Casey sees a label for a local hardware store. At the store, Casey asks the owner about Dixon and to look at his security tapes and recruits the firehouse to search through the footage.

Gianna and Sylvie are called out to a cemetery, where a gravestone has fallen on top of a man’s arm. Firehouse 40 (with Grainger at the helm) shows up to help and they take the rescue. Turns out the cemetery is a clown graveyard and it’s full of clowns, leaving Sylvie uncomfortable with the situation.

At the firehouse, Vanessa shows up and tells Ritter that Big Jim has died from his injuries, which makes the team more determined to find Dixon as now it’s become a murder case. When they finish the tapes, they discover that it wasn’t Dixon who started the fire, but Al, the man who lived near the camp, who bought the propane and set fire to the homeless camp. A much different plot twist for an arson episode since they usually just trace one guy until they find him instead of giving us a red herring.

Ritter takes Vanessa out to get some food and reveals that a friend of his grew up homeless and he has always wanted to help those that are homeless. Sylvie finally decides to go out with Grainger as the episode ends with Cruz finding out that his wife is going to have a boy.

There was also a mini subplot about Gianna and Gallo having formed their relationship last week. Not much happened with them in this episode to really take much ground, but I’m sure that’ll grow as the weeks go by.

Sometimes I feel like when Chicago Fire runs out of some storylines, they just rehash an arson case, making it look like Chicago has arson cases every other week. However, they used the red herring trope, which hasn’t really been used by the show in these situations in some time. This made the episode a little more surprising. However, it always seems like there’s arson after arson, and it’s beginning to get a little stale. I’m hoping as the series progresses that they can find new ways to uncover mysterious fires rather than just arson. Once again, I feel like the show is relying on way too many subplots at once to organize it into one cohesive episode: the Gianna and Gallo plot didn’t even need to be there and the episode still would’ve been the same. Sometimes the plots get to be a little much to juggle all at once.

What did you think of tonight’s episode of Chicago Fire? Leave a comment below.


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Chicago Fire Review: A Risky Decision (9×06)

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After last week’s dramatic change in form, Chicago Fire returned to its usual format by having a few storylines at once, juggling them all, with its regular twists and turns. This week, we saw Gallo disobeying a direct order, Casey’s new relationship, the strain of Severide and Kidd’s relationship, Herrmann and Cruz having a “Mouch mystery,” and Sylvie and Gianna working together to uncover some mysterious calls.

At the beginning of the episode, we see the station called to a gas station that collapsed and gasoline leaking everywhere. Casey ordered everyone to not go in in the case that there’s an explosion, and demands Gallo go find the shut off switch for the fuel. As he searches, he sees a woman unconscious laying in a puddle of fuel, and dives in to save her as the gas station explodes. After the explosion subsides, Gallo brings the unconscious woman out to safety. Upon realizing that Gallo disobeyed this direct order, he sends him home for the day, saying that it was complete disrespect.

After learning that Cruz’s wife is pregnant, Herrmann keeps asking him about the baby, while trying to keep it secret. Mouch, eavesdropping, tries to join the conversation, which makes the two shut up instantly, leaving Mouch suspicious that they’re talking about him and “seeing his secret.” This leaves Herrmann and Cruz suspicious that Mouch is now hiding something, and recruit Ritter to investigate.

Paramedics Sylvie and Gianna are called out to an incident where a woman is having a seizure in a park. As they rush to her aid, the woman is almost instantly better, and doesn’t want to go to the hospital, and her and her boyfriend get up and run away. Later on, the two are called to an incident where a man almost sawed his leg off while working in his garage. Sylvie gives the man fetanol, which doesn’t seem to affect the man, even after giving him the maximum dose. This brings in Chief Paramedic Colson to arrive to Firehouse 51, and informs Sylvie that no fetanol was in the man’s system at the hospital, and becomes suspicious that Gianna might be stealing the drug and replacing it with a placebo. Boden assures him that Gianna would never do something like that, but Colson still has to open an investigation.

Earlier in the season, Casey rescued a woman named Sydney, and has started seeing her to try and get over his feelings for Sylvie. Severide even catches her leaving their apartment early in the morning, thinking that Casey has fully moved on. Casey, however, is still stuck on Sylvie, and while out on a date with Sydney tells her that he still has feelings for Sylvie, to which Sydney shockingly is okay with it, and says that it’s okay.

Kidd, who is still upset that Severide is giving her the cold shoulder about the lieutenant’s test, tells Chief Boden that she wants to take a break from studying and focus on her Girls on Fire program, saying that she thinks her time would be better spent there. When Kidd’s protégé Kylie tells Severide that she’s doing this, he (finally) discovers that his behavior is preventing Kidd from pursuing her dreams.

Meanwhile, Gianna and Sylvie ask the 9-1-1 operator who made the call about the woman with the seizure, and that it was a bystander. Upon further investigation from Chicago Med, as well as another call to a scene, they find out that the woman is faking seizures, and while paramedics are “caring” for her, the boyfriend steals the paramedics fetanol and replaces it, so they have the drug. Sylvie and Gianna catch the two in the act, and they are arrested and Gianna’s name is cleared.

Gianna goes to Gallo’s apartment, asking how he’s doing since Casey sent him home. He said that he wanted to do the rescue of the woman and acted in the moment. He knew that he should have approached it better, but he doesn’t regret doing it. Gianna and Gallo finally share a kiss (as well as a whole evening together), but Gallo is hesitant to tell Cruz. Upon arriving to his next shift, Casey tells Gallo that what he did was wrong, but at the end of the day, the rescue was made, and that no one got hurt. He also warns him to be careful next time a situation like that is to occur.

While Herrmann and Cruz continue to talk about Cruz’s baby, Mouch reveals that he lost a bet with his wife Trudy, and he had to get her name tattooed on his butt (and shows them), closing the Mouch mystery case. Gallo then admits to Cruz that he and Gianna shared a night together and didn’t want to hide it from him.

Severide goes to Kidd and explains his situation to her, and she said that all she ever wanted as she goes to become a lieutenant is his support, no matter what. Severide explains that he was scared that she would feel like she didn’t really earn the job, to which she says otherwise. She said that she climbed up the ranks of the Chicago Fire Department herself, without anyone’s help. He assures her that her determination is how he knows that he screwed up, and plans to stick by her side. They finally make up as this weeks episode comes to a close.

Since the show has come back to form, I think the show has done a better job with juggling its many storylines. I personally am happy that they aren’t having Casey’s new relationship a long-time arc, and that he knows that he still has feelings for Sylvie. The Kidd/Severide storyline is also closing, meaning that the show is going to start shifting to something else, and not drowning that out. I personally like that this is happening because the show has had a habit of really stretching out the main plotlines to their full extent, almost to the point of over exercising them and it gets a little stale. The only storyline that seems to be sticking around now is the one between Casey and Sylvie, which I’m sure will come to a head in the coming weeks.

What were your thoughts on tonight’s new episode of Chicago Fire? Leave a comment below.


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Chicago Fire Review – Something a Little Different (9×05)

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When it comes to long-running shows, there comes a point where the show sticks to its format and goes through the motions of each episode until the finale. Most of the time, it works, and viewers come in week after week to watch their favorite characters.

And sometimes, the showrunners will completely shake up the format of an episode to tell a deeper story for the week, and that’s when some of a series best episodes can come from. That is what happened on tonight’s episode of Chicago Fire.

Rather than spend the hour juggling three or four different storylines, tonight was a focus on two of Firehouse 51’s secondary characters: Joe Cruz and Christopher Herrmann, and it only took place inside one location for two-thirds of the episode. The scenes were longer, structured in a way that the show has never taken before, and we get insight on two characters that have been with the show from the very beginning. Whether this was a planned episode, or adjusted for the sake of filming during a pandemic, it worked.

The episode hits the ground running: Herrmann walking around the firehouse having a good morning, while Cruz seems a little out of it, clearly with something on his mind. The team is called to a storage unit fire, and Herrmann says that while eating Chinese food with his family the night before, his fortune cookie said that today would be his lucky day (hence the episode title!) The 10-story storage unit has a fire on one of its upper floors, so the team readies themselves to climb a lot of stairs. However, Herrmann sees an opportunity to bypass the stairs and use a freight elevator instead, going up with contractor Trevor, and employee of the unit Holly. At the last moment, Herrmann brings Cruz on the elevator. As the elevator begins its way up, a cable burned by the fire collapses, crashing the elevator, and trapping the four inside the elevator.

What ensues is an episode of survival. Trevor’s leg is broken when some canisters of solvent falls on him, and Cruz and Herrmann help make a splint to keep him steady. With communications to the rest of the team gone, Cruz and Herrmann have to rely on their wits and quick thinking to help them survive this ordeal.

As the episode progresses, each character has a moment of reflection and awareness that helps them. It is revealed that the reason that Cruz was a little out of it at the beginning of the episode is because his wife, Chloe, is pregnant, and Cruz is trying to keep it secret. Herrmann tells the story of how when his wife was pregnant with their first child, she slipped on some ice and fell and hurt her stomach. Herrmann believed that the child was gone, but was perfectly fine. Trevor talked about how he and his high school girlfriend had a kid young, and how they were great parents even though they grew apart, until his son grew up and married a woman who drove a wedge into their relationship. While Holly doesn’t have any kids, she talks about how she never wanted to work at a storage unit facility, and that she’s been trying to be in the restaurant industry for years.

The situation worsens when another elevator cable snaps, leaving Cruz figuring out that if another one goes, the whole elevator will go down. Reflecting how his late friend, Otis knew his way around a circuit board, Cruz opens up the panel on the wall, but Holly is frantic and grabs the wires, short-circuiting the elevator, and knocking her out.

Herrmann suggests that they need to lighten the load of the elevator, because if they keep up the weight, they will fall and die. He comes up with the idea of emptying the solvent tanks through the bottom of the elevator, since they weigh a ton. This works effortlessly, and the pressure of being too heavy lightens up.

While it looks like they have to play the waiting game at this point, they get a small signal from their communications, and they hear that Mouch is down in the fire that the rest of the team is fighting, sending instant feelings of nervousness through Cruz and Herrmann, knowing that they can’t help their friend who might be dead. Cruz climbs onto of the cannisters and starts pounding on the ceiling panels of the elevator to knock the cables to the side so that they can escape.

As Herrmann’s fortune cookie would say, things got very lucky for our favorite firefighters. Cruz manages to knock the cables aside, they hear through their communications that Mouch is alive, and they can safely climb on top of the elevator, which is starting to fill up with smoke. As they lift Holly and Trevor out, Herrmann gets through to Boden, who sends the rest of the squad to safely get them out of the building!

Outside, Trevor asks Holly out to lunch before being put in the ambulance to take care of his broken leg. Goes to show that tragedy and adrenaline can really spice up a friendship into maybe something more. Herrmann promises Cruz that he will be quiet about Chloe’s pregnancy, and rushes over to Mouch to give his longtime friend a big hug.

As I said before, this episode was one of the best that Fire has had in years. The writing was superb and the direction and editing of the episode made it the most ambitious episode of the series so far. However, this episode would not have been possible without the spectacular and heartfelt performances from David Eigenberg as Herrmann and Joe Minoso as Cruz. These two carried the episode with emotion, humor, and dedication to the roles that they have been playing for nine years, and told the stories of the trials and tribulations that it takes to be a firefighter, a parent, and a human being. It was a fantastic episode, and I hope that the show, as well as the other Chicago shows, take a page out of this book, and format an episode like this, focused on one or two people in a tough situation. It helps keep all of the storylines in check, so that there isn’t a constant back and forth from remembering which storyline is which, and how it impacts the others.

But for tonight, bravo David Eigenberg and Joe Minoso, for their brilliant work on tonight’s episode, and I look forward to seeing how the rest of the season progresses.

What were your thoughts on tonight’s groundbreaking episode of Chicago Fire? Leave a comment below!


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