Kelly Severide’s arson case continued on tonight’s brand new episode, and a brand new lieutenant takes charge at Firehouse 51.
With golden boy Casey gone, a new lieutenant was assigned to the Firehouse. This lieutenant, Jason Pelham (played by Agents of SHIELD‘s Brett Dalton), obviously works a lot different than Casey, because there still needs to be some drama at the end of the day. This was proven to be effective when Gallo and Pelham had a small standoff on a call already causing some tension with the change in leadership.
Boden is using Pelham to see if he would be a good fit to be the new permanent lieutenant, since Kidd is still gone. By the way, Stella has been in Boston for several weeks, which makes me wonder if she wasn’t cleared during filming of these episodes because of the pandemic.
Pelham looked into what made Casey so great, and tried to make amends with Gallo for the rest of the entire episode. It proved to be rather unsuccessful, because even Pelham showed a little bit of his superiority complex by enforcing his own rules to Gallo.
Boden told Mouch and Herrmann that Pelham has been floating between several firehouses over the last few years. While this seemed normal to Mouch, it raised suspicion in Herrmann, who thinks that there may be something deeper as to why Pelham would be floating around firehouses, rather than having one assignment at one house.
Severide continued his search for the arsonist responsible for the church fire, and together with Seager, investigated Sister Montclaire once again, and she revealed that Father Anthony had an accusation against him from a kid, but nothing came of the lawsuit. Their biggest lead, Father Anthony himself, died during complications in the hospital, which destroyed any possible leads to the arsonist.
While looking through possible patterns from the arsonist, Severide found a connection through a dumpster fire that was set two months prior to the blaze right by a Catholic church. At that church, the priest there said that some of the altar boys found defaced missals where someone drew pictures and wrote in them. In the missals, they noticed the same picture on top of the verse “the Lord is my light and my salvation.” This verse was on a picture that Sister Montclaire had on her wall, who said that the former groundskeeper, Muller gave it to her.
In the groundskeeper’s room, they found it completely cleaned out, but found a traces of ammonium nitrate fertilizer. At his house, they found the place covered wall to wall with plans, pictures, and writings about the church fires.
Muller sent a false alarm to a church to clear everyone out, only to set off a car bomb to hurt people Thankfully, everyone at 51 was already there, and managed to clear everyone out, but Muller killed himself in the blast. Boden saved a little girl before the explosion, and Pelham was right behind him to throw his coat over him, inspiring Boden to making him the new lieutenant for another month.
The only other crazy thing in the episode was showing that Sylvie was preparing to go see Casey in Oregon, but before she could go, he told her not to, since he’s doing a wildfire training course. The end of the Casey-Sylvie relationship is beginning, and Casey isn’t even around to see it all end.
Gallo is emerging as a big character in the growth of Chicago Fire. Casey was making him his protege right as he was leaving, and his standoff with Pelham was a big one in his future development. This, coupled with his mini-brewery business, is perfect headway to get this character growing to leading man status.
Those tensions with Pelham are going to stem into next week, as they teased another showdown between the two, where Gallo disobeys a direct order. And with the mystery of who Pelham is spanning over the next few weeks, it’ll be interesting to see what sorts of dominoes could fall, and possibly affect the firehouse as a whole.
What do you think of the new lieutenant? Leave a comment below!
Chicago Fire Review: Fog of War (10×11)
Tonight’s brand new episode brought an electric rescue, a radio contest, and a visit from home.
A call of a crashed car into an electric pole brought Firehouse 37 joining 51 to the rescue. With a lot of live electrical wires covering the ground, the two teams had to work together to make sure no one got electrocuted while they rescued the driver inside. This didn’t bode well for one member of Firehouse 37, McBride, who, after trying to restrain one of the wires, was hit in the chest by the wire, knocking her out. This was followed by the transformer on the electric pole exploding as well. This made Severide suspicious that the transformer may be faulty.
Severide and Pelham investigated the scene after the fact, and took the transformer to see what happened to it, and Pelham even realized that from where he was standing, there was no sight line between him and McBride.
The transformer was faulty and the investigating captain commended Severide on his work, and reference Lieutenant Seager wanting to work with him again, which Stella overheard.
McBride was diagnosed with a concussion, and claims that Pelham gave her an order to secure the live wire without the proper equipment, which Pelham denied. This lead to an investigation within 51 as to what happened and to contradict McBride’s statement. Stella knows McBride through Girls on Fire, and she felt that she would not lie about this. After bringing it up with Severide, he coldly brushed her aside.
Stella visited McBride at physical therapy, who was incredibly defensive on her stance against Pelham. Boden even talked to the chief at firehouse 37, who also did not take a full stance on the subject. Boden then went to Chief Kilborn, who has a vendetta against Pelham, and accused him of making up the accusations against Pelham. The episode concluded with Boden telling Pelham that the department has recommended that he be fired for this case.
Severide and Stella had yet another fight about her absence, leading Stella wondering if she is the perfect one for him.
After reviving that newborn in the last episode, Violet received an honorary award for resuscitation. While honored, she was a little nervous about it, considering she has a feeling Hawkins has feelings for her. Violet received the note from Hawkins, causing a little bit of jealousy from Gallo. Violet went to Hawkins’ office to thank him, and the meeting ended with them deciding that they should probably not see each other as much especially at work.
Tonight, Sylvie was visited by her stepdad, Scott, and her two year old sister Amelia, who were in town. The visit made Sylvie miss Casey, and it truly made me wonder how long they are going to keep up this constant reference to him, before the relationship ends up getting broken off.
Several members in the Firehouse worked together throughout the episode to win a radio contest, where the host gave clues to a “Chicago fugitive,” and who ever found them won $10,000. The clues were vague, and Herrmann lead the way to try and find them. When the team was called to help another firehouse clean up a scene, a civilian found the “fugitive,” hurting any chances of 51 winning the money.
The show’s next big plot is going to be Boden working hard to clear Pelham’s name, and keep him at 51, and fighting anyone who gets in his way. I think this will be interesting to see progress, as well as a great study of Boden’s determination to fight for his crew.
When it comes to the big relationships of the season (Stella/Severide, Sylvie/Casey, and the love triangle of Gallo/Violet/Hawkins), I feel like this show needs to pump the breaks with all three. I feel like the show needs to focus on one at a time here, because it gets a little convoluted. As much as the fandom has been wanting Sylvie and Casey to be together for years, I think it’s time to cut the ties, especially because Jesse Spencer is not returning to the series for the foreseeable future. I think maybe he can cameo where the relationship ends, and Sylvie can move on and build her Paramedicine program. Remember that? That was this season!
I do think that Stella and Severide will find a way to reconcile, as they really are the two big leads of the series, so I don’t have as much thoughts on that. However the Gallo/Violet/Hawkins love triangle should find a resolution soon. Part of me feels like Violet will end up with Gallo, because she is way more compatible with him, and she might feel like she would get special treatment if she was also dating Hawkins, which she would not want.
The show is headed in several different ways. I appreciate the balance of storylines, but I do think that so many of them could be trimmed down. I personally did not even care about the radio contest plotline, since it lead to a random civilian winning. It made sense, knowing Herrmann’s luck, but we’ve seen this kind of thing so many times with this show, that it felt a little stale, and I was looking at my phone during those scenes as the team assembled to decipher the clues. I’d much prefer if the show had its regular firefighting business, and then sprinkle in the romance since, you, drama, but sometimes I think we can cool it with the C plots of random stories that aren’t fully necessary.
What did you think of tonight’s electrifying episode? Leave a comment below!
Chicago Fire Review: Back with a Bang (10×10)
The episode title says it all: Chicago Fire returned with a bang on tonight’s 2022 premiere.
Let’s address the elephant in the room: Stella Kidd’s return. The winter finale left us with a cliffhanger as Stella returned after being absent for most of the season, so she could grow the Girls on Fire program. The power couple seemed to bury the hatchet, while Stella saying that she wanted to grow the program as much as she could, and she knew she would lose the lead lieutenant job for that case. She assured Severide that she did not cheat on him, but now she’s back and wants to be back at 51 to see where this could lead her.
This sentiment is repeated by Boden, who encouraged her to stay focused, regardless of his promoting Pelham to the lead lieutenant on truck.
The big case of the week revolved around a potassium fire in a highway tunnel. A truck containing dozens of propane canisters exploded. causing massive pileup and a fire inside the tunnel. While most of Truck 81 took care of the victims, Ritter had his eyes set on a young police officer, Dillion, who watched a truck driver burn to death. The guy was incredibly shaken up, considering he could have put out the fire, but failed to do so.
Ritter asked Mouch’s wife Trudy to look up the young cop, and he had put in his notice without a reason. Dillion left Ritter a note that sounded suicidal, and Ritter rushed to his rescue. The note was in reference to Ritter saving his life, and how he couldn’t save the drivers.
After the call, Pelham approached Stella about the lieutenant job, which Stella assured him that he got because he earned it, and previous relationships with her and the rest of the firehouse will affect their job. Boden was told by another chief, Kilborn, that Pelham should not have the job, let alone a permanent residency. This chief has some sort of vendetta against Pelham. and this will escalate as the weeks go by.
It’s worth noting that Chief Hawkins became the floater for Violet while Sylvie was off visiting Casey, which is his excuse to try and get closer to her. This was tested when the two were sent to help a mother who had a water birth, and the baby was under the water for too long. The two worked exceptionally well, and saved the baby.
The comedic C plot of the episode surrounded Cruz and a hermit crab. He found the hermit crab in a car inside the highway tunnel that belonged to a kindergarten teacher. When the teacher came by to get it, it was squad member Capp who took the reigns and started dating the teacher. Cruz wanted to help so he could get his baby into this preschool.
It’s great to see all of our favorite firefighters and paramedics back on our screens tonight. I think there’s a lot to unpack that’s going to present itself in the coming weeks: Pelham defending his job, Stella and Severide working out their relationship, and I’m seeing a spark between Ritter and his new police friend Dillion budding. The second half of this season is sure to be a wild one, and a big one for the books.
What did you think of Chicago Fire’s first episode of 2022? Leave a comment below.
Chicago Fire Midseason Finale Review – Winterfest (10×09)
Chicago Fire returned for its final episode of 2021, for a slightly more mild, heartwarming episode. It is the holidays, after all!
The show did manage to provide us some updates on the season’s stories. With Stella still out of town working on expanding Girls on Fire, it has been putting a strain on her relationship with Severide. He frequently calls her throughout the episode, trying to get a hold of her, but to no avail. Boden, needing to fill the permanent truck lieutenant job, wants the job to go to Stella. However, she has used all of her furlough, and it has deeply affected her chances of getting the job. This came to a head when Boden decided to hire Pelham as the new truck lieutenant, and let go of Stella.
Gallo, Ritter, and Violet spend the entire episode preparing the debut of their beer from their microbrewery, at a local fair called Winterfest. Ritter created a new IPA that wowed the crowd, and the debut paid off. Tragically, Ritter never wrote down the recipe, and it threw a wrench into the plan. While they prepared for Winterfest, Gallo admits that he doesn’t want to date Kara anymore, and instead wants to be with Violet. Gallo, thinking way too clearly, decided to break up with Kara during Winterfest, revealing that he has feelings for Violet. Kara, obviously not taking it well, gets the firefighters removed from the brewery they were working in.
Sylvie spent the entire episode prepping for her presentation to a board of CFD chiefs to get funding for her ParaMedicine program. Paramedic chief Hawkins, who has been crushing hard on Violet, took advantage to get funding for the program, and impress Violet, but getting patients that were being used for the program to give it rave reviews. The board gave the program full funding, leaving a strong impression on Violet.
It wouldn’t be a Christmas episode without some holiday-themed rescues from our favorite firefighters. Sylvie and Violet rescued a man who got an ornament stuck in his throat. Sylvie performed the Heimlich to get it out.
One rescue in the field was an emotional ride for Mouch. A fallen Christmas tree in Park Plaza left a man, Hugh, who dresses as Santa Claus impaled by a branch. After he was taken to the hospital, it left Mouch wondering what goes on with any of his rescues, because he has become so numb to rescuing them, and moving on to the next rescue. He brought a gift to the hospital, where his wife, Sandra, told him he wanted to attend the Boys and Girls Club’s Christmas party, but won’t be able to go as Santa, even though he will make a full recovery. Mouch took this to the next level, decorated Truck 51, and got toys for the kids and placed Hugh and Sandra all dressed up on the ladder to support the kids. It was a heartwarming way to end the first half of the season.
It wouldn’t be a fall finale without a cliffhanger. After giving up hope on getting in touch with Stella, Severide goes home after a long day to find Stella standing in the living room, waiting for him. What this will mean for this couple’s engagement will be revealed after the holidays when the show returns in January.
With new couples sprouting up in Firehouse 51, leadership changes, and the return of Stella, there’s going to be a lot to look forward to when the show returns.
What did you think of tonight’s fall finale? Leave a comment below!
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