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Chicago Fire Review: Show of Force (10×12)

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The investigation into Pelham’s case continued in tonight’s new episode, and Stella got a shot at the spotlight in tonight’s latest episode of Chicago Fire.

With Pelham on temporary suspension while they investigate what happened at the electrical fire, Stella is the acting lieutenant on Truck 81. Her leadership was put to the test while rescuing people who were trapped in a mall escalator, and her natural leadership saved everyone involved. All the while, a proud Chief Boden watched from a distance.

Boden proceeded with the accusation that Deputy District Chief Killborn is behind the allegations against Pelham, which started off with little to no traction, due to the lack of respect of Pelham in the Department. Stella suggested getting Stafford, the firefighter who Pelham took the fall for, testify to clear Pelham. Boden spoke with Stafford, and pleaded with him to do something for Pelham, since he owes him.

Stella sat Mouch and Gallo down and gave quite the inspiration speech about storming the CFD headquarters and confronting Deputy Commissioner Hill about reinstating Pelham. It showcased her talents as a leader, and how she should be ready to take on any leadership thrown her way. The three went to the office and threw down their uniforms as a threat to talk to the Commissioner.

After speaking with Stella and Stafford, Hill and Stella went to see Sarah, the firefighter who accused Pelham, and encouraged her to show her strength in this department. At the Chicago Fire Department Gala, Hill revealed that Sarah recanted her statement, and that she was coerced by Killborn to make that accusation, and Killborn was put on administrative leave.

Due to COVID (because, you know, that’s still around), the annual Fire Department Gala was for officers only, causing the rest of Firehouse 51 to throw their own gala for those who can’t attend. However, Ritter, Gallo, and Violet tried to throw a second party for only the young firefighters so that they can have more freedom to go crazy. The first party was, well, surprisingly good. The band that Capp is a part of (with a bunch of teenagers, making him stick out like a sore thumb) rocked the house down in a weird turn of events.

Herrmann taught some classes at the Fire Academy, and met Todd, the brother of a firefighter who died in action who Herrmann knew. Todd is not a firefighter, but sits in the memorial hallway where his brother’s badge is hung, to spend some time with him. The emotions got the better of Herrmann, as he came home to see two of his sons fighting, and he yelled at them, wanting them to be grateful to have their siblings around. Herrmann’s kids went with him to the Fire Academy to go speak with Todd, where he showed them pictures and told them stories.

Severide re-proposed to Stella, declaring himself to be the luckiest man in Chicago, as they continued to rebuild their relationship. Stella even got to let Pelham know that he is back in the lieutenant’s chair, and it’s his time to come back.

We even got a small cliffhanger, as Violet and Chief Hawkins shared a kiss at the gala.

My complaint of this week remains the same as it was last week’s, which is the unnecessary C plot, which in this case, was with Herrmann. He has been such a great constant of morality in the whole series, but I just didn’t care enough about this whole thing with Todd, and his kids.

At first, I didn’t care for the gala plot, but it did end up being quite relevant to close the Killborn story, and begin the new one that is to come with Violet and Hawkins.

Chicago Fire is taking a break for the Olympics but will be back at the end of February! What do you think will happen after the break? Leave a comment below!

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Why Is Taylor Kinney Leaving ‘Chicago Fire’?

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Shocking news Firehouse 51—Taylor Kinney is exiting Chicago Fire.

Deadline reported the news on Friday, Jan. 20, revealing that the actor, who anchors the show as Kelly Severide, will be taking a break from the series.

Kinney has been a staple on the Dick Wolf drama since its inception in 2012 and is a huge reason why the series has retained such a dedicated viewership. 

While an official reason was not provided, and a rep for the show did not offer a comment, sources close to production told the outlet that Kinney is taking a “leave of absence” to deal with a personal matter. No word on what the situation is. 

The cast and crew were reportedly informed of the leave right before the news broke, with the writer’s room likely having to rewrite scripts to accommodate the change.

It’s unclear whether this will be a permanent leave, nor is there any info about how he will be written out for now. 

Kinney has not addressed the news himself as of writing. 

This is the latest shocking exit in the #OneChicago world as Jesse Lee Soffer, who plays Jay Halstead on Chicago PD, exited earlier this season, while Brian Tee hung up his coat earlier this season on Chicago Med after portraying Ethan Choi since 2015.

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See All the Photos From ‘Chicago Fire’s Halloween-Themed Episode

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Firehouse 51 is gearing up for Halloween.

New photos were released from Chicago Fire’s Oct.19 episode titled “Haunted House,” and it looks like the squad will get to indulge in a little bit of mischief and mayhem before being called to save lives.

Check out the synopsis for Season 11 Episode 5: “Firehouse 51 hosts a Halloween open house; Kidd and Severide help a young girl after she gets kicked out of her home.”

And check out the photos below:

CHICAGO FIRE — “Haunted House” Episode 1105 — Pictured: (l-r) Joe Minoso as Joe Cruz, Miranda Rae Mayo as Stella Kidd, Taylor Kinney as Kelly Severide — (Photo by: Adrian S Burrows Sr/NBC)

CHICAGO FIRE — “Haunted House” Episode 1105 — Pictured: Eamonn Walker as Wallace Boden — (Photo by: Adrian S Burrows Sr/NBC)

CHICAGO FIRE — “Haunted House” Episode 1105 — Pictured: (l-r) David Eigenberg as Christopher Herrmann, Daniel Kyri as Darren Ritter, Eamonn Walker as Wallace Boden — (Photo by: Adrian S Burrows Sr/NBC)

CHICAGO FIRE — “Haunted House” Episode 1105 — Pictured: (l-r) Eamonn Walker as Wallace Boden, Christian Stolte as Randy “Mouch” McHolland, Sarah Dell’Amico as Denise — (Photo by: Adrian S Burrows Sr/NBC)

CHICAGO FIRE — “Haunted House” Episode 1105 — Pictured: (l-r) Joe Minoso as Joe Cruz, Eamonn Walker as Wallace Boden, Christian Stolte as Randy “Mouch” McHolland, Randy Flagler as Capp — (Photo by: Adrian S Burrows Sr/NBC)

CHICAGO FIRE — “Haunted House” Episode 1105 — Pictured: (l-r) Anthony Ferraris as Tony, Randy Flagler as Capp, Kara Killmer as Sylvie Brett, Joe Minoso as Joe Cruz — (Photo by: Adrian S Burrows Sr/NBC)

 

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Chicago Fire Finale Review: The Magnificent City of Chicago (10×22)

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Chicago Fire The Magnificent City of Chicago Review 10x22

Wedding bells are ringing, and Casey makes his grand return for Chicago Fire’s epic season finale!

After Severide got jumped by a gang last week, it was time to plan a wedding! Herrmann gathered the entire firehouse together, and gave everyone (except Emma) jobs that will secure the quickest wedding setup in history. Stella even asked Boden to give her away at the altar. Despite the writing saying that Casey might not show up, Casey showed up! It was great to see Jesse Spencer back in the role we’ve gone so used to seeing him play for the last ten years.

With Sylvie back in the house, she threw Stella a surprise makeshift bachelorette party, which was freaking adorable. On the other hand, Casey and Severide had one of their old fashioned bro moments, since it is most likely going to be the last one we see of them.

Disaster struck as the venue they thought they had booked, had to go back on their word, as a previously cancelled wedding decided to be back on. Casey came to the rescue once again, as he bought out a tour boat for all the guests, and the captain of the ship will be able to marry Severide and Stella.

Severide started to meet with several officers who were looking to start a case against Thomas Campbell, who runs a narotic ring and organized the attack on Severide after the food truck case. While heading to talk to the investigators, Severide was attacked again, but shoved the henchman out a window in self-defense. Regardless, Severide still committed to testify to help the investigation.

The showdown between Emma and Violet came to a head as well. Sylvie returned to Chicago, and Violet filled her in on all of the blackmailing schemes that Emma has started up against her and Hawkins. Hawkins went to his higher ups and wanted to find a way for Violet to somehow escape this situation, even if he had to take the biggest hit for it.

A house fire brought some news to light about Emma. Violet, Stella, Gallo, and Emma were helping a pregnant woman next door neighbor who was hit with debris, when the fire started spreading to their location. Everyone else was calm, but Emma wanted to high-tail it out of the building without everyone. The fire stressed out Emma, and she bolted, abandoning the team inside. The team who had the guts to stay helped deliver the woman’s baby with flames all around them.

Hawkins, who arrived at the fire, saw the whole thing unfold, and discarded the blackmail, and fired Emma for abandoning her crew.

Casey gave Gallo his favorite axe, as he doesn’t use it a whole lot out in Oregon. This is quite literally the passing of the torch for the future of Firehouse 51, as Gallo is sure to grow as a firefighter in future seasons.

At the end, the wedding began, with John Legend’s “All of Me” playing, and I rolled my eyes since that was one of the most cliche things possible. They both had adorable wedding vows which I’m sure actors will use for future audition monologues.

Chief Boden danced during the party, and I think that’s the only important thing I’ll ever need to see on my screen the rest of the year. However, the door did close on Sylvie and Casey, as she decided to stay in Chicago, and he is going back to Oregon, where his life really is.

It wouldn’t be a finale without a cliffhanger! As Stella and Severide begin their honeymoon in a cabin, a mysterious truck silently arrives, assuming it might be someone hunting Severide.

This was a great finale! It tied up the loose ends of Emma’s situation (see, I told you there would be a loophole to get her out)! We also got Casey’s full conclusion, and even though it is the end of his time here, we at least get Sylvie back in Ambulance 61. Who knows, maybe they’ll continue to reference Casey in every episode like they did after he left. Season 11 is sure to be some great twists and stories, with Severide having to go against this narotics ring, and adjusting to married life. I think sparks are in the air for Violet and Gallo…again.

What did you think of tonight’s season 10 closer? Leave a comment below.

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