It’s been quite a while since we last saw our favorite firefighters take on the streets of Chicago, and they came back in full swing. Quick recap: Boden wants Kidd to be a lieutenant, Casey and Sylvie made out and then Casey let it slip that he’s still in love with his ex-wife. After nearly two months off, it’s time to get back into action.
The episode begins with Kidd and Severide arriving to work, with Severide assuring his girlfriend that he’s going to help her study for the lieutenant’s test that Boden recommended she take. As they arrive inside, Chief Boden is showing Kidd’s protégé, Kylie, arriving for her first day as Boden’s new assistant.
As Casey and Sylvie begin to have a talk about their little hook-up at the end of the last episode, the bells ring, and Firehouse 51 jumps into action. As they arrive to a warehouse that’s on fire, Kidd notices that there are people on the roof that need help, and Mouch, being the great ladder operator, hops on and steers it up. As Casey begins to climb it up to the roof, Mouch notices that the ladder isn’t secure, and Casey is flung over the side. Firehouse candidate Gallo runs up, and safely pulls him up. Mouch, ashamed of a possible malfunction, watches on as they continue to help. Inside the warehouse, Severide saves a man, who demands that they go back in to save a car, which he refuses, and Casey berates Mouch for almost severely injuring him.
At the Firehouse, Kylie gets her new boss a standing desk, which will offer the C plot of the episode.
Stella attends her first meeting for the lieutenant’s test, and Kidd meets the people who are also involved with the test, who are all impressed that she’s there.
Mouch takes the rig out so that he can look at the mechanics of the ladder, and slowly starts to become obsessed with figuring out what went wrong during that warehouse fire.
While looking at the report for the fire, Casey doesn’t think that Mouch should get any extra punishment for the ladder mishap. Severide sees the man he saved in the warehouse, named Ken, and Ken tells him that he wants to get back into his warehouse as soon as possible, leading to the concerned looks from Severide. He brings it to the headquarters, who assign him to investigate the warehouse for any clues. As he leaves, Severide sees the chief who’s in charge of the lieutenant’s test, Conway, and he says a good little biased sentence about how Kidd’s ability doesn’t matter compared to how it would look for a woman to be a lieutenant. He also says that just because she’s dating Severide, that’ll be even easier to slide through the ranks, which infuriates Severide to no other.
Gianna and Sylvie talk boys, and Sylvie brushes off any possibility that her and Casey have any sorts of relationship, and inside the Firehouse, Mouch’s obsession with the ladder malfunction continues with him scanning the handbook. Herrmann, nervous about his friend, goes to a nearby firehouse, and asks one of their crew about a similar situation where a ladder operator messed up and almost hurt someone. The crew member replied that the person in question was so far into his career, he was “going through the motions,” and he was sent to a desk job.
With incredible enthusiasm, Kidd tells Severide that she’s excited to get studying for the test, and he can’t bring himself to tell his girlfriend the horrible remarks that Chief Conway said. Meanwhile Boden tries to break his new standing desk so he can go back to sitting, but Kylie sees through the ruse and fixes it.
Now the part we were all waiting for, Sylvie and Casey have their renewed talk about their feelings. Casey said that his feelings for her are real “regardless of Gabby,” which hurts Sylvie, because there “shouldn’t be a ‘regardless.'” She tells him that that can’t happen again, because she needs to be on her own. Thus breaks the hearts of all of us fans that were shipping them.
Sylvie and Gianna get sent out on a call of a woman who was hit in the face with a drone, and the blades of the drone cut a piece of her nose off (insert some gross and oddly impressive special effects makeup). Gianna finds the piece of the nose, and they assure her that it can be reattached. The person controlling the drone tries to take the drone away, but Gianna knocks it out of the sky with a rake, and they decide to completely destroy it for Sylvie’s smash therapy (hey, that’s the episode title!)
Severide and Ken head to his warehouse, where they find the car that Ken wanted saving still in pretty good condition, so there was nothing too suspicious going on.
Herrmann, Gallo, and Kylie find some of the paperwork involved with the previous incident like Mouch’s, and Herrmann tells Kylie that she needs to be tougher than Boden if she is to keep the job, since Boden goes through a lot of assistants (except for Connie, who was a series favorite before her departure).
While sharing cigars, Casey tells Severide about him and Sylvie, and he says he’s gonna pull back on his feelings for her, for the sake of her, which hits home for Severide, since he is in a sticky situation with Kidd.
Kylie catches Boden trying to sit at his standing desk, and Kylie tells him that he can be strict, because she wants to be tough, and she wants to learn from him.
Herrmann finds out through his searching and that the manufacturer of the ladder system was supposed to have product recalls, and it never went through, and informs Mouch and Casey that Mouch did nothing wrong.
At the usual end of episode Molly’s scene, Sylvie and Kidd discuss Casey and Severide. Kidd notices the weird behavior that she’s been seeing in her boyfriend and will most likely confront him about it. Severide is then shown helping his new buddy Ken fix up the car. Ken even gives him permission to take it on its first test drive. Severide purposely ignores a call from his girlfriend, and he drives off into the night.
The episode was a nice return to Fire‘s roots. Fighting fires, with a fair amount of share between all the side plots. It was also nice to see Chief Boden attempt to work at a standing desk when he clearly wanted to be sitting. The humanity of Casey being so forgiving to Mouch for the ladder mishap was great to see, especially when Casey can be so cold during the job.
Chicago Fire is taking a two week break before returning. What did you think of tonight’s return to the show? Leave a comment below.
Chicago Fire Review – A Couple Hundred Degrees (9×11)
On tonight’s latest episode of Chicago Fire, Severide juggles with a CFD recruit, Herrmann tries to play matchmaker, Casey continues to struggle with his head injury, and Violet and Sylvie investigate a mysterious letter tied to a call.
After a call to a local deli where the owner seemed to have fallen down a set of basement stairs, Violet receives an anonymous note that says “that fall wasn’t an accident.” While Ronnie, the deli owner, doesn’t recall if anyone pushed him, the suspicion falls on a cafe owner, Mike, who wants to buy out the deli so that he can expand it. Detective Adam Ruzek makes a cameo to let them know that the business wasn’t anything serious if they don’t know who did it.
Once Sylvie and Violet are called back to the deli because Ronnie collapsed, Violet makes the discovery that the cafe owner is poisoning him by giving Ronnie muffins every day.
In a shocking plot twist, the cafe owner actually wrote the note, and it was Ronnie’s WIFE that was poisoning him because she wanted to sell the deli! Not only was that revelation incredibly messed up, but it wasn’t covered enough! I would’ve loved to see the folks over at Chicago PD do a full episode about this because it was wrapped up immediately after being revealed.
Over the course of the episode, we see Severide teaching a class of Fire Academy recruits through some drills. One of the students is the son of another fire chief. While Severide doesn’t believe one student, Jacob Mercer, the son of another fire chief, has the instincts to be a firefighter, he struggles with not wanting to dismiss him fearing backlash from his father.
After burning his hand during a drill, Mercer is tasked with filling up air tanks. He accidentally fills up with carbon monoxide, which almost causes a couple of recruits their lives. Severide, per usual, saves the day.
The outcome? Consequences from Mercer’s father, who got Severide’s teaching privileges revoked.
After breaking up with his boyfriend, Ritter is enjoying the single life, but Herrmann sets him up with someone in his wife’s book club. Their date goes off the deep end as it turns out the setup dated Ritter’s ex before him, and he was incredibly controlling, and he ended it before it could even start. Thankfully, Ritter and his ex get back together.
After a mini-reunion with Chicago Med, Dr. Will Halstead informs Casey that anyone who has a head injury of his should see a neurologist. Casey lied to him saying it was for a friend but is now claiming that the symptoms of the injury are gone. Casey also decides to meet up with a neurologist to get a diagnosis, and Sylvie agrees to go with him, possibly giving the Sylvie/Casey story a breath of fresh air.
I’ve complained about it a lot throughout this season, but I will say, the show has done a better job in the later episodes of the season with managing all the storylines. Rather than giving some storylines more screen time than others, there was a fair amount for all so that no details were lost. There were even some instances that scenes blended together with the storylines instead of a scene break. It’s been my biggest criticism of the season, and it seems that after a COVID season, the writers needed to take the time to recuperate, and I think that they have recovered nicely. They have done a great job of letting the audience know which story is more important compared to other weeks.
That said, I still have a small hunch that unless there is a medical miracle, Matt Casey will be departing the show or be forced on the sidelines for a while. He says his headaches are gone, but those come and go depending on the day.
And I don’t know about you, but “Severide the teacher” was VERY entertaining and I hope this can be expanded in the future. I think it would be great for his character for him to teach some classes and the future of the Chicago Fire Department.
We’re nearing the end of the season!
What did you think of tonight’s episode? Would you trust Severide to teach you the ways of the Chicago Fire Department? Would you let Herrmann set you up with someone in his wife’s book club? Leave a comment below!
Chicago Fire Review – One Crazy Shift (9×10)
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.
Here’s When Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD Will Air Season Finales in 2021
It’s hard to believe that it’s almost finale time for the #OneChicago shows on NBC.
Due to production delays brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Chicago Med, Chicago PD, and Chicago Fire got off to a late start in mid-November (instead of the usual mid-September premiere), but that pandemic hasn’t made a huge impact on the quality of the episodes.
However, with shorter seasons on tap, the schedule has been pretty wonky and consisted of several breaks in between, so we don’t blame you if you’re having trouble keeping up. That’s why we’re here to clue you in.
New episodes of the trio of shows return on March 31, 2021.
As for the finales, NBC hasn’t announced any official finale dates.
However, according to TVLine, the current seasons will wrap up on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, which would align with their pre-COVID finales even if the episode count is a bit shorter than in the year’s prior.
Once NBC confirms to official finale date, we’ll update this post, but at least you can find comfort in knowing that we still have a solid several weeks with Chicago’s bravest and boldest!
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