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Chicago Fire Review: A Malfunctioning Case (9×03)

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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.


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Here’s When Last Night’s Episodes of ‘Chicago Med,’ ‘Chicago Fire,’ and ‘Chicago PD’ Will Premiere

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Fans of the #OneChicago shows — Chicago Med, Chicago PD, and Chicago Fire –– will have to wait an additional week for new episodes. 

NBC announced that the originally scheduled episodes were postponed from their original premiere date of Wednesday, January 6 to next Wednesday on January 13. 

The network made the decision to preempt the #OneChicago shows with continued breaking news coverage on the chaos at the Capitol after Trump supporters stormed the federal building and delayed the Electoral College vote count.

Yesterday’s premieres marked the show’s return from the winter hiatus. NBC wasn’t the only network to delay originally scheduled programming as ABC and CBS both aired news instead. 

Here are the synopsis for all three shows premiering next week!

Chicago Med:

Dr. Charles and April team up to take on a mysterious patient in the ED; Dr. Halstead is forced to make a life-or-death decision for one of his trial patients; Dr. Marcel is confronted by his past when a former acquaintance is brought into the ED.
 

Chicago Fire:

A mishap on the aerial ladder in the midst of a fire rescue leaves Mouch shaken and questioning his abilities; Kidd looks for support from Severide while Casey and Brett discuss their future.
 

Chicago PD:

Ruzek and Burgess discover a child walking alone in the middle of the street, and when they take her home, they discover that her entire family has been murdered; Upton is approached with a job offer from the FBI.
 


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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 Fiery New Season (9×01)

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Eight months after the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the remaining episodes of Chicago Fire, our favorites firefighters and paramedics at Firehouse 51 are back in action, and they haven’t missed a beat. The show’s hiatus didn’t stop it from showing the impacts of the pandemic in the world of NBC’s hit drama series: significantly less people working in the Firehouse, and characters acknowledging that the pandemic has affected a lot of the city and how it has affected their jobs.

The episode began with Joe Cruz literally running into work, and getting a quick temperature check before running inside. Chief Boden is in the middle of introducing the newest paramedic to the squad when Joe bursts into his office, apologizing for his tardiness because he hit a pot-hole on the way in. The new paramedic is introduced as Gianna Mackey (played by Adriyan Rae), who has known Joe all of her life.

Kelly Severide tells Matt Casey and Sylvie Brett that his girlfriend Stella Kidd’s Girl’s on Fire program was temporarily shut down due to the pandemic and that most of the office workers are working from home, leaving only the firefighters and paramedics inside. Brett then says that Emily Foster’s new job at Northwestern is also insane because of the pandemic. This was the show’s way of writing off the character after two seasons.

The Firehouse’s siren goes off, calling on Ambulance 61 to a call, giving Mackey and Brett their first call as new partners. The call is a possible overdose, and the victim’s brother appears and puts a gun to their heads, threatening violence if they try to take him to the hospital. In a huge act of bravery, Brett gets the victim on a stretcher and gets him into the ambulance, with the gunman chasing after them, and not a shot fired.

After returning back to the Firehouse, Joe immediately bombards Mackey with questions about her first call being so tense and insane. She calms him down nicely and goes into the kitchen to start making lunch for everyone, even giving a small smile to firefighter candidate Blake Gallo. I’m guessing this will be the first romance suspicion of the season, but I’m waiting for the day that Casey and Sylvie end up together.

Chief Boden informs Severide that Squad 3 are going to be testing new equipment on a Saturday, so they all have to come in. Stella then goes on a rant to her boyfriend about having her program shut down, and that she doesn’t want the young women that she’s inspired to lose interest in possibly being firefighters.

We now get our C plot of the episode, with my favorite characters Christopher Herrmann and “Mouch” McHolland. Herrmann learned about a guy who wrote a poem to a “hidden treasure” that tricked people into going out into nature, and he wants to do the same for Molly’s Patio, a new addition to Molly’s Bar, to lure people in for business. I’m sure they want to make sure that the bar is as socially distant as possible for when the characters go out for a drink after work. Candidate Darren Ritter overhears this and wants to help out with the poem. It’s Herrmann’s latest cash grab, and if history should repeat itself, it’ll most likely blow up in his face.

Boden informs his paramedics that the man who overdosed died in the hospital, causing Sylvie and Gianna to become nervous about the brother who pulled a gun on them while on the scene. Chicago P.D.’s Kim Burgess stops by to take a statement from them and informs them that the brother, Joe Halleck, has a long record of assault, robbery, and drug charges. The paramedics decide to stay on active duty but will be cautious if they see him.

After Gallo formally introduces himself to Gianna, Cruz pulls him aside and tells him to back off.

There’s a ray of sunshine in this episode, as Stella gets the all-clear to continue her Girls on Fire program, as long as it sticks to COVID regulations.

Mouch, Herrmann, and Ritter then bury the special Molly’s Coupon, which is free drinks for life. As I predicted earlier, they bury it outside the firehouse, which I’m sure will be extremely easy to find for anyone. I love the little plans that Herrmann gets himself into throughout the series. They then start writing the poem at the new Molly’s spot, and Ritter is shown to be incredibly helpful in poetry writing. As someone who also watches P.D. and Med, there isn’t a whole lot of lightheartedness in those shows, but Fire gives that in the form of Herrmann and Mouch. It used to be Cruz and Otis, but sadly, Otis’ character was killed off last season.

Everyone’s shift ends, and Sylvie heads home for the night. What she doesn’t know is that we get the “creepy stalker camera angle from a car” watching her as she drives away, and as she arrives home, her apartment door is slightly ajar. Calling Casey, he quickly arrives and they quietly go inside, thinking that Halleck might have broken in. They don’t find anything, and Casey says that he is staying the night on the couch just to make sure everything’s okay. They play “Head’s Up” together, and they are on the accent category, and Matt does a “terrible” Australian accent. I think this might be the fourth or fifth Australian joke they’ve made to Casey, since the actor who plays him (Jesse Spencer) is Australian in real life. The two laugh as they head off to bed. This little flirtmance BETTER turn into something real, come on, the fanbase wants it!

The next morning, Stella and Severide notice that Casey went to Sylvie’s, and they get suspicions that they might have been hooking up.

Herrmann and Mouch are doing a local TV ad for the Molly’s treasure hunt when the Firehouse is called to action. They arrive to the scene, which is a burning photography studio with dozens trapped inside. It should be noted that all paramedics and firemen standing outside were masked up. Sylvie gives advice to Gianna on helping victims as they get to work and wait for additional ambulances to help. Inside the building, Stella sees a couple of people run in the wrong direction to safety, and she runs after them. An explosion goes off in the building, trapping Severide and knocking his mask off. Stella knocks over a set statue in the studio and breaks a wall down to get to where Severide is. She gets his oxygen back on his face and frees him, and the two make it out of the building, while also saving one last victim before safely making it out.

Back in the Firehouse, Boden brings Stella into his office and shows her a picture of Engine 21, an 1872 squad of all-Black firefighters in Chicago. This is a real-life squad that has greatly impacted Chicago’s Fire Department. Boden says that there aren’t women or people of color involved in the CFD, and he wants her to take a lieutenant test when it is next offered. I LOVE this for Stella: her character development has been phenomenal over the last several seasons, and she’s grown to be a smart, and influential part of the series.

As said in the past, someone digs up the free drink coupon mere hours after the word was put out. As usual, one of Herrmann’s plans falls short, and now he has to give a guy free drinks forever.

Severide encourages Stella to take the lieutenant test, and that he is going to help her out to prepare for it.

Gallo, while getting the evil eye from Cruz, tries to avoid asking out Gianna. Gianna then asks herself out, pretending to be Gallo, giving him a wink as Ambulance 61 is called upon. As they being their drive, Joe Halleck drives next to them and tries to shoot them! The episode ends with both Halleck, and Ambulance 61 crashing off the side of the highway, and landing with a crash to the ground.

Overall, I would say this was a solid season premiere! It was great to see all of these characters, as well as get some new ones, along with a great cliffhanger to end the hour. The (hopeful) resolution will be solved in next week’s episode!

Are you happy to see Firehouse 51 back in action?


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