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Chicago Fire Review: The Missing Piece (10×15)

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Stella jumped headfirst into her new lieutenant position, as she began the search to fill an empty spot on her team in tonight’s latest episode.

Since Stella is now running the team, she has to find a replacement firefighter to take her old spot on truck, so a few floaters are coming in at high request of the CFD. A new Academy graduate, Kim took the spot, and the rest of the firehouse tried to see if she worked with the team. Mouch discovered that Kim acted and talked a lot like Gallo, providing discomfort from Gallo’s end.

The second floater, Sykes filled Mouch’s “eagle scout type.” Hard worker, but not a lot of personality.

Herrmann brought in his protege Mason (from season 9) to do a ridealong with Truck to convince Stella to give him the position, which he originally couldn’t have, because dumb regulations say that felons cannot be hired in the CFD.

During the ridealong, Mason provided to be a big help, locating a small fire in an apartment complex. Stella felt that Mason was “the missing piece” to 51, with his skills as a firefighter, as well as the generosity he shows as a person. Looks like Mason will be sticking around in the show for some time!

Stella’s first shift began at a rapid pace, as everyone was called to action at a warehouse that the CFD was investigating for fire affected stairs, and the stairs collapsed, while Seager was on them. The stairs had crashed several floors down, requiring the team to perform an epic rescue. Severide, being the rescue master, managed to free Seager out from under the wreckage with not a lot of crucial injuries.

Severide and Cruz went to investigate what might have happened to cause these stairs to collapse. Severide found that the stairs had been cut down, not started by a fire, meaning it was intentional. The property belonged to land developer who was making no money through this warehouse, and Severide suspected that he might have tried to burn it down for the insurance money. When they went to question the owner, Murphy, he said that he never wanted the factory burned, because he was planning a big overhaul to turn it into apartments, removing him as a suspect.

Back at the factory, the two investigators found evidence of an electrical fire, and couldn’t deduce if the stairs being cut was enough to overrule that the fire was accidental. Severide saw the culprit, but he escaped while chasing him out.

Severide felt that maybe the culprit was able to make the fire accidental, but then attack the fire investigators because of a vendetta. One of the arsonists they were looking at files of, Mark Green, looked like the guy that Severide saw at the factory, but he had an alibi that would not leave him there at the fire. However, it was Mark’s father who made the phone call, because he was furious at the CFD for locking his son away

It was a sad episode for the die hard fans, as Sylvie and Casey’s relationship continued to weaken. Casey has been out of the show for the most part of this season, but they have desperately tried to keep the old captain relevant to the show. The distance is affecting Sylvie to no end, and she still wants to make it all work, so she said she is going to take some time off to build the bridge back with him. Does this mean Sylvie Brett will also be leaving the show? We might have to wait until next week to get any official confirmation that she’s gone.

I’m super serious when I say that they love giving Severide these little arson cases each week. It’s the one way the show is going to have anything fire-related for an entire episode while they focus on the lives of the rest of 51. While some of the cases are good, it begs the question of: why are there so many arsonists in Chicago? If there’s enough to solve every week, why doesn’t Severide just change his job over to the investigators unit, and everyone’s happy?

If Sylvie really is leaving, it’ll be sad to see her go. However, she has a fitting ending, going to be with Casey, and the relationship won’t end out of sake of keeping the character around. This is something that fans have wanted to see, and even though it is happening offscreen, just knowing that it’s happening is enough.

Do you think this show has too many arson cases? Leave a comment below!


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    Bill Wetherbee is a recent graduate of Wagner College with a degree in Theater! Currently based in New York City, he loves to learn everything about the TV/film industry, watching everything that's trendy, and analyzing his favorite reality shows, Survivor and Big Brother! Twitter/Instagram: bill__wetherbee

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

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    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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    Chicago Fire Review: Last Chance (10×21)

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    Tonight’s penultimate episode of this season of Chicago Fire had our central couple at odds, another couple fighting off blackmail, and an unlikely couple solving a mystery.

    A car crash involving a food truck was the central case of the week, after a propane tank in the truck nearly exploded. They were able to detain the fire beforehand, but it was near close. The chef of the truck was incredibly desperate to find the truck, and Cruz and Severide looked for it. Once they tracked the lot the truck was at, a glance into the truck revealed that the propane tank that didn’t explode was actually full of drugs. With a special cameo from Hailey Upton, they arrested the chef before he could attack Severide.

    Turns out, Severide messed with the wrong people, and he was lured into a back alley and attacked, while a mysterious man in a car watched. It looks like Severide is going to have to escape from the cartel!

    Severide and Stella are going through pre-wedding jitters. Their professional argument last week involving Gallo drove a wedge into their relationship, as the two love to never discuss anything with each other after something tense happens with them. Herrmann gave Stella some advice about love and that conquers all, the usual flair that Herrmann gives it. At the hospital after the attack, Severide and Stella reconciled and decided to have their wedding next week (season finale time)!

    With Emma threatening all sorts of threats to Violet and Hawkins, the two of them were skating on thin ice to avoid her wrath. Violet continued to give Emma the cold shoulder throughout work, in the most comedic middle-school like way.

    After Violet told Gallo about the situation, Gallo went to Hawkins to see what he was doing about it. Hawkins showed him Emma’s file, where there appeared to be tampering with previous records, specifically disciplinary. Gallo went to Emma’s old firehouse to ask the chief about it, and although appearing hesitant, he gave no details to Gallo about Emma’s history.

    On a call at a crowded street, Emma tried to take charge from under Violet, leading to yet another public argument between the two. During the bickering, a car swerved onto the street, and Violet pulled her nemesis from getting hit. Violet helping her shifted Emma’s plans ever so slightly: rather than go for Violet’s job, she’s going to go for Sylvie’s so that she can always be with Violet! Emma is, I must say, out of her mind, for even trying this, and I’m certain it will all go away very soon.

    The comedic sideplot gave two very small characters a chance to shine. Capp and Tony broke Mouch’s favorite couch while playing catch with an egg, and Mouch launched a full investigation to find the culprit, and recruited Ritter to help him. In a world full of Dick Wolf shows, it was like a mini Law and Order episode. The case was solved when photo evidence of Capp and the couch covered in egg yolk did the two solve this mystery. They even bribed Capp to bring his own couch from home as a replacement for the one he broke. I say this show gets another spin-off: Mouch and Ritter.

    Next week is the season finale, with the wedding we have all been waiting for, as well as the return of the man himself, Matthew Casey! This will probably be Casey’s swan song, so it’s time to take it all in while we can!

    What did you think of tonight’s episode? Leave a comment below!


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    Chicago Fire Review: Halfway to the Moon (10×20)

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    Chicago Fire returned after a three week break tonight, with a daring rescue, wedding plans, bar openings, and a plot to take someone’s job.

    Severide has been training Gallo to join Squad 3, as Gallo’s peaked interest in vertical rescue has inspired Severide to take him under his wing. This was brought to the test as a construction worker was hanging for dear life on a crane. Gallo joined Severide up on top of the crane, and Gallo was able to successfully save the worker with no trouble at all.

    Gallo informed Stella of his desire to try out for Squad, and she began accusing Severide of stealing people from her team, not wanting to change things that are working well. Severide even told her that these conversations were happening when Casey was running the show, so everything predates her, but Stella shut it all down, not wanting to let Gallo grow professionally. Severide stuck with his girl, and persuaded Gallo to stay away from Squad for the time being, and to get as much experience on Truck 81.

    Stella then saw how much going on Squad means to Gallo, and said that she would support him no matter what he decides to do. Gallo then visited Pelham at his new firehouse, who told him to not overthink anything, and the only person he should really be listening to is himself.

    Gallo then told Stella that he wants to stay on Truck 81, and does not plan on trying for Squad yet. It was the strongest decision that I think he could make for the sake of his career.

    Violet uncovered Emma’s possible plot to take her job as paramedic in charge, and she was having absolutely none of it. Emma even asked Gallo out at one point, who was promptly rejected. Emma continued to exhibit her awkward and attention grabbing behavior around Violet, Gallo, and Ritter throughout the episode, causing general confusion and nervousness all around.

    Emma opened up to Mason about the rifts in the social setting, and admitted that exaggerated her background to impress them. Mason assured her that everything is fine, but Emma still felt bummed about it all.

    While on a call to help a patient in the field who needed help breathing, Emma saw that there was no nebulizer mask in their jump bag, which Violet had put in when she restocked. A makeshift one was made in the heat of the moment, but it made the rift between the two that match greater. Violet inadvertently accused Emma of messing with the bag, further angering her. Ritter assured Violet that there isn’t any way that Emma would put a patient in danger to make Violet look bad.

    Turns out, the whole thing was a big old fashioned RUSE, because Emma went to Chief Hawkins, threatening him to transfer Violet out of 51, or she’ll put in a negligence complaint in with the department for the mask incident. Hawkins’ hands are tied in the situation, considering he’s dating Violet.

    A family friend of Herrmann, Sean DeGrimes, asked Herrmann about his best advice to open a bar, as Molly’s is his favorite bar of all time apparently. Herrmann gave him advice on how to run a great institution. Turns out the bar that he’s opening is called Olly’s, and has the exact same layout and design as Molly’s, right down to the wall decorations. Herrmann had lawyers on the phone ready to go, but his wife had to swing by and stop him from doing anything drastic. Sean just wanted to do something that he had always wanted to do, and Herrmann inspired him, even if it looks like a copy.

    Gallo’s characterization throughout this whole season has just been phenomenal. I think he’s really grown into his own, and it’s been showing the last several episodes.

    I’ve been pretty into this Emma storyline throughout. I think it’s insanity that one person actually WOULD put patients in danger just to make one person look bad, and kudos to whoever came up with that idea, because this B plot has become my primary focus through the rest of the season. Emma is going to keep trying to gaslight, gatekeep, girlboss her way to be paramedic in charge, and I’m sure she’ll be stopped in one way or another.

    What did you think of tonight’s episode? Will Emma take control of Violet’s job? Leave a comment below!


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