Herrmann and Mouch played detective, as the tension between Gallo and new firehouse lieutenant Pelham escalated to new highs in tonight’s newest episode. With Pelham taking Casey’s spot, and Boden taking a liking to him, his job security is almost solidified. But his mysterious past of constantly moving firehouses made Herrmann and Mouch suspicious. What happened in this guy’s past that made him always jump around? And will he bring that past to Firehouse 51?
Somehow, Mouch got a confidential file on Pelham, and made sure to hand it to Boden, who found out in the file that Pelham was given the longest suspension in Fire Department history. When Boden asked what it was, Pelham was cryptic and said that it’s something he never wants to discuss. Kind of strange that he wouldn’t give those details to a commanding officer. And Boden just let it go, saying the episode title “What happened at Whiskey Point?”
Mouch discovered a rumor that Pelham punched a commanding officer in the face on a call at a warehouse fire at Whiskey Point, and a few weeks later, that officer retired out of the blue. Boden visited the captain, Stafford and asked about the incident. Pelham accused Stafford of stealing jewelry at the case. Stafford admitted he did steal the jewelry, and Pelham said he would keep his mouth shut if he returned them, and retired, and that Pelham is on the floater cycle because he hit a superior. Pelham took the fall for Stafford because Stafford was having a horrible crisis with his family leaving him, and was going off the rails.
Gallo once again disobeyed a direct order on a call to a house where the fire alarm was malfunctioning and the residents not home. Gallo found a way through an open window, much to the anger of Pelham. The two got into a heavy yelling match about how Gallo is apparently insubordinate, and Gallo retaliating saying he will be on 51 longer than Pelham.
A house fire tested their professional relationship like no other, as Pelham and Gallo worked together to save a little girl trapped in the blaze. The two saved the girl, and got out of the house with ease, upsetting Gallo as his family died in a house fire when he was a kid. This experience brought the two together, and Gallo apologized and promised he will be behave better.
Side plot A of the week: Sylvie and Ritter begging Violet to tell Gallo how she feels about him. It’s clear that she likes him, and has been insanely jealous of his flirtation with their mini-brewery investor Kara. The romantic tension between them has always been there, since they’ve been on again, off again. This came to a head when the stress of work and her personal life caused Violet’s appendix to burst while being reprimanded by paramedic Chief Hawkins. On the way there, a delirious Violet was ranting about her personal life, and made Hawkins believe that she was flirting with him.
At the hospital with Violet, Gallo said that he has a tendency to be dark and distant to the people he loves, because when he feels like those people always leave him.
Side plot B of the week: Herrmann started moving his things into Casey’s old office. Severide doesn’t like the idea of Herrmann having this office, since it usually goes to the truck lieutenant, which is Pelham. Not only that, but Herrmann tried to give himself an office in season 8, and nearly burned the place to the ground in the process. It was a back and forth of Herrmann annoying Severide with loud music, hammering in the walls. Herrmann tried to buddy up to Severide, making him burst with rage to Herrmann. Severide made up with him by bringing some cigars to his house.
Side plot C of the week revolved around Cruz befriending a future single mom on a call after rescuing her, and his introspective look at how there are different kinds of people raising kids in different environments. While he was freaking out over expensive preschools, this woman, Stacy, had to cut back on her finances and move around jobs because she’s a struggling single parent. Stacy knitted Cruz’s baby a little fireman’s hat, and gave him advice that her mom gave her about always sitting the positives of parenting.
The end of the episode had Severide drop a bomb that Stella is not sure when Stella will come back, since Girls on Fire is doing so well in Boston, and he’s nervous that they will be distant whenever she gets back.
Could this possibly lead to Stella and Severide breaking up, or possibly either of them leaving the show? It seems that that may be a big deal when the show returns for its fall finale on December 8.
As I have said a couple of times already, the show seems to really be setting up for Gallo to take some form of leading man role. So much of the last several episodes have revolved around him in some capacity. With Casey gone, and now some possibility that Severide could be headed out soon, they’re gonna need a new young looking firefighter to be the face of the show.
Cruz’s time today was great. I think they have been using this character as a great moral ground for the show, since he has such a genuine heart for almost everyone he meets.
Pelham may become a more recurring role as time progresses too. Brett Dalton is doing a great job as this struggling lieutenant trying to fight his way back into the firefighting command.
What did you think of tonight’s episode? Leave a comment below!
Chicago Fire Review: Last Chance (10×21)
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!
Chicago Fire Review: Halfway to the Moon (10×20)
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!
Chicago Fire Review: Finish What You Started (10×19)
Suspicions continue to grow around the new paramedic, and an investigation from a big crash site sent Severide in a race against time in tonight’s newest episode.
A plane crash caused a jet engine to fall and land on top of a school. It took the entire firehouse to save the remaining children. It was impossible to navigate the stairs without causing the engine to possibly fall through the stairs and crush them. Newest recruit Mason thought of a way to cause the wall of the school to fall outward, rather than inward, a technique he’s used for trees in wildfires. The technique worked, and the team was able to put out the fire, while Squad Three got the rest of the students and teachers out of the building.
An investigator for the the call said that a piece of the engine strut was taken from the call, and that someone on Squad Three took it. This of course didn’t happen, which caused the wrath of the government to attempt to fall on Firehouse 51.
While preparing the collapse of the wall, Ritter saved a student from a first story window. This kid, Marco, revealed that he knew who took the strut, a kid by the name of Oliver. Severide found him, and got the strut, and made sure that Oliver did not get in too much legal trouble for messing with evidence, since he felt bad for him and all. Bless Severide’s adorable heart. He convinced the investigator that they mistook the piece for a halligan, and got lost in their equipment. No charges were filed against anyone.
Ritter made the discovery that the new paramedic, Emma, did not attend Johns Hopkins where she claims to have attended. What’s more, Emma made up a story about how Violet couldn’t handle the blood on the call with the jet, which she didn’t do, only used her boyfriend to call ahead to the hospital. On a separate call of a man involved with a scooter accident, Emma tried to make the person injured man feel nervous about Violet helping him settle his broken arm. It seems to be that Emma is trying to steal Violet’s job, and is attempting to gaslight the rest of the firehouse to believe that she is not capable of doing her job in a high stress situation. Hawkins cannot even involve himself in this situation, due to their recent controversy and complaints.
A crew was installing new Ethernet cables in the firehouse, and one of the workers had an interest in Kylie, Boden’s secretary and assistant. The worker, named Needles, looked like the bad boy type, with greasy hair and tattoos. Boden and Stella were both not big fans of him, acting like parents of a teenager. The two even sat Kylie down and talked to her like parents, but wording all of their sentences in different ways because they are not her parents, obviously. Kylie told them that Needles took her on a horrible first date, and that there would not be a second one.
Remember Todd Graham, the firefighter who visited his brother’s memorial, and bonded with Herrmann and his kids? Well he’s back, and is going to be a new candidate in the CFD, and Herrmann is taking a new protege under his wing.
I don’t quite understand what the show is trying to do with Emma here. She has no compassion for her patients or the rest of the firehouse, and for some reason has it out for Violet. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me, and I’m just ready for that to end. I just don’t really care about it as much.
It’s interesting to note that two people who are inspired by Herrmann, Todd and Mason, have returned to his life. It makes me wonder if something will happen to either of them, and it will make Herrmann question some moral choices with them.
The season is definitely gearing for Severide and Stella’s wedding for the end of the season. They decided on a venue at the end of the episode, and they are going full speed ahead to tie the knot. Maybe Casey will make a cameo for that day?
Chicago Fire returns in three weeks with the last batch of episodes for the season! Leave a comment below with your thoughts on tonight’s episode.
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