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Chicago Fire Review: Thanksgiving Interrupted

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"Two Families" seems to acknowledge that Chicago Fire is far less about the fires now than during the pilot, and far more about the men and women who work together and build their own traditions and family on the job.

And the show is much better because of it.

A Thannksgiving On Fire

I honestly thought this would be the night Kelly is finally outed over his pain killer problems, but Shay once again stepped in to help him. Which is rather surprising considering she vowed to no longer be part of his charade; however, her stare down of Kelly as she handed him the cup was clear: she’s wiping her hands of the entire situation. Besides, Shay has new problems in the form of Clarice.

Clarice. There’s just something about her that doesn’t feel genuine or authentic. It doesn’t seem like she ever wants to stay in one place for very long, and she’s only attaching herself to people to get some quick, puppy love affection before moving on to a new person. I’m curious how Shay will handle a potential relationship with her a second time around after Clarice left Shay in such a poor emotional state the last time; and if her biggest confidant, Dawson, will try to show any kind of support for her when she clearly doesn’t approve.

Casey, on the other hand, seems to be distancing from his personal family to his work one, as his wants in his relationship with Hallie are starting to drift further and further apart from hers. He has all the desire in the world to start a family and have a baby, and she doesn’t at all. 

It’s clear the show is gently prodding Dawson and Casey towards something, as Casey collects his free round of shots from her after delivering the baby, and, to be honest, Hallie has never been a very good fit for the show. Whether that depiction of her was done on purpose or not remains to be seen, but I’m all aboard the Dawson and Casey firetruck nonetheless.

Finally, there’s Chief Boden and Ernie. While we’re never shown with certainty that Ernie is an arsonist, the evidence against him is rather telling, as Boden and Hermann are quick at discerning his life and emotional state. My brother likes to joke around with me that there are two types of firebugs in this world: arsonists and firefighters, and his description seems spot on for Ernie. It looks like Boden recognizes this, too, and is perhaps hoping that if he can show Ernie what being a firefighter is all about he can hopefully turn his life in a more noble direction instead of one behind bars.

Other Thoughts:

  • How many times is Mills’ turkey going to be change color?
  • The scene with Casey delivering the baby was absolutely beautiful, heart wrenching, and incredibly cinematic. I loved that the background music immediately faded as we waited with held breath with the rest of the team as they hoped Casey could revive the baby.
  • Hermann’s family postponing Thanksgiving so he could be there with them had me crying.
  • Chief Boden has a son.
  • I might steal the firehouse’s tradition of naming the turkey before carving it.
  • Don’t be alarmed if Chicago Fire notches some pretty low numbers this week. Wednesday shows historically do poorly the day before Thanksgiving because of the holiday.

Review

Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.0 / 5.0 (40 Votes)

Nick McHatton is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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    I love this show I want it to be another season!!!

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    I love this show and I hope more people will watch it. I especially love Lauren German and I would love to see her get with Mills's sister, she is really hot,too.

    Leon-alexis

    Love this lesbian blond girl and those real men! LOVE THEM ALL!!!
    LOVE THIS SHOW!

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    Love this show, keeps getting better and would love to see Kelly and Mills'sister get together, the chemistry is more than obvious.

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    I just LOVE this show and I can't wait to see Casey and Dawson together. I hope they kill Hallie off! Lol

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    I love this show, and hope it gets another season..plus love severide and love the scenes he has with Miles' sister..they already have a lot of chemistry..

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    Severide has been risking the lives of both his fellow firefighters and of the people he's rescuing by not getting treatment for his injury, and now he's falsifying drug test results. And why? For the very selfish reason of not wanting to give up his position as the Squad Lieutenant. They just can't take this much farther because if they do let someone get injured or die as a result of Severide's inability to properly do his job then there is no realistic way he could keep his job at all much less remain as the Lt.

    I think it was pretty unfair for Casey to say that he wants a baby right away. Hallie is a resident and he knows how demanding that is. If he wants a baby right now so badly he should have suggested adopting and him quitting his job to care for it. Of course, when Hallie admitted she may not ever want children that changed everything and probably spells the end of their relationship.

    Yeah, the drug test results came in way too soon. I mean c'mon show! They take the samples overnight then the next morning have the results? That was silly especially since announcing the results was not necessary for the plotline.

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    I've caught the last few episodes and I'm really starting to like this show (which probably means that it's doomed to cancellation). I checked the preliminary ratings for last night and they were indeed down but, on the bright side, Chicago Fire was NBC's highest rated show for the night even increasing the audience of their lead-in Law & Order SVU. This show is certainly much better than the overhyped Revolution so hopefully NBC will give it a chance to find an audience. Taylor Kinney got a featured interview on the Macy's parade this morning which may bring some potential new viewers. Unfortunately the show is pre-empted next week for, of all things, an SNL Christmas special. Nice planning NBC: promote Chicago Fire on your highly watched parade then don't air it the following week.

    As for this episode, I think the Severide broken neck / drug use storyline needs to be wrapped up and soon. I mean, how much farther can they take it without permanently damaging the character? He's been risking the lives of both his fellow firefighters and of the people he's rescuing by not getting treatment for his injury, and now he's falsifying drug test results. And why? For the very selfish reason of not wanting to give up his position as the Squad Lieutenant. They just can't take this much farther because if they do let someone get injured or die as a result of Severide's inability to properly do his job then there is no realistic way he could keep his job at all much less remain as the Lt.

    I think it was pretty unfair for Casey to say that he wants a baby right away. Hallie is a resident and he knows how demanding that is. If he wants a baby right now so badly he should have suggested adopting and him quitting his job to care for it. Of course, when Hallie admitted she may not ever want children that changed everything and probably spells the end of their relationship.

    Yeah, the drug test results came in way too soon. I mean c'mon show! They take the samples overnight then the next morning have the results? That was silly especially since announcing the results was not necessary for the plotline.

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    i loved this episode especially how they showed the families. I adore chief Boden and think they should give him a love interest and develop the storyline around his son. Chief is complicated and a woman in his life will show more depth to his character. I will volunteer!!!

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    That baby was stunning!! Who else agrees with me. I loved that little cry.




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