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.


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

The way they made it sound was that Boden's son died, but he is alive so I am intrigued to find out more of that story.
When Otis was doing the pod cast at the end I really liked how that all played out, seeing everyone from Casey to Boden at home.
Sarah Shahi is supposed to be Severide's love interest BUT I would like to see him and Mills' sister get together.

Sarah silva

This was a fantastic episode! I love this show.
When we first saw Ernie I was had a feeling he started the fire last week but then when we saw him this week, I kind of had the same feeling and Hermann made some good points that makes it seem like he is an arsonist BUT I have a slight feeling he will not me. We will have to wait and see.
I knew as soon as Casey got the baby breathing that he wanted to have a baby and was going to tell Hallie that. I knew she would react the way she did. Personally I do not want to see Dawson and Casey together I like her way better with Mills. They need a new love interest for Casey. (Me..LOL).
I really like Hermann and I too cried when his family waited to have Thanksgiving with him.
I think Shay will be smart this time and send Clarice back to her husband. I knew she would help Severide but I also knew that would be the last thing she would do for him.
The way they made it sound was that Boden's son died, but he is alive so I am intrigued to find out more of that story.
When Otis was doing the pod cast at the end I really liked how that all played out, seeing everyone from Casey to Boden at home.
Sarah Shahi is supposed to be Severide's love interest BUT I would like to see him and Mills' sister get together.


I never liked Hallie and tonight clenched why. She deifnitely is not on the sma epage as Casey. He was so excited when he was telling her about delivering the baby and she was just like meh. I'm all aboard the Dawson/Casey fireturck too but I like that this relationship is a slow burn. If/when they enter into a relationship it won't be easy considering their jobs so I think it needs to go slow. No mention of Leon and his brother and their issues? Or Otis' podcast? I love Shiri Appleby but like others have said I am apprehensive about Clarice. I'm more than ready for Sarah Shahi to arrive on the show as a possible love interest for Kelly. He needs that and maybe she will get him to come clean about his injury. I really thought tonight was it for him as well. The show definitely has changed since the pilot but I'm okay with that, although I feel they kind of forgot about the guy who died in the pilot and was one of the main focuses for the first two episodes.


★★☆☆☆TV Lt Casey should have delegated Mills (EMT certified) to deliver the baby. Also the drug test was an awful storyline. That lab has a quick turnaround, and Severide got another easy pass. We didn't need to know the results so quickly or at all. Considering we saw the switch. I've been applauding this show for its writing, but this episode was a let down. BTW Happy Thanksgiving or Half Man Half Couch-Day = Munchy


Sure wish CHICAGO FIRE could find an audience....last night's episode showed that it deserves one! I was totally engaged with every story arc. I'm not sure I want to see Casey & Dawson together....always a bad idea to romance in the work place.


I'm all aboard the Dawon/Casey ship too. Why do people find pining so objectionable? The heart wants what it wants and I see no value in pretending otherwise. Longing glances are not exactly the crime of the century. I like that they're building this up slowly though and Dawson may have a Mills pitstop before she and Casey get together.


Aww I liked this episode. Okay I wonder when Severide is going to reach his limit. I thought it would be this week, but I guess not. And then I wonder what's Shay's limit. Speaking of Shay, I love the actress that plays Clarice, Shiri Appleby, but I don't know about Charice. And with the other couplish people I liked Halle and Casey together, so I hope they don't sink that ship. Half of it is because I think they are cute together, half because I just don't like Dawson pining over Casey. The fires are cool too, but I agree that the firefighters are better. I loved Peter Mills making the firehouse's best Thanksgiving Dinner ever. And his sister coming to help was nice. Herman's family waiting was also awesome. Then Mouch's nickname and the drug guy taking over his spot. And then Otis/Brian's podcast was funny and then nice at the end of it.

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Chicago Fire Season 1 Episode 7 Quotes

You know what I'm thankful for? Two families, and not many people can say that.


Hermann: Just be careful.
Boden: For what?
Hermann: Don't replace a kid you lost with a kid you can't save.