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Chicago Fire Review: The Tipping Point

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Not all of our favorite men and women of uniform will be having a very "Merry Christmas, Etc." as some of them deal with problems of deception, pain and loss.

And, as if all of the above weren’t enough, Chicago Fire ended with a deafening crash - but we’ll save that for the end of this review.

Testing Shay's Patience

I honestly suspected Cruz was the one behind stealing the necklace. His dreams, and the potential loss of his brother to gang violence, seemed like the perfect cocktail of poor-choices-that-seem-perfectly-rational-in-the-moment, especially when he didn’t have the money available to do the Flacko’s buyout.

Yet, even without having the entire story (or really any story at all) Casey willingly went back to the homeowner who lodged the complaint and called her out on her potential fraud. It seems no matter what the circumstances, they have each other’s back, but just how far is that loyalty going to go as the misdeeds of the crew begin coming to life? While everyone was truthful in this instance, there are plenty of others hanging in the balance.

Cruz’s decision to not save Flacko in the house fire stands in direct conflict with the requirements of his job: he does not discriminate who he saves and who he doesn’t, he isn’t allowed to play God, but I’m also not really all that broke up about it. We’re all willing to go far beyond our moral compasses for those we love, and it’s a theme that was strongly prevalent in this episode.

Which brings me to Casey. In “Leaving the Station,” we’re given a brief introduction to his family, particularly his sister’s family, as he visits his father’s grave. While it was never outright discussed or mentioned tonight, it’s probably safe to say Casey’s mother killed his father. Why else would she be in jail?

However, going on appearance only, Casey’s mother doesn’t look like the murdering type. She’s small in stature, well mannered, and has a warmth to her, but which family member stepped out of alignment from their compass: Casey or his mom? It’s easy to side with Casey’s sister, but Casey is such a genuinely noble and true character it’s hard to completely dismiss his Mom right away.

Casey’s love life isn’t faring much better as his “date” with Dawson fizzled out almost instantly after all of that wonderful build up, but - like any good love story on television progress - was only made when one’s life is hanging in the balance.

Which brings us to the much-hyped “final two minutes” by NBC with Dawson and Shay. Watching the flatbed truck swerve out of the way of a car and directly into their rig caused my heart to stop momentarily. Shay and Dawson never catch a break, and just when it look like they’re getting somewhere a Clarice bomb blows up in front of them or medicine for a friend comes back to bite them.

In a way, the crash is symbolic of all the lies Severide has told to Shay to cover up his drug problem, and her moving out might be the “push” he needs to begin to take responsibility for his actions. For Casey, this could be just what he needs to finally evaluate his feelings for Dawson and decide whether to take any further steps with her.

What did you think of tonight’s Chicago Fire? Be sure to read and contribute to our Chicago Fire quotes section and I’ll see you back here in two weeks for the aftermath of the crash.

Review

Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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I love this show,getting more interesting...I hope Casey would realize that his has feeling for Dawson. They look cute together.

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Loved the show last night. Dawson and Casey look cute together but i dont think Casey loves her. Her focus should be on Mills.

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I'm starting to like Casey a little bit more every episode, though for me the real attention on this show should be on Severide, I love his character quirks and he's so hot, to die for. I'd love to see him and Rene together, they look good. Also like his friendship with Shay though his drug addiction has been one of the main themes for the whole show so you just expect it to blow up sooner or later. I can't wait how they deal with it. Most promising show on TV, I'm so hooked now!

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I watched this episode yesterday and when the flatbed truck crashed into the ambulance, i was shocked and was about to tear up! Fantastic episode and i cannot wait to see the next episode in two weeks! I hope shay pulls through but seeing the preview it does not seem good. I hope dawson and mills become a couple and i hope renee is still with kelly. Seems like a good pair.

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Cruz made the choice to protect his family. His brother's life WAS on the line; and it was just a matter of time. Flaco had threatened to kill him! His choice is definitely understandable from a human point of view. He just needs to man up and keep his mouth shut; deal with his guilt by living his life well. And gotta say, Flaco, Karma is a BITCH. Flaco brought it on himself - started the war that caused the retaliatory fire. Bummer.

Blu

Great episode. This show is a guilty pleasure. I love how aware the chief is of his people. He knew something was up with Shay and in that calling her back and then dismissing her he was letting her know that even though he doesn't know specifically what's going on he knows something is going on. Her being hurt will most likely be a wake up call for Kelley.he's become a full blown addict and behaving like one. Almost losing his bff should help him. I still don't trust Renee. Id take his slight interest in Mill's sister over that. Casey's honorable enough where he's supportive of his mom killing his father because he was abusive or because he did it himself maybe even accidentally and she covered for him. I'm indifferent on him and Dawson but the progress was good and it was a "not now "not a no. Cruz will be haunted for his actions. I'd like to say he was completely wrong but I'm torn. I can't. A troubling revelation for most of us.

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I think there is a good possiblilty that Casey killed their dad but their mom took the fall and that is why Casey still talks to and goes to see her!
I really do not want Casey to be with Dawson.

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You can tell the Chief was not believing Dawson and Shay's story but I am not sure why he told Shay to leave after he asked her to stay.
I KNEW Cruz did not steal the necklace, eventhough they wanted us to think he did the whole time! I called BS as soon as the lady ran out and told Boden it was stolen.
I am 50/50 of what Cruz did, I can see him wanting to save his brother and knowing that was the only way out letting him die in the fire but then the other part of me thinks that as a fire fighter he should have saved him! But you can tell he is struggling but I think he will not say anything to Casey.
I know that Shat and Dawson will be fine but I think Shay will be injured alot worse than Dawson.

Sarah silva

Not sure why it is not letting me rate the episode! 5/5
I love this show! I think it has become my favorite show!
First off, there is not way that Casey is an XL let alone a Large. Yes he has muscles but he would a size medium. I would think his sister would know his size. :)
I am glad that Casey told Dawson he could not kiss her, eventhough he did not shut her down completley he just said there was a better time and place BUT I do not want these two together.
We are finding out more about everyone's personal lives, I think that Casey's mom killed his dad.
With Severide we find out he had a fiance named Rene that broke his heart and that is why he calls this Rene by her last name. They have tons of chemistry, I really want to see more of this relationship. I knew that Shay was going to tell him what she did and it was about time! I hope he gets help.
You can tell the Cheif was not believing Dawson and Shay's story but I am not sure why he told Shay to leave after he asked her to stay.
I KNEW Cruz did not steal the necklace, eventhough they wanted us to think he did the whole time! I called BS as soon as the lady ran out and told Boden it was stolen.
I am 50/50 of what Cruz did, I can see him wanting to save his brother and knowing that was the only way out letting him die in the fire but then the other part of me thinks that as a fire fighter he should have saved him! But you can tell he is struggling but I think he will not say anything to Casey.
I know that Shat and Dawson will be fine but I think Shay will be injured alot worse than Dawson.

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My favorite show on TV... No show on TV has captivated me like this since Taylor Kinney's last foray (Trauma, which was (surprisingly, to me) cancelled)... Cruz seems to be taken aback by his actions and is having a moral dilemma...Part of me wonders where this goes with him. Drinking? Suicide attempt? I think hes too strong for suicide... I really like Lauren Germans character and glad to see her in something that I enjoy as I think she is a great actress but previous roles were just not to my liking (Hostel II in particular)...I don't see her character being killed off...Not this early... Her and Severide have too much left open, and its only too predictable that she will come out of this...But where will it take Kelly? Lots of character development for him, and one of the most intriguing characters on the show. And he gets to dry hump Sara Shahi on set...Lucky b@st@rd Casey and Dawson's story isn't really my favorite...I think it would be great to see Dawson and Peter Mills (am I the only one that calls him that besides the cast?) to further a storyline with Casey and Peter Mills. Maybe they will veer in to that direction...Pretty much every fire Casey has Mills shadow him... Maybe a little foreshadowing? Mills has the school boy crush on the (slightly) older Dawson and she seems to reciprocate...or at least recognize... Casey may have lit the match needed for the relationship between Mills and Dawson to expand. Eamonn Walker is the quiet glue for this show... Not since he played Kareem Said (Oz) has he had this big of an impact. He brings it all together and provides the cohesion and direction the story lines need... Can't wait for them to expand on his character. Yuri Sardarov plays great comic relief and his 'unmade bed' appearance shadows his intuition and youthful demeanor. As I was watching last night, I said as soon as the rich lady kissed Casey, "here's Otis' conspiracy". Hands down, my favorite show on TV. Its the only show I look forward to all week long.

Chicago Fire Season 1 Episode 10 Quotes

It's not a good time because it's worth doing right.

Casey

I perjured myself for you Kelly.

Shay