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Chicago Fire Review: Transfer, Trouble and Travel

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Chicago Fire returned from its three-week break with "Warm and Dead," an episode that featured a shocking death, some travel troubles and Otis heading elsewhere.

Renee & Severide

Kelly’s decision to stay in Chicago to have the experimental surgery wasn’t surprising, nor was it shocking that he chose to let Renee head to Madrid without him. How he came to those decisions, however, was probably one of the best moments of the hour, as he went to his father, Benny, for advice.

I still have plenty of love for Everwood and it’s always fantastic to see Treat Williams step back into a similar father role; plus, seeing Williams give some fatherly advice to Kelly brought me back to the glory days of The WB for a few moments.

Putting aside my love for that network and getting towards Benny and Kelly, Benny’s advice to Kelly seemed to wrap up every parental regret he had while still offering some very sound advice. His words to Kelly about not doing anything he doesn’t want to do or might regret were very powerful.

Benny’s advice put a mirror on Severide and his recent decisions. For a good portion of the season, he’s mostly gone through the motions so long as he could keep his addiction to pain killers up. But now Severide has taken control of his life knowing the full weight of his choices and the consequences of them - and is working towards following a path of recovery.

The only worry now is with Kelly heading under the knife for spinal surgery is this: will his pain killer addiction be reignited?

Otis’ decision to transfer to the quieter fire station has always seemed like something inevitable. As a character, we haven’t gotten to know Otis very much and, aside form his podcast and his pranks, he’s been mostly relegated to the back while some of the other “background” firefighters have gotten their own arcs. Maybe this is the beginning of an Otis-centric arc, but, if it isn’t, I can’t say I’m surprised to potentially see him go.

Finally, we got to see Casey testify for his mother at her parole hearing and once again we were treated to all the best that Casey has to offer. His speech even moved his unmovable sister, but the only wrinkle now is Casey needs to offer his mom a safe and structured space so she can fulfill her parole.

I’m curious what kind of wrinkle this adds to the Casey-Dawson-Mills triangle as Dawson has mostly been going back and forth between them. She’s almost fulfilling two different roles between the two of them: Flirty and fun with Mills, and supportive and helpful to Casey.

Other Thoughts

  • Chief Boden’s worry over Ernie and the dangerous situation he’s in with his Uncle was heartbreaking. Boden tried to save the boy, and to get to the bottom of his situation, but in the end he didn’t get there fast enough.
  • Does this mean they keep the dog?
  • It might be on page one of the handbook, but I think Shay should get more use out of her taser.
  • NBC this week added an additional episode to Chicago Fire Season 1’s total. Bringing the total episode count up to 23.

Review

Editor Rating: 4.2 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.4 / 5.0 (62 Votes)

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É assim, esta longe de ser o melhor, mas agrada, talvez por não ser o melhor. Gosto das histórias paralelas, dão uma dimensão maior dos personagens, os humanizam, mas e sempre tem um mas, há necessidade de mais ação, os atendimentos tem de ser mais explorados para ficar mais emocionante, me parece que um episódio é assim e outro não, não sei. O que sei é que gosto.

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I hope they pick this show up. We don't need another Law and Order and I'm glad that Dick Wolf is doing another show not about cops.

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Of course Kelly was going to stay. I love Sarah Shahi but she needs her own series again, instead of playing 2nd or 3rd fiddle on another show. Each of the regular characters seem to have a little center stage time each week, but this week was the Chief's moment in the spotlight. Outstanding.

Snakethecritic

★★★★☆TV Great Drama TV. Still needs more action, hopefully they pick that up. ..

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it was good...i felt for the chief....was glad, his ex-wife allowed him to see her son. dawson needs to STOP playing games with her station mates. was THRILLED to see that severide STAYED....he's the reason, i watch....as for what's up between him and shay: i think it's like a "brother/sister" type thing....considering, she's GAY....and i'm glad, she was at the hospital, when he went into surgery....he had to be nervous about it. alisa

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The most compelling scenes were all with Boden...his frantic attempt to save Ernie multiple times, the death of Ernie, the reunion with his dog & (step)son, his walk through the house & chase-down of Ernie's "uncle"....and the reviewer hardly mentions them?????? I was in tears through all of it. Excellent episode....I also thought the Severide father & son scene and the Kelly & Shay scenes were moving.

Sarah silva

I forgot to add the first time I cried was when Eenie died.

Sarah silva

I also cried with Boden went to his ex wifes house to see his son, when the bid said Dad, I lost it! I really want to know what happened and why his ex hates him so much that she banned him from seeing his son. The whole I raised him since he was 3 and never used the word Stepson was super heartbreaking!
YES they get to keep the dog, they named him pouch.
There were funny moments thoughout too!
Boden was always the first to keep the guys his guys out of trouble he made sure Casey did not do anything stupid with the dirty cop. Then he (still unjustly so) told Mills to not get involved with Dawson, but when it comes to his own personal feelings all best were off. I cried when

Sarah silva

I missed this show when it was off the last couple weeks.
This was a fantastic episode! I enjoy every episode but this was fantastic! This felt like it would have been a good midseason finale but at least we do not have to wait weeks for another new episode.
I was wondering how Severide would make the choice to stay behind and I am glad that he did, I am sure the surgery will go well or at least I hope.
I am not sure how well it will go having Casey's mom live with him, now is not the time for him to be in a relationship. Which is just fine with me as I really do prefer Dawson and Mills, I think she likes Mills but I still see her droping him as soon as Casey is ready!
I am sad to see Otis go.
I also cried with Boden went to his ex wifes house to see his son, when the bid said Dad, I lost it! I really want to know what happened and why his ex hates him so much that she banned him from seeing his son. The whole I raised him since he was 3 and never used the word Stepson was super heartbreaking!
YES they get to keep the dog, they named him pouch.
There were funny moments thoughout too!
Boden was always the first to keep the guys his guys out of trouble he made sure Casey did not do anything stupid with the dirty cop. Then he (still unjustly so) told Mills to not get involved with Dawson, but when it comes to his own personal feelings all best were off. I cried when

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I love this show and I hope since it has been on pretty regular that means NBC will bring it back next year. NBC needs all the help it can get. All they seem to show on this network is The Voice, America's Got Talent and Dateline. Less of these shows and more eposides of shows like this, Grimm, Parenthood... Everybody knew Kelly was not leaving. What is up with Kelly and Shay? It seems like they are more than bestfrineds. Loved Shay with the Teaser but she is being really stupid with the pregnant ex. This women and married and about to have a baby. Do you really think her husband is not going to have a problem with this? I like Otis and I don't want him to leave. Puppy is too cute. Boden was good, sad to see Ernie killed. Maybe will see Boden with son more now. They have to keep Casey and Dawson apart for awhile. Don't know about Casey's mom. See problems in the future.