As "Fireworks" so summarily put it, Chicago Fire handed out plenty of emotion with Benny and Boden, Shay’s plans for a baby and Heather’s push for something more with Casey.
Benny is working hard to get Boden’s secret out in the open, the same secret Boden is trying his best to keep under wraps. It’s difficult to pinpoint where exactly Benny’s intentions lie, but his biggest quality and flaw is how far his integrity goes. He was actually willing, at one point, to sully what little idea Mills has of his father if it meant he could bring Boden’s lies to the forefront.
From a moral standpoint, the appeal of doing so and allowing everyone to move forward with their lives is understandable, but there’s also a case to be made that it is better just to keep things under wraps. Peter knowing his mom had an affair with Boden, and Benny thinking Peter’s father died trying to impress and outdo Boden, all if it has little importance when it has the potential to devastate Peter.
Benny might have realized this after he saw Peter take that swing at him. If Peter was willing to go to bat over Benny’s small objection, then the consequence of finding out about the affair can lead to far more explosive reactions.
During all of the drama, Severide stood strong and impressive. He inherited all the good of his father, but also has far more compassion and integrity that doesn’t roll over the faults of others. As we’ve seen throughout Chicago Fire Season 1, Severide is more willing to work with people and give them a chance rather than make sure he’s the last man standing on integrity island.
Shay trying to find the right sperm donor lead to the most unlikely of places: Mouch. It was nice moment of hilarity in an otherwise emotionally dense episode. And it offers yet another area of expertise for Mouch to explain to someone in the firehouse, so I can’t really blame Shay for deciding to go running towards the best person for the job:
Shay asking Severide for his sperm isn’t surprising in the least, we even made that very prediction. The build up was shocking, though, as Shay stumbled and bumbled her way around asking for a donation; it was like watching Shay ask Kelly out on a date.
While I’m still wary that Shay is rushing into having a baby as a way of getting over Clarice, bringing Kelly into the fold soothes some of my fears. The guy was absolutely amazing with Clarice’s baby and Shay’s offer of letting him be the father is certainly a better idea that trying to be a single parent.
The only hurdle that remains is whether Severide says yes or no.
Speaking of rushing into things, this brings us to the Heather portion of the review! She is moving a way too fast for my taste, and I’m glad Casey decided to slow things way down with her.
I’m all for Heather moving on and moving past her husband’s death, but her attempts to beat loneliness with Casey felt less like asking him out on a date and more like the beginnings an interview with a potential roommate. Everything about her “let’s beat loneliness together” conversation with Casey felt clinical and cold, and, while she might really feel a spark of attraction with Casey, it comes across as wanting some company and distractions from going home to an empty house.