Chicago Fire Review: A Stunning Accusation

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There was a lot happening in "Ambition," thanks to old rivalries, old flames and bold accusations.

But the installment also has the unenviable task of trying to bridge last week’s heartfelt and emotional episode with stories that will probably make for some riveting plot points as Chicago Fire Season 1 heads to its conclusion, though the necessary setup that comes along with these new elements also made the episode feel slightly flat.

An Extra Set of Hands

First off there’s Tara and her incredibly dumb decision to accuse Kelly of trying to force himself upon her. There’s no way her accusation can hold up under scrutiny. Shay, and her episode in their apartment with Kelly, can attest to Kelly being nothing but nice and cordial to Tara.

Tara’s decision isn’t shocking; she made the bold move to quit design school and become a paramedic. Unfortunately, she doesn’t have the ability to go somewhere else when faced with gore. Tara cannot take a minute to compose herself when her patients are quite literally dying right in front of her.

Tara, at this point, has nothing else to lose. Her family has already cut their support and she can’t exactly show her paramedic proficiency when she’s been cut. So she took the chance with Kelly to see where it might get her. It’s sad that she feels she needs to go to such extremes.

Speaking of extremes, the hormones and Hermann’s wife’s pregnancy scare prove to be a lethal combination for Shay. The closest I’ve ever been to pregnancy is my niece and nephew so I’m by no means an authority on mood swings, but, at some point, Shay’s fears over being a potential single mother with no Kelly in sight must be playing a huge role as she is going off on Kelly.

Shay has been driven and focused on just getting towards conception, and tonight might have finally shown her what happens after. There’s potential for miscarriages, absentee fathers and an entire gamut of things that can go wrong. What’s most surprising about Shay’s outburst is the effect it has on Kelly; instead of calling Shay out on her temporary lunacy, Kelly doubles down and recommits to her.

Sometimes Kelly is too nice.

Casey and Mills and the reignited rescue and truck proxy fight fell mostly flat. The small acts of revenge Casey can get away with because Mills is a candidate are fun... but, aside from that, Casey’s annoyance at Mills showing an interest in rescue rings false. Like the guys point out, some it is probably due to Mills’ relationship with Dawson, but Casey should just try to nurture and develop Mills into a good firefighter not deride him for wanting to learn and be better (even if that means he needs to let a promising candidate go).

Thankfully, Casey and Dawson still make for a good distraction from the pettiness. The small moments they shared together looking for the door, and the subsequent picture in front of it, were full of chemistry. Dawson and Casey just have a better connection than Mills and Dawson have ended up having.

While I liked Mills and Dawson in the beginning, in practice they’re just not in the spot yet. Dawson is where she wants to be with her career and she’s not a candidate; Mills is a candidate and still trying to figure out where he wants to take his career and his time commitments are being stretched thin. Boden’s warnings to him are beginning to ring true, he should keep his head down and hone his craft.

Even if Mills and Dawson are beginning to fizzle, my least favorite person ever has shown her face again: Hallie. There are no words for Hallie just contempt.

“Ambition” was a strong episode of Chicago Fire (as they all are), but this one won’t be the one I remember most as I look back on the season. It was more a transition episode.


Editor Rating: 3.8 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.5 / 5.0 (49 Votes)
Sarah silva

This was another great episode. I was mad when Tara accused Kelly. I hope they prove she is lying. I prefer Mills and Dawson.


Casey seems just about the most in control of his feelings and is not at all lashing out at Mills because of Dawson. He defended Mills to his crew, which humbled his character. Making him one of my favorite characters on this series. His intentions are pure and not out of jealousy. His reasons for becoming a firefighter are different from Mills'. Mopping the floors was not payback, but made to keep Mills in check, while respecting his rank. He could learn about Squad on his time. Mills' interest seemed to affect more the crew, than Casey himself. What is up with the division there anyway? It would have been fun to see Otis as a candidate and how Casey treated him. More-so, how Otis dealt with it.


Even though Casey has feelings for Dawson, he still respects her enough to want her happiness even if it is with Mills. Mills' insecurity about Casey is unappealing. It makes him seem immature, as though every time he has to show that he is 'with' her. The only person that should care about who sees that is him. Dawson however needs to make up her mind. Now that Hallie is back, that window could close for Dawson. Hallie looked spunkier than ever, with a little extra sass. A lot of people found her boring before, but what if after all that time she did not really want children, to turn and tell Casey that she was carrying his child? That would be an interesting storyline.


The review of this show was right on. The show last night just didn’t peak my interest until the last 10 minutes. However, I do like Hallie and Casey together. The storyline of Mills and Dawson just doesn’t interest me that much. I love Kelly and Shay together!! They have on screen chemistry. “It’s just my hormones� – yeah right, Shay was jealous of Tara. Lots of good acting by Lauren in this episode. Kelly’s got a taste of what he was trying to pull with Casey and Heather last week. Tara’s claim won’t hold up. Missed Herrmann, I could just hear him say “AW COME ON! ...� when he hears of Kelly’s troubles.


This is a good review and a great episode. I was shocked that Tara accused Severide of raping her that's a serious allegation a woman can make against a man. Also, Shay has Severide's back she was there at the apartment she knows this lady is a liar. It seems to me even though the review didn't talk about it, Shay and Severide are being written like a couple as though they are in a romantic relationship even though Shay is a lesbian and Severide is straight. When Shay got mad at Severide for missing going to the clinic I thought it was because he had cold feet about having a baby. The way how Shay talked to Severide she sounded like she's his wife not just his friend. Also, when Shay had her fears worrying about having a baby and worrying that Severide isn't ready for this huge commitment of having a child they come across as lovers. The chemistry between Shay and Severide is incredible and I wonder what the writers are going to do? Yes, Shay is a lesbian but having a child with a man even without actually having sex is going to complicate their relationship.

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