Chicago Fire Review: A Life Affirmed, A Life Lost

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Boden was worried about his position at the house in "Leaders Lead," especially because Kelly Severide was questioning his authority over the case against him.

Frankly, I don't think it had anything to do with Boden, but with Kelly trying to reclaim his life and his integrity. He was fighting for his the former. And it turned out his life wasn't the one in jeopardy. 

Severide's Allies

Is taking bets on the red skivvies from the laundry really the best idea? Considering the position Severide currently found himself in just because he was friendly to a woman who was in the house for about a nanosecond? I really didn't understand what they were trying to do with that story. I guess it was to bring Severide and Boden closer. 

The whole deal with the promotion and her continued contempt were getting to be too much. Shay finally had a good idea. Based on how Tara took no time at all to flirt with Severide, someone should look into her background to see if she had something to hide. Perhaps she was a nutter who had done this before. Her poor decision to quit her old job to become a paramedic when she couldn't stand the sight of sickness certainly indicated issues. Kelly went to Dawson's brother and learned that Tara had leveled criminal charges against someone before.

The guy who was screwed by her before was an ad executive with an MBA, blackballed by his industry because of her false charges and working in a copy shop. Severide was up against a pro.

The moment he and the guy she screwed showed up at her place of employment, threatening criminal charges of their own, I felt like doing the Rocky dance. So triumphant! 

With Boden's crisis of conscience and doubt in his leadership abilities... the little girl and her family showing up at firehouse where Boden rescued a baby girl 12 years earlier... the very girl who was standing in front of him, happy, healthy and adopted... did what is necessary on every episode of Chicago Fire: it brought tears to my eyes. Boden needed the reinforcement of his career and he received it in spades. 

On the relationship front, Dawson was having her own issues about keeping the secret from Mills regarding Boden and his mom. That one I don't really understand. It wasn't her secret to reveal. She found it out second hand and someone else should have carried that burden, not Dawson. His reaction to her holding onto the information was not well received. 

At the same time, we had Casey and Hallie continuing to rekindle their love, as she admitted to him that her time away form him reminded her of a lot of things she wanted to get back. She was working at a free clinic in her spare time and getting her groove back for all of the things she loved. She was tolerable and their future seemed bright.

Chicago Fire doesn't pull any punches. The show brought Hallie back for a reason: To kill her and rile up Casey. There was a fire at the clinic and she didn't make it. While everyone waited for news, there was tension in the air. Mills was still angry with Dawson and the group as a whole was quiet and worried.

A doctor came out, Casey walked down and broke into sobs. It was Mills who broke through the crowd and went down the hall to take Casey into his arms in an attempt to comfort him. It was a pretty amazing scene. Mills is a very complex character. Even faced with some of the biggest news of his life, and knowing fully well the woman he loves stands before a grieving man who just lost the woman who had kept them apart, he went to him. 

I caught the previews, and it would appear that perhaps whatever Hallie saw in that file before she and Casey had lunch might have gotten her killed. The fire may have been set to cover up an assault on Hallie. Was it the big guy coming out of the bathroom? Next week will be more interaction with the police force, Dawson's brother and Detective Voight. How far will Casey be pushed this time?


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I loved hallie and casey together. They really loved each other. Dawson annoys me. Always staring at them wishfully and stuff. She is so very annoying.
Hallie is gone. I can't believe it. Poor casey. He had a good thing going with her. They were so comfortable with each other. You don't get such kind of love and comfort easily.. Now Dawson will be all over him...
The writers probably want her and casey together.. That's what they've been showing from the beginning. Putting casey and Dawson in so many scenes.. Showing Dawson pining for him... Etc.


I really like this show and most of it's characters, especially Severide, Mills, Boden and Casey. The last scene was great with Mills stepping up to comfort Casey while the others stood there not knowing what to do. Mills is a very good person and should be appreciated more by the firemen. I don't like him with Dawson, however, he deserves someone better.


fineally hallie's gone.sorry but someone needed some acting lessons. am i the only one who thinks chief boden is gonna turn out to be peter mills father?i've just been waiting for the skeletons to start fallin out of the proverbeal closet since kelly's dad spilled the beans about the would be great for our lil pete to have a dad in his life and the chief deserves a family to lean on.kudos to eamon walker for playing the stern but cuddly father figure so well.big fan for years.if you love boden and haven't seen it try hbo'series OZ about oswald state penn and it' inhabitants.walker plays muslim leader kareem is a fantastic show with many actors you will recognize from shows like law and order svu and ci,the closer,and fringe.warning this is a show about prison,on HBO so it is not for the young,old,or faint of heart.


Really love this show. NBC needs more dramas and less Voice and AGT. I was liking new Hallie and Casey! Did not like her at first but knew she had to go. I really like Peter Mills he is a great guy like all the guys on this show. I don't like him and Dawson together because she is too old for him and I don't think she loves him the way he loves her. I am so glad Shay told Severide what to do about Tara. Tara did target him along with that receptionist girl ( I forgot her name). She still has to be taken care of because her dad was mad at Severide. Boden and Charlotte made me cry to. Dawson should not have said anything to Mills because that is Boden and Mill's story to tell. I wonder if Boden will be Mills dad??????? Next week looks really good and it looks like more previews of the cop show spin-off that NBC is talking about. Looks like they are trying to make Voight the anti-hero. Mouch and Pouch sitting on the sofa looking at tv is way too cute! Am I the only one who thinks Mouch's internet girl is fake just scamming him for money?


Thank you Thank you Thank you for writing Hallie out of the script! Her character was IMMENSELY ANNOYING! Peter's anger towards Dawson was misplaced and his reaction was juvenile (but I expected that); she wasn't keeping a secret from him, that's something he should have heard from his mother or Boden. Fantastic scene with Boden and the 12-year old girl, tearful and inspiring! Its about time they took care of Tara, but I don't think simply running her out of town is enough. She is a serial offender and as such they should have made it official, get her butt jailed for fraud!!

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This is a fantastic show! I say it every week but it is one of the best on tv!
Peter Mills is a great guy, he was there for Severide last week and took him boxing to get out his frustration and then this week he is the one that went to Casey this week. However I do think he was hard on Dawson when she told him about Boden and his mom.
I did not like Hallie but I preferred him with her than with Dawson, but this paved the way for them to get together, but I really hope that Mills forgives Dawson and they move in together.
I am glad that Tara got what she deserved. I did think Severide was asking for trouble when he went to Tara but I like that he stuck with it! He was innocent and I am glad it worked out for him.
I loved the scene with the girl Charlotte, I cried.
I also love Herrmann, he is a great guy and he knew something was on Boden's mind and that he did not have anyone to talk to and he invited him for dinner and got him to open up.
I cried at the end.


@St Louis Debbie - I loved Hailey and Casey together!! I just cannot see him with Dawson, she is too....too.....shy? Mousy? Kelly & Shaw - I love them together and how they act. I didn't think anything about the red panties -v- Kellys situation, they were mens underwear, not womens!


Another great show, could they do a two hour special sometime? So emotional at the end. Feel sorry for Casey. Surprised at the red panty scenes with the Severide/Tara thing going on, especially after the sexual harrassment seminar they had at the firehouse. Good show with Chief Boden. Sorry to see Hallie go, am I the only won who like Hallie and Casey? Yeah, I don't think the secret was Dawson's to tell. Glad the issue with Tara was resolved. Excited to see if the new Renee is on the next epi.


Great episode , Halli really didnt fitr into the CF family thats why they killed her off but man can Casey ever catch a break ? He has had so much bad luck , bad timing , bad circumstances its downright depressing. Hers a guy who does everything for everyone else and gets rewarded by this ? He really needs something good to happen or it just becomes too much. I hope the writers have some happiness lined up for him because he deserves it.


Yes, it sounds a bit cruel ( as Mindi stated already ) but I am also glad Hallie's gone. Her character annoyed me from the start and since her death is going to stir up some new things it's a win-win situation. [K... this just became to a whole another level of cruelty ] As for Dawson&Peter situation I expected that this would be his reaction. When you have 'I love you' and 'lets move in together' in the first half of the episode something bad is bound to happen. Now, with before mentioned event I think we already know how angsty things are going to become for this triangle. I want to see Dawson and Casey together, but I also want to see them being OK. I am looking forward to the process, really. That's the best thing about this show - a whole display of well-rounded characters that can have storylines on their own and not just jump from one relationship to another. In the end, I am so glad that the whole Tara situation is resolved. And I hope they don't drop Severide&Shay baby plans. :)

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Chicago Fire Season 1 Episode 22 Quotes

Shay: So you love him because you choose to?
Dawson: No. Because I do.

I remembered a lot of things I wanted to reclaim for myself when I returned.