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Chicago Fire Review: Reinstated

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At every turn, it seemed like the men and women at station 51 found more bad news in "Retaliation Hit," as Kelly’s troubles deepened, Voight was released from jail and Mills was pranked one too many times.

Severide's Misconduct

I really wish Kelly took Mouch’s advice to not see Tara. She didn’t have very much evidence to go on and his decision to visit her to sort it all out only made him look guilty.

Kelly’s past is continuing to haunt him, but the sad part is hearing that Tara actually makes out ahead in all of it. She told lies and is granted a promotion because of it; even then, those lies and promotion aren’t what sting the most. It’s learning that Kelly’s case is being kicked up the legal food chain to the state attorney.

While I can understand the desire to apologize just so it can all go away, the honest truth is Kelly didn’t do anything to Tara; I would rather see Kelly continue to fight the charges and explore all legal options (if charges are pressed) fighting Tara’s fibs. Kelly shouldn’t have to apologize for something he didn’t do.

Hallie’s reemergence into Casey’s life is a bit of a dilemma for me. I’m not a big fan of her, but her new look on life is certainly a welcome change to the woman we saw in the beginning of Chicago Fire Season 1. She certainly is far more compatible and in tune with Casey, but my biggest issue with her still remains: she’s not in the firehouse.

A show like Chicago Fire, much like Grey’s Anatomy or The Office, lives and die in the workplace. Unless Hallie can be incorporated into the workplace better, the end result will be the same: disconnect.

Voight being out and also getting a promotion makes me angry, but in a very good way. It’s the exact reaction a man like him is supposed to elicit, and his reappearance is making me wonder if he will be involved in the possible spinoff we’ll be introduced to in the season finale.

Mills being pranked by the other guys in the rescue squad is one thing - I found the spare window joke pretty funny - but putting dog food in his food is a step too far.

He just wants to learn and do well at his job and to be fed dog food for humiliation is really low. I’m glad Boden suggested to the culprit to transfer stations.

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Nick McHatton is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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this is by far my fave tv show hands down.i do have to say however...WHY?!?!? why did they bring hallie back?she is by far the most lifeless,boring character i have ever seen.could be the character could be the actress but all i know is pouch could deliver her lines with more spunk and conviction.great idea lets kill her off in a tragic accident so we wont have to worry about her coming back!

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I agree with the whole get rid of hallie thing. Seriously why all the build up and lust and tension between two characters (dawson and casey) just to have him with boring useless hallie?Its ridiculous.She needs to go.And that stupid liar tara needs to be drop kicked into oblivion!!Poor kelly,hopefully his little family with shay will cheer him up.They are so cute!

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I think I'm about done with this show. It started the season slow but really kicked into gear after about ten episodes and was pretty excellent up through February. But now it has gone completely downhill and become nothing more than a bad soap opera. A candidate who is about to be booted out of the department accuses a veteran, well-respected rescue squad leader of misconduct with absolutely no proof at all and they not only completely bow down to her but they give her a PROMOTION??? Absolute nonsense. Then, in the same episode, they have a PROVEN dirty cop released from prison and not only reinstated to the police force but given a PROMOTION??? That's even more ridiculous. What's next? Somebody's evil twin coming to town to wreak havoc? I had such high hopes for this show and I'm now extremely disappointed. Now that it's been renewed maybe the writers can re-group in the offseason and come up with better storylines but at this point I'm not optimistic.

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I thought Dawson's brother got killed. Am I wrong?

Leon-alexis

2 beers in a half of hour? I drink 3 and I'm fine! Leave Kelly alone!
- Who put dog food to me?!
- He,he...
Honestly,I wouldn't say a word,but just take a chair and break that f..ked head apart! Sorry. I would lost a job,but I wouldn't lost honor.
Casey,open your eyes! Dawso loves you!
Love this show!

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Why does everyone hate Hallie so much? I dig her, I like her; she's cool they (Casey) make a cute couple. That being said, the expression that is tied to men (keep your d**k in your pants!) should also apply to Dawson. "Zip up that knob gobbler / weenie wringer" She's hot for Casey then she starts a fling with mills. Mills digs her! Now she's got the hots for Casey again? Clearly Dawson like playing the field!

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Great episode. There was alot going on. Am I the only one that likes Hallie? But seeing next week's preview, I think she may be gone. I did like the training scene between Dawson and Casey though. Didn't like the dog food bit, but the spare window scene was very cute. Pranks at the firehouse probably go on all the time, but no excuse for the mutt comment. Felt uncomfortable. Kelly should not have contacted Tara. However, would be in Severide's charactor to take the bull by the horns. Loved the scene between the snake, Dawson and Shay. Great! Saw real fear there in Dawson's face. Kelly: Shay, you're the only one I trust. Melting....very touching.

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If Dawson really likes Casey as people seem to think, there was nothing stopping her from going after Casey, Hallie had been gone for awhile. Maybe she could have feelings for Mills.

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Far far to many story lines going at the same time. Needs more action and less interaction. Will watch again and hope it gets to an understandable story and stick with it.

Sarah-silva

This show is fantastic!
I feel bad for Kelly. However he made it worse by going to meet Tara. Kelly survived his shoulder injury and kept his job, it would be sad if this case with Tara had him losing his job.
I am not a fan of Hallie's they need a new love interest for Matt. (me, lol)
I felt bad for Mills and I was glad that Boden transferred Hadley. Hadley was jealous of Mills and if Hadley was around for as long as he said he was then he has seen many candidates before Mills but I guess Mills has tons of potential and Hadley did not like that.
I dislike Voight and having him just out of jail be promoted and then Tara being promoted too is just wrong. I do not think I will watch the spinoff if Voight is in it.

Chicago Fire Season 1 Episode 21 Quotes

A cop walks into a bar.

Hermann

Bitch, are you out of your mind.

Dawson
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