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Chicago Fire Review: Finding Proof

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An arsonist, a snitch and a sketchy man walk into a bar.

It sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but "Prove It" told a much bigger story: it was all about the men and women who hide behind their masks.

Paternity Issues

The arsonist continued his ring of fire – even going so far as to burn down Mills’ family’s restaurant – and it became obvious that a firefighter was committing the crimes. It makes complete sense when it’s placed in the context of Severide’s car being torched: only a firefighter could really get away with that in front of a firehouse.

Severide’s baby drama was resolved as well after getting slapped and later acknowledged by Renee. Her one night stand with a man in Europe was a quick resolution and it makes me wonder if things might have turned out differently had Sarah Shahi not gotten a full-time spot on Person of Interest.

Nevertheless, Renee tried to hide behind her feelings. She knew Kelly is a stand up guy and would do the right thing and she convinced herself that the baby is Kelly's. I can’t blame her. Having a child is huge and two or more adults is usually better than one. Renee wouldn’t have to deal with being a single mother if Kelly never asked (or never noticed if the baby was his or not). Her situation is now more difficult.

Jeff is already proving useful to Forbes (who is getting nastier and nastier). She quickly threw the station under the bus for letting Darden’s children have a go on the ladders. It’s unfortunate that Mills’ observation of Jeff being on edge was quickly chalked up to being jealousy for taking his spot on Rescue. And with Mills being on thin ice already after running into his family’s burning restaurant, his viewpoint probably won’t be taken into consideration soon.

Forbes really does have it out for Station 51. Her short list for houses to close doesn’t feel like a list at all, but just a single minded focus of closing down the one house that doesn’t stoop to her demands at every level. While she’s only trying to do her job she’s not taking the time to see what the job entails from the men and women who are actually doing it. What makes her actions even more vile is using the anonymity and the threat of firing to keep Jeff under her thumb.

Casey’s situation with Heather’s kids became slightly more permanent after she took the plea for 15 months of jail time. Casey’s always wanted children - and now he’s got two. This situation of his is simultaneously pulling Dawson in and pushing her out. She’s always pining after him and seeing him with children probably isn’t helping her push away the ideas of what could be. But Dawson does agrees with Shay that her life should not begin and end with 51.

The moment the entire house stepped up to help Casey with the kids was a classic Chicago Fire Season 1 moment. I’m happy to see with all the expansion the show still remembers where its core is.

Like any good workplace show, the man Dawson is going out with is totally sketchy when alone. The guy is casing the place, biding time until he can strike a bar that is already in trouble. Dawson shouldn’t leave her keys out either; especially with a guy she’s only known for an hour.

While Mouch is the one who is running for Union President, Hermann is the guy who really knows his stuff. It shouldn’t be long before we see a switch between them. It makes sense, Mouch is better suited as a behind the scenes guy. He knows the facts and he has wisdom behind him to make smart decisions. Public speaking and putting himself at the front lines of bureaucracy is not in his skill set. He’s very good at representing and fighting for his fellow firefighters in smaller settings.

Review

Editor Rating: 4.0 / 5.0
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Rating: 3.9 / 5.0 (49 Votes)

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

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I'm a fan of Chicago Fire, but one of my problems with the series was evident in this episode. There are so many story lines that some get more time then others and seem like a waste or rushed. Casey taking the kids while their mom is in jail came about very quickly as did Renee's realization that Kelly was not the father and left. Both of these stories could have used another scene to lay the groundwork. Unless it picks up in the next episode I don't see the need to have Dawson's date steal from the bar. If it's used to hurt the bar financially I think it's a cheep shot. The show could benefit from fewer story lines and more time on others.

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I also think if Sarah wasn't a regular on POI they would have made the baby Severide. Severide had changed over the show. They first made him a bad boy just looking for sex but I love how they are showing he is a good guy. I love all the guys on this show. I don't know what to think about Severide and Shay...something more is going on here!?

Sarah-silva

Sorry I did not mean Forbes I meant the guy that Severide talked to at the end, he is the arsonist. I can not recall his name.

Sarah-silva

I feel bad for Mills, he can not get a break. First having new guy take the spot on squad, then he thinks something is up and tells Casey but then Casey pretty much says Mills is jealous. Then to have his families restaurant burned down and then he goes to get his dads medals (while not the best idea) he gets scolded by Boden. I really hope something good comes Mills way.
I totally did not see it being Forbes! I hope Severide and the rest of the station can take him down.
I also hope they find out who the rat is and that Casey see that Mills was right to be suspicious.
I also hope Mouch gets over his fear of talking to people.
I love Jesse Spencer but his hotness meter went off the charts yesterday in that last scene with the Darden boys.

Sarah-silva

This gets a solid 5/5 from me!
We are only 2 episodes in and we can already tell this will be a very intense season of Chicago Fire.
So Casey will be a dad for 15 months. I loved how when he told the Station that he was looking after the kids and needed help and Hermann said right away that he would be there for him and then the whole firehouse agreed!
We all knew that Renee was leaving and I think that having Severide not be the father was a great way to end the storyline. If Sarah was not a regular on Person of Interest I would have been fine if she stuck around. So now Shay and Severide will be living together once again.
It also looks like we have a new love interest for Shay.
Why do they have to make the guys Dawson went on a date with a bad guy? He will rob the bar. I wish Molly's would get a break first they have to compete with the sports bar and now they will be robbed?
I feel bad for Mills, he can not get a break. First having new guy take the spot on squad, then he thinks something is up and tells Casey but then Casey pretty much says Mills is jealous. Then to have his families restaurant burned down and then he goes to get his dads medals (while not the best idea) he gets scolded by Boden. I really hope something good comes Mills way.
I totally did not see it being Forbes! I hope Severide and the rest of the station can take him down.
I also hope they find out who the rat is and that Casey see that Mills was right to be suspicious.
I also hope Mouch gets over his fear of talking to people.
I love Jesse Spencer but his hotness meter went off the charts yesterday in that last scene with the Darden boys.

Chicago Fire Season 2 Episode 2 Quotes

A little well done but we're alright Chief.

Shay

Chief, can I ask you something? Do I have narrow eyes?

Mouch
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