When Chicago Fire Season 2 premiered, Gail did not come across as the type of person who could really follow through on her threats, but I admit defeat. Gail pulled off the "Power Move" she was looking for this week, using the house against Boden.
Gail didn’t get her wish of closing down 51 - the state believes the house is too valuable to shut down - but she ended up removing the person she wants out the most.
However, Boden’s letter of resignation has very little to do with Gail’s actions. It stems from the house and the people he commands. Most of this installment focused on what Boden sees and what he says. He watched his men and woman celebrate a job well done after the tree fell on the house and his small conversation with Mills before learning of potential asbestos poisoning began to get him thinking.
The potential poisoning was the final push he needed to tender his resignation. Looking at it from Boden’s point of view, he’s left a capable team in charge that support each other and he’s left a team of very good firefighters (if not better than him). Boden’s legacy is intact. Plus, Boden would never want to shoulder his team with the potential risk asbestos poisoning could have on his duties. He simply cares too much about them.
Gail asking Benny to take over for Boden was another power move. As I’ve mentioned before, I like Benny, but this hiring has the potential to paint him differently; we really don’t know how Benny manages people and his arrival puts Severide into a tough situation as well because he’ll end up getting in the middle, potentially damaging Severide’s relationship with Benny.
Clarke is one of those guys who does not do much talking, at least right now, instead watching and listening to those around him. For Clarke to speak up and try to console Shay over her patient’s suicide last month was pretty big and it’s really redeeming for him as a character. I like learning more about him and I’m hoping Jeff Hephner gets a more permanent spot.
Shay’s behavior is getting aggressive. She’s throwing soda at poor drivers and trying to prove everything to Dawson. She’s being reckless. And I’m struggling to figure out why she’s acting this way. Is she feeling upset about making fun of the patient? She deals with death all the time. It just happens to be that this wound is self-inflicted.
Molly’s is still under attack from Arthur and Game Day. Arthur deciding to throw a chair through the bar’s liquor cabinet didn’t make a lot of sense. Why would the guy collecting his weekly cut want to damage the place? It might send a message, but the only message it’s sending is being a thug. I’m curious, though, did someone set Game Day on fire?
A Few More Thoughts:
- I hope Cruz isn't seriously considering marrying Molly's bartender so she can get a green card. I don't know if I can deal with Cruz making poor life choices again.
- Casey is absolutely wonderful to those boys, but Heather's also losing hope in prison. She has a very tough few months ahead of her, but I hope she doesn't do something drastic.
- NBC has announced that Chicago PD will be taking over Chicago Fire's old Wednesday night spot beginning January 8.
What are your thoughts on the episode? How long will it be before Chief Boden is back? Who set Game Day on fire? Why has it taken Chicago Fire this long to take shirts off?