Chicago Fire Review: Romancing Boden

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Let the hazing and romancing begin!

Chicago Fire Season 2 Episode 12 brought about some welcome developments with Chief Boden, Mills, and Shay. But it also included some rather odd character moments with Hermann and Casey.

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Let’s start with the odd: Casey and Hermann. Casey’s condition is still worrisome. He keeps saying he’s doing fine and the doctor has given him a clean bill of health... yet he says the two days leading up to the accident are just blank.

Later, he tells Severide that he’s suffering blackouts before and after the accident.

Casey wants to chalk this up to “getting his bell rung” and be nonchalant about the entire thing, but if his issues are still ongoing, things are not getting better. He might be getting better physically, but mentally he’s still not complete.

There are missing pieces of time and pieces to his personality that aren’t fitting the way they should. Additionally, his decisions are piling more stress on Dawson and he’s not telling her.

Severide doesn’t come right out and say this, but Dawson can light fires under people. She would force Casey to search for answers and doctors that can explain what is going on with him - and it’s time he does that before he ruins his second chance.

In Hermann’s case, his attempts to basically rob Shay of that inheritance just rubs me the wrong way. Hermann’s stress and the potential losses he could be facing with Molly’s is understandable, but the Hermann we’ve come to know and love would never do or say such things.

The storyline is only more forced once Clarke does some digging and finds that the brother has been doing his own stealing of the inheritance. Once the brother confronted Shay a second time about the money, Molly’s fate was sealed.

So why do Hermann and Otis come out looking so petty?

The good lies with Boden, Mills, and Shay. When Mills officially joined the firehouse, his family’s past with Boden really came to an end. With their past now firmly in the past, there’s an opportunity for their dynamic to change and grow. Which is what happens in this installment.

The smaller moments - when Mills has to remind Boden what flirting is and Boden superbly hazes Mills with the fake interview - bring them closers to friends and a mentor/mentee relationships than working enemies.

Shay is just a kind soul. She’s even willing to look past Rafferty’s homophobia for the person underneath. The jokes and stereotypes might be a sign of pain and a coping mechanism for the loss of her fiance.

Still, there’s something about Rafferty. It might be the fiance she’s lost, but I’m still curious if the lady doth protest too much when it comes to Shay being a lesbian.

Two More Thoughts:

  • Cheating on a cell phone? I’ve seen far more creative cheaters: notes on the scantron, writing on the desk, hiding notecards, going to the bathroom with notes and homework inside. Get your cheating together, Jones! Still, Jones helping Dawson through the tower does give her a few earned points in my book.
  • Loved Clarke sticking up for Shay. Shay’s going to need a friend while Dawson is in the academy.

Is Rafferty protesting too much? Is she harboring something more than homophobia?


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Rating: 4.4 / 5.0 (24 Votes)

This show is great! I do think that Dawson and Casey's relationship is more believable now but I think that she would be better matched with Severide (I know it's a long shot but...chemistry-wise it would be a better fit). Does anyone agree?


This show is great! I do think that Dawson and Casey's relationship is more believable now but I think that she would be better matched with Severide (I know it's a long shot but...chemistry-wise it would be a better fit). Does anyone agree?


CALLED IT! Shay was getting the estate, and ends up saving Molly's, the feel good story of the episode.... of course until the concrete drys in the toliets.
Jones will likely get caught somewhere along the line, and get hers. She'll be the one that the chief who told Kelly no about turning her away, will have to step up and do it himself.
Rafferty, you learned a bit about her and saw her change pretty quickly. Hopefully it leads to some good back and forth with Shay that is enjoyable to watch.
Otis, always the timid guy, but he showed Kelly something by not backing down about dating his sister. Agree they seem good together.
Clark, I feel they can do more with him, we have barely scratched the surface with him.
Mills and Boden, I think Mills has come to terms that Boden isn't he man Benny made him out to be, and by doing so as it was noted, should lead to a great working relationship.


Boden and his love interest are so cute. Love Boden and Mills together. Something is up with Raff. We will have to see what happens with Jones. I am thinking there is a lot heat on her because of her dad. I am so glad the turned Severide around from the hound dog he was when the show first came on to a really good guy. Severide's sister and Otis are so cute. All the guys are the show are good guys that is why I agree with the review about Hermann: Hermann is not the do anything for money type or run over a friend for money either. The writers missed the make on that story. I like Dawson but she can't wear a mask. You want to be a fireman and you will be wearing a mask and walking in fire ..really Dawson. I am wondering if Dawson will be a fireman in the end, I don't think she will.


I don´t like Jones either. She is just the new villain instead of the women who wanted to close the fire house. They even look similar.
And I don´t care what´s bothering Rafferty as I don´t like her. I definitely don´t want her to become Shay´s love interest, that would be lame.
I loved Milles and Boden bonding in this episode and the scene with Otis and Severide:) and Dawson in the Academy is very interesting. And Clarke is the best new edition to the cast.

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This was another great episode!
I am still not liking the new girls! Jones cheated and I do not believe for one second that it is because she has dyslexia. She got a 98% because of that and Dawson who did not cheat did well at 87% but sadly Jones will be the one the fire halls want. I really hope the truth comes out! Yes Jones helped Dawson during the drill but still.
Rafferty's husband dying explains a little why she has and attitude but there is something about her that makes me thinks she liked her last partner that was a lesbian but the feelings were not mutual. We will see.
I knew that the interview with Mills was bogus but I did not think it was Boden that set it up, I should have when Boden shrugged off the talk Mills had with him about the interview. I loved that it was a Boden and Mills' excitement when he found out and said he was now IN was sweet.
I knew Shay would save Molly's.
That is not good that Casey is still having moments of memory loss, we all saw that last week but he admitted it to Severide. These two have come a long way since the first few episodes and it is nice to see. Severide helped with the report but it is only a matter of time before he will go tell Dawson about Casey.
I love Severide, the whole talk he had with Otis was great and starting up the saw etc was funny. I am glad that Otis did not chicken out and told him he liked his sister and wants to date her.
I also like that Dawson made the "Not bad for a girl comment" to Herrmann as he had said that no girl should be a fire fighter!
I like the lady that will be Boden's love interest!

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