Chicago Fire Review: Tragedy Strikes

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As we all began wondering about many months ago, Jones did end up taking her life at the end of Chicago Fire Season 2 Episode 18.

The character's fate has been up in the air for most of the season, as she first came in as the cocky candidate the makes Dawson's life at the academy just a little harder

And, as Chicago Fire Season 2 progressed, Jones opened up a little more, beginning to peel back a lot of her layers. It's a strong, sad payoff for an individual who was quickly finding her own place in Station 51.

However, the signs have been there; particularly as Jones made the morbid reference to her haunted childhood when her mother died in the car wreck, and later when she talked about being a daily reminder of that event to her father.

As these layers fell away, it was clear Jones has always been working with a sense of disconnect between reality and her own perceptions. Her cheating, her pranks, her rebellious nature all fed into the idea of suicide. 

Jones' death is going to have a ripple effect on the entire station. Mills has been trying to help her and may have feelings for her; Casey and Boden have been trying to protect her for from her own father - a man probably out for blood now.

The most interesting is Dawson, who she put through so much, and yet is the final person she thinks of. 

Still, Jones' suicide is not the only topic to cover for this installment, as smaller moments of fun and soul searching permeated the hour.

First, let's talk Shay and Dawson's getaway in the mountains. Dawson's relationship with Casey has been rocky the past few weeks, as they continued to have issues with Casey's injuries and mood swings and Dawson trying to be a firefighter.

Listening to another couple fight always ends up being cathartic and it helped put Dawson in a new frame of mind. Sadly, with Jones' death, Casey's reservations about the job and Dawson are sure to resurface.

If Shay and Dawson want to put all their past drama aside, they would make one awesome lesbian couple. Shay brought the big bottle of booze with her as the rallying cry for her and Dawson's mistakes. If that's not the perfect girlfriend, who is really? 

Bloom continued to drink and get into trouble, this time with Sergeant Platt. With Severide vouching for Bloom, he got a ticket with the condition that he no longer drive and seek treatment.

Boden found that Bloom was injured in one of Denver's worst fires in 100 years while 10 of his firefighters died. This tragic event sheds light on Bloom's alcoholism: he's attempting to numb pain and forget the event while simultaneously trying to join his fallen firefighters. 

The nurse mentioned to Severide that recovery is for those who want it not who need it. It's a line that applied to Bloom as he stumbled into the center drunk; and also a line paralleling Jones' story. Sje saw no other way out of her situation and instead of seeking help - when she clearly needs it - she ended it all.

At least Mouch's date was incredibly adorable with him; the scene ending with the uncomfortable duo when Mouch admitted he liked her.

Were you surprised Jones committed suicide?

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