Thanks to Chicago Fire Season 3 Episode 12, this week's edition of the Round Table has plenty to discuss.
It was a solid installment that featured the team trying to save one of their own; along with Severide and Dawson searching for answers about their friends death.
Join TV Fanatics Mary Kate Venedam, Stacy Glanzman and Paul Dailly as they chat about these developments and a lot more below. Ready to join the debate?
Shay's death was an arson attack. React.
Mary Kate: Well, based on the promo, it looks like they are bringing in the Chicago PD crew or help, which I love. I'm excited to see such an important storyline for Chicago Fire coincide with the great crossovers they have done with Chicago PD. It's going to beinteresting.
Stacy: Not surprising. Last week's episode implied that and this week's confirmed it. I think that knowing Shay was murdered gives Severide, Dawson, and the rest of the crew a purpose and hopefully catching the guy (or at least helping PD catch him) and getting justice will give them some closure and help them move on.
Paul: I thought this a while back and I’m not the only one. It would have been more shocking if it was confirmed not to be! I like that it makes for a natural crossover with our good friends over at Chicago PD.
How do you feel about Shay still being a big part of the story?
Mary Kate: I'm indifferent. I'm still new to the show and have seen very few episodes with Shay. Bringing her back in makes me understand her importance to the characters, especially Severide and Dawson.
Stacy: I'm still upset that they killed Shay off in the first place and bringing it up again is like opening old wounds. However, if they had killed her off and never mentioned her again I'd also be angry, so it's basically a no-win situation for me. Too bad the writers can't go back in time and not kill her.
Paul: I’m still annoyed we lost her. I get that the show wants to be shocking and all, but there are a lot of other characters that have worn out their welcome. I think when we get the resolution we deserve about her death, it will allow the characters to move on.
Were you surprised about Mills attacking the guy beat his wife?
Mary Kate: I think there's something deeper to that issue and not having to do with the event Mills went through last week. He seemed like he had to do something and attacking the guy was his solution, though it wasn't the smartest thing to do. I thought it was going to be an all out brawl, thankfully it wasn't.
Stacy: Mills has been through a lot between losing his spot on squad and being kidnapped last week, so I think it's all pent up inside him and starting to spill over. I have a feeling this is just the beginning and it's going to get worse before it gets better.
Paul: I knew he had it in him, but I didn’t expect him to be violent. I’d have expected Brett to be violent before him! I agree with Stacy that this is the beginning of a downward spiral for the character.
Do you think Dawsey are kidding themselves that they can work together?
Mary Kate: Considering they just broke up, of course it's going to be awkward, but there relationship can't be done. They did well enough working together on the scene, it's the hanging around the station that is probably more awkward.
Stacy: Obviously their jobs are extremely important to them, so important they were willing to sacrifice their romantic relationship to focus on their work relationship. Yes, it's going to be awkward for awhile, but I think it means enough to them that they will be able to figure it out. I think once they're able to solidify their working relationship they'll be able to focus energy on their romantic one again and work it out.
Paul: Yes. To an extent, I feel like Casey is fine, but the way Dawson acted at the emergency makes me think she will be the problem.
How do you feel about Papa Boden's hands on approach with Donna?
Mary Kate: I think that because he knew he doesn't have much time, he was trying to help as much as he could, while he could. But since Donna didn't know that, she thought it was because he thought she wasn't doing a good job. It even looked like Papa Boden knew he was incringing because as Boden tried to tell him the issue, Papa Boden blurted out he was sick. He just wants as much time with Baby Boden as he can get.
Stacy: I agree with Mary Kate's assessment. Papa Boden realized he was stepping on their toes (especially with Donna) but he didn't mean anything negative by it. He doesn't have much time left and wants to overload them with all of his parental advice at once. New mothers never want to be micromanaged, but I'm sure she'll be forgiving when she finds out the truth.
Paul: Obviously he acted a bit out of line regardless of his situation, but he made Donna feel really uncomfortable. It was awkward for me even to watch. I think that Boden will want his dad included as much as possible before he passes.
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