Chicago Fire Round Table: The Secret Is Out!

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Welcome back to another Chicago Fire Round Table!

Dawson and Casey's secret got out on Chicago Fire Season 4 Episode 2 - and with it came a new position for the former. 

Below, TV Fanatics Elizabeth Harlow, Paul Dailly and Stacy Glanzman are joined by super fan Ann to discuss Dawson's new gig, Hermann's war with the new neighbors and Brett's attachment to a very young patient. 

Come join the discussion!

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What do you think of Dawson's transfer to arson?

Elizabeth: I think it opens up an interesting new avenue for the show. And if there's going to be a baby, it's not like she could stay on truck.

Ann: I think it is a good fit as far as Dawson goes, this is the thing that she likes to do, investigate things and find the answers and she is really good at it. I think she will flourish in this position. I like Commander Duffy, like his attitude. This will be a good thing for her.

Paul: Yeah, I get that it's going to raise many questions with fans over the fact there are going to be a lot more arson storylines, but this is a show about firefighters after all and this is a pretty interesting storyline.

Stacy: I like it as long as she's not too isolated from the rest of the house. I want to see her still interacting with the rest of the cast regularly. Plus, how great was Boden's reaction? He was about to be really angry she was requesting the transfer until he knew the reason.

Is Brett too attached to the baby?

Elizabeth: Is she ever! You just know she's going to want to foster or adopt this kid and then things will fall through and she'll be devastated.

Ann: She seems like she feels responsible for him. At least that is what I saw. Chilli was right, she should not have gone back to the hospital. The first thing is NEVER get personally involved with a patient and she did. But I think, yes, she is probably thinking about adopting him, because there has been no family for him.

Paul: I don't think so. It just shows how invested she is in her job and makes her a much more likeable character than she was in Chicago Fire Season 3, so I'm all for it.

Stacy: Honestly, yes, she is too invested, but it's also sweet to see that she cares so much. My hope is that she's just worried about him and is hoping a family member claims him rather than thinking about adopting him herself.

How do you see the Internal Affairs investigation playing out?

Elizabeth: I have to believe that it works out in 51's favor in the end. I am confused why they're not using damage to the trucks and to neighborhood vehicles as part of their defense. And didn't they radio the situation to someone? Or have cameras on the truck, or on the street?

Ann: Who wants to rail-road Firehouse 51? Someone has it in for them, First Severide, and then they want to take Boden out of the scheme of things. Seems like 'someone' is looking to climb the chain of command and is trying to discredit the firehouse. Lets just kick ass and take names. Didn't like the way Patterson looked at Chief Boden when he told him to 'keep a lid on it.' Looked more to me like he was placating him and ready to run to Internal Affairs.

The asshole Riddle, don't know what he wants, looks like he is just out to make points, or being just a smart ass. I don't like him, and I don't like the new Lieutenant on Squad 3. Its politics. And Patterson trying to get Severide to back him up. Of all people, Severide, that was stupid on his part. If I was Severide, the next time I talked to him, I would simply record it on his phone. Something is just not right with this whole damn thing, and I am anxious to see what it is.

Paul: It's going to spell some tough times ahead for 51, but it will probably end in a few weeks, with Firehouse 51 coming out on top.

Stacy: I assume the guy they saved will eventually come forward as a witness. I hope it doesn't get dragged out too long. We all know Boden isn't going anywhere.

What do you think of Hermann going to war with the neighbors?

Elizabeth: I understand his frustration but it may not have been the smartest thing to do. Keeping the status quo would have backed up a case for claiming that the neighbors knowingly bought a house across the street from a bar, which would undermine their complaints.

Ann: I think the wife is a smart-ass. She is cunning and slick, and somewhat a bit of a bitch. She may have also been sent to continue to destroy the camaraderie of Molly's. There must be something Hermann can do about this person, and I am sure that they knew all about the bar before they moved in. I agree with Hermann; go back to Portland. Something or someone is behind all of this crap that is going on at 51. But in this case, I think he should not have gone to stir up the pot so to speak.

Paul: The wife was a right bitch to him, so I was happy. I was even happier when he smashed the cake over her door. I think you guys can also guess how happy I was when he started karaoke night LOL.

Stacy: Hermann has some serious self-control for not throwing that pie directly into that woman's face. Elizabeth is right, he probably should have taken the high road, but after she called his parenting into question, all bets were off.

What was your favorite quote or scene?

Elizabeth: l really like watching Gabby settle into her new job. She just excels at everything, doesn't she?

Ann: When Boden brought Casey back from his fall off the bridge. Loved it when Casey told Voight, "Either you do something, or I will!" I so love both of those guys, Hank and Casey, I am pretty sure that Hank knows and he is trying to keep Casey from getting hurt. Nesbitt getting his ass arrested finally. This time it is with the FBI.

Paul: The car chase. I was so scared for Casey.

Stacy: I really liked Hermann describing Molly's as a refuge to Jimmy, and then Jimmy seeing what he meant at the end.

Did anything disappoint you?

Elizabeth: I could do without the Portland hipster drama. It just seems like that would fizzle out quickly in reality – like I said, you don't really get to buy a place across from a bar and then complain, and you'd be doubly stupid to try and lodge a complaint against a cop bar.

Ann: The fact that Severide didn't get to spend a lot of time with April, wanted that to work out. Plus the fact that none of the people from the fire will come forward and tell the truth. Someone should have come forward, I was looking for after he was there maybe someone would come forward and may still yet in the next episode.

Paul: Not really. This episode was a lot better than the season premiere.

Stacy: I wish we could have seen Antonio's reaction to Gabby's pregnancy news. I bet he's excited to be an uncle.

Stacy Glanzman was a staff writer for TV Fanatic. She retired in March, 2019.

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Chicago Fire Season 4 Episode 2 Quotes

Check out the floorboard. He was gonna Mad Max this thing.


My one pearl of wisdom for newbies, pace yourself. We're not running into burning buildings here, it's a game of patience.