Chicago Fireplace Season 9 Episode 8 Evaluate: Escape Route

We’re in some way inexplicably dwelling.

There wasn’t something that particular or out of the atypical on Chicago Fireplace Season 9 Episode 8, however for the primary time shortly, it felt like we had been again.

All of the items and numerous storylines managed to return collectively and coalesce in such a means that for simply an hour we had been transported again to a pre-pandemic Chicago, making me notice simply how a lot I’ve missed these kinds of episodes.

It is arduous to level to at least one factor that made this installment really feel prefer it was shot through the good outdated days — when the present was at its prime and earlier than the world ended — however one universality is that for probably the most half the storylines had been character pushed as an alternative of plot primarily based.

Positive, our favourite heroes responded to a number of calls, however they did not subsume the episode in a means that overshadowed the common forged.

Severide: You headed someplace?
Dylan: Anyplace however right here.
Severide: You gonna stroll out in your dad and mom like this? Together with your mother within the hospital?
Dylan: You don’t perceive. I heard them speaking. They attempt to hold their voices down, however I sat on the steps and heard them. All the cash went to medication for me. They don’t have anything for themselves. They’re higher off with out me.
Severide: That the place you hid your stuff?
Dylan: It was right here earlier than I moved in.
Severide: I made it. Used to steal cigars from my dad and conceal it in there.
Dylan: There was a be aware in right here after we first moved in. I don’t keep in mind what it mentioned.
Severide: I’m right here anytime you want me. It was written by a lady who used to stay up the road. I used to be going by way of some tough instances again then, identical age as you. what I discovered? You gotta lean on the individuals who love you. I met your dad, and he loves you child. It’s throughout his face, and your mother, she’s gonna want you, now greater than ever.
Dylan: I’ve induced sufficient issues.
Severide: The lady, the one who wrote that be aware, she saved me again then, and he or she’s nonetheless serving to folks, and he or she’s actually good at it, and I feel she will help you too.
Dylan: How?
Severide: Come on, let’s go see your outdated man. Let him know you’re OK. I’ll let you know about it on the way in which.

Take the “name of the week” plot line, as an example, which managed to set itself aside from the various different emergencies that 51 has responded to over the course of Chicago Fireplace Season 9 by anchoring the narrative to Severide.

Having Severide and the remainder of 51 reply to a fireplace on the lieutenant’s childhood home was a wise method to interweave the 2 storylines and permit Severide to be a focus with out placing his relationship with Kidd by way of pointless drama.

It has been some time since Severide has been pressured to confront his elements of his previous and surprisingly this time he did not turn into undone in an even bigger means.

I really anticipated him to retreat inward and attempt to shoulder all of this on his personal, so it was refreshing that he did not. 

Exhibiting that our religion in him hasn’t been misplaced — at the least not all the time — Severide leaned on these closest to him as he tried to assist out the household who lived at his childhood dwelling.

He confided in Kidd in regards to the emotions that being in his childhood dwelling stirred up from him, and as an alternative of letting these painful recollections drag him down, he was capable of keep in mind what, or somewhat who, helped pull him out throughout these darkish instances.

It has been seasons since Severide and Chicago Med‘s April have shared any scenes collectively — so lengthy that I nearly forgot they had been pals of their youth — so their on-screen reunion of kinds was a welcome deal with.

In actual fact, a giant a part of this plot’s energy was having Chicago Med’s April round for multiple scene.

For April was not solely capable of assist Severide out in his quest to exchange the household’s misplaced insulin but additionally reminded her former neighbor that issues are by no means as dangerous as they could appear.

Severide: It was so unusual being in there. I assume more often than not I used to be busy sneaking out of that place.
April: Yeah or sneaking me in. I’ll always remember 2 within the morning. You thought you locked the door.
Severide: I did. Benny rigged the bolt so it wouldn’t latch.
April: I’ve by no means been out of a window so quick in my life.
Severide: I keep in mind.
April: Your mother soured on me after that.
Severide: Ah, she was simply going by way of it then.
April: Yeah.
Severide: You had been there for me after I was at my lowest, you realize that?
April: That 12 months made me notice I ought to do that for a dwelling ‘trigger if I may assist Kelly Severide, I may assist anyone.

This got here in particularly useful as Severide confronted Dylan who, believing he was sparing his dad and mom from additional monetary pressure, was about to run away.

Severide was capable of get by way of to Dylan as a result of he had been within the younger boy’s footwear as a teen, understanding higher than anybody how arduous adolescene could be.

However due to April, Severide was additionally reminded of simply how issues may enhance, and he handed these phrases of knowledge onto Dylan.

Elsewhere, Casey let his emotions for Brett cloud his judgment when Granger quickly subbed in for Herrmann.

At first, Casey’s rudeness towards Granger may very well be ignored, however because the episode progressed, it turned more durable and more durable to again Casey after Granger went out of his method to make amends and nonetheless continued to bear the brunt of the captain’s anger.

Sure, Granger overstepped his place when 51 first arrived on scene, however like he later instructed Casey, it was an sincere mistake. 

Granger acknowledged that he was flawed and apologized, and if it had been anybody else, Casey in all probability would have buried the hatchet then and there.

Nonetheless, since Granger is perhaps kind of seeing Brett, Casey could not assist however let his jealousy get the higher of him, going out of his method to give Granger a tough time.

And whereas calling Casey out whereas on shift wasn’t probably the most skilled factor to do, however Brett’s new beau can hardly be blamed for wanting to put into Casey.

Brett: What’s flawed with you?
Casey: What?
Brett: I heard the way in which you had been speaking to Granger earlier than that final name.
Casey: Then you definately heard him out of line.
Brett: No, Matt, he wasn’t. You had been. You’ve been using him for 2 straight shifts.
Casey: I’ve not.
Brett: You’ve got. What you’re not getting Matt is that this doesn’t have something to do with Greg Granger. It doesn’t even need to do with me. It has to do with the truth that you’re nonetheless in love with Dawson. I referred to as you out, and also you haven’t performed something about it. Possibly you must attain out and resolve that, so you may return to being the Matt Casey that everybody appears to be like as much as round right here and never this.

Casey, although, simply noticed this as one other probability to flaunt his superiority over Granger, as if that can in some way make Brett need to be with him.

At this cut-off date, Casey both must man up and struggle for Brett or let her go as soon as and for all.

This deadlock is not doing both of them any favors, and Casey nearly let his anger and jealousy bleed over onto a name. 

One thing like that may’t occur once more, and Casey must resolve what he needs.

Brett retains claiming that Casey nonetheless loves Dawson, so Casey ought to take that to coronary heart and see if her phrases bear any weight.

In the event that they do, Casey wants to deal with his unresolved emotions for his ex-wife, and if they do not, then he wants to inform Brett that. 

This backwards and forwards that they have been doing all season has begun to put on skinny, and a few decision on this storyline can be good. 

If which means we get one other look from Monica Raymund, then all the higher.

Lastly, Cruz determined now was the time to broaden his Slamigan model in probably the most Herrmann means attainable, having his fellow firefighters at 51 pitch him their numerous concepts.

This was a enjoyable subplot at first, and it was entertaining to observe the fellows pitch one ridiculous concept after one other.

Nobody considers a lady’s physique, do they? This can be a job designed by males for males, and the gear is not any totally different, and so what, I acquired these women wanting as much as me each week at Ladies on Fireplace, and I gotta clarify to them that the gear is designed for males solely? How is that speculated to encourage them?


Nonetheless, issues hit a snag on the finish when Cruz unveiled his designs for female-tailored firefighting gear.

The concept itself was impressed, and I cherished that it stemmed from Kidd’s rant in regards to the inequity feminine firefighters proceed to face even within the type of one thing so seemingly mundane.

You’d assume the producers would have realized that girls have totally different wants on the subject of gear and turnout gear and such, however since they apparently nonetheless stay within the twentieth century with all of their patriarchal bullshit, Cruz’s concept was easy but elegant resolution.

It appeared as if the present had lastly produced a female-friendly storyline the place the ladies weren’t the punchline, however alas, I spoke too quickly.

Cruz’s mock designs had been sexist to say the least, and I’ve a tough time believing he would really draw such misogynistic clothes.

Coming from Herrmann, I may consider that, however Cruz, it simply did not make any sense. The daddy-to-be could be dense at instances, however even he isn’t that silly as to assume that is how feminine firefighters costume.

The one rationalization is the writers wished to discover a method to infuse extra comedy into what turned out to be simply one other under common subplot tinged with sexist undertones. If that was the objective, then kudos.

Some stray ideas:

  • A part of the magic of the OneChicago Universe was that it actually felt like one universe, what with all of the little crossover moments and frequent cameos. Nonetheless, these small however unparalleled moments have largely disappeared through the 2020-21 TV season because of the pandemic.

    With April showing in a couple of episoded this season, I hope which means issues are getting again to regular, or no matter model of regular it’s now shifting ahead.

  • Brett is a badass with that axe. Overlook kick axe. All we’d like is an everyday axe for our lady.

  • Was anybody else hoping that when Brett was berating Casey he would spontaneously declare his love for her? Solely me? It simply felt like one thing Casey would have mentioned within the warmth of the second after Brett claimed that he nonetheless cherished Dawson if that is actually how he feels.

    A part of me needs that Casey had mentioned these phrases, if solely as a result of it could have moved this storyline alongside and pushed Brettsey out of relationship limbo.

  • Herrmann ought to at all times seem on an iPad any more that means we have now the choice of pulling the plug or muting him when he says one thing offensive or thoughtless. That will enhance his character by leaps and bounds.

So what did you assume, Chicago Fireplace Fanatics?

How a lot of Severide’s conduct impress you?

Can Casey let Brett go?

Was the subplot sexist or all in good enjoyable?

Do not forget to hit the feedback under to let me know your ideas. When you occurred to overlook the most recent episode, keep in mind you may watch Chicago Fireplace on-line on TV Fanatic.

Jessica Lerner is a employees author for TV Fanatic. Comply with her on Twitter.

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