It’s sunny in Chicago again! We’ve gone full circle with the weather. It’s a bit windy though. (Sorry, actual weather fascinates me because where I live it’s hot and then it’s a bit less hot and then it’s hot again and that’s basically it.) Anyway, Shay and HHF (Handsome Heroic Firefighter, our name for Severide) are having lunch on a rooftop café. It looks like they are going their separate ways accommodation-wise. What, no more sandwich making at Chez Shayveride? HHF’s got that ‘excited little kid’ look about him that he does so well. Shay, on the other hand, doesn’t look impressed. She’s done the Math and she reckons something’s off with Renee’s due date. HHF’s not very pleased about the suggestion that he may not be Baby Daddy after all. He storms off but spends plenty of time in the episode contemplating Shay’s calculations and wondering if she’s right (and treating us to his best brooding look – sigh). Seeing as Sarah Shahi is doing an amazing job as a total bad ass (Shaw) on Person of Interest, I’m not sure how much we’ll see of Renee or where this baby story arc is going to go. Hmmm.
As an aside, HHF looks spectacularly gorgeous in the blue shirt he’s wearing:
There’s a house fire that everyone from the station attends. It’s pretty intense especially after there’s an explosion and HHF ends up trapped in the basement looking for a non-existent victim. In a nifty trick, a car’s windows are smashed and the hose is fed through to the building. HHF ends up being pulled up out of the basement by the hose (hehe!). He notices that the house number is 1751 which is his badge number. Interesting….
Also interesting is the little look that is exchanged between Dawson and Casey – Casey’s just returned to work after a fishing trip. I predict the writers are going to string out the UST between these two for a bit longer yet. (Sorry, couldn’t get a screen cap of it as it was too quick for me!)
Mari, Mouch’s Japanese girlfriend, comes to the House to cook lunch. She’s adorable and Mouch is glowing. She’s a great cook and everyone’s really happy that Mouch is happy. Adorbs.
There’s a nice bromance moment between Casey and HHF – awww. I like that the relationship between these two is subtle – they have their differences but they’re still mates without their friendship being too overdone. It works this way, I think, and leaves room for other friendships to be explored.
It’s Michelle Forbes! Awesome. She’s playing the role of Gail McLeod , a consultant brought in to streamline and automate the CFD which is code for shutting down stations to cut costs. She’s already closed House 33 and needs to close two more and House 51 is in her sights. Man, this woman is tough; so tough a speech from CA (Chief Awesome, our name for Boden) has no impact on her. Wow. (As an aside, I sure hope we get a female firefighter one day so CA can stop talking about his ‘men’. Also, when he talks about his team, does he not mean the paramedics too? Who aren’t men? Although I suppose he’s a fire chief and the paramedics come under a paramedic chief?)
CA tells his team that there are going to be cost cutting measures so no more side trips to get ice cream. Spoil sport. I guess that means HHF can’t make any more unscheduled stops to deliver flowers to his girlfriend. Bummer. Also, there’s no more overtime and everyone has to share lockers to make space to store equipment from the House that was closed down.
Because of the closures, there are two new firefighters at the House. One guy is a totes keen jellybean, Clark, who will be on Rescue Squad. He calls HHF ‘sir’ and I am immediately suspicious.
Shay and Dawson are out the front of the ER when they witness a ‘drive by drop off’. They’re both incredible in this scene – Shay jumps out of the way and tries to use a gurney to stop the car. Cool. They work hard to save the guy but I guess four bullet wounds and being thrown out of a car were just too much for him.
CA tells Mills that one of the new guys will be in Rescue Squad. Mills is OK with it, so he says.
It’s coming up to the one year anniversary of Darden’s death. Heather seems to be doing OK although her older son gets upset when Casey pays a visit wearing a CFD shirt.
Later, she’s out with friends having a few drinks when Casey stops by. She’s still pretty keen on him, I think. (I LOLed when Casey stopped by, detouring in the fire truck, and told the others that if anyone asks, they found a cat up a tree.)
Business at Molly’s is slow. Cruz is sent over to Game Day on a spy mission and he reports back that the bar is ‘bland and corporate’.
But later, Otis finds videos on his phone of Cruz’s visit to the bar and it’s anything but that. Cruz says it’s the best bar. Ever. Oh and the guy Dawson is flirting with later is one of the cops from the spin off series, Chicago PD. (“What is this, spring break at Jersey Shore?” Gotta love that Dawson.)
Hi Antonio! He’s at the gym and he runs into Mills. (Nice guns, Antonio!) He lets Mills know that he’s aware of his CPD application. Mills says he was in a bad place when he put in the application and Antonio promises to keep stumm although he reckons Mills would make a great cop.
Dawson gives Casey the friends speech but you can tell these two are way more than that. (As an aside, Monica Raymund is simply stunning! Look at her beautiful eyes!)
Awww, Mari is going back to Osaka. She tells Mouch he is destined for great things.
Poor HHF, his car is on fire! The new guy, Clark, says it was caused by a homemade accelerant (he’s seen this kind of thing before apparently). Who would target HHF? And why?
The second incident of the episode is really tense. There’s a fire in an apartment building but also a woman with chest pains in the adjacent one. Shay and Dawson attend to the chest pain patient but end up trapped in the building a few floors up as the wind picks up and the fire spreads. Oh, this is awesome – the firefighters extend a ladder between the buildings and Shay and Dawson have to climb across to safety. The patient is eased across on a back board.
Casey comes on over and tries to put the fire out but it’s too intense. On his way back over the ladder, the window ledge gives way and he ends up hanging off the building by the hose. HHF and Mills pull him back up though.
The look on Gaby’s face when she sees he’s OK and the same for Casey with Dawson – adorbs!
Clark is called to Gail McLeod’s office. She wants him to be her eyes and ears at House 51 (because it’s a problem, you know, with missing prescription drugs and sexual harassment claims). She appeals to his military background and the whole chain of command thing. Oh, and the fact that she promoted and relocated him to House 51 after his House was closed down.
Mouch is running for Union president! “Atta boy, Mouch”, says Herrmann.
Oh, no, there’s a DUI accident in the final scene of the episode and a woman is suffering from head trauma. It’s one of Heather’s friends from earlier and Heather is arrested for drunk driving!
This episode was a great start to the season and I understand it achieved good ratings. Yay! It had all the elements we’ve come to expect from this show – pretty spectacular rescues and good character development with the door opened on a few interesting arcs for the start of a new season.