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Renee’s back! She totes excited about the baby kicking. Severide, on the other hand, is not.
Casey is babysitting the Darden boys and he has his hands full. Gaby comes over to help. Awww. It looks like Heather may be out on probation soon so Casey doesn’t tell the kids what’s really going on.
Severide has the idea that a guy called John Westminster may be the arsonist. Benny had put the guy away – remember he was an arson investigator? – but he’s recently been released from prison.
Poor CA, he’s in strife with Gail for failing to enter the necessary data about House 51 into her new system, The Wizard. Later on, we see him trying to master The Wizard but he’s a bit lost.
This is his ‘I’m a bit lost’ face:
The team’s having breakfast and Casey fills them in on the latest on the Heather situation, acknowledging Gaby’s help with the boys. Don’t you just love the look Shay gives Gaby when she finds out she’s been helping Casey out? Hehe.
There’s a multi vehicle accident on a highway and several people need to be rescued. Severide calls for the sawzall! I love it when he calls for the sawzall. There’s a missing kid from one of the vehicles involved in the accident and Casey has to get up on to the truck to locate him in a concrete pipe. Casey and kids! The shot of Casey, Dawson and the little boy walking back towards the fire truck is rather adorable.
The Darden boys are at the House but the older boy, Griffin, isn’t interested in going in despite Casey trying to encourage him to do so. The younger boy, Ben, is lapping it up though and has a great time . The House 51 people are so lovely with this kid even though I sense they’ll be in trouble with Gail for using a ladder for non-rescue purposes. (I think this rates alongside detouring the fire truck for ice cream on Gail’s list of no-nos.)
Renee comes to visit Severide at work and she has an adorable mini firefighter outfit to show him. In a bold move, Severide raises the subject of the baby’s paternity and he gets a slap on the face for his troubles. So, is that a yes or a no, Renee?
Westminster is in custody and Severide does his usual hothead trick when he accuses the guy of being behind the latest arson attempts. But look at the size of this bloke compared with Severide!
Oh, this in interesting – equal opportunity shower scenes at the House. Cool. Otis and Cruz are impatient to use the facilities but Shay and Dawson are taking their time, having a chat about how they need to get out more. Dawson doesn’t want her life to revolve around House 51 anymore.
Severide meets with his Dad to discuss the Westminster thing and he tells Benny he’s convinced of the man’s guilt. But Benny’s not so sure. Is it just me, or did Benny sound a bit dodgy during this conversation? I wouldn’t be surprised if it comes up later that Benny stitched the guy up. Remember Voight’s cryptic comment to Severide about his father last season?
Cruz is flirting with Zoya which Herrmann points out to Otis. Otis is all like “I know, I’d kick him out but he’s our only regular customer.” LOL! By the way, I love that Otis is balancing the books at the bar, with glasses on, looking all businesslike. Wearing a Hawaiian shirt! Adorbs.
Oh, another classic Shay and Dawson Ambo Convo. Shay thinks the realtor (FYI, we say real estate agent in Oz) she is using to find a new apartment is flirting with her. Dawson laughs at Shay’s dodgy gaydar and I’m giggling at this scene too. I guess it’s not that easy though, right?
The paramedics attend to an incident where a woman has fallen down the stairs. Shay and Dawson are a bit suspicious and then the woman’s brother turns up, accuses the husband of causing the injury and then starts laying in to him. The women take it all in their stride, as per uge. They’re so awesome!
Clark is having a furtive phone convo with Gail, we presume, when Mills walks in. He tells Casey that he thinks something’s up with Clark. Casey’s response: “Something besides taking your spot on Squad.” Ouch. OK, so I’m kind of done with Mills’s petulance, but I felt a wee bit sorry for him here. Just a wee bit, mind 🙂 .
Herrmann is helping Mouch with his Union president campaign using cue cards. Awww. Unfortunately, Mouch’s first visit to a House to campaign for the presidency doesn’t quite go to plan. Mouch knows his stuff, for sure, but has a few delivery issues to work out.
Awkward! Casey asks Gaby to come over on Friday night on this last night with the Darden boys. But she has a date with the bar patron from last week’s ep. Actually, I understand that the actor playing this guy, Jesse Lee Soffer, is a cop in the new spin-off series, Chicago PD. Hmmm.
Anyway, Antonio arrives at Casey’s with some bad news – Heather’s friend, Jen, didn’t make it so Heather is now looking at a DUI manslaughter charge.
Casey visits Heather in prison. I bet the guards know him well by now, poor Casey. Anyway, Heather has decided to take the plea bargain and cop to the DUI manslaughter charge in return for a reduced sentence of 15 months. Casey is going to look after the boys as he was named in the Darden will as their guardian.
Later, Casey announces this development at the House and everyone offers to help. CA: “Whatever you need; they’re our boys too.” Awww.
Shay is apartment hunting and she susses out the realtor’s relationship status. Yet another Shay Golden Moment. She who Shall not be Named treated Shay so shabbily, I sure hope this potential relationship works out.
Severide returns home to find an upset Renee packing to leave. So it turns out the baby isn’t his after all. Renee had a one night stand in Spain in an attempt to get over Severide. Oh dear. It kind of backfired, Renee, because now all of a sudden you’ve gone from being about to start a family with Severide to being a single parent. I was never a huge Renee fan but I actually feel a bit sorry for her in this scene. And poor Severide is so sad *sniff*. Shay’s on hand later to provide comfort though. And they’re going to be roomies again!
(PS I figured that the writers would go down this path with the baby arc, especially since we know Sarah Shahi now has a regular role on Person of Interest. I’m not sure that this wasn’t always the intention, though, as a baby added into the mix – as introduced last season with the insemination arc and then Renee’s return – might be a bit impractical at this point as it could limit what the writers could do with the characters. But we shall see what happens to Shay’s desire to have a baby.)
This time the arsonist has targeted Mills and his family diner. Oh no! Mills totes defies the Chief, though, and enters the building to retrieve his father’s medals. Mills, when will you learn to follow orders?
Gail’s back! I’m probably supposed to dislike this woman but I don’t, partly because Michelle Forbes is awesome and partly because I get the impression she’s just trying to do her job. The House is in trouble for the Darden kids’ visit and they all look like they’ve just had a visit with the school principal. Herrmann correctly surmises that there is a snitch in the House.
Then there’s a bit of a conflab about the arson thing and Severide offers up his view that the perpetrator is a firefighter. Hmmm. Also, check out the arm-folding in this scene – it’s epic!
Casey tells the Darden kids they have to stay a while with him and he fesses up as to the reason why.
Gaby’s having a nice time on her date. But then – what? – the guy gains access to the bar’s cash register while she’s in another room! He doesn’t take anything, I think, so I am not sure what’s going on here.
In the final scene, Severide pays Hadley a visit. Remember him? He was doing just fine on Rescue Squad until Mills became Severide’s Pet Candidate towards the end of last season. Hadley started playing jokes on Mills but took it too far when he put dog food in Mills’s breakfast and called him ‘Mutt’. Severide accuses him of being the arsonist. “Prove it”, says Hadley. Interesting. I mean, Hadley seems like a good candidate for the arsonist as he has a beef with both Severide AND Mills. Often story arcs are wrapped up in just a few episodes on this show so Hadley may indeed be the arsonist. If so, I actually think it’s nicely done, as it ties a new story back to an old one (like the writers did with the Tara Little thing last season). But we shall see.