So we open with Gabby and Jay who are now clearly, um, together. Jay says they need to tread carefully seeing as he’s undercover, or something like that. I’m not really listening because it’s Jay!!!!! And Gabby!!!!! Sexy times indeed.
Shay wakes up in Dangerous Liaison’s apartment looking a little under the weather. Oh dear, this doesn’t look good. (And what’s with the camera? Yikes.)
There’s a scene in a coffee shop with Benny and Severide but you’ll have to remind me of the dialogue because I can’t remember a word of it. Here’s why:
Gail and Boden are going head to head again. It seems that Gail wants to save House 51 but this means putting the Chief out to pasture. In response to the suggestion of an early retirement, the Chief says: “Kiss my ass.” You tell her, Chief! (I’m still not sure why does the Chief needs to go. He’s Chief Awesome, after all!)
Spellman’s been outed as the dobber and the 51ers are not happy. Casey confronts him in the locker room but Spellman is cool with being the dobber. I predict he won’t last long in the House. No one likes a dobber, Spellman.
Aww, Severide’s concerned about Shay after her MIA stunt the night before. Shay promises to text him next time to let him know she’s OK. Cute!
Oh, this is gold. Gabby’s telling Herrmann and Otis about the Arthur situation, that they need to play along with it for a bit as Antonio has things in hand. They totes don’t believe her. Herrmann’s face!
Incident 1: A humongous tree has fallen on a house and there’s a baby and a woman trapped inside.
Shay’s still freezing Dawson out so they work separately to assist the victims. Gabby ensures that the baby is OK and Shay attends to the trapped woman whose jaw is broken.
Poor Chief, he’s feeling a bit lost right now at the thought of losing his House. Isn’t that the saddest face you have ever seen?
Otis is behaving like a frat boy over living at Chez Shayveride. After Shay unloaded on Otis in the previous episode, she is now ‘his girl Shay’. Otis, you are adorkable but you’re not one of the cool kids so how about you just stick to being Otis?
Chief Boden is still reeling after being asked to take volunteer retirement by Gail. Back at the House, he unleashes the full force of his frustrations at Gail onto the fitness test that everyone has to take as part of the new wellness program. Casey and Severide go to his office after this and Boden tells them about Gail’s move to push him out of the House. Severide says “this is your House, defend it.” You go, Severide! Mind you, I’m not sure the Chief has too much fight left in him *sniff*.
Mills and Shay, as the wellness officers, have to conduct the fitness tests. Shay pulls a swifty and Mills ends up having to do Gabby’s. They are adorable here and I see now how much better they are as friends. Shay’s distracted while taking Clarke’s blood (I think I would be too, he’s cute!) and Mills conducts Boden’s tests; the poor Chief is reaching the end of his rope, I think.
The Chief doesn’t want to get rid of Spellman as we all know what happened last time he transferred a firefighter out. Instead, someone posts a transfer form on Spellman’s locker. You know, the pink form that we saw Otis fill out last season when he felt underappreciated at House 51? Get the hint, Spellman?
Isabella’s visiting the House as Mouch reveals his campaign poster. Sweet!
While she’s there, Casey asks for her help in getting Heather transferred to a minimum security facility so she can see more of her children.
Incident number 2 is pretty gruesome. There’s a guy impaled on a rototiller in his front yard. Shay muscles Dawson out of the way to attend to him.
Ugh, he has four toes missing and Mills has to get out the heat sensor thingie to conduct a Toe Search.
On the way back to the House, Gabby asks Shay if they can clear the air. Shay says she’s just fine but her face says she isn’t. And then a woman cuts in front of the ambulance and Shay follows her and tosses her drink through the woman’s open window. Poor Shay is clearly not OK – possible PTSD after the Darryl incident and frosty relations with her bestie aren’t a good combo. I’m giggling at Gabby’s WTF? face though, given the kind of stuff she’s pulled in the past.
Scene of the episode: Clarke waits for a quiet moment to give Shay a pep talk *sniff*. He understands what she’s going through as he is a former Marine and he lost a mate who couldn’t cope with what he’d seen in Iraq. I loved this scene – Jeff Heppner, you have my attention! I hope Clarke stays as I’m really starting to like him.
The pink transfer forms are spawning! They are all over Spellman’s locker! He confronts the whole team and appeals to the two lieutenants for support. But then they whip forms out of their pockets! Hilarious. Spellman goes to the Chief and he does the same thing! “Say hi to McLeod for me”, he says. Yeah, baby!
Oh my, we have more sexy times – this time it’s Zoya and Severide. I don’t buy these two together but whatever. And that scene was just a bit too, um, realistic for me. Sheesh.
Otis is having a fraternity party at Chez Shayveride to try to cheer Shay up. Thankfully this means the Z-S scene is over. Poor Otis, his parties aren’t exactly excitement overload. Shay’s going to bed and Cruz is clearing out because HE wants to be the one having sexy times with Zoya.
Otis to Mouch: “Living here sucks, dude, I got to get out.” LOL!!!!!!!
Sexy times between Mills and Isabella are interrupted when Mills calls her Gabby. Ouch.
Arthur and his pretend strong man, Jay, pay Molly’s a visit and demand more money. Arthur resorts to smashing the liquor cabinet to make his point.
Jay stands there smiling but later tells Gabby it was really hard for him. I’m guessing it was pretty hard for Gabby, too, mate.
Casey visits Heather in prison and she looks like she’s not doing too well. He talks to her about requesting a transfer to a minimum security facility so she can see more of her children.
Oh, I get it, Zoya wants to marry Severide so she can stay in the US. That’s why she’s mad keen on him all of a sudden. Because there’s no other reason why, right? A mildly absurd conversation ensues as Severides gently nixes the idea of a green card marriage. Alas he’s not such a good candidate for a boyfriend now. Poor Severide, looking for love in all the wrong places. Again.
Gail and Benny have a corporate meeting beside the lake and this scene reminds me of why Chicago is on my travel bucket list. But never mind all that. Anyway, Gail wants Benny to take over from Boden after he voluntarily retires. Really? The 51ers will be dead keen on this turn of events. Not. And I’m OK with this story arc from a drama point of view but would a consultant really have the power to reinstate a retired firefighter?
The fitness tests results are back and Mouch is pleased to find out that he’s not in as bad a shape as he thought. Herrmann celebrates his good results by taking off his shirt which momentarily blinds me. Woah, dude. Mills takes the Chief’s results to him which show high levels of protein that could be an indicator of asbestosis. The Chief isn’t keen on hearing this news. Poor Chief, it’s been a rough day for him *sniff*.
Ah, here’s Amy, the realtor! I wondered what had happened to her. Shay’s at a party with her but she looks totes out of place and dead bored. By some crazy coincidence, Dangerous Liaisons is also at the party and a Dangerous Liaison ensures in a nearby alley. I predict trouble ahead for poor Shay.
Casey’s being adorable with the Darden kids again, this time playing a game of Risk with them. They ask him if Gabby is his girlfriend as they think that she should be. Yeah, boys, we think Casey thinks this, too. Ben is ready to go back to House 51. Awww.
Otis is tired of the bar not doing well on top of the harassment from Arthur and he wants to sell it. Zoya just wants a green card and has now moved on to Plan B, Cruz. Oh, Cruz, settling for sloppy seconds AND a woman who only wants a ticket to stay in the US. Oh dear.
Oh my, Game Day is on fire. Otis, Herrmann and Gabby rush towards the fire. Arson?
The final scenes of the episode show Boden tendering his resignation and Benny telling Severide that he’s the new Chief of Not Awesome.
The look on Severide’s face says it all:
Oh no, the next episode is not on air until November 12. That’s three whole weeks until we can see Severide being a HHF again. Dooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooom!
Here’s the promo to whet your appetite: