Chicago Fire Season 9 Episode 3 Review: Smash Therapy

We’re again after a two-month hiatus, and if we’re trustworthy, the return was fairly anti-climatic.

That’s to not sayChicago Fire Season 9 Episode 3was a foul episode; it was a reasonably good one.

It’s simply that after all of the Brettsey/Bracey/Casett buildup — severely, what’s their ‘ship title? — the winter premiere, which addressed the aftermath of their ill-fated hookup, fell flat.

When the writers have been breaking this season, this installment in all probability wasn’t deliberate to in January.

However, after manufacturing delays on each Chicago Med and Chicago Fire, NBC executives most definitely determined to push the programming till 2021, thus permitting the 2 collection, together with Chicago PD, to air their respective third episode of the season on the identical time.

Casey: Not any extra. Looks like that was the extent of it. Gabby, our relationship, it is all the time going to be a problem for Sylvie.
Severide: And for you?
Casey: I assumed so, however to be trustworthy these previous couple of months, I have never had any contact with Gabby or thought a lot about her. Sylvie’s been the one one in every of my thoughts.
Severide: But you are simply going to let it go?
Casey: That’s what she needs, so, I do not know. Maybe it is for the most effective.
Severide: Is it? It sounds to me such as you’ve obtained it fairly dangerous for Brett.
Casey: I feel that is precisely why I’ve to drag again. It’s the most effective factor for her.

Though disappointing that we needed to wait virtually two months for a brand new episode, this plan labored nicely as Chicago Fire Season 9 Episode 2 ended with Casey and Brett lastly confessing their emotions and hooking up earlier than Brett promptly pumped the breaks.

While not ideally suited, that ending was a powerful fall finale, however the issue then turned that this episode needed to function a winter premiere of types, which places the show in a troublesome place, because it’s evident the episode was not structured as such.

The huge query on our minds could be what would occur subsequent for the would-be couple, so it was irritating when nothing got here of it.

Yes, Casey and Brett had a dialog about their future, however what began as a good cause to lengthen the “will they or will not they” trope rapidly turned an annoying solution to drag out any potential decision.

Brett’s reservations about being second to Dawson have been legitimate, however her refusal to listen to Casey out did not make sense.

And as an alternative of discussing the Dawson state of affairs and letting Casey expound upon his hesitation, she barely let the captain get a phrase in edgewise earlier than swiftly telling him nothing like that would ever occur once more.

Casey, for his half, was too taciturn, shallowing his true emotions for Brett afterward.

While it is necessary to respect Brett’s emotions, the Casey we now have grown to know and love over eight seasons would have fought tougher for Brett.

If something, he would have made one last-ditch effort to persuade Brett that she had nothing to fret about with Dawson.

Instead, he simply determined to comply with her lead and drop it, which, whereas thoughtful, does not tackle the problem at hand.

Brett: I do not need issues to be bizarre between us.
Casey: Neither do I. They do not should be. I do know what I mentioned the opposite evening, however you need to know my emotions for you, they’re actual, Sylvie, no matter Gabby.
Brett: There is not any no matter Gabby. That’s the purpose.
Casey: I’m undecided that needs to be true.
Brett: I’m. Matt, what occurred between us, it will probably’t occur once more, ever. You’ve been such a fantastic buddy to me.
Casey: I really feel the identical approach.
Brett: I simply I want a bit area proper now. I am unable to go proper again to the best way issues have been, faux nothing occurred.

He had no downside telling Severide that he hadn’t had any contact with or considered Dawson in months, which he ought to have been telling Brett.

The Dawson subject is a believable impediment to their burgeoning relationship, however nothing will ever come of it if they do not focus on it at size.

Brett was proper to ask Casey about it earlier than issues went any additional, however she did ambush him with the query.

Casey was trustworthy with Brett, however the state of affairs is a bit more difficult than Brett is making it out.

It’s not black and white, and hopefully, she’ll get that in some unspecified time in the future.

Part of Casey will all the time love Dawson, however that does not imply he cannot — or does not — love her too.

It was only a convoluted method and a tireless solution to drag out the drama after we’re prepared for the writers to determine a method or one other.

As for Stellaride, they’re heading for bother merely resulting from an absence of communication.

We knew Kidd taking the lieutenant’s examination would ruffle some feathers inside the CFD, however I by no means guessed the brass would assume Kidd was being thought-about for a promotion due to with whom she is sleeping.

Conway: I met your girlfriend at present on the lieutenant candidates assembly.
Severide: Is that so.
Conway: Took me ’til I used to be 42 to make lieutenant. She’s actually zooming up the ladder.
Severide: She’s a fantastic firefighter.
Conway: If you say so. These days they promote individuals for every kind of causes that don’t have anything to do with ability and expertise.
Severide: She has each.
Conway: Sure. I’ll inform you what. A sufferer that is obtained to be shoulder carried down a floor ladder does not care that there are sufficient girls within the CFD or range. They simply want saving. Am I proper?
Severide: You may wish to take into consideration retirement, chief. You’re beginning to sound a bit creaky.
Conway: I get it. You go to defend your woman, nevertheless it’s humorous as a result of people round listed below are saying the true cause Kidd’s shifting up so quick is you.
Severide: What are you speaking about?
Conway: It cannot damage sleeping with an officer, particularly one so intently related to (*9*) Grissom. I’m simply telling you what everybody else is saying. Don’t shoot the messenger.

And whereas a larger push for range appeared to be the apparent cause these outdoors 51 would have an issue with Kidd’s potential promotion, her relationship with Severide, in hindsight, makes a lot sense.

So, naturally, some like Conway would assume Kidd should be getting particular remedy due to Severide.

It could not probably be due to her expertise, work ethic, and management; no, it needs to be that Kidd’s sleeping her solution to the highest.

Conway’s assertion was disgusting, however Severide ought to have advised Kidd what was occurring.

Understandably, he did not wish to dampen her spirits, however him maintaining his distance with out giving any cause will solely drive a wedge between them.

Severide might imagine he is doing Kidd a favor — and perhaps he’s — nevertheless it’s not doing any favors for his or her relationship.

A easy dialog about this might have prevented all of this drama, however characters are incapable of getting trustworthy communication as that is tv.

This is a matter they need to have talked about and provide you with an answer collectively as an alternative of Severide reducing Kidd out.

Severide: Actually, I simply bumped into Chief Conway, and…
Kidd: I’ve to say I really feel so a lot better after leaving that assembly. People arising, saying very nice issues. It meant rather a lot.
Severide: That’s, yeah, I’m glad to listen to.
Kidd: I’m equipped. I’m gonna hit the books onerous. I’m gonna dazzle these white shirts. I’m gonna get myself a promotion. Do Boden proud. You’ll take me by means of the squad later?
Severide: Uh, you do not want my assist with that. There’s every kind of diagrams.
Kidd: Diagrams? I assumed you have been going to stroll me by means of it. Listen, I’ll make it enjoyable.
Severide: I’m positive you’d, however I obtained a factor to do after shift.
Kidd: A factor?
Severide: Yes. Capp, stroll Kidd by means of squad, OK.
Capp: Sure, after I get a bit me time.
Severide: Now.
Kidd: No, I can wait till you may have time.
Severide: Capp might use the additional coaching.

This rumor impacts Kidd greater than Severide, and she or he has a proper to know what’s going on.

More than that, she has a proper to anticipate her cohabitating boyfriend to come back to her with issues like this.

Kidd is a brilliant, succesful firefighter and has already put the items collectively that one thing is off with Severide.

The lieutenant might be able to preserve this a secret for some time longer, however in some unspecified time in the future, Kidd will discover out, and it will be a lot worse if it comes from another person.

Is this unavoidable friction sufficient for them to interrupt up?

Probably not, however you’ll be able to’t say issues would not go rather a lot smoother with heart-to-heart about what this rumor means for them professionally and personally.

Elsewhere, Mouch obtained right into a spot of bother when Casey was almost thrown from the aerial throughout a name.

Thankfully, Herrmann stepped in to assist his buddy.

Mouch: I do not know what occurred. Lock’s working simply high quality now, however on the decision… I swear I locked it in. I do know I did.
Herrmann: OK, what’d Casey say?
Mouch: Not rather a lot. Just stared at me with hate in his eyes.
Herrmann: No he did not. Maybe, he is a bit pissed off is my guess.
Mouch: Got each proper to be. He was half an inch away from a career-ending harm or worse. I do know I did not bump lever, and even when I did, when it is locked in, it should not transfer.
Herrmann: Hey, for those who say it was locked in, I consider you.
Mouch: Then why cannot I discover a mechanical downside? Can you simply let me?
Herrmann: OK, after all.
Mouch: I obtained to determine this out. What occurred at present, it will probably’t ever occur once more.

It’s moments like these the place Herrmann decides to make use of his powers for good as an alternative of evil the place I’m reminded why we put up with him.

The reason behind the aerial malfunction appeared like consumer error at first, and most buddies would not have gone that additional mile to clear Mouch’s title.

It was particularly touching to see Herrmann do all that leg work since we all know how he hates every little thing associated to paperwork.

It would have been simpler to just accept Mouch screwed up, and with him going through no disciplinary motion, there wasn’t a lot at stake.

However, Herrmann noticed how distressed his buddy was and the way badly Mouch was beating himself up over the entire thing, so he stepped up in an enormous approach.

I’d say let’s give Herrmann the advantage of the doubt sooner or later, however he’ll in all probability do or say one thing unbearable to spite me, so let’s go away it as we take the nice with the dangerous.

Some stray ideas:

  • So if Mouch wasn’t in charge, then who was it? Well, it was our good ‘ole buddy Gorsch. Even when that douche is not round, he nonetheless finds methods to trigger bother for 51. Hopefully, the Gorsch of all of it ends there as a result of I don’t need that fool again.

  • Though superfluous, the standing desk subplot was fairly humorous. Watching Boden attempt to be good and appreciative of one thing he clearly hated was hilarious.

    I’m glad he handled Kylie with child gloves, not as a result of she was a lady however as a result of he did not wish to dampen her enthusiasm for the job. Got to like Boden for moments like this.

  • I have never all the time been the largest fan of Kylie, however she gained me over this episode. Her optimistic perspective and need for Boden to deal with her like anybody else put her excessive. As lengthy as this character continues to be within the background and never take up an excessive amount of display time, she’s a welcome addition to 51.

  • And talking of successful me over, Mackey retains getting higher and higher. Everything about her is nice, and her supporting Brett although the paramedic in cost wasn’t able to divulge heart’s contents to her simply but was superb. Plus, her flirtationship with Gallo continues to be a brilliant spot. More Mackey, please.

So what did you suppose, Chicago Fire Fanatics?

How for much longer will we now have to endure the ‘will they or will not they’ from Casey and Brett?

How badly will Severide’s secrecy screw up his relationship with Kidd?

What did you concentrate on Herrmann stepping as much as the plate?

Hit the feedback beneath to let me know your ideas. If you missed the most recent episode, bear in mind you’ll be able to watch Chicago Fire onlineat TV Fanatic.

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



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