When you’re a parent, you have to teach your kids not only the difference between right and wrong, but the importance of tough love. Teenagers think they know everything, and this week Chicago Fire has a few stories which try to prove how you circumvent that thinking. Fighting with another person does nothing. It’s about the way you get people to hear your perspective, especially if you’re willing to understand theirs.
Brett and Dawson have a trainee under their wings during shift. Paramedic candidate Thornton is so close to achieving his dream, but he must only observe as a trainee. When the paramedics have too many victims on a call, Thornton makes a split-second decision to give a patient CPR. Because Thornton saved his patient’s life, Dawson and Brett cover for him. Thornton gets off easy. Lee Henry Herrmann can’t say the same thing.
Herrmann’s son gets suspended for not saying the Pledge of Allegiance in class. Regardless of how you feel about his choice, protesting because of vending machines is ridiculous. Who knew that Herrmann senior had it in him to get so angry? It’s such a scary sight the usually lovable man scares everyone out of the break room! Herrmann’s temper is only slightly calmer in front of his son’s Vice Principal, but not by much. I don’t blame him considering the pompous principal calls the Herrmann’s bad parents. Herrmann and Cindy are anything but! They take the time to teach their son what the flag stands for by taking him to the VA.
Casey investigates a crack house which just popped up in the neighborhood. Casey is drawn in because he meets the parents of a girl trapped inside the house. 51 uses the ‘smell of smoke’ from the house as justification to break in. Before Casey can extricate the girl, her captor holds a knife to her throat. Casey has to get him away from her so that her parents can come to take her to detox. Both Casey and Dawson had some nice parental moments this week. Is it too much to hope these two will become parents again?
Boden has the best reaction to Benny Severide’s return: “Oh, Dear God.” Benny is getting divorced, again, which is what brings him knocking on his son’s door. Since his own love life is in the toilet, Benny pokes around his son’s. Anna is excited to meet Benny, and we’re excited because it seems that this is Severide’s one relationship which has the potential to stick. But when Anna shows up for the dinner, Severide can immediately tell something is wrong. She doesn’t last a minute before she runs out telling Severide they shouldn’t see each other anymore. A bad day at work doesn’t cause this type of 180, even if Anna lost a patient. My best guess, and worst fear, is that Anna’s cancer has returned.
Severide needs to fight for his relationship, but will Anna give him the chance to? Will Benny be the voice of reason for once in his life and encourage his son not to let happiness slip away?
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Herrmann teaches his son a valuable lesson about what constitutes a valid protest on this week’s Chicago Fire.