Chicago Fire Review: Vendetta

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Who knew firefighters were on so many people’s hit lists? If there was any doubt that Firehouse 51 has a target on its back, there isn’t any longer. Chicago Fire has faced personal attacks before and always come out the other side, but that doesn’t mean they should be any less vigilant when a new threat surfaces. A homicidal criminal on the run with a personal grudge against Casey for choosing to save an innocent mother and child instead of him definitely qualifies.

Eddie Owens is their worst nightmare. He’s not just a violent offender, he has experience with explosives. Clearly the man isn’t afraid of anyone since he was daring enough to approach Dawson and Casey in a grocery store. Because the police can’t track him, 51 has to do some heavy lifting with Owens’ possessions from the scene of the fire they pulled him out of. The woman who Casey did save has no doubt Owens is after 51. Boden’s immediate reaction is to put the house on lockdown and keep them out of service, but that would open other houses to step into their vendetta. They have to be on guard on every single call, at least until they get word that Owens has been spotted getting his fix of prescription pain medication.

That information proves futile and false since Owens has already set a trap for 51 to fall into. Squad gets help defusing two fertilizer bombs, but Casey is the one who literally dodges bullets. Not only does he dodge them for himself, but to draw the fire away from Stella as well. Once he manages to knock Owens out, we can probably all agree with Dawson’s assessment that Casey spends way too much time dodging bullets for someone who isn’t a cop.

In between the crisis, there’s a lot of personal struggle going on. Sooner or later Brett was going to have that awkward conversation with Antonio’s ex, but she was not at all prepared for how nasty it was going to be. Even though Diego likes his dad’s new girlfriend, Laura makes it very clear Brett is not welcome around her kids. Dawson may not like Laura, but having been a mom she can see the situation from her perspective. If Antonio can’t create some clear guidelines for how he handles his family, his new job, and Brett, then he shouldn’t be trying to juggle it all. It’s not fair to him or Brett to do so. We’ll call this a timeout period until they can both get their lives in order enough to balance everything.

Stella finds it very interesting that Severide hosts a Firehouse Chief who was friends with his father,  who just happens to live in the same city as Anna. The more this Chief sees, the more he admires about Severide, and the more he gets to thinking about Severide’s potential. It’s not as if Severide doesn’t have a romantic side. He managed to throw a very nice belated wedding reception for Dawson and Casey. Would he himself make a major move for love? We’ll find out because Severide has officially been offered his perfect shot at professional and personal happiness. The Springfield Chief offers him the chance to be the Battalion Chief of not 1, but 5 firehouses in Springfield. This would also put him in very close proximity to Anna. Will he go?

Should Severide take a real leap for love?

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Summary

The scariest risk on this week’s Chicago Fire isn’t a homicidal maniac, it’s the risks taken with the heart.

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