Chicago Fire Season 3 Episode 14 Review: “Call it Paradise”

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The coldest day yet of a winter storm in Chicago is mixed with danger and uncertainty for the firefighters in this week’s episode of Chicago Fire. The cold messes with transport vehicles, with the 911 dispatch, and even with personal attitudes (poor Cruz doesn’t stop being grumpy until he sits under a direct heat lamp). The house’s hopes for a slow day are dashed when a Safe Haven baby is left on their doorstep, and it is up to them to care for her.

Babies really do bring people closer together, as Dawson and Casey spend most of the episode within inches of each other, hovering over the baby. When a woman comes by claiming to be the baby’s mother, and that the father is the one who abandoned the baby, she is asked for official documentation so the baby can be relinquished. When this woman is unable to provide sufficient evidence, and doesn’t even know that the baby was born prematurely, Dawson ends up on the wrong end of a gun. The team shows up luckily, scaring away the woman, and the baby is returned to its rightful parents after being stolen from them. By the end of the ordeal, Severide also points out to Casey that he should probably cut the cord with Dawson for good so as not to fall into old patterns.

Once the ambulance engine is fixed up, Brett and Mills are called to rescue a runaway teenager wandering in an abandoned, unstable building. Brett goes after the girl while Mills stays with the boyfriend, and Brett ends up trying to keep the girl from dangling off an unstable beam to her death. Boyfriend’s intuition came in real handy when Cruz realized his lady’s transport hadn’t been heard from, and he rallied the troops to help. With team work they were able to save the girl, and Brett proved what an amazing first responder she really is.

Elsewhere in the episode, after Severide’s good work finding the arsonist who killed Shay, Captain Cunningham asks for his help looking over another potential case. While Severide is not exactly feeling the love for the arson investigators after they didn’t punish Shay’s murderer, he cooperates nonetheless and solves the case. He is subsequently offered a job with arson, but declines in favor of staying with the house. The offer remains on the table if he wants it, though, so I guess we will have to wait and see.

The day culminates in the resurgence of a luau Chief Boden’s father used to throw during his tenure as a police officer. Cruz gets “tan,” Casey decides to move on with someone new, and the chief’s father gives a beautiful speech about standing together. Alas, it is his last great speech, and the man dies later that night while his grandson is sleeping in the next room. I’ve heard that there is a certain kind of agony that a son feels when he loses his father, and we certainly saw that with Chief Boden last night.

What did you think of Chicago Fire‘s weathering of the storm?

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