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Season 3 | Episode 2 | “Wow Me” | Aired Sept 30, 2014

Hello, my little firestarters! Have we all recovered from last week’s Chicago Fire premiere shocker, in which we had to say goodbye to fan favorite Leslie Shay? No? OK. Good. Me neither.

In tonight’s follow-up, “Wow Me,” the hole that Leslie Shay left behind in Firehouse 51 is deeply felt. I kept waiting for her to show up, shout “Just kidding,” and take all the boys out for shots at Molly’s. Sadly, Shay is really gone, and we all need to deal with it—even you, angry interweb commenters!

Personally, I’m taking solace in my bottle of Riesling and this photo of Matt Casey after he misplaced his shirt:

jessenoshirtBut hey, everyone has their own coping mechanisms. You do you.

Dealing with grief certainly isn’t so easy for Kelly “I chop wood now” Severide, who made his triumphant return to the firehouse this week. On the surface, it seems like Severide is handling the death of his BFF like a pro: He is a total boss out on a call, he moves into Dawson and Casey’s love pad, and he even apologizes to his sometimes lady friend, Detective Lindsay (Sophia Bush), for going off the grid.

On the inside, however, there’s a different story.

Severide is pushing everyone away. He postpones a date with Lindsay because he has plans with the guys. Those plans turn out to be a complete lie, and we find Severide sitting alone, drinking his feelings. He repeatedly tells Casey that he’s spending time with Lindsay, but in reality he’s getting lit up and sleeping it off at the firehouse. In an extremely sad and pathetic turn of events, Severide ties one on at Molly’s and awkwardly brings up how much newbie Sylvie looks like Shay—while she’s standing there.


Everyone is concerned about Severide, but it’s not until he gets some straight talk from Detective Lindsay that he finally breaks down. Taylor Kinney was such an all-star in this episode, but it was really this last scene, when he chokes back “She was my best friend” with that lost look on his face, that did me in. How Lindsay could put Severide in the friend zone at that moment, I’ll never know. Those eyes! Those tears! Those forearms! I mean, remember the woodchopping?

Whatever people have to say about losing Shay, you have to admit it is really going to send Severide on an interesting journey this season. I’m pumped to watch Kinney tackle it.

While Severide is hanging outside of restaurants crying, Gabby Dawson is using her grief to fuel a little sass-fire.

Dawson learns the hard way that not even top-shelf beer can get a misogynist to let a woman work in his firehouse, when she discovers that Welch has found a more “suitable” candidate and her transfer to Firehouse 105 doesn’t go through. She’ll have to wait for an opening at another house—which could take a very long time.


Dawson doesn’t take the diss too lightly, and marches herself over to 105 to tell Welch that she’s awesome and he’s an ass. It’s his loss. Shay would have been proud.

Shay also would have been the first in line to congratulate Dawson and Casey on making their engagement official. Casey has Dawson run some stair drills in preparation for what was supposed to be her first day as a firefighter, and at the top of what I’m going to estimate to be about 100 flights of stairs (that’s not accurate) is her engagement ring. Finally!

The two celebrate with some crazy hot (and loud, apparently) sex, and I celebrate by rewinding and replaying the crazy hot (and loud) sex. You do you, remember?

The afterglow doesn’t last very long, however, as Dawson realizes that the one person she wants to share the good news with is gone. Casey, because he is perfect, reminds Dawson that Shay would have been so happy for them, and all of our hearts burst with all of the feels. God, Casey, why don’t you just go chop down some firewood while you’re at it?



From the Firehouse 51 Bulletin Board

  • It’s a lose-lose kind of week for Peter Mills, who finds out that the reason his mom kept him from the paternal side of his family is that they’re crazy racist, and he passes out during a call for seemingly no reason. It looks like this blackout in the field won’t be a onetime thing.
  • Looky here, last week I was applauding the forthcoming episode of Three’s Company: Chicago Fire, when it turns out all I ever really needed was The Apprentice: Chicago Fire.
  • Yeah, I bet Sylvie Brett is “really good at keeping secrets.” Tell me what that wad of cash was doing in your apartment. Also, who is your real estate broker?
  • Chief Boden and Donna are going to make the cutest parents ever—if this high-risk pregnancy doesn’t end in some Chicago Fire–esque tragedy. (I don’t think it will.)
  • Did I maybe replay Severide saying “Lock eyes with me” and “Lunge into my arms” several times, while ignoring the fact that he was saying these things to a victim during a call? Yes. Yes I did. Be mine, Kelly!

Double overhead shakas for you all! Did you feel like something was missing without Shay in the house? Are you sad Lindsay and Severide are currently on hiatus, or excited to see who he’ll romance next? And who in their right mind would ever say “yes” to a proposal from a man who just made you run up multiple flights of stairs?

Chicago Fire airs Tuesdays at 10/9C on NBC.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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