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'Chicago Fire' recap: City of brotherly love

Season 3 | Episode 6 | “Madmen and Fools” | Aired Oct 28, 2014

Well, firebugs, if you’ve been complaining that there hasn’t been enough on-call action this season, Chicago Fire delivered for you tonight in droves. We had a kid’s head stuck in a balcony, a tuning fork through the eye, a corn dog shoved down a throat, and don’t forget the shots fired as Firehouse 51 assisted in taking down some local drug dealers.

Whew. “Madmen and Fools” was an action-packed installment of Chicago Fire, wasn’t it? And even with all the time spent out on calls, we were treated to some big character moments to boot. Let’s shoot around the horn and see what some of our favorite firefighters got into this week.

Matt Casey is officially nominated for Brother of the Year: Last week we learned that Matt’s evil brother-in-law had made grand plans to dump Matt’s sister Christie (Nicole Forester) and leave her with next to nothing so that he could run off with his mistress, heretofore only referred to as Mistress.

Since Matty don’t play like that, he enlists the help of everybody’s favorite off-the-books investigator Newhouse (more on him later!), who points him to the office of a top-notch divorce attorney (Tim Decker). Unfortunately, the outlook is, as a Magic 8 Ball would say, not so good, and the attorney warns Christie and Matt that these types of cases will only escalate.

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It’s enough to scare Christie into settling, but Matt can’t stand to see his niece and sister hurting. He has Newhouse look into Mistress’ skeletons, only to find that she has a bench warrant out for her arrest after she scammed her first husband’s family out of money in Alabama. Don’t worry, it’s this whole thing. But mainly, it means Matt has leverage. He threatens to turn in Mistress—whom Matt assumes will just take the money and run—if Jim doesn’t play fair.

Later, when Matt goes to check on his sister, he discovers that Jim took his advice and won’t be leaving Christie high and dry. And being the dreamboat that he is, Matt never mentions that he had anything to do with Jim’s change of heart. Uncle Matt for the win!

Sylvie Brett takes a stand (and a seat): At the aforementioned kid-stuck-in-a-balcony call, Sylvie decides to bring little Archie to the hospital to get checked out, even though his mother, Catherine, mysteriously fights against it. Once at the hospital, Catherine’s reason for hesitation is clear: She and Archie have been to the hospital before, and Child Protective Services is all over her; they immediately take Archie away.

Catherine comes to the firehouse seeking allies. She pleads with Sylvie and Severide to help explain her situation to CPS: She and her ex have a history of alcohol abuse, but he’s out of the picture and she’s clean. Severide is unusually cold to her and tells Sylvie not to get involved. Obviously, Sev’s lack of compassion is tied to Shay (he’s hurting, people!), but Sylvie reminds him how important second chances are and they agree to help Catherine.

CPS doesn’t move fast enough for little miss Sylvie Brett, who, after losing a gunshot victim, storms into Catherine’s caseworker’s office and demands that he take care of Catherine and Archie—she’ll be occupying his office until he does.

You would think Sylvie Brett has won us all over, but then, inexplicably, she TURNS DOWN AN OFFER TO GO TO VEGAS WITH KELLY SEVERIDE. Girl, I love your tenacity and courage, but you never, EVER, turn down Kelly Severide and Vegas. It’s like Paramedics 101, I think.

Newhouse is the Elle Woods of Chicago Fire: For weeks now, we’ve heard about Newhouse’s seedy post-shift activities: he’s part private investigator, part repo man. This week, finally, we get to see Newhouse in action. He takes his newest partner, Peter Mills, on a ride-along to fetch the prize possession of a client going through a bad divorce: her dog.

If stealing back dogs was all Newhouse was doing, it wouldn’t be cause for much worry. But any guy who counts top divorce lawyers as his friends, can call in out-of-state warrants, and rummages up food trucks with bullet holes seemingly on demand must be up to some fairly dangerous activities.

These suspicions ring true when Newhouse is attacked outside of his home. A guy with that many friends must have some pretty big enemies, too, and they’re starting to come out of the woodwork. Looks like it’s time for a deep dive into the backstory of Newhouse. Next week, maybe?


From the Firehouse 51 Bulletin Board:

  • Dawson was fully entrenched in the Christopher Herrmann School of Firefighting this week. I still think Herrmann is the best thing for Dawson and I’m enjoying this mentor-mentee back-and-forth. I always thought Herrmann and Shay had a great father-daughter type relationship, so it’s nice to see it get passed on to Dawson. Also, sister knows how to throw a sledgehammer!
  • Severide spent the entire episode fielding some pretty lame excuses from Rescue Squad 3, as they bailed, one by one, out of his Vegas trip. This just paved the way for Sev to run into some lady luck, as portrayed by Serinda Swan. And guys, I wasn’t jealous at all when the two entered Makeout City in front of the craps table. NOT AT ALL.
  • I loved the quick callback to Jones and her note that Dawson keeps in her locker. Chicago Fire doesn’t forget their fallen. The Dawson-Jones relationship was a great one, and it makes sense that she would call on Jones’ memory for motivation.
  • Was anyone else as happy as I was to see Joe Cruz back behind the wheel of Truck 81? All is right with the world again.

No new Chicago Fire next week, but that just gives you time to prepare for the big three-way crossover with Chicago P.D. and Law & Order: SVU. Are you looking forward to seeing some of your favorites from those shows mingle with Firehouse 51?

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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