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'Chicago Fire' recap: Introducing Mrs. Severide

Season 3 | Episode 7 | “Nobody Touches Anything” | Aired Nov 11, 2014

Crossover week is upon us, firebugs! Chicago Fire‘s “Nobody Touches Anything” kicks off what promises to be three hours of heart-pounding, gut-wrenching, can’t-miss television and …

Okay, look, I know I’m probably supposed to begin this recap by playing up the excitement that is NBC Crossover Week (and seriously, it is pretty darn cool), but there are some more pressing matters we need to take care of first: Down is up. Left is right. KELLY SEVERIDE IS MARRIED, Y’ALL.

Severide returns to Firehouse 51 after his Vegas trip beaming with joy, and it’s not long before he’s flashing Boden and Mouch the ol’ Beyoncé hand to reveal he got hitched to the gal he met at the craps table. Her name is Brittany Baker and she’s a graphic artist from Florida. Oh, and she’s not a stripper, allegedly.Boden and Mouch assume Severide is pulling one over on them—that is, until Severide insists on attending to some insurance paperwork so he can make sure everything is updated with his wife’s information. When insurance is involved, you know it’s real.

Most of our friends respond as you would expect: Casey is nothing but supportive, Dawson is immediately suspicious, Otis takes bets on how long Severide’s nuptials will last, and Mouch spouts off some inane advice about how marriage is like a pot.

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Severide takes it all in stride. After Firehouse 51 rescues a woman from an overturned car (a pretty intense call, actually), he celebrates with a round of high-fives for the whole crew. It’s the high-fives that really get under Dawson’s skin. Dawson relays her concern to Casey, who, in a wonderful moment, basically calls his fiancée out for being anti-Florida. But, I mean, she used to be a paramedic and we all heard about the bath salts, so I get it.

Finally, Brittany shows up bearing doughnuts and is nothing but wonderful and beautiful and even Pouch likes her, so I guess Sylvie and I have to take our little crushes elsewhere (you can’t make me!).

Unbeknownst to Dawson, Casey has assured Severide that he and his new bride can stay at La Casa Dawsey until they figure things out. It’s a fact he forgets to mention to Dawson, who is fed up with everyone just accepting this marriage. She confronts Severide in the locker room and accuses him of hiding from his grief over Shay by doing something impulsive. Severide, fuming that Dawson would even use the Shay card, turns the argument around on her. He reminds her that he wasn’t afraid to get married—and maybe she’s the one hiding behind her excuses to put off her own wedding to Matt.

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Personally, I think they’re both hiding, and Shay wouldn’t be happy with either of them right now, but no one asked me. Regardless, Severide’s words sting and make for a semi-awkward taco night, until Casey, dear Casey, calms Dawson’s fears. It’s not her fault, according to him, it’s just a terrible situation. I don’t think this is the last we’ll hear of this conflict, but for tonight, it was enough to put Dawson’s uneasiness at bay.

So now everyone’s on board with this Vegas marriage! Severide and Brittany arrive at Molly’s for a wedding celebration and share a sweetly sad moment outside. They remind themselves that they’ve saved each other, and it’s clear that Brittany is grieving for someone as well. Looks like these crazy kids have more in common than good bone structure and poor decision-making skills!

OK, now we can discuss that whole crossover thing. It’s the final call on Chicago Fire that—ahem—ignites this entire three-hour extravaganza. Severide dives down into the cellar of a burning house to rescue a man who, according to witnesses, ran down there when the fire started.

Severide finds the man clutching a box and starts to carry him to safety, when the box falls over and its contents spill out on the floor. Severide quickly realizes something is amiss—the box was full of photos of kids half-dressed and being tortured— and he calls for backup in the form of Chicago P.D.‘s Detective Lindsay (Sophia Bush) and Detective Voight (Jason Beghe).

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Back at the police station, Lindsay is organizing the disturbing photos when she comes across a familiar face: Her brother, who ran off to New York 10 years ago, is one of the kids in the photos. Lindsay connects with her friends in the New York City Special Victims Unit and informs them that she’s headed their way to solve this case.

And voilà– a crossover is born. I know I’ll be tuning in to Law & Order: SVU and Chicago P.D. to see how this all plays out. Will you?

From the Firehouse 51 Bulletin Board:

  • Newhouse plays coy about the cuts and bruises on his face until he needs Mills’ help again. He’s tracking a felon worth $2,000—enough money to pay for his daughter’s academic bowl trip. Newhouse’s interactions with said felon escalate to death threats, which is enough for Mills to enlist Casey and Firehouse 51’s help to raise the money Newhouse needs. Newhouse is astounded by the House’s kindness, but hey—Firehouse 51 takes care of family.
  • CruZumba is a thing! That’s right. Our Joe Cruz is the “amazing instructor” who leads Yelp’s highest-rated Zumba class in Pilsen. Three words: Sign me up.
  • Have we all gotten over our “Sylvie is just a poor man’s Shay” anger enough to admit that Sylvie is turning out to be pretty great? I sure have. Her interactions with Cruz, her awkward schoolgirl crush on Severide, and her female-bonding with Dawson brought some levity to the grimmer aspects of the episode this week. I think Shay would approve.
  • Bromance alert! How cute was Casey’s insistence that he completely support his bud, Kelly? I mean, he probably should have been a little more concerned, but it was cute nonetheless.
  • “That whole Ghost thing? Very sensual.” —Mouch. Trudy and Mouch have the realest love this world has ever known.

So, is Brittany here to stay? Is Severide right that Dawson is avoiding getting married? Who else will be watching Law & Order: SVU and Chicago P.D. to find out what’s up with Lindsay’s brother? Finally, can the interwebs PLEASE grace us with some Mouch-Trudy Ghost Photoshop action?

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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