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Season 3 | Episode 10 | “Santa Bites” | Aired Dec 2, 2014

Babies! Bromance! Breakups? And oh yeah, some paramedics are missing. Chicago Fire‘s finales—even the fall ones—tend to be jam-packed with action and scream-at-your-TV cliffhangers. “Santa Bites,” the last Chicago Fire episode of 2014, checked off both of those boxes and then some.

The episode felt a little all over the place at times, but let’s see if we can piece it back together and make sense of some of those big open-ended moments we’ll be left to sweat over during the holiday break. That’s right, it’s time to get your ABCs on.

A is for Ambo disappearing act: Mills arrives at Firehouse 51 for his shift to find Mr. Lullo waiting outside. Lullo makes a seemingly heartfelt apology for those pesky death threats he made after his son died, and Mills buys that the guy is really hurting. He even goes so far as to bond with Lullo over missing out on a father-son relationship. Oh, Peter Mills, that big heart of yours is just getting you in trouble all over the place, isn’t it?

Mills reassures Boden that all this Lullo business is taken care of—no police assistance necessary (Halstead, we hardly knew ye!)—and goes about his day taking shade from Casey and giving out thoughtful gifts to Brett (what’s in the box?!).

Later, Mills and Brett are called out to tend to a victim who fell out of a building. On the scene, Mills quickly realizes that their victim didn’t fall—he was purposefully run over by a truck that is now just sitting in the alley. Mills knows something is off—and that’s when the familiar Lullo limo pulls up.

Peter Mills grows suspicious when Ambulance 61 takes a shady call on NBC

Hours go by—cripes, even a baby is born—and still Ambulance 61 hasn’t returned from their call. Truck 81 heads out to check up on their paramedics, but arrive to find only the victim and an empty ambulance. Mills and Brett are gone. See you in January, I guess?

B is for Boden’s baby: Chief Wallace Boden is a man who respects tradition, so when Donna tosses out the idea of hyphenating their son’s last name, he loses it. Boden men have the last name Boden and that’s that, apparently.

He tries to rally support for his cause with various members of the house. Most people humor him, but you know they’re all thinking, “Uh, sir, remember when you found out your wife has placenta previa, which is like, pretty serious? Maybe you should be more riled up about that than the possibility of giving your son two last names.” Or is that just me?

Donna shows up at the firehouse to remind Boden that he’s being kind of a horse’s ass, but unfortunately goes into labor before she can really give him a piece of her mind. Labor! Donna is in labor!

Since Ambulance 61 is predisposed (see above), the guys fire up Squad 3’s truck and sound the alarm: Make room for baby Boden! Well, traffic jams in the middle of Chicago don’t really listen to fire alarms very well, and Donna is forced to have this baby inside the truck. With all of Squad 3 pushing along, the chief delivers little Terence Boden (Donna caves on the name debate!) into the world.

Chief Boden and his wife celebrate the birth of their son on the fall finale of NBC

The gang arrives at the hospital and suddenly, the doctors notice Terence is turning blue and under respiratory distress. It’s chaos as they rush mother and baby into the hospital and Boden is left waiting while his son’s life hangs in the balance. And … we’ll SEE YOU IN JANUARY, I GUESS?!

C is for Casey and the missing cell phone: Finally! The moment we’ve all been waiting for! The sexy date three seasons in the making! Matt Casey and Kelly Severide got their full bromance on. Casey is still icing out Dawson after overhearing her little chat with Mills, so to avoid going home to talk about his feelings, he invites Severide out for an intimate bro bar crawl.

Chicago Fire

One drink turns into A LOT of drinks, and eventually the boys are doing shots with some blondies named Chloe and Yuma. Everyone is just having the time of their lives—except for me, because I’m sitting alone on my couch eating ice cream straight out of the carton.

No, that’s not right—I was having the time of my life, too.

Regardless, Casey wakes up on Chloe’s sofa with a monster hangover and no recollection of what happened the night before. When Chloe struts by in nothing but a towel, Casey panics. He apologizes to Dawson for being a jerk, but remains mum on his outing with Severide. When Casey and Severide can finally have their college-girl-morning-after-download, Severide informs Casey that he was the one who slept with Chloe—and Casey just, well, slept.

It seems Casey’s in the clear —that is, until Chloe shows up at the firehouse looking to return his phone and puts it in the hands of Dawson. Finally, Dawson and Casey have it out (about time). In the end, Casey feels like Dawson doesn’t respect him as a lieutenant or a fiancé and maybe this situation just isn’t working. Dawson is completely offended and hurt and requests permission to leave her shift early.

The two of them sulk separately, and thus the Dawsey drama continues. (Until someone suggests Dawson get transferred to another house, or something, but what do I know?) And, ugh, see you in January. I guess.

From the Firehouse 51 Bulletin Board:

  • Manger Danger! The boys try to get Molly’s II off the ground by bringing her to the Chicago Holiday Festival. Unfortunately, a mishap with the brake sends the food truck careening down the street, right into a live nativity scene—and it’s all caught on the local news. Watching the Virgin Mary dive out of the way of a runaway food truck is really what the holidays are all about.
  • Okay, okay, I guess the holidays are really all about what Firehouse 51 does with the food truck after they decide there’s no coming back from plowing into baby Jesus: They donate the truck to a soup kitchen on the verge of closing down. Commence “awws” now.
  • It’s CSI: Fire starring Kelly Severide. After a crazy call involving a husband leaping from his burning apartment onto the truck ladder and leaving his wife behind, Severide tries to give the guy the benefit of the doubt, because Kelly’s a gentleman. Unfortunately, the guy’s sob story about fear from a childhood explosion and time in the burn unit holds little weight with Severide after he discovers the apartment fire had three points of origin—the husband had set fire to his wife on purpose. I’m sorry, guy, looks like you just got … burned. Cue yeeeeaaah and Severide tossing on his sunglasses.
  • Did everyone just forget that Severide used to be married? Has he not told people yet? Was he A Beautiful Minding her the whole time?
  • Connie loves gravy = I love Connie. In my dream world, Connie and Trudy have a podcast called “I Don’t Have Time for That” where they dish out hard truths about dating and relationships to idiot callers. IT WOULD BE A HIT AND YOU KNOW IT.

How’d you feel about the fall finale, firebugs? Which cliffhanger will be giving you the most anxiety over the holidays? Is this really the end for Dawsey? And seriously, what is Capp’s side job?

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

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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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