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'Chicago Fire' recap: The case of the missing paramedics

Season 3 | Episode 11 | “Let Him Die” | Aired Jan 6, 2015

Now that’s the Chicago Fire I know and love. After a few episodes that somehow felt simultaneously jam-packed and stuck spinning in the mud, 51’s return from winter hiatus was a tight hour of intense action and some big emotional steps forward. Plus, Shady Gus is back—so you know it’s good.

Last we saw our favorite Chicago residents, several fates hung in the balance: Boden’s baby, Dawson and Casey’s relationship, Kelly Severide’s pesky shirt that you know is just dying to come off (er—was that just me?). But perhaps the cliffhanger that had me sweating it out under my Christmas tree the most was that of Peter Mills and Sylvie Brett, our missing paramedics. If you recall, the ambo went out on a routine call and never returned—when Truck 81 went searching for the pair, all they found was an empty ambulance and no sign of their friends.

“Let Him Die” returns us to the scene of that ambo call, where Mills and Brett are ambushed by two gun-toting thugs who force the paramedics to join them in their shiny town car. Mills immediately connects the two to Lullo, the mafioso who blames Mills for his son’s death, but the thugs play coy. The situation is, well, less than ideal.

Peter Mills (Charlie Barnett) goes missing on the winter premiere of NBC

Knowing that he and Brett are out of options, Mills channels Jason Bourne and fights both of his kidnappers USING ONLY HIS LEGS. It is both terrifying and hot. Mostly hot. Unfortunately, this badassery only leads to the car slamming through a fence and into one nasty-looking crash. Again, less than ideal (still hot).

But the nightmare doesn’t end there. Thug 1 and Thug 2 bring Mills and Brett to a nearby warehouse and force them to assist Thug 1 with his injuries—very gruesome injuries—from the car crash. The guy is in bad shape (major internal bleeding and the like, you know how it goes), and Mills sees it as an opportunity to make a trade: They’ll save his life if Mills and Brett are set free in return.

Brett is less than thrilled with her partner’s plan, seeing as these guys seem pretty untrustworthy, and while the two have Thug 1 lying on a table with his carotid artery exposed begging to be messed with, she uses some handy blood to message Mills to “let him die.” But no matter how precarious the situation, Mills doesn’t forget his duty as a paramedic; he can’t let someone die in front of him, and when it comes down to it, neither can Brett. As Thug 1 lives to see another day, the paramedics make an ill-advised run for it.

Fortunately, Detective Halstead (on loan from Chicago P.D.) and Firehouse 51 arrive just before a shootout goes from bad to worse. The celebratory hugs don’t last for too long, however. Since the police can’t connect Thug 1 and Thug 2 to Lullo, Mills will have to watch the guy walk.

Halstead (Jesse Lee Sofer) leads the search and rescue mission on NBC

Needless to say, Mills is furious. Brett is frustrated too—but then she remembers she has friends in low places and uses her one-time favor card from Gus, the shady guy she saved during the chopper crash. Gus does some seedy wheeling-and-dealing to get Mills an audience with Thug 1 in jail, who in turn rats out Lullo. The paramedics get a happy ending after all (for now).

BUT WAIT, YOU GUYS. Just when you thought your little heart couldn’t take any more intensity—Firehouse 51 goes out on a call.

The team (but mostly Severide) puts out a fire in a storage unit, and when they go back to investigate, they find that particular storage unit full of brake fluid, vegetable oil, and chlorine—not the contents of your typical storage unit. Severide remarks that it looks like a stockpile for an arsonist, and that’s when Dawson comes across something even more off-putting: a newspaper clipping of the fire that killed Shay.

Did Shay die at the hands of an arsonist?! Kelly Severide is on it, y’all.

From the Firehouse 51 bulletin board:

  • Dawson packs her bags and removes herself from La Casa Dawsey to get some space, and Casey watches her go (and then punches the wall). They agree that it’ll be easier this way, but neither really believes it. I can’t wait till they realize they’re being idiots and furiously make out.
  • Though it was looking grim for a little while, baby Boden is A-OK! And Grandpa Boden (Richard Roundtree) has arrived to shake things up. This should be fun.
  • Cruz just can’t win with the ladies, can he? Dawson moving in with Brett really puts a damper on the cute lazy-weekend plans he was making with his boo. And was it just me, or was there some SERIOUS chemistry brewing between Brett and Mills after their near-death experience? Sorry, Cruz, the guy gave her a hula-dancing shark dashboard ornament (and saved her life WITH HIS LEGS), so I’m in.
  • I’ll never not love watching Kelly Severide bust down doors and fight fires on his own, but seriously, still no mention of the fact that he was married for like five seconds? We don’t even know who won the pool! Since it looks like Shay’s death will be reexamined, maybe we’ll also get some overdue insight into how Sev is doing these days.

Are you happy to have Firehouse 51 back after the winter hiatus? Have any predictions regarding the latest arsonist on the scene? Think love is in the air for our two paramedics, or will they keep things totally platonic?

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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