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'Chicago Fire' fan recap: A girl like Shay

Season 3 | Episode 13 | “Three Bells” | Aired Feb 3, 2015

Well, Chicago Fire, when you want to turn on the waterworks, you really go full blast, don’t you? There was nary a dry eye in my house as we (me and my wineglass) watched part one the two-night Chicago Fire/Chicago P.D. crossover event that promises to bring Leslie Shay’s murderer to justice.

Severide and Dawson are still out to prove the fire that killed their dear friend was in fact due to arson. Last we saw, Severide had found a fuse at the scene of Shay’s death, a sure sign of foul play. But when they present their evidence to the ever-helpful Capt.Cunningham, she is not impressed. She promises to do her best with what they have, but the amateur arson investigators will have to sit tight for now.

This isn’t the best news to welcome Shay’s sister Megan with, who’s come to town per her parent’s request to get more information on the death of her sister. Severide has no answers for her, until an old friend rings up Firehouse 51 from his prison cell with some key information.

Shay

That’s right, friends! Kevin Hadley is back and still as psychotic as ever! He has Severide come pay him a visit in lockup and shows him a piece of anonymous mail he recently received: a newspaper clipping of Shay’s death, with a heartwarming message written on it: “They shouldn’t have used the word accident. —An admirer.” YIKES. Hadley also has the envelope with a return address on it, but threatens to hold that integral piece of evidence hostage unless Severide can get the warden to give Hadley a special mattress for his chronic pain.

I mean, Severide does know his way around a mattress, so I GET IT.

Severide bypasses Hadley and has the warden send over the envelope, but discovers that the address is just a vacant lot. When Boden takes a look at the envelope, though, he’s visibly shaken. The vacant lot is the same site as the fire that killed … HENRY MILLS. Meaning, this arsonist has been on the loose for 20 years and has killed multiple firefighters; this is much bigger than anyone imagined.

While Severide is on the case, Boden takes Mills aside and fills him in on his father’s involvement. Oh, Peter Mills, you beautiful sunflower, this was not the news you needed to hear. Mills is still dealing with some major anger issues, so obviously being blindsided with the truth about his father’s death is hard to swallow. Mills seems shaken to the core (Charlie Barnett for days, y’all.).

Later, when out on an ambo call with Brett and Megan—who’s tagged along to see what her sister did for a living—Mills takes that aggression out on an unstable victim, not hurt but shouting for the police. When the vic holds Brett at knifepoint, Mills tackles him to ground.

Megan is upset, finally realizing what her sister went through on a daily basis, and feeling guilty for not knowing her better. Mills is reassuring, pointing out that Shay never wanted people to worry about her; that’s just who she was. Then he suggests they go back to the firehouse FOR A HOT CHOCOLATE. Cripes, first he’s crying, then he’s tackling people, now he’s calming a woman down with promises of hot chocolate: MILLS, YOU ARE A DREAMBOAT.

Meanwhile, Severide, and Cunningham are making major progress in the hunt for the arsonist. They’ve narrowed their search down to one suspect: Adrian Gish (Robert Knepper). The two head to Gish’s last place of employment in hopes of asking him to come in for some questioning. Well, Gish finds them first.

This guy is a Creep with a capital C. He goads Severide with questions about firefighters, dropping enough hints so that it’s clear he is the arsonist they’re after—but not enough so that they can do anything about it. When Gish says Shay’s name, it takes every ounce of restraint Severide has not to go after him. Gish takes off, and Cunningham promises to take their findings to her superiors.

Back at the firehouse, Herrmann gives Megan a tour and shares some of his favorite memories of Shay. Holding back tears, he tells her, “We all move on, right? But you never forget—not a girl like Shay.” WHEN HERRMANN CRIES, WE ALL CRY. He then leads her out to a bell ceremony for fallen firefighters in honor of her sister. It’s a fitting final tribute to Shay. I feel some closure—don’t you?

Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) mourns the loss of his friend Leslie Shay (Lauren German) on Chicago Fire.

Oh, right, that arsonist is still on the loose. Well, Cunningham informs Severide & Co. that her boss isn’t moving forward with the case. They’ll keep an eye on Gish, but that’s about it. Since Gabby Dawson isn’t one to take “no” for an answer, She immediately calls the one person she knows can help them bring Gish down: her brother, Antonio (Jon Seda), and his friends over at Chicago P.D.

From the Firehouse 51 bulletin board:

  • Was that closure on dear Dawsey? After a call puts Casey in a precarious situation (but seriously, homeboy bent a ceiling beam and freed himself, YES PLEASE AND THANK YOU), Dawson slips and calls him “baby.” Casey is confused. The two have a heart-to-heart and apologize to each other for imploding their relationship. They decide that it’s best to put their romantic life on hold and see what happens down the road. WAY TO FIGHT FOR TRUE LOVE, GUYS.
  • Baba’s home, boys! Otis’ grandma moves into Cruz and Otis’ bachelor pad—much to the chagrin of Cruz, who is trying to treat his lady right on their three-month anniversary. As Cruz and Brett are getting busy on the couch, Baba is just hanging out in the corner, taking in the show. Hey, a lady has to get her kicks somewhere!
  • Looks like Gabby Dawson finds herself face-to-face with Gish on tomorrow night’s P.D. conclusion. Will you be tuning in to finally get some justice for Shay?


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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