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Season 3 | Episode 16 | “Red Rag the Bull” | Aired Mar 3, 2015

“Red rag the bull, and you get gored.” For those of you non-matadors out there, what Chicago Fire‘s resident bully, Chief Pridgen, means is that Casey’s made him angry, and now he’ll pay the price for it. Pridgen is not the only one who’s, ahem, fired up this week, though: As the interim chief learns, Firehouse 51 is ready to protect their own—no matter what.

You remember Chief Pridgen, right? The charming fellow filling in for Boden who humiliated Otis, forced 51’s nemesis Welch upon the house, threatened our dear Kelly Severide, and has a personal vendetta against Matt Casey? Well, he’s still at it. Unfortunately for Casey, Pridgen’s caught on to the fact that Casey was sleeping around with Beth, his ex-wife. Surprising no one at all, Pridgen is not taking the news well.

Casey assumes Welch ratted him out to Pridgen (he didn’t) and threatens him in the locker room. It’s all very heated, both on the show and now in my living room. Angry Casey is a welcome addition to the gang.

Soon after, 51 is called to a burning apartment building. The building manager alerts Pridgen that all tenants are accounted for, except a little girl. As Casey and Truck 81 make a plan of attack, a girl grabs Pridgen’s attention and tells him her uncle is hurt down the block and needs help. He quickly orders Casey and Truck 81 to stand down and assist the girl and her uncle. Everyone knows this is a terrible idea, as Truck 81 has more pressing issues to attend to at the moment, but Pridgen is in charge and he’s ready to teach Casey a lesson.

Casey (Jesse Spencer) disagrees with an order on NBC

Squad 3 rescues the little girl in the apartment and Truck 81 returns (not without some heckling from Welch) to the fire after they discover the man in question refused treatment. It was a complete waste of time. Oh, and then that building manager JUMPS OUT OF THE THIRD-STORY WINDOW.

The building manager, who was apparently trying to assist in the rescue, is now in critical condition and Firehouse 51 is under investigation for negligence. As Pridgen is questioned, it’s clear he’s going to toss all the blame on Casey. He claims they were short-staffed at the apartment building because it took Casey so long to rule the secondary case a non-emergency and return to the scene. He leaves out the fact that Casey was merely following his direct order.

Severide, overhearing all of this, decides it’s time to take care of some business (for his bromance partner, you guys!). He knows Welch watched the whole thing go down and can clear Casey—but Welch refuses to do so because, well, he’s an ass. So Severide goes straight to Chief Tiberg (Kurt Ehrmann) with the truth. When Pridgen finds out Severide went to his superiors, he threatens to have the lieutenant stripped of his rank, but Severide doesn’t back down.

And now we’re all hot and bothered again.

Severide (Taylor Kinney) stands up to the new chief on NBC

Pridgen knows he needs Welch to corroborate his version of events. It seems like Welch would be one to willingly go along with such a lie—especially if it hurts Casey. But after an intense call involving a drive-by shooting, where Casey saves Welch’s life (because Matt Casey is a professional, y’all), Welch realizes he may have a soul after all, and backs up Severide’s story. Casey and Truck 81 are cleared of all charges, and Pridgen is sent packing.

Mouch, however, is finding it difficult to celebrate. After a security breach at a sperm donation clinic, Mouch gets a voicemail from a young guy named Emmett, who has just discovered that Mouch is his biological father and he’d like to meet him. Mouch deletes the message; no good can come from this.

Enter the goddess Trudy Platt. Trudy believes Mouch is making a mistake by shying away from what could be a defining moment in his life. Mouch confesses that outside of his job, he’s a bit of a mess and the kid will be better off without him. Trudy reminds him that yes, he has 51 and he has her, but he could also have a great relationship with his son. Basically, Trudy is the greatest and I’m pretty sure she is the real Sasha Fierce.

Mouch knows Trudy is right and nervously heads off to meet Emmett. When he catches a glimpse of his son, however, he just can’t bring himself to get out of his car, and drives away. He enters Molly’s dejected, and Trudy (TRUDY!) knows something is up.

From the Firehouse 51 Bulletin Board:

  • Make way for Chief Boden! After weeks of slowly driving his wife crazy at home, Donna gets her wish when Pridgen is dismissed from his post and Boden is called back to duty. He gently breaks the news to her, but we all know she’ll be just fine.
  • Brett forces Dawson on a double date with Cruz and Phil, the cute Admin guy from Chicago Med. Dawson isn’t impressed. Turns out, she’s not looking for a new boo—she just wants a friend. Brett is willing and able. I’ve been loving their little moments of friendship this half of the season; those gals need to stick together as they navigate the boys club.
  • Well, last time Chicago Fire taught us never to go bowling; this week, we learn that ice skating is the devil. Seriously, dude takes a skate to the head. It is gruesome, but Ambo 61 doesn’t even bat an eye (“My name is Peter.” SWOON). I was just as upset as Brett to hear that Mills is hoping to requalify for Squad barring any lingering health issues. I mean, way to follow your dreams, Mills (I GUESS), but do we really need to break up the dream team?
  • Oh, and, just a minor side note: Do not Google “gored by bull” because there are some things in this world you just can’t unsee.

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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