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'Chicago Fire' fan recap: A firehouse favorite says goodbye

Season 3 | Episode 20 | “You Know Where to Find Me” | Aired Apr 21, 2015

Oh, my little firebugs: I am DEVASTATED. Chicago Fire‘s latest hour was a bittersweet farewell to everyone’s favorite candidate-turned-leading-man, Peter Mills (Charlie Barnett). Say it ain’t so, Peter! Firehouse 51 won’t be the same without your kind heart, big dreams, and ballsy make-out techniques. (Seriously, how many ladies has Mills planted one on outside of Molly’s? Never stop, Petey.) Ultimately, though, we love Peter Mills because he always put 51 first, and now, he’s decided it’s time to put his other family first. You can’t fault him for that. But, like, come back and visit, okay?

For a while during “You Know Where to Find Me,” I was sure Mills would keep his feet firmly planted in Chicago. After gaining medical clearance, he arrives at 51 eager to take his place back on Rescue Squad. Mills barely has time to bask in his return-to-Squad glow (THINK OF THE DIMPLES) before the whole team is sent out on a call.

51 finds the victim unconscious and dangling from a street pole, as you do. Thanks to Mills’ assist on the aerial, they get the man down and rush him to the hospital. Everyone is baffled as to how the man ended up in such a predicament, but this is a mystery for a later time—Peter Mills has company!

Mama Mills (Linda Powell) and sister Elise (Alexandra Metz) stop by the house fresh from their visit to see the restaurant Mills’ grandfather left them in Wilmington, North Carolina. Peter was under the impression they would simply sell the place, but the ladies have other plans. They want to reopen the restaurant; it would be a second chance for the family who lost their diner so tragically. Mills is not enthused—not about losing his family to North Carolina, and certainly not about his mother and sister getting into cahoots with Doc, a Civil War reenactor with a questionable web presence.

The decision to let his family leave without him gets tougher for Mills after spending time with Rice. Mills does Rice a solid and brings his famous Tex-Mex lasagna (Oh God, we’re losing the Tex-Mex too! THINK OF THE TEX-MEX) to a Rice family party. While there, Mills overhears Rice waxing poetic about the importance of family in light of losing his wife. We get it, Rice! Your wife is tragically dead and your jawline is a fearsome thing to behold; just stop putting ideas into Mills’ head, please!

It’s too late, though. Mills tells Boden and the rest of 51 that he’s moving to North Carolina to be with his family. They take the news as well as expected (read: not very), and Casey, Severide, and Boden urge Mills to wait until this last shift is over before he commits to leaving. Casey probably wouldn’t be so eager to keep Mills around if he had heard Peter ask Dawson to come with him to North Carolina.

I told you the kid was ballsy.

During this last shift, Peter is, of course, a Capital-H Hero. Cruz speaks for all of us when he asks how Mills could even fathom walking away from a life of firefighting. But Mills knows he’s made the right decision when the mystery of the pole victim comes to light. It has to do with separated lovers, the war in Syria, and a well-timed semi truck during a suicide attempt. It’s all an unnecessarily complicated way to drive home the fact that a person should never take time with his family for granted. Message received, universe: Peter Mills is leaving.

In true Firehouse 51 fashion, they throw a goodbye party for their friend at Molly’s. There are lots of heartfelt speeches and group hugs, and Mills lives out all of our fantasies when Severide tells Peter he’s proud of him. We’re all better for having Mills in our lives, and he’ll always have a home at Firehouse 51.

Firehouse 51 says goodbye to Peter Mills (Charlie Barnett) on Chicago Fire

But leave it to Peter Mills to exit with a mic drop. Dawson tracks Peter down outside of Molly’s to give him a gift when Mills lays a big ol’ kiss on his ex. He tells her that if she ever needs a change, she knows where to find him. You get yours, son! I literally wrote down, “Hubba, hubba.” (Am I living in some type of 1950s surf movie? I don’t know, maybe—would that really be so terrible?) It was STEAMY.

I don’t know about you, but I’m still in denial that we’re losing both Peter Mills and Charlie Barnett. (What a gem!) So if anyone needs me, I’ll be here, cradling my bottle of wine in the dark, crying while Adele’s “Someone Like You” plays on a loop. Come back to us, Peter Mills!

From the Firehouse 51 Bulletin Board:

  • Fresh off his stint as a human grenade shield, Severide pays his favorite nurse a little visit. April is embracing the post-life-threatening situation carpe diem rush and taking time off to explore the world. First stop? Severide’s pectoral region. I hear it’s beautiful this time of year.
  • Christopher “Gordon Bombay” Herrmann returns to lead his Wolverines to the championship peewee hockey game. Unfortunately, Herrmann is forced by his assistant coaches (Otis, Cruz, and the Chaplain) to bench his own son, Luke, who is, well, a disaster on the ice. It breaks Herrmann’s heart to do it, but you know who couldn’t be happier about his rink-side seat to the game? Luke.
  • Casey starts his construction job at the neighborhood strip club, Stilettos. He does some major arm-twisting (or, you know, NONE) to get Cruz, Otis, and Capp on board to assist. Casey is just looking for a little work, but owner Jack Nesbitt (and his shady past in the CFD) has bigger plans for the firefighter. Whatever happens, Matt, stripper glitter looks good on ya!
  • Next week: Get your hashtags ready, because we’ve got ourselves another crossover, people.

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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