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Season 3 | Episode 21 | “We Called Her Jelly Bean” | Aired Apr 28, 2015

Another week, another NBC crossover event! This time with much more Benson. That’s right—Queen Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) herself finally pays a visit to the hallowed halls of Chicago Fire‘s Firehouse 51 after the victim of a house fire shares some eerie similarities with an unsolved SVU case. I didn’t know that I needed a Benson-Voight-Boden scene in my life, but now that I’ve had one, I don’t know how I ever lived without it. Three’s Company reboot, anyone? DON’T JUDGE MY DREAMS.

We’ll get to all the crossover business, but first, there’s another new girl in town we need to talk about. Last week, that gentle crescent moon Peter Mills walked away from Firehouse 51 towards what I will begrudgingly call a lovely-looking family restaurant in North Carolina. I’m glad you’re happy, Peter, but I still have a Mills-shaped hole in my heart. You know who else is still not over it? Truck 81. Oh, and Squad 3. And, yes, Ambo 61. NO ONE IS OVER IT. So when Boden introduces the new paramedic, Jessica “Chili” Chilton (Dora Madison Burge), the reception is a bit tepid.

The Chief reminds his firefighters that they’re all adults and they need to suck it up. Questionable nickname aside, Chili isn’t completely useless—she proves worthy in the field, is relatively upbeat, and is a fan of affordable skincare products. But even dear Chili knows she’s no match for the legend of Peter Mills. Not only did he spend time as a member on every rig in the house, but he is still sending delicious pies from afar. DELICIOUS PIES, PEOPLE.

Chili seems content to slowly win over her new colleagues, but fortunately, she won’t have to wait too long. When Herrmann and the Molly’s crew learn of an adult beverage product she’s working on—Chileze, a self-cooling champagne drink—they finally take notice of the new PIC. Champagne trumps pie—on this show and in life, always (mostly).

Now let’s get to the inciting call of the two-night crossover. 51 is called to a house fire that, at first, looks like it’s been caused by an overloaded power strip in the downstairs apartment. Dawson takes care of the victim downstairs, Billy Carson, while Severide finds a woman badly burned upstairs. Billy is distraught but swears to Dawson that he cut his power strip off. She believes him—more or less.

Dawson (Monica Raymund) and Otis (Yuri Sardarov) make a rescue on Chicago Fire.

As if almost burning alive isn’t harrowing enough, Detective Antonio Dawson (Jon Seda) pays his little sister a visit and informs her that the woman from the fire had been raped before she was burned—someone was covering their tracks. The police are looking into Billy, but Gabby is skeptical. Her instincts are proved right when Billy swings by the firehouse and asks for her help in clearing his name, but he only brings up the fire—he has no idea that his neighbor was raped.

Further proving Billy’s innocence, Team Arson (Severide and Dawson) gets the band back together and investigate Billy’s fire. Severide (he’s so capable at his job—SWOON) determines that the fire originated from the upstairs apartment, and that someone used an accelerant. A nosy neighbor pops by and relays some important info: A few hours before the fire, he noticed a man in doctor scrubs hanging near the house. Team Arson notifies Antonio, which in turn sets some alerts off in Olivia Benson-land.

Benson’s coming to Chicago, people. MAKE ROOM.

While Benson is knee-deep in some airline Bloody Mary’s (I’M GUESSING), Dawson grows worrisome when she gets a disturbing voicemail from Billy and can’t reach him to let him know that he’s off the hook for the fire. The authorities do some light pinging of cell phones, and reach Billy just as he’s preparing to jump from an overpass into oncoming traffic. Dawson gets her warrior game on and heads out (sans harness!) to talk Billy off the ledge. She tells him he’s not at fault and he eventually chooses life.

That was a close one! Such a close one, in fact, that for a moment there I thought Casey and Dawson were going to mash faces again. Next life-threatening situation, I guess?

So, who is at fault for the fire, and more importantly, the assault? Well, Benson makes that aforementioned visit to 51 to chat with Boden and Voight (Jason Beghe) about this very question. All the details of this current case match an unsolved case of hers from 10 years ago. It’s obvious that Benson still carries this case with her and this time, she’s going to find her perp.

Don’t mess with the queen, y’all.

From the Firehouse 51 bulletin board:

  • Casey’s strip club adventure continues to get murkier. Flirty Katya (Izabella Miko) appeals to Casey’s business side (he’s also a fan of “that leg thing” she does on the pole), and he’s ready to commit to Jack Nesbitt’s franchise construction deal—that is, until Casey stumbles upon a very TENSE meeting and Nesbitt blows up at the firefighter. Casey walks out, but something tells me this is just the beginning of his trouble with the club owner.
  • Brett and Dawson watch telenovelas together! I just thought you should all be aware of that.
  • Otis is still suspicious of Rice—and Rice ditching Severide in the middle of a rescue because of a gear issue doesn’t help. Cruz grows curious and discovers that Rice’s SCBA is fine; he must’ve been lying about the problem. They agree to sit on the information until there’s more evidence, but Severide catches wind of what the Scooby Gang is up to and shuts them down, HARD. Angry Severide is scary, but, like, in a totally handsome way.
  • Next week: It looks like there’ll be some battle lines drawn between Truck and Squad over the Rice drama. C’mon, team! We’ve worked so hard on this bromance. You took away my Mills, Chicago Fire, DON’T YOU DARE TAKE THIS TOO.

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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