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'Chicago Fire' fan recap: A firehouse divided

Season 3 | Episode 22 | “Category 5” | Aired May 5, 2015

Chicago Fire promised a showdown between Truck 81 and Rescue Squad 3 this week, and although the root of the problem was Otis and Rice, the tension between the two rigs built so much that it threatened even the sturdiest, truest relationship in Firehouse 51—nay, in history: The Bromance of Matt Casey and Kelly Severide.

I hate it when Dads fight, you guys.

Severide had previously made it clear he wanted Otis to back off Rice, by, well, screaming at him to back off Rice. The after-effects of this argument were still rippling through the house in “Category 5.” Otis (sitting at the Squad table, no less!) continues to give Rice some major attitude, and after a call where Truck 81 stands in for Squad (hey dudes, you were late!), Rice plants the seed that Truck 81 has no respect for the elite Squad.

Kelly Severide will have none of that, please and thank you. He again reams out Otis for spreading rumors about Rice, but this time in front of the entire house. Well, now Papa Casey is involved. Otis and Cruz give Casey the full rundown on their suspicions that Rice is ducking during calls and that Severide is ignoring it. Casey doesn’t want to hear it. THAT’S HIS BEST FRIEND, LEAVE HIM ALONE.

Though it’s obvious Truck 81 is in the right for calling out Rice, they really don’t help themselves, do they? While Squad is running some practice drills outside, Otis and the gang interfere with terrible hook shots and some petty schoolyard laughter. Now, even Severide is throwing some high-and-mighty shade at Truck 81.

Thankfully, Chief Boden catches wind of the shenanigans plaguing his house and he calls in his lieutenants for a little pow-wow. Casey claims he’s dealt with the issue, but Severide is still fuming. Alert: There are cracks in the bromance! Boden tells them both to channel their inner Olivia Popes and HANDLE IT.

Well, the situation is definitely still not handled as 51 assembles at Molly’s for a little presentation on the benefits of funding the “Chilleeze” adult beverage venture (don’t even worry about it). Otis starts to mouth off to Capp when Severide steps in and takes a swing at Otis, prompting everyone to draw a line in the sand—even Dawson, Kelly’s partner-in-arson-investigation, tells Squad to take their business elsewhere.

And here’s where it happens. In a season of gut-wrenching deaths and heart-breaking goodbyes, this might be the saddest moment of all: Matt and Kelly HAVE A FIGHT. I know. I didn’t want to believe it either, but here we are.

Casey confronts Severide about getting physical with Otis, but Severide stands his ground. He tells Casey to make sure Truck stays on their side and Casey tosses back a reminder about the last time Truck and Squad kept their distance from one another. You know, Kelly, that time when your friend Darden ended up DEAD. Ouch. That was way harsh, Tai.

51 is not in a good place as they’re called to an accident during their next shift. Truck 81 gathers to help a victim who was thrown from a truck that’s now in flames. The truck explodes and begins to roll down the street, on a collision course with our firefighters. Things look pretty grim UNTIL Severide runs head on at the truck and stops it by pinning an air tank under the tire. Before he gets steamrolled, Boden pulls him to safety.


Kelly Severide risked his life to save Truck 81.

As it dawns on Otis and Co. that Severide truly does have their backs, Severide, too, rethinks his position. He begins to have doubts about Rice’s mask malfunction story and questions him. Rice is defensive; Severide is just doing his job. He’s so dreamy, isn’t he?

Perhaps Casey is ticked off the whole time because he’s being forced to deal with grown men acting like teenage girls at the firehouse, while he’s actually found himself caught in the middle of a very real, very dangerous problem: HUMAN TRAFFICKING.

That’s right—Sergeant Voight (Casey’s favorite!), with an assist from the Dawson siblings, informs Matt that his ex-boss, Jack Nesbitt, is helping traffic women through his strip club. He goes on to ask Casey to be a dear and wear a wire so they can get Jack and his terrible friends to say something incriminating. Casey begrudgingly says yes—prompting a whole world of guilt and worry from Gabby.

Casey takes the Chicago P.D. cell phone-turned-wire into an extremely shady back room meeting at Stiletto’s, and, let’s be honest, he does not play it cool at all. Casey, you are good at so many things, being an informant in order to take down a human trafficking ring is not one of them. The thickly-accented man-in-charge orders Casey to a thorough pat down, and just when Casey thinks he’s passed the test, the man sternly requests to see Casey’s phone. Uh-oh.

Maybe the guy just wants to see if Casey has the new iPhone 6. Or maybe Casey is in some serious trouble. It’s probably the iPhone 6 thing though.

From the Firehouse 51 bulletin board: 

  • Herrmann continues to take Chili under his entrepreneurial wing, only to learn that she’s pouring all of her money into “chilleeze” because it was her late dad’s idea and he believed in her, just like Herrmann. He gets all father figure on her and offers her a loan. Herrmann can’t say no to a father-daughter relationship in 51.
  • Did Logan Rice steal my birthday wish list? I could’ve sworn I had “dinner at Benihana with Kelly Severide” at the top of mine too. Good thinking, kid.
  • Next week: The Chicago Fire season 3 finale is upon us! Will we really lose another member of Firehouse 51? I just don’t know if my little heart can take it. Hold your bottles of Pinot noir tight, folks!

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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