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'Chicago Fire' finale fan recap: Where in the world is Matt Casey?

Season 3 | Episode 23 | “Spartacus” | Aired May 12, 2015

When we last saw the boys and girls of Firehouse 51, they were not in the greatest place. Rumors of Rice ducking during calls and Severide’s insistence on the firefighter’s innocence caused a huge rift between Chicago Fire‘s Truck 81 and Squad 3, and more importantly—rocked the foundation of Matt Casey and Kelly Severide’s friendship. It was not okay.

But how can 51 repair itself when neither side will admit wrongdoing? The same way any firehouse does, I imagine: With near-death experiences and lots of hugging.

The line between Truck and Squad is still very firmly drawn as the house gets called to a gas leak. Rather than working together, Severide and Casey lead their teams separately—and Truck and Squad literally stand divided on the front lawn. Needless to say, when Papa Bear Boden arrives on scene, he is not happy with his lieutenants. This is a dangerous way to work and also, you guys are best friends! Okay, he doesn’t say that last bit, BUT WE WERE ALL THINKING IT.

Back at the house, Truck 81 sends a symbolic middle finger to Squad 3 by sitting at their table, and declaring the “kingdom of Squad 3” to be defunct. Casey doesn’t necessarily condone the act, and he’s obviously preoccupied with all the strip-club shenanigans (more on that below), but once Severide lays into him for allowing Truck to continue acting up, Casey doesn’t hold back.

You guys, they get into it. Casey tells Severide he’s blinded by his friendship with Rice and reminds him that he took Severide in at his lowest point. Severide calls Casey a “sanctimonious prick.” BOYS, PLEASE STOP FIGHTING. Remember when you wore hawaiian shirts and went trolling for hookups together? THINK OF THE HAWAIIAN SHIRTS.

Honestly, I think Severide does think of the hawaiian shirts, because soon after, he pays a little visit to the C.F.D. equipment-servicing outpost and discovers that no one from Firehouse 51 dropped off a mask regulator for repairs; Rice has been lying to Severide the entire time.


Severide and Boden confront Rice in a heartbreaking scene. Rice is terrified of leaving his son an orphan. Anyone can understand that reasoning, but as Severide makes clear: When firefighters report for duty, they have to put it all on the line; it’s the nature of the job. Rice wasn’t ready to return to work and he is immediately fired.

Called up in Rice’s stead? Joe Cruz! Cruz secretly took—and passed—his squad certification, and Boden puts him on Squad 3 while promoting Otis to Truck 81 driver. Boden informs Truck 81 that he’ll be acting Lieutenant since Casey is out on personal business (stripping business), and everyone heads to a giant warehouse fire. In short: It’s real bad, you guys.

Squad is able to get two trapped firefighters out safely, and Severide stays behind to look for civilians. OF COURSE YOU DO, YOU ANGEL HERO MAN. Meanwhile, Dawson is stuck after making a big save. Severide finds Dawson, but things are looking pretty grim. I found it fitting that it was Severide and Dawson there in the end—they’ve been through a lot together this season, and it was nice to see their friendship come full circle here.

And by “nice” I mean “terrifying,” because they are about to die lying next to one another in a burning building.

As all of Firehouse 51 realizes what’s happening to their friends inside, Boden demands they all stay put—no matter what. AND THEN HE RUNS INTO THE BUILDING BY HIMSELF.

Meanwhile, another battalion chief orders the water line cut off to the hoses in the building—the same water line providing the small amount of oxygen that’s currently keeping Dawson and Severide alive. Cruz sees this happening and steps in, physically threatening the chief unless he stops. As adamant as Cruz is (we’re all crying!), he loses the battle and the water is cut off.

But fear not—Boden arrives just in time and gets his people out. Everybody hugs!

Alas, the trouble is not over for Firehouse 51. Back at the station, Chief Tiberg is following up on a report that a firefighter threatened a battalion chief. Before Cruz can confess, Otis steps forward and tells Tiberg he did it. Every other member of 51 follows suit, all confessing to protect Cruz. They are a united front. They are a team. THEY ARE A FAMILY.


So, where is Matt Casey during all of this? Well, you’ll all be happy to know that Matt avoided detection during that last shady strip-club meeting by tossing out his phone bug prior to his pat down.

Unfortunately, he doesn’t exercise those same smarts when he invites Voight and Antonio to 51 to explain the situation to Boden and ask to be excused for his next shift. They decide to have this nice chat in the parking lot in BROAD DAYLIGHT. What is this, Voight, amateur hour?

Nesbitt is parked outside and watches his contractor shaking hands with the C.P.D. He plays it cool with Casey when they meet at the club later, but we’re all screaming that Matt should get out of there, GET OUT OF THERE NOW.

And that’s the last we see of Casey throughout the hour. Dawson, who realizes that her sudden aversion to pickles might mean she’s carrying a little passenger in utero, shows up at Matt’s apartment to tell her “just friend” the big news, only to find his apartment torn up, no Matt to be found, and Katya the Stripper lying in a pool of her own blood.

Where is Matt Casey, indeed.

From the Firehouse 51 bulletin board: 

  • After enduring episodes of the “Chileeze” debacle, another self-cooling champagne hits the market before Chili’s. That’s what you get for trapping national treasure Scottie Pippen in an elevator to coerce him into a celebrity endorsement. Karma: It’s real, and it’s a bitch.
  • Sylvie Brett took care of herself, y’all. Our little paramedic gave some grade-A mouth-to-mouth to none other than Officer Roman (Brian Geraghty) after a night out at Molly’s. You guys, I SHIP IT.
  • As Wyclef Jean once astutely said, “I’ll be gone till November”—because that’s when Chicago Fire returns for season 4. It’s a real bummer, but until then, keep yourself occupied by thinking about how you’re going to feel when Casey and Dawson ask Severide to be the godfather of their child. Spoiler alert: REAL GOOD.
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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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