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Season 4 | Episode 2 | “Taste of Panama City” | Aired Oct 20, 2015

Personal update: I have just now stopped swooning over Casey’s declaration of love to Dawson last week. I’m a self-proclaimed Severide girl myself, but man, Lieutenant Matt Casey charged into Molly’s, guns blazing, and just laid it all on the line. Serious question: Did Dawson get pregnant a second time just standing there for that? IT’S POSSIBLE.

Regardless, the Chicago Fire lovebirds walk into Firehouse 51 in agreement to keep the baby news a secret—an agreement that is completely abandoned the moment Dawson looks into Boden’s big, beautiful brown eyes, as he questions why she would ever request to be moved from 51 to Arson Investigation. She has no choice but to blurt out that she’s pregnant. Well, that answer is more than enough for Boden. He’s ecstatic and pulls his firefighters in for a group hug. Boden should be present for every person’s pregnancy announcement, right? I bet the dude kills at gender-reveal parties.

It’s not long before the entire house knows the big news and Dawson is heading off to her new job at Arson. But before Casey can fully concentrate on his fresh start with Dawson and their little fire babe, he has to put the Katya incident to bed for good. In order to do that, Casey needs to find Katya’s notebook of evidence against the human-trafficking ring. Unfortunately, Casey is not the only one looking for the missing notebook.

Jack Nesbitt shows up at the firehouse and tries to convince Casey that they’re on the same team. He wants to find the notebook and put down the Bulgarians just as much as Matt does. Nesbitt doesn’t realize that our boy is wicked smart; Matt is totally on to the shady strip-club owner. Casey is so, um, fired up by his run-in with Nesbitt that he heads over to Chicago P.D.’s Intelligence Unit to have some words with Sergeant Voight. Casey is outraged at Voight’s inaction, and vows to deal with Nesbitt on his own.

Later, when Matt is supposed to be listening to his lady tell him about her day, he has an Oprah aha moment and suddenly knows where that pesky notebook got to: It’s inside the freshly built walls of Stiletto’s. To the strip club!

Matt’s hunch was right, and within minutes he pulls the incriminating notebook from the wall. Unfortunately, Nesbitt has been following Matt and chases him into a seedy part of town. Matt stands his ground, but Nesbitt uses his gun to gain the upper hand on the firefighter. Lucky for Matt, Nesbitt wasn’t the only dude following him—Voight and his magic black matte SUV swoop in before things go south. Nesbitt is hauled off by the FBI, and may we never have to speak of Bulgarians or human-trafficking rings being run out of strip clubs again.

We have bigger problems to deal with, people! The complaint about Firehouse 51’s slow response time during the crack-den call last week isn’t going away. Boden is called in to defend his house’s actions to the deputy district chief, and it does not go well. There are no witnesses to support Firehouse 51’s story that the neighbors were blocking access to the fire, and all of the neighbors are keeping quiet. Are we really surprised?

While Boden is working to protect all of his firefighters, it looks like his newly minted Captain is looking out for numero uno. Once Patterson (Brian White) hears Internal Affairs is getting involved, he pulls Severide aside to make sure they’re on the same page as to what went down that day. Severide, who, we learned tonight, loves a good lawyer joke (speaking of lawyers, that new girlfriend of his is up to no good, right?), was never planning on speaking out against Patterson, but the fact that he’s spooked makes Severide uneasy.


Severide heads back to the crack-den site and pleads with Carl, the man Dawson and Otis rescued, to speak up and tell the truth. Carl practically slams the door on Severide’s face (how dare you, sir!), but something in Carl’s hesitation makes me believe he may be able to be turned.

While Severide is working that lead, Dawson comes across the Firehouse 51 investigation during her first day at Arson (what a coinky-dink!). The fire has been labeled a “suspicious unknown,” which means it looks like arson, but they’re unable to prove it. Dawson wants to take a crack at it. She and her new Arson partner (who loves cake, and therefore I love her) poke around the crack den. Their suspicions of arson are confirmed: Dawson finds evidence of fires set on both sides of the wall—something only a professional would do. It’ll be an uphill battle to prove it, but at least Dawson has a start.

Meanwhile, Patterson learns of Severide’s extracurricular field trip to see Carl, and he is not enthused. Patterson wants to be informed of anything Severide does that may affect Squad 3—on the clock or off. Severide is having none of it. Nobody puts Severide in a corner, Patterson. NOBODY.

The Firehouse 51 bulletin board:

  • Was Boden the only one who showed up at the big rescue call this week? The guy single-handedly saved Casey as he dangled from a toppled armored truck AND body-blocked two idiots trying to steal money from the downed truck. Basically, Boden was a badass boss tonight.
  • “Beneath those beards and BabyBjörns, they’re flesh-eating piranhas.” Herrmann’s hatred for those “Portland jagheads” trying to shut down Molly’s knows no bounds, and it is glorious. David Eigenberg was genius in this episode.
  • Brett is still visiting the baby Ambo 61 delivered last week—an activity Chili warns against. When Brett discovers no family has been in to visit the little guy, it only fuels the attachment.
  • I’m still not feeling the cute new candidate. Am I broken?
  • Herrmann’s karaoke song is “Don’t You Forget About Me.” What do you think some of the other go-tos in 51 are? I bet Severide and Casey do a mean version of “The Boy Is Mine.” YOU’RE WELCOME.

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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