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'Chicago Fire' fan recap: Firehouse 51 fights back

Season 4 | Episode 3 | “I Walk Away” | Aired Oct 27, 2015

The men and women of Chicago Fire‘s Firehouse 51 are having a tough go of it. Boden is doing is best to shield his people from the blowback of the IAB investigation into the infamous crack-den call, but just as he’s doing everything in his power to keep the majority of 51 out of it, they get a call that sends them back to that exact neighborhood. Oh, Fate, you beautiful trickster!

A lovely and seemingly non-heartless couple in the neighborhood, Steve and Tricia, are trying to move when one of the giant moving pods falls on Steve’s leg, trapping him. Isn’t moving just the worst? 51 works to free the man, but Chili realizes Steve is suffering from crush syndrome, and if they lift the pod from his leg he’ll go into cardiac arrest. They’ll need to amputate the leg in order to safely free him. Again, moving: Never do it.

Dr. Brother Halstead is called in from CHICAGO MED (plug, plug, plug) and gets to his impromptu field amputation. Meanwhile, Candidate Jimmy has been tasked with keeping Tricia calm throughout this whole ordeal. The kid’s a natural! Even Casey is impressed when Jimmy gets Tricia to consent to the surgery. Lesson of the day: Everything’s easier when you’re handsome!

Thanks to 51’s quick thinking and Jimmy’s sweet bedside manner, Steve survives, and Tricia shows up at the house to bestow the guys with a very timely thank-you gift: Video footage from her husband’s phone of the entire crack-den call. It clearly shows that Truck 81 and Squad 3 were doing everything they could to reach the fire and it was, in fact, the neighbors preventing them from doing their job. It’s exactly what Boden needs to clear their name. Okay, Fate, now you’re talking!

Arson Investigator extraordinaire Dawson is conveniently at Firehouse 51 to see the video because, well, she can’t keep her hands off her baby daddy. Who could blame her? Casey’s new haircut is really doing something for me this season. Dawson realizes she’s been attacking this arson investigation from the wrong angle: One of the neighbor’s didn’t set the fire, an outsider did.

Dawson is looking at the evidence with fresh eyes in Matt’s kitchen, when Severide’s lady lawyer-friend Jamie comes stumbling out wearing only Kelly’s Blackhawks jersey. That jersey is scared, and even Dawson knows it. Jamie is not worthy—I don’t care what type of problems she’s having at the office! Jamie points out a picture of a big-time real estate developer, Robert Maddox, mixed in with Dawson’s papers. The nosy lawyer inquires about the investigation (Severide filled her in on the basics), and Dawson is cautiously vague (YAS, QUEEN).

The Maddox lead is good, however: Dawson discovers Maddox bought the crack-den building and a handful of other buildings Arson Investigation has been looking into; there’s no way this is a coincidence. Dawson presents her findings to Duffy, who agrees that this looks fishy, but won’t have C.P.D bring Maddox in for questioning without additional evidence—this is a murder case, after all.

Dawson has never been the most patient gal, so she brings her case to Boden. Boden is Team Dawson and knows Maddox is good for arson. Boden doesn’t want to sit on the evidence either, so alert Christian Bale and the rest of the Newsies: Boden is going to the press!

The story breaks and Maddox cries slander. Who should be standing at the creep’s side but his new lawyer, Jamie? GASP. Betrayal! When Severide confronts her about it (dude spilled a lot of details during pillow talk), she claims she only did it to save her job and she’ll make it up to him. If this was 1996, Severide would be like, “Talk to the hand, lady,” and walk away. Since it’s not, he just, you know, walks away.


Well, that video of the crack-den call put one of Boden’s fires out (pun always intended), but his decision to go rogue and alert Maddox about the news quickly provides him with another. His superiors are none too pleased, and demand he delivers the evidence Boden claims he has against the developer. The only problem? When Dawson and Boden head over to Arson to collect said evidence, it’s all gone. Hard copies! Soft copies! All the copies! Something tells me someone within the CFD is up to no good.

Alas, there’s no time to worry about how much trouble Boden is in, as Dawson doubles over in pain. Something is very wrong with that sweet, sweet Dawsey baby!

The Firehouse 51 Bulletin Board

  • We finally can move past the “Brett stalks a baby” storyline! Boden secretly enlists the help of Dr. Charles (Oliver Platt), who leaves Brett some breadcrumbs to track down the father and convince him to take in his son. Hooray for happy endings!
  • I’m not even going into the Ambo 61 call in the abandoned warehouse. The two ladies get held at gunpoint and then it’s never mentioned again. Also, didn’t we do this all once already?
  • That elevator call, though: This might be my favorite rescue in Chicago Fire history. Bold choice? Sure! I think the firefighters’ polos are all a little tighter this season, and it’s going to my head. REGARDLESS, how exciting was that? Severide proved he’s an excellent leader, thank you very much! Casey didn’t hesitate to step up and be a hero! Y’all: HE CARRIED AN ASTHMATIC CHILD ACROSS A PLANK IN AN ELEVATOR SHAFT.
  • We get a little background on Jimmy the Candidate: His brother wants him to transfer to his firehouse because he promised their late mother he’d always look after him. But after that STUNNING elevator call and some real cut-to-the-core-of-you advice from Casey, Jimmy feels at home at 51. (Anyone else having Seinfeld flashbacks? Jimmy is sweet on 51!)
  • Severide makes a “dad jeans” joke to Casey, and it is the stuff dreams are made of.

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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